Table Mountain – Cape Town’s Landmark


Table Mountain is a majestic flat-topped mountain that forms part of the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. Overlooking the city, it is the most famous icon of Cape Town, where it can be seen from almost everywhere.

Table mountain - Cape Town Waterfront

Cape Town Waterfront | Photo by: www.capeletting.com

It is the most famous of the table-top mountains in the world, featuring a broad flat summit that measures nearly 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by steep cliffs. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and its highest point is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft.) above sea level, about 19 metres (62 ft.) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau.

Table Mountain - Cape Town

Photo by: Stefano Politi Markovina – Flickr

Table Mountain - Cape Town

The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. Along the Atlantic coast, Table Mountain is framed by a series of peaks referred to as the Twelve Apostles.

Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles - View as seen from Maidens Cove

The 12 Apostles – View as seen from Maidens Cove | Photo by: jamesgradwell – Flickr

There is a cable car that takes passengers from the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road, about 302 m above sea level, to the plateau at the top of the mountain. The five-minute ascent to the top allows passengers a breathtaking 360° view over the neighbouring peaks, the city and its beaches.

Upper Cableway Station - Table Mountain and Lion's Head

Upper Cableway Station – Table Mountain and Lion’s Head | Photo by: Xevi V – Flickr

Table Mountain Cable Car - Cape Town

Table Mountain Cable Car – Cape Town | Photo by: jomilo75 – Flickr

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