Tours to Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, as viewed from Table Mountain
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa's southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain's flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. The flat-topped mountain is the headline act, but there are many other equally gorgeous natural landscapes within the park's extensive boundaries. Cultivated areas, such as the historic Company's Gardens, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Green Point Park, also make exploring the city a pleasure. Follow the lead of locals by taking full advantage of the abundant outdoor space: learn to surf; go hiking or mountain biking; tandem-paraglide off Lion's Head; abseil off the top of Table Mountain - just a few of the many activities on offer. Within an hour's drive from the city, you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Wineland destinations, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location, and also a base from which to organize shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes. With so much to see, do, and taste, Cape Town is a great place to experience, and there are several options for Table Mountain tours to help you make the most of your time here.
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Get picked up outside your hotel and transported to the foot of Table Mountain where you'll meet your expert guide. After an introduction by your guide to the geologic history of Table Mountain, begin climbing the stone steps to Platteklip Gorge. There will be breaks along the way to catch your breath and admire the views, though your guide will set the pace to ensure enough time to get to the top and back. The hike to the top takes approximately 2 hours. This is not a particularly easy route up to the top, but it's a satisfying accomplishment to reach the summit after winding your way up the dirt paths and stone steps. Along the way, look one way to see Cape Town's harbor and Robben Island, and the other way to see the mountains continue into the distance. Once you reach the top, enjoy some free time to explore the unique plant life and snap photographs before you begin the hike back down to the bottom of the mountain. Back at the base of Table Mountain, climb into the shuttle once again for transport back to your hotel.
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Join this private guided hike up iconic Table Mountain. Rising to just over one thousand meters directly from sea level, Table Mountain ranks in status alongside famous African giants such as Kilimanjaro and the Atlas Mountains. This tour is perfect for the energetic and inquisitive traveler. Learn secrets of the mountain, including how the watcher of the south, Umlindi Wemingizimu, became Table Mountain. Let your experienced guide interpret the natural wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom. A few tour routes are available for this tour, including: A 2-hour easy to moderate hike on the Table Mountain Plateau where your guide will organize tickets and then proceed with you up Table Mountain in the aerial cableway; A 5-hour moderate climb up Kasteelspoort that zigzags its way up a partly shaded gorge beneath the overhanging walls of Spring Buttress, where climbers are rewarded with views of the Twelve Apostles that stand like sentinels overlooking the Atlantic coast; and A 6-hour moderate to strenuous hike starting in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, renowned for their spectacular array of indigenous plants where your climb up Skeleton gorge is well-equipped with ladders to aid hikers over the slippery rocks. This 6-hour hike takes you through dense indigenous forests where you might spot the endangered ghost frog.
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Enjoy a private hiking tour of Cape Town's 3,558-foot-tall Table Mountain. Choose between two options: ride the rotating cable car atop the mountain for 360-degree views, then spend a couple of hours wandering the plateau's winding paths - passing among reed-like restios and flowering protease along the way. Or opt for a more strenuous, 5-hour option: a climb up the mountainside, stopping for exquisite ocean views and a picnic lunch. A nature guide will accompany you on both routes, pointing out Table Mountain's flora and fauna en route.
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Depart at 9:30am for a Mother City Tour. The drive takes you to the Main Street- Adderley Street and relives the experiences of the Portuguese explorers Bartholomeus Diaz and Vasco da Gama when their discoveries led to the southern point of Africa. Continue to the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa. A visit to the Castle will give you the opportunity to experience the "Key Ceremony" or the "Changing of the Guards" at noon. Visit the Military Museum and take a look at the William Fehr Collection of paintings and other beautiful masterpieces of furniture. The next interesting experience is a visit to District Six and the District Six Museum associated with the eviction of 60,000 people due to the Apartheid system. Then drive by buildings of Parliament to St Georges Cathedral where Bishop Desmond Tutu had his parish, Greenmarket Square and the old Townhouse, and on to The Company Gardens. A walk in the garden follows and then you'll head for Table Mountain where you take the revolving Cable Car to the top of the mountain- lunch will be available on the mountain at your own expense. Visit the Malay Quarter, which will not only give you an insight in the Malay Culture in the country, but also provides the opportunity for beautiful pictures. Visit to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront next and then it's back to your hotel where your tour concludes.
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