Saturday, May 14, 2011

Adventures in Table Mountain

We arrived Cape Town from Durban on a bright sunny day. The Chief Engineer  arranged our service to the Table Mountain for the cable car ride to explore the view of the place and do some trekking. Hubby was left behind due to some functions that need to be done on board.

Upon arriving at the foot of the mountain we queued in for the ticket of the Cable car ride. It cost 180Rand or $30 round trip. 
The Cable car has a 360degrees rotating floor to get a fuller view. 
The Cable way breath taking ride 1086meters above ground.
It feels good to be at the top. We reached Table Mountain Top when the clouds started to engulf the Top Shop and the Table Mountain Cafe. The weather changes so fast.
There are three (3) choices of  route to take for the trekking adventure. The Dassie walk, is the shortest way  but  we decided to follow the Agama walk which is shorter than the Klispringer walk. This is my first time to go on trekking.
 At the mountain top after we trekked, feeling the cold and misty winds.
The view from the summit overlooking Cape Town is spectacular. From a distance, you can see Robben Island. This is where former South African President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades during apartheid. On the right-hand part of the picture, you can see the Cape Town Stadium, where many of the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches were played.
Table Mountain Info details from Wikipedia:
The Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction with many visitors using the cable way or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. 
This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear's Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level, about 19 metres (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau. 
The flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain's slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called "table cloth" of cloud. 
The Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. To the south of the main plateau is a lower part of the range called the Back Table. On the Atlantic coast of the peninsula, the range is known as the Twelve Apostles. The range continues southwards to Cape Point.
It was really a breathtaking adventure at the top, truly memorable  before, we sail rounding the Cape towards Newark, USA. YES, Nelson Mandela was right the Table Mountain is indeed a gift to the earth.. 
To Sindhu and her family...thank you for the memories! God Bless!
Info source: Wiki

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