Acacia Africa Releases List Of Top Travel Hotspots For 2017

With authentic and experiential travel gathering momentum, Africa is set to be one of the top continents for travel in 2017. Acacia Africa has identified destinations which will be trending, and outlines why they will have bucket list appeal for clients over the course of the coming year.

Namibia secured second place on Lonely Planet’s Best Value travel list with its currency pegged to the South African rand. We would also expect Lesotho and Swaziland (the country being tipped as Southern Africa’s next adventure capital) to be key destinations next year, the value of the Loti and Lilangeni also tied to the rand.

Kenya started to make its comeback after travel advisories were removed and the country continues to grow in popularity - the 50th anniversary of the film adaption of Born Free heightening interest in the destination. The country and more specifically multi-destination overland travel will undoubtedly benefit from the tripartite agreement between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, which was signed in October: the objective being to boost African tourism, increase the number of visitors, and indirectly help the economy of each of the three countries.

Cape Town took second place in Lonely Planet’s Top Cities list for 2017 and in a recent Long Haul Holiday Report, South Africa’s Mother City emerged as the cheapest of 34 resorts and cities surveyed for Brits. As of 24 November, British Airways will fly from London Gatwick to Cape Town three times a week, making this hip urban destination even easier to reach.

The date for the official launch of the new Victoria Falls International Airport has not yet been confirmed, but once plans are set in place, it will spell good news for Zimbabwe, the landlocked country, depending to a large extent on arrivals of tourists by air. The reintroduction of the KAZA univisa between Zimbabwe and Zambia will also be well-received by travellers, as they will be able to combine activities on both sides of the falls.

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