Cape Town Scenic:Table Mountain Tours

We offer half day tours to  Table Mountain…………..this is always weather dependent.

You can allocate about 2.5 hrs and up, depending how long you choose to be on top, to see the mountain, including return transfer time from your hotel for your Table Mountain Tour..This may vary with the crowds, as the tramcars only can handle a limited amount of people each time.

Some folks go up, look around, come down…others, go up, check out the areas, get something to eat on top, or take food with them etc.Sunset time is a nice time to go up.

There is a option to walk up the mountain as well.  This is quite a long tiring  walk..about 2 to 3hrs, straight up. Then you can take the tramcar down from on top…you can purchase the ticket on top, or before you go up.

We  usually combine the tout of Table Mountain with the half day Cape Town City Tour.

Table Mountain

Oldest Mountain in the World?

Table Mountain was formed between 250 to ­540 million years ago through the folding of the old Richtersveld mountains (north of Cape Town and no longer existing) which were formed 800 million years ago.Its present shape is about 60 million years old.

Mount Everest was formed 40 million years ago; the Alps in Europe ‘only’ 32 million years ago.

Cape Floral Kingdom
Much of the northern hemisphere was subjected to a severe ice age (which only ended about 100 000 years ago) effectively wiping out its entire plant life.South Africa, in contrast, has not been disturbed by such violent glacial forces in recent geological time.

Fynbos, therefore, is an ancient vegetation type ­ some date back more than 60 million years!

If the Cape Floral Kingdom is a biological treasure chest, then one of its most brilliant gems is the Cape Peninsula.  This tiny patch of land, only some 470km in extent, harbours a staggering 2 285 flowering plant species.  The 57km of Table Mountain has some 1 470 plant species, only just fewer than the 1 492 found in Britain in an area of 308 000km , and more species than Sweden, which is a thousand times larger.

A Star in its own Right

During his visit to the Cape of Good Hope (1750­1754), French astronomer Abbé Nicolas Louis de la Caille observed more than 10 000 previously unrecorded stars, and named many of the southern constellations.

His particular tribute to Table Mountain was to name a constellation which he found near the Southern Cross in its honour: Mons Mensa (Latin for Table Mountain), with the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud representing the mountain’s “Table Cloth”.  It is the only constellation named after a terrestrial geographical feature