Tourism: Latest News
Joe Kennedy, 7:00 am
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to jump off a cliff into the sea, watch this video of local kids at Bat’s Cave, South Africa. Located in East London, Bat’s Cave is accessible only at low tide. The Bat’s Cave Trail in the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve winds along a boardwalk with breathtaking views, past an excavation site where the oldest known human footprints were found in 1964. Dating back 124,000 years, the site is still being excavated. The trail winds along sandstone formations through several coves and steep sandstone cliffs.
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.
Ishay Govender-Ypma, 7:00 am
People often drive past the town of Sedgefield, Africa’s first and only certified “slow town,” without stopping. They’re headed for other Garden Route destinations, like Knynsa. Sedgefield wants travelers to slow down and stop there, and it’s hoping to do that by marketing its slow town designation. To qualify as a slow town, Sedgfield must preserve traditional food, control growth, promote healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t hurt that the town is in an exquisite setting. “The people of Sedgefield wholeheartedly embrace the concept,” a tourism stakeholder said. “They love the values and live by them.”
Staff, 6:55 pm
Since Ghana’s most famous attractions are its slave forts and beaches, tourists tend to head west out of Accra. If you head east, you’ll find yourself in the Volta region. You’ll see fewer tourists and enjoy spectacular birdlife. Xavi, one of Ghana’s birdwatching hotspots, is home to 90 species including pygmy kingfisher, emerald cuckoo and yellow-crowned gonolek. Guests explore by canoe with a guide, floating peacefully down the Lotor River. Even if you aren’t interested in birds, it’s a wonderful trip that ends at an impressive stand of 60 baobab trees.
Staff, 7:31 am
Traditionally reliant on mineral revenues especially from diamond sales, the country is banking on the seemingly fast improving tourism sector to become a central plank of its economic strategy. Spurred by positive growth figures, blue-collar workers are busy building high scrapping hotels and convention centres, in a push to boost tourism as the government reduces its reliance on diamond revenues.
Mark Rausch, 7:00 am
Don’t pull over to pick up the Uniondale Hitchhiker. Legend has it that one cold Easter night in 1968, a young couple crashed on a lonely road at the Barandas turnoff in the Eastern Cape. The man survived, but his girlfriend’s life was cut short. She decided to stick around, however. Every witness says the same thing. They pick up a pretty brown-haired girl on a cold winter’s night. She gets in the car, laughs loudly, and disappears, leaving the scent of apple blossoms behind. She’s trying to get to her parent’s house to announce her engagement, you see.
Becca Blond, 5:20 pm
Dungeons on the Cape Peninsula is a cold and forbidding stretch facing directly into the Roaring Forties and the great Southern Ocean. Known for its monster waves. this is a spot best surfed in the winter storms, when swells reach 15-to-30 feet on the break. The water is cold, so you’ll need a wet suit. And nerves of steel. This is not for amateurs. Waves break a mile offshore next to a seal colony in some of the most shark-infested waters on Earth. You’re not just dealing with some of the world’s most powerful waves. Great white sharks are common in the area.
Staff, 6:23 pm
The Lekki Conservation Centre is one of the few natural relics in Lagos, and one of the city’s best kept secrets. Few Lagosians have any idea that it exists, let alone visit, though it’s been around for at least 25 years. That’s because they see Lagos as a completely built-up environment with little nature to spare. But after taking just a few steps into the 78-hectare wilderness, I feel the sound of honking traffic receding, replaced by ripples from the swamp water underneath the boardwalk. Soon the noise is gone and I am fully in nature’s embrace.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:40 am
Uganda, home to more than half of Africa’s bird population, seeks to earn over $700 million from its rich bird variety over the next decade, government officials said during the Africa Birding Expo held in Entebbe from 18-21 November. The East African nation hosted the event for the first time at Botanical Gardens in Entebbe and hopes to use the show to increase its tourism revenue.
Dana Sanchez, 3:53 pm
The RTS,S anti-malaria vaccine isn’t perfect. It showed an initial protection rate of around 31-to 56 percent, depending on the age of the patient, and seems to wear off after a year. Another vaccine developed in the U.S. showed better protection rates — as high as 80 percent — and longer-lasting protection. Used with bed nets and insecticides, RTS,S could provide a “very meaningful contribution to controlling the impact of malaria on children in those African communities that need it the most,” its maker said.
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