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  • March 11, 2017
    Visiting one of Africa’s natural wonders – Victoria Falls

    Along with the Iguazu Falls at the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay; and Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi river at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia are ranked as some of the most spectacular falls in the world. Most travelers visiting the falls stick to the Zambian side, considering […]

  • November 30, 2015
    Tips for backpacking West Africa

    The famous violinist, Eugene Fodor, once said that “you do not have to be rich to travel well” and backpacking is the truest reflection of those words. Combine backpacking with Africa, and you will get an incredible journey that will not require a lot of money, but will make you richer with experiences. The main […]

  • July 20, 2015
    Air Kenya to halt operations on Masai Mara’s airstrip

    Citing lack of minimum safety standards, Air Kenya will halt operations into the Masai Mara’s main airfield, Keekorok, with immediate effect. This means that if you’re already booked on those flights, then you need to contact your tour operators or Air Kenya directly for alternate arrangements. Instead of Keekorok airstrip, Air Kenya will have all […]

  • January 27, 2015
    10 countries to visit, if you are seeking genuine experiences

    What are the top 3 countries you recommend to travelers and why? I have been asked some variant of this question often. Earlier I used to be uncomfortable answering this as I felt I had not seen enough. With 63 countries traveled in – on average twice to each of them – I can now […]

  • June 18, 2014
    South Africans will require a visa to travel to Kenya

    The Kenyan High Commission has announced that citizens of South Africa visiting Kenya will need a visa starting July 1, 2014. Ordinary visa applicants traveling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to pay a service charge of SAR 750 ($70). All applicants will be required to produce the following documents: 1. Return Air […]

  • July 29, 2013
    Botswana safari camp builds elephant bunker

    Senyati Safari Camp in Botswana has constructed an elephant bunker at their lodge near Kasane. It was a massive undertaking with huge earth works to dig a tunnel to allow people to walk quietly and unseen to the waterhole where they are allowed to watch and photograph wildlife at ground level. Senyati experiences hundreds of […]

  • December 10, 2012
    Rwanda will issue visa-on-arrival for all African nationals

    Starting January 1, 2013, all African nationals will be issued visa on arrival in Rwanda. This spares them of the often cumbersome, tedious, and at times intimidating process of having to apply weeks in advance to secure a visa. Rwanda’s immigration is one of the most technologically advanced, using biometric data and fingerprinting to allow […]

  • April 16, 2012
    Ten African nations to get free incoming calls while roaming

    Tourists and business travelers in ten African countries can now enjoy quick and substantial roaming savings while traveling from one country to another through free incoming calls to be shared by leading mobile service providers in Africa. This communication program was launched by Vodacom, a leading mobile phone company operating in Eastern and Southern Africa […]

  • January 23, 2012
    TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2012 – Results

    Cape Town is the best destination in the world; The Phoenix Resort in Belize is the best hotel; and the United States is home to seven of the top 25 beaches in the world. That’s according to travel review site TripAdvisor, which has released the results of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards, based on millions […]

  • November 29, 2011
    Mount Nyamulagira volcano in Congo attracts tourists

    An erupting volcano in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is turning the war-torn African country into an unlikely tourist destination. Tourists have been visiting the Virunga National Park on overnight treks and in increasing numbers to witness the latest lava eruptions, spewing red hot lava 300 meters in the air from […]

  • September 8, 2011
    Increase in Kenya’s park fees

    Visitors to Kenya’s national parks now pay US$80 per person, per day to enter into the prime national parks across the country, up from the discontinued low and shoulder season tariffs of US$60. “Our recovery is still ongoing; there are many factors out there which can set us back this year. We are ahead in […]

  • August 31, 2011
    South Africa revises Yellow Fever policy

    The Department of Health has informed South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) of the following amendments in its Yellow Fever policy: The Republic of South Africa (RSA) has reviewed its yellow fever vaccination requirements policy, which will be effective from October 1, 2011. As of October 1, 2011, all travelers from Zambia will be […]

  • July 12, 2011
    Travel to world’s newest nation: South Sudan

    African nation of Sudan recently broke up into two nations with the southern part claiming to be the world’s newest nation – South Sudan. Developed countries around the world have recognized this country, but they still warn citizens not to travel to South Sudan because of “extremely dangerous security situation, the risk of armed conflict, […]

  • June 20, 2011
    Guide to Riads in Marrakesh, Morocco (updated)

    A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, “ryad”. If you want to experience the Marrakshi hospitality then stay in a riad guest house and gain an understanding of Marrakesh behind those brass medina doors. Be aware that […]

  • May 25, 2011
    Egypt opens seven Pharaonic tombs to visitors

    Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities on Monday announced the opening of Pharaonic tombs to tourists after restorations had been completed. In a press statement, Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass said the tombs date back to Egypt’s New Kingdom period (1569 to 1081 BCE) and include the tomb of Horemheb, a general who seized power at the end […]

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