TripAdvisor names SA’s top 10 destinations


1 April 2015

As part of their Travelers’ Choice Awards 2015, TripAdvisor recently released a list of the top 10 places to visit in South Africa, nine of which can be found in the Western Cape.

The only destination outside of the province is Johannesburg, which features in the fifth position.

The destinations were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Cape Town Central tops the list, followed by Knysna in second position and Franschhoek at number three.

The Mother City also found itself in the 10th position among TripAdvisor’s to 25 places to visit in 2015, beating popular urban destinations such as New York City, Barcelona, Dubai and Hong Kong to the top 10.

Cape Town “glistens at the southern tip of the African continent”, TripAdvisor said, offering “picture-perfect views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.”

TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest online travel community in the world, with more than 315-million unique monthly visitors, and more than 200-million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5-million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, operating in 45 countries worldwide.

The top 10 destinations in South Africa, according to these users, are:

  1. Cape Town
  2. Knysna
  3. Franschhoek
  4. Plettenberg Bay
  5. Johannesburg
  6. Constantia
  7. Camps Bay
  8. Hermanus
  9. Paarl
  10. Stellenbosch