Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain Discovery
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Approximately 3½ Hours
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain -- the city's most celebrated landmark.
Depart from the quayside and travel up the Kloof Nek saddle between Table Mountain and Lion's Head. Arriving at the Lower Cableway Station, you'll ascend from the Valley Station (1,125 feet) to the Mountain Station (3,477 feet) in a Swiss-engineered Rotair cable car. The journey from the base to the summit takes just under four minutes and offers spectacular views. The floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent. Table Mountain takes its name from the flat-topped central massif of the mountain, which viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil's Peak on the left, Lion's Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground. They form a sort of amphitheater that encloses the city center and some of the older suburbs. Other earlier suburbs are on either side of the chain of mountains, which run like a spine through the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point. From the summit, the natural protected area stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point has been managed under the custodianship of the National Parks Board. This area has one of the highest concentrations in the world of endemic plant and animal species relative to its size. It contains a staggering 2,285 plant species -- more than the entire United Kingdom.
Return to the ship with a short orientation tour of the city of Cape Town, together with a scenic drive along the Atlantic seaboard. You will pass the colorful historic houses of the Bo-kaap (Malay Quarter), the downtown convention center, Adderley Street with statues of Jan van Riebeeck and Bartholomeu Diaz, the Castle of Good Hope, the City Hall in Darling Street, the Dutch Reformed Church, Slave Lodge and St Georges Cathedral, and the Cape Provincial Government buildings in Wale Street as you return to the pier.
Please note: Suitable for guests using a wheelchair with a companion to assist; not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Tour operates weather permitting. If the cableway is closed, a visit to the South African Natural History Museum and Signal Hill will be substituted. There may be some congestion and a delay at the cable car station.