Last Sunday, Lois and I went to the top of Table Mountain on the Cable Car (thanks to Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for the free tickets). It was a beautufully clear day, and you could see for miles and miles. Of course, the view from the top is amazing!
The first shot is of the city bowl (business district), with Lion’s Head on the left, and in the distace you can see Robin Island, and the beaches of Blouberg on the right.
And the next shot is of Lion’s Head with one of the cable car’s in the foreground, and once again Robin Island on the right. You can walk to the top of Lion’s head in about an hour or so, and it is fulled with lines of people climbing to the top on full moon nights.
Proudly introducing one of the official new 7 wonders of the world, Table Mountain. I have lived in the shadow of Table Mountain my whole life, and whenever I travel it is an amazing experience flying into Cape Town and seeing the majesty of the mountain as we come in to land. It is a magnificent landmark, and I am proud that it has been recognised for its beauty.
Until I started trail running, I thought I was pretty fit (I can run a 21km half marathon without too much difficulty), but after going on two trail runs, I have realised that I am going to need a whole different level of fitness to keep this up.
The group that I have joined start running every Saturday morning around 7am. It means getting up really early on the weekends, but the views on the mountain make it so worth the early start.
On my weekend run, I even tried to fly, but alas did not manage to miss the ground, so a couple of bruised knees and sore left ankle later I completed the 15km route. Note that this was 15km up and down a mountain, not 15km on the level.
I took my happy snappy camera on the last run, so here is just a taste of the experience.
Lion’s Head (left) and Signal Hill (right). Notice how it looks like a lion lying on the ground, hence the name.
Running along Table Mountain, yes those little dots are us
Running towards the Cable Car. The building on the bottom is the lower cable station, and you can see the cable car in the middle. Lion’s head is in the distance.
Cable Cars. Although it was a lovely day, it was still quite misty, here you can see the cables going up into the mist on the top of the mountain. If you come to Cape Town, you must take a trip to the top of the mountain, it is truly magnificent.
So am I hooked on Trail Running? Absolutely, see you on the mountain.
Please vote for Table Mountain by Friday (11/11/11) as one of the 7 wonders of nature.
Table mountain could be one of the new 7 wonders of nature! This is a big thing for Cape Town. In fact according to News 24, it could add over R1 billion of income into Cape Town per year, and add over 11 000 jobs!
If you have followed my blog you will have seen many photos of the beautiful city of Cape Town, under the shadow of Table Mountain. If you have enjoyed any of these photos it is your turn to help me and vote for Table Mountain as one of the 7 wonders of nature.
To help motivate you, here are a few more pictures of Table Mountain. After all, a picture tells 1000 words, to these photos count for about 10 pages of writing :-) There is still competition from some really wonderful places, so every vote helps.
Thanks for taking the time, now onto the gallery.
The folks at Cape Town Helicopters give me a flip in one of their choppers on Saturday to do a photoshoot. It was a cool and crystal-clear day perfect for shooting.
Table Mountain with Lion’s Head on the right, the harbour in the front.
Cape Town Stadium, with Lion’s Head and Table Mountain in the background.
Cape Town Stadium with the city bowl in the background.
The Camps Bay and Clifton beaches, with Hout Bay in the distance.
You can do a flip for less that R600, and while that is a lot of money, it is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Highly recommended. Cape Town Helicopters have a 100% safety record, so I am sure you are in good hands.
Disclosure: my flight was free, but the opinions and photos are mine.