|Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.|
A good theory that I never quite got the hang of while driving around and about the city, something I put down to the sun being in the ‘wrong’ place – ie in the north and crossing the sky from right to left.
But there is no doubt that Table Mountain does indeed dominate the skyline. If you enlarge my photo above, you can see the view of the City Bowl and the harbour at Table Bay.
On the left is Signal Hill and above and to the right of that is Cape Town Stadium at Green Point, built for last year’s football World Cup.
The perfect spot to photograph Table Mountain is at Table View north of the city and looking back over Table Bay, although it was a little hazy when I took the photo above.
Personally, it looks more like an overflowing bathtub, but I suppose Bathtub Mountain doesn’t have the same ring to it.
We went to the top of the mountain on a couple of occasions. It is possible to walk to the top through Skeleton Gorge, a ‘stroll’ that takes about four hours, but we took the less energetic cable car option.
The views from 3,500 feet up are quite something, from the glorious sunset into the Atlantic to the flora and fauna you find on the two mile wide ‘tabletop’ like the dassie above and the flower on the left.
I have been up mountains before, but never one that has had a city in such close proximity which is what makes Table Mountain so special.
Not surprising then that is was one of the contenders for the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
But the sight that people climb or are carried to the top of Table Mountain to see is Cape Town by night and that is the panorama I shall leave you will.