Tour Locations | Upper Cableway Station Audio Guide: Tabletop Walking Tour
Fourth Lookout: The Full Extent
NARRATOR: Stop at the lookout, and take in the view.
[3 SECOND PAUSE]
Let your eyes wander up to the top of the mountains. Beyond them, on a clear day, is a seemingly endless green expanse. It gives you a good sense of just how big the Table Mountain National Park is. Lesley-Ann Mayer, who spoke to you earlier about the park, can tell you more about what you’re seeing. At this point you are looking out towards the southern tip of the park – called the Cape of Good Hope.
LESLEY-ANN: The national park forms the mountainous backbone of Cape Town. It's a total of about 25,000 hectares of the most stunning, undeveloped land in Cape Town. To give you an idea of how big that is, a sports field is about 1 hectare. I love looking out at the park and knowing that it's going to be protected forever. Surrounding the landmass there is also a marine protected area of 1000 km2 that recognizes the special biodiversity under the sea. The many shipwrecks have formed artificial reefs and are thriving with sea life. From up here you can see southern right whales pass by in spring and summer – and of course the infamous great white sharks. It is therefore our responsibility to keep all of this in balance so that we retain the natural beauty of the Table Mountain National Park.
NARRATOR: We’re nearing the end of our walk now. Head back onto the path and keep going towards the shop building, sticking to the left. We’ll stop at one more lookout before we arrive back at the cableway.