Most Visited Africa Destinations by International Tourist Arrivals

Tourism is an important economic sector for many countries in Africa. There are many countries that benefit the most from tourism like Uganda, Algeria, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Tanzania.


The touristic particularity of Africa lies in the wide variety of points of interest, diversity and multitudes of landscapes as well as the rich cultural heritage.


The successful countries in tourism are thriving due to a variety of factors. Countries like Morocco and Tunisia benefit from their beautiful beaches and their relative proximity to Europe.


Tourism in Egypt is based on the rich history of Ancient Egypt, pyramids, artifacts and breathtaking Red Sea beaches. South Africa and Kenya benefit from wild safari expeditions, attracting tourists to see the wildlife of Africa.


In 2017, there were over 62.8 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, an increase of 8.5% from 2016. Preliminary numbers for 2018 indicate a similar increase.


In 2018, the top ten African destinations were:

Most visited Africa Destinations

Africa Countries Tourist Arrivals Places to Stay
  Morocco   12.3 million   Morocco Vacation Rentals
  Egypt   11.3 million   Egypt Vacation Rentals
  South Africa   10.5 million   South Africa Vacation Rentals
  Tunisia   8.3 million   Tunisia Vacation Rentals
  Algeria   2.6 million   Algeria Vacation Rentals
  Zimbabwe   2.6 million   Zimbabwe Vacation Rentals
  Ivory Coast   2.0 million   Ivory Coast Vacation Rentals
  Botswana   1.6 million   Botswana Vacation Rentals
  Namibia   1.5 million   Namibia Vacation Rentals
  Mozambique   1.4 million   Mozambique Vacation Rentals


Countries like Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, and Tunisia have a successful tourism industry. Countries like Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland (Eswatini) and Mauritius can be considered as countries that have steady and consistent income from tourism. Countries like Algeria and Burundi are countries that have little to no economic benefit from tourism.

Source: World Tourism rankings – Wikipedia