Situated at the south-western tip of Africa, the Table Mountain National Park, part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site, encompasses the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south - a distance of approximately 60 km. It has within its boundaries two world-renowned landmarks - majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.
The Park is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such spectacular beauty and such rich bio-diversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area - the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
Table Mountain National Park also has a Marine Protected Area that encompasses almost 1000 km² of coastal belt and ocean extending from Muizenberg in the east round to Moullie Point.
Areas of Special Interest:
- Boulders Penguin Colony
- Cape of Good Hope - which includes Cape Point - paypoint
- Silvermine - paypoint
- Table Mountain - free access with the exception of the independently run Cable Way.
How to get there
There are daily national and international flights into Cape Town International Airport. Car hire facilities are located at the airport and in the city of Cape Town and other nearby commercial centres. Tour operators and travel agents off luxury coach tours. A railway service runs from Cape Town along the False Bay coastline to Simon's Town.
To get to the following destinations visitors should take the following routes:
Situated in Simon's Town, which can be reached via the M4 (Main Road) from the city centre, although getting to Muizenberg via the M3 or the M5 are both quicker in road time. From Muizenberg, the M4 continues via Fish Hoek to Simon's Town.
One can go via the M4, Simon's Town and Miller's Point, on the M64 and 65 via Ou Kaapse Weg, Sun Valley, Kommetjie and Scarborough.
The M6 via Chapman's Peak is currently open but it is sometimes temporarily closed for repairs after heavy rains. there is signage on the road some distance before Chapman's Peak, which tells you whether it is open or closed.
De Waal Drive and then left onto Rhodes Drive in the Direction of Hout Bay.
Situated on the M6 between Camp's Bay and Llandudno.
Situated on the M64 (Ou Kaapse Weg).
Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion's Head:
Kloof Nek Road towards Camp's Bay
Internal Road Network:
Only a few areas of the TMNP allow private vehicle access - Cape of Good Hope section and Signal Hill. Vehicles are subject to strict speed limits and a required to keep to the designated roads. Other areas such as Silvermine, Newlands and Oudekraal offer secure parking within the gates.
Cape of Good Hope section (Cape Point):
Winter: April - September 07:00 - 17:00
Summer: October - March 06:00 - 18:00
Winter: April - September 08:00 - 17:00
Summer: October - March 07:00 - 19:00
Winter: May - August 08:00 - 17:00
Summer: September - April 07:00 - 18:00
Winter: April - September 08:00 - 18:00
Summer: October - March 08:00 - 18:00
Check-in / Check-out times:
For the three cottages in the Cape of Good Hope section, Elands, Duiker and Olifantsbos check in time is 14:00 and check out is 10:00.
Located in the Cape of Good Hope section of the park, this self-catering cottage has one master bedroom as well as two rooms with twin beds. The adjacent unit can accommodate an additional six people. A modern, fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and separate braai (barbecue) facilities. Solar powered lighting is provided.
Eland and Duiker Cottages:
They are also located in the CoGH section and each offer three bedrooms, a kitchen and braai facilities.
As the Park is on the fringe of the Cape Town Metropolitan Area, there is a wide spectrum of privately run accommodation available in the area in many price ranges.
Caravan and camping sites managed by the local authority are located at Miller's Point and Soetwater.
- Scenic drives may be taken along Boyes Drive, Chapman's Peak Drive, Victoria Road, the Ou Kaapse Web, from Simon's Town to Smitswinkel Bay, from Kommetjie to Scarborough and to Cape Point.
- Mountain Biking - Several approved mountain biking trails exist within the park.
- Mountain Climbing - There are a number of approved mountain climbing routes (+27 (0)21 465 3412).
- Hang Gliding / Paragliding - Available at Lion's Head and Silvermine.
- Hiking Trails - There are many hiking trails within the park that appeal to a wide audience. An overnight trail is available at the Cape of Good Hope. A maximum of six persons can be accommodated per trail, starting on Wednesdays and Saturdays (+27 (0)21 780 9100).
- Hoerikwaggo Trail - The poetry of an ancient mountain chain. A guided six-day / six-night hike that starts in the heart of the city and ends at Cape Point.
- Water-based Activities
- Spectacular beaches
- Surfing all year round
- Ideal for wind-surfing and sailing enthusiasts
- Scuba diving and snorkelling - commercial diving operators offer training for persons interested in diving and provide the necessary equipment on hire.
- Tidal swimming pools at Oudekraal and at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay at the Cape of Good Hope.
- Angling - there are seasonal and area restrictions determining where, when and which marine resources may be caught.
- An aerial cableway provides access to the top of Table Mountain.
- Funicular carries visitors to Cape Point.
- Restaurants and curio shops operate at Rhodes Memorial, Kirstenbosch, Cape Point and on Table Mountain.
- Information centres are located at the Table Mountain cableway station (manned), Silvermine(unmanned), Boulders (unmanned), Tokai (unmanned), Smith's Farm at the Cape of Good Hope (unmanned) and Cape Point (manned).
- Popular picnic spots are located at the Signal Hill lookout, The Glen, Van Riebeeck Park, Newlands Forest, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Constantia Nek, Oudekraal, Tokai, Witsand, Soetwater, Buffels Bay, Bordjiesrif, Miller's Point and Perdekloof.
From May to August, cold fronts sweep across the Atlantic and bombard the Peninsula with rain and the northwest gales - an apt reminder of why the early explorers referred to it as the Cape of Storms. The winters are cool with an average minimum temperature of about 7°C. Most of the rainfall occurs in winter, but due to the topography the rainfall varies quire dramatically. In the valleys and coastal plains it averages 500 mm per year, while in the mountainous areas it can average as much as 1500 mm a year.
Winter is a particularly beautiful time in the Cape as the vegetation regains its verdure and water pours from the mountain chain's waterfalls, rivulets and ravines.
From November to February the weather is warm and dry. During these months the Peninsula is exposed to the strong (sometimes gale-force), relentless Southeast wind known locally as the Cape Doctor because it blow away pollution and cleans the air. Summer temperatures are relatively comfortable with the average maximum around 26°C.
The days in between are hot and compliment the awesome beaches.
Please note: The months we have listed here are merely guidelines. Always cater for all weather when visiting due to its unpredictability.