East Africa 3rd in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 best value destinations for 2016

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had an effect on tourism for the rest of the continent, bringing prices down on travel to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Maasai Mara
Hot air balloons over Maasai Mara at sunrise ©Svein-Magne Tunli

According to Lonely Planet, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had a knock on effect for the tourist industry for the rest of the continent, bringing prices down on travel to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Estonia topped the list of their annual best value destinations guide, with its white sand beaches and a capital filled with medieval architecture being a draw for tourists.

Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Masai Mara
Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Masai Mara ©Wajahatmr

East Africa followed second placed Ho Chi Ming City and Hanoi in Vietnam at third in the list.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has, unfortunately for other areas of the continent, had a knock-on effect in terms of bookings for 2015.

So listen up: London, Madrid and Paris are hundreds of miles closer to the outbreak in West Africa than East Africa’s tourism heartland.

Africa is a massive continent (the United States would fit in the Sahara Desert) so you’ll be doing yourself and tourism in East Africa a favour if you take advantage of the cracking deals on offer to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the rest of the region.

And in the process experience some of the world’s great wonders, from gorilla encounters to Rift Valley scenery to squeaky-sanded beaches.

The list in full is:

  1. Estonia
  2. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam
  3. East Africa
  4. New Mexico
  5. Bosnia & Hercegovina
  6. Galicia in Spain
  7. Québec City, Canada
  8. Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast
  9. Timor-Leste
  10. Western Australia

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hopefully this will give our tourist industry a boost for the next peak season. Does anyone think the Russian plane coming down will have a negative impact on tourism for us?

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