City & Table Mountain
Table Mountain is 260 million years old, compared with the Rockies 60 million and Himalayas 40 million! And it has more species of plant than the whole of Great Britain.
The Cable Car has been conveying people safely since 1926 and was updated in co-operation with a Swiss company in 1999. With stunning views over the whole peninsula it offers a wonderful orientation for first time travellers to this part of the world. Closer to sea-level, walk through the historic Companies Gardens, the original gardens established to grow herbs, vegetables, fruit and grapes (for wine) to replenish supplies on the ships passing through Cape Town.
The gardens are surrounded by many historical buildings which you might choose to visit, such as: the Houses of Parliament, the South African Library, St Georges Cathedral, South African Museum, the Planetarium, the first University, our afro-centric National Gallery or the Old Slave Lodge Then there is the Bo-Kaap, famous as the old Cape Malay quarter, inhabited in the main today by the slave descendants.
Moving a little higher once more, experience the noon day gun on Signal Hill as it reverberates over the City, while you take in the vista of the Atlantic Ocean, stretching out below you. For those wishing for an experience of modern ‘township’ living, take a tour into one of the surrounding formal and informal settlements of Langa, Khayalitsha & Guguletu. This is a day in Cape Town that will fill you with the sounds and sights of the old, integrated with the modern, in this astonishingly beautiful city.