Table Mountain on a glorious hot day in February

We stopped over in Cape Town this February for 5 days to take in as many sites as we could with our friends from the UK. On our penultimate day the weather in the morning was really misty and the clouds hung low over Table Mountain and Lions Head. There was a slight breeze and we remained optimistic that the weather would improve so we could go up Table Mountain later in the day. We decided to head over to Camps Bay for a late brunch and found a very nice restaurant on the seafront serving an excellent choice of breakfasts. As we sat eating out brunch the weather was improving by the minute so we decided to go for it.

We headed off in our hire car out of Camps Bay and along the short route to the bottom of the Cable Car at Table Mountain. We managed to find parking within an easy stroll of the Cable Car - making sure our car was parked facing up the road towards the Mountain so as to avoid the R300 fine if you park facing down the hill!

We headed straight to the tickets - where there was no queue! - amazing for this time of year and day. Maybe Cape Town is suffering from international visitors along with everyone else. Anyway we quickly purchased our tickets (R180 each) and went straight to the Cable Cars where once again we got straight on with no queuing. 

The trip up the Cable Car is only a short one about 5-7 minutes and the car revolves a full 360 to ensure everyone gets a view. Once up there the weather was glorious. Sunny conditions with almost no wind - we slapped on our protective cream of course!

We then went on a stroll around the top of the mountain admiring the amazing views across Cape Town, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront and over to Cape Point. There are some fabulous photo opportunities right the way around but we were also keen to spot a Rock Dassie. Rock Dassies are small rodents which live up among the rocks. After we had almost given up we spotted them. There were about 6 or 7 of them including a very small baby one. 

After quite a long walk about we then headed off to the cafe/restaurant and bought a cold drink and sat outside at one of the tables enjoying the views. Occasionally a very light cloud would come over but it was so quick and light it was actually a nice respite from the heat. 

You really cant come to Cape Town without visiting Table Mountain but it really is a case of when you see some fine weather coming in then just head for the Cable Car. It is worth considering buying a combination ticket which includes the Two Oceans Aquarioum and Robben Island and represents quite a saving if you are thinking of visiting all three Cape Town attractions.To find out more about what to do and where to stay in Cape Town visit Where2Stay-SouthAfrica.
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