Tourism: Latest News
Karen Elowitt, 1:01 am
Africa’s vast landscapes beckon, but sometimes the roads themselves are the attraction. Angola’s Serra da Leba Pass is a favorite with cyclists. The most challenging part of the 6,053-foot climb is a one-mile section with 7 hairpin turns — one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world. Located 20 miles west of the city of Lubango on the road to Namibe, the road crosses three different climate zones. There’s little room for error on this road, which offers not much guard-rail protection and has been the site of many fatalities. You might want to give it a miss on a windy day.
Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 8:01 am
In Namibia, where driving distances can be vast, a lodge that offers a range of activities ensures everyone has a great holiday. Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is 50km from town on a gravel road leading to the red dunes of the Kalahari. You arrive at a farmhouse to welcome drinks and friendly animals like Skunky, a tame springbok who hangs around in the lounge. There is a treatment room for massages, a pool, and telescope for stargazing. Guests can go for game drives in the reserve, walk with resident San people, go horseriding or feed orphaned cheetahs. Stay an extra day to enjoy the silence of the Kalahari.
Staff, 8:01 am
Traveling in the spirit of ubuntu can mean trying local African beers, wine and spirits instead of international brands, says scientist and travel expert Louise de Waal. It means you’re supporting the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint. Most African countries have their own beer brands — Tusker in Kenya, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Windhoek & Tafel in Namibia, and Kuche Kuche in Malawi. Try South African amarula liqueur, Malawi gin or Tanzanian Konyagi. Craft breweries are on the rise in SA, with labels like Jack Black, Darling Brew, Porcupine Quill, and Smack Republic.
Dana Sanchez, 12:25 pm AFKI Original
Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, some members of the international community including the U.S. have accused Iran’s government of sponsoring terrorism. South Africa is not one of the accusers. On the contrary, South Africa is expanding trade and defense commitments with the Islamic republic, with plans to expand tourism ties between the two countries. A potential loss of tourists to the U.S. from Muslim-majority countries could be South Africa’s gain as President Donald Trump attempts a travel ban and threatens to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.
Staff, 8:00 am
Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells a TED audience how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if you hear only a single story about another person or country, you risk epic misunderstanding. For example, she says all she knew about Fide, a worker in her parents’ home, was how poor he was. When she visited his village, she saw a basket his brother had made. “It had not occurred to me that anybody in his family could actually make something,” she said. “All I had heard about them was how poor they were, so that it had become impossible for me to see them as anything else but poor. Their poverty was my single story of them.”
Becca Blond, 8:08 am
A five-minute drive from Victoria Falls, Lokuthula Lodge — its name means “place of peace” — is a good fit for families. The 31 thatched-roof bungalows are made from natural materials to blend in with the environment. Warthogs, bushbuck and mongoose graze on well-manicured grounds. Guests have views of the unfenced Zambezi National Park with baobab and mopani (balsam trees). If you’re headed to this beautiful southern African country and are looking for a place to sleep – be it in Harare, Bulawayo, Hwange or Victoria Falls — we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 places to stay in Zimbabwe.
Dana Sanchez, 9:59 am
The waves seem to roll down the coast for miles. The water is cold and great white shark-infested, “but those barrels are oh, so inviting; inviting enough to forget the sharks, take the beatings, fight the current and try to pump that little rubber body of yours out the other side.” Skeleton Bay has been identified as one of world’s 10 sharkiest spots that you can’t help but surf. Its waves are “reeling, pale green lefthand zoomers that cull all nonsense and set the brain to froth overload … going and going like the Energizer Bunny.” There have been no recorded shark attacks there yet, “but ask anyone who’s surfed there and they’ll tell you: The vibe is there.”
Dana Sanchez, 2:29 pm
Prices rose even faster than in December, when inflation was 24.3 percent — the highest since January 2011 when the Arab Spring uprising was at its height. Food prices have gone up more than other goods, rising by 38.6 percent year on year. Tourism, one the main sources of foreign currency, has been hit hard by jihadist insurgency. The number of tourists visiting Egypt in 2016 was 46 percent less than 2015. This decline is attributed to Russian and British flights being suspended following the Metrojet flight crash in the Sinai.
Becca Blond, 8:01 am
Until I saw a lemur in the wild, I wasn’t sure what the fuss was about. They look cute in photos, but surely I’d be more excited to see a leopard or a cheetah than spend a day tromping through the bush looking for a small, cat-meets-monkey-type creature. Then I saw my first ring-tailed lemur. Its liquid eyes stared directly into mine before it flipped its tail and bounced away. I was hooked. Lemurs are addictive. Once you see one, you become obsessed with seeing more. Since there are 50 varieties, you can spend an entire trip rambling around the countryside trying to Instagram them all. After all, you’re in Madagascar, and safaris here often mean trekking.
Dana Sanchez, 3:39 pm
Tourists seeking an animal encounter can dive with Cape fur seals throughout the year at South Africa’s Plettenberg Bay. There’s a boat excursion to a marine protected area near Robberg Nature Reserve where visitors can jump into the water and swim with the seals — often babies, and often playful. Before you go though, definitely read the reviews at TripAdvisor. Here’s what one recent visitor said after going on this excursion: “You get super close to the seals. Sometimes when you hold still, they even gently touch you with their nose.” Not all the reviews are glowing.
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