We wanted to make sure we went up as early as possible since the weather was good. We've been rained out so many times these past weeks that we are very wary of weather. Yesterday, we woke to a beautiful, sunny day and everyone got ready to go. But, when I logged onto the Table Mountain Cableway site, I discovered the cableway was closed because of "adverse weather conditions". Since it was only 9am, no one was too worried and we just found stuff to do and waited. Sure enough, the mountains weather conditions improved in about an hour and we were on our way.
Cape Town has a great bus system called MyCiti. You buy a card and load on points to pay the fare. No coins or cash allowed, just the card. It looks like a credit card/debit card, complete with a pin to load it. The kids can't wait to keep their's (along with their Tokyo Suica subway card which is pretty cool looking, too). We are located very well here in downtown Cape Town. It was a very short walk to the Civic Centre hub where we bought our cards and caught a bus. Sure, it was the wrong bus in the completely opposite direction of where we needed to go, but hey, we saw a whole other section of Cape Town we wouldn't have seen.
We then had to take the opposite bus back to the Civic Centre and wait for the correct bus (106/107) which was very popular and full. Many employees of the Mountain were on the bus, evident by their striking lime green sweaters and uniforms. We followed them to the shuttle bus (110) up to the lower cableway and we were finally at Table Mountain! There was no waiting, we bought our tickets, had our photo taken and were quickly ushered into the Cable Car.
You may remember from the chair lifts at the Great Wall in Beijing, that I'm a little afraid of heights (okay, a lot) especially being suspended from great heights. I was not looking forward to this. Each Cable car can hold sixty-five people and rotates as you go up, giving you a 360 degree view. It's only a five minute ride though, so I knew I could survive it.
I'm happy to report, however, that it wasn't the least bit scary and I actually wished it was longer. I think it helped that it was so big, you didn't feel suspended. The ride was very smooth. And the rotation was really cool, you could see everything. There were even open windows. Now I have high hopes that I won't be scared on the London Eye. Whew!
I'll leave you with more photos from the top of Table Mountain. As always, thanks for reading!! If you're a new reader from the newspaper article or social media, welcome and hope you'll return!