At 1086 metres and millions of years old, Table Mountain dominates Cape Town and is easily the most recognised landmark in the country. To those lucky enough to live here it is referred to simply as “the mountain” – everyone knows which mountain we mean even though there are many others!
Capetonians use Table Mountain as a weather vane, we use it as a venue for hiking or climbing, we use it to get our bearings when we are lost, we use it for status if we can afford to live in its shadow or if we can see it from our living-room and, since 2011, we proudly brag that it is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Table Mountain is accessible from various directions on foot for the fit and energetic or by means of the ultra-modern cable-way giving 360 degree views of the Cape Peninsula. Once atop you can stroll among the unique fynbos floral kingdom of the Cape, admire Camps Bay, the 12 Apostles heading towards Cape Point and the rest of the Atlantic Seaboard; in another direction the mountain offers stunning views to Robben Island, Table Bay, and across the city’s suburbs all the way to the Hottentots Holland mountain range.
Some days Table Mountain stands clearly against an azure sky, showing off its caves and cliffs of sandstone and granite, at times it is shrouded in grey skies, and some days it wears its famous table cloth – the white cloud brought by the south-easter wind, also known as the Cape Doctor. Sometimes the cloth hangs gently over the top; sometimes it is almost violent in its haste to cover the mountain.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to the top of its most famous mountain – be it on foot or by cable car, for sunrise or sunset, you will be wowed by a visit to Table Mountain!