Some Proudly South African Accomplishments in 2022


  • Cape Town Earns Place on “Most Instagrammable” List AGAIN. Read the story here.
  • 4 South African Spots Make World’s 100 Most Loved Destinations! Read the story here.
  • South Africa Named the 6th Best Honeymoon Destination in 2022. Read the story here.
  • Two South African Hotels Named on ‘Most Romantic in the World” List. Read the story here.
  • Mother City of South Africa Ranked Third Greatest City on Earth! Read the story here.
  • Boulder’s Beach Named 9th Best Beach in the World for 2022. Read the story here.
  • Franschhoek Makes Time’s ‘World’s Greatest Places’ List for 2022! Read the story here.
  • 2 South African Ocean Pools Voted As Prettiest in The World! Read the story here.
  • Kruger National Park 5th on “Best Outdoor Destinations in the World” List. Read the story here.
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens Awarded “Travellers Choice ‘Best of the Best’”. Read the story here.
  • Cape Town Voted 11th Best City in The World (And 2nd Best in Africa)! Read the story here.
  • Listed: South African Street Named “Coolest” In The World! Read the story here.
  • The Silo Hotel Named One of “Most Instagrammable Pools in the World”. Read the story here.
  • Cape Town Voted as One of The Best Cities in The World! Read the story here.
  • These South African Resorts Have Just Been Announced As The Best In The World!!! Read the story here.
  • Cape Town was just awarded the ultimate industry accolade! Read the story here.
  • South Africa Named One of the Best Places to Retire in the World. Read the story here.
  • South African Lodge Named Best Responsible Tourism destination in the world. Read the story here.
  • South Africa Listed as One of Lonely Planet’s Top Destinations For 2023! Read the story here.
  • Cullinan Christmas Night Market Named One of the Best Christmas Markets in the World. Read the story here.
  • South African Cruise Travel Agency Voted “Africa’s Best” in Prestigious Awards! Read the story here.
  • Northern Cape Voted As Best Travel Destination For Quiet Getaways. Read the story here.


  • Talented South African Land Artist Has Just Received a Prestigious Grant! Read the story here.
  • Only South African Selected For World Photography Awards To Exhibit in London! Read the story here.
  • SA Wines Win at 2021 Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters. Read the full story here.
  • Craig Jacobs Recipient of Prestigious Fashion Innovation Award! Read the story here.
  • Luxe Awards: South Africa’s Top Chef, Restaurant And Pop Up Experience Announced! Read the story here.
  • A South African Brandy has been Named Best Wine Brandy in the World. Read the story here.
  • Young South African Winemaker Takes Gold at 2022 London Wine Competition. Read the story here.
  • Young SA Restaurant Owner Named on List of World’s 50 Best 50 Next! Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Best Pizza Restaurants As Voted By South Africans. Read the story here.
  • The Only 3 South African Restaurants Voted on World’s Best 100! Read the story here.
  • South African Superstar Chef to Head Up Award-Winning Kudu Restaurant in London. Read the story here.
  • Talented South African Photographer Given Residency in Amsterdam’s NOOR! Read the story here.
  • Global Publisher to Release First Graphic Novels From ZA’s Award-Winning Triggerfish Animation Studios. Read the story here.
  • Two South African Chefs Nominated As Best in the World! Read the story here.
  • South African Restaurant Tops World’s Extraordinary Fine-dining List! Read the story here.
  • Two South African Restaurants Land on Best Burger in the World List. Read the story here.
  • South African Hospitality Honoured at Inaugural Luxe 100 Best Awards! Read the story here.
  • SA Restaurant Perlemoen Named “World Hidden Gem” by La Liste. Read the story here.


Best places to visit in Africa

Cairo and Cape town take top honors of best places to visit in Africa.

Cairo has been named the number one travel destination in Africa by “Travel US News”, followed by Cape Town and Victoria Falls coming in third.

“Africa may not always register on the average traveler’s radar, but those who visit have the chance to experience the perfect blend of ancient and modern, of wild and urban, of East and West,” the publication writes. 

They proceeded to rank the best places to visit in Africa based on accessibility, affordability and variety of things to do, as well as user votes and expert opinions.


“The desert heat, the noisy streets and the sheer size of Cairo will leave even the most adaptable traveler with a serious case of culture shock.

“But be patient. Take some time to relax over a cup of tea, to wander the ancient streets and to watch the sun lower over the mighty Nile River. It won’t take long for the city’s treasures to reveal themselves.

“Most visitors flock to Egypt’s capital to explore the wonders of the ancient world, following the footsteps of the pharaohs. But there are two sides to Cairo; the city’s residents embrace their history and rejoice in their progress. 

The ancient pyramids of Giza, Dahshur and Saqqara fight with the trendy bars of the Zamalek and Heliopolis neighbourhoods for spotlight.”


“With numerous hiking trails, miles of dramatic scenery and stunning beaches (including one with wild penguins), Cape Town caters to both adventurous types and laid-back travelers. In Cape Town, it is said to be possible to find convenient, budget-friendly lodging.” 


“Outdoorsy types travel far and wide to admire this breathtaking Unesco World Heritage Site. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is roughly twice as deep and wide as Niagara Falls, making it one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. To see the natural wonder at its prime, plan a visit here in April when the area’s rainy season has concluded.”

Zanzibar, Tanzania, Serengeti National Park, Mauritius, Kruger National Park, Seychelles and Marrakech conclude the top 10. – Source:

Private game reserve voted Best in the world

Luxury safari hotspot Shambala Private Game Reserve snapped up the title as the World’s Leading Private Game Reserve in the 2020 World Travel Awards.

South Africa is well known for its superior wildlife experiences and ranks highly as a safari destination, alongside other countries in East Africa which also offer similar experiences.

And this year Shambala Private Game Reserve, in the Limpopo province, snapped up first place on the prestigious annual travel awards’ list of the World’s Best Luxury Private Game Reserves ahead of three other nominees from the African continent: 

 Londolozi Private Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Kruger National Park)

 Shamwari Game Reserve (Eastern Cape)

 Wolwedans Dune Lodge & Dune Camp (in Namibia).

The World Travel Awards were launched in 1993, as a way to acknowledge excellence across all sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.

Throughout the course of the year, members of the public, as well as experts from within the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors can vote online for the contenders in the various award categories.

Shambala Private Game Reserve, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is situated on 10 000ha in the Limpopo province, is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg. The reserve is located in the picturesque Waterberg Mountains and is home to a variety of fauna and flora species. 

Guests can enjoy the African Bushveld, while given the opportunity to view the Big Five at the reserve. The Waterberg is a malaria-free area, so guests do not need to take malaria precautions when planning trips to Shambala. 

PRIVATE GAME RESERVE VOTED BEST IN THE WORLD“It is indeed a great honour to be recognised by the industry and our guests, and of course, I am standing here on behalf of my team,” Shambala Executive Director, Anton Gillis, said at the awards presentation. – Source: