Whether you arrive in Cape Town by air, rail, road or sea, it’s the first thing you’ll notice: Table Mountain. This flat-topped mountain, at 1,085 meters high, is Cape Town’s most iconic and photographed landmark… and rightly so. Its presence can be felt all around the city and it also influences the city’s weather! My first sighting of the mountain was a memorable one. I was flying in from Amsterdam and as the plane approached the airport in the evening, I noticed a vaguely-lit mass below. It was night and the city lights shone bright around the mass but I strained my eyes to see what it was and realised that it was Table Mountain lit up with massive floodlights!

Table Mountain (centre), flanked by the Devil’s Peak (left) and Lion’s Head (right).

Table Mountain views

I’ve since been back to Cape Town (map) many times and the mountain never fails to impress. I’ll never tire of looking at this majestic mountain. I’ve been to the peak several times now, one of the top things to do in Cape Town, and I’ve seen the mountain from both the sea and the air.  As a tribute to this iconic mountain, I’ve compiled a series of photos to highlight just how awe-inspiring Table Mountain is. I hope you enjoy the views as much as I did!

Table Mountain views from the water

There are gorgeous views of the mountain from the V&A Waterfront. Alternatively, visit the historic Robben Island – the boat ride to the island offers stunning views from the bay – or go on a sunset cruise from the V&A Waterfront.

From the V&A Waterfront.
Table Mountain seen from Robben Island.
Table Mountain behind a misty veil at sunset taken during a sunset cruise.
An incredible view during the sunset cruise.
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Table Mountain views from the air

If you’re flying into or out of Cape Town, book a window seat! Alternatively, you can go on a Cape Town helicopter tour to enjoy spectacular aerial views.

An aerial view of Cape Town and Table Mountain from the approach into Cape Town International Airport.
View of Table Mountain sticking out above the thick clouds – I took this photo after take-off from Cape Town International Airport.
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Panoramic view of Cape Town from a helicopter tour
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Table Mountain (in the distance) seen from a helicopter flight.
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Table Mountain views from its foot

The Table Mountain Cableway is the easiest way to get to the peak. It whisks guests up to the peak within minutes. The mountain is also famed for its fynbos – a shrubby vegetation found in the Western Cape. Notice the flowering fynbos on the slopes.

Table Mountain Cableway
Another great place to get a view of Table Mountain is from the beach at Camps Bay (at sunset).

Table Mountain views from the top

There are two ways to make it to the top – via the cable-car (which can be combined with a city tour) or you can hike up the mountain (there are various paths with different levels of difficulty). If you’re not hiking up the mountain, go for a walk around the top to view the beautiful Cape fynbos vegetation. On the slopes, you’ll also find gorgeous proteas which are endemic to the mountain. Even if it’s sunny and warm, always take a warm coat with you as it can be quite chilly at the top. More importantly, enjoy the views… as they’re truly spectacular!

View of Cape Town, Lion’s Head, Table Bay and Robben Island from the top.
Looking towards Devil’s Peak
The view towards Camps Bay.

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3 Responses

  • […] me for a while. ? With the intense blue of the Atlantic Ocean at its doorstep and the imposing Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town is such an incredibly stunning city! One of my favourite neighbourhoods in […]

  • The views from Robben Island and Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles peaks are amazing. Cape Town also looks beautiful and scenic place.

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