South Africa has been named the Best Country and Cape Town has been named the Best City in the World by The Telegraph Travel Awards 2023. The position reflects South Africa’s allure and lasting impact on travelers in these awards, chosen by 27,000 dedicated readers.

The Telegraph Travel Awards forum honors exceptional travel experiences and memorable destinations. Every year, the publication hosts the Telegraph Travel Awards, which honor cities, hotels, airlines, and cruise lines, among other things.

Cape Town has been called the Mother City because of its long history and widespread acclaim as a tourist destination. As such, the city has a reputation for its welcoming nature that attracts travelers from all over the world. The city is home to a wide variety of attractions and activities that are sure to please the senses and satisfy the soul, from the towering Table Mountain to the beautiful beaches and charming Cape Winelands.

Remarkable Experiences in Cape Town

“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,” says Kgomotso Ramothea, Acting Hub Head for the UK and Ireland Hub.

“South Africa’s diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and warm hospitality continue to captivate the hearts of travelers 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,” he added.

South Africa received 5.8 million tourists from across the globe in 2022, according to Patricia De Lille, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism.

The Top 10 Tourist Destinations in the World, According to Telegraph:

  1. Cape Town, South Africa
  2. Venice, Italy
  3. Seville, Spain
  4. Vancouver, Canada
  5. Rome, Italy
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Kyoto, Japan
  10. Dubrovnik, Croatia