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Bucket List Travel: Top 5 Tourist Destinations in Africa

African tourism rankings. What is the tourist most visited destination in Africa? According to recent figures by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Egypt is Africa’s number one destination for international tourists. 13 million people visited the country in 2019, and Morocco isn’t far behind, with 12.9 million visitors. South Africa, Tunisia and Algeria complete the top five of the best tourist destinations in Africa.

5. Algeria – 2.4 Million Tourists

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Monument of the Martyr in the capital city of Algeria | Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Ismahane Djl

Algeria, Africa’s largest country has culture, history and Mediterranean cuisine in abundance, making it a very popular tourist destination in Africa. There are about 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites beautifully dotted throughout the country showcasing the best of Algeria. Must-see tourist attractions in Algeria include the Monument of the Martyr, Beni Hammad Fort and the Botanical garden El-Hamma Jardin.

4. Tunisia – 9.4 Million Tourists

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El Jem Amphitheatre, historical landmark in El Djem, Tunisia | Photo: Courtesy of Al Jazeera

Tunisia is in Africa’s top five tourist destinations because of its natural landscapes, rich history, Mediterranean beaches, cultural and gastronomic escapades. Famous attractions in Tunisia include Great Mosque of Kairouan, the El Jem Amphitheatre and medinas. You will also be delighted by contemporary art, architecture and remains of antiquity in Carthage.

3. South Africa – 10.2 Million Tourists

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Sandton’s skyline in City of Johannesburg, SA | Photo: Courtesy of Ashvirmaharaj

Beautifully sitting along the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, South Africa offers a unique blend of beach life and wildlife. South Africa has an abundance of stunning beaches and charming safaris – most popular destination for safari-goers. Cities such as DurbanCape Town and Port Elizabeth experience high numbers of international tourists all year round, with Johannesburg being the most visited city in the country.

2. Morocco – 12.9 Million Tourists

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Chefchaouen, the striking blue city of Morocco | Photo: Courtesy of ALAndalusi.

Morocco is the second tourist most visited destination in Africa. A rapidly growing favourite tourist destination, many thanks to its colour-drenched city of Marrakech, medieval medina and beach resorts. People from all over the world are visiting this vibrant country to enjoy the varied landscapes, explore the rich history and culture. Some of Morocco’s most famous tourist attractions include Jardin MajorelleOuzoud Falls and Hassan II Mosque. Some of the country’s most visited destinations are Chefchaouene, Marrakech, Fes, and Casablanca. Check out complete guide of 20 best places to visit and destinations in Morocco.

1. Egypt – 13 Million Tourists

Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt | Photo: Courtesy of Oniricspace

Attracting 13 million tourists in 2019, Egypt, ranks number one on the list of top 5 tourist destinations in Africa. Egypt has been a popular tourist destination for centuries thanks to its ancient monuments like the Pyramids of Giza, and capital Cairo. Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria are also popular city destinations. Abu Simbel Temple, Khan el-Khalili, the Great Sphinx of Giza and the Egyptian Museum are some of Egypt’s most visited tourist attractions. See our guide to the 15 Best Places to Visit in Egypt.

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