What has Cape Town got that the rest of us don’t ?

Table mountain….. and I must admit it is a magnificent mountain…. it claims a few things few other places can claim, if any…

This area forms part of the Cape Floristic Region and as such supports a high diversity of flora, much of which is rare and endemic. Protea, erica, restio and Asteraceae species, as well as geophytes, are all found in abundance. The main indigenous vegetation types are Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos and Cape Granite Fynbos, both of which are endangered and endemic to Cape Town – occurring nowhere else in the world.

Now all I needed was a visit from Jan and Stephen Roberts from New Zealand to have made this trip perfect…. I might not like the rugby team they support (although we beat them last weekend) but I do so admire Stephens landscape photography… CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR BLOG

Jan and Stephen ride their bicycles all over the place normally with their two dogs in tow… Jan loves a certain bakery in their area and seems unable to miss stopping there, although she never shares photos of their wares… (selfish I’d say)…

But I’m getting off the point… I needed Stephen’s eye and photos to do justice to a beautiful area…  here are a few I took, and I apologise for the “stuff up”… birds are more my scene…





and a close up..


Jan and Stephen please come and visit…. Cape Town needs you…

I take bird photos and here is one I took whilst there….


43 thoughts on “What has Cape Town got that the rest of us don’t ?

  1. I love reading about these different places in your neck of the woods Bulldog. Another fascinating visit…I would love to go there but again, being afraid of heights, I’m just not sure about the cable car. Would love to have the courage to do it though, the views must be incredible.

  2. That cable way is pretty awesome, Rob. I think sometimes the landscape is just so gorgeous you don’t even need to worry about the photography! South Africa is such a stunning country–you prove it every time. 🙂

    • Thanks very much Debra… Cape Town is probably our most well known city and one wonders if you should shares. your photos as it has all been done by the pros…

  3. Lovely article! Thanks for documenting this beautiful city 🙂 The bird is a Redwing Starling and it appears to be sitting in a Searsia (Taaibos). They eat the berries.

    • The bird ID is correct… the bush ID is correct.. and where have you been ? Nipped over to your blog and somehow I have stopped following you, so I have re=clicked the follow button and will have to find time to go back a bit and see what I’ve missed over there… loved your spider posts… but thanks for the comment and the correct ID’s and the visit… yes you have a beautiful city and area, one I like to visit every now and then… never keen to see when my Sharks are playing rugby against you, but still…

    • Oh yes one can climb the mountain from so many different angles… but the city hankered down below the mountain is a sight for city lovers… not bush lovers like me…

  4. Excellent landscapes, Bulldog. Lovely compositions.

    (and what a co-incidence – we have the 12 Apostles which are rocks rising up from the sea on the coastal along the Great Ocean Road in my state of Victoria).

    • Now that I didn’t know… thanks Vicki… the landscapes need a lot of work and of course it would be so much nicer if the damn sun would come out and lighten things a bit…

  5. Congratulations on the rugby (it’s always good to beat the NZ team. I don’t think Aus is doing very well this year) 😉

    I love the pics, but don’t know if I have it in me to ride in that cable car….

    • It was nice to finally beat them.. and as you know that’s is not always easy… but then with three strong teams in the southern hemisphere, night mareish…. the views from the top are magnificent as is the whole fauna and flora scene on the mountain top…

    • Thanks Ingrid, but I do have no illusions of my ability for landscape photography… need to get some practice in… but tend to look more for birds and animals than the scenery within which I walk…

    • Some facts about the cable way and cable cars..
      and visit this site for more fun facts about the mountain…

      The Cableway has transported over 23-million people to the summit of Table Mountain
      Each of the two cable cars can carry 65 people
      More than 800 people can enjoy the trip every hour
      The floor of the circular cabin rotates to allow travellers 360° views
      The cable cars’ circular shape ensures excellent aerodynamics and stability
      Approximately 800 000 visitors from all over the world use the Cableway annually
      Tickets can be bought online from anywhere in the world
      The cable cars travel at a maximum speed of 10m per second
      The cable cars take four to five minutes to reach the top of the mountain
      Each of the Cableway’s cables is 1 200m in length
      The cables weigh 18 tons and are attached to counter-weights weighing 134 tons each
      The cable car base is a water tank with a 4 000l capacity. This provides fresh water for visitors, and is used as ballast in windy conditions
      The cable cars can carry up to 5 200kg each

  6. Cape Town and surrounding areas have always been places I would like to visit. Your photos and descriptions make them even more enticing.

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