Table Mountain inaugurated as natural wonder

Table Mountain has recorded the highest number of tourists in November than any other month.

Table Mountain is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) on Monday said the iconic landmark had more visitors in November 2012, than in any other month over the past few years.

That may be thanks to Table Mountain having been declared one nature's greatest marvels at the weekend.

The mountain, which looks over Cape Town, was inaugurated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature on Sunday.

The 1,086m marvel was voted onto the list in a 2011 poll that drew more than 100 million votes from all over the world.

The company's Sabine Lehmann said, "It puts us on a prestigious list of seven sites that people want to see from all around the world and the other six sites that have been voted as one of the seven wonders of nature have already seen significant increase in tourism numbers; and we ourselves have seen an eight percent increase.

Lehmann said the TMACC was confident the number of tourists visiting the site would continue to grow.

Meanwhile, Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille said the title will bring tremendous economic benefits to South Africa and the Mother City.

She said city officials and representatives of the other six wonders at the weekend held talks about ways to link the New 7 Wonders of Nature to drive tourism in the different cities.

Other confirmed sites which feature on the list compiled by the Switzerland-based New7Wonders Foundation include Vietnam's Halong Bay, Argentina and Brazil's shared Iguazu Falls and South Korea's Jeju Island.