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There’s a reason Table Mountain is as famous as it is. Situated within the Table Mountain National Park, this rugged mountain chain stretches for 60km from Signal Hill to Cape Point. The view is considered to be one of the best in the world. Whether you hike to the top, or take the famous cable car, you’ll be one of 22 million people who have been awestruck by the views and sensational experience of standing on top of a flat mountain.
Embrace your inner royal and head to the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site that contains one of the most diverse and unique flora ecosystems on earth. Stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape, the Kingdom is home to 3% of the world’s plant species. 69% of the flora and fauna here are endemic—you won’t see them anywhere else, the world over.
You’ve seen them on TV and wondered just how big they are in real life. Seeing these massive creatures in their natural environment with your own eyes is an experience you will always cherish. Whales migrate past the Western Cape between June and October, so this is the best time to go. If you’re there in September, The Whale Festival happens in Hermanus, and is a particularly great way to join in.
If you love gardens, this place will leave you awestruck. With Table Mountain as the backdrop, forests to meander through, lawns to lie on, cycads to be wowed by, and a forest-walkway suspended bridge that takes you right into the tree canopy, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned all over the world. While there, head to the Peninsula Garden to see over 2500 plants entirely unique to the area.