Namibia Rated Top Travel Destination by Wanderlust Magazine

PUBLISHED 13 FEB 2019   

Wooed by the endless expanse of red desert sands, together with the uniquely adapted wildlife that roam these deserted plains, and the rich local tribal culture, Namibia has always ranked high on the Reader Travel Awards, but this year reclaimed top honour from Canada who ranked highest in 2018. Not surprising considering Namibia has so much to offer visitors. From the stark beauty of the wind-swept Skeleton Coast and the shifting sand dunes of picturesque Sossusvlei, to the spectacular and refreshing Epupa Falls located on the Kunene River.

Visitors can explore the vast wilderness or tour colonial cities such as Windhoek and Swakopmund. Whether you are an adrenalin junky or prefer watching, or even tracking, wildlife, there is something for everyone, together with accommodation and tourist facilities that cater for all budgets. Book a package tour or travel on your on steam, exploring the country via the excellent road network.

According to Wanderlust Magazine, Namibia last won Gold in the Top Country category in 2014. Magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said she can testify that Namibia is a "conservation success story," adding "Namibia's ever-flourishing wildlife, both inside and outside the national parks, adds to the visitor experience."

Namibia has worked hard to market itself as a prime tourist destination, and as such, appreciates the recognition, said Romeo Muyunda, public relations officer in the tourism ministry, in response to Namibia winning the award.

"This is a boost to our tourism industry as we have been working with various stakeholders to ensure that it is recognised, not only for people giving awards, but also to attract more tourists into the country," said Muyunda, adding "through this, the tourism sector will contribute to economic growth and employment-creation in the country."

Joining Namibia in the Top Country awards were Japan in second spot, winning a silver award, followed by New Zealand in third spot, winning bronze. The top 10 travel destinations by country for 2019 as voted by Wanderlust Magazine readers are as follows:

Top Country 2019

  1. Namibia
  2. Japan
  3. New Zealand
  4. Iceland
  5. Chile
  6. Costa Rica
  7. South Africa
  8. Indonesia
  9. Peru
  10. Sri Lanka

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