The UK’s Telegraph newspaper has carried out a readers survey to determine the world’s best tourist destination – and South Africa emerged top.
South Africa toppled New Zealand in the 2023 edition of the survey, the first since the 2019 edition following the Covid-19 disruption.
The newspaper every year allows its readers to vote in significant numbers for their chosen corner of the planet – providing a clear picture of where they travel, and what they like.
The Telegraph’s Travel Awards focuses on 20 categories, covering everything from airlines and cruise operators to hotel groups and ski companies.
But the category that is the most revealing is the battle to be named the favourite country to visit.
South Africa received most votes, emerging the top destination for tourists, the paper said calling the beauty of Cape Town “a supermodel at the foot of Table Mountain”.
The publication also hailed the “fine vintages” of South Africa’s wine country and calls the Garden Route “a ribbon of road-trip nirvana”.
Kenya and Botswana also ranked in the Telegraph’s top 10, at number seven and number 10 respectively.
The top 10 countries represent five different continents, all picked by the reader. Here is the full list of the top ten.
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Costa Rica