City Guides: Africa

WHERE TO EAT, STAY & PLAY IN GHANA

Jabu Ngwenya discovered in Accra that to truly experience a city’s intricacies and nuances, you need to speak to the people on its streets. Here’s where to stay, eat, meet the the beautiful people of Ghana.

Accommodation

Tang Palace Hotel

This is a popular hotel among business travellers as it’s located in the convenient and affluent South Airport Residential Area, has excellent facilities and is just a 20-minute drive from most tourist sites. Rates: from US$380 (includes English breakfast buffet). Visit: tangpalacehotel.com.gh.

Chez Delphy

This quaint bed & breakfast is on the outskirts of Osu in Labone. The artistic decor gives…
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WHERE TO EAT, STAY & PLAY IN GHANA

INSIDER GUIDE: NAIROBI

Ian Rydin, General Manager: Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill, shared his tips on what to do and where to go in Nairobi with our contributor Joseph Maina on his recent trip to the East African gem.

What to see

INSIDER GUIDE: NAIROBI

10 things to do in Maritzburg

It may live in the shadow of its glamourous sister on the coast, but there’s more to Maritzburg than being the top or tail of the Comrades Marathon once a year.

Not only does the capital of KwaZulu-Natal hold the distinction of being the gateway to rich Zulu, Boer and British history, it’s also a short drive from Durban, and its location in the Midlands makes it an easy hub from which to explore the charming craft and home industry, and natural beauty of the area.

Dare to ditch the beach life and head inland instead the next time you’re headed to…
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10 things to do in Maritzburg

6 THINGS TO DO WHEN IN DAKAR

Dakar, the city on the western-most tip of Africa has its own way of doing things, and settling into its rhythms offers a rich and heady experience. Here are 6 things to do when there.

Ngor Island

About 10 minutes by pirogue from Dakar, this is the fun island. Simply take a taxi to the shore, from wherethe pirogues leave regularly. You can request a private or public transfer. Ngor Island offers restaurants, swimming and walks around the island.

Sea Plaza Mall

The shopping mall offers Casino supermarket for all your grocery needs. There are also a few clothing stores, including…
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6 THINGS TO DO WHEN IN DAKAR

MALAWI: THE WARMEST HEART OF AFRICA

It’s late at night in southwestern Malawi. I’m on my way to my room at Mkulumadzi Lodge, which is within the Majete Wildlife Reserve, a pristine home to the Big Five and a host of other wildlife. These animals roam freely, even coming right up to guests’ chalets facing the mighty Shire River, on the eastern side of the reserve. As a visitor, you are truly immersed in nature. Lodge management assures our party that only harmless animals, such as sable antelopes, waterbucks and elands, are more likely to be spotted than any dangerous animals in this part of…
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MALAWI: THE WARMEST HEART OF AFRICA

NAMIBIA: LAND OF EXTREMES/ LAND OF CONTRASTS

Driving from Walvis Bay Airport with nothing on either side of the road but sand, I suddenly understand the term “living desert”, because I know that while the word “Namib” means vast and empty, this desert has a complex and vibrant ecosystem of creatures and plants. There is sand as far as the eye can see (it’s a 700km stretch from Oranjemund to Swakopmund), and it’s a beautiful landscape. The colours shift constantly. It’s not as red as the desert in other parts of the country; this sand is golden with flecks of beige and swirls of caramel. The…
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NAMIBIA: LAND OF EXTREMES/ LAND OF CONTRASTS