South Africa celebrated Heritage Day on September 24, and Tourism Update is bringing you some interesting facts about one of the country’s most famous landmarks, Table Mountain.
The leading tourist attraction is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Estimated to be over 200 million years old, the mountain has helped shape the history of Cape Town and South Africa. To the indigenous Khoi people, it was known as ‘Hoerikwaggo’ – ‘mountain of the sea’.
When settlers arrived at the Cape, the only way to the top of Table Mountain was on foot and the journey was reserved for an adventurous few. The cableway officially opened in 1929 and has undergone three major upgrades since, transporting over 29 million visitors since then.
“As we slowly start to welcome visitors back to our country and the Mother City, we are excited to see people come back and explore the magnificence that the mountain has to offer. Table Mountain is part of who we are as a nation – it is part of all of our heritage,” said MD of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, Wahida Parker.
We hope that the images make you smile as you walk through the history of Table Mountain.