At this time of year, we see an explosion in the press and online of the Top destinations to visit in the current year. We will not bore you with yet another list but will rather give you a compendium of the recommendations of the best travel media for destinations (in Africa). It is interesting to note how often Cape Town is making it in many of these lists. No surprise for the Cape Town based Uyaphi team but it highlights the facts that the city is World Design capital for 2014 and the significant depreciation of the rand in the last year which has made South Africa a very good value destination.

In no particular order of importance:

Lonely Planet:
Top 10 Cities category – Cape Town (3)
Top 10 countries category – Malawi (5)
Top 10 regions category – Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe (6)
Best Value Destinations – Ethiopia

Condé Nast Traveler:
Top 25 Cities in the World – Cape Town (11)
Top 25 Resorts & Safari Camps in Africa – Bushman’s Kloof – South Africa
Top 15 Hotels in Africa – La Residence, Franschhoek
Top 5 Islands in Africa & the Indian Ocean – Maldives

 

New York Times: 52 Places To Go – Cape Town (1) Namibia (6) Addis Ababa (13) Laikipia Plateau, Kenya (19) Seychelles (27) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (39)

National Geographic Traveler: Best Trips – Cape Verde Islands

Huffington Post: Top 7 International Destinations You Need to Visit- Kenya (3) South Africa (4)

Financial Times: Top Destinations, as picked by travel industry leaders – Zimbabwe (6)

Daily Telegraph Travel’s: 20 Destinations – Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia (7)

CNN Travel: 11 places to go in 2014 – East Africa; One visa, three countries (referring to the universal visa for admission to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda)

Fox News: 10 best budget destinations – South Africa (1)

The Guardian: Holiday hotspots in 2014 – Cape Town (1) Rwanda (19)

The Independent: Top 10 destinations – Cape Town (9)

The Age Traveller: Eight places you need to visit right now – Zimbabwe (8)

Top African Destinations 2014 by Nicolas Edwards

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