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These are 2019’s most requested safari destinations – unexpected results
• Namibia is booming and tour operating business confirms it
• Despite poor political press for Zimbabwe or no press at all for Zambian travel, both of these are growing destinations
• Republic of the Congo: business is taking off – travellers are curious about what’s beyond Rwanda and Uganda
March 2019, Cape Town – From brand new openings and refurbishments in Namibia (not to mention celebrity sightings) to new lodges popping up across Zimbabwe, also travellers venturing out to explore untouched corners of Zambia – and curiosity sprouting over the Congo Basin, 2019 is already a promising year for enthralling and adventurous safari travel across the African continent. Ryan Brown, Head of Marketing at Go2Africa (leading safari experts since 1998) says “our travel clients are venturing out to explore every corner of wild frontiers across Africa – they’re pushing the boundaries!”
Here’s the insider go-to list for what’s being explored and what’s hot on the safari list so far in 2019. The results might surprise you – South Africa and East Africa are being trumped by emerging destinations:
Go2Africa reports that their bookings to Namibia have doubled in the past year. Newly opened Shipwreck Lodge in the Skeleton Coast Park is already their most booked Namibian property despite opening just last year. The Wilderness outposts in Sossusvlei, Kulala and Little Kulala come in at number 2 and 3 for popularity. Also receiving a great deal of buzz, the newly opened Hoanib Valley Camp where it was rumoured that Prince Harry and Princess Meghan would be spending their honeymoon. Other news creating an interest in bookings is andBeyond’s Sossusvlei Dessert Lodge due to reopen in October 2019. Celebrity sightings often help to draw attention to a destination and Diane Von Furstenberg and Barry Diller did that for Namibia early this year.
Zimbabwe and Zambia
Not taking Victoria Falls into account, and despite the poor press for Zimbabwe and few travel stories published around Zambia, both of these destinations have grown extensively for Go2Africa. The top sellers in Zimbabwe? Travellers most request Somalisa Camp (African Bush Camps) in the Hwange National Park, followed by Singita Pamushana Lodge, and then The Hide, also in the Hwange National Park. On the radar is African Bush Camps’ new Nyamatusi Lodges set to open this year in Mana Pools. What might have been unknown in years gone by, Mana Pools is gaining attention thanks to BBC’s “Dynasties” and the Wild Dogs You Can Walk With.
Zambia is quietly gaining traction and Go2Africa travellers are venturing out to explore every last corner of this last frontier. Lodges attracting the most bookings this year are Time & Tide’s Chongwe River Camp located in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa National Park (famous for the elephants that walk through the lodge), and Shumba Camp in the Kafue National Park.
Republic of The Congo
Business is just starting to take off here and a destination to note are the Odzala Discovery Camps. This year, Congo Conservation Company launched two journeys connecting Odzala-Kokoua National Park with Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve by creating a new access route in collaboration with governments to Central African Republic through an airstrip at Kabo in Republic of the Congo and a boat journey up the Sangha River. For the first time, travellers have the opportunity to access two destinations in the Congo Basin through Brazzaville with charter flights and boat journeys with the choice of a 10-night or 11-night expedition into these remote areas.
Note to Editors
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Go2Africa is a leading online safari travel company, tailor-making exceptional African experiences since 1998. Through long-standing partnerships across East and Southern Africa, they support conservation and community with each trip. Read Go2Africa’s latest article celebrating 20 years: The New Safari Bucket List: 10 Ultimate Reasons to Go Now
Photo Credits: (1) Odzala Discovery Camps, Republic of The Congo; (2) Little Kulala, Wilderness camp in Namibia