Table Mountain Fun Fact Friday
Table Mountain is a pretty interesting place. We've collected some fascinating facts about our favourite mountain and the Cableway. Feel free to share them!
- The Table Mountain ghost frog (Heleophryne rosei) is a critically endangered species endemic to the eastern and southern slopes
- The five most venomous snakes found on the mountain are the Cape cobra, puff adder, boomslang, rinkhals and berg adder
- The male agama lizard is a particularly interesting sight during mating season, when its head turns bright blue
- The height of the Upper Cableway Station is 1 067m above sea level
- The cable cars travel at a maximum speed of 10m per second
- Table Mountain, a World Heritage Site, is the natural home to fynbos, a unique, yet endangered, collection of shrubs and plants
- Compare the upper ramparts of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and you will note similar rock layers – the remnants of strata pushed up 280 to 220-million years ago and concertinaed into a massive range. It once stood thousands of metres high, connecting the Peninsula to the Hottentots Holland Mountains (to the east) and covering the present-day Cape Flats and False Bay. Massive erosion has reduced this range to what you now see
- Three rock formations make up the Cape Peninsula. These are the Malmesbury group (mudstone and sandstone), Cape granite (white feldspar, black mica and grey quartz) and the Table Mountain group. The Table Mountain group includes the Graafwater formation, red and purple sandstone and mudstone; the Peninsula formation, grey, pebbled sandstone; and the Pakhuis formation, which forms the top of the mountain (glacial deposits of sandstone pebbles)
- The Cape has the highest known concentration of plant species – 1 300 per 10 000 sq.km
- The richest single floristic area on the planet lies within the Table Mountain National Park
Join us next Friday for more Table Mountain facts.