Monday, October 27, 2014
Tunisia Tops Lonely Planet's Best Value Destinations for 2015
Guidebook giant's 2015 list puts Goway's North Africa sleeper in prime spot, with South Africa close behind.
Two of Africa’s most beautiful countries have defied alarmist headlines to come out on top of the world’s Best Value Destinations, as named by Lonely Planet. The travel guidebook giant has named Tunisia and South Africa the year’s best deals in its ‘2015 Best in Travel’ listings.
Namibia and Morocco were also named among the 10 Top Countries outright to visit in 2015.
Such a strong showing buoys hope for Africa travel providers hit hard by Ebola fears. Many North American travellers have this year chosen to stay away from the vast continent, despite outbreaks of the disease being confined to just a few countries, located thousands of miles from these popular destinations.
“There really isn’t much ‘tourism’ in the affected countries, which are located in West Africa,” explains Moira Smith, General Manager of Goway Travel’s Middle East and Africa division. “Most travellers make it to East Africa or Southern Africa, and the distance between those areas and any Ebola affected region is immense.”
Tunisia, which claimed the coveted number one spot on the ‘Best Value’ list, is safely perched at Africa’s northern tip on the Mediterranean coast. It has long been a quiet achiever for Goway’s Africa team. Tunisia tours may take in Roman ruins, exquisitely detailed mosques, the ancient remains of Carthage, or even former Star Wars sets.
Perennial favorite South Africa claimed second place thanks to a weakened currency and a well developed tourism industry. There’s an Africa safari here to suit any budget, and only in Cape Town can a visitor go wildlife watching, wine tasting, diving with sharks, wilderness hiking, and nightlife hopping, without ever switching cities. Those who do want to travel further afield might venture north to Namibia, runner up on Lonely Planet’s 10 Top Countries for 2015.
With leading travel providers and commentators confident of an African recovery in 2015, now is an excellent time to take advantage of prices pushed down by unfounded fears.
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