Cape Town has come in 10th out of the world’s top 15 cities named in the 2016 Travel & Leisure magazine awards, and is the top city in Africa and the Middle East. Although it was higher than Rome in the top 15, it came off below Florence. The No. 1 city was Charleston, South Carolina.

Among the world’s top 100 hotels, South Africa had eight. These were the Cape Grace (at 97), Singita Kruger National Park (95), Madikwe Safari Lodge tied 84th (with La Casa Que Canta, Mexico), the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa (75), La Residence in Franschhoek (70), Lion Sands Game Reserve (60), Singita Sabi Sand (18), Londolozi (13). Singita’s Grumeti in Tanzania came 11th,  Tongabezi Lodge in Zambia 36th, and Mombo Camp and Little Mombo in Botswana 29th.

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In the Best Safari Lodges in Africa category, South Africa was way ahead. Said T&L, “South African properties made up about two-thirds of the list, with a full four lodges — andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp, Lion Sands Game Reserve, Singita Sabi Sand, and Londolozi — located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve area, bordering renowned Kruger National Park.”

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