2014 was indeed a splendid year for Africa’s emerging travel industry. From the medieval “Red City” Marrakesh up north to Capetown’s elegant coastline down south, the continent’s priceless destinations commanded global attention in no small measure. Yet, Africa’s beautiful tourism potentials remain largely untapped. Looking ahead, our travel experts have gazed into their “crystal ball” and compiled the continent’s top destinations with immense potentials to rock 2015.
#4 Chobe National Park, Botswana
This is undoubtedly Africa’s prime game destination. The park’s huge collection of elephants, hippos, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs are indeed a sight to behold. Ensure your tour guide takes you on a cruise along the water safari to catch unforgettable glimpses of the papyrus-clad curves in the river. And of course, not forgetting the park’s beautiful lodges, spa and gourmet food professionally designed and packaged to provide the perfect relaxation you need after a long day in the wild.
#3 Capetown, South Africa
Welcome to South Africa’s “Mother City”, a top tourist destination with a unique blend of history and the modernity. Get set for non-stop fun on the beautiful streets, beaches and botanical gardens of this elegant coastal city. Arm yourself with a camera and click away at the striking sea vistas and stunning scenery of the city’s wildlife, especially at The Cape of Good Hope. If you are the adventurous type, you’ll definitely love to explore the magnificent Table Mountain via a cable car or a hiking expedition all the way to the mountain top. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Robben Island, that apartheid gulag where Nelson Mandela spent two score and seven years of his life. It’s a remarkable place to be.
#2 Fes, Morrocco
Did you know that the world’s oldest university is neither the United States’ Harvard University nor the United Kingdom’s Oxford university? Yes, you guessed right. It’s right here in Africa, it’s the University of Al-Karaouine, located in Fes el Bali, Morrocco. If you are an enthusiast of medieval culture or just an indifferent traveler, the ancient maze-like quarters and the four imposing gates of Fes will blow your mind. Little wonder this walled city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You should plan a visit.
#1 Grand Baie, Mauritius
Thinking of white-sand beaches? Think Grand Baie. Dreaming of a submarine cruise? Think Grand Baie. This is undoubtedly Africa’s next big tourist destination. Situated on the northwest coast of Mauritius, this stunning tourist hub is a beehive of exciting, adventurous and fun-filled activities. Get set for a great experience as you snorkel, swim and windsurf the majestic Indian Ocean. And yes, the underwater cruise is real. Either you opt for the glass-bottom boat trips or get aboard the two-person submarine, you are sure to have a great time with the island’s amazing aquatic life.
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