The majestic Table Mountain rises 1,086 metres above sea level, towering over the expansive coastal landscape; the best way to see it is on a cable ride car to the top. The mountain is home to 1,400 species of flowering plants, which look spectacular in spring, and some say its flat top resembles a long dining table. Nature lovers will adore the famous dassies (rock rabbits) which reside at the top of Table Mountain, while history buffs will be fascinated by famous landmarks such as Signal Hill, the Castle of Good Hope and of course Robben Island, where Nelson Mandella was confined for nearly two decades.
For much of summer, Table Mountain is shrouded in a thick snowy white cloud not unlike white table linen. An Afrikaner legend says the white cloud, is created by an old burgher who, fond of his pipe, attempted to outsmoke the devil. Meteorologists say the south-easterly wind picks up moisture as it crossed the cold and warm currents. When it hits Table Mountain, it rises and reaches the cooler air to condense into a thick white fog over the plateau.
Whether it's the great open landscape or cosmopolitan population mix, Cape Town has the reputation of being the most open-minded and relaxed city in South Africa.
Sleek city skyscrapers rub shoulders with centuries-old Dutch, Cape Malay and British architecture, contemporary loft-style hotels compete for business with those offering gracious old-fashioned charm, and flower-sellers and buskers vie for the attention of tourists and locals alike.
'Shopaholics' will have a field day visiting the 250 stores along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront while foodies are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where and what to eat.
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