Africa Travel Blog (9/14/22): Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa

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After spending the last few days exploring the amazing Garden Route National Park, it was time for us to move on. We have headed further South down the coast of South Africa to the incredible city of Cape Town. Not only does Cape Town have an incredible coastline of its own, but it is also famous for having some of the world’s most spectacular coastal mountains. The infamous Table Mountain seems to cradle the city against the coastline and provides one of the most unique and beautiful city backdrops that I have ever seen. In this Africa travel blog update, I discuss our travel to Cape Town and what we were able to see on the first day of our visit.

After arriving in Cape Town, we grabbed our rental car and immediately started exploring the city. We decided to use the rest of the day to explore the Table Mountain, Signal Hill, and Lion’s head area. This is the breathtaking mountain area that surrounds the city of Cape Town.

There are several different ways in which to explore the infamous Table Mountain, depending on how much time you have and what your fitness level is. If you have the time and are up for it, you can hike to the top of Table Mountain. Though beware, it is a steep and difficult hike that will take you a few hours to complete.

The other option would be to take the cable car to the top of the mountain. It only takes five minutes to ride up, and the cost of the ride is quite reasonable. However, the line to get on a car to the top can be quite long, especially during the busy season. You do have to pay extra for a return trip down, so many people ride up and then hike back down.

The views of the city from on top of Table Mountain are extraordinary, as are the views from Signal Hill, which sits next to Table Mountain and also overlooks the city. There isn’t a cable car to the top of Signal Hill, but there is a road to the top for those who don’t want to hike up.

Sitting somewhat between Table Mountain and Signal Hill is the renowned Lion’s Head. This quirky mountain overlooking the city is one of the most unique geological features in the city. It’s also an incredibly popular hike for hikers visiting Cape Town. Again, you’ll want to leave yourself a few hours to get up, enjoy the views, and then back down safely if you do decide to hike it.

Tomorrow will be a busy day as we will be exploring Cape Point, the infamous Boulder Beach penguins, and the rest of the Cape Peninsula. Until then, safe travels!

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  1. How did you get up the mountain?

    • We ended up taking the cable car. I wanted to hike up, but my father has neuropathy in his feet, so he can’t hike long distances anymore. The hike up looked incredible though!!

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