Etosha features in top half of fifty most popular safari destinations in Africa
The almost 23,000 km2 Etosha National Park ranks at number 22 in the list of Africa’s 50 most popular safari destinations according to the most recent survey done by SafariBookings.com for its annual review of favourite African parks.
Jeroen Beekwilder, the co-owner of SafariBookings.com said the top-50 list was compiled from 157 parks in eleven countries and more than 2300 reviews were considered to get to the final ranking.
“Based on 2,373 park reviews on the SafariBookings.com website, the study included 1,363 reviews contributed by safari tourists from 83 countries around the world. The remaining 1,010 reviews were written by distinguished industry experts. These experts are mostly authors working for well-known guidebook companies such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint,” stated Beekwilder.
Etosha scored an aggregate 4.5 out of 5 for its wildlife, scenery, bush experience and birding from 122 reviews. Also noticeable is that the actual visitors scored Etosha somewhat higher than the travel experts.
In comparison, the number one safari travel destination, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, scored and aggregate 4.92 out of 5. This was the highest score ever recorded by SafariBookings.com
Namibia is ranked in the fourth position for the top ten safest travel destinations in Africa. Its low population density, small cities and political stability are viewed as the corner stones for this safety.
Namibia ranks behind Rwanda, Botswana and Mauritius but well ahead of Lesotho, Zambia and Kenya, however all these countries are viewed as very safe to fairly safe by SafariBookings.com.
Small, secluded jewels like the Caprivi and the Waterberg National Park, are still listed as so-called African hotspots.