Time Lapse of 'Table Cloth' at Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. time-lapse table mountain

Table Cloth Time-Lapse Table Mountain, Cape Town

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Our digs in Camp’s Bay are delightful. While we don’t have commanding views of the Bay, we do have the extraordinary views that enabled me to capture this timelapse of Table Mountain.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived at our Cape Town holiday rental that is our home away from home in Camps Bay, was what the locals call Table Mountain’s ‘table cloth’ of clouds.

The ‘table cloth’ is caused by the wind blowing in from the coast and quickly rising as it reaches the mountain, forming the clouds. It’s quite a mesmerising sight.

A little ‘breeze’ was blowing at around 30mph (48kph), with gusts much higher, when I went to shoot this time lapse, so it’s pretty wonky. Trying to keep a tripod steady in this wind was a task that would require welding equipment. I have a very sturdy tripod and it has an attachment to weigh it down, to which I attached my camera bag with 20kgs of camera gear. As wind and weather conditions conspired against me, I didn’t get a chance to re-shoot.

At the centre of the frame you should see the spot where the Table Mountain Cable Car lets off its passengers. The view from there is extraordinary, however, I don’t think it was running the day I shot my Table Mountain timelapse due to the weather conditions. That would not have been a pleasant ride on a day with these kind of winds!

And the weather is something that everyone talks about in Cape Town – while it’s an increasingly sophisticated city, there is something about the geography of Cape Town that makes the climatic conditions a constant talking point – especially when Table Mountain, and its ever-changing ‘table cloth’, is such a landmark in the captivating city.

Time-Lapse Table Mountain, Cape Town


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Terence Carter is an editorial food and travel photographer and infrequent travel writer with a love of photographing people, places and plates of food. After living in the Middle East for a dozen years, he settled in South-East Asia a dozen years ago with his wife, travel and food writer and sometime magazine editor Lara Dunston.

6 thoughts on “Table Cloth Time-Lapse Table Mountain, Cape Town”

  1. My calculations say about 1 in every 9 seconds! Just kidding. Loved this time lapse. I think CT is really pretty. Would love to retire here, if I had the opportunity :)

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