Table Mountain Cableway today welcomed its 26-millionth visitor to the mountain, with the latest million visitors reached in a record-breaking 11 months.
On a quiet morning at the Lower Station Ticket Office, Elbe Mattheus from Cradock in the Eastern Cape stood oblivious to the mounting excitement as the numbers ticked closer to the million mark. Once the figure was hit, she found herself at the centre of a celebration of fanfare and balloons. Elbe's prize included 'a double Cableway ticket for her and her boyfriend Morne Viljoen, a Table Mountain Café voucher, Shop at the Top merchandise , a Monopoly Cape Town game board and a Jiva Grande Spa signature treatment followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea for two at the prestigious Taj Cape Town Hotel.
“This is my first time going up the mountain, so what an amazing surprise to be Cableway’s 26 millionth visitor,” said Elbie. “With limited time in Cape Town this is definitely a must-do experience. I cannot wait to take in the views from the top.”
Cableway Managing Director Wahida Parker said it had taken 28 years for the Cableway to record its first millionth visitor – in 1957. But thanks to consistent visitor numbers throughout 2016 and an increase in visitors during the usually quiet, colder months of winter, the Cableway was able to celebrate reaching the latest million visits in just 11 months.
We captured the momentous occassion on Facebook Live: