Zanzibar has been named the leading beach destination in Africa in 2022 by the World Travel Awards beating a host of other popular places such as Cape Town and Sharm El Sheik in Egypt among others at an event held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi. zanzibar travel
Zanzibar known for its pristine beaches retained the award it won last year, as Thanda Islands in the Indian Ocean won Africa’s Leading Luxury Island in 2022.
On a night of glamour and pomp with top travel VIPs from 25 countries in attendance, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania emerged Africa’s Leading Luxury Safari Lodge 2022.
But that was not all for Tanzania as Serengeti National Park, was named Africa’s Leading National Park 2022 with the Tanzania Tourist Board being named Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2022.
Kenya however, topped off the evening by scooping the major title of ‘Africa’s Leading Destination’, capital Nairobi claimed the prize for ‘Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination’ and KICC for ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’.
‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Wedding Destination’ went to Mauritius, while ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ was won by Seychelles.
Kenya Airways emerged with a hat-trick of top aviation honors as it claimed success in categories for ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class’, ‘Africa’s Leading Airline Brand’ and the ultimate prize of ‘Africa’s Leading Airline’.
Ethiopian Airlines took the title of ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’ whereas Air Seychelles celebrated with the honour of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ as the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand’ won by Air Mauritius.
Speaking at the event, Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “What a breath-taking event and what a truly memorable experience was had by our blue-chip audience. WTA had the privilege of recognising the region’s leading lights as the industry marked its triumphant return in style. As stellar examples of tourism excellence, our winners have helped to once again raise the bar”.
Zanzibar Island is a jewel in the ocean, surrounded by beaches that rate among the finest in the world. Here you can swim, snorkel or just lounge the hours away, while shoals of luminous fish graze over nearby coral gardens and pods of dolphins frolic offshore.
In the island’s capital, Zanzibar Town, sits the historic quarter of Stone Town, with a mesmerising mix of influences from Africa, Arabia, India and Europe.
For these reasons and more, Zanzibar Island (officially called Unguja) is the archipelago’s focal point, and the most popular destination for visitors, but choose your spot carefully.