Su­per-rich Tourism in Africa

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A re­cent study by New World Wealth ti­tled 'Mil­lion­aire Tourism in Africa', says that around 43,000 multi-mil­lion­aires vis­ited Africa in the 12 months to Septem­ber 2015.

South Africa was the most pop­u­lar African des­ti­na­tion for the su­per­rich, with roughly 11,000 mul­ti­mil­lion­aires vis­it­ing the coun­try dur­ing the 12 month pe­riod.

The re­port adds, “This was de­spite new visa rules that made it more dif­fi­cult for vis­i­tors to go to South Africa.”

Africa has al­ways been a des­ti­na­tion for the su­per-rich. The study drills down into the con­ti­nent's re­la­tion­ship with the Ul­tra High Net Worth com­mu­nity and has come up with a series of find­ings as to where the up­per wealthy go, and in what num­bers.

Ma­jor des­ti­na­tions for the su­per-rich within South Africa in­cluded: Cape Town, Jo­han­nes­burg, Umh­langa, Fran­schoek, Stel­len­bosch, and Kruger Park (mainly around Sabi Sands) and the Gar­den Route (mainly around Knysna).

Ac­cord­ing to the study, Chi­nese and In­dian mil­lion­aires are com­mon vis­i­tors to Africa, es­pe­cially to South Africa, Sey­chelles, Mau­ri­tius and Kenya.

Out­side of South Africa, ma­jor des­ti­na­tions for in­ter­na­tional mil­lion­aires in­cluded: Mau­ri­tius, Sey­chelles, Mar­rakech in Morocco, Casablanca in Morocco, Cairo in Egypt, Nairobi in Kenya, the Serengeti in Tan­za­nia, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, the Ma­sai Mara in Kenya, Liv­ing­stone in Zam­bia and the Oka­vango Swamps in Botswana. Go­rilla sa­faris in Bwindi For­est ( Uganda) and in the Virunga Moun­tains are also pop­u­lar.

There is a slight shift in move­ment, how­ever, with the Chi­nese and In­dian rich. Chi­nese and In­dian mil­lion­aires used to visit Morocco and Egypt a lot a few years back but seem to no longer be go­ing there in big num­bers. This may be due to the re­cent rise in re­li­gious vi­o­lence in these coun­tries.

The sec­ond most pop­u­lar African coun­try for the su­per-rich to visit, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port, is Morocco with 4,000 such vis­i­tors, fol­lowed by Botswana (3,000), Kenya (3,000), the Sey­chelles (3,000), Tan­za­nia (2,000), Egypt (2,000), Mau­ri­tius (2,000), Uganda (1,000), Zam­bia (1,000), Mozam­bique (1,000) and Nige­ria (1,000).

The num­bers of gen­eral multi-mil­lion­aire vis­i­tors to African coun­tries, rounded to the near­est thou­sand, are bro­ken down as fol­lows. Coun­try vis­i­tors

South Africa 11 000

Kenya 3 000

Egypt 2 000

Zam­bia 1 000 Morocco 4 000 Sey­chelles 3 000 Mau­ri­tius 2 000 Mozam­bique 1 000 Botswana 3 000 Tan­za­nia 2 000 Uganda 1 000 Nige­ria 1 000 The re­port also rated the top sa­fari lodges in Africa that the su­per rich pre­fer.

Fa­vorite Sa­fari Lodges

• Ngoron­goro Crater Lodge Ngoron­goro, Tan­za­nia

• Ngala Tented Camp Tim­ba­vati, SA

• Sa­vanna Sabi Sands, SA

• Royal Liv­ing­stone Liv­ing­stone, Zam­bia

• Lon­dolozi Sabi Sands, SA

• Cot­tar's 1920s Sa­fari Camp Ma­sai Mara, Kenya

• Nx­abega Tented Camp Oka­vango Delta, Botswana

• Sin­gita Ebony Lodge Sabi Sands, SA

• Sanc­tu­ary Go­rilla For­est Camp Bwindi, Uganda

• Savute Ele­phant Lodge Chobe, Botswana

The top rated small bou­tique ho­tels (with less than 30 rooms) are listed be­low. Lodges are ex­cluded.The study points out that three of them are lo­cated in the town of Fran­schoek.

Best Bou­tique Ho­tels

• La Petite Dauphine Fran­schoek, SA

• North Is­land Sey­chelles

• Fran­schoek Coun­try House Fran­schoek, SA

• Cleopa­tra Na­tal Mid­lands, SA

• La Res­i­dence Fran­schoek, SA

The top rated nor­mal sized ho­tels in Africa are listed be­low.

• La Mamou­nia Mar­rakech, Morocco

• 12 Apos­tles Ho­tel & Spa Cape Town, SA

• Royal Man­sour Mar­rakech, Morocco

• Hem­ing­ways Nairobi, Kenya

• The Oys­ter Box Umh­langa, SA

• Lost City and Sun City North West, SA

• Four Sea­sons Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

• Cape Grace Cape Town, SA

• Bev­er­ley Hills Ho­tel Umh­langa, SA

• 10 Four Sea­sons Sey­chelles.

An­other study by New World Wealth ti­tled ‘Top African cities for mil­lion­aires' states that there are ap­prox­i­mately 163,000 mil­lion­aires liv­ing in Africa (as of June 2015), with com­bined wealth hold­ings of US$670 bil­lion. Note: 'Mil­lion­aires' re­fer to in­di­vid­u­als with net as­sets of US$1 mil­lion or more.

Jo­han­nes­burg is the top African city for mil­lion­aires. There are also siz­able mil­lion­aire pop­u­la­tions liv­ing in Cairo, La­gos and Cape Town. The ‘Top African cities for mil­lion­aires' re­port can be down­loaded here.

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