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My advice to guests is always to try and make it up the mountain on the very first clear day they have. Cape Town weather is unpredictable and even in the middle of summer we can have cloud for three or four days at a time. Don’t put it off! If you are planning on going up the mountain, do it as soon as the weather is clear.
Having said this, those who choose to disregard this advice may be rewarded in two ways.
The first is that by planning your mountain trip at the end of your visit you get to hunt for and see all the places you have been during your stay and so get a sort of visual summary of your holiday; truly understanding the typography of the area and where everything lies in relation to each other. Its one thing to see Robben Island as an abstract place, quite another to see it as the place you were at yesterday, when all the details of your visit and its history are still in your mind.
The second way you may be rewarded is that you could be forced up the mountain in spite of the weather. Then you get to experience the mountain in a way that few tourists ever do. Last week I went to collect our family’s annual cards for the cable car. It was a cloudy and miserable day but the children insisted we ride up. As we ascended we moved through the cloud to blue, sunny skies. We ended up in a wonderland-like scene where mountains popped through the clouds like islands. The children loved it and insisted we walk around the fairy-tale world for another hour. It was so beautiful and of course incredibly quiet because nobody else had ventured up.
Regardless of when you choose to go up it is best to check the weather conditions and, if you are planning to take the cable car, book your tickets online. Weather on the mountain varies to that in the city and changes quickly so always take something warm. Buying your ticket online not only saves you 10%, but also allows you to avoid the queue which can easily be an hour long in summer. Check the website for sunset specials and special family discounts which are offered at various times of the year. Also take plenty of water as it is easy to dehydrate up there.