There’s a summer-warmth on Cape Town’s breeze at the moment, and after this winter’s abnormally generous rains, Table Mountain is exploding into flower. I thought I’d take a quick spin up and down in the cable car to see exactly what’s going on.
Local photographer Irene McCullagh recently shared one of her photos of Table Mountain with us via our Facebook page, and we just had to include some more of them here on the blog.
South Africa’s award-winning Chelsea Flower Show exhibition is on display at the V&A Waterfront until September 24.
Cape Town may still be in the icy grip of winter, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see in the fynbos. These wet months are greatly anticipated by the summer-baked mountains and the rains precipitate a great colourful burst of flowering, the most obvious being the luminous yellows and lime-greens of the conebush proteas.
Proteas are blooming, gloriously, on Table Mountain. The protea is South Africa’s national flower and appears on our coat of arms. Besides being a popular vase flower, people also used the nectar of the suikerbossie as a sugar substitute.
The Cableway operates in a World Heritage Site, making us caretakers of one of the most special places in the world – a responsibility we take seriously.
Table Mountain National Park is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna. The mountain itself is thought to have close to 1 500 plant species, making it an ideal location for attracting many insects, animals and, of course, beautiful birds.
We’d like to congratulate the team from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on winning a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show this morning!
Fynbos has been used for centuries to treat anything from the common cold to epilepsy. The Fynbos Guy, Dominic Chadbon, shares a few of his favourite treatments.