Table Mountain and City Orientation B

CAP 100-102
Highlights
  • A visit to the oldest building in SA – Castle of Good Hope
  • A scenic and insightful tour of the ‘Mother City’
  • A ‘bird’s eye view’ of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain – Cape Town’s landmark and now voted one of the ‘Wonders of the World’.
Program Overview
Country: South Africa
Depart: 03/19/2017 1300
Return: 03/19/2017 1730
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min. 40/ Max. 120
Program Fee
$44 (early booking: $42)

Field Class Conflicts
  • MKT 361: Buyer Behavior
  • SOC 105: Social Problems (Section 1)

Cape Town is a remarkable city where the present and the past harmoniously converge – in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essences of its people. Take a step back in time when you pay a visit to the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa. Built from 1666-1679, it is a pentagonal fortification with a moat and bastions at each corner. Continue along Adderley Street – the principal thoroughfare of Cape Town, renowned for its fine examples of old Cape architecture, including the Standard Bank Building, St George’s Anglican Cathedral and the Cultural History Museum. View the City Hall in Darling Street, the Dutch Reformed Church, Slave Lodge and St Georges Cathedral, Cape Provincial Government buildings in Wale Street.

Afterwards, travel up Kloof Nek Street to Lower Table Mountain Road where you will ascend Table Mountain by cable car. No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark. Depart from the quayside and travel up Kloof Nek, the saddle between Table Mountain and Lions Head, to the Lower Cableway Station. Ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) to the Mountain Station (1 060 m) in a Swiss engineered Rotair cable car. The journey from the base to the summit takes just under 4 minutes and one can enjoy spectacular views, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent. Learn more about the Table Mountain Aerial Gateway’s responsible tourism initiatives here.

Table Mountain gets her name from the flat topped central massif of the mountain, which viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground. They form a sort of amphitheater that encloses the city centre and some of the older suburbs. Other earlier suburbs are on either side of the chain of mountains, which run like a spine through the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point – the cape from which Cape Town gets its name. From the summit, the natural protected area stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point has been managed under the custodianship of the National Parks Board. This area has one of the highest concentrations of endemic plant and animal species in any area of its size, containing a staggering 2 285 plant species – more than the entire U.K. Return to the ship via a short orientation tour of the city of Cape Town. The orientation drive will pass the colourful and historic houses of the Bo-kaap (Malay Quarter) and the Atlantic seaboard.