If you’re planning a summer holiday in Africa, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From the plains of the Serengeti to the shores of Zanzibar, you can enjoy a safari expedition or a coastal oasis.
Here are five places to add to your summer getaway bucket list:
While the weather remains pleasant throughout most of the year, a summer in Zanzibar offers hot, dry weather from December to March – perfect for lying on the beach, a quick dip in cool blue ocean waters or endless stargazing at night. As the sun sets, enjoy a stroll through Stone Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site which was once… Read More
At this year’s annual World Travel Awards, Rwanda was named Africa’s Leading Destination. The gala ceremony was held in the East African’s capital, Kigali, with “the land of a thousand hills” beating out favourites like Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.
And it’s no surprise that this first-time contender took the coveted title – here are five reasons to see it for yourself:
See gorillas in their natural habitat
The gorillas of Rwanda will leave you in awe. Gorilla tracking while hiking with expert guides gives wildlife lovers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the 880 gorillas left in the world in… Read More
Sixty-two Blue Flags will be proudly flown at 44 beaches and seven marinas, and by 11 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2017/18 South African Blue Flag season, which opens on 1 November. This was announced at the prestigious national Blue Flag launch hosted by the Kouga Municipality at Dolphin Beach in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, today.
Earlier this year, all applications for the Blue Flag eco-label were reviewed via a rigorous multi-stage approval process involving assessments by both a local and international jury panel.
The Western Cape received the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 28 beaches, all 11 boats and six… Read More
South Africa’s most-populated city, Johannesburg, has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016 followed by Cape Town, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Tuesday.
The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index showed that Johannesburg welcomed 4,57 million international overnight visitors in 2016, a 24% increase on the previous year’s 3,69 million visitors.
Cape Town rose from third place in 2015 to become the second most popular African destination city in 2016 with 1,52 million visitors.
Nigeria’s Lagos 1,04 million visitors, Morocco’s Casablanca (961 694) and Egypt’s Cairo (820 959)… Read More
The index looked at 132 countries, focusing on visitor volume in 2016 and “provides a forecast for growth in 2017, insight on the fastest-growing destination cities and a deeper understanding of why people travel and how they spend around the world”.
The index shows the overall growth in international overnight visitors to these destination cities. Bangkok was ranked the highest, with 19.41 million visitors, followed by London with 19.06 million and Paris (15.45 million).
A dream wedding isn’t complete without the perfect venue. From beach locales in tropical Jamaica to vineyards set against rolling hills in Cape Town, South Africa, couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic destinations. Here are five of some of the best places around the world:
Who doesn’t love the island life? Jamaica boasts soft white sandy shores, perfect for an idyllic beach wedding. Begin your marriage with picturesque scenery and positive vibrations from the locals. And don’t forget to take some time out to explore the rum farms or to snorkel in the region’s warm turquoise waters.