Henley & Partners released their Passport Index for 2019 late last year, ranking South Africa 51st globally, with a cool 100 destinations we can travel to visa-free, and third in the sub-Saharan Africa region, just below Seychelles and Mauritius. With the likes of Russia, the Maldives and Qatar as accessible countries on the list, our resident green book continues to strengthen as a power player in global travel mobility. Here are some of our top picks for the most exotic destinations for visa-free travel.
Home to the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia is a country shrouded in legend and mystery. It has one of the last unbroken rainforests in Asia –abound with wild elephants and tigers, and has risen as a thriving ecotourism destination. Known for their abundant rivers, caves, rice fields and charming little towns – such as the pepper capital of the world, Kampot and Phnom Penh, known as the Pearl of Asia, it is the ideal destination for the curious and adventure-driven.
A melting pot of African, Arab and French influences, the tiny and secluded East African nation of Djibouti, curled around the Gulf of Tadjoura, flies under the radar when it comes to popular tourism hotspots. Untouched by commercialisation and tourism, the country is a conglomerate of extreme landscapes. Stretched between three tectonic plates, molten lava boils just three kilometers below the surface in some spots. Then there is Lake Assal. Black lava fields spewing astral green water make it one of the most alien-like places this earth has to offer.
Trinidad and Tobago
The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago offers an assortment of landscapes and scenic exploits to pursue. From pristine white sand beaches and luxurious rainforests to the vibrant carnival atmosphere and industrial estates, your trip is sure to be a feast for the senses. Untainted by mass tourism, there are numerous outdoor activities on offer – allowing you to explore your surrounds from unforgettable perspectives. From first-class diving, waterfall swimming, and not forgetting the dynamic nightlife, this visa-free destination has something for everyone to enjoy.
For the full list of countries and review of South Africa’s passport index, visit henleypassportindex.com.