Cape Town

Cape Town has been crowned Africa’s Leading City Destination. Image via @cityofcapetown/Instagram

Cape Town is Africa’s jewel! But THIS city hosts the best events

Cape Town has once again bagged Africa’s Leading City Destination award but fell short in the Leading Festival and Events category.

Cape Town

Cape Town has been crowned Africa’s Leading City Destination. Image via @cityofcapetown/Instagram

The World Travel Awards 2022 have crowned Cape Town Africa’s Leading City Destination along with Table Mountain, which won the award for Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

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In fact, Cape Town bagged several awards, including Africa’s Leading Airport, but could not beat one South African city in the best Festival and Events Destination category.

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According to Business Insider, anyone can vote for their favourite in these awards. However, verified industry players have more power over regular members as their vote counts as two instead of one.

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Besides winning in the Leading City Destination, Leading Airport and Leading Tourist Attraction categories, Cape Town’s Silo Hotel won Africa’s Leading Design Hotel as well as Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel.

Table Mountain, which has bagged the tourist attraction gong for the fifth time, beat Robben Island, Kilimanjaro as well as The V&A Waterfront.

Members can still vote for the Table Mountain Cableway in the Leading Cable Car Ride category for the World Awards by clicking here. Voting closes on 20 October.

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While Cape Town won a handful of awards, Durban was voted Africa’s Leading Festival and Event Destination.

The KwaZulu-Natal city, which won the same award last year, was nominated against Accra in Ghana, Kigali in Rwanda, Nairobi in Kenya, Zanzibar in Tanzania, Lagos in Nigeria, Marrakech in Morocco and South Africa’s two other major cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Other places representing South Africa besides Durban and Cape Town was the Mpumalanga province which came out tops in the Leading Luxury Lodge category with the Silvan Safari. In addition, it has been voted the best luxury lodge in the world for the last four years and is in the running again.

The province of Limpopo won the Leading Private Game Reserve award with Shambala Private Game Reserve and the Blue Train won its 14th award in a row in the Leading Luxury Train category.