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Becca Blond, 8:09 am
The bustling port of Toliara is the region’s entry point and is worlds apart from the rural countryside. Bedecked in bougainvillea and jacaranda, narrow corridors wind through the city smelling of salty ocean water and fresh baguettes. There’s also a hint of ethnic spiciness and the air feels gritty. The wide boulevards are home to Arab and French architecture, with elaborate domed mosques sitting next to crumbling, whitewashed colonial buildings.
Karen Elowitt, 5:09 pm
Wildlife photography is all about being able to read animal behavior, says James Suter, a photo and video safari guide based in Cape Town. “We often chuckle at what clients say,” he told he told AFKTravel. Like “’Do wildebeest hunt in packs?” African wildlife guides are careful to not criticize humans unaccustomed to the wild. “Everyone who goes on safari wants to see a kill, then the most gruesome kill occurs in front of them and half the vehicle is in tears or wants to leave. Or we’ll come around a corner and see lions, and the guests will cower and hide.”
Joe Kennedy, 7:00 am
Climbing Egypt’s Mount Sinai on a camel means you get to experience one of the most biblical hikes on the planet without a workout. If you can’t climb, rent a camel and let it negotiate the switches for you through arid, craggy terrain, to the 7496-foot summit. Also known as Gabal Musa, it’s the possible location of the biblical Mount Sinai, mentioned many times in the Book of Exodus and the Quran. Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faith agree. Mount Sinai is where Moses received what forms the basis of law today: the Ten Commandments.
Sarah Duff, 7:00 am
Far from the crowds of the better-known South African attractions like Kruger Park, you can stay in charming guesthouses on macadamia farms. Stroll through the orchards, enjoy dishes cooked with the nuts at local farm-to-table restaurants and even get macadamia spa treatments. Going on a macadamia safari is a wonderful way to experience the pastoral beauty of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.
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