Table Mountain National Park :: Cape Town, South Africa
Standing more than 3,500 feet above the beautiful city of Cape Town, Table Mountain gives its visitors a magnificently spectacular view of mountains, the city, the ocean and vast unspoiled wilderness. The mountain is a popular tourist attraction and is even featured in the flag of Cape Town and other local insignias. The prominent flat-topped summit of the Table Mountain is a quick five minute ride in one of the cable cars, or for those who want to explore more of the amazing natural beauty it can also be reached on a two to three hour hike. If you do decide to take the hike make sure you check out Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the starting point of many of the less difficult routes, which offers a rich display of South Africa’s indigenous plants.
Another popular part of the national park is the Cape of Good Hope, legendary home of The Flying Dutchman and other sea based legends. It is also a great spot for seeing Chacma Baboons, which use the Cape of Good Hope section of the park as a significant section of their range. Be sure to check out Boulders Beach which is also in the Cape of Good Hope section. This sheltered beach is home to a colony of African Penguins which settled the area in 1982. The best view of the penguins can be had from Foxy Beach which has wonderful boardwalks that take visitors to within a few yards of the birds. Bolder Beach is also a popular swimming location; of course humans are restricted to beaches adjacent to the cute tuxedoed inhabitants. With amazing views, fantastic & unique flora, and amazing wildlife Table Mountain National Park is a destination not to be missed.
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