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Table Mountain National Park

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Table Mountain National Park is located in the southwestern tip of South Africa neighboring the city of Cape Town.  The park covers an area of 85 square miles (221 sq km).

The national park is part of the larger UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. It protects over 1,100 indigenous vegetation species.  Several of these are endemic occurring nowhere else on earth.

Table Mountain National Park is not known for wildlife; however, it is present to be experienced as part of your visit.  Hartebeest, fallow deer, dassie, rock hyrax, and zebra are some of the species you might encounter.

Humpback whales, Bryde’s whales, southern right whales, and killer whales, also known as orcas, can be experienced in the waters off the coast of the national park.  Seals and dusky dolphins are two of the other marine species that might be seen.

Birdwatching is a popular activity in the national park.  There are over 250 species of birds with some of the highlights including African penguin, ostrich, and a variety of songbirds and sunbirds.

Highlights

The national park is part of the ecosystem that surrounds Cape Town, South Africa.  Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope are two of the attractions that serve as highlights amongst many other facets of Cape Town that draws tourist from around the world.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is renowned for the elongated flat top that sits atop the mountain.  The summit occurs at 3,558 feet (1,084.6 m) which is not all that tall for a mountain.  It is not the height but rather the unique presentation of a long flat top that serves as a backdrop for the city.

The plateau top of Table Mountain measures two miles (3 km) across from one end to the other. This plateau is nestled between Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west.

The summit of the mountain may be reached either by a cable car or by hiking to the top for the more adventurous.  Hiking up the mountain is one of the leading activities of those visiting the area.

Table Mountain is located at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula mountain range.  The range runs from Cape Point in the south to Table Mountain in the north.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope is a rugged headland located on the southern tip of Cape Peninsula in South Africa.  It sits on the Atlantic Ocean side of the peninsula.  Most people find this landscape to rather remarkable and photogenic.

The oceanic meeting point occurs between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point which is 0.75 miles (1.2 km) east of the cape. The cape serves as a waypoint whether on the Cape Route or the Clipper Route.

Table Mountain National Park Trails:

Table Mountain is known for panoramic views over the city and the amazing coastline.  There are numerous trails that allow hikers to explore around and atop the famous mountain. The majority of trails are rated moderate with some difficult trips to challenge the adventurous.

Table Mountain Highlights

  • Table Mountain
  • Cape of Good Hope

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