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Congo, Namibia and Morocco Nab Top 10 Spots on Lonely Planet’s 2015 Travel List

Will Coldwell | The Guardian   in  · ·
October 21, 2014

The Republic of Congo (also known as Congo-Brazzaville) has been ranked among the best countries to travel to in 2015 by travel guides publisher Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 yearbook – which features 16 themed lists, among them the best cities in the world, best value destinations and best family experiences – judges destinations on a number of criteria, including whether there is something special going on next year, whether there have been recent developments or a buzz about the place, and whether it is deemed to be up-and-coming.

Better roads, new safari attractions and improved tourism infrastructure, as well as the chance to see elephants and gorillas in the wild, are among the reasons the Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire) made the list, ranked sixth place, ahead of St Lucia and Morocco.

Writing in the book, Lonely Planet admit that “right now, foreign tourism is as rare as an albino gorilla, but the Congolese government … is keen to change that.”

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