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Table Mountain, Cape Town - South Africa

 


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Table mountain is the biggest attraction of Cape Town, its 1086 meter high and offers breathtaking views over the city, beaches and offers many activities for the tourists. It is part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage site. While most of the people ride up in a Cable Car, few like to go up by the cable car and come down on foot and others like to go both ways on foot (not recommended for most people).
 
The area around this is known as Table Mountain National Park which covers 17,000 ha, but this small area has over 1500 different plant species, 90 of them are unique to this area, including the rare Silver Tree and the wild orchid Disa Uniflora. The Table Mountain is made up of sandstone and its flat summit measures nearly 3 km from end to end. On the top of mountain there are several tourist facilities including a restaurant which seats 120 people, a souvenir shop and Cableway Cocktail Bar which is situated inside the top station building.

Table Mountain overlooks the city of Cape Town. Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals. There are hundreds of trails to the summit, some undemanding and others extremely difficult, so its advisable to take a guide or who knows the area well or contact the Mountain club of South Africa before going on a hike or climb. Get a good guide book and take food, water, warm clothes and mobile phone if possible. Platteklip Gorge, just east of the Cable Station is a good one, as you can walk one way and take the cable car the other. Kloof Nek is the easiest way out of the city, over Table Mountain, to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Kloof Nek is linked to the 669 meter Lion's Head. A spiral pathway up Lion's Head passes through silver trees and spring flowers and provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the Cape Town region. Along the way you can also visit an old Mosque. Other fun walks include the Pipe Track, to the west of the Lower Cable Station.


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Since the opening of Cable car (in 1929) 77 years ago, over 16 million people have taken the trip to the top of Table Mountain, about 600,000 people annually. The views in all directions are magnificent and the feeling of being on top of the world is what makes Table Mountain such a popular destination. It’s best to visit on a clear day, although clouds can descend at any time. Free parking is available along the road leading to the lower cable station.





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Tip 14#. Cell phone is probably your best friend in a new place. Get an unlocked cell phone which works with international frequencies. Your domestic phone company may sometime lock the phone so its good only in their network, sometimes your own phone company will have a international roaming, call them before you go. You may visit http://www.telestial.com to buy a SIM card of the country before you visit which is a cheaper option. Mostly you can buy a basic phone and sim card within $100-$150.


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