South Africa is a country of heart stopping beauty and elegance, and it also has a hugely important history. The country has changed and evolved significantly over the years, but, the natural beauty has always remained. Always been a constant. There is such a grand cultural legacy in the country, and so many areas of it we look at with awe and wonder. One of the most beautiful parts of South Africa is Table Mountain.
This truly staggering flat-topped mountain is considered one of the most iconic and stunning natural landmarks in South Africa. Overlooking the glorious city of Cape Town, Table Mountain attracts thousands of tourists every year and plays a big role in the cultural heritage of South Africa as a nation. So, let’s find out more about this iconic mountain, and the role it plays in South Africa’s heritage. Here are some awesome facts about Table Mountain that we reckon you never knew!
You could probably infer from the fact that it’s a mountain that the majestic mound has been around for quite some time. What you probably didn’t know is just how long it’s been around for. Well, all in all, Table Mountain is thought to be more than 250 million years old, making it older than the Alps, the Andes, and the Himalayas! In fact, it is one of the oldest mountains in the world, and we feel this helps add to its sense of grandeur to it. We can’t wait to explore further and find out more about this ancient wonder.
South Africa has no shortage of amazing nature and wildlife as it is, but Table Mountain, in particular, has some stunning examples. There is loads of beautiful flora and fauna here, and a lot of the wildlife only exists on the slopes of the great mountain. For instance, there is a species of frog native to these slopes called the Table Mountain Ghost Frog. This little guy can only be found on an 8 km square area on the southern slopes of the mountain, and nowhere else in the world.
It’s still growing
It might surprise you to learn that Table Mountain is actually still growing! No, you didn’t hear that wrong! Hundreds of millions of years ago the Earth was the supercontinent Pangea, with Africa at the center, and then the continents broke off and drifted away. During this time, the shifting tectonic plates caused land masses to split and fold, but, Table Mountain remained immune due to being made from granite. The force was thrust downward instead, and this resulted in the mountain slowly rising over the years, and this is still continuing. In a few hundreds of millions of years, who knows how big it could be!
Table Mountain is one of the most impressive and incredible sights in the world, and a place you absolutely have to see as soon as you can. The mountain is a huge part of the DNA of South Africa and brings in a lot of tourism for the country. These are a few of the cool things you might not have known about Table Mountain and what an amazing structure it actually is.