South Africa voted 4th Best country in the World for travellers

2016-11-17 11:38 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The most beautiful country on the Planet, home to the most incredible people on Earth, our lovely Mzansi, is doing us proud again... 

This time, for being voted by Conde Nast in their Readers' Travel Awards for being the 4th Best Country in the World for 2016. 

The Conde Nast readers point out specifically that South Africa is fantastic when it comes to value for money, and judging by the other countries in the Top 10, we understand why. 

Greece, which continues to capture your imagination with crowd-pleasing scores across the voting board, takes the crown jewels this year. 

Italy comes in second place while the USA trumps (excuse the pun) SA with just one spot to claim third prize. 

But SA has many more awards up her sleeve, with 15 top spots across various categories.

The awards, for example, also revealed that Mzansi's Mother City was the second best city in the world, beaten only by the ancient city of Rome in Italy. Cape Town dusted out the likes of New York, Venice and Barcelona to claim the second spot.

And Conde Nast isn't the only one in on the Cape Town secret, either. 

Earlier this year, Lonely Planet named Cape Town as the second best city in the world too. Lonely planet praised the Mother City saying, “Cape Town’s deceptively laid-back folk have been working hard to add cultural and culinary cred to the Mother City’s famous natural charms, cementing its reputation an as African city with a global outlook”.

SEE: Cape Town ranks as Lonely Planet's 2nd best city worldwide

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Apart from SA's incredible cities, our resorts, hotels and entire hospitality industry aren't lagging behind either. 

SA claimed a spot in the overall Top Resorts list with Richard Branson's Ulusaba resort named the Top Safari Camp. 

SEE: Repeat safaris trend ranks SA highly in Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers' Choice Awards

Our safari offering as whole is making global waves. According to Condé Nast, it is not about the once-in-a-lifetime experiences only because safaris are drawing people back to Africa for repeat visits, they also say “specialised camps in previously under-explored locations are all the rage”.




Three of SA's lesser-known restaurants, spots in Cape Town, the Garden Route's Knysna and KwaZulu-Natal's Umlazi, also made Conde' Nast Traveler's global foodie guide earlier this year. 

SEE: SA lesser-known restaurants make Conde' Nast Traveler's global foodie guide

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Evidently, there's something for every type of traveller in SA - at a relatively cheap price. 

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