Tourism: Latest News
Alexis Borochoff, 7:00 am
Few indigenous tribes in Africa are as focused on beauty as the Wodaabe people, nomadic cattle herders and traders of the Sahel. Looking good is the norm for the Wodaabe, known as some of the most beautiful people in Africa. When a Wodaabe youth turns 15, he officially becomes a man and gets a cow and a communal celebration. Now begins the work of making himself more attractive to please women.
Lara Moses, 7:00 am
Made up of 10 volcanic islands, Cape Verde offers up plenty of beautiful dive spots with caves, wrecks, walls, and coral reefs. The dive sites are fairly close together, making them easy to access with short travel times. The most famous is Buracona off the island of Sal. Divers enter the cave at 26 meters and are guided along a huge cathedral-like space up to 7 meters. The highlight of this dive is the strong light that beams through the top of the cave to illuminate the inside.
Joe Kennedy, 7:00 am
Known as the mountain kingdom, Lesotho is the highest country on the planet and rich with dramatic scenery. Its lowest point is 4,593 feet above sea level, and 80 percent of the country is above 5,906 feet. Completely surrounded by South Africa, Lesoto couldn’t be more different. It’s considered a greatly underrated travel destination — safe, affordable, culturally rich and easily accessible from Durban and Johannesburg.
Lindsay Seegmiller, 7:00 am
Given that it’s a long, slow trip from Tana to Fort Dauphin, it’s no surprise most tourists opt for the two-hour flight instead. But by taking the bus, I was inadvertently claiming solidarity in the hardships and challenges the Malagasy face on a daily basis. My friend and I never intended this to be more than a thrifty move, but for our fellow passengers, it showed respect and interest in their way of life. “Most vahaza (foreigners) don’t make this trip. But you, you’re Malagasy. You ride the bus with us,” a local bus rider said.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:05 am
Mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, received a boost in Uganda after the nation’s wildlife conservation agency discovered three new-born in as many months, adding to the growing population after years of decline in its population. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) made the discovery on Friday morning in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Becca Blond, 1:36 pm
The middle of nowhere, Botswana: No one would be crazy enough to build a hotel here. The book says 25 kilometers. We’ve gone 23. Panic sets in. “It’s dead straight in all directions and I don’t see anything that even closely resembles a life form, let alone some desert oasis,” my companion says. “I think we should turn around. You know what the book says about pans.” The book in question is a Lonely Planet guide. We are trying to find a backpacker-style hotel. It said we’d be following a rough cattle track, but this feels more like four-wheeling across the moon.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:51 am
South Africa’s minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, has been linked to the illegal poaching of rhinos in the nation, alongside top-ranking officials of the Chinese presidential delegation in an investigate expose by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. A Chinese rhino horn trafficker, Guan Jiang Guang, who also owns a massage parlour in Mbombela, said he has close ties with the minister
Lucy Corne, 7:00 am
When I got offered a one-night stay at a trailer park called Old Mac Daddy in Elgin, South Africa, I pictured a mobile home with the bare essentials – a bed, a tiny bathroom, a mini fridge. Instead, what I found on this working farm was 12 pimped-out luxury Airstream trailers, each with a different theme. Old Mac Daddy is on a hill overlooking a dam. It’s more like a luxury lodge with private chalets on wheels than a trailer park. Each Airstream trailer is decorated by a local artist. It’s one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had.
Ishay Govender-Ypma, 7:17 am
The narrow cobbled streets are alive with the colors, smells, and essential rawness of market life. Vendors hawk breakfast breads, olives and live chickens. But we are late for our cooking class at Clock Café, and cannot linger. Donkeys and mules laden with pails of milk are led slowly through the streets. In the gentle lilt of Moroccan Arabic, the donkey minders shoo us out the way. Men and women in plain djebella are buying their breakfasts. It’s a rhythm of the everyday here in Fez. Food is bought fresh. The customers know the vendors by name.
Staff, 7:07 am
Built by the Portuguese as a trading post in 1482, Elmina Castle became one of the most important stops on the Atlantic slave trade route. When the Dutch took it over, they continued the slave trade until 1814. In 1872, Elmina became a British possession. After Ghana gained independence in 1957, Elmina Castle became a historic tourist site recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s the oldest European building below the Sahara Desert. Watch students from the University of Oregon as they retrace the footsteps of slaves at Elmina Castle.
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