30 August 2013 by Andrea Weiss

Snow on Table Mountain 2013

Snow on Table Mountain brings out the inner child in visitors to the Upper Cable Station.

The Upper Cable Station on top of Table Mountain after the snowfall on 30 August 2013

At 1 085m above sea level, Table Mountain is not known for its snowfalls, but with a series of heavy cold fronts passing over the Cape Peninsula and an official snow prediction, many people were watching closely. And the weather gods played along.

Two days before the official start of spring, the top of the mountain had a dusting of snow deep enough for a few snowmen and a few snowballs.

Snow on Table Mountain: Cableway staff build a snowman!

Table Mountain Cableway staff build a snowman after a snowfall on top of the mountain on 30 August 2013.

The Kageler family from Harare, Zimbabwe, decided to wait for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company to open its doors for business. They were the first tourists on board the car travelling up the mountain, and nine-year-old Erica took her teddy, Lacey, along to see the white stuff.

Some hardy souls also went up the mountain on foot. Student Tom Tait, who hiked up Platteklip Gorge, was the man behind this snow angel on one of the viewing decks.

Looking distinctly more Alpine than African, the walkways were a bit treacherous for those who did not have the right footwear.

But the flowering aloes with their dusting of snow were distinctly African.

And when the clouds lifted every now and then, the stunning views that the mountain is famous for revealed themselves.

According to staff who work for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, snow falls on the mountain every year but usually melts too quickly for tourists to see it. And even if international tourists are more used to snow than their South African counterparts, it was fun for everyone.

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