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Table Mountain Cable car

Table Mountain Cable car

Luandre Volschenk

Table mountain is the defining characteristic for Cape Town.  It is with you everywhere you go and believe me, you will never get lost.  On those days when it's cloudy, the Capetonians call the clouds covering the mountain the "Tablecloth".  If you are a first time visitor to Cape Town, then a visit is a must, and you should aim to go on a day which is very clear and not cloudy.  Either enjoy a pretty easy hike along the many trails which lead up and over the mountain or take the cable car for a few rand.  The cable car rotates and has open panels which allows you to take as many rolls of film as you possibly can, becuase the view is stupendous.  The cable car will bring you to the very top of the mountain, where there is an information centre and a cafe.  There are a few trails on the mountain and there are spots where (on a clear day) you can actually see the Cape of Good Hope laid out before you.  The mountain-top is populated by Dassies, small furry rodent-type creatures who, believe it or not, are the closest relative to an elephant!  These little guys don't bother you if you don't bother them, and are always quite willing to pose for the camera.  In addition there are vantage points from which you will get a birds eye view of the whole of Cape Town on one side and Camps Bay on the other laid out below.  This is an excellent photo-op!

A trip up Table Mountain isn't costly and is well worth the views.

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