T is for Table Mountain

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.

Cape Town by DayIt is said that it is easy to get your bearings in Cape Town simply by using the ever present Table Mountain as your guide.

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 houses that crowd up the lower slopes of Signal Hill on the right are part of the Bo-Kaap which I wrote about previously, while in the centre, by the sea, is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

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.

Table Mountain took its name from its shape and the clouds that often sit on top. The French called the clouds a wig, while Dutch thought it resembled a tablecloth, hence Table Mountain.

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.

Mind you, there were some terrible sights as well. Like the cemented in place compass stone on the right – spot the misplaced apostrophe.

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.

Cape Town at Night

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

11 comments… Add yours
  • Roger Green 30th November 2011

    Always nice to be able to have a point of reference in an unfamiliar TOWN.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  • Oakland Daily Photo 30th November 2011

    Lovely photos. Makes me want to visit South Africa.

  • Francisca 30th November 2011

    Terrific T post! The Two panoramas of the Town, day and night, are Tops! As is the long view of Table Mountain. But Troubling to see the Trip on gift’s… 🙂

  • Denise 30th November 2011

    I have never been to South Africa – but I have met Desmond Tutu!

  • Yorkshire Pudding 30th November 2011

    Wow! Your last picture of Cape Town at night is superb. Regarding the unnecessary apostrophe, you should have taken some Polyfilla up there – Polly-filler. Geddit? Mmm… better censor myself at this point.

  • Helen Mac 30th November 2011

    Terrific tour of the town and the “table”!
    ABC Team

  • photowannabe 30th November 2011

    The night-time photo is especially lovely, quite dramatic.
    I have enjoyed your trip and wish I could see it in person.

  • Joy 1st December 2011

    The night view is stunning, normally you only get to see things like that from a plane but to stand on a mountain is unique.

  • Claudia Simpson 2nd December 2011

    Wonderful photos espacially the night-time photo is lovely, quite dramatic.
    I have enjoyed your trip and wish I could see it in person. keep it up thanks for sharing.

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