South Africa: Table Mountain: Extension
With Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, Table Mountain, Cape Town’s famous flat-topped mountain, is an icon of South Africa. The top of the mountain forms a dramatic and unforgettable backdrop of the city, overlooking the mountains in the distance, and Table Bay Harbor.
In the early evening, arrive at your lodge in Oranjezicht at the foot of Table Mountain, where you’ll enjoy welcome drinks and snacks. A fusion of Southeast Asian and South African cuisine, a traditional Cape Malay dinner of different curry dishes and slowly-cooked stews will be served, either along a shared dining table or in the tranquil garden. After dinner, it’s off to bed to rest up for the following day’s hike.
After a breakfast of fresh breads and fruits, a professional guide will help you to select the most suitable ascent up the mountain–Platteklip Gorge, a straightforward two-and-a-half hour hike for the energetic, or the cableway for those looking for something more leisurely. Set off sans your overnight luggage, which will be transported to the Overseer’s Cottages at the top of the mountain.
Once you’ve reached the top, enjoy a picnic lunch at Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on the mountain, at 1,087 meters. Your route follows the historic Smuts Track to the Overseer’s Cottages on the eastern side of the mountain, where you will gather your overnight luggage and settle into your room. After some relaxation time, enjoy pre-dinner drinks while overlooking False Bay and the distant mountain ranges. Dinner will be a traditional South African braai (barbecue) or potjiekos (cast-iron pot-on-the-fire) stew, served around the fire under the stars, or indoors on cooler evenings.
A wholesome breakfast is followed by a visit to the Waterworks Museum, founded in 1972 and housing a display of memorabilia from the construction of the dams on Table Mountain. Head onwards towards the top of Kasteels Poort, on the western side of the mountain, for breathtaking views of “the diving board” that overlooks Camps Bay and the Atlantic Coastline far below. The trek back to the cottages takes you past the historic Hely-Hutchinson, Woodhead, Victoria, and Alexandra dams, and back towards the view of False Bay and the Cape Flats.
After a final picnic, finish your adventure with a hike down to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, after which you will be re-united with your overnight luggage.
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