It’s late July and Table Mountain sits wreathed in winter cloud and rain. Little wonder that this is when the cable car closes down for its annual two-week service, leaving unprepared visitors scratching their heads and saying: “So we have to walk up?”
With winter setting in over Table Mountain, May’s floral offerings seem few and far between, yet there is still plenty to see if you pay careful attention.
There’s a season change at the moment: summer’s heat is beginning to wane and the relentless wind, the tablecloth-forming southeaster, is starting to lose its bite. And there’re plenty of flowers around on Table Mountain.
A hike up Table Mountain is an unforgettable experience that would be incomplete without a little rock dassie interaction.
There’s a summer-warmth on Cape Town’s breeze at the moment, and after this winter’s abnormally generous rains, Table Mountain is exploding into flower. I thought I’d take a quick spin up and down in the cable car to see exactly what’s going on.
Local photographer Irene McCullagh recently shared one of her photos of Table Mountain with us via our Facebook page, and we just had to include some more of them here on the blog.
South Africa’s award-winning Chelsea Flower Show exhibition is on display at the V&A Waterfront until September 24.
Cape Town may still be in the icy grip of winter, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see in the fynbos. These wet months are greatly anticipated by the summer-baked mountains and the rains precipitate a great colourful burst of flowering, the most obvious being the luminous yellows and lime-greens of the conebush proteas.
Proteas are blooming, gloriously, on Table Mountain. The protea is South Africa’s national flower and appears on our coat of arms. Besides being a popular vase flower, people also used the nectar of the suikerbossie as a sugar substitute.
The Cableway operates in a World Heritage Site, making us caretakers of one of the most special places in the world – a responsibility we take seriously.