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02Table Mountain

Table Mountain watches over Cape Town like an ancient guardian, and no matter where you are in the city, the mountain’s impossible to miss. While you’re visiting Cape Town, spend a few days exploring the iconic mountain and the surrounding national park. You can choose to take a guided hike or hop in the aerial cableway and head straight to the top. There’s also a hop-on-hop-off option if you want to explore some parts of the mountains but want to skip the hours of walking. Apart from the stunning views, the mountain is home to thousands of species of native plants and flowers.

View of the cable car going up Table Mountain with a dramatic landscape of Cape Town. bradleyhebdon / Getty Images