25 October 2012 – Tripping up Table Mountain

086 Table Mountain TB Hotel#86 TABLE MOUNTAIN TB HOTEL (GC31WXR)
Table Mountain Upper Cable Station near Cape Town, South Africa

S33°57.444 E18°24.185

The news that Table Mountain was voted as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World was met with great joy and celebration throughout South Africa.  Brunette Suikerbos herself had run a baby campaign off her Facebook page and swears to have contributed over a hundred votes from her mobile.

This South African icon is the only natural site on the planet to have a constellation of stars named after it – Mensa, meaning “the table.”   It has withstood six million years of erosion and hosts the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species.  Table Mountain, with its unique flat-topped peaks reaching 1,086 metres above sea level, is regarded the most recognized site in Cape Town, and as part of the Mother City, was declared #23 on the Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Best Destinations for 2012.

With the Souties (Boer&Brit) visiting, what better caching trip than taking them up the mountain?  We started our summit adventure by visiting the TB Hotel located next to the upper cable way station.

What an awesome TB Hotel!  It is divided into six compartments – each representative of a continent, and you can leave your trackable according to the continent you would like it to visit.  (For those of you new to our blog, a trackable is a registered, trackable item – often a Geocoin or Travel Bug (TB).  It belongs to a specific cacher and it is moved from cache to cache by fellow cachers, its goal to log travel mileage, and often in support of a cause or in commemoration of a person, event or achievement.)

So, needless to say, our Travel Bug, Petrus, the Endangered Rhino was promptly placed in the Asian box.  Hopefully it will help to create awareness.  See our previous blogs The Elephant and the Rhino for more detail on Petrus and West Coast Route for the inner workings of a TB Hotel.

Visit Table Mountain TB Hotel at www.geocaching.com

087 Table Top Trove

Table Mountain near Cape Town, South Africa

S33°57.633 E18°24.392

This cache is located a short hike from the cable station and is credited on its profile, as the HIGHEST visited cache in Africa.

Its location allows beautiful panoramic views of the Cape peninsula.

Visit Table Top Trove at www.geocaching.com

088 Platteklip Trail Throne

Table Mountain near Cape Town, South Africa

S33°57.716 E18°24.461

As both Suikerbossies and Boer&Brit had completed the Platteklip Gorge hiking trail on previous occasions, it was decided to grab this cache following the much easier route via the upper cable way station.

Platteklip Gorge splits the central and main plateau of Table Mountain, providing an easy and direct ascent to the summit.  This route was first taken by António de Saldanha in 1503 during the first recorded ascent of the mountain.

Visit Platteklip Trail Throne at www.geocaching.com