Table Mountain National Park in the Western CapeTable Mountain is quite simply an amazing backdrop to the city of Cape Town. At over 3,563 feet the mountain commands spectacular views over Cape Town and beyond. You can reach the top via the cableway, with each cable car holding 65 passengers. The trip to the top takes approximately three minutes and as you travel up the cable car rotates 360 degrees to give everyone an all round view. Be aware though the weather can turn and the cable car will stop for high winds and poor weather meaning you may have find an alternative route down.
At the top of Table Mountain there are numerous paths that criss-cross the whole area around the station taking you to many viewpoints where you can take in the stunning panorama. There are more than 1,400 different species of flora to be found here as well as baboons, rock dassies and numerous birds.
Climbing the Mountain
The area is predominantly a nature reserve with somewhere in the region of 100 different paths to the top. Perhaps one of the easier routes begins at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It will take you about three hours to climb to the top. Given the speed at which the weather can change you should be ready for any eventuality. The weather can catch people out especially the fog so investing in a detailed map is a very good idea.. You can purchase a map at the tourist office or the lower cableway station.
From the top of Table Mountain you can identify the other famous formations that flank the main flat-topped area. These include Signal Hill and Lions Head to the west, Devils Peak to the east, and the spine of the Twelve Apostles stretching southwards.
There is a restaurant at the top where you can purchase cold drinks and beers. A great idea is to buy a drink and walk to one of the panorama viewpoints and then just sit and admire the view.
Table Mountain National Park stretches for a distance of nearly 60 kilomteres from Signal Hill in the city to Cape Point all the way to the South. Dotted throughout there are access points to walks namely at Tokai, Constantia Nek, Silvermine, Rhodes Memorial and Cecilia Forest. Key things to remember if you are embarking on a walk are comfortable walking shoes, a hat and some water.
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