Following 2017 facts and figures, TINA Magazine have gathered for you the most visited countries in Africa as of 2018 when it comes to Tourism.

Some countries arrivals numbers have dropped while some have soared. Take a look below.

Most Visited African African Countries 2018

These are the top tourist countries in Africa as of 2018:

1. Morroco – 11 million visitors

The number of tourists who visited Morocco in 2017 was up 10 percent compared to 2016. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the increase meant a total of 64.4 billion dirhams to the Moroccan economy by the end of November 2017, which was a 6.6 percent increase compared to the same period of 2016.

Tourism in Morocco reported positive numbers for January. The number of tourists increased by 10% (to 652,000 visitors) compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Moroccan Tourism Observatory. Morroco is still the most visited African country as of 2018

2. South Africa – 10.2 Million visitors

For the past 12 months, South Africa welcomed 10,29 million foreign tourists (visitors who stayed overnight) in 2017. This is up only 2,4% over 2016.

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Lee-Anne Bac, Director, advisory services at Grant Thornton says: “This increase is unfortunately underwhelming and significantly below the global average of 7%.”

The number of overseas tourists (2,7 million) is up 7,2% in 2017, this good growth was driven by excellent performance in the first half of the year. When it comes to Africa tourism SA has represented quite well for Africa. The country maybe the second on the most visited countries in Africa list but they maybe taking the no. 1 spot in a year or two from now

3. Tunisia – 5.9 million visitors

Foreign tourist numbers up 23 percent in Tunisia in 2017. TUNIS (Reuters) – The number of foreign tourists in Tunisia rose by 23 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, official data showed, indicating that a vital industry crippled two years ago by Islamist attacks is recovering.

4. Algeria – 2.4 million visitors

Algeria in number of international tourists used to be up to 2.7 million around 2013, but now a little less.

The country offers ancient cities and Arab-influenced architecture as well as plenty of outdoor adventures.
Minister of tourism in Algeria announced his plan to substantially increase the number of tourists. 4.4 million international tourists are expected in Algeria by 2027, in contrast to 2.4 million today.

5. Zimbabwe – 2.4 million visitors

It appears this country’s tourism industry has been booming in recent times.

Tourist Arrivals in Zimbabwe increased to 2422930 in 2017 from 2167686 in 2016. Tourist Arrivals in Zimbabwe averaged 1684950.87 from 1980 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 2508255 in 2007 and a record low of 237668 in 1980.

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6. Mozambique – 1.6 million visitors

The country that received as much 2.2 million visitors in 2012 is now down to 1.6 million as of 2018.

Tourism currently accounts for about 2.5% of Mozambique’s GDP and employs 61 000 workers, reported allafrica.

The figures were regarded as relatively low by Rosario, who has challenged the tourism industry to show greater commitment to this sector. He encouraged the industry to create more appealing packages, especially for Mozambican citizens.

7. Namibia – 1.5 million visitors

The number of foreign arrivals reveals a growth from year to year, with the tourists category being the dominant category across years. In 2016, the country receive a total of 1,574,148 foreign arrivals. This shows an increase of 3.6% (54,531) from the 2015 figure of 1,519,618.

According to MET statistics, more than 1.46 million tourists (out of the 1.57 million foreign travellers) travelled to Namibia in 2016.

8. Kenya – 1.4 million visitors

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala attributed the growth to the fact that Kenya grew stronger in 2017 as a destination brand, following positive visibility and endorsement the country received through global accolades such as World Travel awards’ declaration of Kenya as the world’s best Safari destination.

Tourism arrivals also grew from 1,342,900 in 2016 to 1,474,700.

Notably, the number of tourist arrivals in 2017 was 23.6 per cent below 2011’s, when the country registered the highest number of arrivals in decades.

9. Tanzania – 1.3 million visitors

According to the 2017 International Visitors’ Exit Survey Draft Report released in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the tourism sector has continually recorded improved performance with visitor arrivals reaching 1,327,143 in 2017, over three per cent higher than the 1,284,279 arrivals in 2016.

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Tourist arrivals in Tanzania soared by 5.6 per cent in 2017, raking in 2.3 billion US dollars (over 5tri/-), from 2.1 billion US dollars (4.8tri/-) recorded in 2016. This is a huge development for Tanzania, making the top ten on the most visited African countries is sure a new thing for Tanzania.

10. Uganda – 1.3 million visitors

Uganda’s tourism sector is on consistent upward growth. According to the UBOS statistical abstract (2016), Uganda received 1.32 million tourist arrivals.

In 2016, Uganda generated UGX2,592.9bn in visitor exports. In 2017, this is expected to grow by 23.0%, and the country is expected to attract 1,459,000 international tourist arrivals. By 2027, international tourist arrivals are forecast to total 2,486,000, generating expenditure of UGX6,535.2bn, an increase of 7.4% pa.

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