27 February 2015

South Africa: Table Mountain National Park named most-visited protected area in Africa!

According to a recent study into the global scale of nature-based tourism in protected areas, the world's national parks and nature reserves receive around eight billion visits every year. The authors of Walk on the Wild Side: Estimating the Global Magnitude of Visits to Protected Areas analyzed data from 556 parks worldwide to estimate the economic value of visits to the world's most popular protected areas. The study named two protected areas in South Africa as the most-visited in Africa - Table Mountain National Park with 1.4 million visits per year and Kruger National Park with 1 million visits per year!

The most popular national parks and preserves on the six most populous continents:

Table Mountain National Park, South Africa: 1.4 million visits/year
Kruger National Park, South Africa: 1 million visits/year
Seoraksan National Park, South Korea - 3.1 million visits/year
Mount Huangshan, China - 1.3 million visits/year
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia - 510 000 visits/year
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - 380 000 visits/year
Lake District, United Kingdom - 10.5 million visits/year
Peak District, United Kingdom - 10.1 million visits/year
South America and Caribbean
Tijuca National Park, Brazil - 737 000 visits/year
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru - 691 000 visits/year

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