TA­BLE MOUN­TAIN & THE CITY BOWL

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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.

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