Located in the South of South Africa, Cape Town boasts of some amazing landscapes and diverse flora / fauna.
One such natural wonder is the Table Mountain. The Table Mountain is considered to be one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Without going into controversies regarding which are the “true” wonders of the world, it would be quite fair to say that the Table Mountain is indeed a natural wonder.
The name is self-explanatory and the uniqueness of the the mountains is that they are wide and (very) flat at the top – it is almost as if someone took a knife and cut out the pointed peaks.
Exploring the Table Mountains is easy – there is a cable car which takes you to the top of the mountains. There are public buses, as well as the Cape Town Hop-on / Hop-off sightseeing bus, which can take you to the Cable car station. Note that the cable car gets quite crowded during peak touristic seasons, so we would recommend purchasing tickets in advance. You can also buy the tickets together with your Hop-on / Hop-off bus tickets.
Once you reach the top of the Table Mountain, you can walk around and explore the reserve – there are cafes, toilets, and most importantly view points from where you can capture wonderful panoramas of Cape Town.
You can often spot these little ones (pic below) sitting at the peaks and staring at you. We believe that they are called Rock Hyrax aka Dassie. We also noticed groups / agencies providing (selling) bungee jumping experiences at the top – however it is clearly not meant for the faint of heart (like ours).
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Penguin and Seal Colonies
Hout Bay and Seals
Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope
In the reserve, you can take the funicular to the lighthouse at the top; or simply walk around – there are photo opportunities at every corner. While it is said (rather advertised) that one can see the Atlantic and Indian oceans merging at Cape point; for all practical purposes, it is almost impossible to distinguish between the two oceans. (It is e.g. nothing like our Triveni Sangam where one can clearly distinguish the rivers by their water colors.)
We also managed to track down a few animals in the Cape of Good Hope reserve, e.g. the bucks and ostriches below.
Boulders Beach – Penguins
The area is not huge, probably can be covered by walking 15-20 minutes. But during that time, you can easily expect to spot around 100 penguins. There are penguins in whichever direction you look – and they are surely as cute as you’d expect them to be – if not more.