Lonely Planet has rated three African countries among “the best of the best” in its list of top 10 countries to visit in 2020. The travel guide company based its selection on topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor. Sustainable travel was also considered to encourage travellers to make positive impacts in their journeys.
Below is the complete list of top 10 countries to visit next year:
The newly renamed Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) was fifth. Lonely Planet described the southern African nation as a place “packed with culture, adventure and legendary wildlife”.
Its new international airport and road infrastructure are also aimed at increasing visitor numbers.
Liberia was in eighth place, with Lonely Planet highlighting its natural wonders, including the Sapo National Park, the second-largest area of primary rainforest in West Africa.
Its picturesque beaches were also mentioned in relation to low-key resorts such as Robertsport.
Making it at 9th place, Morocco’s improved infrastructure and Africa’s first high-speed train were welcomed by Lonely Planet for the improved ease with which visitors can navigate the north African country. “Sustainable-yet-stylish lodging” and restaurants were also noted as well as their coastal wellness retreats that offer yoga and surfing.
“Ancient medinas are getting a makeover in Fez, Essaouira, Meknes, Tetouan and Marrakesh, which will be crowned Africa’s first Capital of Culture in 2020 in celebration of its rich heritage,” the publication said
Lonely Planet’s full list read as follows:
3. North Macedonia
6. Costa Rica
7. The Ntherlands