One of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town is Table Mountain. This mountain is located within walking distance from the center and can be seen everywhere in the city. The mountain peak is at 1084 meters over the ocean but the trekking trails start on a rather high altitude. The trek takes about 1-2 hours for the easy path and about 3½ hour for the more advanced path which starts a bit further away from the center. For the more lazy visitors there is also a cable car going up the mountain in 5 minutes while rotating, price about 9 euro each way.
As you can guess by the name of the mountain there is a big 3 kilometer plateau on top of the mountain. When arriving at the top with the cable car or the trail you can walk about 45 minutes to the east to get to the peak, where there is usually no other people as most of them hang around the cable car station, which even has a restaurant and accepts VISA-card.
Also on the top you can find a lot of trekking trails, both shorter and longer. Although you can find simple maps on most of the crossings on the trail it is recommended you buy a more detailed map if you plan to do advanced trekking. Be aware of the fast changing weather and be prepared with a good backpack and a lot of water!
If you are interested in plants or just like beautiful schenery this is a given destination if you are in Cape Town. Besides the really nice views of the town, beaches, mountains, ocean and Robben Island there is also an estimated 2 200 species of plants growing on Table Mountain.