The seven wonders of the natural world can only be described as the most breath taking places on earth. From the waterfalls and jungles to the way the mist falls over Table Mountain like a blanket tucking it in at night. It’s no wonder that from 2012 Table Mountain has been declared 1 of the 7 Wonders of the world.
All around the world there are beautiful places and amazing sites to see and to become part of the Seven Wonders of the world is a huge privilege for all CapeTonian’s and South Africans alike. For Table Mountain to be put up with the likes of Amazon Rain Forest: South America, Ha Long Bay: Vietnam, Iguazu Falls: Argentina/Brazil, Jeju Island: South Korea, Komodo Island: Indonesia and Puerto Princesa Underground River: Philippines.
Here are just a few things that make this special place so amazing
· Whether you are close by or kilometres away, Table Mountain can be picked out of any skyline because of its beautiful form. When flying into Cape Town it’s one of the most beautiful sites to see the mountain from above if you are so lucky, but it’s even more beautiful to see Cape Town, Robben Island or anything beyond while standing on the Mountain itself.
· There are two methods of getting on top of the Mountain. There is of course the most obvious Cable car, but what most people don’t know is that there is a beautiful hiking trail up. There is nothing more satisfying than starting a Saturday with a nice early morning Hike up this beautiful picturesque Mountain. However if one opts for the Cable car’s it is a fast and easy way up. The car rotates on its axis as it heads up the Mountain to get a full 360° view on both your ascent and descent. The cableway is weather dependant and so if there are strong winds or mist, the cable way is shut down till the skies clear and the wind dies down.
· There is a lovely restaurant on the mountain where you can choose what you would like to eat and pay per weight. There is a cheaper more cost effective option to eating at the restaurant; a nicely packed family picnic is another option to filling everyone’s tummies while on the mountain.
· Not only is there a beautiful view, but there is also beautiful animals and nature that inhabit the reserve. If you are an animal lover then you will enjoy the Rock Hyrax (Dassie) that like to scuttle along the rocks, Lizards sunbathing and soaking up its beautiful surroundings, Butterflies suckling the flowers and if you are lucky enough you might be able to spot a porcupine digging for bulbs. The bird life on the other hand is of such a wide variety that one could a Verreaux Eagles or maybe a small colourful sunbird, every day is something new and you never know what you are going to see. The fynbos that covers the Mountain houses most of these creatures, and 100’s of the plants species are only found on the Mountain and nowhere else in the World.
It’s pretty easy to see why Table Mountain is part of the 7 Wonders of the world. It has so much to offer and memories are a complete bonus. This National Heritage site has been around for years and survived fire outbreaks, so it’s very clear that it will be around for many years ahead. Don’t wait around for ideas to pop into your head, gather the family and have an unforgettable experience!