BELOW ARE THE 5 LEAST VISITED COUNTRIES IN AFRICA
I was talking to someone the other day and he goes; if someone were to call you up and offer you a return ticket to anywhere, where would it be? And I reply, urm Zanzibar or Seychelles, and then he goes why would you want to waste all that money and the offer to an African country? It made me sadthat Africans would rather boost up the tourism sector of other countries than explore the resplendence that is in African countries both in culture and landscape. That being said below are the five least visited countries in Africa.
Calling code: +257
Official languages: French; Kirundi
Burundi is one of the smallest countries in Africa, located in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa. According to the African Statistical Yearbook of 2016, just over 100,000 tourists visited the landlocked nation in 2015, and the number of tourists has been in decline since then.
A major reason for the decline is the political unrest that has claimed the country, including protests that broke out in 2015 after the ruling party announced President Pierre Nkurunziza would seek a third term in office and a failed coup that attempted to depose. This led to as many as 100,000 people fleeing the country, causing a humanitarian emergency. The country’s tourism potential is high as it is rich in culture and history and has great attractions, including the famous Lake Tanganyika, which is one of the deepest lakes in the world, and national parks like the Kibira National Park and Rusizi Natural Reserve, which are home to lush tropical forests and wildlife and flora such as chimpanzees, baboons, and tall palm trees of the Hyphaene bengalensis var ventricosa species.
- SIERRA LEONE
Calling Code: +232
Currency: New Leone (SLL)
Language: Temne, Mende, Krio
With a population of 6.1 million, Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa, has a special significance in the history of the transatlantic slave trade as the departure point for thousands of west African captives. The capital, Freetown, was founded as a home for repatriated former slaves in 1787.
But the country's modern history has been overshadowed by a brutal civil war that ended in 2002 with the help of Britain, the former colonial power, and a large United Nations peacekeeping mission. Sierra Leone has experienced substantial economic growth in recent years, although the ruinous effects of the civil war continue to be felt. The country is also rich in diamonds and other minerals. The trade in illicit gems, known as "blood diamonds" for their role in funding conflicts, perpetuated the civil war. The government has sought to crack down on the trade.
- São Tomé and Príncipe
Calling code: +239
Currency: dobra (STD)
Language: Portuguese (official)
São Tomé and Príncipe, an African island nation close to the equator, is part of a volcano chain featuring striking rock and coral formations, rainforests and beaches. On the larger island, São Tomé, is the Lagoa Azul lagoon. Ôbo Natural Park, a biodiverse jungle preserve, covers much of São Tomé and is distinguished by Pico Cão Grande, a skyscraperlike volcanic rock.
Official languages: Comorian; Arabic; French
Calling code: +269
The Comoros is a volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast, in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. The country received approximately 24,000 visitors in 2015, with 2000 more than in 2013 according to the African Statistical Yearbook of 2016. The Comoros has potential for a thriving tourism industry like neighbouring islands such as the Seychelles because of its beautiful beaches and warm tropical climate. However, political instability stands in the way of this. The country has experienced 20 coups since gaining independence from France in 1975. If the country were to gain political stability, it would face stiff competition from more established tourism industries of neighbours such as Seychelles and Reunion Island.
A main tourist attraction of the island nation is the large Karthala Volcano located on the southern half of Grande Comore. The volcano is still active, and volcanic activity on the island have left black rocks along the coast line, which create a beautiful contrast with the crystal white sand and blue water of the ocean.
Calling code: +227
Official & National languages: French | Arabic; Buduma: Fulfulde:
Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. Niger, located in the Sahel Region of Western Africa, is a country that is rich in history and culture, once being home to the great ancient Mali and Songhai Empires, and being home to the nomadic Wodaabe Tribe. Interesting tourist features of the country include the Termit & Tin Toumma National Nature and Cultural Reserve, which is one of Africa’s largest reserves, protecting several endangered animals including the dama gazelle and desert cheetah, as well as protecting the nomadic culture of several tribes while boasting a scenic desert landscape. It is also home to the Guérewol Festival of the Wodaabe, where young men dress up in elaborate ornamentation to sing and dance to attract the attention of marriageable young women.
According to the African Statistical Yearbook of 2016, the country only received 126,000 visitors in 2015. Developmental challenges that the landlocked country faces include drought and desertification due to the Sahara Desert being located there, inefficient agriculture, high poverty level,s and overpopulation due to high fertility rates.
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