The influential American travel magazine “Travel And Leisure” announced their latest World’s Best Awards yesterday. In the city category, Cape Town came in at number 4, behind Bangkok, Istanbul and Florence. This is an interesting poll as it is voted on by thousands of T&L readers based on their personal experiences.

Cape Town also entered their “Hall of fame” for consistently being in the top 10. The Cape Grace Hotel came in at number 26 in the category “World’s Best Hotels”. The only surprise for the Uyaphi team is that Cape Town only scored the number 4 slot as the attractions of the city are wide, varied, stunningly beautiful and good value for money. We wrote a little while ago that Cape Town ranked 9 for the world’s cheapest cities as judged by TripAdvisor. The T&L cites various experiences in the city as “must do’s”. Hiking up Lion’s Head (one of the cities surrounding hills),eating samoosas and Cape Malay curries in the Bo-Kaap and driving through the Constantia valley (see the previous blog). The only other African city which was mentioned was Cairo, but it came far below Cape Town and was unranked.

One can be quite sceptical about these surveys and their real influence or impact. A certain amount of scepticism is healthy but when a destination becomes repeatedly mentioned in different and varied polls, one can see a pattern emerging which is generally positive. The other interesting point is that Cape Town is a far destination (and costly to get to) for most Americans, which makes its repeated and elevated appearance in the top 10 list more impactful and impressive. It is also worth mentioning that the South African Rand has depreciated more than 20% against most major currencies this year including the US dollar and Pound sterling, which makes this attractive and vibrant city even more appealing and compensates for the comparatively high flight costs.

This survey also bangs the drum for southern Africa in the World’s Best Hotels category. Number 1 is Mombo and Little Mombo Camps in Botswana, number 3 are the Singita Lebombo and Sweni lodges in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, number 9 is Bush Lodge in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in the Kruger and number 10 are the Singita Boulders and Ebony Lodges in the Kruger. Four hotels in the top 10 is impressive and again underlines the high standards, quality and beauty which exists in South and southern Africa.

More Accolades for Cape Town by Nicolas Edwards

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