Ten things you should know abo

Ten things you should know about the flat-topped Table Mountain

Vacationing in Cape Town and keen to impress your nearest and dearest with an iconic adventure to the top of Table Mountain?

Ten things you should know abo

We think it would be totally rad for you to hop into a Mowbray kaap taxi, nou-ry-gou-ry style, make your way to the flat-topped landmark and waltz off the winter calories.

Here are a couple of cool things you might not have known about our little wonder:

Leaving the bleak weather in the UK behind for a sunny South Africa, you most definitely will appreciate standing up at top of the mountain overlooking the sun-kissed terrain. Table Mountain flourishes a striking bounty of fauna and flora, many species of which are exclusively native to an explicit area and survives only in the unique ecosystem kept in check on the mountain slopes. Table Mountain’s Ghost Frog, a unique specimen that has not been discovered anywhere else in the world.

Coming in at over 260 million years old, Table Mountain is older than the Andes, the Alps, the Rocky Mountains and the Himalayas.

Table Mountain is the only land-dwelling structure in the world to have a constellation named after it. In 1754, French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lecaille originally called it Mons Mensae, which is Latin for “the table mountain”, later titling the southern constellation Mensa.

Did you know that in 2012, Table Mountain was sworn in as one of the world’s ‘New7Wonders of Nature’? Okay, so maybe you did but in this case we think it’s okay to be a bit boastful. Don’t you.

In August 2014, Cape Town called dibs on being titled the so-called friendliest city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. It really shouldn’t come as a shock, seeing that it’s Capetonians’ warm, hearty, sociable and approachable attitudes that make a kaapie’s gees the best kind to have.

Table Mountain is still on the rise.  Over 250 million years ago, Africa was measured to be the core of supercontinent Pangaea. Around 165 million years ago, Pangaea broke up into two parts, one of them being Gondwanaland which also started splitting. Then reaching the 100 million-year-ago dent saw Africa surface as a stand-alone continent. As a result of the shift in the Earth’s plates, Australia, India and Antarctica coasted off from Gondwanaland, gravitationally forming what we know today to be the famous Cape Fold Belt Mountains. The infamous Table Mountain resisted collapsing because of its tough granite base, repelling the forces downwards instead. This reaction manoeuvred the mountain towards a slow and steady rise, a process that still continues to reach new heights.

In 1998 the father of the nation, Nelson Mandela, declared Table Mountain “a gift to the Earth”. Need we say more?

At least two people get married on Table Mountain every month, that’s an invitation to you and your spouse if you’re ever planning on a spontaneous elopement. Go on, we dare you!

World- famous figures such as King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Steffi Graf, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Andrew, Michael Schumacher, Brooke Shields, Michael Bublé, Tina Turner, Jackie Chan, Dolores O’Riordan, Skunk Anansie and Paul Oakenfold have all visited the iconic landmark.

Whether you’re in town for just a couple of days, or are fortunate enough to call Cape Town home, it’d be a real shame if you never make it to the top of the Mother City’s prized landmark.

Image: Shutterstock.com / Anton_Ivanov