Table Mountain is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking natural attractions in Cape Town. It frames the skyline no matter where you are, making its beauty impossible to miss. As soon as you arrive in the Mother-City it is pretty clear that Table Mountain not only rocks (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) but is pretty damn awesome. However we thought we would put together 10 weird and wonderful facts, just for you, that will only but confirm these thoughts.
10 awesome facts
Table Mountain National Park, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, is the richest single floristic area on the planet and home to an amazing 8200 plant species. Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
In 2012 Table Mountain became an official New 7 Wonder of Nature. Table Mountain made it to the top seven after a campaign that attracted more than 100-million global votes. Now, you might have already known this, but we think it is worth raving about!
Table Mountain is old. The rocks of the mountain are approximately 600 million years old, in fact. That’s older than the Andes, the Alps, the Rocky Mountains and the Himalayas.
You can abseil down Table Mountain under the guidance of abseiling experts. A 112 metre controlled descent off Cape Town’s magnificent Table Mountain. Step off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level, and abseil into pure vertical space. This makes Table Mountain the world’s highest commercial abseiling point. You are surrounded by awesome views and the deep blue Atlantic at your feet. – Chat to our friendly travel desk if this is something you would like to do during your never@home stay!
Table Mountain is one of the most photographed places in the world. Don’t believe us? Take a peek at our Instagram feed where you will see plenty of images of this famous mountain in all its glory.
Table Mountain is still growing. Table Mountain at its highest point is 1086 metres high but is still growing according to geologists. However, we’re not going to see Table Mountain put on a growth spurt any time soon, as it’s also relentlessly being eroded by rain, wind and even fire.
Legend has it that the ‘tablecloth’ – the cloud formation that develops over the top of Table Mountain, tablecloth’ is the outcome of a smoking contest between the devil and a pirate named Captain Jan van Hunks.
On average at least two couples get hitched on top of Table Mountain per month, with the most popular month being the month of luuuurve – February!
There are 22 species of snakes on Table Mountain – the five most venomous are the Cape cobra, puff adder, boomslang, rinkhals and berg adder.
In 1998, former President Nelson Mandela proclaimed Table Mountain, “a gift to the Earth” – And we couldn’t agree more!