Proclaimed a national park in 1998 by Nelson Mandela, Table Mountain National Park is home to two of the country’s most well known landmarks: Cape Point and Table Mountain.
Table Mountain was made into a national park to protect the distinctive fynbos species found in the region. The plants are endangered because they are the most affected by invasive species. The most common invasive species in the region are the wattles and hakeas native to Australia and the pines native to North America. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has attempted to combat invasive species to moderate success.
Tourists to the area generally like the views granted by Table Mountain, Cape Point, and Boulders Beach. A cableway allows visitors to bypass the arduous climb to the top of Table Mountain if they wish. Steep cliffs make direct ascent is difficult, but especially from the city-side of the mountain. Table Mountain is a great spot for exploring sandstone caves, a rarity as most cave systems are limestone. Cape Point, often mistakingly referred to as the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, offers great views of the ocean from the rocky cliffs and lighthouses. The shores around the cape offer good fishing waters, but the danger and unpredictability of the waters have led to the deaths of many unsuspecting fishermen. Boulders Beach is another popular spot due to a colony of African penguins that have lived there since the earl 1980s.