Airbnb the online broker that contracts tourists with property owners – has experienced quite startling growth in Africa. Active accommodation listings on the continent increased from 62,000 to 100,000 in the year to 1 September 2017. The figure in 2013 was just 6,000.
This development has seen annual guest numbers in Africa increase by over 5,000% since 2012, to hit 1.2m last year, the fifth consecutive year of strong growth. According to Airbnb, African hosts earned $139m from the service in the past 12 months.
Africa still accounts for a fraction of Airbnb's business. Until last year, the continent had fewer listings than the city of Paris. Nevertheless, recent growth is hard to ignore and shows no signs of abating.
Africa is a great destination for people looking for adventure and warm hospitality.