A plateaued mountain that looms 1,084.6 meters (3,558 feet) over the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain is both a significant symbol of the city and a premiere tourist destination. Most travelers will take the cable car to the top and enjoy the magnificent view in a few hours time, making sure to see the Rhodes Memorial and the Kristenbosch National Gardens along the way (see our summaries of these attractions for more details). But we are adventurers, poised to leap from the well-worn paths of your grandparents' vacation into the abyss of sheer experience.
There are some great hiking routes, depending on how long you are looking to hike and which views you're looking to take in, but there are two that really piqued our fancy. For a shorter trek, take Skeleton Gorge above the Kristenbosch Gardens, scrambling through rocks and up ladders to the top of Nursery Ravine, which looks out on False Bay. A circuitous route takes under 4 hours.
To maximize your Table Mountain experience, a full day's guided hike can be had with the Table Mountain Walks tour service for R650 ($82 US). Then again, that abyss could reveal itself to be the rappelling to be had at the mountain summit, the highest to be had commercially in the world. Don't worry about equipment, Cape Adventure Zone has you taken care of.
Note:Nearby, within the perimeter of Table Mountain National Park, you'll find the gorgeous and amazing Oudekrall, a sandy cove known for its mountainous backdrop (the Twelve Apostles are here) and the multitude of quality dive opportunities.