Accolades and Awards

Cape Town is one of the world’s top places in which to holiday, live, work and play.

We encourage you to use the city’s accolades and awards to assist you in marketing the destination to your clients and potential clients.

Cape Town is considered one of the best places in the world for both residents and tourists, but don't just take our word for it – see below for a list of the awards and accolades that Cape Town has received:

  • Number Two City in the World, Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2012
  • Top City in Africa, Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2012
  • Blue Flag Status 2012 – Eight beaches and two marinas. Beaches: Bikini, Mnandi, Strandfontein, Muizenberg, Llandudno, Camps Bay, Clifton 4th and Silwerstroomstrand. Marina’s: Granger Bay Water Club and the False Bay Yacht.
  • Best Beach Destination in Africa, World Travel Awards 2012
  • The World's Top City in Africa and the Middle East, Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards 2012
  • Fourth Top City in the World, Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards 2012
  • Muizenberg voted One of National Geographic’s World’s 20 Best Surf Towns
  • 8th Top 10 Truly Unique Beaches in the World, Tripadvisor 2012
  • One of the World’s Ten Most Loved Cities 2012, CNNgo
  • 23rd: Top 25 Destinations in the World, Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012
  • 8th: Top 10 Beach Destinations in Africa, Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012
  • Table Mountain announced as a New7Wonder of Nature
  • Announced World Design Capital 2014
  • Top City in Africa and the Middle East, Condé Nast Traveler 2011 Readers' Choice Awards
  • Runner Up: Favourite City Worldwide, Telegraph Travel Awards 2011
  • Best Destination in Africa, World Travel Awards 2011
  • Sixth Best City, Travel+Leisure World’s Best Cities 2011
  • Second Best Beach City, Lonely Planet’s Ten Best Beach Cities 2011

Cape Town in the News 2011:

• The New York Times included Cape Town in an article entitled “Hip Cities That Think About How They Work”. In this article the New York Times praises Cape Town for their use of design in transforming the city as well as the local government for trying to build a more inclusive administration and development structure.

• The UK’s Huffington Post named Cape Town “One of the Top Ten Most Popular Study Abroad Cities”, based on cities popular with college students.

• In a Facebook poll on the destinations British Airways fans would most like to visit during the 2011 European winter, Cape Town featured as the fifth favoured destination.

• The Telegraph in the UK selected South Africa as One of the Top Ten Property Safe Havens Abroad saying it is “… a country like no other. Beyond its cities lies endless countryside with vast open plains, unspoilt villages and a burgeoning wine culture. All in the glow of a wonderful year-round climate. The country is also a natural destination for Britons. Cape Town is only two hours ahead of London, and everyone speaks English… What’s more, local agents say South Africa’s economy has avoided European and North American volatility.”