Land in Cape Town and it will be hard to keep your eyes off of Table Mountain as it rises over a kilometer above the city. The standard thing to do would be to hike up Table Mountain, but there is a better option to serve as your introduction to the Cape. Lion's Head may only be 650 meters high, but the hiking route loops around the mountain. As you climb the steep and rugged steps, you will be able to take in the whole city, from the white beaches created by the Atlantic Ocean to the buildings nestled beneath the slopes. This will be a challenging hike, but it will only take an hour with your guide timing your arrival for the dipping sun.
From the summit, you will not only enjoy a fantastic view of Cape Town but your view is also backdropped by Table Mountain, and as you turn around, the peak will offer a 360-degree perspective and a truly magical sunset. By descending just as the sun dips into the ocean, you will be able to make it most of the way down before darkness with your final stretch assisted by your flashlight and the glowing lights of the city. Earlier in the day, you will have landed at Cape Town International Airport and been privately transferred to your hotel at the V & A Waterfront, where views onto the ocean and mountain are a great way to recuperate from your flight.
Day 11 - 12