Travel Weekly Readers Choice 2016

Destinations: Africa


Known for its strong commitment to wildlife protection and environmental conservation, Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert and the Chobe National Park; lions, leopards, cheetahs, ostriches, antelope and zebras can be found there. Accommodations run the gamut from riverbank campsites to plush lodges.


Egypt may be the world's oldest tourist destination; even ancient Greeks and Romans made the pilgrimage to stand awestruck before its legendary monuments. But modern Egypt offers vacationers more than just history lessons. Today's visitors are just as likely to scuba dive at a resort along the Red Sea coast, embark on desert treks to remote oases or club-hop, dine or shop their way across an increasingly sophisticated Cairo.


Kenya has long enjoyed prestige as the ultimate African safari destination, boasting the annual migration of wildebeest in the Masai Mara and also offering fascinating cultural experiences in its Swahili and Masai villages. While droves of tourists still flock annually to its plains for a look at the Big Five, Kenya is also seeking to promote the culture, history and cuisine of its varied regions.


With colorful markets, historical kasbahs, miles of coastline and Saharan dunes, this Northern African country offers something for everyone. Shoppers will enjoy Berber carpet shops and pungent spice stalls, while culture seekers will revel in Unesco World Heritage sites like Fez, the largest medieval Islamic city in the world. Last month saw the opening of the Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace.

South Africa

South Africa's varied tourism offerings include renowned wildlife and safari options, the sophisticated and scenic Cape Town and a growing list of vineyards and destination restaurants. Now, South Africa has become a hot cruising destination, with an unprecedented number of international cruise lines making calls at South African ports.


Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, almost 25% of Tanzania is designated as national park and game reserve. A little larger than Texas, Tanzania is an increasingly popular safari destination. It also boasts white-sand beaches along the Indian Ocean coast and the exotic islands of the Zanzibar archipelago.

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