With a distinctive flat top that gives it its name and the imposing spire of Devil’s Peak and the dome of Lion’s Head flanking it on either side, Table Mountain is one of the most spectacular and iconic natural rock formations in the world.
Renting a car in Cape Town makes Table Mountain and the surrounding National Park easily accessible. Whether you want to drink in the view of the mountain from the white sands of Bloubergstrand (literally ‘blue mountain beach’, named after another nearby mountain Blaauwberg) or ascend the heights of Table Mountain via its famed cable car system, South Africa car hire with a reputable and reliable company like Avis can put it all within reach.
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Table Mountain itself is part of a range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. The highest point stands more than 1,000 metres above sea level and the plateau is frequently covered with condensation known as the “table-cloth” of cold.
Legend has it that this cloud cover stems from a smoking contest between the Devil and a local eighteenth century pirate called Van Hunks – although Van Hunks eventually won he was not allowed to get away with the prize (a ship full of gold).
The mountain is host to a large variety of wildlife, including the cute, guinea-pig-like ‘dassie’ or rock hyrax, which often congregate in large numbers around the cable car stations. There are also mongooses, porcupines, snakes and tortoises, not to mention a wide and diverse range of plant life.
There are a number of hiking and rock climbing routes of various difficulties along and across the many faces of the mountain. For the less energetic, the Table Mountain Cableway offers a more direct ascent right to the plateau. The wider National Park in which Table Mountain is set also offers picturesque walks and the Boulders Penguin Colony, which is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins and is a great attraction for those who want to witness these beautiful creatures in their own habitat. If you are a diving enthusiast then why not consider great white shark diving in the region.
Whilst all of these locations are situated around Cape Town, journeying between them can take some time. South Africa relies heavily on its road network so it is vital that you take a look at our great car hire options to ensure you get the most from your trip.
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