Uganda and Namibia foresee huge revenues from the tourism sector after being named the fourth and ninth best countries respectively to visit in 2017 by Rough Guides.
Rough Guides is a leading publisher of travel and reference guides and releases annual travel guides including a list of Top 10 Countries to visit.
Dubbed the “pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill in the 1900s, Uganda is a diverse and fascinating country that remains underexplored for the most part.
It has heavily invested in tourism infrastructure to improve this and is expected to compete with Kenya and Tanzania for international visitors this year.
Between 17th and 19th February 2017, the Uganda Tourism Board will host the 3rd edition of the Pearly of Africa Travel Expo in Kampala where buyers and international travel media are expected to converge.
Visitors can canoe past crocodiles in the Nile; track the iconic mountain gorilla in dense jungles; soak in hot springs; scale snowy mountain peaks; or visit a traditional Batwa village.
Uganda also boasts three-horned chameleons.
Namibia’s development may have been a long time coming as one of the last African countries to gain independence but its tourism is not lagging behind.
From skydiving over the planet’s most ancient desert; high-intensity hiking in Fish River Canyon to hot air ballooning over the Kalahari; and safari tracking free-roaming lions, black rhinos and elephant’s the industry has a lot to offer.
The southwest African country is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. A visit to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast reveals crashing waves against the edge of the desert and washed-up shipwrecks scattered like sculptures caught in the sand.
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