Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals. The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants; more than the entire British Isles!
Complimenting this vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, being found in no other place in the world.
The views of Cape Town and out lying areas are breathtaking..... a real phot opportunity.
They offer a "Ride 'n Dine" service, where you can either get to the top of the mountain in time to enjoy breakfast and watch the sunrise, or get to the top of the mountain before the sun sets to enjoy a sundowner meal and watch the sun set.
As of November 2003 it costs about US$15 for a return trip to the top.
Everyone must make a trip up Table Mountain. I had to wait 5 days for the weather to clear otherwise the cable cars won't be running and there wouldn't be a view anyway. So I suggest that if you arrive in Cape Town on a clear day, head straight up while you have the chance.
By the way, you can also hike up if you feel so inclined.
The table mountain dominates Cape Town, every where you walk in the streets you see the mountain in the distance. I can imagine the beauty that attracted the first sailors.
You can go up the mountain in an elevator or even walk to the 1086 metres high top.
As every tourist goes to the table mountain, who are we then to stay away? Take the cable car towards the top and enjoy the view over Cape Town.
For more information and photos see my travelogue: De tafelberg (The table Mountain) and Cape Town
This is a very obvious 'Must See' in Cape Town. I'm talking about actually going to the top. While in Cape Town it is impossible not to see this famous landmark!
A cable car takes visitors to the top. The latest ones have cars that revolve 360 degrees as they traverse to the top of the mountain.
The views of CT from the top of the mountain are great, provided weather conditions are in your favour.
Keep a look out for the Rock Dassies scurrying around. These are cute little animals that look a bit rodent-like but are actually related to elephants in their genetic makeup.
The views of Cape Town from the top of the great mountain are stunning. They say that this cableway is the most secure in the world cause it has never had an accident. Believe it or not, from the top you can not only see the town, but also the sea, the beaches and even the robben island (where Nelson Mandela was while in prission). If you have the time and like hiking, you can go up by cableway and go down walking.
This is the first thing you will see as soon as you arrive to Cape Town no matter if you arrive by car, plane or ferry. I think Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (and the mountain has a lot of influence in this). Almost anywhere in the city, you can see the majestic mountain.
This village just a few kilometres from Cape Town offers the best views of the table mountain, the city and the sea from the beach. If you want the best views and the best pictures, you should not skip this. Walking in this beach during the sunset is also a nice, beautiful and relaxing experience...
I normally hate doing touristy things but if you're in Cape Town you can't not go up Table Mountain. I'm not one for hiking so we rode the cablecar up to the top, and I'd put money on it being the best way! We were totally lucky with the weather - it was clear and warm (make that boiling) and the views were amazing.... I can't do it justice in words.
A few words of advice - if you have a clear morning during your stay, don't dally - get up the mountain. It's often cloaked in the 'Tablecloth' and the views are not so incredible..... And don't forget protection from the sun.
Trip to Table Mountain. Again, touristy - yes. Buta 'must do'. Views are excellent. (Food and drinks at top are expensive BY THE WAY ;o) You should see some wildlife - see other pics. Absail down if you have the stomach for it!
From Table mountain, the view over CT is great. Make sure you are in time at the check in point (to get your ticket), as it gets very crowdy and one can wait up to two hours easily. We were waiting for about two hours and then the cable was closed because of changing weather. Bad luck. But there are so many things to do. Get a good (free) map at one of the (many) tourist offices. So you prevent from getting lost and don't lose time.
climb Table Mountain then climb down Platteklip Gorge and try Lions Head (if you're still fit) another day. Enjoy a lovely diner afterwards in one of the superb restaurants just treat yourself to something good here.
if you get caught inside a cloud (table cloth) on the way up you will experience this magic feeling. Colours will be very intense and strong no matter what you're looking at. When you finally climb out on top of the cloud it's different again. You seem to have come from a whithe fluffy sea getting on shore to experience direct sunlight.
I first spot this little rat at Table Mountain … well, not little ... a Rock Dassie, an agile mountain climber, resting on top of the dustbin. As I walked around, I saw another one staring at a group of humans staring at it!