Table Mountain has made the top list of the “mountains and volcanoes” list in the New7Wonders of Nature, and as one of the top 77 sites selected from over 261 participants from around the globe, reports News24.
Cape Town’s icon, Table Mountain, beat fellow category contenders Mount Everest, K2 and Mount Fiji in round two of the international competition that relied solely on votes from the public. It needed to be ranked in the top 11 of its category – mountains and volcanoes – to carry on in the competition. Other categories include seascapes, lakes, islands, ice formations, waterfalls and forests.
“We are thrilled at the enormous level of support and votes from the citizens of South Africa as well as from fans around the globe,” said Sabine Lehmann, CEO of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company.
A panel of experts will select 28 finalists (four per category) later this month. A third and final phase of voting will begin. The official New7Wonders of Nature list will be announced in 2011.
Archbishop Tutu, comedian Marc Lottering, radio DJ Natalie Becker and the Proteas cricketers have supported the drive for Table Mountain.
The campaign is run by the New7Wonders Foundation, and works to document monuments and conservation efforts worldwide.
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