For four consecutive years, Cape Town has been voted as the world’s Best City in what has been hailed as the most comprehensive, wide-ranging and reliable travel survey in Britain – the Telegraph Travel Awards. Now, with voting open for 2017, will the Mother City top the list for a fifth?
Our Group Sales and Marketing Manager, Grant Sandham, has no doubt that it will. “Only six months into the year and Cape Town has already earned several accolades including being named number one city in Africa for business tourism events, being featured in Fodor’s Go List 2017 and being voted as Golf Destination of the Year 2017 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. I am certain that the fairest Cape will be adding even more awards to its collection, including of course, Best City in the Telegraph Travel Awards.”
While there are countless reasons why Cape Town is the world’s Best City, in anticipation of its fifth win, Sandham shares his top five:
Last year Condé Nast readers awarded Cape Town not one, but two accolades for its grub, naming it number one food city in the world and Best Overseas City for Restaurants and Bars. This is not surprising, given the array of eateries offering scrumptious, top quality fare full of home-grown flavour. A must for any visitor to the Mother City is traditional Cape cuisine which ranges from Cape Malay curries, snoek pâté and koeksisters, to fresh fish and chips, gatsbys and waterblommetjie bredie.
Cape Town is a wonderland for wine connoisseurs with it being home to some of the best and oldest wine farms in the region. Whether it’s sipping Shiraz in Stellenbosch, port in Paarl or Cabernet Sauvignon in Constantia, the Cape is famed the world over for producing vintages that appeal to every palate thanks to their unique combinations of terroir and climate.
The Mother City’s majestic mountains, sapphire seas, bustling CBD and leafy surrounds make it the perfect playground. For adrenaline junkies there’s shark cage diving, paragliding off of Signal Hill or zip lining through Knysna’s Tsitsikamma forest. Those hungry to learn about the Cape’s history can take a trip to Robben Island, explore the Cape Town Castle or spend time in one of the many museums. For the young (and young at heart) there are indoor and outdoor trampoline parks, Ratanga Junction with its 23 rides and the Two Oceans Aquarium for a more educational outing. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder visitors return again and again.
In addition to the five million locals that call Cape Town home, an assortment of animals do too. Head to the Kalk Bay Harbour to spot friendly Cape fur seals, take the cable car up Table Mountain to meet fluffy dassies (rock hyraxes) whilst enjoying the views of the city or stop in Simons Town to see the adorable African penguin colony. Visitors can also drive out to Aquila Private Game Reserve for a glimpse of the Big Five.
Cape Town is famous for having its very own floral kingdom – fynbos. There are 9,000 species of this special plant with over 2,000 on Table Mountain alone – more plant species than in the entire United Kingdom! What’s more, the Protea, South Africa’s national flower, and rooibos, used in the country’s favourite herbal tea, are forms of fynbos. It can be found on the slopes and top of Table Mountain, at Cape Point, in the Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden as well as in the Silvermine Nature Reserve.
“With Premier Hotels & Resorts having two properties in the Western Cape – Premier Hotel Cape Town and Premier Resort The Moorings (Knysna) – our guests can experience for themselves why Cape Town is indeed the Best City in the world,” concludes Sandham.