Lower Sabie Rest Camp
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Day 5 - Table Mountain Day
Today included different views of the iconic Table Mountain and a cable car ride to the top.
To start the day, we drove around to the western side of Table Bay to Bloubergstrand where we had breakfast at a place called On The Rocks. It looked fine from the front, but it was the view of Table Mountain from the back that was the draw.
It was a little breezy and chilly to sit outside, but we had a wonderful table by the full-length windows. After getting photos, we settled in and ordered. Have we mentioned yet that South Africans like their meat? There are two choices of meat with many meals, including this breakfast dish.
The food was very good and very fresh. And, once again, when we figured out the cost of the meal in American dollars, we were quite pleased. The filling breakfast with coffee, fresh fruit juices, and milk came out to about $8 per person - a terrific bargain given the location and views.
After our enjoyable morning meal, we made a short drive to Blouberg Beach for another photo op.
It was a little hazy around the city but the blooming flowers along the beach helped make a nice shot. It's certainly obvious how the mountain got its name.
After the lovely morning in Bloubergstrand, we made our way back to Cape Town. Next on the agenda was to go to the top of Table Mountain via the Aerial Cableway.
It's one of the touristy things you just have to do, although it is a tad pricey at about $50 U.S. per couple. It's also quite crowded and parking can be a hassle.
We were crammed into one of the gondolas for the ride up. But they are pretty neat in that the inside rotates 360 degrees and you have the opportunity to see all the way around as you ride up.
At the top, there are numerous pathways and overlooks as well as a restaurant.
Clouds rolled in covering a good portion of the mountain like a "tablecloth".
After taking lots of photos of the coast looking south, we went to the Cape Town side for a few more photos.
Linda & I got a couple of new birds on the mountain - Red-winged Starling (left) and Speckled Pigeon (right).
And there were a variety of colorful lizards.
We didn't venture off on any of the side trails to search for other wildlife, but in addition to the lizards and birds we saw this Rock Hyrax (aka Rock Rabbit or Dassie).
Eventually, we made our way back to the cableway station and took a cable car down. We enjoyed our time and the views, and were lucky we had a nice sunny day.
After our time on top of Table Mountain, we went back to our B & B where we rested up until dinner. For dinner, our B & B hosts Sheldon & Carolyn had made reservations at Bloemendal Wine Estate which sits high on a hill with yet another view of Table Mountain.
It was a lovely place for dinner.
We enjoyed the seafood buffet, although the word was their regular buffet is much better. After dinner, sitting in front of the fireplace was a nice finish to another great day.
And thus ended our Table Mountain-themed day, and we're another day closer to heading to Kruger National Park.
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