Unless you’ve been living under a rock all your life, you would have heard of Table Mountain. But why is this South African landmark so famous?
The top reason why Table Mountain is famous is because it is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. While Table Mountain was known by many, it rose to global fame in November 2011 after it was voted in the Top 7 of this prestigious group. Over 100 millions votes were cast and 28 locations from around the world were amongst the finalists.
Let’s dig deeper into more reasons why Table Mountain is famous.
Why is Table Mountain Famous?
1.) It is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
The New 7 Wonders of Nature is a campaign started in 2007 to choose the wonders of nature. Free voting was conducted mostly via the internet, and the 7 winners were announced in November 2011. Table Mountain was chosen as one of the winners.
2.) It is one of the oldest mountains in the world
Table Mountain is believed to be more than 280 000 000 years old, making it one of the oldest mountains in the world. The Alps, a very popular mountain range in Europe, is a mere 40 000 000 years old.
3.) Former President, Nelson Mandela, declared it a “gift to Earth” in 1998
On World Environment Day in 1998, Nelson Mandela declared Table Mountain as a “gift to Earth”. In one of his quotes, he said the following: “During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain. To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”
4.) In case you didn’t notice, Table Mountain has a flat top
Its most distinctive feature, the flat table top. During an ice age, which occurred more than 300 000 000 years ago, the top of table mountain was still at sea level. Sheets of ice flatted the layers of sandstone and formed the table top.
5.) More than 800 000 people visit Table Mountain every year
Cape Town is a favourite amongst tourists who flock to South Africa during its summer months. Table Mountain is its most popular attraction and a favourite amongst tourists, including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey.