Two SA spots named most popular for post-lockdown travel

Posted by Imogen Searra on 30 June 2020

The Kruger National Park and Cape Town have been placed on Big 7‘s ’50 Most Popular Destinations for Post-Lockdown Travel’ list. While South Africa’s borders remain closed for now, it is an optimistic encouragement for our tourism industry.

On their website, Big 7 Travel explained that the list was created based on a survey from their audience on social media. The list also took trending holiday locations on Google Search over the last month into account.

‘Traveller’s wish lists vary by region, but we’ve ranked them according to overall popularity,’ said the website. ‘We can see that there’s a clear trend for post-lockdown getaways.

‘While there are a few major cities on the list, the majority of people are favouring quieter areas with plenty of space for social distancing, with countries that quickly contained the virus proving popular. Italy is the one standout exception here – despite its devastating struggle with Covid-19, the country remains one of the most popular places to travel to after lockdown from tourists of all nationalities.’

Table Mountain watching over the Mother City. Image credit: Getaway Gallery

Cape Town placed 36th on the list and Big 7 Travel wrote: ‘Cape Town is a dream location to visit: endless natural beauty and clifftop views, pastel pink neighbourhoods and turquoise waters. What more could you ask for?

‘Hike Table Mountain National Park, learn about the country’s history and see penguins up-close. Cape Town is also home to amazing wine and food, and we predict that the next decade will see plenty of exciting new additions to the city’s hospitality scene. South Africa isn’t allowing tourists in until 2021, but it’s worth the wait.’

Kudu in Kruger National Park. Image: Sarthak Navjivan.

The Kruger National Park placed 20th. ‘Safari experiences in general have been a popular search term for Big 7 Travel readers. The Kruger National Park is a vast space in North Eastern South Africa, that covers 19,485 km² and is home to a huge array of wildlife,’ the website said.

‘The park has safari experiences of all kinds, allowing you the opportunity to escape busy city living and get back to nature.’

Read: Kruger National Park driving routes: The south

Read: Central Kruger National Park driving routes

Also read: Driving routes in the north of Kruger

The Top 10 destinations are:

10 – Iceland

9 – Hawaii, USA

8 – Kerry, Ireland

7 – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

6 – Koh Tao, Thailans

5- Palawan, Phillipines

4 – The Algarve, Portugal

3 – Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

2 – South Island, New Zealand

1 – Santorini, Greece

For the full list of destinations, click here.

Image: Sarthak Navjivan


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