Here at BUNAC we've put together our favourite top ten facts about the impressive Table Mountain which overlooks Cape Town in South Africa!
• Table mountain is flat topped mountain overlooking Cape town and is a huge tourist attraction.
• It is often covered in cloud which is know as the ‘Table cloth’
• The highest point is 1,086 meters (3,563 ft) above sea level
• It only looks flat from one side, the overlying mountains to the South West are known as the Twelve apostles.
• The Table mountain cableway opened in 1929. Today each car can carry 65 passengers at a time to the top.
• For the fit and agile many hiking routes are available which take between 1-3 hours to the top.
• For the really brave abseiling is also available for the brave! It’s currently the world's highest abseil at 112m high.
• There are and an estimated 2,200 species of plants are found on the mountain alone - many of which are endemic to the mountain and can be found nowhere else.
• Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are on the east side of the mountain. The rainfall on this side is much higher than on the other faces, hence the dense vegetation
• Animals to be found on the mountain include a Dassie. The nearest animal relative is the elephant! (however it really looks like a big rat!)
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