Table Mountain Facts

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Country: South Africa
Languages: Zulu 24%, Xhosa 18%, Afrikaans 13%
Currencies: Rand (ZAR)
Wonder type: Natural
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  • Table Mountain is named after its flat top
  • Its peak stands 1,086m above sea level and overlooks the stunning Cape Town and Table Bay areas
  • Orographic clouds often cover Table Mountain. These clouds sit flat over the mountain top forming the commonly called ‘table cloth’. This layer of cloud is responsible for the lush vegetation found on the mountain
  • Its main face is approximately 3km from side to side. (9850ft)
  • Table Mountain was first officially climbed in 1503
  • It has extensive sandstone caves with Wynberg caves being the largest
  • Was previously known as Howrikwaggo, meaning sea mountain or mountain in the sea, by the original inhabitants of the cape, the San and Khoekhoen
  • There are more than 350 walking tracks to the summit, or you can take the cableway that was built in 1929
  • Table Mountain has a constellation named after it – Mensa – which means Table in Latin. It is located below Orion, and can be seen from the Southern hemisphere around midnight in mid-July. It was named by a French astronomer during his stay at the cape in the mid 18th century
  • The area is a designated national park. Originally named Cape Peninsula National Park, it was renamed Table Mountain National Park in 1998. The park stretches for 60km (30miles), has around 2000 plant species and forms one of 6 floral kingdoms in the world. 70% of its plant species can not be found anywhere else in the world
  • It is one of the oldest mountains in the world and is the most popular tourist destinations of Cape Town, attracting over 800 000 people to its summit each year
  • The Dassie is the most common animal on Table Mountain. The Dassie, or Rock Hyrax, is a mammal that looks like a guinea pig, however its closest living relatives is the elephant and sirenian
  • António de Saldanha was the first European to land in Table Bay. In 1503 he climbed the mountain and named it Taboa do Cabo (Portuguese for Table of the Cape).

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