When it comes to tourism, the African continent has not been properly showcased in the media. While some may argue that it is because the African countries themselves are not doing much to promote tourism, there are those who are convinced it is because the other continents have a poor idea about Africa which is that of war torn countries and hungry looking refugees. Whatever the case, visitors to Africa have always been surprised to find beautiful countries with a lot to offer when it comes to tourist attractions. That is why the number of people visiting Africa has increased over the years. The following five countries are among the most visited in the continent.
The Kingdom of Morocco has a very rich culture, interesting history and numerous tourist attractions. Over the years, as the number of tourist visits to Africa has increased, Morocco has greatly benefited. This country that received about 10 million visitors in 2013 is determined to join the ranks of the world’s 20 top tourist destinations in the world by 2020. There are different site attractions in the country like the sand dunes and Morocco’s very own Switzerland, the Ifrane. However the country is now more interested in promoting cultural tourism by promoting historical sites. The country is home to some UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In the year 2013, visitors to South Africa totaled just fewer than 10 million. This country with a great history is one of the most visited countries in Africa. It has many great tourist attractions one of which is the famous Rhoden island. Apart from national parks and second tallest waterfall in the world, this country is also big on ecotourism. Many have travelled to this country just to experience firsthand, the history and culture of the South African people.
Some may be surprised to find this northernmost African country on the list but the country managed to attract 6.2 million visitors in 2013. Even with the internal turmoil that exist in this country, visitors are going there mostly for resorts and new developments. The country has succeeded to carve a niche for itself in ecotourism and medical tourism. There are also numerous museums some of them showcasing the Muslim and Christian religion. Thanks to the country being bounded by the Mediterranean, it is also an important beach resort holiday destination.
This is another Maghreb country on the list that welcomed 2.7 million visitors in 2013. The main site attractions in this country include national parks and ancient cities. The country also has a number of UNESCO world heritage sites. There are accommodation facilities for different budget levels. Air transport is very well developed in the country.
Who would have expected to see Mozambique on the list of top five most visited country in Africa? Nevertheless, it was able to attract 2.1 million visitors in 2013. Most site attractions in this country are national parks and national reserves. Ponta do Ouro is a popular beach destination where fishing and deep sea diving is popular.