South Africa is the second most visited country in Africa. It has several travel places that has been popular recently in the countries of Eastern Europe, North America and other countries of the world. The country has a mix of cultural and natural attractions. It is also popular for its wine-lands and natural reserves. Waters along the sea side of the country has the largest population of Great white shark. Several other shark species can be located on the wild Coast in Port St. John. Scientists has discovered the fossils of the oldest civilization of mankind in the caves located few miles from Johannesburg and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kruger national park in the country is one of the biggest safari park in the Africa among Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania. Read the travel guide and learn about some top tourist attractions in the country. 1. Table Mountain Take a trip to Cape Town and discover the second most populous city of the country. They city is famous for having the highest bio diversity of flora on the cape florist region of the city. Table Mountain has been recognized as the most visited place in the city. People can access the mountain through a cable car that depart after every 15 minutes to the mountain. You can take an aerial view of Robben Island, Cape Town city and Camps bay beach from the top of the mountain. The mountain has two peaks i.e. the “devil peak” and the “Lion’s head”. Table Mountain has a highest biodiversity of flora and the area has the diversity of more than 2200 plant species and some endangered species unique to the city. Fauna of the Table Mountain includes the Dassies, Porcupines, Mongooses, Snake, Lizards, Tortoises and rare species of Amphibians. 2. The Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng The Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 50 km northeast of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. The area is known for its caves having the oldest fossils of humankind. There is a 2.3 year old skeleton of Australopithecus africanus founded inside the cave. The Cradle of Human got his name from the oldest fossils record ever found in the world. 3. Kruger National Park Kruger National Park is the biggest Safari destination in the world. The game reserve covers an area of 7580 square miles. The park lies in the north east area of the country. To the west of the park is Limpopo province and to the South is Mpumalanga province. Kruger national is linked with Limpopo National park and Gonarezhou Nation Park. The park is the habitat of 517 bird species, 147 mammal species, 117 species of reptiles and 50 species of fishes. The “big six birds” are unique to Kruger national park including Saddled-billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Lappet-face vulture, Martial Eagle, Ground Hornbill and Pel fishing owl. “The Big five” species of mammals can easily be located in the Kruger National Park. 4. Cape of good hope The first European explorer to the cape was a Portuguese explorer Bartolomeo Dias who named it as “cape of storms”. Later of John II of Portugal renamed the cape as “Cape of good hope” as he believe the cape is a hope for the route to the Indian subcontinent. Cape has a wide variety of flora and fauna. Cape is the habitat of 250 species of birds including a large population of African Penguins. Other prominent species of birds includes the bush birds, sugar birds and the sun birds. There are number of antelope species in the cape including the bontebok, elands, red hartebeest and Bonteboks. Other animals includes lizards, snakes, tortoises, mountain zebras, fallow deer, mongoose, otter etc. Sea side of the cape is an excellent area for whale watching. Common species of whales at the False Bay include southern whales, Bryde’s whale and humpback whales. 5. Garden Route Garden Route is a scenic area that extends from the Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storm River in the Eastern Cape. The area includes the well-known town and bays including the knysna, plettenberg bay, George and nature’s valley. The area has several ecosystems including the aforementioned mountains, fynbos, forests, sea side and wetlands. Ancient forests of Tsitsikamma, scenic coasts and southern whale watch attracts the people to the Garden route. 6. Cape Point Cape point lies to the southern tip of Cape Peninsula. At the highest peak of cape point is a light house. Flying Dutchman Funicular starts from the car park to the lower top of the light house. The mountainous area has a diverse population of flora including some rare species of plants and shrubs. Southern Whales can be views from the False Bay that can easily be access from cape point.Read more
Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe. It is the city with combination of natural beauty, culture and historical landmarks. It has modern building, gardens, shopping malls, international airports, museums and art centers. It is a city populated by 500000 thousand inhabitants. People can fly to Zimbabwe through South African Airway from Johannesburg and Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa. Air Zimbabwe domestic flights help you to access other cities of Zimbabwe by plane. In the city you can use transport services like taxis, car and mini buses. There are several five star hotels for stay in the city. Tourism and travel is a great way of economic development in Harare. There are several places of interest in Harare including the 1. Wild is life Harare
Wild is life is a conservation center for wildlife of Zimbabwe. The place where “wild lives in peace” with humans. Wild is life provide protection and home for orphan animals and the rare beauty of planet earth. Human comes in closest interaction with wildlife as they build friendship with the most dangerous animals of Africa. People give name of animals, feed them and spend time with them. Wildlife trust seeks people to help voluntarily in their efforts for the protection and security of wildlife. Many animals including lions, zebra, duiker, sable, monkeys, kudu, turtles, hawks, ostriches, giraffes, elephants, wilder beasts and many other live inside the conservation center. Prominent features include the famous relation of Diesel and Levi (human and cheetah), bobby and holly, Grand and Nyasha, Mercedes (cheetah) and “Richard and Ollie” etc.2. Domboshawa
Domboshawa drive its name from “dombo” means rock and “shawa” means red so it is commonly known as red rock. Domboshawa is a town in the province of Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe. It is located 27 km north of Zimbabwe. The most prominent feature of the area is the red rocks and caves with paintings that almost date back to 6000 years ago. At that time Khoisan people lives in the hilly area and hunters use to draw rock paintings similar to the many animals in the wilds of Africa including elephants, rhinos, kudus, warthogs and buffalos. There are 150 rock paintings have been distinguished in the present day time.3. DOON estate
