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February
2017
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The Fun of Driving Through Namibia

If you are wondering what to do on your next holiday, let me recommend a two-week experience in Namibia. I have been to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, even Swaziland and Lesotho, but somehow, Namibia had repeatedly escaped my feet until I broke the jinx last year. Don’t bother asking, the country is simply amazing. In ...

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February
2017
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Swakopmunder Musikwoche: Bridging the Gap

Located on the edge of the torrid Namib Desert where Antarctic currents and strong winds cool down the Atlantic Ocean on the coast, the German-named coastal Namibian town, Swakopmund is the venue of an interesting musical festival Swakopmunder Musikwoche seeking to bridge the rift between blacks and whites from an old backdrop of apartheid and …

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February
2017
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City Icon – Michelle McLean-Bailey, Namibia

“My priority would be with the children of Namibia, because (children) are the foundation of every nation.” – Michelle McLean Former beauty queen and model, Michelle McLean-Bailey became the first Namibian to win the Miss Universe title and the first person from Africa since Margaret Gardiner of South Africa clinched the crown in 1978. Born …

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February
2017
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Recipe Wednesday – Crocodile or Chicken Skewers with Cashew Nut Satay

Hello guys, It’s a new week of cooking and we are excited about what’s on the menu for today. This week we are making for another recipe Wednesday- Crocodile or Chicken Skewers with Cashew Nut Satay. Hopefully you tried last week’s fire cracker and your lips weren’t burnt too bad… lol. This week we are in the …

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February
2017
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Day Out in Windhoek

Images of wildlife, orange-coloured dune and semi-nude hunter-gatherers and Himbe women usually dominate search results for Namibia; you’ve just been ripped off if you’ve defined your impression of this beautiful country with those images. Anyone who arrives in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, can testify to the dramatic contrast between its development and those images, and ...

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January
2017
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Likumbi Lya Mize, Zambia: Rites of Passage

They are an interesting tribe and part of a Bantu people believed to have made their way from Cameroon to the area around the Upper Zambezi. Renowned as fishermen and peripatetic by nature, the Baluvale or Luvale people settled in northwestern Zambia and are one of the first tribes in Zambia to establish trade links ...

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December
2016
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How I Intend to Spend Yuletide in Kasane

Kasane, the jump-off site to many Southern Africa holiday destinations, has been on my bucket list for a while. This yuletide, I’ll finally get the chance to cross it out. I know the small Botswana town isn’t the typical place that defines a great holiday for many people, but as it offers me a fast ...

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October
2016
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MORIJA FESTIVAL, Lesotho: Unity in Diversity

Different festivals and celebrations from different places across the globe have different origins. Some are old with their roots steeped in ancient rites and mysticism passed down from generations to generations, while others are relatively modern; inspired by a yearning need to foster unity among the people by exploring their cultural heritage. The latter is ...

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October
2016
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City Icon: Sam Matekane, Lesotho

“When you have a vision, nothing can stop you.” Popularly known as Mosotho or Herd boy, Sam Matekane came from humble beginning to become one of the richest businessmen in Lesotho. There is little information about Sam Matekane’s childhood, except that he grew up in the mountains and had minimal education. Without formal business training ...

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October
2016
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Recipe Wednesday: Lesotho Chakalaka with Pap

Taking time out to make a meal from scratch can be quite a daunting task during a hectic work week, but this not stop by tastebuds from craving something fresh. So this week we will be eating a Basotho favourite made with carrots, tomatoes and bell peppers. It is a simple vegetarian dish of chakalaka ...

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October
2016
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8 Things to do in Lesotho

Lesotho is the only independent state lying entirely above 1,000m elevation. Its lowest point is 1,400m, which makes it the world’s highest lowest point. These facts should intrigue any avid traveller and I bet you are already imagining how it’ll feel to be in the country. Lesotho is also one of the three official Kingdoms ...

