Antonio De saldanha (Potuguese admiral and explorer) was the first European ever recorded to have first climbed up Table Mountain in May 1503. This was after he was anchored in what today is called Table Bay as a ship captain. He was not sure if he had rounded the cape and decided to climb up the mountain which was adjacent to the bay to see where he was. Having replenished his water supply he named the bay Aguada De Saldanha (The watering place of Saldanha)
. In 1601 a Dutch seafarer and cartographer Joris Van Spilbergen identified a bay further North of the cape as Aguada De Saldanha and the place was called Saldanha Bay and the bay where Saldanha anchored was renamed Table Bay.