Sagabona, kunjani wena?! Was my first Zulu words.
It’s been a while since I’ve been down here.
My closest friends surprised me one afternoon with an amazing sunset and a very special South African wine on Table Mountain. Riaan, that was a crazy blast up there darling. I still get that ‘good mood’ feeling every time I think of it.
Table Mountain is probably the most iconic feature of the Mother City and the Southern Hemisphere. Even if recently was named one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain has a long history steeped out in mystery.
For nearly two years I lived at it’s ‘shade’.
There are moments when I realize with wisdom that my destination was in fact not a destination … it was a chance .. it was a gift; it was a mission and a big step in developing ME as a person.
An opportunity that not many of us would have it, and in fact don’t not know how many of us would value it at it’s true height. My story began in a land of contrasts, a world in which you can live an adventure in one gulp: South Africa.
Curious to know the Top of the World feeling?
Situated at the tip of Africa, It is one of the oldest mountains in the World … and is located among the most popular tourist destinations of Cape Town, attracting annually over 800 000 people.
Aside from the spectacular show that offers, Table Mountain has also several legends behind it.
One of them is the legend of sea-captain Jan Van Hunks, retired to live on the mountain with his wife. Legend says that seeking for privacy, Jan Hunks would hike to the Mountain’s Devil’s Peak where he would rest and smoke his pipe.
One day, Van Hunks was met by a stranger who asked the him to take part in a smoking contest. Since Capt Van Hunks never denied a good match, he agreed to enter the smoking contest with the stranger. After a great deal of tobacco was smoked, the stranger gave up. To Van Hunks’ surprise, the stranger turned out to be the devil( Mountain’s Devil’s Peak was named from). Not pleased at losing he vanished along with Van Hunks that night, with the thick cloud of pipe smoke still looming in the air.
Today, visitors of Table Mountain will be able to see a table-cloth-like cloud that covers the top of the mountain. Legend says that this is the devil and Van Hunks continuing their smoking match. 🙂
The price for the aerial cable-way return is R 240 equivalent to £10. If this is still too much then I suggest you the Sunset Special on Table Mountain which is half price at the moment.
Don’t forget your picnic basket and of course the loved one.
Beside the awesome view of Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Cape Town Business District, Robben Island or Two Oceans you can also spot the ‘Tampon Towers’ as locals calls it 🙂 or ‘Salt, Pepper and Mustard Towers’ (Cape Town’s ugliest buildings) Disa Park. Few years back the line, late 60’s, a well known construction company found a loophole in the building restrictions allowing to build the base below the allowable development line. The R 2.5 m scheme was controversial from the first start, as the city council and the Table Mountain Preservation Board objected. In 2000 there was a proposal to demolish a few of the top floors but the plan never saw the light of the day.
One could write several opinions and still fall a mile short of nailing its essence, stories could never end… you get that strange feeling when you are up there with amazing friends… safe, loved, secured and confident… Thank you Riaan and Lloyd for one of my lifetime memories.
until next time..
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