Table Mountain

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Attraction
Table Mountain
Attraction
Table Mountain

One of the Western Cape’s most iconic sights, Table Mountain looms large over the Mother City. One of the New7Wonders of Nature, the eye-catching mountain has a level plateau flanked by impressive cliffs, and is thought to be around 300-million years old.

Distinct sandstone caves are a feature of Table Mountain unlike most mountains on earth. It is also home to the uniquely South African Cape flora known as fynbos.

The views from the mountain’s table top are superb and a favourite for locals and visitors. This is Cape Town’s most majestic and photo-worthy landmark.

You don’t have to hike your way to the top of iconic Table Mountain. The aerial cableway is a slow and scenic route that gives you plenty of time to take in magnificent 360 degree views.

At the top, prepare to be astounded by the sheer magnitude of the vistas. There is a huge expanse of space to make yourself comfortable, or even bring a picnic and relax. A café also offers drinks and snacks.

Locals beat the crowds and make the trip early in the morning. Sunset can be busier, but is worth it to take in the endless skyline as the sun goes down. Don’t forget your camera.

Test your legs

Table Mountain may loom like an insurmountable icon, but there are a number of paths up that can suit almost any fitness level.

Locals’ preferred route is the Platteklip Gorge. Although strenuous, it is the most direct route. Hiking starts a few metres to the right of the lower cableway station as you face the mountain from the car park. The entire route is clearly signposted.

Other routes are worthwhile – though equally strenuous – including Kirstenbosch Gardens trails at Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge. Routes from Silvermine, the Cape of Good Hope and the Constantiaberg offer easier options.

A guide book is recommended for those unfamiliar with trails. Guided walks are also available from various travel operators.

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