Table Mountain National Park (TMNP)
The Table Mountain National Park is found in the south western part of Cape Peninsula from Signal Hill in the north up to Cape Point on the south tip. The park was gazette in 1998 changing its name from Cape Peninsula National park occupying an area close to 221km² of high flora diversity, endemic wildlife and an iconic view of Cape Town that surrounds the park.
This mountain range occupy much of the park’s area stretching from Signal Hill, Lion’s head, Devil’s Peak, the Twelve Apostles peaks, Orange Kloof and also borders cape Town in the north. This mountain is one of the oldest mountain ranges in southern Africa. The mountain slopes are covered in forest- Cecilia State forest and Newlands Forest. In 2004, the mountains were declared a world heritage site thanks to the Cape Floristic region (amazing botanical region with more than 800 different endangered species of plants) that forms part of the Park’s area on the lower ranges.
Attractions with TMNP
The Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope is one of the most interesting places you can not miss if you are visiting Table Mountains Park. These two historical points mark the boundaries of the park.
The par lies at the heart of the Cape floral kingdom with more than 2,000 endangered plant species endemic to the mountains alone. Part of the park is covered in Afrom-temperate forests, Peninsula Sandstone and Granite Fynbos. The Silver Tree is a locally cultivated tree that grows on Lion’s head.
Boulder’s beach is home to large colonies of African Jackass penguins. Other interesting places to visit include the Table Mountain Cable way from where you have views over Cape town as you launch from Kloof Nek road Cable station to the top of the mountains.
There are several mammals that live in the park including large cats like the Cape Lion, leopard, spotted hyena and Jackal that are the predominantly sighted predators in TMNP. Other animals within the park are African bush elephant, kudu, impala, mountain zebras, black rhino, bontebok, caracal, rock hyrax, cape grysbok, klipspringer and the Himalayan Tahr. The Chacma Baboons occupy the southern parts of the park an incredible site you can not miss when you visit the park.
Hiking is a great fascination for visitors on the Table Mountain. There are several hiking trails to enjoy. Take your mountain bile to the furthest of the park’s trails and drive through Tokai forest, Silvermine, Kloofnek, Cape of Good Hope and many other scenic trails. Scenic drives may be taken along Boyes Drive, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Victoria Road, the Ou Kaapse Weg, from Simon's Town to Smitswinkel Bay, from Kommetjie to Scarborough and to Cape Point. Mountian Climbing and Hand Gliding are also a host in interesting Adventure in the park but you have to make prior booking by telephone.
Fishing, sun bathing, swimming and surfing are part of the very engaging water adventures from the Cape Peninsula. There are tidal swimming pools at Bordijiesrif, Oudekraal and Buffels bay from the Cape of Good Hope. Scuba diving and snorkeling are good at the Cape Peninsula.
Accommodation within TMNP
There are several options for accommodation within TMNP such as self catering tents and camps, cottages and safari lodges. From the Cape of Good Hope are two standard cottages-Eland and Duiker with accommodation fro more than 6 people, a kitchen and warm lounge. There are additional several South Africa Hotels in Cape town, Cape Town safari accommodation, apartments, guesthouses and luxury villas where you can find overnight accommodation and dinner.