View of the beach and Twelve Apostles mountain in Camps Bay near Cape Town in South Africa.

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Twelve Apostles

Sea Point to Hout Bay

The name of the Twelve Apostles is said to have been coined by British governor Sir Rufane Donkin in 1820. There are actually well over 12 buttresses on the sea-facing side of Table Mountain, and none is individually named after an apostle. Called De Gevelbergen (Gable Mountains) by the Dutch, they’re best viewed around sunset from Camps Bay Drive.

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