One of South Africa’s best known natural wonders, Table Mountain, has been named as one of the New7Wonders of Nature along with the Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, and Puerto Princesa Underground River.
In 2008, the New7Wonders Foundation earmarked Table Mountain as one of 440 outstanding natural sites and after reaching a shortlist of just 28 global natural wonders, Table Mountain has made the top seven list.
This is good news for South African tourism, which some are predicting will rise by 20% in the next few years. Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism announced: “We are very, very excited about this win! From being awarded the World Design Capital 2014 designation just a few weeks ago to Table Mountain being named one of the New7Wonders of Nature today, Cape Town and South Africa are standing proud!
“There are many benefits, but our biggest opportunity is job creation potential. In line with Cape Town Tourism’s new brand strategy for the city, we are working with individuals and companies on developing new, interesting, and genuine tourism offerings to satisfy our changing travellers’ needs. With the anticipated increase in inbound travel to South Africa, and particularly to Cape Town, there are going to be increased entrepreneurial opportunities opening up.”
Just last week, Cape Town Tourism announced its new brand and marketing campaign for the world class city at World Travel Market in London, and the marketing efforts will be spreading the word about Cape Town’s rich diversity which runs through its people, natural assets, and local culture.
South Africa is one of the most exciting destinations for timeshare owners – its resorts are as varied as the country itself, from urban hotels in Cape Town, to beach villas and the region’s superb wineries. Zorgvliet Residence Club is one of South Africa’s leading vacation clubs, and members can holiday at residences set in beautiful vineyards, and luxury game reserves for a taste of the wild safari experience.
Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains on our planet, estimated to be around 360 million years old. It has already been recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2004 as part of the Cape Floristic Region, the smallest and richest of the only six floral kingdoms on the planet. Some 8,200 rare and endangered plant species grow in the area, and it supports a wide variety of wildlife.
The extraordinarily-shaped mountain even has a constellation of stars named after it, and is visited by millions of people each year – it’s one of the most photographed natural wonders in the world.