SA Voted as Best Wildlife Destination by Lonely Planet India

Event Africa Contributor 22/05/2018 International News

South Africa, a nation synonymous with magnificent wildlife offerings, bagged yet another accolade titled ‘Best International Destination for Wildlife’ at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2018 held on Thursday, 17 May 2018.

By winning the prestigious ‘Best International Destination for Wildlife’ award for the 7th consecutive year, South Africa is truly staking its claim as one of the world’s most thrilling wildlife tourism capitals, says Alpa Jani, South African Tourism’s acting hub head for the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia (MEISEA) region.

Deemed as one of the most prominent travel magazines in the country, Lonely Planet aims at capturing not only the most coveted – but also the most relevant events in the Indian travel industry. The Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards is merited on the basis of votes placed by discerning travellers who choose from their favourite destinations and travel experiences in an online poll. An esteemed panel of experts then shortlist the nominees by calculating the readers’ vote, propelling India’s true favourites to the top.

Commenting on the win, Jani said, “Over the years, we have established ourselves worldwide and in India as a destination that offers enthralling wildlife experiences. South Africa offers some of the best wildlife and safaris in the world, and we constantly innovate to showcase the magnificent wildlife offerings of the destination. We thank Lonely Planet and its readers for affirming our efforts, it only inspires us to push the envelope further.”

South Africa boasts deep pockets of wildlife areas and game parks encircling every possible landscape from deserts to forests, mountains to coast, teeming with wildlife species. South Africa is home to a large number of the mammals universally associated with Africa – including Africa’s Big 5: Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros. It is also the only place in the world where wildlife-lovers can see not just the Big 5 but also the Big 7 that includes the Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark (in Port Elizabeth / Nelson Mandela Bay).

Nestled in the rustic and unhampered settings are wildlife reserves and national parks that cater to wildlife enthusiasts across various age groups. The game reserves at these parks offer guests a feel of the wilderness and the fauna of the subcontinent. Tourists can go on a game drive, a bush walk, or even a horse-ride for an authentic wildlife experience.

From gritty experiences in the bush to opulent luxury in a private lodge, the experiences are unique with memories to last a lifetime

Almost 100 000 Indian travellers sampled South Africa’s tourism delights last year, and Jani says South African Tourism is looking to maintain and accelerate this growth in the Indian market by, among other measures, vigorously promoting the multitude of adventure tourism experiences on offer across all nine of its provinces.