Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

Situated at the southwestern tip of Africa, the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site, encompasses the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south - a distance of approximately 60 km.

The narrow finger of land with its many beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is bound by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warmer waters of False Bay in the east.

It has within its boundaries two world-renowned landmarks - majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.

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.

Areas of Special Interest
* Boulders Penguin Colony
* Cape of Good Hope which includes Cape Point
* Silvermine
* Table Mountain free access with the exception of the independently run Cable Way.

Scenic drives may be taken along Boyes Drive, Chapmans Peak Drive, Victoria Road, the Ou Kaapse Weg, from Simon's Town to Smitswinkel Bay, from Kommetjie to Scarborough and to Cape Point.

Popular picnic spots are located at the Signal Hill lookout, The Glen, Van Riebeeck Park, Newlands Forest, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia Nek, Oudekraal, Tokai, Witsand, Soetwater, Buffels Bay, Bordjiesrif, Miller's Point and Perdekloof.

Accommodation
Table Mountain National Park Tented Accommodation (self catering) is provided within the park in 4 camps.

Located within Cape Point (TMNP) Eland and Duiker Cottages both cottages sleep six people each with one master bedroom and two bedrooms each furnished with two beds. There is an open plan kitchen/ lounge area and an enclosed patio with a jet master fireplace.

There is a wide spectrum of privately run accommodation available on the fringes of the park in many price ranges.

Outdoor Activities
Also view Cape Town Things To See & Do.

* Hiking Trails
There are many hiking trails within the park that appeal to a wide audience - from those wanting a short or leisurely walk to those seeking a longer and more challenging hike.

* Mountain Biking
Several approved mountain biking trails exist within the park. These trails are limited to existing jeep tracks and roads only, and are found at Tokai Forest, Silvermine, Kloofnek to Mowbray Ridge and at the Cape of Good Hope.

* Mountain Climbing
There are a number of approved climbing routes. Contact the Mountain Club of South Africa for further details, telephone (021) 465 3412.

* Hang Gliding/Paragliding
This is available at Lion's Head and Silvermine.

* Water-based Activities
Spectacular beaches abound for sun-seekers. The numerous beaches and reefs encircling the Peninsula also permit surfing all year round, and the ample supply of wind in the Peninsula makes this area the ideal spot for wind-surfing and sailing enthusiasts.

The clear waters of the Cape Peninsula also provide excellent scuba diving and snorkelling conditions, although a wetsuit is necessary to ward off the cold.

There are tidal swimming pools at Oudekraal and at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay at the Cape of Good Hope.

* Angling
This is a very popular pastime, although there are seasonal and area restrictions determining where, when and which marine resources may be caught. The seas around the peninsula are a Marine Protected Area and there are restricted zones where no extractive sports are allowed.

Information Centres
Information centres are located at the Table Mountain cableway station, Silvermine, Boulders, Tokai, Smith's Farm at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.

Table Mountain Facts
* Table Mountain is a recognised global icon, visited by millions of people each year. The mountain has attracted the attention of royalty, sports stars and Hollywood celebrities and is one of the most photographed sites in Africa.

* It withstood years of political turmoil in South Africa and was a symbol of hope for freedom fighters jailed with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town during the apartheid era.

* Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains on the planet. Its six times older than the Himalayas and five times older than the Rockies. Mount Everest in the Himalayas is 60 million years old so Table Mountain is estimated to be 360 million years old.

* Table Mountain was named a World Heritage Site in 2004. It is part of the Cape Floristic Region, which is the smallest and richest of the six floral kingdoms on earth, boasting an amazing 8200 rare and endangered plant species, some of which occur nowhere else on the planet.

* Table Mountain is the only terrestrial feature on our planet to have a constellation named after it. The southern constellation Mensa was first introduced to Western astronomy in 1754 by Frenchman Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (he originally called it Mons Mensae Latin for the table mountain). Lacaille, an astronomer, catalogued an amazing 10 000 stars during his professional career and named Mensa after the increasingly world-famous landmark in the Cape of Good Hope.

