What I loved the most about Cape Town was the view of the ocean and the mountains, as well as admiring the sunset each evening on the beach. You can go to so many lovely places in Cape Town. Yet one special place, which has no equivalent on the entire planet, makes Cape Town a truly magical environment: Table Mountain.
Table Mountain is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. Looking at it from below, you immediately understand why it is called ‘Table Mountain’. Surprisingly, you enjoy quite a different view when you stand on top of the mountain. Sitting on ‘the table’, wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island, and the Peninsula and beyond offer themselves to you.
We have seen the most incredible sunset ever between the clouds and the most beautiful colorful air you can imagine. It really felt as if we were in the 7th heaven there, as we drank our glass of African sparkling wine (that we ordered at the restaurant on top of Table Mountain). When it is cloudy, you literally stand ‘between the clouds’; they seem so close that you picture yourself touching them or even ‘sit on’ them like a chair or lounge…!
The birdlife is wonderful too: from large Eagles to the small colorful sunbirds. Table Mountain supports plant life not existing anywhere else in the world. This mountain alone hosts over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom!
My son asked if I could ‘marry the ocean’, so that we could bring it back home. Little children only think in possibilities and do not understand facts. He also fancied buying the moon to use it in his room as a lamp… 😉 That brings me to a myth I remember… myths are fascinatingly symbolic stories not based on real events.
According to an old African myth, Qamata, the son of the sun god Tixo and the earth goddess, Jobella, wanted to create a dry land. But the dragon of the seas, Nkanyamba was against this plan. Qamatha’s mother, Jobela, created four giants to battle Nkanyamba. When Qamatha’s task about drying the land was completed, the giants were turned into stone so they could continue to keep watching over planet earth. The most southern of them became Table Mountain at that period and was called Umlindi Wemingizimu, which meant “Watcher of the South’…