Table Mountain has been announced as Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction by the World Travel Awards.
The award recognises the beauty that has made Table Mountain one of the best tourist attractions in the world – having seen more than 29 million visitors reach the top of its summit by the aerial cableway over the decades.
“At this point in time where tourism and travel has suffered greatly as a result of Covid-19, we are extremely pleased to bring this accolade home to South Africa and Cape Town in particular,” says Wahida Parker, managing director of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC).
Mr Parker also hailed the other contenders, which included iconic African giants Mountain Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and two other Cape Town attractions – Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront.
In addition to Table Mountain’s win this year, Cape Town also walked away with the recognition of being Africa’s Leading Festival and Event Destination in the awards.
This is not the first time that the mountain has achieved this prized accolade.
In 2019 and 2013 Table Mountain held the top spot – having contended with Mountain Kilimanjaro and the Pyramids of Giza as previous winners of the title.
Director of New7Wonders Foundation, Jean-Paul da la Fuente, said: “Of course Table Mountain has won – as the only voted and official New7Wonders of Nature of the whole of Africa – it is one of the leading attractions in the whole world.”
Table Mountain is still up for the running to be voted as the world’s leading tourist attraction.
The announcement of the world winners is set to take place in late November. The World Travel Awards is a global initiative to award excellence in travel and tourism.
“We would like to thank everyone who voted for Table Mountain and made this dream a reality,” said Ms Parker.