Important Notice
1. Accommodation rates do not include Conservation Fees which are payable at the entrance gates.
2. Please ensure that you are familiar with the Rules & Regulations of National Parks before making a booking.

Points of interest close to Table Mountain National Park:

Hospitals

Brooklyn Chest Hospital

Brooklyn Chest Hospital specialising in TB treatment. Also for general medical conditions and failures

Tel: +27 (0)21 508 7400
Mitchells Plain District Hospital

Tel: 021 370 3720
Victoria Hospital

Victoria Hospital provides a wide range or both medical and surgical services and strives to reach out to the community that surrounds it.

Tel: +27 (0)21 799 1111
Netcare Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital

Doctors and staff at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital provide a wide range of specialist service to all.

Tel: +27 (0)214806111
Red Cross Children's Hospital

Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital is South Africa's only dedicated child health institution and offers a comprehensive range of specialist paediatric services

Tel: +27 (0)216585111
Stikland Hospital

Stikland Hospital operates in the Tygerberg Eastern Health District of the Metro Region.

Tel: +27 (0)21 940 4400
Mediclinic Durbanville

Mediclinic Durbanville, situated in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, offers local, national and international patients a broad spectrum of professional medical services.

Tel: +27 (0)219802100
2 Military Hospital

Tel:
Netcare N1 City Hospital

Netcare N1 City Hospital, conveniently located next to the N1 National Road in the greater Metropolitan area of Cape Town

Tel: +27 (0)215904444
Karl Bremer Hospital

Karl Bremer Hospital aims to be the most cost effective second level referral hospital within the financial means of the Province of the Western Cape

Tel: +27 (0)21 918 1911
Medicross Parow

Tel: 021 936 7300
Life Kingsbury Hospital

Life Kingsbury Hospital has the priority to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.

Tel: 021 670 4000
Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa

Tel: 021 506 5111
Mowbray Maternity Hospital

Mowbray Maternity Hospital offer a full range of high-level maternity services, spanning the three main stages of childbirth

Tel: +27 (0)21 685 3026
False Bay Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)21 782 1121
Life Claremont Hospital

Life Claremont Hospital is members of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa,

Tel: 021 670 4300
Tygerberg Hospital

Tygerberg Hospital is a tertiary hospital and is the largest hospital in the Western Cape and the second largest hospital in South Africa

Tel: 021 938 4911
Mediclinic Milnerton

Mediclinic Milnerton offers local, national and international patients a broad spectrum of professional medical services

Tel: +27 21 529 9000
Jan S Marais Hospital

Tel: (021) 948-8131
Mediclinic Constantiaberg

Mediclinic Constantiaberg has a carefully planned design, sophisticated equipment and facilities, and generous proportions

Tel: +27 21 799 2911
G F Jooste Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)21 690 1000
Kuils River Hospital

Ideally situated in the heart of Kuils River, Kuils River Hospital is easily accessible to local residents and residents of the greater Winelands area,

Tel: 021 900 6000
Booth Memorial Hospital

The Booth Memorial Hospital in the suburb of Oranjezicht can accommodate 106 patients, who are referred from the major tertiary hospitals within the city bowl area or their attending physicians.

Tel: 021-465-4846
Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt

Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt is one of the oldest and best-known private hospitals in the Western Cape.

Tel: +27 21 957 6000
Mediclinic Panorama

Since its inception Mediclinic Panorama has been a huge success due to its carefully planned design, sophisticated equipment and facilities, its professional and dedicated staff and management and leading medical professionals.

Tel: +27 21 938 2111
Groote Schuur Hospital

Groote Schuur Hospital provides specialised and super-specialised care for patients, world class academic training for interns and residents and and is a world renowned research hospital.

Tel: +27 (0)21 404 2187/8
Cape Town Mediclinic

Most of the elegantly appointed rooms of Cape Town Mediclinic have panoramic views of Table Bay, the City Bowl or Table Mountain

Tel: +27 21 464 5500
Mediclinic Cape Town

Mediclinic Cape Town is a multidisciplinary hospital offers local, national and international patients a broad spectrum of specialist medical services

Tel: +27 21 464 5500
Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital

Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital has been designed in such a way that it offers a warm and inviting people-centred environment which aids in the speedy recovery of our patients.

