You can hardly mention Cape Town, without also touching upon Table Mountain. The mountain forms the background for the city, and is likewise part of the Cape Town flag. The mountain almost serve as a protective wall between the city and the rest of the continent.
The mountain is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cape Town, and South Africa in the whole, and not without reason. From the top of the mountain is the most incredible view, and both when going up as well as back down the mountain, you will find plenty of physical challenges and explorations.
The mountain formation in full, is horse shoe shaped, and starts in the South West with Signal Hill. The leveled rock formation, has throughout time, been used to signal weather reports to the surrounding ships, enabled them to prepare for the, at times, rougly weather phenomenon’s occurring in the bay outside of Cape Town
In the west end of Tabemountain, the characteristic plateau is encircled by the 669 meters tall Lions Head, which is a acute rock formation, popular amongst both climbers and paragliders.
The bottom of the horses shoe, is the distinctive leveled plateau, measuring 3 kilometers from West to East. It was in these very caves, the original Khoikhoi tribe settled down, when first arriving to the area around the year 0 of the Gregorian calender, and continuing to be the dominating tribe, when the first European settler sailed through the bay in the 16th century.
Today these caves are absolutely worth a visit. In contradiction to many larger caves found worldwide, which are open for visitors, the caves in Table Mountain are created from sandstone, oppose to limestone.
Climbing and hiking up the mountain is a popular activity, and guided trips of several levels of difficulty, is offered for climbers. Likewise, there is a jeep route passing up the mountain, which run fairly close to the characteristic caves.
It is highly recommended to combine transportations on the up going trip, and include both jeep and walking on foot – and if you are up for it: mountain biking. The jeep routes are marked, and are also commonly used by mountain bikers.
If you chose to follow the most direct route, and hike up the mountain, one should expect, depending on your hiking level, one to three hours of walking. There are also longer routes to follow, which are less exacting.
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