South Africa holidays
Explore a few of Cape Town's highlights before heading to the cableway at Table Mountain for a panoramic view over the city and ocean (weather permitting). The mountain forms part of Table Mountain National Park and its main feature is the level plateau, which is about 3km from side to side, and edged by the most spectacular cliffs. The plateau is flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, and forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. The whole mountain range, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by clouds and refered to as the 'table cloth'. Legend attributes the phenomenon to a smoking contest between the Devil and a local pirate called Van Hunks! The top of the mountain is much more expansive than it looks from down below and, once you've soaked up the incredible view, there are many pathways to explore with some interesting flora and fauna. The most common mammal on the mountain is the dassie, or rock hyrax, which are not dissimilar in looks to large guinea pigs. Porcupines, mongoose, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and the Table Mountain ghost frog can also be spotted. The vegetation is mostly rich Cape fynbos and because of this the mountain is a protected world heritage site. Continue to the V&A Waterfront to board your helicopter. As you fly over the city you will see the spectacular beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Cape Point and the Cape Peninsula. Disembark your helicopter at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. After a leisurely lunch in the Azure Restaurant (drinks excluded), walk along one of the pretty Twelve Apostles mountain trails behind the hotel.