One of the Most Epic Views on Earth
Imagine floating high in the air above the swirling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, gazing out upon a panoramic view of Cape Town, Robben Island, Table Bay, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head Mountains. This breathtaking image is attained from the Table Mountain Cableway that carries the bold of heart more than 300 meters above sea level to the plateau at the top of the mountain, and has been memorialized for you on this Worldwide Gifts fridge magnet. Many travelers will appreciate this beautiful picture as a wonderful souvenir from South Africa, whether or not they were adventurous enough to ride on the rotating cable car, or took a more sedate route and hiked to the top.
For visitors to Table Mountain National Park that feel some trepidation about hanging from a string hundreds of feet over jagged rocks, there are several hiking trails that gain access to the plateau. Both Cape Town residents and visiting travelers enjoy the walk.
Exploring Table Mountain
There are several different trails of varying difficulty that will take hikers to the summit, and depending on which trail you choose (and your level of fitness) the hike can take from one to three hours, longer if you stop for a picnic or photo opportunities. Platteklip Gorge offers the most direct route, although it certainly isn't the easiest way to the top. Many people enjoy starting at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and taking the trail through Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge, and there are quite a few more routes as well.
Besides hiking, another popular activity on Table Mountain is rock climbing, especially on the cliffs just below the cable station. Don't look for the easy climbing method of bolting here, because no defamation of the protected cliffs is allowed. Traditional climbing is the only approved climbing method.