You probable already knew this but it is official now. Cape Town ranks as Lonely Planet’s 2nd best city worldwide! Lonely Planet revealed the best of the best in travel in their newly published guide, Best in Travel 2017, which features picks from around the world in the categories for top countries, top regions, top cities and places offering the best value for money.

“Cape Town’s deceptively laid-back folk have been working hard to add cultural and culinary cred to the Mother City’s famous natural charms, cementing its reputation as an African city with a global outlook.

Local gastronomy is as impressive as Table Mountain’s flat-topped mass, with historic wine estates in every direction, hip markets selling the fruits of the Cape’s fertile terrain, and inventive restaurants winning global plaudits. 

In 2016 Cape Town has won award after award, cementing its status as a top tourist destination. From top beaches and coffee shops, the number one tourist attraction in the country to being voted the top city in the world, we have collected them all. Just when you thought our luck has run out, BOOM! We get another feather in our cap. Read more here.

Only one country from Africa made it into the Top 10 Countries list – and that’s Ethiopia (“as exotic as countries come”), at number 10. Last year Botswana was in the top spot. This year Canada, Colombia and Finland took the top three spots.

None of Africa’s wondrous locations made it into Lonely Planet’s Top Regions… but Namibia was selected as one of the Top 10 Best Value destination for those on a budget.

Namibia came in second, after Nepal, largely due to its dollar which Lonely Planet says has been depreciating in value thanks to being “pegged to the South African rand”.

There is also its awesomeness – from Etosha National Park, to the Fish River Canyon and the Sossusvlei Dunes; and “the great blue sky, contrasted with the clear starry nights”…

Read more at Traveller24 or check the video below.