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View from Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Robben Island, Cape Town Stadium, Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa,

Fotoeins Friday: Cape Town from the top of the Table

With the accompanying aerial cableway, Table Mountain (Tafelberg) is one of the most visited and photographed sights in Cape Town, South Africa. The flattened summit is ideal for panoramas from an elevation of almost 1100 metres (3500 feet). Above, the north-facing vista includes the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, Robben Island in the harbour, Cape Town Stadium, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, and Sea Point, a wealthy suburb of Cape Town.

Below, the south-facing vista includes the waters of both Indian and Atlantic Oceans, nearby Muizenberg and Hout Bay, as well as the mountains stretching south along the peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope which is hidden in the picture. The line-of-sight distances to Muizenberg and the Slangkoppunt Lighthouse are about 17 and 22 km, respectively.

View from Table Mountain, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Muizenberg, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

As a part of my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 13 October 2012 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera, EF-S 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/800s, f/8, ISO400, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

8 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: Cape Town from the top of the Table”

  1. Fotoeins Friday: man vs. nature, Cape Town vs. Table Mountain | Fotoeins Fotografie

    […] Most who see the pictures or visit Cape Town refer to the flat-topped landmark as “Table Mountain.” However, the indigenous Khoikhoi (Khoekhoe) nomads gave the name Hoerikwaggo (“mountain of the sea”) to the prominent geographic feature. When Dutch sailors arrived and their colonizers settled here, they called the mountain Tafelsberg, literally “table mountain”. The Cape Floral Region which includes Table Mountain was inscribed in 2004 as UNESCO World Heritage site. From the top of Table Mountain (Hoerikwaggo), you can have these north- and south-facing views. […]


  2. Tricia A. Mitchell

    We were just in Cape Town earlier this year, but didn’t make it to the top of Table Mountain. It wasn’t because of uncooperative weather (it was gloriously sunny, with calm winds) but because of the lines. When we return, I’d like to hike up there. Did you take the cable car or walk up?

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Tricia. I felt particularly lazy looking straight up at that cliff face 😅 And so, I decided to take the cable-car on ascent and descent; I guess I lucked out on the queues. But the winds kicked my ass on my only day I could go out to Robben Island; boat service to the island was halted the entire day because of choppy waters. Guess I’ll have to go back to CPT, and yeah, I’d love to! Thanks for your comment!

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    • Tricia A. Mitchell

      It sounds like we all have an excuse to return then. We did make it to Robben Island our last full day there. The water was a bit choppy for our journey back, so I can imagine why they sometimes cancel boat service.

      We were broken into groups, then guided by a former political prisoner. I wish the group size had been a bit smaller, just so we could’ve heard the group leader better, and perhaps ask him a few questions. Nevertheless, it was important to visit as we attempted to better understand the country’s history.

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