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Hello Table Mountain – solo travel in Cape Town

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Let’s talk about all the places you want to visit in Cape Town (and surrounds)… I did the tourist thing and got on a City Sightseeing Red Bus Tour (well, after an Uber).

It was a sunny day in Cape Town, no wind, no clouds and only blue skies. I set off on my solo travel experience of the Mother City with Table Mountain as my first stop.

Pre-booked tickets in hand I stood there looking at the incredibly long queue to get up the mountain by cable car. The long line was made up of local and international visitors all excited about the prospect of having a clear view from the top. One and a half hours in the African sun and an eye-rolling employee later trying to get us to all stand closer to each other – obviously I blew a little gasket explaining in no uncertain terms there will be no getting on top of each other after being baked to shreds. If I hadn’t paid a whopping R330 for the privilege of working on growing skin cancer just to get up a mountain, I would’ve left.

The Table Mountain cable car was a nice surprise. The cable car rotated and gave all its passengers different views. It felt safe enough as they are fairly new – I still don’t like heights.

I followed the footpaths on the mountain, stopping occasionally to snap a picture of the city at its feet. I stared at the wild landscapes on the Hout Bay side and watched the waves break over rocks and even a ship or two.

I might’ve spent more time on the mountain, but 40 minutes later my legs and back begged for somewhere soft to rest and I got back in the queue to make the journey down the mountain. Two minutes after hitting tar the City Sightseeing Red Bus Tour arrived and down the mountain we went.

Looking back, I made a few simple mistakes. I didn’t arrive at 7 am to get in a queue and 750ml of water wasn’t enough for that 1.5 hour wait – and I couldn’t very well leave the queue to go buy stuff… I was solo travelling!

Check my next post on my (mostly) solo travel experience in Cape Town.

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.

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