Cape Town, South Africa is one of the continent’s coolest spots and a great place to seek out vacation if you are looking for an intriguing destination to visit. This seaside city of 430,000 offers up a pleasant climate, beaches, and so much to do.
No matter what your goals for your trip to Cape Town are, there is one thing that you absolutely cannot pass up on doing while there: heading up to the top of Table Mountain.
Located in a nature reserve that separates Cape Town naturally from its inland suburbs, Table Mountain towers over 3,500 feet above the surrounding area and offers a perfect natural vantage point to see the city, the surrounding landscape, False Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean in all of its glory.
There are two popular options for getting to the top of the mountain: a suspended cable car that offers 360 degree views on its way up to the summit and back, and hiking trails which lead up to the summit.
The cable car is a great option if you do not want to take on a big hike, and it’s an experience that you won’t soon forget. Just grab it from the lower station near the Oranjezicht neighborhood and ride it to the top!
Hiking is also fun if you want to get a little bit of exercise in, and it will take you a couple of hours to get to the top of the mountain if you take the popular Platteklip Gorge route, which is not overly strenuous and takes a couple of hours each way.
So, be sure to make time to plan a day to visit this iconic Cape Town spot if you are planning a vacation to this lovely city.