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18D FAIR TRADE SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE

DAYS 1-3 : CAPE TOWN

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit. read more

23D SLOW TRAVEL MALARIA FREE EXAMPLE TOUR

DAYS 1-4 : CAPE TOWN

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit. read more

18D CULTURAL SAFARI – STANDARD OR DELUXE

DAY 1 : JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. read more

14D EASTERN HIGHLIGHTS STANDARD OR DELUXE

DAY 1 : JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa.Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction. read more

23D GRAND TOUR DELUXE



DAYS 1 – 3:JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
• ACCOMMODATION: The Peech Hotel
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Namibia 9th in Africa Investment Destination Rankings

NAMIBIA has been ranked the 9th most attractive economy for investments flowing into Africa.

This is according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab published on Wednesday.

Botswana topped the rankings as the most attractive economy for investments flowing into Africa.

According to the index, Botswana is number one based on a range of factors which include an improved credit rating, current account ratio, import cover and ease of doing business. read more

Budget Travel in Africa

south-africa1Africa can be expensive, but it is also incredibly cheap. The cost of day to day living, transport, and accommodation helps to make Africa a budget destination.What gets expensive are the cost of safaris,wildlife viewing and other adventure activities.

We must travel Africa with a plan of exactly what place you want to visit, what activities you want to do, and what your daily budget should be. You will have to give up luxury in some areas in order to be able to do more of the things .

Gorilla trekking in Uganda, white water rafting the Nile, and safaris in the Masai Mara,Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, and Etosha National Park are the main activities in Africa. All are expensive. So if you work this out,you can blow this really quicklyso carefull decisions must be made.

The following is just a general overview, I will be writing follow up posts with further information on each section below, including detailed information on each safari park.

Accomodation

All you need is a light weight tent, a sleeping mat, and a sleeping bag or sheet. Thus our nightly costs gets cheap. You’ll find most backpackers and hostels have areas set aside for campers, so you still get full use of the backpacker facilities, but at budget prices.

Hostels in Africa are better for backpackers to stay in. They are clean and staff are friendly, and there are usually a lot of activities going on that you can participate in with other backpackers. The costs of a backpackers increase in the larger cities and more expensive countries of South Africa and Namibia.

Food

Food choices for budget travel in Africa same as budget food choices backpacking in any country. It will be cheaper if you eat with locals or cook yourself=&0=&

Most African hostels will have kitchen facilities, and most of the markets and supermarkets provide cheap food options. We carried around two plastic bowls and spoons, a packet of cereal and powdered milk. This was our cheap breakfast every morning. Camping facilities usually have fire circles, so braais-A Typical South African Food- or barbecues are easy to do and cheap.

Usually hostels have restaurants where you can purchase food. It will be more expensive, but can be a nice delicious. Look out for drink specials as well. Be alarmed that if you order fries you could be waiting hours for it, particularly in Uganda where they don’t have the proper cooking facilities for it. Also carry a water filter with you to reduce the cost of bottled water. Africa is hot, you drink a lot.

Transportations

Transportation’s are typically cheap.But it comes at a different sort of price. Put it this way, you’ll get to know your heart and breath a lot better, and maybe have more conversations with those guiding forces from delicate lands.

In each town, local mini-vans will drive you to wherever you want to go from anywhere for cheap price. Mini-vans, otherwise known as matutus, or pick up trucks can also take you on longer distances between towns for a couple of bucks more.

Train journeys are infrequent,but more comfortable and safer. A second or first class sleeper is the best way to travel.

In South Africa, taking the on-off Baz bus,  is a comfortable and luxurious form of travel (after 4 months of pick ups it’s heaven).

Other Things

To stretch your money out and make up for the expensive safari days, there will be plenty of down days where you are only spending money on accommodation and food. You can get away with doing this for cheap, depending on your choices. Spend them exploring local villages, visiting markets, hiking mountains, lazing at beaches, and relaxing on the edge of lakes.

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Trump congratulated by three African presidents

Donald Trump has been officially elected the 45th of the United States of America. He has delivered a victory speech in which he has called for unity and reiterated his stance to ‘Make America Great Again.’

Congratulatory messages have been flying in for the next Commander-In-Chief of the US Armed Forces. Reports indicate that Russian president Vladimir Putin was among the first to send his felicitations. The Indian Prime minister also used twitter to send his congratulations.

What to Expect in Free Town?

Go fly to Free Town

Free town is a place highly submerged in the glory of history. History that must be remembered through times, this place is witness to revolutions, milestones of progress and civil war. It is the capital of Sierra Leone in West Africa, best known as the home of many freed black slaves from America and Caribbean and hence the name Free Town.

