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Cape Town voted - the #1 holiday destination in the world 🥳👍
Over 30,000 readers voted and ranked Cape Town as ‘The Greatest City on Earth‘ in the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards. The Telegraph, boasts a readership of 2.3 million readers and launched the Travelers Awards in 1998.
Since 2013, the majesty of Table Mountain, the glistening shores of Camps Bay, the scenic promise of the Cape Peninsula and the opulent fragrance of the Cape Wineland’s award-winning wines (among a plethora of other Mother City gems) have unfailingly captured the hearts of the globe in every edition of the Telegraph Travel Awards.
From beautiful weather, views over award winning wine farms and the penguins of Boulders Beach, incredible Whale watching at Hermanus and not to mention the laid-back Capetonian lifestyle, we can see why.
South Africa was also crowned the ‘Greatest Country on Earth‘, voted by Telegraph readers.
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A double win-win is an incredible accolade.
Calling South Africa “a place of true beauty”, The Telegraph mentioned the ease of flights from the UK, and no jet lag (bonus); once on the ground, there’s the diverse variety of places to explore to suit every kind of traveler:
The Mother City has topped the Telegraph Travel Awards rankings for eight years in a row (since 2013, excluding Covid 2020 and 2021). The varied delights of Cape Town, “a remarkable city gleaming at a continent’s edge”, according to the survey, range from its stunning location at the foot of an iconic mountain and the golden curve of its beaches to the heart-stealing scenery of the Peninsula and the Winelands on the doorstep.
The Telegraph cites a few other reasons why people love it: the exchange rate, the Michelin-standard restaurants and five-star beds with a view for a fraction of the cost, plus those lovely long summer days, and the fact it’s bordered by no less than 26 wine districts.
Welcome to the greatest city on earth! -
courtesy of Telegraph Newspaper - By Nick Trend, Chief Consumer and Culture Editor 11 July 2023.
At Telegraph Travel, we always do our best to recommend great places to visit, the best travel companies to book with and the best places to stay. According, that is, to our own experience. But in the end, it is you, the readers, who are the ultimate judges. It is your experiences which count. So the moment when we get the final results from our annual reader survey is always an exciting and a fascinating one.
We have been reporting your views and judgements almost every year since the first edition of the awards in 1998. But this time, the wait has been rather longer than usual. Our last reader survey was published in November, 2019 – just before the pandemic struck. Two years of disruption and distraction then followed, before travel began to return to more normal patterns. Then, of course, we had to wait a year – to give you time to get back out on the road again.
But now, at last, we can once again reveal the best of the best. Below you will find the results in 20 different categories – from your highest rated tour operators, airlines and car hire companies to your favourite destinations around the world. Over the coming days we will publish an analysis of each award, outlining why the winners have triumphed and taking a deeper look at the data.
We can only compile these results because of your commitment and engagement. Our survey is a long, thorough one which takes time and thought to complete. But almost 30,000 readers have risen to the challenge and provided us – once again – with the most important, influential and independent insight into the world of travel. Into which companies are performing best and which destinations have fired our readers’ imaginations most; which have slipped from the top rankings and which have upped their game.
Those that have excelled in our awards have only done so because they meet your exacting standards. And, as we can see from the sheer numbers and the wide range of destinations and companies which are rated, Telegraph readers are hugely adventurous and experienced travellers. Over the last year, you have explored every corner of the globe and travelled in all sorts of different ways - from cruises to road trips, trekking to trains. You have gone on coach tours, you have been on expeditions to the Antarctic. You have booked with the biggest sun and sand tour operators, the smallest specialist travel companies and you have planned your own adventures. Read on to see what you and your fellow readers’ verdict on the world of travel.
South Africa is now one of the most accessible countries in Africa, with direct flights into two cities (Cape Town and Johannesburg) and London, plus a near-identical time zone. Telegraph Travel says the 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”.
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