It’s only natural that Table Mountain tops the list of most travellers staying in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. After all, this iconic inselberg has become almost synonymous with the city. What you may not realise is that there’s more than one way to make the most of this attraction.
Table Mountain has more to offer than the traditional cable car trip, here’s how to make the most of the mountain.
Abseil from the Summit
There are some people that go up, who simply must come down by the most daring way possible. Abseiling is an awesome way to appreciate the heights of Table Mountain as you hop and slide down it’s cliff-face with views of Camps Bay, Lion’s Head, The Twelve Apostles and the ocean all around you.
Walking up to the top of Table Mountain or ambling along it’s slope is a truly immersive experience that allows you to appreciate the smaller things that make the mountain special.
Many of the hikes aren’t too strenuous but if you want to go the whole hog, you can take the 3-hour trail from Tafelberg Road to the Upper Cableway Station.
Free Guided Walking Tours
These tours are a wonderful way to get to know the mountain. All along the way, your guide will fill you in on the folklore, fauna and flora of the park while you revel in the views and the fresh mountain air.
Ride an Off-road Scooter
This 2-in-1 adventure is a treat for those who love to zip along at speed. The journey begins at the Lower Parking Area near Kloof Nek Road from where you are taken to the top of Signal Hill for your first descent.
As you arrive in the Bo Kaap, you’ll get a lift back up to Dead Man’s Tree on Table Mountain from where you can whizz down to Deer Park. At the end of it all, your driver drops you back at your starting point.
Visit the Waterworks Museum
Yip, Cape Town’s love of museums has reached new heights. The Waterworks Museum is a tribute to the foresight of 1898 pioneers who built the dams on top of Table Mountain. Take the Constantia Nek Trail until you reach the museum on the side of the mountain where you’ll see the tools and machinery, including a steam locomotive, used to build the dams.
High Tea at the Cableway Wi-Fi Lounge
You can’t say you’ve done High Tea until you’ve sipped and snacked at 1 067m above sea level. Apart from the bragging rights, there’s also free wi-fi and peanut butter brownie cheesecake on the menu. Need we say more?
Yoga on the Mountain
This is one of those things that you can’t believe hasn’t been thought of before. There’s no better place to nudge your karma back into place than with a yoga lesson atop these scenic heights. The classes are hosted by the Librisa Spa at The Belmond Mount Nelson and include the cableway trip and a session on the summit followed by tea and snacks before returning to the hotel.
Stop and Admire the View
The most obvious and also most important way to enjoy your time on top of Table Mountain is to stop awhile and admire the glorious views across the city and ocean. It’s the ultimate way to appreciate the beauty of the city during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. Start planning your trip with us now.
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