Is it worth climbing up Table Mountain if it

 is a cloudy day?

You can hike every day for 5 days on Table Mountain and see something different every time.

After a stunning week in Cape Town a big cold front is approaching for the weekend with quite a bit of rain expected. Although the forecast was for rain yesterday, the morning was sunny with clear blue skies and no rain. I picked up Ellen at 1pm in blazing sunshine and we set off for a quick hike up Table Mountain. By the time we reached Tafelberg Rd a few clouds were creeping around Lions Head and Signal Hill.

The cloud bank sneaking in past Lions Head

We set off up the gorge with the usual stunning views of the city and Table Bay behind us. However before we were half way up the city disappeared into the clouds.

The city disappearing in the clouds

Continuing up the gorge in the thick cloud is quite an eerie experience. The wind started to pick up about half way up, and as the steep cliffs of the gorge began to close in we got glimpses of the sunlight at the top attempting to burn through the cloud.

Looking up Platteklip Gorge

At the top it was chilly and quite windy, but still completely dry. As we walked towards the cableway station the clouds parted giving glimpses of the back Table and 12 Apostles. Once were at the main station a little bit of patience paid off and we were rewarded by the clouds parting and showing us the entire Atlantic seaboard and Camps Bay.

However, once the clouds returned over the sea the sunlight created the most marvellous reflections giving us the best view of the day.   

The sun and clouds created a fantastic sight

We opted to walk back down Platteklip Gorge and were rewarded with beautiful views the whole way down.