Table Mountain is considered to be one of the most incredible sights in South Africa, overlooking Cape Town. It is also among the most visited attractions in the country.
19 Things you need to know about Table Mountain
- This flat-topped mountain overlooks the South African capital city of Cape Town.
- It is referred to as ‘Table Cloth’ since the cloud covers the mountains most of the time.
- Its highest point is 3,563 ft. (1,086m) above sea level.
- From only one side it appears flat, while in the southwest, the overlying mountains are referred to as Twelve Apostles.
- In 1929 was setup Aerial Cableway. Presently, each car has a carrying capacity of 65 passengers.
- The brave can enjoy abseiling, currently stated to be the highest abseil in the world at 112m high.
- There are several hiking routes which take around 1-3 hours for reaching the mountain top.
- Over 2,200 plant species are there, endemic to this mountain and found not available elsewhere.
- Animals existing in this mountain include Dassie, with its nearest relative being the elephant!
- To the Table mountain’s east, is the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This site experiences more rainfall and hence, has dense vegetation.
- It is around 260 million years in age and is among the globally recognised mountains with Mt. Everest, Matterhorn and Kilimanjaro.
- The Peninsula was once connected with Hottentots Holland Mountains by Lions Head & Table Mountain because of massive erosion.
- The Khoikhoi call the Table Mountain as Hoerikwagoo. It stands for ‘Mountain of Sea’.
- It is made up of 3 layered rock formations, namely, Sandstone, Cape Granite and Malmesbury Shale.
- It is perhaps the world’s only mountain to have ‘Mensa’ (constellation of stars) named after it.
- Over 22 species of snakes can be found on this mountain with the 5 most venomous and deadly being Berg Adder, Cape Cobra, Boomslang, Puff Adder and Rinkhals.
- Rock Hyrax (Dassie) is the unofficial mascot of Table Mountain found at the summit on rocky outcrops.
The cable cars were originally constructed using wood and steel were upgraded 3 times, with the first one being in 1958, second in 1974 & the last in 1997. There has been introduced around cars having revolving floors referred to as ‘rotairs’.