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May
2017
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Essential Tips on Your First Trip to Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the few destinations in the world with many unique features. Its location begins its startling feature. The country is an Island nation that was once a part of a larger continent (Gondwana supercontinent) connected to Africa and India. Some million years ago, it pulled out of Africa and later India to …

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May
2017
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Festival Eritrea: Born In the Diaspora

Eritrea shares quite a lot of similarities with her older sister, Ethiopia in spite of the frosty relationship between both countries. Apart from using the same calendar, several cultural and religious festivals are celebrated in the same manner and time by both. These include: Meskel, Fasika, Lidet, etc. However, the Festival Eritrea is certainly not …

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May
2017
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City Icon: Aster Yohannes, Asmara

“We never argue, my wife and I; because she can shoot straighter and faster than I can.” – Petros Solomon (Aster Yohannes’ husband) Aster Yohannes has been a prisoner of conscience, held at an undisclosed location by the government of Eritrea since December 2003. Born in Asmara, Aster Yohannes was a 2nd-year student of Electrical …

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May
2017
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How Well Do You Know Asmara?

Recently, I had to address a group of students who major in tourism or tourism related courses. From our background conversation, I picked that many of them were interested in travelling and seeing the world, I also found out that some of them have not been able to travel beyond their country because of logistics …

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May
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Tsegna Zigni (Spicy Beef Stew)

Hello folks! It’s another Recipe Wednesday and we are glad to see another week to serve you with fantastic dishes from all around Africa. This week, we are in the Eastern part of Africa, in the largest city of the  capital of the country also known as ‘little Italy’.  We are in the city of …

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May
2017
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TAKING A SPRING VACATION IN ASMARA

Asmara is a city of many parts. Call it a showcase of Italian architecture or a contemporary medieval getaway and you won’t be wrong. Despite going through seasons of turmoil and unrest, Asmara has done a remarkable job with the preservation of its historical heritage. Little wonder this destination has now become the darling of …

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May
2017
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City Icon: PAPA WEMBA – King of Rhumba Rock (June 14, 1949 – April 24, 2016)

Known as the Kasai Nightingale, Papa Wemba, a frontline Congolese musician from DR Congo was the undisputed king of Rhumba Rock and also a stylish fashion icon who helped to popularise the La Sape look. Born on 14th of June 1949 in Lubefu, a community in the Sankuru District of Kasaï-Oriental (East Kasai), one of …

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May
2017
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Kinshasa Sapeurs: The Definition of Class and Elegance

It is the little things in life that matter, unfortunately, we hardly pay attention to those little things. To start with, when you dressed up today how much attention did you give to the label on your shirt, did it ever cross your mind to check if the bottom of your jacket is labelled and …

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May
2017
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7 Things You Should Know About Kinshasa

We’ve relished the fond memories of rumble in the jungle long enough. Remember that 1974 heavyweight boxing fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, which Mobutu Sese Seko used to bring Kinshasa on the international scene. Kinshasa, the host city, was then the capital of Mobutu’s Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though …

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May
2017
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Ma Dengn Beach Festival: A Coming Together

Freetown is one of West Africa’s most alluring capitals. Lively and calm, Sierra Leone’s largest city has a slew of lovely beaches and pretty mountains. In recent times, the country had suffered, first from a civil war and later the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. However, no matter how gloomy a situation may be, …

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April
2017
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HEALTH TOURISM – AFRICA’S ECONOMIC GAME CHANGER

PAN-AFRICAN HEALTH TOURISM BACKGROUND A significant new element of trade in health care has involved the movement of patients across borders in the pursuit of medical treatment and health; a phenomenon commonly termed ‘medical tourism‘. Medical tourism occurs when consumers elect to travel across international borders with the intention of receiving some form of medical ...

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April
2017
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HEALTH TOURISM – A FORCE FOR GOOD

...role of the African Diaspora In 2014 the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA) was planning to establish a Medical Zone in Addis Ababa, with the blessing and help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora Engagement Affairs Directorate-General. This initiative would help Addis Ababa become a Medical Health Tourism Destination. The Diaspora ...

