A trip up Table Mountain in South Africa has got to be on your hit list. Located in beautiful Cape Town, the views from the top of the mountain are unrivalled.
When we visited Cape Town, we bought an open-top bus tour ticket. One of the stops on the bus tour takes you right to the Table Mountain cableway, where you get on a cable car which will take you up the mountain.
At the top of the mountain, you’ll not only enjoy the views, but there’s plenty of wildlife. You’ll see dassies. Outside of South Africa, a dassie is called a rock hyrax or rock badger. A dassie looks a bit like a hybrid between a large rat and a guinea pig, but is actually the closest living relative to an elephant. You wouldn’t know that by looking at one. Even though they look a bit like a rat, they are very cute.
You can also see plenty of lizards and insects on the table top too. Years ago, you would have been able to find cape lions, mountain zebras and leopards, but these have long since gone.
It’s reported that there are over 2,200 species of plant life on the mountain and the eastern foot of the mountain is home to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which are well worth a visit.
You could go up the mountain at dusk and watch the sunset. If you do this, I would suggest taking some extra layers. As the sun starts to set, it gets very chilly up on up there.
You can join a guided walk, which are family friendly and free of charge, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can explore one of the three hiking trials.
The cable car costs 240 ZAR, which is about £11.50 for a return trip. Well worth the views, I think!
The open-top bus tour costs 260 ZAR, which is about £12.50 for a two day ticket or you can get a one day ticket for 160 ZAR, about £7.60.
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