South Africa has loads of great places to see and things to do and one of SA’s most popular places includes the majestic Table Mountain. The iconic mountain is also known as the “Sleeping Giant” due to it’s unique shape that literally looks like a giant sleeping and also like a table. With white clouds that often gather atop the flat part of the mountain, it often looks like a table cloth.
The mountain has a vast history having many encounters with explorers and various travellers alike, like Antonio de Saldanah the Portuguese explorer who climbed the mountain in 1503, then by Major-General Sir James Craig who ordered the construction of 3 blockhouses on top of the mountain in 1796 during the British occupation. The years that followed saw many developments taking place on the mountain, which included constructions to supply water to Cape Town.
Table Mountain forms a beautiful backdrop for Cape Town and Table Bay areas. It has a height of 1086m above sea level and is one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World. It is also rich with indigenous fauna and flora.
The Following Are Some Fauna and Flora On The Mountain
The Dassie were plenty in numbers in earlier years but there was a sudden decline in the years that followed with only a few seen below Noordhoek Peak. Snakes, porcupines, tortoises and lizards are frequently seen on the mountain and it is also home to the booted eagle, jackal buzzard, African harrier hawk, rock kerstrel and more.
There are vast flora that naturally grow on the mountain these include various Cape Fynbos (indangered Peninsula Granite Fynbos, Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos, Peninsula Shale Renosterveld, Afromontane Forest) as well as proteas and Disa uniflora.
Activities To Enjoy
There are many things to enjoy whilst exploring the world-renowned Table Mountain and these include:
- Hiking/walking trails
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Cable Way
So next time you’re planning on a fun filled day of exploring and sightseeing be sure to add a visit to the Mother City’s Table Mountain for a full day of excitement!