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Published: June 28th 2017
Time to Climb Table Mountain
The Sun rises over Cape Town
Geo: -33.916, 18.4222
A strike of incredible good fortune this morning, for our final day on tour with Sunway Safaris. Among rainy days, we were treated to crisp, clear blue skies for our planned trip up Table Mountain. After another delicious breakfast at Sweet Lemon, we headed off around 9.
Arriving at Table Mountain, we were given the option to take the Cable Car, or climb. Nat and I opted to do the latter option, taking the challenge to climb. A Challenge it was, steep high stairs, the whole way, climbing straight up. After two grueling hours (and great views on the way), we finally reached the top, 1.1km high. Clear skies allowed for pristine viewing, but icy and strong winds whipped over the mountain top, requiring caution anywhere near the edges. The Dassies didn't mind the breeze though, and were out and about as expected. After a quick lunch on the mountain top, we descended via cable car around 1pm. The cable car holds about 60 people at a time, and takes about 8 minutes, rotating around to give a great viewing experience.
A dissappointing discovery this afternoon. Sunway assured us we would be able to book Robben Island at late notice. Upon
attempting this, Nat and I discovered that there were no tickets available for OVER THREE WEEKS... We couldn't believe this, but there was nothing that could be done. Tickets were backlogged due to poor weather the previous weeks. It would be just about the only thing on our list in Cape Town we would not get to see.
Our afternoon was spent relaxing at a Belgian Resteraunt on the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town. We enjoyed drinks and coffees. Strangely, the beer I chose; Kwak, required, 'as Belgian tradition' that I give up my left shoe, until I returned the glass. With our Belgian friends Bert and Nela with us, they advised there was actually no such tradition.. it was amusing however, as fresh off a hike up table mountain, handling my sweaty shoe, would have given the waitress little pleasure.
We piled into the Sunway truck for the last time, heading back to our guest house where most of our group awaited transfers home. Not Nat and I however. We said our goodbyes to most, and grabbed out luggage to check into our new hotel in the Hyde, just around the corner from the Sweet Lemon Guest House. Margaret
and Lesley joined Natalie and I for a delicious dinner at a little Italian restaurant I went to on Main Street two years ago for the World Cup named Posticino. It was just as good as I remembered. They specialise in pasta, and rather than choose from a menu, you tell them what you want, and what sauce you feel like. They custom make your meals, and provide you with extra chilli, garlic and cheese to add at your leisure! Cheap too, my favourite restaurant of the trip 😊
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