Derek Dias

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Sahel, World’s Great Biographic Transition

    things you didn't know about the Sahel By Derek Dias, 3:47 pm

    The Arabic word Sahel means shore or coast, and everyone knows coastlines recede. The name likens this band of scrub land stretching across Africa to a coastline separating the Sahara from the rest of the continent. The Sahara is encroaching on the Sahel, eating away at it mile by mile. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, the Sahel passes through more than a dozen countries. Seldom visited, it acts as a barrier between arid North Africa and the moister sub-Sahara. It’s home to plants and animals that exist nowhere else.

  • 15 Photos Of Rwanda That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    photos of Rwanda that will make your jaw drop By Derek Dias, 7:00 am

    One of the smallest African countries, Rwanda has a dark past. Genocide 22 years ago claimed the lives of nearly 1 million people. Foreign aid, strong leadership and a national resolve for unity and progress helped transform Rwanda into one of the most forward-looking countries in Africa. It is clean, safe and increasingly modern. President Paul Kagame’s vision is for the country to qualify for middle-income status by 2020. See for yourself. Check out these 15 photos and start dreaming about how you’ll make it to Rwanda.

  • 15 Reasons To Visit The Horn Of Africa? No. 1: Not Too Many Other Tourists

    Horn of Africa By Derek Dias, 7:00 am

    The Horn of Africa is home to three of the least-visted countries on the continent — Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somaliland. Overshadowed by Ethiopia, these Horn countries don’t get many tourists and there are good reasons why. There are also good reasons to go. All offer big adventures. Laas Geel is the highlight of Somaliland. Hire a guide, driver, and obligatory armed guard and set out through the desert to a series of caves housing the oldest rock art in East Africa. You’ll probably be the only tourist. Maybe your guard will let you shoot off a few rounds from his AK-47 if you ask nicely.

  • 15 Of Africa’s Most Impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    Africa's most impressive UNESCO By Derek Dias, 10:12 am

    Egypt isn’t the only African country with pyramids. UNESCO has designated 135 extraordinary sites on the continent you can add to your bucket list. Because of sanctions and Sudan’s human rights record, the Pyramids of Meroe in the Nubian Desert are a more recent addition you may never have heard of. The capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kush was the seat of power for the Nubian pharaohs — part of the same system of religion and rule in ancient Egypt. Meroe gets far fewer visitors because it’s in Sudan. If you make it, you will likely be one of the only visitors.

  • Welcome To The Jungle: Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Forest Park

    By Derek Dias, 5:32 pm

    Rwanda is criminally underrated as a tourist destination. Deep in the mountains of the country’s southwest, Nyungwe Forest National Park is the largest area of original montane rainforest left in East Africa — that’s forest growing at up to 10,000-feet altitude. Nyungwe offers amazing hiking, canopy walks, and the option to track chimpanzees. Hiking trails range from an easy 1.5 miles to the 25-mile Congo-Nile Divide Trail, which requires a guide and multiple overnight stays in the forest.

  • 12 Great African Empires You May Never Have Heard Of

    By Derek Dias, 9:47 am

    From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.

  • Diving Into Dakar: 15 Things You Have To Experience In Senegal

    By Derek Dias, 11:01 am

    When most people think of West Africa, Ghana or Nigeria come to mind. That, or unrest in certain areas. But Dakar, the capital of Senegal and the rest of the country have long been the thriving pulse of Francophone West Africa long before Accra was a tourist hotspot. Dakar has always had a vibrant nightlife, tasty bakeries and cafes (thanks, France), and culture to spare. It’s relatively safe, inexpensive, easy to reach

  • Eating Around Africa: 15 Foodie Destinations To Explore

    Eating around Africa By Derek Dias, 5:00 pm

    Johannesburg is a mix of everything — African, Dutch, English, Malay and other influences all mixed up in a pot. Potjiekos (pot food) is a culturally important South African dish cooked in a cast-iron pot. For the truly adventurous, try a smiley (cooked sheep’s head) or walkie-talkie (chicken feet stew). Africa’s culinary offerings are as diverse as its people and countries. With hundreds of different food styles, Africa should be on every foodie’s list.

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Algeria

    algeria By Derek Dias, 7:00 pm

    Being so immense, it stands to reason that Algeria has a lot to offer travellers. In fact, we could probably write a separate article for each topic, but for now you’ll have to be content with these 15 things you didn’t know about Africa’s largest country, Algeria.

  • 15 Of The Most Extreme Places In Africa

    extreme places in africa By Derek Dias, 9:50 am

    Africa isn’t really known for its subtlety. It is extreme in the best sense of the word in almost every facet. Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with its more well known destinations and picturesque spots. However, how many of you are familiar with the snowiest place on the continent? What about the deepest? Or most isolated? Read on to find out the most extreme places in Africa.