Difference between revisions of "Table Mountain National Park"
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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. It is useful to know for orientation that the park is not a continuos landmass, but consists of various patches across the cape peninsula.
Cape Hope is part of the Table Mountain national park. This famous geographical landmark, however, is not the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula - this is Cape Point, which is nearby and also part of the park. Cape Hope is also not the most southern point of Africa, which is actually Cape Agulhas in the Overberg, where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet.
Flora and fauna
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).
Marine protected areas
The various elements of the park are easily reached by car. The cable car up Table mountain can also be reached via public bus from Capetowns Civic Center or by taxi.
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:
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.
There is a small curio shop located at Cape Point
Cape of Good Hope
eagle cottage- R15,000,763 per night(sleeps 163 people)
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!