Table Mountain

posted Dec 17, 2010, 10:49 PM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Dec 19, 2010, 10:07 AM ]
This landmark is a force of its own.  It is so monolithic that it creates its own weather patterns.  When we were driving to Capetown you can see it over 60 kms away it is that big.  Table basically sits in the middle of Capetown and its presence is seen and felt everywhere.  Our hotel the Mandela Rhodes Place has great views of the mountain and you can watch the clouds roll off the top of it and it looks very eerie. 
Apparently those clouds provided much moisture that stuck to the rock and the plants and then that accumulated into water and it ran down the mountain for early settler’s usage.  There is even flora and fauna that is indigenous to this rock.  As well it has the Dassie which is also indigenous to the rock and they are what I would call cute little cat sized rodent- thrill seekers.  The Dassies cling to the rocks and climb all over them without a care in the world not worried about the fact that it is one mile straight down to the bottom.

To get to the lower gondola you have to drive up a steep curvy road with beautiful homes which have amazing views of Capetown and the beaches.  When you get there you have to spend some money to get your ticket onto the gondola that holds 63 people.  It is a quick 5 minute ride up.  At the top there is lots of history to read about the formation of the rock and the shipwrecks on Cape Point etc and there are also 3 hikes to explore, the longest being 45 minutes long and you can view the different plants and amazing views of Capetown. 
There is a ton of picture taking moments to be had.  Remember to take a jacket because it is at least 10 degrees cooler at the top and very windy.  We really enjoyed this; it was a very worthwhile adventure.  People that are fearful of heights; I liked this better than going up to the top of the Eiffel Tower.