2023 Telegraph Travel Awards: South Africa and Cape Town named the best

27 000 readers of The Telegraph newspaper have named South Africa as their favourite country in the world and Cape Town as their favourite city in the world in the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards.

“That Telegraph readers have voted this the greatest country on earth to visit comes as no surprise – the Rainbow Nation truly has it all” Stated the Telegraph

The organisers of the Telegraph Travel Awards wrote about South Africa (and Cape Town):

“You can fly to two South African cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town) directly from the UK, and arrive free of jet lag due to a near-identical time zone.

“Your reward for 12 hours in the air is a place of true beauty – Cape Town a supermodel at the foot of Table Mountain, the Garden Route a ribbon of road-trip nirvana, the wineries of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch crafting fine vintages, the landscape thrilling to the peaks and troughs of the Drakensberg range and Motlatse Canyon, Kruger National Park a roaring wildlife zone.”

“We are thrilled and immensely proud that South Africa has been recognized as the ‘Best Country’ at the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards, and our vibrant city of Cape Town has been crowned the ‘Best City in the World.’ These accolades are a testament to the remarkable experiences our country offers and the unwavering dedication of our tourism industry. South Africa’s diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and warm hospitality continue to captivate the hearts of travellers from around the globe. We extend our deepest gratitude to the 27,000 Telegraph readers who voted for us and invite everyone to come and experience the magic of South Africa firsthand.” says Kgomotso Ramothea, Acting Hub Head for UK and Ireland Hub.

Top 10 Countries: 

  1. South Africa
  2. New Zealand
  3. Maldives
  4. Japan
  5. Australia
  6. Italy
  7. Kenya
  8. India
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Botswana

Top 10 Cities: 

  1. Cape Town
  2. Venice
  3. Seville
  4. Vancouver
  5. Rome
  6. Florence
  7. Rio de Janeiro
  8. Sydney
  9. Kyoto
  10. Dubrovnik

Cape Town, often hailed as the “Mother City,” has long been celebrated for its picturesque beauty, world-famous landmarks, and warm hospitality. The city’s win as the “Best City in the World” is a resounding affirmation of its status as a global tourism gem. From the majestic Table Mountain and stunning beaches to the captivating Cape Winelands and vibrant neighbourhoods, Cape Town offers an abundance of experiences that appeal to the senses and nourish the soul.

South African tourism received a major boost at this year’s edition of the Telegraph Travel Awards. South Africa was named Best Country while its iconic city of Cape Town claimed the prestigious title of Best City in the World. SA tourism spokesperson, Thandiwe Mathibela discussed this with eNCA’s Tumelo Mothotoane. Courtesy of #DStv403

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