How is it as a destination?

One of the major tourist attractions here is ‘the cotton tree’, it was around this tree that the freed slaves built their houses when they first came here in the year 1792, there are also numerous churches and mosques which dates back to as old as 1820s.

Free Town has endured some really bad times with a 3 year long civil war which destroyed a lot of their infrastructure, the city deserves a salute for their positive attitude and hard work with which they are building everything to get back to square one.

As the city lies at the foot of the Peninsula Mountains, it is witness to some of the most beautiful locations and sceneries. Some of the finest beaches in Africa, Lumley beach, Lakka beach, No. 2 river beach and Toke beach are situated in this very place.

River No.2 Beach in Free Town

River No.2 Beach in Free Town

Some of the locations that are not be missed:

1.     Bunce Island is one of the most important historical sites in Africa. The slave forts of Bunce Island were the busiest in the then ‘Rice Coast of Africa’, sending countless numbers of captured slaves to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. The ruins play the role of testimony through time, though fairly large, they are completely overrun with vegetation, and long-awaiting restoration.

2.     The Banana Island is something most travellers miss out on, but is must for every tourist who wants to get away from the chaos of city life. There are 2 small beaches but extremely secluded, they also provide a scuba diving experience for those who want to see the beauty lying untouched deep inside the ocean.

3.     Going to the National Museum is a must, especially if you are passionate for tribal artefacts. There is the Hill Station Club and the colonial houses near about that area that lie untouched in its most natural state; it will give you an insight into the lifestyle of the past era.

history of free town, sierra leone

The base for higher education was setup here long ago; The Fourah Bay College was established in 1827 in Freetown and is the oldest University of West Africa. The population over here is mostly either Christian or Muslim, and they mostly speak ‘Krio’.

The weather is tropical with the usual monsoon from May to October. The landscape is hilly and located over sea shores.

So Free Town is basically a place for history and beach lovers. The best way to move around here is by a taxi and all the places worth visiting are located near about. With so much to look forward to, there must not be any more delays to book your tickets.

 

Travel to Botswana

Take a trip to Botswana

Botswana is a country best known for its peace and tranquility along with the wilderness. The amazing uniqueness of nature can be found in the landscape of Botswana, there are deserts, deltas, savannahs, grasslands and of course wildlife.

The famous African wildlife that you cannot afford to miss, where endangered animals like the African wild dog, blue wildebeest, antelopes, and other mammals and birds are found.

botswana safari camp

The Chobe National Park, is a very sought after tourist destination – it has the world’s largest concentration of African elephants. This park, spread over 11,000 km has over 360 species of birds. Moreover there are specialised sanctuaries for different species of animals as well as birds like the Khama Rhino Sanctuary famous for their rhinoceros and Makgadikgadi Sanctuary famous for their flamingos. So if you love the sound of nature and nned complete isolation along with the excitement of adventure you cannot afford to miss it.

For those in search of a rich cultural heritage and a taste for art must come to this place at least once, be it music or art or craft Botswana has it all. The music here is mostly vocal and performed sometimes without drums depending on the occasion; it also makes heavy use of string instruments. Not just the usual instruments, the hands are used as musical instruments to bring out rhythm.

botswana musical instruments

For those in search of some relaxing golf amongst the natural beauty, there are a number of golf courses which are maintained by the Botswana Golf Union. There is also ‘stay and play’ kind of facility; the Phakalane Golf Estate offers both hotel accommodations and access to golf courses.

There are a number of museums that give you an opportunity to get an insight into the rich heritage of Botswana’s art, music, culture, history and people. Some of these museums are Botswana National Museum in Gaborone, Kgosi Bathoen II (Segopotso) Museum in Kanye, Khama III Memorial Museum in Serowe, and Kgosi Sechele I Museum in Molepolole.

For all the ladies who want a detailed look into the diamonds they buy, Botswana’s Orapa mine is the largest diamond mine in the world. It is also estimated that it produced over $1.6 billion worth of diamonds in the year 2013.

diamonds from orapa mine in botswana

For staying, there is a flood of options, starting from top class luxury hotels to camps to safari lodges. The cuisine is spectacular with unimaginable spreads. Be it their local cuisine, fast food, Asian dishes or European, the options are a plenty.

No worries for the Visa, as citizens of the United States, South Africa, British Commonwealth countries, and most Western European countries do not need visas for stays of less than 91 days although passports would be required.

Botswana is sure to provide a unforgettable experience for all kinds of souls. From the carefree & wild to the culture lovers, throughout Botswana there is something for everyone.

 

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