The weather gods smiled down on us and we were able to get to the top of Table Mountain on our last day in Cape Town. On the first night of our sister trip 100+km/hour winds howled through our apartment and the city, periodically blowing our rental car around the freeway. We drove to the bottom of the mountain and got lucky with a parking spot close to the cable car. If you’re doing Cape Town without a car (which is fine but I would at least hire a car for the day you do the Cape Peninsula drive, much better than a tour since you can go at your own pace and have a more private experience) there are several taxis that wait at the bottom as well. A round trip cable car ticket is kind of steep (for this country) at ZAR195 per person, so I recommend that you hike down if you have the time and inclination. The views do not disappoint, with each sweeping vista being more breathtaking than the last. Since the sun was beating down on us we treated ourselves to an ice cream cone and enjoyed the people watching and the views. A word of advice to photo enthusiasts- we diligently positioned ourselves to get a good spot in the cable car but quickly realized it was all for naught- the floor of the car rotates as you ascend/descend so that everybody gets a 360 glimpse.