South Africa and its captivating city, Cape Town, have emerged victorious at the highly acclaimed 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards. In an impressive triumph, South Africa was crowned the prestigious title of “Best Country,” while Cape Town secured the coveted accolade of “Best City in the World.”
These remarkable honours, voted for by over 27,000 passionate readers, underscore the country’s unparalleled beauty, rich cultural heritage, and enduring allure that captivates travellers worldwide.
Kgomotso Ramothea, South Africa Tourism Acting Hub Head for the UK and Ireland, expressed immense pride in the recognition, emphasizing the nation’s remarkable landscapes, vibrant biodiversity, and immersive cultural experiences.
These awards validate South Africa’s position as an extraordinary destination that leaves an indelible mark on visitors’ hearts.
The Telegraph Travel Awards are renowned within the industry for celebrating destinations that enchant and inspire wanderlust, making South Africa’s triumph a testament to its irresistible charm and enduring impact on travellers.
This recognition serves as a call to adventure, inviting global explorers to witness firsthand the magic and wonders that South Africa offers.
Cape Town often hailed as the “Mother City,” basks in its well-deserved victory as the “Best City in the World.” Renowned for its picturesque beauty, world-famous landmarks, and warm hospitality, Cape Town stands as a global tourism gem that beckons travellers from all corners of the globe.
From the majestic Table Mountain and pristine beaches to the captivating Cape Winelands and vibrant neighbourhoods, the city offers a plethora of experiences that indulge the senses and nourish the soul.
Ms. Ramothea also highlighted the increasing popularity of South Africa among UK and Irish travellers, with a significant rise in arrivals.
In 2022, the country welcomed 303,848 visitors from the UK and Ireland. While arrivals from January to May 2023 already recorded a remarkable 50.2% increase compared to the same period in the previous year.
The exceptional recognition received by South Africa and Cape Town underscores the nation’s unwavering dedication to providing remarkable experiences and showcases the extraordinary allure of its diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and warm hospitality.
The heartfelt gratitude extends to the readers of The Telegraph who cast their votes, and South Africa eagerly awaits the opportunity to enchant and amaze visitors with its captivating magic.