Table Mountain secures spot on ‘new wonders’ list

Table Mountain secures spot on ‘new wonders’ list

The South African landmark is the fifth to be inaugurated onto the list masterminded by Swiss foundation
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Flat-topped wonder: Table Mountain forms a spectacular backdrop for Cape Town.

One of the most recognizable mountains in the world just got a little more recognition.

Cape Town’s Table Mountain spent the weekend being ushered onto the New 7 Wonders of Nature list, with an official ceremony taking place yesterday.

The 1,086-meter (3,563 feet) mountain, which rises over Cape Town and provides panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding countryside, was voted onto the list in a 2011 poll that drew more than 100 million votes from 220 countries.

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The honor is expected to boost tourism.

According to Table Mountain National Park’s official website, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille called the title, “a great accolade for a unique wonder of nature. ... the New 7 Wonders title has great long-term marketing value for Cape Town and South Africa. The wonder … becomes a ‘must-see’ and ‘bucket list’ item for travelers and explorers.”

Table Mountain is the fifth site to have its position on the list confirmed by the Switzerland-based New7Wonders Foundation.

Other confirmed sites include Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Argentina and Brazil’s shared Iguazu Falls, South Korea’s Jeju Island and Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines.

South America’s Amazon and Indonesia’s Komodo Island are on the provisional list, but have yet to be officially inaugurated.

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