25 July 2009

Table Mountain

When most people think of Cape Town the image that first springs to mind is of Table Mountain.

Seeing the view of the city from the top of the mountain is one of the quintessential Cape Town experiences. Unfortunately for Liz the cable car to the summit was closed for maintenance which meant that the only way up was on foot. Being as the route up the Platteklip Gorge is 3km long and ascends nearly a vertical kilometer in height Liz decided to give it a miss!

The walk up to the top was well worth the effort and the views below were pretty spectacular.

As well as the views off the front to the city, from the back of the mountain you could see into Camps Bay and all the way down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope.

The highest point of Table Mountain is Maclear's Beacon at 1086m above sea level.

As well as the views there's also some interesting wildlife up on the mountain. There were lots of hyrax (the South Africans call them dassies) sunning themselves on the rocks at the top of the mountain.

I was also lucky to see a couple of really stunning sun birds flitting about in the trees collecting nectar.

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