Africa has become a tourist’s haven, drawing in millions of travellers annually. Many A-list celebrities have come and gone- taking in the sights of landmarks, tucking into fine cuisine and enjoying the wildlife on offer.
Here are what some celebrities had to say about Africa during their visit:
Sir Richard Branson
Business magnet Sir Richard Branson loved South Africa so much that he purchased a private game reserve in Mpumalanga in 1994.
Named Ulusaba (place of little fear), the reserve has 21 rooms and suites spread over two lodges: Rock and Safari Lodge.
Ulusaba was voted as the number 1 resort in Africa in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards in 2016 and was ranked as the third best resort in the world.
About Africa, Branson said: “The African Bush - just the thought of it conjures up some fascinating images of breathtaking wilderness, sunrise safaris and a retreat far away from the city.”
As Shakira hit the world stage to sing her famous song Waka Waka with Freshly Ground at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Soweto, she was bowled over at the warm welcome she received.
She once said: “I’ve learnt to see Africa with new eyes, from the perspective of a continent that has given the world so much, that has nourished it like a mother nourishes her child. A continent full of colours, feelings, smiles, and kids with enormous talent that are just waiting for the chance to shine…”
With that much love for Africa, we cannot wait to see her visit our shores soon!
Men in Black actor Will Smith took an African tour last year where he embarked on a series of adventures. Among them were bungee jumping off Victoria Falls and touring the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
He once said: “It's really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa." We definitely agree there, Will!
See his bunjee jump off Victoria Falls here: