Condé Nast Traveller released the ‘Best Holiday Destinations of 2021’ and South Africa earned a spot on the coveted list!
The popular list was put together a little differently this year. With the world mostly being stuck at home for the last year, the list contains more travel destinations that celebrate the outdoors, life-changing experiences and places that use the funds from your trip to better the lives of others.
South Africa was featured alongside some incredible destinations including the Caribbean, Portugal, the UAE, the Canary Islands and the Amazon, to name a few.
This is what the publication had to say about why they selected South Africa for this year’s Condé Nast Traveller list.
“Like many countries, South Africa’s tourism industry has been through the wringer of late. But while the world has taken a forced break, a new generation of genre-busting creatives have been busy shining a light on the most diverse cultural community on the African continent. Biennales, fairs and new artist-run spaces are at the helm of the country’s enlivened art scene, with exciting local artists – including twin sisters Noncedo and Nonzuzo Gxekwa – getting prime wall space at galleries such as the Maitland Institute and The Centre for the Less Good Idea. All-women music festivals, Soweto township theatre groups and a burgeoning container coffee-shop scene in Maboneng draw the focus firmly onto Johannesburg. In Jozi, pan-African dinner clubs such as Yeoville, run by chef Sanza Sandile, rub up alongside lively rooftop bars and secret hole-in-the-wall spots in the bohemian suburb of Melville.
That’s not to mention the parade of fresh hotels and lodges waiting to welcome international guests in 2021, which includes Kruger Shalati – a stupendously smart cabin hotel stationed on a historical railway line – as well as AndBeyond’s new supremely good-looking solar-powered Ngala Treehouse, rising above the predator-filled bush on the edges of Kruger National Park.” – Condé Nast Traveller
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