History behind table mountain
There are few places you can go in Cape Town without being confronted by this gorgeous natural attraction! In 1998, former President Nelson Mandela proclaimed Table Mountain, “a gift to the earth” and how right was he?
Let’s take you on a journey of discovery and reveal more little known facts behind the imposing Table Mountain.
Table Mountain is the only terrestrial structure in the world to have a constellation named after it? The French astronomer, Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, named the southern constellation Mons Mensae after the Table Mountain.
Table Mountain is over 260 Million years old making it older than the Andes, Rocky Mountains and the Alps!
Its highest point is Maclear’s Beacon, which is 1085 metres about sea level. Yet another astronomer has a connection to this mountain. Sir Thomas Maclear, doctor and astronomer, built this beacon in 1865 and used it as a triangulations station to assist in measuring the curvature of the Earth.
Conde Nast Traveler magazine named Cape Town as the 8th friendliest city in the world! Okay, this isn’t exactly a fact about Cape Town but let’s face it, Table Mountain brings a lot to the table in this regard, 😉
Table Mountain was officially inaugurated as one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012. Archbishop Desmond Tutu made a video to gather support for Table Mountain in the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’ elections.
Many of the fauna and flora species found on Table Mountain can only survive in the unique ecosystem on the slopes. Take the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, without the name kind of stating the obvious, this frog cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Get this, Table Mountain is still growing. During a shift in the Earth’s plates millions of years ago, Table Mountain resisted folding because of its tough granite base which deflected the forces downwards instead. Now the mountain continues to grow slowly and surely to this day.
Approximately two people get married on Table Mountain every month making this one very romantic destination!
King George VI, Oprah Winfrey, Jackie Chan, Tina Turner and countless other celebrities have all paid a visit to this iconic landmark at a time in their lives.
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