The Cape Doctor

The Cape Doctor is the local name for the strong south-eastern wind – also known as the South-Easter – that blows from False Bay and funnels through to Cape Town and Blouberg during the hot summer months.  It is said to clear all pollution in the city and across the Cape Flats, offering an amazing clear sky and view of the Mother City.

enveloped 2The wind picks up moisture from False Bay and pushes it up against the flanks of Table Mountain, creating clouds (and rain) along the eastern slope. This phenomenon is locally known as ‘the Table cloth’: the top of Table Mountain is enveloped  in a huge cloud, dripping over the mountainside.

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Heyjude

I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

33 thoughts on “The Cape Doctor”

    1. It’s one reason why I never got up on top of the mountain all the time I lived there. In summer you get the Cape Doctor and in winter you get the rain and clouds. Such a fantastic view from the top though if you make it.

    1. Thanks Meg. It is a city which definitely lodged in my heart from the very moment I saw it as I walked out of the railway station a few days before Christmas, tired and grubby from a 12 week overland and sea journey.

    1. It’s an interesting spot as you can be sunbathing on the other side of the mountain without a care in the world whilst on the eastern side you get drenched!

  1. Table mountain and table cloth, seem very appropriate descriptions. Maybe the wind should be called “The Waiter”? 🙂

    Interestingly, the cooling summer wind in Perth is also called “The Doctor”.

    1. It’s not so beautiful when it whips the sand around your bare legs though Sue!! As for nurses I am sure there are lots of lovely ones in the Cape 🙂

    1. 11 years with a bit of time in Johannesburg. I hated Johannesburg. Too far from the coast for one thing, but plenty of others too…

  2. Saw it when we visited Cape Town – actually did the touristy ride to the top LOL. Spectacular sight. When that cloud comes pouring over the mountaintop it’s amazing. A perfect choice Jude!!

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