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Visiting Table Mountain National Park Cape Town

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Table Mountain National Park, previously known as the Cape Peninsula National Park, is a part of UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage. This park is operated by South Africa National Park. Table Mountain National Park contains two famous landmarks that are Table Mountain, the park's name, and the Cape of Good Hope. It incorporates Table Mountain, Tokai Forest, Silvermine, a large area around Cape Point, as well as a number of marine protected areas. These much-admired landmarks, Table Mountain and the historic Cape of Good Hope draw millions of visitors every year.

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Table Mountain

Table Mountain

This iconic flat mountain offers the hikers an easy challenge of routes. Hiking can be chosen as the heavy activity when you are in Table Mountain. The high and gigantic mountain becomes the main object to do this activity. If you are planning to hike along with scuba diving, do the hiking first to avoid any dangers. It is perfectly safe to go hiking before a dive and this may be an easy solution to do enjoy your trip while also being safe. Although the Boulders beach is beautiful, your safety is more than that. Everything will be paid when you reach the top of the mountain. The spectacular landscape will spoil your eyes. The 1,086 meter summit offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Cape Peninsula and the sprawling city below. It is much more than a scenic photograph background or a place from where you can take a breathtaking photo of Cape Town. If you do not like hiking but want to see the top of the mountain, you can use cable car to reach the top of the mountain.

Seeing the unique flora in Cape Floral Kingdom

Seeing the unique flora in Cape Floral Kingdom

As its purpose that Table Mountain National Park is to protect fynbos vegetation, here you can see many unique floras that cannot be found others park. Table Mountain National Park is part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site. Uncommon and threatened plants make this area a biodiversity hotspot. Fynbos (fine bush) is an antique and fire dependent plants which needs to burn every 15 years to increase the growth and persist healthy. Proteas can be seen most places in the park while some very unique and rare plants are present in the mountain swamplands and in Noordhoek. Almost 70% flowers are endemic to this park. It is no wonder that the Table Mountain was chosen as one of the new seven world wonders.

Enjoy walking in the Forest Walk

Enjoy walking in the Forest Walk

A leisurely walk through one of Cape Town's lush Afromontane forests is a calming and miraculous experience. Afromontane is a term used to illustrate the flora and fauna species common to the mountains of Africa — think cool, path under the trees, overhanging branches and tree canopies are creating an unearthly sight in this place. The most popular forest walks include Newlands Forest, Tokai, Orange Kloof in Hout Bay, and Echo Valley and Spes Bona on the Muizenberg Mountains.

Table Mountain National Park Cape Town Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

The access into the National Park is free. However, if you are planning to use Cable Car, you can book a ticket online or buy the ticket on the spot. There are some tours that require ticket such as Half Day Table Mountain Tour and Cape of Good Hope Tour. Online tickets can be purchased and printed from any computer, or shown on-screen on a mobile device. Online tickets are valid for 7 days from the chosen date.

How To Get Around?

Getting around Table Mountain National Park is easy. You can walk to visit some spots in this National Park, such as get closer to the rare vegetation and see the animals. You can use cable car to get around the park. For cable car, tickets are required. Also, there are three types of tickets for this car.On Friday, the ticket can be brought only at the office.You cannot purchase or book the ticket online.

What Should I Wear?

Make sure you always wear comfortable walking shoes since you are going to walk in mountain area. You should wear anything comfortable depending on the weather and time of the year. In summer you can wear short, t-shirt, and sunglasses, while in winter or fall you can wear warm clothes and some layer to it. Don't forget to take your camera along to capture the animals, the plants, and great panorama.

Table Mountain National Park Cape Town Facts

Best Time to Visit

You can visit the Table Mountain National Park in summer. The cableway will stay long during summer - you can see the sunset is getting up and down the mountain during the day.

Currency

Rand

Will I Need a Guide?

No, transportation is easy and you can find anything on this site.

How To Get There?

If you use car, leave it behind and try these options. There are number of options that you take to get to the Table Mountain National Park. You can use public transportation such as MyCiti Bus with free shuttle service, City Sightseeing bus and local taxi. MyCiti Bus is free for the visitors. You can take the shuttle service from the Lower Tafelberg Road stop, off to the Kloof Nek Road, to the Upper Tafelberg Road, and then stop at the Lower Cable station. The Cable station is easy to reach by public transportation. Do not forget to buy the tickets if you want to use Cable Car. In order to avoid the difficulties to find the parking area, it is better if you use public transportation rather than private transportation.

Additional Info

As the part of Table Mountain National Park, Cape of Good Hope, Boulder's Beach and Silvermine are the only 3 points where conservation fees and tickets have to be paid.