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Table Mountain — Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain — Cape Town, South AfricaTable Mountain is a must! 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 and its Table Bay harbor. Cable cars are going all the way up and the view is magnificent. It is a very popular site and although there are many tourists, it is worth it to go there

The top plateau measues 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from end to end where there are lots of rare plants and animals

Table Mountain, Cape Town's benchmark, is more than a thousand feet high. In order to reduce queues, a Swiss cable car was installed, with room for 50 passengers.

During the summer, it usually blows from the southeast and then together with the warm moist air from False Bay, it creates a cloud formation which flows out over the edge of the mountain like a waterfall and has been named "the table cloth".

The Table Cloth over Table MountainThe mountain is known to often be covered with fog. The cable car is closed if the fog is present. The fog is formed as a result of a south-easterly sea breeze called the Cape Doctor and can move at a speed of around 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles/hr).

Provided the weather is good the cable car is open seven days a week from morning to night (December-April 8-22, May-November 8:30-18:00) (8:30am to 8:00pm) To avoid the longest queues, it is good to be on site at the base station at opening time. It is also possible to make reservations in advance at the cable car counter in the Tourist Rendezvous Travel Center in Adderley Street and also at the tourist office at Waterfront.

There are marked trails of various difficulty to get to the top of the mountain.

Table Mountain Cable Car