"Table Mountain" Province of the Western Cape Things to Do Tip by Jenniflower

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Table Mountain is famous for its 'Table cloth' - a thin, white and whispy cloud formation that flows effortesly over the top like a waterfall, only to disappear into thin air halfway down the slope.

Legend and myths abound... most saying that a retired pirate, on climbing this flat-topped mountain, met up with the devil himself!

Trying to protect his soul, and feeling desperate, the pirate challenged the devil to a smoking competition. They then stoked up their wooden pipes and have been smoking ever since!

A quaint tale indeed :)

The scientific (and more boring!) explanation is that the summer anti-cyclones bring warm, moist air up from the south, which then condenses to form a white cloud layer on the much cooler mountain top, which then spills over the city side to only disperse at the warmer, lower altitude. Quite something hey?

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  • Written Oct 20, 2008
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