When it comes to exotic attractions, there are some destinations that really stand out because of their iconic landmarks. In South Africa, this highlight is undoubtedly Cape Town’s Table Mountain. People from all across the globe are drawn to the majestic Table Mountain which stands at a mighty 1088m high. While on your next holiday to Cape Town, set aside some time to take a day trip to Table Mountain and see the beautiful sights the wonderfully eclectic city of Cape Town has in store. Read on to discover all about your day trip to this marvel of nature.
Africa’s most epic view
The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and was voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, competing against major global attractions. A climb up to the Table Mountain offers unprecedented views which really have to be seen to be believed. However, before you venture up to the top, be sure to take into consideration these hiking and safety tips, because it is, of course a high climb.
Up the Cableway
Although many choose to hike up to the summit, there is an easier way to get to the top. An easy and incredibly scenic way up is by the aerial cableway which takes just about 5 minutes and offers 360° views over beautiful Cape Town. Over 20 million people have taken this trip, a testament to how beautiful it is. As you rise from almost sea level, incredible views of Cape Town and the ocean emerge before your eyes. If you choose this route up, you will be travelling in the footsteps of King George VI, Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elisabeth II. Whichever route you choose to take to the top, you will be well definitely rewarded for your efforts at the summit.
Panoramic summit views
At the summit, you will be welcomed by panoramic viewpoints, a food and beverage outlets, shops, and various walking trails. The main feature is, of course, the plateau, which is 3 kilometers wide from side to side and surrounded by magnificent cliffs. On the east side you will find Devil’s Peak and to the west is the Lion’s Head, aptly named due to its naturally formed shape in the form of a lion’s head. Combined with Table Mountain, these hills form the famous, dramatic backdrop to the city. The characteristic flat top of the mountain is often covered by some very special clouds. These are known as orographic clouds, which are formed when a when south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain’s slopes into colder air. Moisture then condenses into a shape looking much like a blanket or a tablecloth. According to legend, this phenomenon was the result of a smoking contest between the local pirate Van Hunks, and the Devil himself.
After you've hiked to the top the next must-do would be to enjoy everything else that the city has to offer. Take a dip in the waters of the pristine beaches at Clifton or head underwater in one of the many great diving spots. If you want to discover this wonderful city for yourself, the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town is the ideal place to base yourself. The views are just as incredible as the ones you see at the top of Table Mountain, and you even have access to city's hot spot V&A Waterfront with a complimentary shuttle.