Table Mountain welcomes its 25-millionth visitor

Bafana Sibnyoni and Mbali Ntanzi on Table Mountain.
Bafana Sibnyoni and Mbali Ntanzi on Table Mountain.

Cape Town - Joburg visitor Bafana Sibanyoni has been announced the 25-millionth person to visit Cape Town's natural wonder of the world - Table Mountain - with the latest million achieved in just one year and two weeks.

Bafana Sibanyoni (28) thought a first-ever trip up Table Mountain would be the ideal way to celebrate his partner Mbali Ntanzi's 26th birthday, but the couple had no idea that their Cableway experience was about to reach entirely new commemorative heights.

The couple was delighted to learn they had won a luxury weekend in the Mother City, announced by the Cableway staff in proudly South African fashion. 

For being the 25-millionth and 25-millionth + 1 visitors the two were rewarded with a weekend stay at the Taj Cape Town hotel, two more complimenatry Cableway tickets (if they preferred a more private experience), a Cableway hamper including Shop at the Top merchandise and a Table Mountain Cafe voucher, as well as  vouchers for experiences at the Cableway’s fellow Cape Town Big 7 partners: V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch National Botantical Garden, Groot Constantia and Cape Point.

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The amazing grand prize was rounded off with a one-day City Sightseeing South Africa ticket for two.

The couple say they are so thankful for getting lost on route to the Cableway on Tuesday morning, because it ensured perfect timing for them to be the lucky winners of the Cape Town weekend. 

They had arrived in Cape Town on Monday, 1 February, and the Cableway was their first activity in the city. Apart from the activity-vouchers they received in the hamper, they will also be visiting the Cape's beaches and Ratanga Junction, Mbali told Traveller24. 

"We've seen Table Mountain on TV, and since we are from South Africa, we wanted to be a part of it as well," said Bafana. Mbali said she was afraid of heights, but was looking forward to her first time up the mountain nonetheless. 

@bafanamtsiri and @mawinniza_m enjoying the 25-millionth view from the top @tablemountainca

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The growth of the Cableway has been exponential since the introduction of the new revolving cabins – doubling its 1997 numbers to reach 22-million visitors in November 2012.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway had a record December with 28% more visitors than in December 2014, reportedly because the weather was extremely favourable and they were open every single day in December.

SEE: Cape Town reports record-breaking holiday season - and it's not over yet

From among a league of extraordinary attractions, Table Mountain was named a New7Wonder of Nature in 2012, adding to record growth in tourism numbers as the “wonder effect” took hold and visitors flocked to the mountain.

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