12:07 pm
25 October 2016

African countries that are the most welcoming to tourists

Africa’s people are often cited as being one of the best things about the continent. In fact, I would say that at least 80% of Western expats and local business leaders interviewed say that the best thing about the African country in which they operate is the people, along with its geographical beauty of course.

The World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 ranked 140 countries according to the attractiveness and competitiveness of their travel and tourism industries, and this year 35 African countries were included in the report. One of the indicators used to determine these rankings looked at how welcome tourists feel in each country.

Under the category ‘Attitude of population toward foreign visitors’, 140 nations across the world were rated according to how friendly local people are towards tourists. Three African countries made the top 10 list. In addition, the majority of the African countries made the top half of the global rankings in this category.

Morocco is the country in Africa that is considered to be the friendliest to its tourists, followed by Senegal and then Zimbabwe. Below is a list of the African countries that made the top 50 in the global rankings.

Top friendliest/welcoming African nations for tourists

Africa Ranking Country World Ranking
1 Morocco 3
2 Senegal 6
3 Zimbabwe 10
4 Mali 14
5 Burkina Faso 21
6 Mauritius 28
7 Seychelles 29
8 Zambia 34
9 Sierra Leone 39
10 Uganda 40
11 South Africa 42
12 The Gambia 44
13 Ghana 46

Kenya is next in 51st place out of 140 countries, with Cameroon (54th), Côte d’Ivoire (58th) and Egypt(61st) closely behind.

The world’s most friendly nation to tourists, according to this report, is Iceland.

However, not all African countries fared well in this category. Of the 35 African countries surveyed,Chad (124th) features in the last position.