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November 26, 2012

Table Mountain set for New7Wonders of Nature inauguration

The magnificent view from the top of Table Mountain. Photo by Cape Town. Live it. Love it Flickr group member StewieD

The first weekend of December promises to be an exciting one in Cape Town, as the city’s festive lights are switched on and Table Mountain officially takes its place as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. 

At around 19h00 on Sunday, December 2, Table Mountain will be inaugurated as a New7Wonder of Nature and anyone wishing to experience this should make their way to the Grand Parade outside City Hall. At about 20h00, the Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, will add a burst of colour to the proceedings when she switches on Adderley Street’s festive lights, a special moment on the city’s annual calendar.

Travelling by cable car may only take five minutes but it certainly is a memorable journey. Photo courtesy paulscott56

A massive float representing Table Mountain wil then make it's way around the Cape Town city centre, followed by a 2 000-strong street parade with various bands, dancers, giant puppets, stilt walkers and carnival characters adding to the spectacle.

Table Mountain was announced as a provisional New7Wonder of Nature on November 11, 2011, after millions of votes around the world were cast during a two-year period, after the top 28 sites were shortlisted. 

It is possible to get from Cape Town International Airport to the top of Table Mountain in less than 40 minutes. A cable car from Table Mountain Cableway takes visitors to the top in just five minutes. A few hours of fairly tough hiking achieves the same result.

From the top there are unsurpassed views of the city and its environs, all the way across the sea to Robben Island – a great way for visitors to orientate themselves on arrival in Cape Town.

Table Mountain is home to more flora species than the entire British Isles. The majority are members of the fynbos family, which collectively make up one of the world’s six plant kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom.

A variety of refreshments can be found at the Table Mountain Café, certainly the most scenic spot at which to sample a good South African wine.

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