Travelog: Cape Town, South Africa (Days 4 & 5)

A stunning view from Table Mountain with the clouds overtaking the ports of Cape Town.

Time was going by quickly and before we knew it, there were only two days left in Cape Town. For the first time my grandpa and I were finally able to sleep in. My father however wasn’t so lucky because he had more business meetings to attend.

View of the city from the cable car.

View of the city from the cable car.

After my dad’s meetings he returned to the room to wake us up and get ready for another adventure. This time it wasn’t sharks, but climbing to the top of Table Mountain, one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature.”

Table Mountain is one of the most famous icons of South Africa, and is the only natural site in the world to have a constellation of stars named after it. This mountain got its name because of the flatness of its top being similar to that of a table. It also holds both the richest and smallest floral kingdom in the world with over 1,470 floral species, some of those being rare and endangered.

We traveled to Table Mountain with members of the GCCA (Global Cold Chain Alliance). Instead of hiking we decided to cheat and take a cable car to the top. Even though the cable car option was both quick and easy, I hated every second of it because we all crammed into one car and it was beyond uncomfortable.

Right when I thought I was going to die due to my claustrophobia, we reached the top. There we were given a map of the

The ports of Cape Town from the mountain.

The ports of Cape Town from the mountain.

mountain which detailed the best viewpoints for photography, then we were sent off to explore for the next two hours. While on the mountain we made great use of those two hours and almost walked around the whole mountain top, taking plenty of pictures along the way. The mountain had stunning views of the city, its coastline, and the surrounding mountain range.

At the end of the trip we piled back into another cable car, which once again was beyond fun for me. We returned to the hotel, then split from the rest of the group to walk around Cape Town and get something to eat for dinner. When we were done we headed back to our room and went to bed early. We wanted to be well rested for our last day in Cape Town.

The fanciest dining area yet.

The fanciest dining area yet.

This time we all got the luxury of sleeping in. When we awoke it was already lunch time, we had nothing planned until the evening so we could truly use our last day to explore the city and do more gift shopping.

Before we knew it, it was time for our last dinner in Cape Town. It was undeniably something to remember, we got onto a bus and were taken into an old fancy building used by the leaders of South Africa when the British were still in rule. The dinner we had this day put all the others to shame, the table was huge and the chandeliers were extravagant. The place reminded us of what a King’s dining area would be like. To put icing on the cake, we had our own violinist playing music while we were eating.

After the dinner we were led out by people dressed as a tribal group playing drums and blowing horns. When we got outside we

My Dad and I trying to dance.

My Dad and I trying to dance.

were met by a fire show that was truly amazing. One man was tossing a staff lit on fire around and doing many cool tricks, and a woman was hula hooping a hoop on fire.

This was all happening while African dancers were dancing around them and grabbing people from the crowd to dance also. After we were all done dancing we piled back onto the bus to go to the hotel. When we got to our room we made sure to go to bed early because we had an exciting day ahead of us!

 

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