CAPE TOWN - TABLE MOUNTAIN
Details on Table Mountain
TABLE MOUNTAIN

 Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks.
It is visible from as far as 125 miles out to sea on clear days and is often covered with cloud called the tablecloth.

Table Mountain is a sandstone plateau rising up above the Cape Flats. The top is approximately 1.8 miles wide, and at its highest point, Maclears Beacon, rises to 3038 feet.

 The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals.

The mountain is more than a place of dramatic scenic beauty, it is also a place of richly diverse flora.  The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants; more than the entire British Isles! Complimenting this vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, being found in no other place in the world. Consider yourself lucky if you saw Cape Town from this majestic mountain.

A revolving cable car carries visitors up and down in about 5 minutes and numerous walking and hiking paths lead up and across the mountain. Spectacular views of the city, the Cape peninsula, the coastline and the ocean can be seen from 11 viewpoints on the summit.

The views on the way up and from the top of Table Mountain are phenomenal, and there are some good easy walks on the summit.


There’s a small self-service restaurant and shop at the top, where you van also post letters and send faxes. For an adrenaline rush like no other consider doing the abseil.


The cable cars don’t operate when it’s dangerously windy, and there’s obviously not much point going up if you are simply going to be wrapped in the cloud known as ‘the tablecloth’.  Weather conditions permitting, they operate every 10 minutes in high season and every 20 minutes in low season. The last car down the mountain leaves at 10pm. The best visibility and conditions are likely to be first thing in the morning or in the evening. It’s also possible to ascend (and descend) the mountain from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens side or the City Bowl side.


Climbing Table Mountain looks deceptively easy. Over 300 routes up and down the mountain have been identified, perhaps giving you a clue as to how easy it is to get lost. Bear in mind that the mountain is over 1000m high and conditions can become treacherous quickly. Thick mists can make the paths invisible, and you’ll just have to wait until they lift. It is advisable to climb with an experience climber.

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Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s greatest landmarks and towers 3038 feet above the City of Cape Town.