Tel: (021) 554 9000
Netcare Kuils River Hospital

Netcare Kuils River Hospital is a state of the art facility in the heart of Kuils River. The Hospital is easily accessible to local residents and residents of the Winelands area

Tel: (021) 9006000
Stadiums

Bellville Velodrome

Bellville Velodrome is located in Carl Cronje Drive in Bellville Cape Town with a seat capacity of 10000.

Tel: +27 21 949 7450
Athlone Stadium

Tel: +27 21 637 6607
Bellville Stadium

Tel: +27 78 970 6223
Newlands Rugby Stadium

Newlands Rugby Stadium is the home ground of the Western Province rugby union, a short walk from the Newlands cricket stadium and has a capacity of around 52 000.

Tel: 021 659 4600
Cape Town Stadium

Cape Town Stadium with a capacity of 56,000 seats is beautifully located in Green Point near Cape Town CBD and currently the home ground of Ajax Cape Town.

Tel: +27 21 417 0101
Sahara Park Newlands

Although the official name is Sahara Park Newlands, South African and other cricket fans, continue to call it Newlands.

Tel: 021 659 4600
Airports

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport (CPT)is the second busiest airport in South Africa and third busiest in Africa. Located approximately 20 km from the city centre

Tel: +27 (021) 937 1200
Air Force Base Ysterplaat

Air Force Base Ysterplaat of the South African Air Force is located in Cape Town.

Tel:
Conference

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) offers sub-divisble, multi-purpose convention facilities and dedicated exhibition space conducive to a variety of functions occurring simultaneously.

Tel: +27(0)21 410 5000
Ratanga Junction

Ratanga Junction venues are available to accommodate groups of between 60 to 250 people and banqueting for up to 750 catering for Product Launches, Corporate Functions and other Special Events

Tel: +27 (0)21 550 8504
The Pavilion Conference Centre

The Pavilion Conference Centre offers maximum capacities include 460 cinema-style, 380 banquet-style and 850 people for a cocktail event.

Tel: +27(0)21 419 7661
Universities & Colleges

University Of Cape Town (UCT)

University Of Cape Town aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world.

Tel: 021 650 9111
University of the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality

Tel: 021 959 2911
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Belville)

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Belville campus focusses on Business, Engineering, Science

Tel: +27 21 959 6911
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Town)

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Cape Town campus focuses on Applied Sciences, Management, Business Informatics, Engineering, Built Environment & Design

Tel: 021-460 3313
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Mowbray)

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Mowbray campus focuses on Education, Retail and Sports Management

Tel: 021 - 680 1537
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Granger Bay)

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Granger Bay campus focuses on Hotel and Catering, Maritime Studies, Marine Engineering, Post Graudate Management

Tel: 021-440 5711
Northlink College

Northlink College was established in 2002, following the merger of four Colleges in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town Metropole.

Tel: 08600 65465
College of Cape Town

The College of Cape Town offers various courses which include a range of fields

Tel: +27 21 404 6700
Inscape Design College

Inscape Design College is the oldest privately-owned multi-disciplinary creative arts institution in South Africa.

Tel: (+27) 021 462-6915
Business School

UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB)

UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is part of the University of Cape Town and situated in Cape Townand established in 1964

Tel: +27 (0)214061338/9
University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is part of the Stellenbosch University and situated in Cape Town and established in 1964

Tel: 021 918 4111
Racing Tracks

Killarney Race Track

The 3.2km Killarney Race Track has developed every facet of circuit racing, including Motocross, Karting, Super Motards, Stock Cars and Drag Racing

Tel: +27 (0)215571639
Schools

Rondebosch Boys' High School

It is the ongoing initiative of the Rondebosch Boys' High School to prepare both the school and its pupils for the future

Tel: 021 686 3987
Wynberg Boys' High School

Wynberg Boys' High School is a traditional boys school in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, founded in 1841.

Tel: +2721 797 4247
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