Condé Nast Traveler has named Zimbabwe its best destination for travellers to Africa in 2017. The American luxury and lifestyle travel magazine has ranked Zimbabwe 13th in the world and highest placed in Africa on its “Best Places to Travel in 2017” ahead of 14th-placed Rwanda, the only other African country on Condé Nast Traveler’s list.
The country has already been featured by one of UK’s leading broadsheet newspapers, The Telegraph as their recommended next holiday destination for their readers. BBC’s former Africa correspondent Michael Buerk has called Zimbabwe “the most beautiful country on the continent”.
Despite the economic downturn in recent years, the tourism sector has enjoyed an upturn as a dramatic increase in visitors has been recorded. The completion and opening of the US$150 million Victoria Fall Airport capable of handling 1.5 million passengers per year was listed by Conde Nast as one of the biggest reasons why the country was a choice destination for 2017.
“The country is building up its tourism infrastructure in spite of years of the economic downturn…” reported Conde Nast.
“The same resilience is on show in the country’s conservation efforts; there’s been a clampdown on poaching and biodiversity flourishes in Hwange National Park, the country’s largest game reserve”
Canada tops Condé Nast Traveler’s 17 best places to visit in 2017 because its “cities are truly having a moment. Montreal is redefining itself as a food city worth the flight (it’s only an hour in the air from NYC). Toronto is taking the Iceland approach and encouraging travelers to extend their layover via AirCanada’s new free up-to-seven-day stay. And the Rocky Mountaineer, a train that winds from Vancouver to Jasper without Wi-Fi, might just be the world’s best tech detox.”