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South Africa tops travellers' post-Covid wishlists

A recent survey by Tourlane has revealed the post-Covid travel ambitions of 600 international travellers. Find out what's on their minds and in their hearts here.
South Africa tops travellers' post-Covid wishlists

Africa is a top choice for post-Covid travel

We’re guessing wide-open spaces are what accounts for the popularity of two African countries in the Tourlane survey. South Africa came out top of the list, while Namibia followed in fifth place.

South Africa offers boundless opportunities for both international and local travellers and has been lauded for its swift response to the coronavirus pandemic. Travellers can look forward to an abundance of safe ways to explore when they visit these shores, such as:

  • Exclusive safaris in hundreds of private reserves and national parks
  • Serene escapes to the winelands or countryside
  • Mountaineering adventures and hiking opportunities in unspoiled terrain
  • Miles of unspoiled beaches on both coasts

amibia is another top choice for travelling in relative solitude offering an abundance of natural attractions, unique wildlife experiences, and solo high-adrenalin adventures.

Both countries have implemented stringent health checks and safety standards from border to border to ensure safe travels for all.

Positions two, three, and four saw three other less-explored countries come to the fore too, namely New Zealand, Canada, and Costa Rica respectively.

Travellers are craving the great outdoors

Other findings revealed in this survey on what to expect from post-Covid travel included a preference among 25% of respondents to travel as soon as possible, while over half were prepared to wait until 2021.

This is good news for the struggling South African tourist industry which is currently awaiting news from the *National Command Council (NCC) as to exactly when domestic tourism will be allowed and when the country will open up to international guests. The benefit for travellers is that they’re likely to scoop up affordable car hire and international flights as well as unbelievable discounts on domestic flights with local airlines such as FlySafair, thanks to early-booking discounts for future travel. Many hotels and tour agencies are offering as much as 35% off of advance bookings to help them get through this period of inactivity.

Solo travel is still a top option, with 20% of respondents saying they’d like to go solo on their next international jaunt. Nature and beach destinations came out as the top preferences among these travellers, which is unsurprising after spending so much time indoors in recent months.

Outdoor activities got the nod from over 30% of participants, followed by safaris at 18%, and beach escapes with a 15% preference.

What does this survey mean for post-Covid tourism?

While this survey includes only a small percentage of travellers worldwide, it’s encouraging news for the world tourist industry. This sector has been among the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, having lost almost all their anticipated income from the major Easter travel period.

It’s heartening news to find out that people are eager to head out again and encouraging that they’re wanting to try experiences that go beyond the usual tourist cities and crowded travel hotspots.

While no-one can predict with certainty what the future of post-Covid travel holds, it’s great news that travellers aren’t giving up their aspirations any time soon.

*The Minister of Tourism is due to lobby the NCC on Tuesday, 16 June, with proposed protocols and a risk-adjusted approach to opening up the industry in response to speculative reports stating that international tourism would only reopen in February 2021.

17 Jun 2020 13:06