It took three attempt to get us up Table Mountain. The first time, our flight was delayed, meaning a very late arrival into Cape Town and no time for sunset viewings. Attempt number two saw dramatic winds close the cable car, nudging us to go off and explore Bo-Kaap instead…
Finally, on our third try and on our last evening in Cape Town, we found ourselves hiccup free (well, bar the remaining actually hiccups as a result of our wine tour earlier that day… it’s always a good idea to stand near giant sheer drops when a little bit tipsy, right?) and ready to go!
And so up we climbed, dangling from God knows how high. The cable cars at Table Mountain are pretty cool and slowly rotate to ensure that you get the full 360° view. Even M who is most definitely not a fan of heights managed to enjoy our journey up!
The more energetic folks actually walk up to the mountain top, a hike taking several long (and hot) hours… This is something I would love to do at some point with more time to spare! And maybe a liiiiiitttle bit more exercise before hand… Either way, the view is pretty dang spectacular.
Soon enough, we were at the top and ready to go exploring. We’d purchased the sunset tickets which meant we could stay up later than with the standard package, giving us plenty of time to walk around before the sun bid us goodnight.
Strolling with camera in one hand, and a certain guy in the other (essential to make sure you don’t fall off…), with these insane views I really felt like we’d gone up to another planet.
In fact, this trip took me back to Venezuela where, seven years ago, I ventured up another table mountain – Roraima, a relic of the days when South America and Africa were one. Way back when, before locals had found a way up the mountains steep sides, there were a whole host of stories as to what could be on top – dinosaurs being one of the front runners. And, when on top of a mountain like this, that’s not so hard to imagine…
Sadly we didn’t spot any dinosaurs this time. Instead, we befriended a slightly fluffier creature – XXX.
After a quick drink, we settled on amongst the crowds to watch the sun set…
Perched on some rocks we looked out over the ocean to watch the sun make its final preparations for bed.
The sky lit up in orange, red, yellow, pink and purple, all at once.
And so I couldn’t resist taking a peak in the opposite direction, back towards the crowd and over their heads to the moon, just starting its day.
Until finally, the sun sank below the horizon and it was time for us to go back down to our apartment and dinner, waiting below.