Tablemountain


Table Mountain National Park is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora. With its rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats, it is a truly remarkable natural, scenic, and cultural asset.
The narrow finger of land with its beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warmer waters of False Bay and has within its boundaries two world-renowned landmarks – majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.
A unique feature of the park is that it is primarily an open access park with only three points where conservation fees are payable, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders and Silvermine, the rest of the Park is open access and free for all to enjoy (although there is a fee to use the Cable Car if you don’t want to walk to the top of Table Mountain).
Table Mountain
Arguably one of the most well-known mountains in Africa, Table Mountain provides a magnificent backdrop to cosmopolitan Cape Town.
Famous for the tablecloth of clouds that pours endlessly down its slopes when the south-easter blows, this is a mountain of many moods and offers walkers and hikers a range of routes that vary from strolls to rigorous hikes.
You decide whether you want to reach the summit and revel in spectacular views of the city or simply stroll along in the cool shade of indigenous forest – which ever you choose you won’t be disappointed.
The ancient Afromontane forest has a fairy charm as vines and canopies create a magical atmosphere.
Silvermine
Located in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park, Silvermine offers some of the best hikes in the Park with beautiful fynbos landscapes. There are two sections, each with formal parking.
South African National Parks does not provide accommodation here. Private accommodation is widely available. We recommend at least four nights here (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website).
Lekker Links
Google Earth view of Table Mountain National Park Agulhas National Park
Bontebok National Park
Karoo National Park
Knysna National Lake Area
West Coast National Park
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Western Cape province
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Signal Hill and Lion’s Head
If you face Table Mountain and look right you will see Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, two popular destinations in their own right.
Lion’s Head is a short but popular hike that offers 360 degree views of the coastline, the City and Mountain.
Signal Hill offers excellent views of the City and harbour. It is from here that the noon day gun marks 12:00.
The peak to the left of Table Mountain is called Devil’s Peak.
Cape of Good Hope:
So named by Portugal’s King John II this area has captured the imagination of European sailors such as Dias who first named it the Cape of Storms in 1488 and later in 1580 Sir Francis Drake who called it the ‘The Fairest Cape in all the World.’
Rich in cultural and natural heritage this is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa and includes the famous Cape Point. Due to the variety of wildlife that occurs here it is the only section of the park that is fenced and visitors should look out for Eland, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok and Zebra.
Boulders Beach
Just around the corner from the seaside village of Simons Town turn left off main road to Boulders Visitor Centre to visit the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call.
This beach is ideal for kids as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves – but please always take care.
Beaches
The park has a beach for all preferences. If you like to mingle with bronzed beach goers and enjoy a bit of a beach culture, try Llandudno on the Atlantic seaboard.
However, if you are more of a laidback beach user head south and try out Noordhoek, Kommetjie or Scarborough – all of which are spacious enough to accommodate crowds and are also good for watching the sun set.
The Cape of Good Hope section offers more wild and secluded beaches with the benefit of beaches on both the Atlantic and False Bay coasts.
 


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