Table Mountain, uncovering facts

Table Mountain, uncovering facts

There she stands, since the beginning of time, one of the first things that catch your eye as you enter Cape Town… Table Mountain.

Majestic in stature, it is only right that it be acknowledged as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. That is a fact, and here are some other things you might not have known about this mountainous beauty.

Ok, so I said earlier that it has been there since the beginning of time, well, it has only been there for the past 260 million years, which is older than the Himalayas, Andes and the Alps.

Table Mountain houses a descent amount of Fauna and Flora, some of these only live in the habitat Table Mountain offers.

The beauty of the mountain has been admired for a while and in 1754, a French astronomer by the name of Nicolas Louis de Lecaille named a constellation after it. He named it, Mensa.

Apparently, Table Mountain is Bob Marley’s spirit geographical formation which is kind of the same as a spirit animal. This is linked to the urban legend of Captain Jan van Hunks, a pirate and the devil, who challenged each other to a smoking contest. Hence, the table cloth, a cloud which covers Table Mountain, originated.

The mountain’s highest point is Maclear’s point, which is 1085 metres high. This point was named after medical doctor and astronomer, Sir Thomas Maclear in 1865.

It’s not only children who grow but it seems like Table Mountain continues to grow as well. This is due to a shift in the Earth’s plates.

We all know it is one of the wonders of the world but in 1998, former president, Nelson Mandela proclaimed it “a gift to the Earth”.

These days, weddings have shifting away from the traditional church and Table Mountain happens to host at least two of them per month.

Besides important days, important people have also visited the mountain, which include, Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah, Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and so much more.

Desmond Tutu featured in a commercial on the mountain. This was done in a bid for Table Mountain to become one of the Seven Wonders of the World.