Photoblog: Views from the Top of Table Mountain, Cape Town

Posted on July 30, 2012 by

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.

Table Bay in the distance and Lion's Hill to the right

A view of Lion’s Head on the right and Table Bay beneath.

View of Twelve Apostles stretching towards Cape Point

The Twelve Apostles running for miles towards Cape Point.

Viewing point from top of Table Mountain

The viewing point at the top of Table Mountain.

A closeup photo of Camp's Bay

A close up photo of Camp’s Bay where we’re based.

Walking on the plateau top

Hiking on the plateau top

Dassies on Table Mountain

A cute dassie staring right into my lens.

The hiking trail up Table Mountain

A hiking trail that leads all the way up to the top of Table Mountain.

Dassies on the edge of the plateau

A rock cliff juts out from the plateau, with dassies seeking refuge on it.

Disclosure: Our trip is sponsored by Cape Town Tourism, but all opinions are our own. Remember to follow us on Twitter with the #LoveCapeTown hashtag.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

13 Responses to “Photoblog: Views from the Top of Table Mountain, Cape Town”

  1. A Montrealer Abroad July 30, 2012 10:41 pm #

    Stunning! Just another reason why South Africa is a must.

  2. mzansigirl July 31, 2012 3:26 am #

    Dassies are really cute, but that one looks a little scary :)

  3. reddevilandy10 August 1, 2012 9:17 pm #

    Just a tiny correction… I’m a Capetonian and the first picture features Devil’s Peak, on the right, and not Lion’s Head. I hope you’re enjoying Cape Town!!

  4. Arti August 5, 2012 5:39 pm #

    Having seen the Table Mountain while cricket matches are on in South Africa, this was a wonderful read to be able to see it in pictures from closer range. Its so beautiful!

  5. Eugene August 23, 2012 9:51 pm #

    Those are some great photos. It sounds like you guys had an awesome time visiting our beautiful city although the weather wasn't always so great. As per the comment above the first pic shows Devil's Peak not Lion's Head and there's a cool story behind how it got that name. Now if only the sea water wasn't so damn cold and the sharks were a little friendlier…..

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