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April
2017
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Festival International de Musique Symphonique d’El Jem: A Culture of Life

Music has a way of affecting people and influencing moods. Such is the magnetic pull that even without lyrics, or an understanding of the lyrics due to language barrier, good music has never ceased to inspire some reaction from the hearer. Such is the appeal that people throng venues to witness musical shows and concerts. …

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April
2017
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City Icon: The Amphitheater of El Djem, Tunisia

The town of El Djem (also spelt El Jem) located 62km from Sfax is home to the most impressive Roman monument in all Africa – the Amphitheater of El Jem. Built as a Roman settlements on the former Punic settlements in North Africa, El Jem known as Thysdrus by the Romans, became prosperous in the …

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April
2017
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CERF ISLAND RESORT, SEYCHELLES

Cerf Island Resort, Seychelles...a Perfect destination for a wonderful wedding, a quiet honeymoon or a relaxing holiday in a Tropical paradise with modern day comforts…. Situated at the entrance of the Marine National Park, the resort offers 24 exclusive and luxurious villas, within a naturally elegant setting. The resort boasts of two fine dining restaurants ...

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April
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Leblabi (Tunisian Chickpea Soup)

Hi folks! It’s another Recipe Wednesday and we are excited to bring you another yummy recipe. We do hope you have enjoyed our recipes so far and you look forward to each Wednesday like we do at Afro Tourism (yeah, you can tell we are foodies right?). This week we will be preparing something simple, Leblabi Tunisian chickpea …

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April
2017
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Explore Sfax, UNESCO’s 2016 Capital of Arab Culture

Sfax, UNESCO’s 2016 Capital of Arab Culture, is the gateway to the Tunisia’s south. Unlike Fez, Marrakesh and Casablanca, tourists don’t visit Sfax in large numbers but those who do always find it interesting. Many tourists who visit Sfax usually consider the city’s medina to be the most authentic medina in Tunisia. If you’ve ever …

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April
2017
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5 Things Tourists Can Do in Sfax

Sfax is a city organized around the sea; it is one of Tunisia’s largest cities and the country’s economic beating heart. The city has industries, farming and trading as its defining activities, but it is not a place solely for business travellers. Therefore, while you may visit the city on a business trip, relaxing in …

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April
2017
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For Business Travellers, Abidjan is Back in Business

About 5 years ago, Abidjan was on its knees as gunfire spread around while pro and anti Gbagbo forces were at war because the then president refused to leave office after he was defeated at the poll by Alassane Ouattara. Fast-forward to five years later, the once dreaded city is snowballing into the economic powerhouse …

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April
2017
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The Growth of Medical Tourism in South Africa

South Africa has been making medical advances towards medical tourism, with statistics showing that in 2012, between 300,000 and 350,000 tourists from all around Africa travelled to South Africa for medical treatment. In addition to shorter travel times than India, South Africa advertises the added allure of safaris and spas. African travelers coming to South …

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April
2017
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City Icon: Didier Drogba

All Hail Drog the King! One of Africa’s finest footballers of his generation, Didier Drogba currently plies his trade with Montreal Impact the Canadian Major League Soccer after an illustrious career playing in Europe. Drogba was born in Abidjan on March 11, 1978. Following Côte d’Ivoire’s qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, …

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April
2017
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Abidjan Zoo: a Symbol of Recovery

Merely looking into the eyes of CAN, one could guess the harrowing experience the elephant went through during the turbulent political crisis in Abidjan in 2010/11. The elephant was born in 1992, the year Ivory Coast won its first trophy, and was named CAN after the French acronym for the African Cup of Nations. CAN ...

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April
2017
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10 Holiday Options to Choose from in Kenya

Imagine a place with a perfect blend of beautiful coastline, awesome wildlife, nice mix of ancient practise and modern vibes, all in a scenic and serene environment. You’ve just pictured the magical Kenya. I haven’t met anyone who visited Kenya on holiday and return with regrets. Of course, there might be the usual culture shock ...

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April
2017
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25 Adventure Sites in Africa

Don’t just jump at every holiday offer; to help you prepare for your next big holiday trip, here are sites you should consider to add to your itinerary. These are without a doubt the best 25 adventure sites in Africa.    1. Kruger National Park, South Africa Arguably Africa’s most popular and largest game reserves and …

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