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Dana Sanchez, 1:00 am
Locals tell the weather by the clouds swirling around Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Don’t be surprised if driving directions involve phrases like “drive away from the mountain.” You can’t overstate Cape Town’s beauty. The city is built around its single greatest feature — Table Mountain. Its trailheads are usually just a short drive from most city hotels, which can be a problem. Because it’s so accessible, tourists often underestimate Hoerikwaggo, San for the Mountain of the Sea.
Joe Kennedy, 2:02 pm
The 28-mile Fanie Botha hiking trail is considered one of South Africa’s best. One of the country’s first officially designated hiking trails, it was originally imagined as the start of an Appalachian Trail-inspired hike stretching from the Soutpansberg in the north to the Eastern Cape escarpment. The big dream wasn’t realized but you can hike the Fanie Botha, named for the man who pushed for a national hiking trail system. Hikers often start in the town of Sabie. Four huts can be booked to spend the nights along the way.
Guide To Kairouan, Tunisia: ‘If It Looks Like You’re Staying At A Nice Resort, You’ll Pay Higher Prices Here’By Kate Thomas, 8:01 am
The road is short from Sousse, Tunisia, to the Islamic city of Kairouan. Just 32 miles separate the two, lined with dusty olive groves baking in the Tunisian sun. And yet Kairouan’s Mosque of Uqba, the world’s fourth holiest site according to Muslim scholars, feels a world away from the clubs and 24-hour bars of Sousse. As my taxi driver pulled up in front of the mosque, he recited a line from the Koran and urged me to remove my wristband from the hotel in Sousse. “If it looks like you’re staying at a nice resort, you’ll pay higher prices here,” he confided.
Staff, 2:20 pm
It’s somewhat disconcerting to look at gazelles with the roar of traffic as your soundtrack, or see a line of skyscrapers on the northern edge of the park, but this is Africa. If you’re visiting Nairobi and don’t have time to head out into the bush, you’ll find one of the best urban wildlife parks in the world just a few miles from the city’s central business district. All you need is a few hours. At the Nairobi National Park, I saw giraffe, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, baboons, impala, a rhino and her baby, and — unexpectedly — lions mating.
Staff, 4:14 pm
Seeing goats in trees never gets old. Learn how to pour a proper mint tea and see goats hanging out in a tree on a mountain biking trip through the Atlas Mountains. As part of a two-week trip around Morocco, cinematographer Evan Burris Trout did a four-hour Atlas Mountain bike trip. He visited a mountain souk, learned about local customs and experienced Moroccan hospitality during a delicious home-cooked meal at a mountain vacation rental home.
Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 1:11 pm
There’s more to Libya than deserts and dictators. You can sunbathe on bountiful — and empty — beaches. More than 1,200 miles of beaches line the northern Libyan coast. When city-dwelling Libyans want to get away, they prefer going to the countryside than to the beach. Visitors who know this can have the beach to themselves, and possibly get the added bonus of an ancient Roman site to explore next door. Guides are required when travelling in groups.
Kate Thomas, 8:03 am
Forty kilometers off the coast of Vilankulo, you’ll find luxury island eco-retreats like Azura. Its 16 villas — $550 per person per night — each have a private infinity pool, curved tub and outdoor monsoon shower. For your money, you get your own private butler, usually a Benguerra islander who will greet you with champagne from the owner’s French vineyard and organize every detail of your trip. At dusk, tables are laid on the sand beneath the stars, and the chef serves fine food made with simple, fresh ingredients.
Alexis Borochoff, 7:43 am
Owls have been feared since ancient times, considered symbols of death or bad omens. Some Swahili believe owls bring illness to children. In parts of Cameroon and Nigeria, some consider owls right up there with Voldemort in the Harry Potter series — too evil to name. But owls also have fan clubs — birders who have the passion and means to travel to Africa and look for owls on birding tours. If you don’t agree that owls deserve their bad reputation, owls can be quite amusing. Here’s a little levity on the topic.
Karen Elowitt, 12:01 am
In the 1920s when this photo was taken of a Xhosa man with a pipe, the South African government was busy reinforcing the foundations of apartheid. The government reserved skilled work for whites and denied black workers the right to organize. Legislation in the Natives Urban Areas Act of 1923 entrenched urban segregation and controlled movement by means of pass laws. The hated pass laws were designed to force blacks into labor and to keep them at wage levels that suited white employers.
Staff, 8:31 am
Much of the affection towards central Abuja has to do with its relative calm compared to Lagos. The infrastructure is better with most streets paved. Reliable power can be an issue but where there’s a dead stoplight there’s a traffic warden. There’s less concern about crime here with security high due to the many embassies and government buildings. Still you’ll find security walls around major hotels and random police checkpoints around the city after dark. But one feels safer walking down a random street in Abuja versus Lagos.
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