View of Table Mountain from Blouberg Beach
Our Table Mountain is timeless - in terms of the multifaceted human history of Cape Town and South Africa - and in all human memory.
Cape Town's familiar flat topped mountain and its companions - Devil's Peak and Lion's Head have always been there. In fact for millions of years before the early human days when the original inhabitants of the Cape the indigenous Khoi-san roamed the coastal plains.
Table Mountain sheltered the original Cape explorers in the 16th century, the first European settlers and the many following generations of slaves, immigrants and travellers who helped to build and develop our special city.
The extraordinary appeal of Cape Town's famous natural attraction is known and appreciated in South Africa and around the world. It is a regular feature on postcards and has been captured in its varied moods, in numerous pictures and films.
Mountain Cape Town mountain range originated some 500 million
years ago when Africa was
part of the original Gondwana
continent. The planet was in a turmoil of earth quakes and volcanic
The gigantic tectonic plates within the mantle, far below the seabed shifted over time and molten lava was forced upwards through a layer of shale to cool and form granite. Sand was deposited by ancient rivers over millions of years and the Cape mountain ranges including Table Mountain were slowly formed.
Table Mountain stands at the head of a mountain chain extending South along the backbone of the Cape Peninsula towards Cape Point. It is the direction from whence our well known Cape south easterly wind originates, from faraway over the Atlantic Ocean. The region is a nature reserve and is known as the Table Mountain National Park
Intending to use the cable car to go up the
mountain? You can now get your Table Mountain cableway tickets
online and avoid the queue. Much more convenient! Cableway e-tickets
Our Table Mountain in Cape Town is a magnet for photographers, tourists and hikers, and your visit to Cape Town would be incomplete without taking a cable car ride, or a hike to the summit. The upper cable station is at 1067 metres and the highest point Maclears Beacon 1085 metres.
So how do you get there and what will you find?
Getting to Table Mountain.