The world of luxury tourism in Africa
43,000 tourists with fortunes ranking at $10 million or more spent their holidays in African countries between September 2014 and September 2015. Based on the study “Millionaire Tourism in Africa” by New World Wealth, Africa welcomes many super wealthy people each year. The majority of these tourists went to South Africa during the period covered. Morocco, Botswana, Kenya, and Seychelles round the top five countries.
South Africa is a favorite among millionaires from Switzerland, Germany, and Britain. While Chinese and Indian millionaires also visit South Africa, they are fond of Seychelles, Mauritius, and Kenya. Where do they visit, and what do they do?
Like most other tourists who travel to African countries, safari tours were popular among the wealthy. Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, where a night for two adults can cost $2,963, came out top in nature tours visited. Ngala Tented Camp and Savanna Sabi Sands both in South Africa are popular, as well as Zambia’s Royal Livingstone, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and Uganda’s Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.
Most of the highly-rated boutique hotels are in South Africa. For example, La Petite Dauphine and Franschoek Country House, both in Franschoek and the Cleopatra Natal. Seychelles also boasts fancy boutique hotels with the North Island. Larger hotels favored by the super rich are La Mamounia in Marrakech, where a classic room will set you back $578 per night, up to $2167 per night for the Suite Prestige. Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town comes in second with prices per nights for room ranging from $365 for the classic room to $912 for the ocean viewing suite.
Other notable hotels mentioned are Hemingways in Nairobi, Kenya and The Oyster Box in Umhlanga, South Africa. African luxury hotels also on the rise with plans to establish in countries, such as Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya. Countries that are likely to see an increase in multi-millionaire visitors in the future are Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Ghana, and Uganda.
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