Table Mountain confirmed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
Table Mountain’s inauguration as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is a worthy recognition of this symbol that we all own and cherish. - Cape Town executive mayor, Patricia de Lille
Table Mountain was officially inducted into an elite group of world
famous geographical sites, the New 7 Wonders of Nature, at a ceremony held in
Cape Town this past Sunday.
The 1 086m-high, flat-topped mountain was voted into the group a year ago in a worldwide poll and is the 5th of the sites to have its inclusion in the prestigious selection confirmed. It joins Vietnam’s Halong Bay, the Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil, South Korea’s Jeju Island and Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines. Still to be inaugurated are Komodo Island in Indonesia and the Amazon in South America.
The New7Wonders Foundation in Switzerland set out through global voting campaigns to draw attention to spectacular man-made and natural sites across the globe. The campaigns were intended to highlight the world’s shared heritage and create a global memory.
Yesterday at the foot of the mountain, executive mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, unveiled a plaque denoting Table Mountain’s new status. This is expected to boost the number of visitors to the site and increase its socioeconomic benefits to the city.
'Table Mountain’s inauguration as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is a worthy recognition of this symbol that we all own and cherish,' said De Lille. 'While it defines our city, it is much greater than it. It is a natural heritage that belongs to all South Africans and, we believe, the world.'
Bernard Weber, founder-president of the New7Wonders Foundation, stated: 'Table Mountain is not only a spectacular backdrop for Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it also offer visitors the unique experience to actually walk on top of the mountain and enjoy the most awesome panoramic views.'