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December 24, 2012

Cape Town’s top 10 accolades for 2012

Cape Town is consistently nominated for and awarded accolades for its amazing attractions, including what nature has to offer, its culinary delights and its luxurious accommodation.

The fairest Cape, with Table Mountain towering over her, is an iconic city that continues to garner awards. Photo courtesy Joseph A Ferris III

This year was no different, and the city walked away with a clutch of awards, including the iconic Table Mountain being inaugurated as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain, with its magnificent views of Cape Town, is a nature-lover's dream, with an abundance of flora and fauna and hiking trails. It is one of the must-dos when you visit Cape Town.

  • Cape Town was voted the Number Two City in the World in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
  • It has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa, with all of the city’s eight submissions having received the coveted international accolade.
  • Boulders Beach was voted one of the world's 10 most unique beaches  by TripAdvisor. The beautiful beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is home to a colony of African penguins.
  • Muizenberg is one of the 20 best surfing towns in the world, as voted by National Geographic. This laid-back seaside village lies on the False Bay coastline. There are a number of surf schools, and each day scores of avid surfers take to the waves.
  • Sahara Park Newlands was rated the second-best cricket ground in the world by an expert 40-member panel for The Cricketer magazine. The stadium is home to the Western Province Cricket Club and the Cape Cobras, has seating for 28 000 people, and hosted the opening match of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Table Mountain forms a magnificent backdrop.
  • Cape Town is home to a number of fabulous clubs and bars, including Tjing Tjing, which made the list of The 10 Hottest New Bars Around the World, by Condé Nast Traveler.
  • Villa Zest is the trendiest hotel in the world, according to TripAdvisor's Best Hotels 2012. Situated in Green Point, this luxurious boutique hotel has stunning rooftop views, and its decor is a modern take on the 1970s.
  • The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is where floristic magic happens. This year the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s Kirstenbosch-SA entry won another gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, in London, UK, for the exhibition, Gateways – a botanical journey.
  • Clifton's 3rd beach was voted among the top 10 gay beaches in the world by GayCities.com. Huge granite boulders divide Clifton into four distinct beaches, each with its own personality and crowd.


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