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The Symbol of Cape Town

For centuries, when voyagers arrived at the southernmost tip of Africa, the sight of Table Mountain told them that they had arrived at Cape Town. More than just a geological feature, however, Table Mountain has become the place where locals and visitors alike go to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of southern Africa. The peak towers more than a thousand meters - over 3,000 feet - above the bay, and offers a wealth of thousands of special of native plants, birds and animals. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, covering more than 1,300 acres and established in 1913, is a wonderful place to experience the variety of flora in the region. Table Mountain is easy to reach: drive, take the cable-car or the railway to the peak. The area, while still preserved in its natural state, also has restaurants, shops, scenic drives and picnic spots.

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* Be aware that the cable car has seasonal hours and is subject to closure due to weather. Check here for the latest details.

*While safety in Cape Town is generally higher than the rest of South Africa, it still suffers from elevated crime in some areas. As a general rule, it’s recommended to not hike alone in rural areas, or walk alone in city parks around dusk. Hiking in larger groups or with licensed guides are generally a good deterrent. Use common sense and good judgement when enjoying nature, especially in remote areas and around dusk. Private security is common in public spaces such as parks.

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