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Which are the new 7 wonders of the world?

From spectacular mountains to wholly unique island formations, these new wonders are all natural phenomena, not formed by man’s handiwork.

Everyone knows the classic seven wonders of the world. Stories of these extraordinary structures have enraptured humankind for centuries, with thoughts of the Great Pyramids of Giza or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon conjuring up romanticised images of ancient civilisations – and their vast and impressive monuments – long lost to the sands of time.

While most people are aware of these classic seven man-made wonders, some may not realise that in recent years a worldwide initiative went underway to identify and define the new seven wonders of the natural world. The new seven wonders of nature were selected through a global voting process that saw several hundred million votes being cast. As such, these new wonders, chosen from a wider selection of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural phenomena, are a credible representation of global sentiment on which natural wonders of the world are indeed the most wonderful.

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    01: Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

    Providing the iconic backdrop to the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain and the adjacent peaks on either side of it, creates possibly one of the most instantly recognisable cityscapes in the world. The flat-topped mountain that resembles a tabletop (hence the name) is by far one of the most popular tourist attractions, not only in Cape Town, but on the entire African continent.

    Providing epic panoramic views of the beautiful Mother City below, and of the famous Table Bay, it’s easy to see why this dramatic landscape was voted into this prestigious list. Visitors can reach the top of the peak – which sits at some 1,086 metres above sea level – either by ascending along one of its numerous hiking trails, or by taking the newly refurbished rotating cableway, which provides its passengers with an ever-changing 360° view of the surrounding city and landscape.

    The cableway alone has welcomed over 25 million people since its inception back in the first half of the 20th century. Considering that the mountain is so wildly popular, it’s recommended to purchase tickets for the cableway beforehand to ensure you get your chance to snap a selfie from the top of glorious Table Mountain. Once at the top, on a clear day you can even see all the way to Cape Point on the tip of the Cape Peninsula which is, in fact, the most southwesterly point on the African continent.

Adapted from Silver Kris