Table Mountain named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature
The prominent flat-topped mountain, which famously overlooks Cape Town, was awarded the title by New7Wonders following a global voting contest involving 220 nations and more than 100 million votes.
Sabine Lehmann, who chairs the Table Mountain official supporters committee (OSC), said she expected more holidays to South Africa to incorporate the landmark now it’s an official ‘new wonder’.
“Visitor numbers to Table Mountain reached record numbers after the mountain was named on the provisional list of seven sites on 11th November 2011, and we expect the official confirmation to further boost visitor interest locally and abroad,” she commented.
Ms Lehmann went on to say that this has already been the case at the Philippines’ Puerto Princesa Underground River, another New7Wonder site. It has seen its average visitor numbers increase from 150 to 2,000 per day, with a new airport being constructed to accommodate the influx of tourists.
The official confirmation was also welcomed by Paddy Gordon, the manager of Table Mountain National Park, who said it is “an honour” for it to be linked with other “new and exciting places”.
An inauguration ceremony is being planned by the Table Mountain OSC ahead of New7Wonders presenting a commemorative plaque to the landmark in October.
Table Mountain’s plateau, its main attraction, stretches for approximately two miles from end to end and is edged by dramatic cliffs. Visitors can access the summit via the Table Mountain Cableway, with each cable car accommodating 65 passengers.