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Table Mountain: The Marvel of the Mother City

Posted on Thursday, 03rd Jul 2014

Cape Town is filled with a rich history and culture, with people coming from all over the world to immerse themselves in the beauty that surrounds the Cape. It has many famous features and landmarks, but none is as famous and renowned as the iconic Table Mountain. The mountain has a special place in the hearts of the locals and wherever you travel around the world the two words “Cape Town” and “Table Mountain” go hand-in-hand.

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain which measures 3 kilometers from side to side. The plateau is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, forming a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town. The width of the mountain together with Signal Hill forms the natural amphitheater of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. The highest point of the mountain is marked by Maclear’s Beacon, which is 1,086 meters above sea level and higher than the cable car. Table Mountain was recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, joining six other impressive geological features around the world such as the Amazon rainforest, Vietnam's Halong Bay, Argentina;s Iguazu Falls, South Korea's Jeju Island, Indonesia's Komodo and the Philippines' Puerto Princesa Underground River.


Table Mountain itself is an integral part of the Table Mountain National Park. The park was established in 1998 to protect the natural environment of the mountain and the fynbos vegetation in the area. The park is also home to the Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwestern point of the Africa Continent.

There are two methods of reaching the top of the mountain. Some purists will argue that a hike up the mountain will reveal its true beauty, while others will disagree and say that a trip in the revolving cable car to the top is the best choice. The cable car was established in 1929. With its revolving floor and huge windows, the views are closet to picture perfect.

If you have plenty time on your hands then perhaps the most scenic and varied route up Table Mountain is Skeleton Gorge. The route starts from the Kirstenbosch Gardens and winds its way up gradually through the indigenous forests and up a couple of ladders to the back of the mountain. Once you have reach this section the forests thin out and you may wish to visit 1 of the 5 dams situated on top of the mountain and its sandy beach. Yes, indeed Table Mountain has a beach on top of it! The views from the top of the mountain are beyond spectacular and it feels as if the entire city of Cape Town is lying beneath your feet.

To date over 20 million people have made the extraordinary trip up Table Mountain experiencing views that they will never forget. The mountain is a constant reminder of the beauty that charm tourists year after year. A visit to Cape Town is not complete if you have did not stand on the top of Table Mountain to enjoy the breath-taking views of the city, harbour and surrounds.

For more information regarding Table Mountain and the Cable Car, feel free to email us at atc@atc-sa.co.za


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