(Video) Trekking Up Table Mountain in Cape Town

by on January 24, 2013 · 9 comments

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This is the ninth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNBHotel Review: Westin Cape TownTrip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good HopeCape Town DiningHotel Review: Hilton Cape Town10 Things I Love About South Africa; Hotel Review: 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa Luxury RoomHotel Review: Hyatt Regency JohannesburgTrip Report: South Africa Safari at Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands Private Game ReserveSafari Highlights at Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa.

I had a great time eating my way through the Cape Town dining scene as well as exploring farther afield by cage-diving with great whites, wine-tasting in Stellenbosch and visiting the former prison on Robben Island while in Cape Town a couple weeks ago, but by far one of my favorite experiences was taking the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, which dominates the city skyline and was rightly awarded a place on the new list of Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

Taking the cable car up Table Mountain.

Taking the cable car up Table Mountain.

Here’s a quick video I made at the top of Table Mountain, and as you’ll see, it’s a truly special place where clouds gather on a moment’s notice and create the famed “table cloth,” which keeps the surrounding lands fertile and provides an absolutely stunning backdrop to Cape Town.

Although the experience of taking the cable car up and then having to wait 45 minutes in line to get back down was a bit touristy for my tastes, this was a can’t-miss experience in the city, and if it had been a bit more temperate up on the top, I could have spent all afternoon there. My advice would be to head up in the morning before the table cloth sets in so that you’re there for the sunny time of day and can spend a few hours hiking along the well-marked trails with uninterrupted views of the city and the spectacular geography of the Cape itself.

Enjoying the scenery from the top of Table Mountain.

Enjoying the scenery from the top of Table Mountain.

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  • Michael W Travels

    Based on the title, I thought you literally trekked up the mountain! We took the cable car both ways and luckily didn’t have a long wait. I wanted to abseil down but my wife wasn’t interested… Visiting Table Mountain was definitely a highlight for Cape Town.

  • Steve A

    Why didn’t you hike up? It’s not a bad climb – a barefoot Aussie passed my wife and me – and the views can be tremendous.

  • Francoise

    The best time is actually at sunset and if you really want to avoid queues then the best time is between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. The wind and clouds are not always there – sometimes it is completely wind free and quite warm.

  • konrad

    hi, i just booked a flight with a nice 16 hour layover in CT. I will arrive in CT at 1.20 pm. do you think it is feasible to do the trek on the same day?
    any advises and tips for CT?

  • Francoise

    By cable car, yes. Do that immediately, weather permitting, then explore the city (Company’s Gardens and surrounds, Bo-Kaap), then supper somewhere, then night life in Long Street.

    Or explore city first, then sunset at top of mountain, then supper/ nightlife, or whatever. Depends on whether you want to sleep or not, but you can do a lot in 16 hours in Cape Town!

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