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Table Mountain Safaris
SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARIS AND TABLE MOUNTAIN
Table Mountain is an unusual Mountain, mainly because of its unique flat-topped formation. It has become a famous landmark for Cape Town – making Cape Town and Table Mountain top tourist destinations. The highest part of Table Mountain is called Maclear’s Beacon which is 1086 meters above sea-level. Maclear’s Beacon is a stone tower that was built for a trigonometrically survey in 1863 by Sir Thomas Maclear. From this point and other surrounding areas on Table Mountain you can see the most amazing views of Cape Town, including: the city centre, Lions Head, Robben Island, Table Bay and many more fantastic Cape Town highlights.
Table Mountain is predominantly made from resistant sandstone, allowing for the flat shape to remain that way; below the sandstone is a layer of shale which weathers quite easily. Travelling up the Table Mountain sandstone is made easy with the Cable Car. The Cable Car was first constructed in 1926, and was only opened in 1929. In 1997 the Table Mountain Cable Car was upgraded – allowing for a 360º trip up the mountain.
The main vegetation found on Table Mountain is the indigenous Cape Fynbos – which is protected and forms part of the Cape Flora region. There is believed to be over 2200 species of plants on Table Mountain, including the Protea! On Table Mountain and the slopes nearby there are 5 dams which supply water to Cape Town. These dams are called: the Woodhead dam, the Hely-Hutchinson dam, the De Villiers dam, the Alexandra dam and the Victoria reservoir. These reservoirs were all constructed between 1896 and 1907…
Hiking on Table Mountain can expose you to some of the fauna of the area, such as: dassies, porcupines, snakes, mongooses, tortoises and other fascinating animals. If you are lucky you may see the Rooikat which is an extremely rare sighting. The best time to explore Table Mountain is between the seasons – before winter, after summer etc… this allows you to avoid the Cape Town rains as well as the extreme summer heat of the Cape.
Table Mountain has become extremely popular for tourists and locals because of the amazing flora and fauna. One can hike to the top of Table Mountain on numerous trails or simply catch the cable car up… But once on top of Table Mountain most will be amazed that this 3 km long flat-topped mountain is not actually that flat at all!
Have a look at our South African safaris that include Table Mountain below. There are also other South African attractions beneath that you might want to visit on your South African Safari.
More Safari Attractions in South Africa:
- Kruger National Park
- Garden Route
- Cape Town
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Greater St Lucia
- Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park
- Pilanesberg National Park
- West Coast
- Cango Caves
- Cape Point, Cape Agulhas
- Gods Window
- Kapama Game Reserve
- Madikwe Game Reserve
- Pilgrims Rest
- Robben Island
- Sun City
- Karoo South Africa
- Wild Coast
- V&A Waterfront
- Valley of a 1000 Hills
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- The Battlefields
Safaris that include Table Mountain
Experience the Garden Route on a Self-Drive Family tour with Jenman African Safaris, this self-drive family tour will take you from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Read more…
Join Jenman African Safaris for this fully accommodated safari! This accommodated Africa safari takes you from Cape Town to Victoria Falls on a 22 day African wildlife adventure. Read more…
Experience our most popular African Safari, this Safari takes you from Victoria Falls to Cape Town through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Read more…