Before us, the city of Cape Town sprawls beneath our feet, with the spearmint blue waters of the crescent-shaped Table Bay shimmering in the distance. The walls of the plateau we’re standing on plunges vertically downwards, towards the sweeping ocean. Robben Island and the harbor are so far out, they look like little dots of lego from this height. Strong winds whip my face on this chilly winter morning, but thankfully, the ‘table-cloth’ of clouds is nowhere in sight and the sun is out in its full glory, blanketing the whole city in a warm shade of orange.
We’ve just arrived in Cape Town, one of my favorite cities in the world. Table Mountain is the most important landmark of the city, standing right in the heart of it, surrounded by patches of forests and beaches. From the top of Table Mountain, we’re drinking in a 360-degree panorama of the City Bowl and bay area. This is after all 1,086 meters above sea level, high enough to see the Twelve Apostles running for miles towards Cape Point, and the bay disappearing into the horizon. On the 3km-long plateau, we even spot an outrageously cute dassie (a myrax that resembles a guinea pig) scuttering across grey rocks. I laugh when I learn that the dassie’s closest living relatives are modern day elephants.
From our base in beautiful Camps Bay, we’ll be exploring a whole lot of Cape Town and its surroundings, including watching penguins at Boulders Beach, savoring grilled seafood at Hout Bay and driving all the way to Cape Point. For now, I’ll let my pictures do the talking – hope you’ll enjoy seeing Table Mountain through our photos.
A view of Lion’s Head on the right and Table Bay beneath.
The Twelve Apostles running for miles towards Cape Point.
The viewing point at the top of Table Mountain.
A close up photo of Camp’s Bay where we’re based.
Hiking on the plateau top
A cute dassie staring right into my lens.
A hiking trail that leads all the way up to the top of Table Mountain.
A rock cliff juts out from the plateau, with dassies seeking refuge on it.