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Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain that rises 3,563 feet over the city of Cape Town, South Africa. Table Mountain is especially notable for its two mile wide level plateau at its highest height, which makes it a dramatic and geometric backdrop to the city. The mountain is flanked by Lion’s Head to the west and Devil’s Peak to the east. Ambitious travelers can hike up the mountain, which takes about 2.5 hours or less depending on the hiker’s fitness level. Unfortunately, the trails are not very well-marked and it is very easy to get lost (based on experience). For the less adventurous, The Table Mountain Cableway sweeps 65 passengers at a time to the summit of the mountain in just a couple minutes. While the cableway ascends, it rotates and offers a 360-view of Cape Town.

The views from the plateau of Table Mountain can only be described with one word: sublime. The plateau offers sweeping vista views of the Atlantic seabord to the west and south, and the Cape Town cityscape, Robben Island, and Table Bay to the north.

Cape Town has a lot to offer besides the regal and colossal mountain that encapsulates the city. The city is home to a slew of beaches, each with a very different atmosphere and geography. Besides going to the beach, be sure to check out Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is home to a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and shopping on a picture-perfect marina. At night, hit Long Street, which is comparable to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, for a unique lineup of bars and clubs. For an unforgettable Saturday brunch experience, check out Old Biscuit Mill, an outdoor market home to a variety of shops and food markets.

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Tucker is a junior at Fordham University studying Political Science and Art History. He enjoys food, historical nonfiction, and Netflix marathons.

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