Tourism: Latest News
Colin Kilkelly, 7:00 am
Merzouga, a bustling desert town, is the jumping-off point for journeys into the desert. You’ll need a 4×4 and a local driver. You can feel the sand, soft as talcum powder, sucking the vehicle down as you cross the wadi. The locals are friendly. They’ll invite you for tea in exchange for cigarettes. Nomads have been living here for millennia, but the rhythm of life is the same as it ever was. To be a nomad is the pinnacle of Arabian nobility. The Prophet himself was a nomad. In ancient times, it took camel trains two months to get from Merzouga to Timbuktu. Now the same journey takes two days in a 4×4.
Linda Markovina, 7:00 am
In the Ugandan dialect of Lukiga, “bwindi” means “dark place.” A “dark place” could not be more apt to describe Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you veer off the well-trodden path and into the jungle. With an untrained eye, you’ll probably only spot a gorilla when it’s close enough to feel its breath. Gorillas and humans are on each other’s doorsteps. The challenge? Finding ways for humans to meet their basic needs without competing with gorillas for limited resources. In Uganda, gorilla tourism contributes more than half of total tourism revenue. There are about 700 highland gorillas left in the world. About half live in Bwindi.
Derek Dias, 7:00 am
The Horn of Africa is home to three of the least-visted countries on the continent — Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somaliland. Overshadowed by Ethiopia, these Horn countries don’t get many tourists and there are good reasons why. There are also good reasons to go. All offer big adventures. Laas Geel is the highlight of Somaliland. Hire a guide, driver, and obligatory armed guard and set out through the desert to a series of caves housing the oldest rock art in East Africa. You’ll probably be the only tourist. Maybe your guard will let you shoot off a few rounds from his AK-47 if you ask nicely.
Rebekah Kendal, 4:11 pm
While the rest of South Africa shivers through winter, KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast enjoys balmy temperatures. From the Tongaat River to the Tugela River mouth, this is the perfect destination for relaxing with a fishing pole, or for more adrenalin-pumping outdoors activities. A 15-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport, fast-growing Ballito is an ideal base to explore the Dolphin Coast. A surf camp close to Shaka’s Rock Beach offers accommodation for surfers and surfing safaris to the best spots along the coast.
Joe Kennedy, 7:00 am
Climbing Egypt’s Mount Sinai on a camel means you get to experience one of the most biblical hikes on the planet without a workout. If you can’t climb, rent a camel and let it negotiate the switches for you through arid, craggy terrain, to the 7496-foot summit. Also known as Gabal Musa, it’s the possible location of the biblical Mount Sinai, mentioned many times in the Book of Exodus and the Quran. Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faith agree. Mount Sinai is where Moses received what forms the basis of law today: the Ten Commandments.
Staff, 3:32 pm
Lagos is not a walkable city. Few points of interest are within walking distance. While there are tourist friendly areas like Surulere and Victoria Island, there is no central museum or tourist district. You’ll need to take a car almost everywhere. Though there are many horror stories about the traffic and public transport, most are exaggerated. It’s true that traffic in the city can be terrible, but it can also be quite light, and getting around doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Some careful planning around rush hours and mode of transit can mimimize most of the congestion in your journey.
Dana Sanchez, 2:50 pm
London-based discount airline Fastjet is seeking another injection of capital and trying to stabilize its business by cutting unprofitable routes. It’s hoping to add internal South African flights — a crowded market but one it said it can’t ignore. Fastjet was engaged in a price war with Kenya Airways. Now it’s cutting routes. Traded on the London Stock Exchange, Fastjet wants to be the first pan-African low-cost carrier, but has not made a profit since its 2012 inception. A new, sooner-than-expected capital raising effort in the first quarter of 2017 prompted Fastjet Chairman Colin Child’s resignation.
Dana Sanchez, 9:39 pm
At 17,057 feet, Mount Kenya gets less attention than its taller counterpart, Mount Kilimanjaro, but Africa’s second-highest mountain offers everything its bigger neighbor does, and then some. The area around the foothills is emerging as a hot spot for residential and commercial real estate. The focus of Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate is the wildlife, with houses clustered around waterholes and salt licks, and views of the Mount Kenya. The development consists of 100 holiday homes on 1,000 acres. Most houses have sold for $330,000 each.
Bridget Williamson, 7:06 am
You can fly over Victoria Falls in a plane, helicopter, or microlight. Whichever way you go, it’s considered “the flight of angels.” If jumping off bridges, getting close to wildlife, and extreme river rafting are your preferred vacation activities, then Zambia is for you. Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the countryside of Zambia provide lots of options for adrenaline junkies. Here are 10 adrenaline adventures in Zambia to get your heart rate pulsing.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:00 am AFKI Original
South Africa has become a popular location for movies and television shows to be filmed in, but there are also many international music videos that have been shot in the rainbow nation, with Canadian rapper Drake recently shooting his yet unreleased music video in the country. From The Script to Jonas Blue, below are 12 international music videos which were shot in South Africa.
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