I remember it like it was yesterday ... members of the tourism industry, celebrities, locals and international visitors gathered at the V&A Waterfront on 11 November 2011, anxiously waiting to hear if Table Mountain had qualified as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Suddenly, the big white screen at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre lit up with Table Mountain’s name, and the crowd erupted into huge cheers.
We had made it – after years of campaigning, with celebrity call-to-arms videos (including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Freshlyground), TV ads, radio promotions and more, our hard work had paid off. Table Mountain was a New7Wonder of Nature. Finally!
Four years on, and we are still attracting visitors in their thousands. The only one of the seven New7Wonders (the others being the Amazon in South America; Halong Bay in Vietnam; the Iguazú Falls in Argentina and Brazil; Jeju Island in South Korea; Komodo in Indonesia; and Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines) to be easily accessible from and located within a city, Table Mountain is a popular must-do bucket-list item for visitors to Cape Town.
To help us commemorate this important moment in Table Mountain's and the Cableway’s history, here are a few images of that special night:
Keen to get that must-have photo with our New7Wonder of Nature plaque? Find it on our Twelve Apostles Terrace, where free guided walking tours depart hourly.