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Cape Town's Accolades

New Home of the Loerie Awards 2009-2014

2nd Best City in the World – US Travel and Leisure, July 2009

World’s Best Entertainment/ Lifestyle/ Destination – Luxury travel Awards, April 2009

Best Tourism Investor City of the Year - AI Tourism Investor Awards 2009

Favourite World City – UK Telegraph, November 2008

4th Top City in the World – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice, October 2008

Best City in Africa & Middle East – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice, October 2008

One of the world’s Most Sustainable Cities – Ethisphere Institute, September 2008

3rd Best City in the World – US Travel and Leisure, July 2008

Best City in Africa & Middle East – US Travel and Leisure, July 2008, 2009

3rd Best City in the Top 10 World Food Cities – Lonely Planet Blue List, July 2008

One of the “Places of a lifetime” – National Geographic Traveler, July 2008

Best Destination, Africa – World Travel Awards, May 2008

Best City to Live in, Africa & Middle East – Mercer Quality of Living Survey, 2008

World’s Best Family Beach – UK Telegraph, March 2007

#1 UK Long Haul Destination – UK Trends and Spend Survey, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

One of the World’s 5 Bluest Sky Destinations –, July2006


The world's biggest hospital is the Chris Hani - Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

South Africa is one of only 7 countries where tap water is safe to drink. Its tap water is rated the third best worldwide.

Vilakazi Street in Soweto, is the only road in the world that is home to two Nobel Peace Laureates i.e Desmond Tutu & Nelson Mandela.

South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.

South Africa is the world's third largest producer of macadamia nuts.

Officially, the youngest language in the world is Afrikaans.

South Africa is Africa’s largest economy by far.

South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals.

Bloukrans bridge is the highest single span arch bridge in the world.

Travel & Nature

It is the only country in the world to contain an entire floral kingdom.

Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and can be seen as far as 200 kilometres out to sea.

Kimberley’s ‘Big Hole’ is the largest hand-dug hole in the world and it has the world’s first drive –in pub.

South Africa is the first country outside Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation and now boasts 19 Blue Flag beaches.

It is home to more kinds of mammals than North and South America combined or Europe and Asia together.

Seal Island in False Bay is the only place in the world where Great Whites consistently breach (leap completely out of the water) to catch their prey, mainly seals. It also boasts one of the highest frequencies of Great White shark attacks in the world.


The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is the largest individually timed cycle race in the world.

South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.

South Africa has the highest commercial bungy jump in the world (710 feet).

South Africa receives on average 9 million tourists per year.


South Africa is the second largest producer of gold in the world.

The De Beers Group of companies control more than 80% of the world supply of rough diamonds.

SABMiller ranks as the largest brewing company in the world by volume. It supplies up to 50% of China's beer.

Stellenbosch University was the first university in the world to design and launch a microsatellite.

The University of South Africa UNISA is a pioneer of tertiary distance education and is believed to be the largest correspondence university in the world with 250,000 students.

Military History

South Africa has the world's second oldest air force, established 1920.

The Guinness Book of Records lists the Anglo-Boer War as Britain's most costly war outside of the two World Wars.

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