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February 08, 2013

Snapshots of Table Mountain

The aptly named Table Mountain is one of Cape Town's best-known landmarks. The mountain, which has unusually rich biodiversity, was recently named one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

And it's not just a favourite with locals and tourists – Table Mountain is home to about 2 200 species of fynbos and a wide variety of animal life.

António de Saldanha was the first European to climb the mountain and he named it Taboa do Cabo, which means "Table of the Cape" in Portuguese. There are various ways to get to the summit, with the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway being the most interesting.

Table Mountain can be spotted from almost any part of Cape Town, making it hard to get lost in the city.

Table Mountain only gets the spotlight on special occasions. Photo courtesy of Danie van der Merwe

Dassies are one of the species of small mammal that can be found on Table Mountain. Photo courtesy of Megan Trace

A ride on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway gives passengers a 360° view of Cape Town. Photo courtesy of Ian Junior

Table Mountain forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and is home to about 2200 species of fynbos. Photo courtesy of Phil Parsons

Table Mountain is flanked by Devil's Peak and Lion's Head. Photo courtesy of Joseph Ferris III

Every table needs a tablecloth, which is what locals call the cloud formation that occurs on the summit of Table Mountain. Photo courtesy of markdrasutis

Table Mountain thrown in a dark shadow at sunset. Photo courtesy of Wesley Nitsckie

Even from afar Table Mountain is still very identifiable. Photo courtesy of warrenski

 

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