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April
2017
Ethiopian Easter

Easter in Bahir Dar

For this account of Easter in Bahir Dar, I think it’s best we start with a bit of history. Ethiopia’s history and historical sites where tourists regularly visit bear witness to the country’s status as an ancient cradle of civilization. The country is equally one of the earliest Christian nations in the world. Its long …

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March
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Kitfo & Coffee (Bahir Dar)

There is something about Ethiopia and food that just hits home with most people, from a well made cup of coffee made at a traditional coffee making ceremony to the buffet style serving that accompanies your meal order. Ethiopia remains the only African country that was never colonized, it also happens to be the highest exporter …

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March
2017
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Note from Bahir Dar: The Land of Natural Beauties.

People always talk about the beautiful Lake Tana, the wild palm tree-lined street that has earned Bahir Dar the tag ‘Ethiopian Riviera,’ and the monasteries, but the last time I was in Bahir Dar, I saw something more in addition to its many natural beauties; the Blue Nile Falls! This for me epitomizes the real …

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March
2017
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UGANDA MEMOIRS…

Back in 1908, a young Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda as the Pearl of Africa in his book My African Journey, but at some point in the nation’s existence it seemed that very pearl was being trampled underfoot during the tyranny of Idi Amin and the wars that ensued afterwards. However, those days are in the …

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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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My Day Out in Kampala

“Kampala is constantly changing,” my boda boda rider said as we began our tour. “If you leave now and come back in four months, you’ll almost be turned into a tourist considering the significant changes that would have happened”. As he spoke, I couldn’t help wondering if the hoards of hustling crowd in the city ...

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February
2017
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International Roots Festival (Gambia)

The end is better than the beginning of a thing, the popular saying goes. Which is why in spite of the horrors that form the historical background of the events of which gave birth to the International Roots Festival, the festival itself has become a celebration in commemoration of a homecoming and a return to …

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February
2017
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Recipe Wednesday – Domoda (Peanut butter Soup) Banjul, Gambia

Gambians are big on social interaction, so it is not a rare sight to see families eating from communal bowls during meal time. This reverence for social interaction amplifies the importance of greeting in Gambia, so that if you decide to take a trip there, you get travel advice that includes ‘always greet with a …

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February
2017
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6 Reasons Why You Must Visit Banjul

If you are looking for an ideal African destination, a getaway city to relax, catch fun and, of course meet new people and learn something new; then Banjul is your best bet. The city is an African gem on the coastline with beautiful beaches, nice weather, large shopping opportunity and all the flavour and culture …

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February
2017
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Creole Curry and Coconut Tea: a Foodie Exploration of Mauritius

While Mauritius is known for its sugary beaches and top-notch resorts, the tiny Indian Ocean island also has a rich food culture that is as alluring as its powdery palm-fringed sands. I’m not the kind of person who’s happy to lie on a beach lounger sipping cocktails for my holiday, so instead of staying in …

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January
2017
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Explore Mauritius – Africa’s Most Beautiful Island!

It will pass as Africa’s Hawaii; however, it is a destination that, while similar to other islands, is peerless amongst them. It is a paragon of excellence in travel. With stunning beaches and exotic cultural mix, serene atmosphere complemented by pleasing sunrises and winds, jungles, waterfalls, rainbows and interesting people, those who want to visit …

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January
2017
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Festival: MWAKA KOGWA, Zanzibar

Settling Scores with Banana Stems! The ushering in of a New Year in many parts of the world is often marked with great fanfare and festivities as the people look forward with excitement and great expectations that the coming year will be a lot better than the previous one. These festivals usually feature music, dancing, ...

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January
2017
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7 Reasons You Should Visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar produces the world’s largest cloves, and as a place I fell in love with while on my honeymoon there many years ago—it is a perfect destination if you are looking for fresh air, clean stunningly perfect beaches, unique culture, and delicious cuisine specially spiced with cloves! Yes, Cloves – those uniquely warm, sweet spice …

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December
2016
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10 Activities for the Whole Family in South Africa this Christmas & New Year

South Africa is always a great place to visit at Christmas and New Year holidays.  With December and January being the top summer months with hot and sunny weather, you’d be glad if you decided to travel with your entire family down to the lovely Mzansi. This spectacularly beautiful country is an easy choice for …

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December
2016
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Top Destinations in Africa at Christmas

Every year at Christmas time thousands of tourists fly to various countries in Africa to have their exotic and relaxing holidays. Christmas in Africa is a time of outdoor fun, due to the warm summer weather. Moreover, tourists to Africa during this time will observe the magnificent scenery whether it’s in a coastline near the …

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December
2016
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A Christmas Eve in Ghana

It was the night before Christmas in Ghana and I was very sad because my family life had been severely disrupted and I was sure that Christmas would never come. There was none of the usual joy and anticipation that I always felt during the Christmas season. I was eight years old, but in the …

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December
2016

Afro Tourism Road Trip to Ghana

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December
2016
Christmas Carols in Cape Town

The Joys of Celebrating Christmas in Africa

Christmas is widely celebrated in the continent of Africa. There are more than 350 million Christians living in Africa. As Christianity spread around the world, countries in south and northwest Africa adopted this religion as the dominating one and the number of Christians will rise even higher in the next decades. This is why in …

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December
2016
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Shades and Colours of Christmas in Africa

Christmas is about the biggest celebration that everyone looks forward to across the globe whenever December knocks. It’s December again and we just can’t wait to welcome Santa to our neighbourhoods. Have you considered celebrating Christmas outside your immediate environment? If you haven’t, this year could be your best bet yet. Unlike in some parts …

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November
2016
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Gorilla tracking in central Africa: why it was my best wildlife experience

Locking eyes with a wild silverback mountain gorilla in the jungle of Central Africa has to be one of the planet’s best wildlife experiences. Nothing else quite comes close. If you love wildlife, this should be at the top of your bucket list. I’ve been lucky enough to track mountain gorillas twice – once in …

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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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September
2016
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A Week at Algeria’s World Heritage Sites

Algeria is not one of the countries that sparkle tourists’ interest, but if you intend to visit important places in the world, then you can’t leave out this amazing country. To the authorities in Algeria, security is key, so don’t be put off if you have to face a little hassle with getting necessary clearance ...

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September
2016
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Sao Tome and Principe: Where Emerald Rainforest and the Atlantic Create Seductive Scenery

Sao Tome and Principe! I can almost hear you say where is that? That question goes with the name. Checked out on the map, the country occupies no more than a stamp size space. It is Africa’s second smallest country, and the least visited according to UNWTO. The Beauty Sao Tome and Principe is laid ...

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