Table Mountain

Whether it is covered in a blanket of moody clouds or showing off against a crisp cloudless blue sky, Table Mountain is always spectacular.

Table Mountain, which was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011, is one of the city’s most popular attractions – both with locals and visitors. Since it first opened in 1929, the Table Mountain Cable Way has attracted 24-million visitors.

But the mountain is not just a pretty picture, it is also home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth. The 57-square- kilometer area comprising Table Mountain and the Back Table is home to more than 1470 floral species, many of them endemic to the area. It is also home to a number of animal species, including dassies, mongooses, snakes and tortoises.

Locals often bypass the cable-way and opt to hike to the top of the mountain with Platteklip Gorge – a popular, and rigorous scramble to the table top. The route offers incredible views of Camps Bay, but be warned it can take as much as four hours to the top!