Wildebeests crossing Mara River during the annual 'Great Migration'. Maasai-Mara has been voted Africa's leading national reserve. [Photo: tanzaniaonfoot.com]Kenya has once again cemented her position as the leading tourist destination not only in East Africa but also in the rest of the continent.This follows the voting of the popular Maasai-Mara National Reserve as Africa's leading national park at the World Travel Awards 2017.According to Business Daily, the Mara overcame fierce competition from Kruger National Park in South Africa, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Kidepo Valley National Park from Uganda and Etosha National Park from Namibia to emerge tops during the Tuesday evening event in Kigali, Rwanda.Diani Beach in Kwale County, Business Daily adds, was voted the continent’s leading beach destination for the fourth year in a row after beating competition from beaches in South Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar and Egypt."We have recognised the leading lights of African tourism tonight and I wish to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all our winners," said World Travel Awards founder and president Graham Cooke as quoted by Business Daily.To crown it all, Kenya Tourism Board beat 10 other agents in Africa including the Egyptian Tourist Authority, Moroccan National Tourism Organisation and South African Tourism to come up tops for the sixth year running.National carrier Kenya Airways, despite its turbulent moments on the sky, bagged two awards after it was voted Africa's leading airline and Africa's leading airline- Business Class.World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

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