Table Mountain

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The "other" 12 Apostles (the first 12 Apostles I saw were on the Great Ocean Road in Australia)!

I can’t believe I almost gave Table Mountain a miss. I was umm-ing and ahh-ing about paying 85 Rand to see it, but it turned out to be worth every cent. I went up the mountain by cable car at about 9.30 am and didn’t come back down ‘til 2 pm and even then, I didn’t really want to leave.

 

I spent the most part of the day doing the long walk around the “Table Top”. I did it by accident – I didn’t really know where I was going, and in an hour or so I ended up back where I started, so I must have done one of the loops. It was really pleasant. One of the guys at the backpacker’s climbed the mountain from the bottom, and it sounded like his climb was more than pleasant! I would have loved to climb it, but I didn’t really feel like getting robbed. (Apparently people have been getting mugged whilst climbing the mountain alone, which is a shame.

Crazy people about to go abseiling
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But there aren’t muggings on the Table Top often. I was glad to be able to enjoy my walk without feeling like I had to be on guard the whole time. The air was fresh, and every bit of the mountain was stunning.

 

It’s so beautiful at the top that it feels surreal. There are heaps of interesting plants and lizards I’ve never seen or heard of before. And I could appreciate them in relative peace too: there were stretches of footpath when I was the only person around. When I was by myself at one stage, I was stopped by a lizard that scuttled across the path, swallowed a fly, and darted into the bushes – but not before tilting his head and giving me a dirty look!

 

Something else that put a smile on my face was the layer of cloud.

Beautiful Table Mountain!
It sat on top of Table Mountain, and has been nicknamed the “Table Cloth”. It reminded me of a family trip to Macau a few years ago: there were clouds all around us and there are photographs of me as a kid trying to grab a cloud.

 

The most beautiful clouds were rising out of one of the gorges on Table Mountain. The sight made the City Bowl look like a giant bath tub with steam rising out of it. I peered over the edge and realised how steep the mountain was. There weren’t any handrails either, so a person could fall off the mountain quite easily – it didn’t look so steep from the bottom!

 

Something else I couldn’t see from the bottom was the view: it was phenomenal.

Table Mountain's flat top
From the top, I could see the 12 Apostles, Camps Bay, the City Bowl and even Robben Island.

 

I’ve come to terms with not being able to tour Robben Island. (It has a jail where Nelson Mandela was held.) Tour bookings are full until 10 January! Apparently if I visit the waterfront early enough in the morning, there are cancellations sometimes. But I’ve heard from other people staying at the backpacker’s that they’ve had a “No cancellations” sign posted at the dock for a few days now.

 

Oh well, I probably couldn’t afford it anyway. I’m running low on money now. When I was walking around the markets this afternoon, one of the stall owners asked me to help him pack up.

Table Mountain overlooking Camps Bay
I helped him because I wasn’t really doing anything else. Maybe I should have asked him for some Rand, haha.

 

After helping the guy, I walked around a bit more and got a few souvenirs for you people at home. The biggest present is probably Ali’s wooden giraffe that’s the size of a golf stick. It’ll be interesting carrying it home... I think I’ll strap it to my poster or something.

 

It’s kind of weird buying last-minute souvenirs and planning how I’m going to pack my stuff. It means I’m nearing the end of my trip: only one more day in Cape Town! One more day in Africa! What will I do with myself when I get home? I can’t imagine it being as exciting as Cape Town. It’d be so easy to stay here. It’s such a beautiful city. I can see why a lot of people get stuck here at the start of their trip (as well as the end). Geez, there’s a lot of crap one can buy! There are lots and lots of little trinkets around.

 

I’d better go make sure there aren’t any neat trinkets that I’ve missed, so this’ll be all from me for now. It won’t be long ‘til I see you all. Merry Christmas if I don’t speak to you before then! I keep forgetting it’s Christmas – some guy said Merry Christmas to me the other day and I thought he was trying to be funny!

 

Hope you’re all having a great holiday season.

mahoney says:
Looks like you had a wonderful time there!
Posted on: Dec 27, 2006
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