Cape Town, Table Mountain
While we are preparing for our next adventure commencing soon, we would love to take you to more of the beautiful places in and around Cape Town … trips we’ve enjoyed in the past.
It was always on our list to walk ON TOP of Table Mountain. And we had this opportunity on a day in May 2014 … oh yes, and although the mountain looks flat from afar, it’s definitely not the case when you are on top of the mountain itself!
The plan for this hike:
We left our car at the parking area of Kloof Nek, while one of our friends took us with his car to the lower cable car station of Table Mountain (a trip of about 20 minutes). We then took the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and hiked on top of the mountain down to Kloof Nek again. It’s probably only about 8km, but took us more than 4 hours to complete (with a coffee break in between).
The trip with the cable car to the upper car station takes only 5 minutes with breathtaking views over Cape Town, its suburbs and the ocean.
There are plenty of hiking trails on top of Table Mountain. Our trail took us on a relatively easy first part with paved ways, then down into a gorge and up again, passed some of the reservoir dams of Table Mountain and finally a steep downhill to our destination, Kloof Nek.
It was not long before we could see the reservoir dams on top of Table Mountain … there was however a gorge between us and the dams that we first had to climb down and then up!
And it is true … no hike on Table Mountain is complete without the sight of the beautiful protea! We were very happy to see this spectacular flower several times during our hike.
The uphill, after we’ve spent some time in the valley, was quite steep. We took it slow and could barely wait to see what was waiting for us once we’ve reached the top.
We were now going down towards the reservoir dams. It was such a beautiful day – cool and a bit overcast – but perfect weather for a hike on top of Table Mountain.
By now, we’ve walked more than half of the route and (I thought) the toughest part of the trail was over … so, we sat down for our treat … a cup of coffee and cappuccino.
Oh, but hang on … no hike in the mountains are complete, if you have not encountered a chain or rope of some sort 😬. Yes, we had to negotiate a way around a big boulder with the help of a chain … do you remember our latest hiking trip at Oorlogskloof? But somehow, I’ve managed (I think my eyes were most of the time closed)!
The hiking path now changed to a paved one again – my jelly legs appreciated this after the chain episode!
The landscape now almost changed to a flat section, which made walking easy … and the path was paved and easy to follow.
We were now on our way to a next reservoir dam – there are a total of five dams on top of Table Mountain, the first of which was built as early as 1890.
Our view now changed and we could see False Bay in front of us. This is a body of water in the Atlantic Ocean between the mountainous Cape Peninsula and the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the extreme south-west.
We now had to walk down a VERY steep descent to Kloof Nek … this always brings me to the question: Is it better to walk down or up?
After four wonderful hours on top of Table Mountain, we reached our car again. If you have the time when visiting Cape Town, take a walk on top of Table Mountain – it’s a unique experience with stunning views!
PS: This post is dedicated to my dad, who passed away the next day after we’ve done this hike. Being outdoors, was something he loved very much … I believe he’s still ‘walking’ with us on our hikes ❤️.