How Table Mountain South Africa is not among the 7 wonders of the world is the eighth wonder of the world. This mountain which overlooks Cape Town South Africa is one of its kind in the entire world.
The mountain sometimes gets enveloped in kisses of the cloud. The cloud is often referred to as a tablecloth.
This South African mountain is a major tourist destination. It can best be described as the palms of nature holding plenty good things. It is claimed that the mountain is close to 300 years old and has more plant varieties than some countries.
Each year, Table Mountain South Africa gets to see so many people. While some come to confirm if all they heard about the mountain is true, more come to find adventure.
Features Of Table Mountain South Africa
The Iconic Mountain is formed in a Table-like manner. It has a height of 1,085 m and a horizontal flow of close to 3 Kilometers. The mountain has over 2,280 plant species and various wildlife.
At one end of the Table Mountain is the Devil’s Peak and at another end is the Lion’s Head. Both Devil’s peak and Lion’s head are mountains that stand shorter than the table mountain itself. These features add to the glory of the mountain.
Because of the beauty and charisma of this mountain, it has received close to 17 million visitors and counting.
Lost And Saved Lives On Table Mountain
Amidst sweet stories people have to tell after visiting this vast temple of nature’s wonder, are some not so sweet stories. Some people live to tell their own stories others have their stories told.
Between 2010 and 2016, there have been various sour and bitter occurrences on this sweet mountain. Some of these include stories of lives lost and lives that were saved. Among the unfortunate loss of lives on this mountain is that of a 14-year-old boy who died during the 2010 World Cup. The American fan took to the mountains for hiking with his brother but fell to his death.
Almost six years later, another 14-year-old died on the same mountain. This time, however, it was a girl who didn’t fall but was crushed by a cable car. The British it was reported, got crushed in a restricted area where she went with her family.
Questions were raised as regards the safety of the Table Mountain after the body of a 57-year-old was found there. The death was at first thought to be a case of murder as the body was found in an area considered not dangerous. It was later reached, however, that the man fell off and died.
There are stories too of saved lives. Such include the lives of three hikers who got stuck in the mountains. This occurred on the 31st of August 2016 when a team of Mountain climbers and paramedics made it to the mountain to save the stuck trio.
Another life was saved from being lost in the Table Mountain. This time it was the life of a 31-year-old base jumper who got stuck when her parachute hung on the mountain. The woman was rescued after spending two hours gazing at death from her position at the top of the mountain. This as well occurred in August 2016.
An interesting life was saved from the mountain when at the end of 2015, “Superman” was rescued. The man dressed in Superman costume couldn’t follow his superhero script to the last scene. He ran out of steam while running the mountain and was rescued and rushed to the hospital, where he was treated for exhaustion.
Surviving Table Mountain – 101
The first rule for surviving the Table Mountain is to avoid prohibited places: Most lives lost on Table Mountain South Africa occurred in prohibited places. Therefore keeping off the “Keep-Off” zones is of the essence.
Never underestimate the need for a guide: Unless you know the Mountains very well, having a guide through the adventure is never a bad idea. Lives of tourists have been lost on numerous occasions than can be counted because they are not familiar with the terrain. More important than having a guide is following the directions of the guide.
Have a wise adventure – one that is completed alive. As much as possible sticking to the first rule of any adventure is key to coming out alive. Read every sign and take every warning serious no matter how negligible it may seem.
Finally, never fail to enjoy Table Mountain if you have the opportunity.