Blog : Flights to Africa - Part 3

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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

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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

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Budget Travel in Africa

Africa 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.

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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.

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.

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.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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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Places to Visit in Cape Town during Spring

Cape Town – Nothing mirrors the promise of spring like Mother Nature’s own floral explosion as the Cape’s wild flowers burst into colour each spring.

In Cape Town, highway verges, road islands and green parks show off their own seasonal signals with arum lilies, disas and daisies.

Spring begins March 20. From a day out to a weekend trip or extended stay; Cape Town and the surrounding flower-gazing fields are the perfect place to spend time with nature this Spring.

With such a limited window of opportunity, it’s best to go sooner than later, before the rolling hills of colour disappear ahead of summer.

SANParks Sights of Interest

Flower Season at SANParks peaks during August and September. Some of the featured viewing sites include Agulhas, Bontebok, Namaqua, Tankwa Karoo and West Coast Park. A two hour drive from Cape Town, will take you into the heart of the West Coast National Park, one of SANParks’ favourite viewing sites amongst locals.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Led by The Botanical Society’s volunteer garden guides, each walk is adapted to meet the interests of the group. Walks are free but there is an entrance fee to the Garden.The well-known Cape Town tourist attraction hosts two daily walks, at 10:00 and 14:00 from Monday to Friday. There is an additional walk on Tuesdays and one walk on Saturdays. The latest addition to the garden, a 130m long Tree Canopy Walkway, also known as the Boomslang, can also be enjoyed while at Kirstenbosch at no additional cost.

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In the Karoo Desert National Botanic Gardens you will admire Namaqualand daisies in bloom and the magical koekerboom trees which are a must see when in Southern Africa too, so make sure you plan a visit of this beautiful landscaped botanical gardens when you live in Cape Town as it is only one hour away by car (120km north of Cape Town).

 

Hopefield Fynbos Show

Located right on the banks of the Zout River, approximately 120kms from Cape Town along the R45 route, this destination creates the ultimate journey on which you are likely to spot carpets of flowers under the sun. Taking place on the last weekend of August each year at the Hopefield Sports Club, the flower show draws hundreds of beauty-seeking tourists on an annual basis.

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden

Located in the coastal fynbos region of Betty’s Bay, the botanical garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools.

Visit now to see the garden at its lush and blooming best.

A Few other Flower shows that you can visit are:

  • Clanwilliam Flower Show
  • The HermanusBotanical Society Flower Festival
  • Darling Wildlfower Show

Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.

 

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The Highlights Of Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands are a region in the south of South Africa. The fertile soil and Mediterranean climate of the Western Cape, makes the Cape Winelands one of the most renowned wine producing areas in the world.  The Winelands boasts some of the most majestic scenery in South Africa. It is situated to the north-east of Cape Town and offers a beautiful landscape of wine hills and mountains.

There are more than 20 wine-growing regions surrounding Cape Town but the term Cape Winelands generally refers to the three most popular: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, each set in rolling countryside with spectacular Alpine-style views. The Cape Winelands are the most well-known in South Africa and include the Route 62 wine route which is said to be the world’s longest wine route.

The Franschhoek Wine Valley is also famous for its food and is acknowledged as the ‘gourmet capital of South Africa’.

The Stellenbosch Wine Route, South Africa’s oldest, was founded in 1971. JC Le Roux, a world-renowned sparkling wine, is produced here.

Paarl, the third-oldest town in South Africa, is home to the internationally renowned Nederburg Wine Estate, as well as numerous other premier brands.

The N2 highway carves and meanders for 800km between Cape Town in the Western Cape province and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The Garden Route – the name given to the stretch of forested, coastal area between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth – is the bright red cherry on this southern slice of Africa. The Garden Route offers a breathtaking journey from Cape Town past Stellenbosch and the Winelands down to the coast.

The Cape Winelands are easily accessible from Cape Town via car and tour bus. The classic Cape Wineland towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek are easily accessed by regular half-day and full-day tours conducted in modern mini buses or sedan cars. The main routes through the Winelands are on the N1 and N2 highways.

Not to Miss in the South African Winelands

  • Taking a guided bike tour between the area’s standout estates, then pairing local wines with local cuisine at one of its top-flight restaurants
  • Exploring the area’s untamed beauty at the Paarl Mountain Natural Reserve
  • Stroll through historic towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek along streets of quaint boutiques, eateries and more

The Western Cape is the largest wine producing region in South Africa and produces about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually. With the increasing popularity of South African wines worldwide, it’s not surprising that the South African wine industry plays an increasingly significant role in the national economy.

It would be apt to say that wine-making and of course wine-tasting are very much a part of the Western Cape culture and experience. A visit to the Cape would simply not be complete without experiencing the tranquil beauty of the wineland areas.

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Cape Town – South Africa

Cape town is the legislative capital and one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. It was recommended by The New York Times as a best place to visit in 2014. It is also the top city voted by the reader’s for the Telegraph Travel awards 2014, the third year in row. This talks volumes about the Travel options and the Cape Town Tourism standards.

Cape Town a beautiful city with mountains, ocean, vineyards and great infrastructure that has made it so popular among tourists. The city also enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, making it even more favorable to visit.

The Table mountain sprawled on one side of the city is a wonderful sight to anyone who comes into the city. On the other hand, the mountain top offers a breath-taking view of the dwarfed city and the historical Robben Island on the Atlantic. A part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine protected area is the Boulder beach that is home to the endangered African Penguins. A small fee to manage the area is charged to get a closer view of these interesting beach penguins. But be wary of their nasty nip!

The Cape Point, a World Heritage Site, is the most southerly point within the Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Cape town is spoilt with choices and also arguably the food and dining capital of the county. The FIFA 2010 was hosted here and thus the choice of accommodations and ways to travel around the city are plenty and safe too.

The Cape Town International Airport is 20 km away from the city and can be reached in metered taxis, hired cars or the Myciti bus shuttles. It is the second busiest Airport in South Africa and is very convenient to travel from. British Airways offers 2 direct flights and Virgin Atlantic runs a seasonal flight to the city from London-Heathrow Airport. Book with Flights to Africa to get the best deals on your tickets to Cape Town.

Points to Note while travelling to the city:

  • The South African currency is the rand (ZAR). Due to foreign exchange regulations, the use of foreign currency in South Africa is illegal. For example, do not offer to tip your bellman in Pounds, as he will not be able to exchange it to his currency legally.
  • Credit Cards are widely accepted throughout Cape Town. Like the United States and Europe, there are more places that accept VISA and Mastercard than American Express, but the use of credit cards is ubiquitous. The need for cash is minimal.
  • Note the change in electrical sockets  type and carry travel adapters to plug in your electronics into their “Type M” sockets. (Electrical Outlet: voltage: 220/230/250 V)
  • South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road, are therefore right-hand drive vehicles, the gear shift being operated with the left hand. Follow the road safety rules to ensure a comfortable drive.
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