The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway today celebrated the arrival of its 25-millionth visitor – with the latest million achieved in just one year and two weeks, thanks in large part to a record-breaking festive season.
As Bafana Sibanyoni (28) and his partner Mbali Ntanzi (26) from Johannesburg stood in line at the Lower Cable Station ticket office today, they had no idea that their Cableway experience was about to reach entirely new commemorative heights.
For being the 25-millionth and 25-millionth + 1 visitors the two were rewarded with a weekend stay at the Taj Cape Town hotel, complimenatry Cableway tickets, a Cableway hamper including Shop at the Top merchandise and a Table Mountain Cafe voucher, as well as vouchers for experiences at the Cableway’s fellow Cape Town Big 7 partners: V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch National Botantical Garden, Groot Constantia and Cape Point. The amazing grand prize was rounded off with a one-day City Sightseeing South Africa ticket for two.
"We've seen Table Mountain on TV, and since we are from South Africa, we wanted to be a part of it as well," said Bafana. Mbali said she was afraid of heights, but was looking forward to her first time up the mountain, and was especially excited since today is her birthday!
The growth of the Cableway has been exponential since the introduction of the new revolving cabins – doubling its 1997 numbers to reach 22-million visitors in November 2012.
From among a league of extraordinary attractions, Table Mountain was named a New7Wonder of Nature in 2012, adding to record growth in tourism numbers as the “wonder effect” took hold and visitors flocked to the mountain.
“We have been monitoring the ticket sales over the past few weeks and with our record-breaking festive season we knew we would reach our latest milestone relatively soon,” said the Cableway’s marketing manager, Collette van Aswegen.
“The wind of late has been the talk of the town, but given a few still days we were able to welcome Bafana to the mountain to celebrate what will hopefully be the 25th of many more millions.”