Convention Centre, Rwanda, where the travel awards were held.

If you’ve been dreaming of exploring the country or greater continent (in a measure of comfort and style, that is), then the extensive list of winners revealed at the recently held World Travel Awards Africa is just the sort of starting point you need.

Text: Leigh Roberston


The awards, announced at a gala event in host city Kigali, cover countries from Algeria to Zanzibar, and encompass everything from top hotels and resorts to the best airports and car-hire companies in each of these destinations.

While Rwanda clinched the title of Africa’s leading destination overall, South Africa came out tops across multiple categories. Notably, Cape Town was declared Africa’s top city to visit in 2017, with Cape Town International Airport taking the trophy for the continent’s leading airport.

Other South African cities fared well, too: Durban was judged Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination, with the Durban International Convention Centre awarded the continent’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre (incidentally also announced as the venue for next year’s World Travel Awards Africa gala ceremony).
Johannesburg’s Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa took the award for Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel while Cape Town’s Cape Grace was declared Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences and the city’s sumptuous Ellerman House Villa Two judged as the continent’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa.

Singita was recognized as Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand, with several local lodges and resorts also being recognized: Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari (Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa), Fairmont Zimbali Resort (Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort) and Shambala Private Reserve (Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve).

The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals, as well as business and leisure travellers worldwide.

Aerial view of Table Mountain, Cape Town- A top travel destination

See the full list of winners across Africa and in South Africa here:
*Winners go forward to compete in the World Travel Awards Grand Final in Vietnam on 10 December.