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June
2017
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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Okavango Delta, Botswana

“All rivers run into the sea…” that is the natural course. However, the Okavango River is referred to as “the river that never finds the sea”. Strange movements in the earth’s crust dating back to about 40,000 years resulted in the blockade of the river, causing it to empty itself into a swamp in the …

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22

June
2017
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City Icon: Mpule Keneilwe Kwelagobe (Miss Universe 1999)

In 1999, 19-year old beauty queen from Botswana, Mpule Kwelagobe was crowned Miss Universe to become the first African-born Black woman to win the coveted title. Born the youngest of three children on November 14, 1979 to Justice Mothusi Kwelagobe and his wife, Dibelang Montshosi; Mpule was just a 17-year old high school student when …

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21

June
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Botswana Beef – Seswaa with Sadza

Botswana is a country in the southern part of Africa, famed for its natural reserves of the big 5, boutique tourism, diamonds and dry landscapes. This country knows a thing or two on how to make a great African recipe. Food is important in every culture and there is no doubt that Seswaa is on …

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19

June
2017
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Walking Safari in the Okavango Delta

Most river deltas flow into an open sea not so with the Okavango River. This river empties onto an open land, flooding the Savannah and creating an immense oasis spreading about 6500sq. miles. This is the Okavango Delta which is listed among the seven wonders of Africa and is the 1000th site to be named …

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June
2017
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24 hours in Lome

Tucked just next to Benin Republic in between Ghana and Nigeria, Togo is a small West Africa country you’ll hate to miss. Once labelled the “pearl of West Africa”, Togo attracts people to itself via its beaches, colourful markets, friendly people and the scenery in its north—the hills, plateaus and mud-brick houses that dot the …

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7

June
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Gboma Dessi – Lome

Hi folks, it’s another Wednesday, another recipe. We do hope you have been trying out dishes for yourselves. Let us know if you would like any special recipe we can put up for you. Our destination this week takes us to one of the many francophone cities in West Africa, Lome. Our recipe today is Gboma Dessi, …

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6

June
2017
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Exploring Lome’s Markets

Anyone visiting Lome will find quite enough interesting spots there to visit, for me the city’s markets got my attention. The two markets I visited are the Grand Marche and the Akodessewa fetish market. They are probably the only main markets in the city, the former sells general goods while the latter has specific focus. …

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5

June
2017
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Tourism Panel: Upgrading the Africa Travel Experience

Over the last decade, Africa has experienced enormous growth in tourism which has fueled demand for technology solutions. Attracting more international travelers hinges on an improved customer experience, from obtaining visas to booking hotels. To increase the competitiveness of tourism in Africa, decision-makers from the public and private sectors need to continue to focus their …

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June
2017
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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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30

May
2017
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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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24

May
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Malagasy Cake – Madagascar

Hello folks! Another recipe Wednesday means another Wednesday to wet your taste buds and there is definitely something sweet on the menu today. Our destination this week takes us to the largest island in African and fourth in the world, Madagascar. It is truly a place to behold. Thinking of white sand, unpolluted water, untapped …

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23

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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18

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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18

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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17

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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16

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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15

May
2017
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Taste of Africa’s “Little Rome”

Asmara, Eritrea’s isolated and picturesque capitals, is a beautiful and crime-free city that many will hardly believe exists in Africa. The city’s defining attractions are its incredible architecture, the most iconic being the Fiat Tagliero building, which was designed in 1938 when Eritrea was an Italian colony. A tour of the city unveils a place …

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15

May
2017
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No price increase for gorilla tours in Uganda

The Uganda Government has confirmed that it will maintain the fee for mountain gorilla trekking and promises there will be no price increase in Uganda. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that tracking charges will be maintained during the peak season and discounted in low season. In Uganda, sustainable gorilla tourism is a major …

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13

May
2017
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Quick guide to DRC’s safe and touristy destinations

The towering status of Kinshasa makes many visitors think of Democratic Republic of Congo solely through the eyes of Kinshasa. Of course being the third largest city in Africa and the way it has set the tune in central Africa makes the city a force to reckon with, however, not many people will easily pick …

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12

May
2017
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Walter Mzembi’s official pitch for UNWTO Secretary general delivered

The Hon. Walter Mzembi just delivered his official pitch to become the next UNWTO Secretary-General to delegates attending the Executive Council meeting in Madrid at the Melia Castilla Hotel. The transcript of his address he gave shortly after 10.30 am this morning. Your Royal Highness Excellencies, Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen The global environment which …

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12

May
2017
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UNWTO Election: Former Seychelles candidate emotional farewell

Alain St. Ange, the former minister of tourism for the Seychelles worked hard to present his “tourism for all” campaign to the world. Having a welcoming vision for the future of global tourism from a candidate representing a country that had a message to the world for many years: ” Friends with everyone, enemies of none,” …

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11

May
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Poulet à la Moambe with Kwanga

Cooking an African recipe is often a multiple dish affair, given that a lot of the main soups and sauces need an accompanying dish. This is why Africans are famous for eating various outputs of cassava tubers, yam tubers, rice flour and wheat flour that are not common staples of the world at large. These …

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11

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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