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Lucy Corne, 8:17 am
The last thing I wanted to do was tie up my hiking boots and climb the mountain where Moses is thought to have received the Ten Commandments. The hike is traditionally done before sunrise. We’d spent the night counting shooting stars, huddled under a rented blanket, bones chilled as only the desert can. Jews, Muslims, and Christians flock to this sacred spot. I am none of the above, and while religious sites often wow me, it is usually for their architecture. Hiking Mount Sinai was different. Orion and Sirius proved to be the best hiking companions you could ask for.
Staff, 8:01 am
Lying face-down on a stone slab, nearly naked, while a stranger thrashes at you might be a fantasy for some, but not for me. Yet I willingly signed up for the jarring experience — and, truth be told, enjoyed it. Welcome to a Moroccan hammam. Traditional bathhouses are a staple of Moroccan life. Each city’s ancient medina revolves around four neighborhood requisites: a mosque, a public fountain, a bakery, and a hammam — the last frequented by residents at least once a week for a thorough scrub. There are thousands of hammams to choose from.
Karen Elowitt, 8:37 am
From most angles, this sculpture looks like a bunch of jagged-edged steel columns jutting out of the Earth, but shift slightly to one side and a profile of Nelson Mandela appears. Located near Howick, the sculpture marks the spot where Mandela was captured and arrested in 1962. This arrest set in motion a chain of events that would make Mandela a legend: 27 years in prison, his evolution as a freedom fighter, and his subsequent release to become president of a newly democratic South Africa. The Mandela Capture Site and its themes of fracture and transformation are a top Mandela tourist destination in South Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 8:01 am
Sousse has some spectacular, if overcrowded, beaches. If you’re traveling independently, the best way to reach Sousse is by train. It’s a relatively scenic route through the Tunisian countryside, past olive and orange groves and small villages. Or you can jump in a “louage,” Tunisia’s much-loved shared transport. Just watch out for the crazy driving. Getting behind the wheel in Tunisia is no small thing, and can quickly descend into something resembling a video game. Once in Sousse, the best stretches of beach are around the hotels Movenpick and Marhaba Beach.
Dana Sanchez, 9:12 pm AFKI Original
Daniel Adidwa, founder and CEO of Tour 2.0, said he built a tourism company that creates new perceptions about Africa by exposing tourists to people living in communities once considered “no-go” zones. His tours of Alexandra Township — it’s next door to Sandton, Africa’s richest square mile — allow tourists to get an authentic experience of South Africa and its cultural diversity. Adidwa’s new Cocktails and Culinary tour of Alexandra continues to blast away at stereotypes.
Susan McKee, 8:04 am
A trip to Nairobi wouldn’t be complete without time spent in Karen, an affluent neighborhood of Kenya’s capital. The area has an English country feel. Houses are on five-acre lots with stone walls and iron gates. Many have stables. It’s still debated whether Karen is named for the author of the book, “Out of Africa.” One thing is clear. Karen Blixen is remembered here. The centerpiece of the neighborhood is her former home, now a museum. Much of the action in the 1985 movie starring Meryl Streep took place here.
Karen Elowitt, 8:01 am
Humans evolved with day-and-night rhythms of natural light-dark cycles. Most of us no longer experience dark nights. Exposure to artificial light disrupts our circadian rhythm, increasing our risk of cancer. Far from city lights, Namibia’s Sossusvlei Desert offers uncompromised views of the night sky. The Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an International Dark Sky Reserve. It’s almost totally free from light pollution. Located on the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, it has its own observatory and astronomers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:15 am AFKI Original
The African continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies on the planet, with numerous nations on the continent among the top 10 best performing economies globally. The best performing economies in Africa have benefited from government policies and structural reforms, which have resulted in strong inclusive growth. According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook for 2016, a long list of African economies were in line to achieve positive growth above 3% for the year 2016.
Karen Elowitt, 8:02 am
Lions had strayed out of Nairobi National Park and they were preying on livestock. After combing the area for three hours, we were unable to locate the culprit. A community member proposed using tracker dogs. Sure enough, the lion roared inside the bush and we called in the vet team for sedating and relocating it back to the park. After the vet darted the lion, the lion didn’t move. We thought it was dead. We approached on foot. In a split second, the lion roared, jumped over the vehicle and ran away with the dart still in him. We gave chase for a while, then the drugs took control and he fell down. We narrowly escaped death that day.
Julia Austin, 8:01 am
Botswana’s safaris are some of the most luxurious on the market, with prices to match. Rates at Wilderness Safaris’ Mombo Camp can start at $2,500 per person per night in peak season, but the wildlife experience is unmatched. Located in the Moremi Game Reserve in wildlife-rich Okavango Delta, their extravagant tents offer high-end amenities, knockout views, gourmet food and turn-of-the-century bush-camp atmosphere on steroids. Among the finest tented camps in the world, they’ve received top ratings from scores of publications and travel associations.
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