South Africa's most easily recognisable landmark watches over holidaymakers on city breaks to Cape Town like an old, benevolent giant.
Table Mountain has endured through multitudes of generations, but today remains the ultimate choice for tourists - as evidenced by its latest record-breaking year.
The 84-year-old Table Mountain Cableway Company has announced that 855,000 visitors have visited the iconic, flat-topped mountain in the past financial year.
Sabine Lehmann, the managing director of the Table Mountain Cableway Company, attributed the record to the mountain's inauguration into the New 7 Wonders of Nature hall of fame last year.
This followed a global campaign to promote the merits of this favourite destination among visitors on trekking holidays.
Lehmann said: "The accolade has generated enormous interest, not only from international visitors, but also domestic travellers who have made use of the many special offers aimed at locals."
SANPark's Cape Region General Manager Gary de Kock said the Cableway is "passionate" about conserving Table Mountain's biodiversity.
Over the years, he said, it has set new levels in reducing the impact on mountain ecology, while managing over 850,000 visitors per annum.
The Cableway has also been presented with the South African National Park's Cape Regional Business Partner of the Year Award.
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