5 Kenyan cities top Euromonitor African travel list

Moi Airport Mombasa
Moi Airport Mombasa (Photo: Arthur Buliva)

Five Kenyan destinations have topped a list of international travel to Africa.

Kisumu, Eldoret, Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru hold the top five positions on the list published by international market research group Euromonitor.

Traveller numbers to Africa are expected to reach 18.6 million this year, due to the popularity of destinations like Kenya along with South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania, which collectively account for 70% of international trips to the Sub-Saharan region.

These latest figures mark an an almost a 7% increase compared to 2012, when international arrivals topped out at 16.35 million.

Growth over the last five years has been attributed by analysts to increased digital integration and cyber connectivity, alliances between hotels, airlines and car rental companies, social media, meta-search engines, the short-term vacation rental market, luxury travel and niche tourism.

“Many countries are moving away from only promoting Africa as a traditional safari destination, exploring other niche categories such as beach and medical tourism.

“The travel and tourism market continues to introduce products that suit different types of travellers, accounting for strong growth in major cities across Sub-Saharan Africa.”

– Euromonitor research analyst Christy Tawii

While safaris remain highly popular, visitors are also heading to visit South African vineyards, catch a wave off the coast and relax on its beaches.

Euromonitor predicts that by 2022, growth in international arrivals to Sub-Saharan Africa will reach 25 million, thanks to competitive rates, aggressive marketing campaigns and improved air connectivity connecting the region with major markets overseas.

This will be especially true for South Africa and Nigeria. Meanwhile, an earlier report by Euromonitor also forecast the fastest-growing cities in Africa for 2017, with Kenya leading the charge.

Here are the cities to watch out for:

  1. Kisumu, Kenya

2. Eldoret, Kenya

  1. Nairobi, Kenya

  2. Mombasa, Kenya

  3. Nakuru, Kenya

  4. Tangier, Morocco

  5. Agadir, Morocco

  6. Abuja, Nigeria

  7. Yaounde, Cameroon

  8. Mansoura, Egypt