10 Fun Facts About Table Mountain
With the Cape Town photo workshop with National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner and local photographer Sarah Isaacs just beginning, we thought we’d introduce one of the most iconic sights in the Western Cape. Learn a bit about Table Mountain below!
- Table Mountain was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012.
- It’s a wedding venue. The “Cloud 9” cable car stop hosts one wedding a week on average.
- Its highest point, Maclear’s Beacon, was named after the astronomer who build a stone cairn there in 1865, meant for a trigonometric survey.
- Tons of notable names have traveled to its summit; Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey, Brooke Shields, Michael Bublé, Tina Turner and Jackie Chan just to name a few!
- At its highest point, Table Mountain is 1,086 meters (3,563 ft) above sea level…and it’s still growing!
- The layering of clouds that often cover the top is called the “Tablecloth”.
- There are around 2,200 species of plants that grow here, many of which are endemic to the mountain.
- There are over 350 trails on Table Mountain.
- The mountain is home to many sandstone caves, the largest of which is called