Mzansi voted best country in the world and Cape Town the best city by UK readers

An aerial view of the Mother City and it’s natural features, beaches and Table Mountain. Picture: Unsplash

An aerial view of the Mother City and it’s natural features, beaches and Table Mountain. Picture: Unsplash

Published Jul 13, 2023


South Africa’s dreamy safari locations, pristine beaches, enchanting mountains and romantic winelands have been given a thumbs-up by readers from the UK.

Telegraph readers in the UK recognised South Africa as the supreme tourist destination and voted Mzansi as “The Best Country” and Cape Town “The Best City in The World” at the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards.

According to South African Tourism, the Telegraph Travel Awards are distinguished platform within the travel industry and recognise destinations that captivate the imagination and leave an indelible mark on visitors.

It said South Africa’s accolades, voted for by 27 000 passionate readers, underscores the country’s unparalleled natural landscapes, rich biodiversity, and vibrant cultural experiences.

The body responsible for the promotion of South African tourism in international markets revealed that the country welcomed 303 848 arrivals from the UK and Ireland in 2022.

“January to May 2023 arrivals from the UK now stand at 164 232 which is a 50.2% increase when compared to January to May 2022 arrivals of 109 372,” said SA Tourism.

When it comes to Cape Town’s win, SA Tourism said 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,” said South African Tourism.

Commenting on the achievement, Kgomotso Ramothea, acting hub head for UK and Ireland Hub, said they are immensely proud and thrilled for the country.

“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 first-hand,” said Ramothea.