If you’re ever in Cape Town, the first thing people will tell you to do is summit Table Mountain, the city’s symbol, which stands proud and tall as a sentry on the perimeter of the city, casting a shadow over everything below it.
It’s like coming to San Francisco and not visiting Alcatraz or vacationing in Athens and failing to take a jaunt to the Parthenon: To not go would be simply unacceptable. I mean, just look at the view you’re in for from the top:
The thing is while we were in Cape Town for six days, we were mighty pressed for time. Normally, I’d be all about a little exercise, but the hike itself takes the better part of the afternoon and we were on a schedule. So we did the cop-out thing and took the aerial tram up, a maximum of five minutes from station to station.
Truth be told, we had considered bailing on this one activity entirely as we realized how much there was to do in this fabulous city, but my mom was dead set on going up—and I’m glad she was. I wouldn’t wanted to have missed this panoramic for anything. From one side, there are mountain peaks as far as the eye can see.
From the other, views of the sprawling metropolis of Cape Town.
I even found a couple of hams up top.
And then, just as we were really having a chance to soak up the scenery, the horn blew and we hurried back to the tram, as it was the last one for the day.
But not before we got to see the sun sink slowly behind the Indian Ocean, the perfect end to a perfect day.
Visitor’s Tip: If you’re planning a trip to Table Mountain, avoid peak times like noon when you’ll be stuck waiting in line for the tram an hour, maybe more. Taking the 5:30pm one, the last of the day, was perfect, as the lighting couldn’t have been more brilliant. An added bonus: There was no line.