Tuesday, 13 September 2011 2:38 PM
If you've booked flights to Cape Town for your next holiday, you should make time to check out Table Mountain.
There is so much to see and do in the metropolis that you may find you don't have the time to fit everything in after you hop off your cheap flight, but since the city is overlooked by Table Mountain, you can hardly forget to make your way to the summit.
So ensure you head up the famed mountain, remembering your camera so you can snap away once you reach the top and take home lots of memories of some of the best views to be found in the entire world.
There are two ways to scale the great heights of Table Mountain. If you're not overly fit and don't want to exert yourself too much, you should take the cable car up to the top, but if you prefer to stretch your legs and give yourself a bit of a workout, you can always walk up to the summit.
You do need to be relatively strong for this and you should remember to take something warm with you, like gloves or a jumper. Although you will find it is warm in the foothills, it can get pretty chilly at the top of the mountain and you don't want to be caught out.
Of course, there is much more to see and do in the Table Mountain National Park than just scaling the dizzy heights of the peak itself and you should try to spend as much time as possible doing exploring the area.
If you're particularly outdoorsy, you are sure to love the park and you will find there is ocean, forests, beaches and mountains waiting to be discovered.
One of the most obvious activities is hiking and there are many exciting trails for you to explore, whether you are a seasoned walker or you just prefer a casual stroll in a beautiful natural environment.
For easier routes, opt for the Constantiaberg, the Cape of Good Hope and Silvermine, while if you want to tax yourself, consider going up Skeleton Gorge, Nursery Ravine and Platteklip Gorge.
You can also go fishing while in the area, although you should note that both angling and extractive diving are subject to strict permits and regulations and there are six areas where these activities are not allowed.
If you want to go scuba diving, you will be in luck. There are a number of wrecks in the National Park Marine Protected Area, with popular dive sites including Smitswinkel and Miller's Point in False Bay, Oudekraal on the Atlantic Seaboard and the Maori wreck off the Sentinel in Hout Bay.
Other water-based activities include kite boarding, windsurfing and surfing, with lots of reefs, beaches, open ocean swells and rocky points to navigate your way around.
The frequent and high winds in the Cape Peninsula mean there are lots of opportunities to give windsurfing and kite boarding a go, although more popular regions for such pastimes can be found further up the west coast at Blaauberg Strand.
If you prefer to steer clear of the water and stay on dry land, then you can always do a bit of mountain biking. The steep slopes found in much of the national park make it ideal for gadding about on two wheels, although you should note that there are designated areas set aside for cycling.
You can also go rock climbing – the massive boulders and rocky ledges here have proven to be a compelling draw for climbers from around the world. If you prefer to sit and take in the natural scenery without being too active, you might just want to pack up a picnic basket and find a great place to rest and eat your lunch in what is an absolutely stunning environment.
So, regardless of whether you want to be as active as possible or simply want to sit and enjoy some of the best views in the world, you are certain to have a fantastic holiday in Cape Town – one that you will never, ever forget.
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