By Liz Donahey | Jan 23



Heightened Interest in Africa Travel

It’s official, travel to Africa is hot! And if you’ve been thinking about an African safari trip, you are not the only one, so now is the time to start your planning your tour to Africa in earnest if you want to secure space in some of the more desirable camps and lodges with access to the best game viewing.

2014 Top International Travel Destinations

As 2014 begins, some of the industry’s most respected publications are pulling out their crystal balls, and recommending Africa – and particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe – as their top international travel destination for the year.

The New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2014” singles out Cape Town at the top of its list for its Mandela-shaped history and its status as “World Design Capital” for 2014. It also includes Namibia (#6), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (#13), Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau (#19) and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania (#39) – all places Bushtracks knows well.  Travel & Liesure echoes the sentiment, ranking Cape Town as its first entrant in its “Best Places to Travel in 2014,” with a mention of Zimbabwe, and its convenient access to Victoria Falls.

But Conde Nast Traveler’s Perrin Post may offer one of the most interesting perspectives on 2014. In her “14 Travel Predictions for 2014,” respected blogger Wendy Perrin predicts that “More families will vacation in Africa.”

None of this is news to us, since we've been singing the praises of African safaris and sending travelers on safari for over 20 years. But what does all this recent, positive press on African travel mean to prospective safari-goers, and to safari operators like Bushtracks?

Reserving your space for Peak Travel Times 

Quite simply, if you have been thinking about a safari during peak travel times – particularly December 2014 – we strongly recommend you finalize your travel plans as soon as possible, but no later than within the next 2 weeks, as space in top camps is quickly filling up. Heightened demand for safaris in South Africa, as well as East Africa, comes not only from American travelers, but from Europeans whose winter holiday schedule corresponds with ours, and who have long flocked to Africa for a sunny getaway.

For more information, or to get started with your research, visit www.bushtracks.com, or call one of our experienced African travel planners at 1-800-995-8689.

Topics: Planning, Tips, and Tools

AUTHOR BIO | Liz Donahey

Liz is Bushtracks' Digital Marketing Manager. Like an online safari guide, Liz, helps travelers navigate the often complex landscape of African travel by keeping www.bushtracks.com up to date and creating online communities where returning Bushtracks travelers can continue their adventures by learning more about Africa and connecting with others who love all things African. When she’s not busy blogging about the latest goings-on in Kenya or Zambia, you’ll find Liz enjoying the company of her three little girls, husband and kennel of golden retrievers. Prior to joining Bushtracks in 2013, Liz spent the last decade exploring the uncharted terrain of digital marketing and information technology, creating online marketing roadmaps and platforms, and teaching part time as an Assistant Professor at Dominican University of California.

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