AFRICAN TOURISM TRENDS

At the recent 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, Euromonitor International revealed the key trends shaping travel and tourism on the continent. New data shows arrivals to Africa grew by 6,5% in 2017 to reach 18,5 million, up from 16,3 million in 2012. Key markets, such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius, and Tanzania, accounted for 70% of international trips to the sub-Saharan African region.

Driving growth

This growth can be attributed to increasing interaction between various travel industry players and digital integration via platforms such as social media, meta search engines and the penetration of online…
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AFRICAN TOURISM TRENDS

Five Luxury African spots that capture the spirit of their magnificent setting

Cape Grace, South Africa

Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better place to soak in the natural beauty of the Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best. The elegant and warm atmosphere, evident in every fine detail, begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to the spacious harbour and mountain-facing rooms. Stories of the Cape’s colourful past present themselves in the exquisite furniture, rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts and original antiques. Local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair…
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Five Luxury African spots that capture the spirit of their magnificent setting

Visas to be issued on arrival for Africans travelling to Kenya

An announcement has been made by Kenya’s newly sworn-in President, Uhuru Kenyatta, confirming that all Africans travelling to the republic would be issued with visas on arrival.

President Kenyatta, who will serve his second term in office, makes the announcement as the continent draws closer to 2018; the year in which the pan-African passport had in recent years been reported to be introduced. This would allow travellers from across the continent to move between countries without securing a visa prior to travelling.

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The announcement was made in Kenyatta’s inauguration speech on 28 November…
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Visas to be issued on arrival for Africans travelling to Kenya

5 African summer destinations

If you’re planning a summer holiday in Africa, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From the plains of the Serengeti to the shores of Zanzibar, you can enjoy a safari expedition or a coastal oasis.

Here are five places to add to your summer getaway bucket list:

Zanzibar, Tanzania

While the weather remains pleasant throughout most of the year, a summer in Zanzibar offers hot, dry weather from December to March – perfect for lying on the beach, a quick dip in cool blue ocean waters or endless stargazing at night. As the sun sets, enjoy a stroll through Stone Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site which was once…
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5 African summer destinations

No plans to issue visas on arrival, says Nigerian government

Following recent reports that the Nigerian government had confirmed plans to offer visas to African travellers upon arrival in the west African country, the Nigerian minister of information and communications, Lai Mohammed, has said such plans were untrue, according to The Washington Post.

News of Nigeria’s apparent intention to issue visas on arrival first broke following a tweet by the African Union’s (AU) political affairs office on Friday.

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However, ABC News has reported that according to Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson for the AU chairperson, the AU is yet to receive details from Nigeria, with the news having been “announced verbally with…
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No plans to issue visas on arrival, says Nigerian government

5 Instagram-perfect destinations in Africa

Sharing our travel moments or searching for inspiration on the right holiday destination through social media has become an intricate part of our travel experiences. Topdeck Travel, provider of group travel packages for 18-30-year-olds, surveyed 31 000 people, with 18% of respondents saying social media superseded the influence of travel agents when it came to their travel plans.

A list of 26 of Africa’s most amazing places to visit, compiled by CNN, showcases some of the continent’s most unique and Instagram-perfect destinations. Here are the top five:

5. Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

From glorious…
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5 Instagram-perfect destinations in Africa