A herd of Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana
A herd of Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana

South Africa and Botswana are undoubtedly some must-adventure destinations for any enthusiastic traveler seeking to explore new and exciting places. The two African neighbors all emerged in top positions in the two separate rankings, one by Virtuoso and the other by Lonely Planet.

According to Virtuoso, South Africa’s vibrant tourism has steadily improved over the years and after becoming Africa’s number one economy powerhouse. It is now the world’s top travel destination for this year.

South Africa beat five other contenders from Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Peru to the top spot. The country’s rise in tourism rankings is indicated by the increase in the number of tourists flocking to the rainbow nation for longer holiday vacations.

Some of the country’s most famed attractions include the Table mountains, Kruger National Park, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, the Union Buildings, and the Cradle of Mankind. Others include Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Apartheid Museum, Cango caves and Tsitsikamma National Park.

Impalas in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Impalas in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Virtuoso also ranked the world’s top global destinations and in this category, Italy emerged number one, followed by France, South Africa, Mexico and Australia. Top travel destinations frequented by tourists in Italy include the Colosseum, Florence Cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Grand Canal and very many other points of interest.

Many travelers rely on Virtuoso for making decisions on where to go for their holiday vacations. Just like Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet, Virtuoso has for the past decade been ranking top travel destinations on an annual basis. It’s ranking board consists of top travel advisors who have had experience in global traveling.

In Lonely Planet’s rankings, Botswana emerged as the 2016’s top travel destination followed by Japan and USA. The diamond nation will be clocking 50 years of independence this year and is well famed for its impressive natural attractions like the Chobe National Park, Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Tswapong Hills, Okavango delta and many others. The country has an impressive combination of desert and delta to create the best wildlife habitat, especially in the Okavango delta.

In other travel rankings, eight South African hotels made it to the world’s best 50 hotels in the just concluded Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards that ranks the world’s top hotels chosen by travelers. South Africa also had more than half of its hotels emerge in the top 50 for Africa.

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