#2 Table Mountain

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Table Mountain is the definitive symbol of Cape Town. It dominates all photographs of the Mother City and is a part of everyday life even if you never set foot on its hallowed slopes.

The views from the top are spectacular. Not many cities have an easily accessible mountain in such close proximity and this mountain in particular offers a myriad of hiking paths and climbing crags. From Skeleton Gorge to Valley of the Red Gods and India Venster you won't run out of nooks and crannies to explore on this mountain. You can hike, rock climb, and explore caves on this mountain. And if the energy sapping route is not for you, the Cableway offers a quick and scenic ride to the top and in three minutes you can be admiring the Cape Peninsula from its high points.

The highest point of Table Mountain is Faclear's Beacon at 1,086m above sea level on the eastern side of the front table. It's a comfortable 45 to 60 minute walk (one way) from the cable car. Dress warmly for the top and be prepared for different weather conditions to what the rest of Cape Town is experiencing. There's a cafeteria near the upper cable station where you can enjoy a mile-high meal in comfort with the Cape spread out around you in all its splendor.

The main feature of Table Mountain is a level plateau approximately 3 kilometers (2 mi) from side to side, surrounded by steep cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and its Table Bay harbor, and together with Signal Hill form the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain's slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called "table cloth" of cloud.

It’s quite possible that the venue for our main meet-up in Cape Town will be at the top of Table Mountain!

pearcetoyou says:
Thanks, Peter! We'll definitely be looking to you for some sage advice.
Posted on: Jun 06, 2009
spider14 says:
One thing to remember with Table Mountain is that the Cable Way does not operate if very windy, rainy or in cloud.

For safety reasons, I would recommend that walks along the mountain be undertaken in groups.
Posted on: Jun 05, 2009
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