Table Mountain: One of the World's Most Famous Mountains

Learn about one of South Africa's most iconic sites

By South African Tourism

Tourists enjoying the view of Lion's Head and Cape Town from Table MountainSouth African Tourism

1. It is home to many species, some of which can not be found anywhere else in the world

The mountain is rich in diverse wildlife, including the rock hyrax and a rare species of frog aptly named the Table Mountain Ghost Frog as it can only be found in this area.

Scenic view of Table Mountain from BloubergstrandSouth African Tourism

2. The flattened top of the mountain is approximately 2 miles from one side to the other

Table Mountain is perhaps best known for its flat top which, because it resembles a table top, has garnered the mountain its now famous name.

Cable car going up Table MountainSouth African Tourism

3. Numerous caves exist on the mountain

The largest cave is the Wynberg Cave, a cavernous crack which runs alongside one of the mountain's small rift valleys.

Table MountainSouth African Tourism

4. Over 80,000 people visit the mountain each year

With its breathtaking views the awe-inspiring sites it is no wonder that Table Mountain is one of South Africa's most visited sites.

5. The man-made pile of stones, Maclear’s Beacon, is the highest point on the mountain

In the 1800s, Sir Thomas Maclear built the structure which is 1086 metres above sea level.

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