Cape Town Wins ‘Best City Worldwide’

Unspoilt scenery, renowned game reserves and ever-changing landscapes

December 2013 • Jules Verne

Cape Town Wins ‘Best City Worldwide

Last week, Cape Town added a further accolade to its growing awards cabinet when it was presented with the title of 'Best City Worldwide' at the Telegraph Travel Awards - for a consecutive year. Boasting incredible scenic, climatic and cultural wonders, plus a rugged peninsula that leads to the winelands, Garden Route, Drakensberg and Highveld, it provides an ideal point from which to begin to explore this immense country.

The greater Cape area of South Africa contains some of the country’s most unforgettable scenery, its greatest concentration of historic architecture and fascinating flora and fauna. Taking the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain affords breathtaking vistas over Cape Town’s cosmopolitan city centre, an area that plays host to fantastic museums, markets and restaurants; whilst further afield you’ll spot Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned; and out to the Atlantic Ocean, home to a vast amount of marine life, of which almost all can be closely observed during the right season.

But as stimulating as Cape Town is, it is encouraged to venture out of the city to experience the many contrasts of this wide-ranging land. Just a short drive inland brings you to Franschhoek, one of the oldest towns in the Republic of South Africa, and the food and wine heartland of the country. Or continue east along the coast to discover Knysna, Queen of the Garden Route, and a great base from which to explore the seaside resorts of Mossel and Plettenberg Bay. If time will allow for the scenic journey via Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on Earth, to Kruger National Park, you’ll be served the icing on a very palatable South African cake. Renowned as one of the largest and best managed game reserves in the world, the 700 plus species of birds, mammals and reptiles complement the marine life found off the Cape perfectly.

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