Tourist attractions raise Malawi’s flag

CNN Travel has listed Malawi amongst 18 places to travel to in summer 2018.

Malawi is on position 7 on the list which is anchored by St Barts Island, a French-speaking Caribbean island.

The tourist attraction places that have been listed are Majete Game Reserve, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve as well as Liwonde National Park.

CNN Travel has described the tourist attractions as the best destinations this summer due to fewer crowds and an increased chance of animal sightings.

According to CNN Travel, travellers at Liwonde National Park can have the opportunity to feel the sight of animals such as Cheetahs.

“Liwonde National Park is popular, since not only is it rife with elephants, hippos and black rhinos, but a recent conservation effort by African Parks added cheetahs, too,” the publication reads.

The American publication has also described the ‘Big Five’ Majete Wildlife Reserve as a go-to place.

“Majete Wildlife Reserve has also been repopulated by African Parks, and is now a Big Five with elephants, lions, black rhinos, buffalo and leopard.”

According to the publication, travellers can also sample animals at Nkhotakota Game Reserve which has added more than 1,000 animals and 500 elephants.

Reacting to the development in an interview with YFM, Executive Director for Tourism Council of Malawi Elsie Tembo said this has been the case because of the restoration of animal species among other initiatives.

“The African Parks Network has been rehabilitating our reserves and restoring wildlife, this activity has led to the presence of the big 5.”

“We have also raised our visibility around the world through the tourism international Expo which was introduced in 2016,” Tembo added.

In 2015, the tourism sector contributed about K221 billion, thus 7.2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and created 446,500 jobs representing   6.2% of all jobs.

Other African countries on the list include South Africa and Morocco.

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