Let’s face it. Table Mountain is probably the most important symbol of not only Cape Town, but also for South Africa. Because of its unique flat-headed peak, the Table Mountain has established its fame around the world. Not only it’s a very important tourist attraction, but it’s also one of the 7 natural wonders of the world! On a clear day, the mountain can be seen from anywhere within the city of Cape Town and as far as Table Bay and Robben Island. Therefore when in Cape Town, you definitely can’t avoid going to the top of this beautiful mountain!
One of my favorite places in Cape Town is Camps Bay. Camps Bay is an elite suburb famous for its beautiful beaches hidden between large boulders. The stunning views of the backside of Table Mountain Range known as Twelve Apostles create a breathtaking backdrop of the Camps Bay area.
And this is exactly what I’ll be showing you all on this post. A virtual trip to Table Mountain and Camps Bay!
Although Table Mountain may look quite high up close, it actually stands only a kilometer tall above sea level. The flat top from one side to another is around 3 km long. There are many spots all over the city where you can enjoy a clear, amazing view of the mountain from far. But my personal favorite spot to view Table Mountain was from Signal Hill – the small hill right behind the Bo-Kaap neighborhood.
Table Mountain has two neighboring mountains – Devil’s Peak to its east and Lion’s Head to its west. Together with Signal Hill, these mountains form a unique, natural ‘amphitheater’ of central Cape Town areas. Of course, when its cloudy or the weather is bad, the Table Mountain is usually covered by a white layer of clouds known as ‘The Tablecloth’.
So how to get up there?
There are two ways – either you take the cable car, or you summon all your energy and climb it yourself 😉 .
I took the cable car, called the Table Mountain Cableway. A return trip ticket would cost R240 (or around € 15) and it is better to buy it in advance if you want to avoid long queue. The ride to the top (or below) takes only about 5 mins and it rotates 360° inside the car to give you a panoramic view. The only downside of using the cable car is that since there are only two of them in service, you might have to wait at least 15 mins or even 30 mins to get into the ride!
Keep in mind that during bad weather or high wind, the cable car service may not run.
If you are interested in climbing up there, there are many hiking trails (I’m not sure where exactly as I myself haven’t done it). But some of the friends I’ve met in Cape Town have done it and according to them, it can take between 2-3 hours one way.
Whichever way you take to go up there, you will not regret it because of these views you get from up there!
After your visit to Table Mountain, you can head down to Camps Bay. Camps Bay is a must-visit for every beach lovers. This affluent neighborhood offers several pristine beaches ‘protected’ by boulders. And even if you aren’t a beach person, there is plenty to do here. There are many restaurants, cafés, and bars along the busy street facing towards the sea.
My favorite spot in this area is ‘The Bungalow’, where you can have an awesome panoramic view of Camps Bay beach with the ‘Twelve Apostles’ mountain range and the ocean! Why is this my favorite spot? because one of the best times to visit this place is late afternoon. As the sun goes down beyond the horizon, it creates a dramatic, breathtaking view of Camps Bay! If you are visiting Cape Town, make sure to spend half a day in Camps Bay, especially around late afternoon and during sunset!
How to get to these places?
So how to get to Table Mountain and Camps Bay? The best way would be to go on the Citysightseeing Bus (Hop on/off) tour. I mentioned more about the bus tour here. The Red Tour makes a stop at both Table Mountain and Camps Bay. Otherwise you could of course, take a taxi or the MyCiti public bus, which also stops at these bus stations.