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July
2016
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Windhoek on Foot: a Brief Tour

Windhoek on foot; yes, I’m talking about a quick tour around  Nambia’s gorgeous capital, home to a little over 300,000 people. Colonized largely by the Germans, the city’s language, cuisine and architecture oozes lots of European influence. Nambia gained independence in 1990 and had Sam Nujoma sworn in as its first president after winning over …

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July
2016
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City Icon: Frankie Fredericks, Windhoek

Frankie Fredericks, Windhoek “I basically believe in the Heavenly Father, and I believe He gave us all these talent and I’m making the best out of it.” Former athletics world champion and four times Olympic silver medalist, Frankie Fredericks is the only man to have run the 200m (Indoors) under 20secs, holding the world record …

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July
2016
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8 Reasons to Visit Windhoek

The first attraction to anyone visiting Windhoek is its impressive and conspicuous cleanliness that places it among the cleanest cities in Africa. However, there is more to see and do in this city than just its neat and nicely paved streets. Below are 8 reasons to visit Windhoek.   1. Find Windhoek’s soul at Katutura …

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July
2016
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A Day Trip to Daan Vilgoen Nature Reserve

Beautiful. That’s the simplest word to describe this breathtaking destination. Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve is about 20km drive from Windhoek the capital of Namibia. If you’re looking for a day hiking trip with a hint of adventure, fun and excitement, please bookmark Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve right away. Walking in the park rather than sitting …

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July
2016
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City Icon – HRH Sikhanyiso Dlamini (Princess Pashu of Swaziland)

“I know that my mother has set the bar high for me, by being an advocate… I also want to contribute meaningfully to our beautiful country.” – HRH Sikhanyiso Dlamini (Princess Pashu of Swaziland) Princess Pashu radiates such an aura of brilliance and vibrancy around her that you cannot help but like her. Born on ...

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July
2016
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Recipe Wednesday – Sidvudvu (Pumpkin Porridge)

Hi guys! Hope you have been enjoying our Recipe Wednesday meals and been trying them. If you are new to this site, welcome. Every week we take you round Africa to whet your taste buds. We still have a lot to cover so don’t fret, there’s a lot to go through as yet. This week …

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July
2016
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Sights and Colours of Mbabane

South Africa may have appropriated every space in our mind about southern African; however, there are other fascinating places to visit in the sub-region, in fact, on pocket-friendly budget. Take Swaziland for example, the kingdom appears a mere postage stamp on the map, step inside and the landscapes will take you by surprise with its …

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June
2016
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Sanganai 2016: Award Night/Closing Ceremony

The 2016 Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority came to a close on Saturday night with an Award ceremony.  The even attracted government officials, bigwigs in the travel and tourism, as well as service providers in the hospitality industry.  Awards were given to several exhibitors in different categories, while the event …

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June
2016
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SANGANAI 2016 IN PICTURES – DAY 2

“This year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo is witnessing a huge improvement with participation of more companies. Statistics made available by the ZTA boss shows that 236 exhibitors, 35 companies from 11 countries and 128 buyers already registered for the events, while 33 international media alongside local media are covering the event.” To learn more about …

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June
2016
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Sanganai 2016: We are ready to go — ZTA Chief

The chief executive of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Karikoga Kaseke has re-emphasized his organization’s readiness to make the 2016 Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo a huge success. He stated this at an international press conference held in Rainbow Tower Hotel, Bulawayo, just a day before the big event starts. According to him, everything humanly possible to make …

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June
2016
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5 Reasons to be at Vilankulo

Vilankulo is a beautiful coastal town in Mozambique that many people consider no more than a gateway to other touristy destinations. However, Vilankulo itself is not a pushover, I was there and had a good time and I will like to share with you some of the reasons why Vilankulo is a perfect place for …

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May
2016
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Vilankulo: My day at a Mini-paradise

In Africa, there is a saying that when the desirable is unavailable, the available becomes desirable. This best explains why I recently spent an unscheduled weekend holiday in Vilankulo, but I must sincerely admit that what started with some trepidation ended up offering so much fun I wish I could stay a bit longer. If …

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May
2016
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THOUSANDS GATHERED AT INDABA 2016 TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN TOURISM

South Africa Tourism brought together media, travel trade and industry stakeholders to discuss the future of African Tourism. The event took place from the 7th -9th May 2016. The show was hosted at the International Convention Center, Durban, Kwazulu Natal. This top travel show explored issues such as ’’How Africans should control our own narratives’’. …

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