Location: VandA Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
Hellooo from Cape Town!
After spending most of yesterday scrubbing and getting Argo pretty, we were all super excited to explore more of Cape Town today. We woke up to freshly baked chocolate chip muffins and packed our lunches before we jumped into some taxis and headed to the Botanical Gardens. This is where we started our hike of the epic Table Mountain in Cape Town. We embarked on our journey up the Skeleton Gorge, notorious for everyone who has fallen into the gorge (this was Ian’s explanation which was most likely not fact-checked). We are climbing up wooden ladders and slippery rocks while enjoying the sight of the stream running through the gorge. As the trail became steeper and we could glimpse a sight of the top of the mountain through the branches, we thought we were getting close to the top. This was, however, not the case. What we thought was the top of Table Mountain was only the start of Table Mountain. We were told by passing hikers that we far from the end and that we had only completed about a third of the hike. I do not think anyone was prepared for what we had ahead of us as we had been told that this was a relatively easy hike that should take about an hour and a half – most of us reached the end of the hike after 3 or 4 hours. As we got closer to the top, the fog got thicker, making it difficult to see what was around us; The fog made it look as if we were stepping on the surface of the moon, as everything was covered in thick, foggy clouds. This made us think we had reached the top of Table Mountain about five times before we reached the actual top, which is why it got named the never-ending mountain. We did, however, have a great time today. While exploring Table Mountain, some of us got a bit lost, some found a lake to go swimming in, and some sprinted through the mountains to make it to the cable cars to take us down the mountain before it closed due to high wind speeds. Overall it was an amazing day of hiking, sore legs, and lots of fun.
Now it is time for a well-deserved night out with the crew, even though I do believe we are all very tired from the hike and will most probably want to go to bed soon.
Tomorrow new adventures await. We are off to explore the Cape of Good Hope!