Specifically Table Mountain is the mountain which arises behind Table Bay, in the Cape Peninsula, Cape Town lying at its seaward base and on its adjacent lower slopes.
The western side of Table Mountain faces the Atlantic, and is flanked by the hills known as The Twelve Apostles; to the south Hout's Bay Nek connects it with the remainder of the range; on the east the mountain overlooks the Cape Flats.
The south-east winds which sweep over Table Mountain frequently cause the phenomenon known as "The Table-cloth."
Of many flat-topped hills the best known is the Table Mountain east of Pietermaritzburg.
A great unconformity separates the Table Mountain and Ecca series.