Fun Fact 3: The incredible formation of this mountain is unusual as the
peak creates a flat top - hence the name Table Mountain.
Fun Fact 4: When the winds rises up the slopes, forming condensation,
clouds form at the top of the mountain and often look like a tablecloth.
Fun Fact 5: Table Mountain is a natural ecosystem of plants, animals and
other organisms which live amongst its environment.
Fun Fact 6: There are more than 2,200 species of plant which grow on
Table Mountain, much of the plant life is exclusive to this particular
Fun Fact 7: Throughout history, many species of animal have lived on
Table Mountain including lions and leopards. These types of animals no
longer exist in this area, however, other smaller species such as
porcupine and mongoose, and reptiles including snakes, continue to
Fun Fact 8: One of the most popular types of animal living on Table
Mountain is the rock hyrax. This animal is similar to a large guinea
Fun Fact 9: Tourists, including hikers and rock climbers; visit from
across the world to see this natural African wonder.
Fun Fact 10: The first recorded climb of Table Mountain took place in
1503 by Antonio de Saldanha. It was Antonio de Saldanha who gave the
mountain its recognizable name.
Fun Fact 11: The top of the mountain peak is reasonably flat, in fact,
at the highest points, the western end measures just 19 meters lower
than the eastern end which is located approximately 3 kilometres away.
Fun Fact 12: There is a stone cairn at the eastern end which is known as
Maclear's Beacon. A cairn can be described as a man-made pile of stones.
Fun Fact 13: There are two peaks on Table Mountain which are very
distinctive. They are called 'Devil's Peak and Lion's Head'.
Fun Fact 14: The flat stone gorge known as 'Platteklip Gorge' offers the
most direct route to the summit as it divides the steep cliffs.
Fun Fact 15: There are 3 defensive forts known as 'blockhouses' which
remain on high ground. Although, no longer intact, these are the remains
of forts constructed at the end of the 18th Century by the British.