Table Mountain – Cape Town – South Africa

Table Mountain was named among the New 7 Wonders of Nature, following a lengthy international public voting process. You can get to the top of Cape Town's most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car up, or spend the better part of your day hiking it. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, established in 1929, takes visitors to the top in one of two cable cars, each with rotating floors and huge windows to ensure your views while travelling are almost as spectacular as those on the summit. There are a number of short walks on the top, as well as longer ones that can take you down to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Table Mountain is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to over 1 500 species of plants (more than the number found throughout the entire British Isles), most of them fynbos, which forms one of the world's six plant kingdoms all on its own. At its highest point, Table Mountain reaches 1 085m (3 560ft) and affords scenic views all the way to Robben Island and beyond. The Panorama is stunning on a sunny, cloudless day or slightly mystical when a few dispersed clouds cover the top on a less radiant day.