Table Mountain is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cape Town, South Africa and Africa. Great news is that Cape Townians and South Africans alike can now truly feel proud of this African and global icon; it was announced over the weekend that Table Mountain is now officially on the new 7 Wonders of Nature list.
Table Mountain joins Halong Bay (in Vietnam), the Iguazu Falls (which is shared by Argentina and Brazil), Jeju Island (in South Korea) and the Puerto Princesa Underground River (in the Philippines) on the list of new 7 wonders of nature. The global voting process for the New 7 Wonders of Nature closed on the 11th of November 2011. The provisional New 7 Wonders sites were announced on the same day. The inauguration of Table Mountain follows an international audit which confirmed the voting results. The poll drew more than 100 million votes from 220 countries.
The executive mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, unveiled the New 7 Wonders of Nature plaque in front of 41 international delegates over the weekend. She said that the title would bring tremendous direct economic and socio-economic benefits to South Africa and Cape Town. According to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway company these effects are already being felt. They have had a record number of visitors to Table Mountain this November, the best they’ve had in ten years. More than 800,000 visitors annually make their way up and down the Table Mountain Cableway. For more info about the official inauguration visit the official Table Mountain website or follow @tablemountainca on Twitter.
If you’re going to visit the Mother City this coming holiday season and you have not been to Table Mountain, you should definitely check it out. Table Mountain is not only a spectacular backdrop for Cape Town but it also offers visitors the unique experience to actually walk on top of the mountain and enjoy the most awesome panoramic views of the city. There are also facilities (like a restaurant) on the mountain that caters for tourists. It’s definitely one of the places you should visit in the Mother City. Plus, if your birthday is coming up and you happen to find yourself in die Cape Town area, you can visit Table Mountain for free!
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