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These African Countries are Among the World’s 20 Best Places to Visit in 2020

Ovation Travel Group’s agents have compiled an exclusive list of the top leisure destinations for FORBES.

The list was based on sales and client aspirations with three African countries deservedly making the cut.

According to the CEO of Ovation Travel Group, Paul Metselaar, International travel is a big trend for 2020 and his agency has experienced “elevated demand for international travel,” which has made demand soar by 40% from last year.

According to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office, the development has reflected in the overall travel trends.

The ‘Africa Three’ placed third, fifth and sixth in the league which ranked as follows: 1. Amangiri/Lake Powell, Utah/Antelope Canyon, Arizona 2. Palermo/Sicily, Italy       4. Bariloche/Patagonia, Argentina   7. Porto/Douro Valley, Portugal 8. Tel Aviv, Israel    9. Atacama Desert, Chile     10. Dubrovnik, Croatia          11. Tokyo, Japan      12. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 13. Kotor, Montenegro   14. Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico 15. Chiang Mai, Thailand        16. Machu Picchu/Cusco, Peru 17. Melbourne, Australia      18.  Mendoza, Argentina    19. Vira Vira, Chile    20. San Miguel del Allende, Mexico 

If you’re looking for the best place to visit in Africa in 2020, Scroll through to read about the African countries that made the list:

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Top down view from Table Mountain of a cable car and the Lion’s Head on the right and Atlantic Ocean in the background.

Cape Town, South Africa – 3rd position  

Cape Town is the highest-ranking African destination on this list of the best places to visit in 2020.

The Cape Town Carnival has over the years become one of the biggest and most attended carnival in Africa, attracting tourists from all over the world every year for a memorable African experience.

Limor Decter, a travel advisor and concierge at Ovation Travel Group stated Why Cape Town is on the list of the 20 best places to visit in 2020:  “The warm mild climate makes Cape Town a fantastic destination,” Decter added that “The views of the ocean and the fantastic botanical gardens make this cosmopolitan city a most worthwhile place to visit all year long.”

Spectacular view of the Table Mountain
Spectacular view of the Table Mountain
The lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
The lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Cape Town appeals to families, including multigenerational ones, along with luxury travelers and adventure seekers. Nearby Stellenbosch, known for its Pinotage wine, is perfect for oenophiles.

Don’t miss a visit to Table Mountain, which affords a terrific view of the city, the nearby Atlantic Ocean and south toward the Cape of Good Hope. Also, stroll through the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.

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The beautiful downtown Kigali, Rwanda framed by trees

Kigali, Rwanda – 5th position

Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda has long been regarded as the “cleanest city in Africa”. It has clearly set the pace for other African cities to emulate and follow.

Kigali is clean, safe and filled with enlightening cultural experiences from world-class modern art galleries to fashion, local crafts and even a coffee co-op run by women making the world’s best coffee.

Stating why Kigali is a destination on the list of the 20 best places to visit in 2020, president of The Stein Collective, an affiliate of Ovation Travel Group, Judy Stein says, ​”Rwanda in general and Kigali as the capital gateway city have really come into their own since the genocide a generation ago. Travelers who are adventurous, curious, eco-conscious travelers and conservationists are more likely to enjoy a visit to Kigali.”

Meanwhile, ensure you do not miss the two new ultra-luxe lodges that have recently opened, Singita Kwitonda and One&Only’s Nyungwe House.

Kigali Convention Centre
Kigali Convention Centre
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Outside the $25 million facility of Singita’s Kwitonda Lodge
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A view of Koutoubia Mosque and garden in Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco – 6th position

Marrakesh, is a former imperial city in western Morocco and a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The Medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.

Stating why Marrakech is another up-and-coming destination on the list of the 20 best places to visit in 2020, Ovation Travel Group travel advisor Susan Ganis says: “It has one-of-a-kind experiences such as a candlelit dinner in the middle of the desert replete with camel rides, belly dancers and fire eaters. Travelers who are active and adventurous and interested in different cultural experiences are encouraged to pay a visit.”

And while you are on a visit, do not forget to take a private visit to Yves Saint Laurent’s home and the Majorelle Gardens.

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