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A Travel Guide To Cape Town, South Africa – Part 2
Table Mountain Cableway
There are many must do, must see activities in Cape Town South Africa. Ascending Table Mountain, visiting the beaches and visiting Victoria and Alfred Waterfront are just a drop in the ocean of choice.
Table Mountain towers majestically behind the city of Cape Town. When visiting Cape Town, a trip to the top of the mountain is not to be missed. On a clear day the summit allows a visitor a panoramic view of the city, the ocean and surrounding mountains. The most popular way to reach the top is by way of the aerial cableway. From start to finish the trip up the mountain takes a mere 5 minutes. Choose a clear day because cloud cover is common and spoils your view from the summit
Walking on the Mountain
Once at the top visitors can enjoy 3 different leisure walks on level ground for an opportunity to see different regions from atop the mountain.
- The Dassie Walk allows views to the north, south and west.
- The Agama Walk allows views of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula
- The Klipspringer Walk takes the hiker to Platterklip Gorge
Adventure on the Mountain
For the more adventurous there are designated hiking routes up and down the mountain. Some safety measures are important and it is highly recommended to hike in groups of 4 or more. Be to familiarize yourself with the safety precautions listed on the Table Mountain website before hiking.
Always stay on the trails and expect the weather to change at any moment. Should the weather change, on an ‘up hike’ be prepared to take the cable car back down.
Abseiling down from the mountain is a great adventure option.
Rock climbing is also available.
Natural beauty of Table Mountain
For all visitors but perhaps more so for the hikers, expect a paradise of fauna and flora. There are birds, colorful lizards, rare frogs, antelope, Cape fox, mongoose and an incredible 1500 different species of plant life on the mountain.
The beaches of Cape Town
These are among the finest in the world, so much so that many have been awarded the Blue Flag status. The Blue Flag organization awards its prestigious label to marinas, beaches, boats and whale-watching boats if they meet with certain quality criteria including but not limited to:
- Water quality must be maintained, no industrial waste is allowed to contaminate the waters and regular testing must be done.
- Services such as clean bathroom facilities must be available for any visitor both able bodied and disabled visitors.
- Buildings and beach equipment must be properly maintained etc
Current Blue Flag accredited beaches near Cape Town
Clifton Beach – made up of 4 beaches, numbered as Clifton 1, Clifton 2 etc. 4th beach currently has Blue Flag Status.
A great site as a Cape Town beach guide
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
This vibrant shopping and entertainment center is the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa. It is the meeting place for many locals and visitors alike. Offering state of the art Cinemas, an Imax theatre and the Two Oceans Aquarium. It has an impressive collection of shops, bars and restaurants and almost vibrates with live entertainment. The craft market is world class and the old harbor buildings, now restored, add to the ambiance of the Waterfront.
This is a far cry from its humble beginning as a trading post for the Dutch East India Company’s ships on route to East Africa. Jan Van Riebeeck established a small jetty back in 1654 to help with loading and unloading the ships.
As this series on Cape Town unfolds it is exciting to reveal the layers that the city has to offer. I hope you will join us in further discovery in part 3.