From Kafana Tables to Table Mountain: Cape Town, South Africa
We had plans to go to Egypt, but let’s just say that became a bad idea. So we cancelled our Egypt tickets and asked where our frequent flyer miles would take us. The answer? South Africa. Frenzied planning and several flights later, we arrived in Cape Town.
As we flew into Cape Town, we couldn’t help but notice Table Mountain. Its unique shape can be seen from much of the city, and it’s rumored to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
We wanted to go to the top, but our short (2-day) stay in Cape Town meant that a hike up would have taken up most of our time. Luckily, we had another option: the Cableway! Even if you’re a hard-core hiker, the cable car is a fun way to travel. It moves up to 10 meters per second, and the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees so you can get views of the entire area. Plus, if you buy a ticket after 6pm, you receive a half price discount.
Though the mountaintop restaurant area can be crowded, the numerous pathways make it easier to feel like you’re alone. Until you discover that you’re not alone, that is. We spotted a rock hyrax spying on us.
We started to walk toward it and realized that we were practically on top of another hyrax. This one was a little less shy. In fact, another hiker practically stepped on him accidentally. I have a feeling that they’re not the brightest animals in the kingdom.
After he performed for us, we decided to watch the sunset on the other side of the mountain. The mountain has a shop that sells food and wine (gotta love capitalism) and Muz surprised me with some champagne to toast the sunset.
Afterward, we went back down the mountain to soak in the Cape Town skyline from above.
It was a great way to end our Capetown stay. The next morning, we travelled to Kruger National Park.