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Published: September 30th 2017
Geo: -33.979, 18.5102
Table Mountain - the top tourist draw in Cape Town, with its unique silhouette slicing across the blue South African sky, visible from nearly anywhere in the city ... it's the most iconic image a traveler has of Cape Town, the image seen on countless postcards on display at countless souvenir shops, the one must-see attraction for tourists here.
Part of what makes Cape Town such a beautiful city is this mountain, especially when it stands watch over the deep blue of the Atlantic, continuing the theme of striking contrasts that we have experienced so far in South Africa. But in this case, it's a contrast that paints a beautiful landscape of stone and water, rather than one of exclusion and inequality ...
There is an ideal time to visit, though Mother Nature's fickle ways atop the mountain make it difficult to time perfectly, with conditions changing rapidly, often leading to closures of the cable car on a moment's notice. Sometimes this leads to a picture perfect moment when the Tablecloth rolls in, what Capetonians call the unique cloud that unfurls across the top of Table Mountain, gently rolling off the edge, like - a tablecloth ...
Of course, when Table
Mountain is covered in cloud, you would see absolutely nothing up top, making a visit there pointless, leaving it better enjoyed by the masses sitting below at the V&A Waterfront, enjoying the vista over a sundowner. Though we never did get to see the Tablecloth today, nor during the rest of our time in Cape Town, but the conditions for our ride up the cable car were still far from ideal.
Cold, windy, with clouds blocking the sun - we knew it wasn't the best time to visit, but with only one more day in Cape Town, Table Mountain needed to happen today, or never. With storm clouds ominously creeping closer and closer overhead, we weren't able to complete the entire walking circuit up top, which would have afforded 360 views of Cape Town. But the experience was unforgettable, nonetheless - from the unique rock formations, to the views of the Mother City below, Table Mountain is one of those ultra-touristy things that you simply must do.
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