TABLE MOUNTAIN & THE CITY BOWL
Table Mountain dominates virtually every vista of Cape Town, rising abruptly nearly 3,600 feet from the foot of the mountain to the top. It surrounds the urban core, providing a backdrop for practically everything in this, what is arguably one of the most geographically dramatic cities on earth.
It’s easy to see why the Mother City’s top tourist sight has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature (new7wonders.com), beating out such natural marvels as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef. Cape Town sprawls around the lower slopes of Table Mountain and along the Atlantic Seaboard, creating what has come to be known as the City Bowl.You’ll see why it’s called that when you get to the top – the view is spectacular and easily attainable by the rotating cable car, which takes you from the foot of the mountain to the top for a fare of R205 ($22.50) round trip. However you should note that during the winter months (Southern Hemisphere, remember), the Cableway has periods when it’s closed for maintenance. This year, the closure is from July 22 to August 25. For details visit tablemountain.net.