There are about 2,200 species of plants found on Table Mountain and 1470 floral species. Many of these plants and flowers are endemic to this mountain. The magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are found on the eastern foot of the mountain. Founded in 1913, the garden that spans an area of 1300 acres includes a unique conservatory with plants from different parts of the world.
Besides the parks, the whole area has a biodiversity that is rare to find in other places on earth. Its many valleys and streams make it an idyllic getaway from Cape Town. The national park’s most unique feature is its fynbos vegetation that is displayed here better than anywhere in the world.
The Cape Floral region of the national park is one of the richest floral regions in the world. Over 70% of the flowers are endemic to the Table Mountain. It is no wonder that the mountain was chosen as one of the new seven world wonders.
On a clear day, the distinctive shape of Table Mountain can be seen from up to 200km out to sea, while its summit provides spectacular views of the city, its Waterfront and Harbour below, the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains to the East and Cape Point to the south.
The Table Mountain cableway underwent a R90 million upgrade in 1997 and the new system – a combination of Swiss and South African Engineering – boasts revolving floors in the new cable cars, giving passengers a 360 degree panoramic view on their way up the mountain.
The five-minute ascent to the top of Table Mountain offers a 360° view of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighbouring peaks.
Once at the top visitors enjoy spectacular views and the peaceful feeling of being over one thousand metres above the city below. The area at the top of the mountain is surprisingly large so leave enough time to stroll along the paths, enjoy the viewing platforms and soak up the vistas.
HIKING TABLE MOUNTAIN ( We recommend booking one of our expert hiking guides )
Note – Make sure you wear sturdy hiking shoes, with good ankle supports. Take a warm jacket with you
Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. November, December, January, February and March enjoy the lowest average monthly rainfall. The long sunny days and late sunsets make these the best months of the year to take a ride on the Cableway and spend time exploring the mountain.
Table Mountain soars 1,085m (3,559ft) above Cape Town and the Lower Cableway station lies at 363m, which means that weather conditions often vary considerably between the base and the summit. Before leaving home, check the weather conditions on the webcams at both the Lower and Upper Stations. Remember to take a warm jacket with you because it can get very cold topside, even on sunny days.
What to take:
- Warm jacket
- Sun-tan cream
- Good walking shoes
- Camera for making the most of fantastic photographic opportunities
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