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.