In 2012 Table Mountain was officially inaugurated as one of the seven New Natural Wonders of the World. This image was taken on 20 December 2005 from a Boeing 747 as we were approaching Cape Town International Airport. The sight of Table Mountain remains one of the most welcoming in the world!
Table Mountain’s most familiar feature is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west and forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. Table Mountain’s vegetation forms part of the Cape Floral Region protected areas. These protected areas are a World Heritage Site, and an estimated 2,200 species of plants are confined to Table Mountain – more than exist in the whole of the United Kingdom! Many of these species, including a great many types of proteas, are endemic to the mountain and can be found nowhere else. Truly a Natural Wonder of the World!2