Cape Town, the sparkling jewel at the foot of Table Mountain, has once again been voted the best city in the world to visit. This is no mean feat; it's the eighth consecutive year that this vibrant metropolis has received such an accolade. It's not hard to see why. From its stunning location, beautiful beaches, and scenic landscapes to a favourable exchange rate, Michelin-standard restaurants, and affordable luxury accommodations, Cape Town offers a cornucopia of delights for the discerning traveller.
The city, often referred to as "the supermodel," is not just a pretty face. It's surrounded by 26 wine districts, each boasting vineyards that produce some of the world's most finely crafted vintages. Among these, the Jordan Wine Estate stands out as a nature-filled winelands escape, offering a serene retreat from the bustling city life.
But the allure of South Africa extends far beyond Cape Town. The country itself has been voted the top country in the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards. Notable mentions include the Garden Route, a ribbon of road-trip nirvana that meanders along the country's southeastern coast, and the Kruger National Park, a roaring wildlife zone that's home to the iconic Big Five.
The thrilling landscapes of the Drakensberg and Mpumalanga offer dramatic vistas of towering mountains, verdant valleys, and cascading waterfalls. These natural wonders provide a breathtaking backdrop for adventure activities, making them must-visit destinations for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike.
No trip to South Africa would be complete without a visit to Stellenbosch, the historic heart of the country's Winelands. Here, visitors can choose from the 15 best places to stay, each offering a unique blend of hospitality, comfort, and charm.
But with so much to see and do, planning a trip can be daunting. That's where The Inside Guide comes in. Offering a weekly newsletter, it helps travellers discover hidden gems in Cape Town and beyond.
So whether you're looking to soak up the sun on a pristine beach, sample world-class cuisine at the hottest new restaurants, explore rolling vineyards, or embark on a thrilling safari, South Africa has something for everyone. It's not just a destination; it's an experience, a journey, a paradise on earth.