Table Mountain

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Table Mountain

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.

Table Mountain

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.

Table Mountain

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.

Table Mountain

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!

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

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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18 thoughts on “Table Mountain

  1. Wow, your photos are breathtaking! I imagine standing up there must feel similar to feeling on top of the world-how awesome. I would love to sit up there and blog during sunrise. Imagine the tranquility. Thank you so much for sharing! <3 #anythinggoes

  2. Wow. Just, WOW! Those pictures are GORGEOUS!!! I will now definitely be adding Table Mountain to my travel bucket list.

    That is pretty mind-boggling that a dassie is the closest living relative to an elephant! Whaaat? Crazy! You're right, they are such cute little guys!

    Awesome photo of you and your love!

    How long did the cable car take to get up to the top? Or were there stops along the way where you could get out?

    Fantastic post! I never get tired of reading anything travel related. However, my list of places to go is getting hellaciously long;-)

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks Katie. The ride to the top was pretty quick, but then we were so busy ogling the view as we went up, you wouldn't have noticed anyway. I know! How cute. I didn't know what the dassie was at first. It wasn't until we came down from the mountain I asked my South African friend and showed her the picture. Although I still had to google it as I'd never heard of a dassie. I know what you mean - every time I read something travel related I want to go there. So many places to see and so little time and budget!

    • Sally Sally says:

      It's an amazing place, such fantastic views. If you get a chance Melanie, you should definitely go to Cape Town. It's beautiful.

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