Holidays to South Africa are synonymous with trips to Table Mountain in Cape Town and the landmark has been voted one of the world’s Seven Wonders of Nature by the New7Wonders Foundation.
The iconic flat-topped mountain is one of the most visited hotspots in the country and standing at 1,086 metres above sea level at its highest point, offers visitors an outstanding panorama over Cape Town, the Atlantic Ocean and other surrounding vicinities.
There is no doubt about Table Mountain’s modern day appeal and it was recently reported that the attraction had received more visitors in November 2012 than any other month in recent years.
The New7Wonders Foundation was established in 2001 by filmmaker Bernard Weber in Zurich and the directive is based on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World which famously celebrated such remarkable constructions such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
Weber said “Table Mountain is not only a spectacular backdrop for Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but also offers visitors the unique experience of walking on top of the mountain and enjoying the most awe-inspiring panoramic views.”
Joining Table Mountain on New7Wonders illusive list was the Amazon rainforest, Halong Bay in Vietnam, Argentina’s Iguaza Falls, South Korea’s Jeju Island, Indonesia’s Komodo and the Puerto Princesca Underground River in the Philippines.
This latest accolade is likely to further boost South Africa’s global appeal and her tourism efforts going forward.
Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille said “While it defines our city, it is much greater than that. It is a piece of our natural heritage that belongs to South Africans and, we believe, the world.”