Table Mountain National Park
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) includes more than just the iconic, flat-topped mountain at its fringe. It’s one of the largest and most important parks in the country, spreading out from the famous Table Mountain over some 221 square kilometres (22,100 hectares) to Cape Point. Although wildlife in the park is limited to antelope, reptiles, small mammals like the dassie (rock hyrax) and birds, it’s famous for its fynbos – unique vegetation that comprises 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The park is unique in places, as it borders the city, and most people take advantage of the protected region to hike, mountain bike, walk dogs, picnic, or simply take in the views. There are several access points to the park, most of which require no admission fee or paperwork, with the notable exceptions of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Boulders Beach, Cape of Good Hope, and Silvermine, which fall under TMNP but are either privately managed or access-controlled.