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Table Mountain Facts  

Table Mountain is a flat topped mountain overlooking Cape Town, South Africa and is a huge tourist attraction. The peak of mountain is generally covered in clouds which are known as ‘Table Cloth’. This mountain is more than 260 million years old. It is the only terrestrial structure in the world that has a constellation named after it. The Constellation of Mensa can be seen in mid July in the southern hemisphere. Table Mountain is also featured on Cape Town’s flag. It is also the only mountain to be included in the list of seven natural wonders. The height of this mountain is 3,563 feet.

Quick Facts: –

  • Table Mountain looks flat only from one side.
  • The cableway for this mountain was opened in 1929 and each car can carry 65 passengers at a time.
  • These cable cars travel at a speed of 10 metres per second.
  • At least one couple gets married on this mountain in a month.
  • On the east side of the mountain, it has Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.
  • This mountain is home to many species which are endemic and cannot found anywhere else in the world. The Table Mountain Ghost Frog is one of them.
  • It is one of the most photographed places in the world.
  • The flattened top of the mountain is approximately 2 miles from one side to the other.
  • Anne Barnard is the first woman to have reached the top of the mountain.
  • It has many sandstone caves and the largest is Wynberg.
  • More than 800,000 people visit it every year.
  • There are chemical toilets on the top which were originally designed for Boeing Aircraft.
  • The Table Mountain is a World Heritage Site.



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