Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s pride and one of the World’s 7 Natural Wonders. Not many cities in the world can compete with a natural feature as well-known as that of Cape Town with Table Mountain as a backdrop. Hoerikwaggo, the Khoisan name meaning “mountain in the sea” is just as suitable as the name we know today. With a level plateau of approximately 3 km from side to side, a table is depicted and together with Lion’s Head to the West and Devil’s Peak to the East, the City Bowl is lying in a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
At approximately 550 million years old, Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains in the world and 6 times older than the Himalayas.
The vegetation on Table Mountain is unique. An estimated 2285 plant species are confined to Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula range, of which a great proportion are endemic to these mountains and therefore cannot be found anywhere else. In a mere 57 square km area surrounding Table Mountain, more plant species can be found than in the entire United Kingdom.
Table Mountain is also home to a variety of mammals, snakes, lizards, amphibian, tortoises and birds. The dassies are happy inhabitants of Table Mountain and can usually be seen sunbathing on the rocks, aware not to become a bird’s prey. While the orange-breasted sunbirds drink nectare from Proteas or Ericas, the blue-headed agamas jump from rock to rock, also in search for some sun. On very rare occasions, the Himalayan Tahrs make their appearance. The interesting creatures that call Table Mountain home, make every hike memorable.
With an endless variety of trails to choose from, Table Mountain is a hiker’s paradise, but it should never be underestimated. The trails vary in difficulty and exposure. For more information on TRAILS AND PRICES.
Come hike with Like2Hike and learn more about this magical mountain in the sea.
Table Mountain towering above the fog over Cape Town