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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.
Dana Sanchez, 5:03 pm
Democratic Alliance opposition leader Maimane met this week with the Palestinian and Israeli business leaders to discuss how trade can be used for peace when politics fail. Zuma has endured overwhelming criticism from South Africans over corruption. Citizens voiced their displeasure at the polls in the August municipal elections. All major South African areas are now controlled by the DA except for Durban, Bloemfontein and Kimberley. Zuma needs a place to hide, a critic said. The narrative of the “oppressed” is a safe place for him.
Becca Blond, 8:09 am
The bustling port of Toliara is the region’s entry point and is worlds apart from the rural countryside. Bedecked in bougainvillea and jacaranda, narrow corridors wind through the city smelling of salty ocean water and fresh baguettes. There’s also a hint of ethnic spiciness and the air feels gritty. The wide boulevards are home to Arab and French architecture, with elaborate domed mosques sitting next to crumbling, whitewashed colonial buildings.
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.
hbarkan, 4:23 am AFKI Original
I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 with my mother and sister. I thought I was ready for the physical challenge. It took us six days to summit, starting in extreme heat. We drank six liters of a water a day to stay hydrated. On the last stretch before the summit, our water froze. We had hot chocolate, but I was unable to take off my gloves to drink it. All the food we had was frozen. The guides tell you repeatedly “pole, pole,” which means “slowly slowly” in Swahili. Once I got to the top I could no longer stand. My legs crumbled and I fell down.
Karen Elowitt, 5:09 pm
Wildlife photography is all about being able to read animal behavior, says James Suter, a photo and video safari guide based in Cape Town. “We often chuckle at what clients say,” he told he told AFKTravel. Like “’Do wildebeest hunt in packs?” African wildlife guides are careful to not criticize humans unaccustomed to the wild. “Everyone who goes on safari wants to see a kill, then the most gruesome kill occurs in front of them and half the vehicle is in tears or wants to leave. Or we’ll come around a corner and see lions, and the guests will cower and hide.”
Staff, 1:01 am
Obama should instruct the U.S. State Department to designate ivory poachers for what they are: Terrorist financiers and facilitators of ISIS- and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Make the life expectancy of poachers so short that no one will risk taking the job. And that requires a few well-placed military drone strikes on poaching camps from any number of our established drone bases in Djibouti, Niger, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Burkina Faso or the Seychelles.
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