10 Facts about Table Mountain!

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One of South Africa's most incredible sights, Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town and is one of the country's most visited attractions. We love a list, so here are just 10 of our favourite facts about Table Mountain. Fancy heading out there yourself? Check out our programmes in South Africa and embark on your wildest adventure yet!

Everything you need to know about Table Mountain in Cape Town!

  • Table mountain is a 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 Aerial 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 one to three hours to reach the top
  • For the really brave, abseiling is also available! It’s currently the world's highest abseil at 112m high
  • There are and an estimated 2,200 species of plants 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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