Table Mountain and The V&A.
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You can get to the top of Cape Town’s most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car up, or spend several hours hiking it. It's a beautiful hot day and having done the hiking route before I opt for the cable car. Established in 1929, the cable car takes visitors to the top in one of cars, each with rotating floors and huge windows to ensure your views while travelling are almost as spectacular as those on the summit. Departing every 10 to 15 minutes it's a great ride.
There are a number of short walks on the top, as well as longer ones that can take you down to the National Botanical Garden,or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve. We opt for a circular route around the mountain stopping at several of the viewpoints along the way.
Table Mountain is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to over 1 500 species of plants,more than the number found throughout the entire British Isles.Most of them of the Fynbos family which forms one of the world’s six plant kingdoms all on its own. At its highest point, Table Mountain reaches 1 085m (3 560ft) and affords views all the way out to Robben Island and beyond.
We head down from the mountain to the Victoria & Alfred waterfront. Calls for greater public access and a wider use of Cape Town's historic harbour started in the early 1970's. In 1988, the then landowner (Transnet Limited) established a wholly owned subsidiary company, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Pty) Limited, to redevelop the historic docklands.
Since its origins in 1860, the Port of Cape Town has been the scene of excavations, reclamations, harbour construction programmes and land based developments. By the time Prince Alfred, Queen Victorias second son tipped the first load of stone into the sea to initiate construction of Cape Town's harbour, the trade routes to the East had transformed the city into a hive of seafront activity. The discovery of gold and diamonds in South Africa meant that the first section of harbour, the Alfred Basin, had to be added to and the Victoria Basin was built.
The V&A Waterfront is now South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year to shop,eat,drink and have fun. It is also the embarkation point for ferries to Robben Island.