Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park was established in 1998 to protect the environment of the Table Mountain chain on the incredibly scenic Cape Peninsula. The ppark actually consists of three separate areas, Combined, these cover a significant portion of the Peninsula´s buckling and varied, yet stunningly beautiful terrain, from Signal Hill at its north end to Cape Point at its south end.


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Table Mountain National Park

Welcome to Table Mountain National Park, South African jewel, international tourism icon and Natural World Heritage Site.

Situated at the south-western tip of Africa, the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) encompasses the incredibly scenic Table Mountain Chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south and the seas and coastline of the peninsula.

The narrow finger of land with its beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warmer waters of False Bay and has within its boundaries two world-renowned landmarks - majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.

The Park is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora - with rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats - is a truly remarkable natural, scenic, historical, cultural and recreational asset both locally and internationally. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such spectacular beauty and such rich bio-diversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area - the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

A unique feature of the TMNP is that it is primarily an open access Park with only three points where conservation fees are payable, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders and Silvermine, the rest of the Park is open access and free for all to enjoy.

Special feature
The Cape of Good Hope.
Boulders Penguin Colony.
Table Mountain.
Silvermine Hiking Trail.
Signal Hill and Lion's Head.

Wildlife; Angulate Tortoise, Klipspringer, Grysbok, Common Duiker.
Birds; Karoo Prinia, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted, Malachite.
Plants / Trees; Proteas, Erica´s, Restios, Geophytes.

Activities
Hiking, Overnight trails, Dog walking, Scuba diving, Mountain Biking, Surfing / Wind Surfing, Rock / Sport climbing, Hang / Paragliding, Fishing / Extractive diving, Picnic / Braai.
Table Mountain Trail
The hike starts at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, a tour that showcases the complex social history of the Mother City. A boat trip in the harbour and a visit to Robben Island Museum is also included.

How to get there
Boulders Beach- situated in Simon's Town, which can be reached via the M4 ( Main Road ) from the city centre, although getting to Muizenberg via the M3 or the M5 are both quicker in road time. From Muizenberg, the M4 continues via Fish Hoek to Simon´s Town.

Accommodation

Olifantsbos Cottage
The most magnificent getaway in the Cape , this isolated cottage is located right on the beach in the heart of the Cape of Good Hope. There is nothing to match this. The cottage can be comfortably accommodate 6 people in the cottage and 6 people in the Annex. Fully equipped & self catering.
Eland & Duiker
Situated in the Cape of Good Hope these cosy cottages are an ideal breakaway secret. Each cottage sleeps six people within driving distance of Cape Point. Fully equipped & self catering.
Wood Owl Cottage ( Tokai )
This beautifully restored foresters cottage is fully equipped and offers 3 double, en suit bedrooms with an open plan kitchen living area with a fireplace. Also avaolable is a separate TV room, patio and braai area and a telephone, plus the cottage is cleaned daily.

The above presentation of the park, is a contribution from © SANParks.org 2004-2009.