SA tops international most beautiful countries list

2015-05-13 10:08
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Cape Town - South Africa has gone and done it again: charmed the socks off the world and made the number one spot on Buzzfeed's list of most beautiful countries.

The list of 20 countries, accompanied by a stunning photograph of each, was compiled by a Buzzfeed community member called TravelGuru and starts with mountainous Nepal in 20th position. 

Australia, Norway, Chile, Brazil and India feature in the top 20, while Kenya heralds the start of the top 10, with Italy, Tanzania and Colombia in 9th, 8th and 7th positions. 

But of all the breathtaking places out there in the wide and wild world, our very own South Africa made it out on top. 

In a euphoric and meandering description of what sets Mzansi apart from the rest, TravelGuru writes: "Not only does the country have stupendous natural beauty, but it’s urban-amazing too."

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He/she mentions Cape Town making numerous best-of lists and highlights Franschhoek's quaint charm and then goes on to list the incredible diversity of national parks, including Kgalagadi, iSimangaliso, Kruger and Tsitsikamma. The Drakensberg, the Augrabies Falls, the Swartberge, the Cango Caves and the Namaqualand all get mentioned by name too. 

Now, look, we know Buzzfeed isn't National Geographic, but still, there's something hugely gratifying about seeing sunny South Africa receive the POSITIVE attention it deserves. Our hearts are bursting with pride!

What is your favourite part of South Africa? Tell us in the comment section below, tweet @traveller24_sa, tag traveller24_sa on Instagram or connect with us on Facebook.

Check out Buzzfeed's top 10 and head on over to the article for the full list of 20:

10. Kenya

Another aerial of the #EwasoNyiro flowing for the first time in weeks, #Samburu @loriancc

A photo posted by Tropic Air Kenya (@tropicairkenya) on

9. Italy

8. Tanzania

Zebras grazing on the rim of the #Ngorongoro crater in #Tanzania. #Travel #Viajes #Travelphotography

A photo posted by Daniel Lopez-Cruz (@daniel_lopezcruz) on

7. Colombia

6. Argentina

#bahialapataia #ushuaia #argentinaestumundo

A photo posted by @karinaponce2012 on

5. Namibia

#desert #dune #hiking #sossusvlei #namibia #namib

A photo posted by Estian (@estianfourie) on

4. China

#china #guilin #liriver

A photo posted by @franzozen on

3. New Zealand

#newzealand #milfordtrack #hiking #travel #nature #trekking - More hidden treasures!

A photo posted by Isaac (@iseek79) on

2. United States of America

1. South Africa

What a fantastic mountain retreat! Onward to Lesotho! #Drakensberg #SouthAfrica

A photo posted by Nina Duong (@sillybanina) on

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