With the pulse on adventure and hobbies, German tourists increasingly want to include adventures of a personal interest while on holiday.
Coming to South Africa from their bustling city environments, German tourists are self-confident and in search of adventures, such as biking and kite surfing, and of course, bushveld safaris. Tailor-made itineraries are no longer limited to high-end travellers and even budget travellers can have everything customised, from 4×4 Campervan rental trips for the very adventurous traveller up to high-end luxury fly-in safaris and private guided trips. The variety of possible itineraries and different types of accommodation is growing every year providing many opportunities.
Although they are often concerned about security issues before travelling, Germans love to escape to South Africa and East Africa and are drawn to the beauty of the countries and the friendliness of the people. At present, concerns about terrorism worldwide may impact travel, and many people may be more worried about flying than usual. However, the value for money offered, especially by Namibia and South Africa due to the current exchange rate, drives tourism to these countries.
On the flip side, the weaker euro rate against the US dollar might decrease the business into US dollar-based countries such as Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and East Africa a little, as everything has become around 30 percent more expensive compared with 2014.
COMPILED BY: MELISSA JANE COOK. SOURCE: TOURISM UPDATE. IMAGE: PIXABAY