Photo of the week – December week #4: The eastern Table

Dec 25, 2012

Table Mountain’s tabletop summit is a rectangular rock mass that runs east-west. Seen from the city – from where its iconic profile shows up best – the right-hand corner, the western tip, features a conspicuous blip: the upper cable station.  The above photo was taken from the opposite end of the ‘Table’ – the left-hand or eastern edge (and in an easterly direction). This side offers grand views of Devil’s Peak and the Cape country mountains in the distance as well as False Bay, and from further round to the southeast edge, of the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point. This corner of the mountain is remote and seldom visited, and offers sculpted rock-formations and pristine mountain terrain not found around the upper cable station. To get the most out of the area – and to experience it safely and without damage to the environment – best make use of a Table Mountain guide. Hiking up Table Mountain can be enhanced by a detour to this delightful area, where the spirit of the mountains still prevails despite its proximity to a city.


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