Namibia in top 10 of countries to visit next year

24 Oct 2014 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia and the Republic of Congo are the two African countries listed amongst the top 10 countries to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world.
Namibia scored the second place, while the Congo secured the sixth place, according to the guide’s best travel destinations for 2015 published on its website on Wednesday.
“Our line-up of countries hitting their stride, celebrating anniversaries or begging to be discovered is guaranteed to have you reaching for your passport. Feast your eyes on Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries for 2015”, it said.
It included Singapore (first), Namibia (second), Lithuania (third), Nicaragua (fourth), Ireland (fifth), Republic of Congo (sixth), Serbia (seventh), Phillipines (eighth), St. Lucia (ninth) and Morocco (tenth).
“There is more for you to enjoy in 2015 than just a landmark birthday, though the country, home to inspiring desert and mountain landscapes, wildlife and people, is now more rewarding than ever, thanks to its groundbreaking progress in sustainable development through conservation and tourism.
Already the first African country to include the protection of its environment within its constitution (one of a few in the world to do so), Namibia also empowers local and indigenous communities to contribute to conservation efforts, and ensures that they receive an equitable distribution of the tourism proceeds relating to them,” it continued.
The Congo (not to be confused with neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo) stands on the cusp of a new era, Lonely Planet said.
Right now, foreign tourists are as rare as an albino gorilla, but the Congolese government has set to work in rehabilitating old national parks, establishing new ones and updating tourism infrastructure.
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015 has come out with a list of top 10 destinations in different categories such as best countries to visit, best regions to visit, best cities to visit and many more.