South Africas Top Attractions – Table Mountain
Table Mountain is perhaps the most recognisable of Cape Town’s major landmarks. It is also the centrepiece of a National Park which has a lot to offer the curious tourist.
This mountain looms over Cape Town and offers all those brave enough a spectacular view from the top. The mountain has never been an easy climb and this led to several plans for alternate options to get to the top, including a funicular railway, however these plans met with delays due to costs and the outbreak of wars.
Eventually in 1929 a Cable Car, financed by local businessmen, was opened up and the summit was now easily accessed by all. In the intervening 75 years since it was opened, over 16 million people have used the Cable Car to make their way to the top! In that time the Cable Car has been upgraded and now when you travel to the top you will be treated to a 360° view of both the city and the mountain due to the rotating floor in the car.
Once you get to the top you can head out to the restaurant which offers a wide variety of different meals and is also self-service so you can get exactly what you want. In addition to the foods you can also choose from a decent selection of fine wines. Once you have had your meal you might feel like heading out around the mountain top. Don’t forget a jacket as it can be quite cold up there even during sunny summer days. After you have had your fill of the summit, which may take some time, you can visit the Cableway Cocktail Bar that is located on top of the Cableway station. From here you will have a perfect vantage point from where you can look over the city and watch the sun set over the South Atlantic.
Aside from the Table Mountain itself there is plenty more to see in the Table Mountain National Park. On the other side of Cape Town there is the Cape Peninsula which includes the Cape of Good Hope, the Boulders Penguin Sanctuary, and plenty more.
That’s the end of our quick overview of what you can expect on Table Mountain. If you think you will want to get around by car while in South Africa have a look at our Car Rental South Africa page and have a look at our competitive rates. For some more information have a look at our other South Africa Blogs.
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