Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

Set in amazing Cape Town, the Table Mountain National Park is something everyone visiting this part of Africa must go see. The Park has some of the most spectacular views, sights and more, like the infamous Cape of Good Hope, the Southernmost tip of Africa.

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park Wildlife

Don’t go assuming it’s a barren place for lush flora and animal life thrives here, which is why this part of the Park is fenced off from the public. You can catch easy sight of Zebra, Eland, Red Hartebeest and Bontebok. The Buffelsfontein Visitor Center has lots to offer by way of information and thrills. The light house view is one more thing to check out. You also have superb opportunities to enjoy hiking, angling, surfing, beaching, cycling and more.

Table Mountain National Park Animal - Zebra

Table Mountain National Park Animal – Zebra

Table Mountain National Park Penguins

Moving on to another Park section, the Boulders Penguin Colony leaps to mind. As its name suggests, it’s home to endangered African Penguins that can only be found in this region. You have access to three amazing beaches to see the penguins on. From other beach activities to the stunning landscape—with its huge boulders, blue waters and sublime coves—you’ll certainly get a kick out of this region.

Table Mountain National Park Penguins

Table Mountain National Park Penguins

 

Table Mountain National Park Penguin Nest Boxes

Table Mountain National Park Penguin Nest Boxes

Table Mountain National Park Attractions

The Park’s Northernmost tip is occupied by Signal Hill. Not only do you have a panoramic view of the City and its harbor from here, but it’s also where you’ll see the noon day gun mark midday. Nearby is a place called Lion’s Head, where a short hike affords you the chance to get an all-round view of the Atlantic seaboard, the city itself and a place the Park gets its name from.

This brings us to Tabletop Mountain, listed as one of Africa’s most famous. The view of Cape Town from atop this mountain is beyond what words can describe. Its name is sorta inspired from the tablecloth-like flow of cloud and mist cover breezing along the mountain’s slopes. In addition to biking, hiking and walking, you also get so many angles to work with if photography is on your mind. The Afromontane forest calls this place home and from its ancient nature to the lush body that makes up its flora, the forest is indeed a magical place.

Silvermine shouldn’t be forgotten. After all, it occupies the Park’s central zone. Contrary to its name, it isn’t a desolate spot but one filled with lush vegetation, waterfalls, amazing hiking opportunities and some of the best trails to go walking or biking. Like a walk up Constantaiburg Mountain to see Hout Bay or simply enjoying the boardwalks and picnic sites elsewhere. There are other must-see places here in Silvermine, like Kalk Bay, so be sure to glean the details.

All in all, Table Mountain National Park is one of those places where one day isn’t enough to appreciate the Park’s splendor. You’ll probably feel like staying a week and before that week is out, you’ll feel you’ve seen so little of so much.

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