Apr 25, 2018 Last Updated 9:12 AM, Apr 25, 2018

South Africa voted world’s best safari destination

ABN – Travel agents worldwide have voted South Africa the World’s Leading Safari Destination in the 21st World Travel Awards held in Anguilla in the Caribbean.

It trumps last year’s winner Kenya, whose tourism industry was hurt this year by increasing insurgency.

Among specific safari establishments, The Legend Golf & Safari Resort, in Limpopo’s Entabeni Safari Conservancy, won the award for the World’s Leading Safari Resort 2014.

Shamwari Game Reserve – Eagles Crag Lodge was named the World’s Leading Eco-Lodge 2014 for the second consecutive year and Thanda Private Game Reserve was named World’s Leading Luxury Lodge.

The award for World’s Leading Private Game Reserve went to Shambala Private Reserve for the second year running and that for World’s Leading Luxury Safari Company went to &Beyond, also for the second year running.

Millions of tourists flock to South Africa every year to see its famous native animals, including lions, leopards, giraffes, hippopotamuses, impalas and hyenas.

The country’s tourism industry brings in about 8% of its GDP and supports one in every 12 jobs.

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Egypt’s tourism revenues soar

ABN – In the third quarter of this year Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped 112% to around US$2 billion.

Tourism in the country has rapidly declined since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

It also suffered further blows in 2013 when the army removed elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power.

Adela Ragab, an adviser to the tourism minister, told Reuters: "Egypt's tourism revenues reached $2 billion in the third quarter of this year compared to $900 million in the same quarter of last year.

"The number of tourists reached 2.8 million compared to 1.6 million in the same quarter last year."

South Africa marks the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death

ABN – Events are being held across South Africa today to mark the one year anniversary since Nelson Mandela’s death.

A remembrance service was held in Pretoria and anti-apartheid movement veterans attended alongside Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel.

Mandela’s granddaughter Ndileka Mandela told the BBC about South African’s honouring her grandfather’s memory: "That's just the spirit of who granddad was, that even after a year that he's gone peace still prevails, people still upholding his legacy and what he stood for, because he stood for peace and reconciliation."

Three minutes’ commemorative silence was held across South Africa while a candlelight service was held in the Soweto district of Johannesburg.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: "We thank God for him, and the example he gave us.

“He taught us about the worth of a human being, all human beings."

Mandela was buried at his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape last year.

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