Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC31WXR
by CapeDoc
Difficulty:
1
Terrain:
1
Location:
Western Cape, South Africa
S 33° 57.444 E 018° 24.185

Breathtaking views. Exotic Flora. Adorable Fauna. Travel Bug Hotel. That’s what you’ll get if you venture to the top of Table Mountain in Western Cape, South Africa to this Geocache of the Week. And, while the northern hemisphere gets ready for fall, the southern hemisphere is getting ready for spring flowers (hello allergy season), shorts, and light jacket weather! What’s not to love?

Table Mountain is one of the world’s new seven wonders of nature (along with Puerto Princesa underground River in Philippines, the Amazon River and Iguazu Falls in South America, Komodo Island in Indonesia, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, and Jeju Island in South Korea), and is definitely worth of a visit for many reasons.

Whether you hike or take the cable cars, the views are spectatular
Whether you hike or take the cable cars, the views are spectactular
Cable cars take you from bottom to top, then back down again
Cable cars take you from bottom to top, then back down again

To get to the top you can hike or take the cable car. But be prepared. If the wind gets too blustery, the cable cars will stop operations (Tip: follow them on Facebook and they will post regular updates on whether they are open or closed). Also, when you get to the top, it can be quite windy and chilly, so bring layers. But the trek is well worth the view, especially at sunset!

You and your geo-friend can check into this 5-star TB Hotel!
You and your geo-friend can check into this 5-star TB Hotel!

Fun facts:

  • Prehistoric people first left evidence here more than 600,000 years ago.
  • The original name given to the mountain by the first Khoi inhabitants was Hoeri ‘kwaggo (“sea mountain”).
  • Table Mountain is the ONLY geographic feature on earth to have a constellation named after it! The constellation is called Mons Mensa.
On a sunny day, you can see for miles
On a sunny day, you can see for miles

Richard.F says:

This must be the most well organised Travel Bug Hotel in South Africa (and possibly beyond). Well deserving of yet another FP. Two TBs that would like to take long trips away from South Africa took up lodging (hopefully for a short period) in the hotel. None of the current residents seem to want to travel around South Africa so were left in peace.

Thanks for contributing so meaningfully to the enjoyment of geocaching.

Another stunning view from the top of Table Mountain
Another stunning view from the top of Table Mountain

kellysail3 says:

Day two of our South African holiday all the way from Devon, England. Braved the queues on a glorious Spring morning to visit this jaw-dropping location. Dropped off ‘The Coinfather’ travel bug in the North American box, as it has ambitions to travel to Texas, and picked up three travel bugs that want to go back to Europe and the Salceda family’s Wild WestWinter 2015 geocard? Will have to find out what that is all about. Undoubtedly the best organised cache I have ever visited and in the most stunning location. I thought that we were lucky living in Devon! Thank you CapeDoc for bringing me here.

TB Hotel - up close and personal
TB Hotel – up close and personal

AdiaA says:

Might this be the cache with one of the best views in the world?

It wonderful up here on the mountain where we haven’t been for many years. We started the day very early to do the Swartland power series and then hastened back to Cape Town for the Table Mountain sunset event.

Dassies, or rock hyraxes, are kinda cute
Dassies, or rock hyraxes, are kinda cute
This view is gorgeous no matter where you look
This view is gorgeous no matter where you look
Good place to contemplate which geocache will be your next find...
Good place to contemplate which geocache will be your next find…
If you're afraid of heights, don't look down!
If you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down!
This handy 3-dimensional map/plaque give you and idea of scale
This handy 3-dimensional map/plaque give you an idea of scale

Thanks to CapeDoc for placing (with the permission of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company) and meticulously maintaining this amazing geocache.

 

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