Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Table Mountain National Park
At the south-western tip of South Africa, the Table Mountain National Park encompasses the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south, a distance of approximately 60 kilometres.
The narrow portion of land with its many beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is circled by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warmer waters of False Bay in the east.
The Table Mountain National Park has two world-renowned landmarks within its boundaries; the majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique flora, this singular land formation, with rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats, is a truly phenomenal natural, scenic, historical, cultural and recreational asset both locally and internationally.
Nowhere else in the world does an area of such awesome beauty and such rich bio-diversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area - the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway provides access to the top of Table Mountain, while a funicular carries visitors to Cape Point. Restaurants and curio shops operate at Rhodes Memorial, Kirstenbosch, Cape Point and on Table Mountain.
Scenic drives can be taken along Boyes Drive, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Victoria Road, the Ou Kaapse Weg, from Simon's Town to Smitswinkel Bay, from Kommetjie to Scarborough and to Cape Point.
Popular picnic spots are located at the Signal Hill lookout, The Glen, Van Riebeeck Park, Newlands Forest, Constantia Nek, Oudekraal, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Tokai, Soetwater, Buffels Bay, Bordjiesrif, Miller's Point and Perdekloof.
Southern Right Whales entertain thousands of spectators each year as they come close to shore to mate and calve. Sightings peak in September, and there are a number of view sites along the scenic coastline and Boulders Beach is home to a growing colony of the African penguin.
Popular Activities in Table Mountain National Park
TMNP Marine Protected Area
The seas around the Cape Peninsula all the way up the coast to Mouille Point on the Atlantic Seaboard, and up the False Bay coast as far as Muizenberg, fall within the Table Mountain National Park. This 956 km² stretch of ocean is where the...
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Diagonal Route up Table Mountain
Where? Camps Bay
The start of the route is well signposted and pretty steep (you're not going to get away from the slog of getting up Table Mountain) but it levels out to get around Porcupine buttress. Up Porcupine ravine, it follows the river bed – steep and....
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India Venster Hike
Where? Kloof Nek
India Venster comes with terms and conditions. Be careful, hikers say, this is the most difficult, albeit the most fun way of scrambling to the top of Table Mountain. Next to India Venster, Platteklip may well appear sedate. You might want to have...
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Cape Point Lighthouse Walk
Where? Cape Point
There are paths to both the old and new lighthouses at Cape Point. The walk to the old lighthouse is short but steep, along a well hewn path. You also have the alternative of taking the funicular railway, for children or those who cannot walk any...
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Lions Head Walk
Where? Cape Town Central
Like Signal Hill, the walk to the top of Lions Head is popular with both tourists and locals alike. Generally the walk takes about 90 minutes and is fairly manageable although there are a few chains and ladders that one might need to negotiate...
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