I don’t know if I have ever told you about the first and last time I climbed Table Mountain? It was waaaay back, before we had babies. In fact I don’t even think we were married yet. You know that wonderful time in your life that you can do whatever the heck you want with your whole day and not have to worry about bed times and screaming toddlers?! It was then.
Anyway a group of us parked at the Cableway, then trekked along the side of the mountain towards Camps Bay before climbing up. We thought we knew where we were going but after climbing for 4 hours, I was over it. I’m not exactly a mountain explorer. In fact when faced with climbing a mountain or reading a book, I’ll always take the book. My brain muscle is strong. Not the rest of me. And that day the rest of me was particularly weak. I was literally crawling up the mountain on my hands and knees in fear of being blown off (so stupid I know – everyone was laughing at me but I was scared). We got to this point where I actually sat down and cried, begging Seth to call a helicopter just to get us off. I’m all about the drama, but in real life I knew I would be too scared to even get into the helicopter so it was jut a bunch of idle threats.
After a bit of a pep talk, I wiped away my tears and we kept on walking. We eventually made it to the top of the mountain. I was overjoyed! Until we realised that it wasn’t the top at all. Well it was, but it wasn’t where the cable car was. Oh no, that was another TWO hours away. And so on we trekked. We eventually made it there and got to experience the joy of successfully making it to the top of Table Mountain! And then we were clever enough to take the cable car down. My very first time. It was awesome!
At the time I was cursing that mountain so hard that I vowed never to do something that stupid ever again. But time and distance do funny things. I often think about that hike with a smile on my face, we had fun despite the few tears. It was a great time together and a full on adventure. I came back so burned on my ears that they peeled TWICE, sore all over but it is a happy memory that will stay with me forever.
That was a few years ago…
I’ve matured a lot since then. And I got over my cursing and desperately wanted to visit Table Mountain again with our kids. Look, I wasn’t stupid enough to try and climb it with them. Oh no. I’m not reliving that experience while having three whiny children on my back (probably literally). I’m not up for that life and like I said, I’m weak. But I still wanted to go up the cable car to explore the top of our most iconic landmark, not only because it’s the easy way, but because the Cableway is an experience in and of itself.
But guys, you know what it’s like being a tourist in your own town right? Hella expensive that’s what. But I get it, we need tourists to come and drop their money here, heck I encourage it. But it does make it difficult for us regular Cape Townians (or South Africans) to see the best things about our very own city (country). Which is why when the Table Mountain Cableway got in touch with me to bring our family up the mountain, I jumped at the chance.
In case you haven’t hear of it yet, Table Mountain Cableway are busy promoting such a great initiative for us South Africans… It’s called #CableWayKidz
Here’s how it works:
- South African adult (with ID) buys a ticket for R250 to go up and down the cable car
- Gets to take TWO children up the mountain inclusive of that ticket price!
- Can explore the mountain on their own vibe or use the very cool treasure hunt that you get with your ticket (I really recommend this – so informative and our kids loved it! Who even knew that a dassie is related to an elephant?!)
- Can pop into the restaurant to get the kids meal for R55 (pizza slice, juice and fruit rolls – pretty sweet deal, the pizza slice is huge)
- Marvel at the beauty of our city, feel superior being able to look on top of the clouds or just walk around and literally see the whole of Cape Town. Anything up there is fun
We could really have spent an entire day up there exploring. I didn’t realise how far you could walk around the top or how much you can see. I’m so bummed that we had to head down midday. Just remember to take warm jackets, the day we went was sunny and warm at the bottom but it’s freaking cold up there! Luckily there’s delish hot chocolate and coffee waiting for you at the restaurant at the top.
We were lucky enough to win family tickets up the Cable Car to use when we get back from trekking around South Africa and I cannot wait to spend time properly exploring our mountain. But I thought maybe you could use these tickets too. So…
WIN A FAMILY CARD FOR TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY FOR 4!
If you’re new to this entry situation or if you are using your phone, let me give you a heads up. First comment on the blog post, then go through the Rafflecopter widget to confirm that you have done that. Then it should be easy peasy lemon squeasy to enter. Good luck!
- You need to enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. Like you have to. No other option. It just makes things fair you know?
- Leaving a comment on the blog and confirming this through the Rafflecopter widget gets you one entry. The rest are optional but encouraged. Let’s grow the community.
- The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or anything else
- This prize is for two adult and two child tickets that are valid for the whole year.
- PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ACTUALLY DO ALL THE STEPS THAT YOU TICK OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Sorry to shout at you like that but apparently it’s necessary. Just play by the rules and stuff.
- If you have won a giveaway on 3 Kids, 2 Dogs and 1 Old House in the last 6 months, you may not enter. We need to spread the love, not hog it.