Africa soars in popularity says UNWTO
Looking at the landscapes of Africa, its wildlife, rich culture and outdoor adventures it is easy to understand why its popularity is soaring for international travelers. The following are the top 5 trending African countries to visit in 2024 according to trends listed by UNWTO.
1. Try Tanzania for wildlife and beachesMany believe Kenya is the best safari destination, but that is because they have yet to try Tanzania. This country features some of the most famous national parks, including the Selous Game Reserve – the largest in the world. It is said that Tanzania is home to some 120,000 elephants, 2,000 rhinos and 160,000 buffaloes. In fact, it is the safest bet for those who want to see the iconic Big Five of African species. However, a safari isn’t the only attraction for travelers as it is an ideal adventure destination, with Lake Tanganyika and Mount Kilimanjaro offering many adventures. Meanwhile, for beach lovers, the island of Zanzibar stands off the coast of Tanzania, offering idyllic beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters for snorkeling or scuba diving.
2. Meet the gorillas of Rwanda in AfricaWhile Rwanda has a troubled past, these days the African country is a beautiful, welcoming destination. Nature lovers will be thrilled to meet the mountain gorilla population here, said to be one-third of the world’s population. The country is also dubbed the land of a thousand hills, which makes the country perfect for walking and hiking. Meanwhile, visitors can trek through the lush rainforest up to the summit of volcanic peaks. For those seeking culture and people, Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, is definitely worth a visit. With its warm and friendly people, this modern and vibrant city is one of the friendliest cities in Africa. Here, you can learn about the Rwandan culture, visit the Inema Art Center or Niyo Art Gallery, or head to Kandt House, Rwanda’s Natural History Museum.
3. Head to unique Ethiopia in AfricaIn past years, Ethiopia was known as a poor country, with starving children revealed on our TV. However, according to UNWTO, Ethiopia has come a long way as a place of culture. It is full of many fascinating sites of cultural and historical importance. However, it is also known for its beautiful and diverse landscapes. Among them are the famous Blue Nile Falls and the rugged and striking Simien Mountains. Moreover, many travelers visiting Ethiopia these days are nature lovers, attracted by the country’s biodiversity. However, travelers should be aware that, under a level 3 alert, the US State Department currently advises citizens to reconsider heading to Ethiopia. This is due to the risk of conflict, sporadic violence and civil unrest.
4. Varying landscapes of NamibiaTalking of diverse landscapes, Namibia has all this and more for visitors to explore. First, there are the stark and beautiful sandy plains of the Namib Desert – considered the oldest desert in the world. After crossing this desert, head into the traditional African savannah with its wildlife. Meanwhile, Namibia’s coastline is a worthy visit and is known as the Skeleton Coast, due to the many whale skeletons and wrecked ships that can be seen on the shore. For those seeking culture, Namibia is a relatively young country and has not been overdeveloped. Here, visitors can see the locals living their traditional way of life. Meanwhile, the country hosts six different indigenous groups, which makes exploring the local African tribal cultures truly fascinating. Tours are available to take tourists to meet them and it will be seen that each tribe has its own languages, traditions and lifestyles.
5. Spot the birds and wild chimpanzees of Uganda, AfricaGenerally speaking, Uganda features friendly people and a vibrant culture, but much like most African countries, people visit to see the landscapes and wildlife. Bird-watching enthusiasts will find that Uganda is the top destination for bird spotters in Africa. Moreover, this is a fascinating location to enjoy wild chimpanzee trekking, and meeting the primates face to furry face. Also, as it hosts the largest freshwater lake in Africa, Uganda also offers some great aquatic adventures. In fact, not only does the country have the largest freshwater lake, it has a number of firsts. These include the longest river in Africa, the largest number of primates and the strongest waterfall.
Choose one of these UNWTO-recommended locations on your next visit to Africa and have the adventure or vacation of a lifetime.