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Table Mountain National Park

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Cape Point lighthouse.

Table Mountain National Park [1] is in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Understand

Table Mountain National Park consists of the greater Table Mountain chain on the peninsula, stretching from the well known Table Mountain behind Cape Town south to Cape Point. In incorporates Table Mountain, Tokai Forest, Silvermine, a large area around Cape Point as well as a number of marine protected areas.

The park is busy with ongoing restructuring and development. New areas are constantly being added to the park in an effort to link the separated portions and expand the park.

Marine protected areas

  • The coastal area around Boulders for the protection of penguins
  • Cape of Good Hope marine restricted zone
  • Castle Rock and Paulsberg restricted zone south of Boulders
  • Karbonkelberg restricted zone around Llandudno
  • Kalk Bay restricted zone

Cape Point, in the southern part of the park is the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula, it is not the Cape of Good Hope and not the southern tip of Africa, The most southernly point of the continent is at Cape Agulhas in the Overberg.


History

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Ostriches near Cape Point.

The Cape Peninsula offers some typical fynbos vegetation. In the reserve are also a number of ostriches and antelopes. Please be aware of the baboons. They are used to people and often steal objects from tourists. Do not feed them!!! If a baboon approaches you, keep all food well hidden, and walk away facing the baboon but do not make eye contact. But as long as they are not attacking you, please leave them alone in their natural habitat (photos are allowed).

Climate

Get in

Fees/Permits

There is currently no single pricing structure for the various areas of the park, but this is set to change in the near future. Some sections of the park do not require any fees to be paid, specifically the access on foot to Table Mountain is free.

Areas that do charge fees are:

  • Cape Hope / Cape Point section
  • Boulders ( One can see the penguins without having to pay any fees, but an entry free is charged to the penguin's private beach.)
  • Silvermine
  • Oudekraal
  • Perdekloof picnic site
  • Newlands picnic site
  • Tokai picnic site
  • Cable car up table mountain.

Check the South Africa National Parks (SAN Parks) website at www.sanpark.org for actual fees, which are updated regular. Book in advance e.g. for the cable car to get a discount. Wild Card users get free access to the parks that charge entry fees and a discount for the cable car.

Get around

See

  • Cape of Good Hope.
  • Cape Point.
  • Signal Hill and Lions Head.

Do

  • Hiking.
  • Scuba diving.

Buy

There is a small curio shop located at Cape Point

Eat

Table Mountain

  • Table Mountain Restaurant, On top of Table Mountain, close to the Upper Cable Station. hours. A 120 seat, self service restaurant. No booking required. Enjoy From R20 for a simple breakfast.

Cape Point

  • Two Oceans Restaurant, +27 (0)21 780-9200 (, fax: +27 (0)21 780-9060), [2]. Open 9AM to 6PM during October to April and 9AM to 5PM during May to September.

Drink

Sleep

Cape of Good Hope

  • Olifantsbos Cottage, +27 (0)21 780-9204 (), [3]. R1900.00 per night for the cottage (sleeps 6) (R200 per person for the annex (sleeps 2 and 4 respectively)).
  • Eland and Duiker Cottages, +27 (0)21 780-9204 (), [4]. R625.00 per night for 4 people (R108.00 per extra person (the cottages can sleep up to 6 people)).

Tokai Forest

  • Wood Owl Cottage, +27 (0)21 712-7471 (), [5]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. R480.00 per night for 3 people (R160.00 per extra person (the cottage can sleep up to 6 people)).

eagle cottage- R15,000,763 per night(sleeps 163 people)


Lodging

Camping

Backcountry

Stay safe

Baboons can be dangerous!

Be aware of approaching chacma baboons at Cape Point. They regularly attack tourists. They won't hurt you much, but steal food and other things from you. If one approaches you, walk backwards slowly, facing the baboon. When driving past in your car or stopping nearby, close all windows!


Get out


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