Vote for the New Seven Wonders of Nature

Table Mountain has been selected as South Africa’s representative in a campaign organised by the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation to choose the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature from 222 countries. It is the only South African entry to make it to the second round.

Currently, you can vote in the second phase of the New7Wonders of Nature campaign. You can choose from 261 qualified national and multinational nominees, who will be reduced to 77.

Voting runs until July 7 this year, after which a panel of experts will choose the 21 finalists. These will be announced on July 21.

If you go to Live Ranking, you can see the top 77 nominees sorted according to the following categories. I also indicated the nominees that are closest to my heart. πŸ™‚

Group A: Landscapes and Ice Formations: The Kalahari Desert as a cross-border national park (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) is at no. 1 and the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia are at no. 4.
Group B: Islands
Group C: Mountains and Volcanoes: Table Mountain in South Africa is currently at no. 5 – please vote for it to make it no. 1 in this category!
Group D: Caves, Rock Formations and Valleys: Ayers Rock (Uluru) in Australia is currently at no. 7
Group E: Forests, National Parks and Nature Reserves: The Okawango Delta in Botswana is at no. 19
Group F: Lakes, Rivers and Waterfalls: Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe is at no. 29
Group G: Seascapes: The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is at no. 3, whereas the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland are at no. 5

The third and final phase of voting begin after 21 July 2009, and the official New 7 Wonders of Nature will be revealed in 2011.

Click on African nominees to cast your vote for Table Mountain.

Go and vote!

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

3 thoughts on “Vote for the New Seven Wonders of Nature

  1. Table Mountain looks… wonderful.

    I wonder if this selection process takes place annually. I think I made a choice some time ago for a similar set of wonders.

    As I recall from a school project I did as a child, there are natural wonders, modern wonders and ancient wonders. When the 7 wonders of the world were more popular, many attractions would advertise themselves as ‘the 8th wonder of the world.’

    At some point, Canada’s Niagara Falls managed to make it to the natural list. Like many people, we went there for our honeymoon almost 25 years ago. It really is an awesome site. These places truly are amazing.

  2. Finally went and voted πŸ˜€ Also uploaded some pics from the top of the mountain, taken on our trip up there in Feb – hopefully they’ll pass the censor process and be visible soon πŸ™‚

  3. Cara – I saw your photos on the site – fantastic! Well done! Unfortunately, Table Mountain has gone down to No 6 and is today at No 7. Drat!

    Amy-Lynn – I think you’re right, I also remember voting for something similar fairly recently, although I can’t recall the exact title of the competition.

    But what this competition does drive home is the fact that there are countless remarkable, magical, breathtaking places all over the world. I’d never even heard of most of those places!

    It’s unlikely that we’ll have an opportunity to see all of them in one lifetime – and in fact, I think it wouldn’t be ecologically friendly to visit them all!

    I’m really not in favour of encouraging high numbers of visitors to environmentally sensitive places – in view of all the infrastructure that tourism requires, never mind the damage caused by sheer numbers of human beings.

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