#Travel: 3 Things you didn’t know about Table Mountain

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A ride up the revolving Table Mountain cable car is your ticket to a breathtaking world of spectacular views of the beautiful Cape Peninsula.
One of South Africa’s most popular attractions, Table Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also part of the Cape Floral Region, which is one of the richest areas for plants in the world.

A 10-minute trip aboard the 360-degree cable car takes you safely from Tafelberg Road up past sheer cliffs to the summit at a speed of 10 metres per second. From the summit, visitors are often caught off guard by Table Mountain’s scenic spectrum. To the north stunning views overlooking the city, Table Bay and Robben Island, and to the west and south the jagged and dramatic Atlantic seaboard.

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Here are 3 things you didn’t know about Table Mountain

What is the Tablecloth?

Whether it’s the legendary myth that the “Tablecloth” is caused by a smoking contest between the devil and a legendary local pirate, or it’s the scientific explanation of an orographic cloud formation that engulfs the mountain. Standing at the summit whilst a blanket of clouds pours over the side of the mountain, is a sight to behold and experience!

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Don’t let the forecast fool you – It gets cold up there!

Cape Town is known for experiencing four seasons in one day – the weather can turn on a dime. Being more than 1,000 metres of sudden elevation, some even believe you can experience a fifth season thanks to the micro-climates atop Table Mountain. Expect windy conditions and if you’re visiting during winter months, chilly temperatures that have such ferocity that tends to get under your skin.

New 7 Wonder

Table Mountain was named a New 7 Wonder of Nature following an extensive three-year race to choose the world’s seven most wonderful natural sites. Table Mountain now carries the title as one of the New7Wonder of Nature after hundreds of millions of votes were cast in this global competition. Table Mountain was named along with Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo and Puerto Princesca Underground River.

 

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