We managed to fit quite a lot into our few days in Cape Town when my sister came for a visit. I also feel compelled to share most of the activities we did because it was so amazing. You are most likely to be sick of reading/looking at pictures of Cape Town. This is all just too bad because I cannot be dissuaded in documenting almost every part of the trip.
After our morning trip to Robben Island, my sister and I decided to climb Lion's Head on a whim. This is part of the reason I fell in love with Cape Town and could easily live there, you can just up and decide to climb a pretty big mountain and walk to it from within the city and then have choices as to which mountain to climb! Anyway it was a pretty difficult hike/climb, way more so than we had anticipated. Still a really rewarding adventure.
View of the Cape Town city bowl. Table Mountain is off on the right there and the pointy shadow is of Lion's Head itself. You would think that the Grinch lived up on top of that peak. Sadly, he does not.
This is not a great shot of Table Mountain but it is a great shot of the frequent clouds that come rolling off the mountain. The locals call it a "table cloth" which is both adorable and clever like a talking kitten.
View of Camp's Bay. This is the nice beach area of the city and the posh and glamorous area as well.
The last part of the ascent was a pretty exhausting scramble up the rocks. There was quite a bit of traffic on the trail going both up and down. Not so many people that it was bothersome but rather impressive that so many take advantage of such a cool natural feature of their city.
Besides the final climb to the summit this was the most difficult part. If you decide this path, you are actually doing some climbing. It is made significantly easier with bars and chains installed in the rock. Still for a "hike" it was somewhat challenging.
There were plenty of people at the top enjoying snacks and picnics and even beers. Climbing up that sucker certainly earns one a beer and I am certain most people would agree. If I ever hit rock bottom, I am going to move to Cape Town and climb up there daily with a few cases and sell beers to thirsty climbers.
Sunset over the Atlantic. Our timing for the hike was absolutely perfect. We also didn't have a car at this point so we hiked even more than most, almost from sea level and up a hill I don't think we were supposed to hike up. Not too shabby.
Next up: More Cape Town!