Cape Peninsula National Park in Cape Town, South Africa was later renamed as Table Mountain National Park. It was proclaimed on 29 May 1998, by then-president Nelson Mandela for the purpose of protecting the natural environment of the Table Mountain Chain, and in particular the rare fynbos vegetation.
In the late 1920s, most of the large animals disappeared from the park in the hands of the European settlers. Some of the carnivores that roamed the park include the Cape lions, sported hyenas, leopards and the black backed jackals.
Elephants, black rhinoceros, kudus, elands, mountain zebras and bonteboks are some of the large herbivores that grazed and browsed the park before they were hunted down by the settlers. Some of them for example the mountain zebras and elands, have been reintroduced in the park.
Caracal, rock hyrax and a variety of small antelope species, such as the Cape grysbok can still be found in the Park. Other residents of the park include the Chacma baboons. They are known to clash and raid houses of people living close to the park in search of food. In return most of them have been maimed and others killed.
Table Mountain ghost frog, a rare endemic species of amphibian is only found on Table Mountain National Park.
It is also the country’s most photographed attraction and its famous cable car has taken millions of people to its top. While at the top of the Mountain, one can take a breathtaking photo of Cape Town.
The Cape of Good Hope, the most southern point of the African continent is also contained in the Table Mountain National Park. This is a park that one can’t miss to visit in their lifetime.
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