Great market places where monkeys are the most common visitors. Many shops sells high quality fabrics, wood carvings, paintings, vegetables and households. Cake shops sell chocolates and candies and the area is surrounded with cocoa trees. People can also enjoy coffee from café shops and other beverages.4. Avondale Flea Market
It is a great shopping mall where people can find fun, eatables and house hold stuff all at the same place. There are cinemas, shopping centers, café shops and a parking area. People can buy all kind of stuff from the flea market in Harare, Zimbabwe.Read more
15 best travel places in Malawi Malawi is the ‘warm heart of Africa’ because of its friendly atmosphere and welcoming people. It has serene beaches, mighty lakes, safari parks and mountain region. Its friendly atmosphere will attract you to make a lifetime trip to Malawi. It will be worth a visit and you will enjoy your days in Africa most beautiful tourist destination in Malawi. I have made a list of 15 top travel destination in Malawi that are as follows 1. Lake Malawi Lake Malawi is the best place to visit in Malawi. It is 580 km long and 75 km wide covering an area of 29600 square kilometers. It is one of the African Great Lakes of rift valley. It is also known as Lake Nyassa. It is a home of several species of fresh water. More than 1000 species of cichlids has been reported in the Lake. Ruhuhu River is the largest river flowing into the lake and to its southern end is Shire River, a small tributary that then enter into the great Zambezi River in Mozambique. It is also known as “lake of stars” as coined by David Livingstone. There are several islands in the lake including Likoma Island and Chizumulu Island. Things to do You can enjoy in your time by doing i. Snorkeling ii. Scuba Diving iii. Kayaking iv. BBQ on the lake shore v. Visiting the Lake Malawi Nation Park Elephants can be view in number on the southern end of Lake Malawi at the shire river. There are several accommodation on the bay side of Lake Malawi for your stay and you can also cruise of Ilala ferry to the Likoma Island on the northern side of the lake. 2. Mulange Massif Mulanje Massif or Mount Mulanje is a large outcrop in the Southern Malawi near the Blantyre city. Sapitwa peak is the highest peak of the massif where it is 3002 m tall. There are several hiking routes and camp sites on mount Mulanje. The best time for hiking on mount Mulanje is between May and October. There are several camp sites where you can stay and hire guides for your hiking trip on the massif area. 3. Likoma Island Likoma Island is a beautiful island on Lake Malawi covering in area of 17 kilometers square. It is 7 km away from Mozambique. You can access the island by Ilala ferry that cruises the Lake Malawi twice in a week. There are few accommodations and lodges including the Nkwichi Lodge, Mango Drift Lodge and Kaya Mawa where you can spend your nights. There are several interesting site in Likoma including the St. Peter’s Cathedral; one of the biggest cathedral in Central Africa. You can learn diving here in the island and also there is a dance academy, a fun place to visit. 4. Liwonde National Park Liwonde National Park is the premier national park located on the left bank of Shire River between Lake Malombe and Liwonde. Previously it was a game reserve and in 1973 it was upgraded to a National Park in Malawi. The park can be access from Liwonde by bicycle, Taxi or on feet. There are several lodges for game viewing. Mvuu lodge is the best safari accommodation in the park. Also there are other safari lodges including Bushman’s Baobabs and Chinguni hill’s lodge. There are several mammal species in the park including hyenas, lions, hippos, impalas, kudu, elephants and other species of mammals. Also more than 400 species of birds have been spotted in Liwonde national park. Things to do i. Walking Safari ii. Camping iii. Canoe Trips iv. Game drives v. Boat safari 5. Zomba Plateau Zomba Plateau is a great mountain area with lush green forest reserves. The plateau is located on the southern region of the country. There are several lodges for tourist stay including the famous Sunbird ku Chawe lodge. There are many hiking tracks on the plateau and people can discover the area on feet or by horse ride. The William waterfall is a great place in Zomba. People can also enjoy picnic trip and boating in Munlunguzi Dam. 6. Nyika Plateau Nyika Plateau lies in the north of the country. It lies at an elevation level of 2100 meters with Nganda Peak as the highest point at an elevation level of 2605 meters. Nyika national park lies in the region famous for its large species of wild animals including Burchell’s zebra, antelopes, duiker, eland, leopards, elephants, wart hog, buffalos and roan. It is also a home of endemic red-winged falcons and some 400 bird species. It is home of largest population of leopards in Central Africa. Things to do i. Walking safari ii. Horse riding safari iii. Hiking iv. Mountain Biking 7. Cruising on the MV Ilala The Ilala ferry cruise is a great way to travel across the Malawi Lake. Starting point of the cruise is from Monkey Bay to the ending point in Chilumba near the border of Tanzania. MV Ilala cruise can accommodate 365 passengers and has 5 double cabins in the first class. It stop at several town on both side of Malawian and Mozambican coast and also on two beautiful islands of Likoma and Chizumulu. The first class cabin cost 20$ - 40$ per day. 8. Tobacco Auctions Malawi is the 12th largest producer of Burley Leaf Tobacco and tobacco industry is the major economic source of the country. There are large warehouse of Tobacco in Lilongwe and Limbe. Take a tour to the tobacco auction it will be a worth a visit as you will find how the tobacco is produce from fresh tobacco leaves and then delivered to the market for sale. 9. Lilongwe Malawi is a third world country and per capita income of Malawi is very low among other African countries. There is an “old town” and also new town where there are many government buildings and embassies. Lilongwe International airport is the airport of the city. Capital city has several places for tourist interest including the Lilongwe Wildlife Center and tobacco auctions. You can also visit the old town to discover the local people of Malawi; their life and their daily activities. 10. Domwe Island Domwe Island is a small island in Lake Malawi. The island is 11 km long and Domwe Island Adventure camp is the place to stay during the visit. People can enjoy lake view, kayaking, snorkeling, Scuba diving and BBQ on the lake side.Read more
Most popular places to travel in Ghana
Ghana is blessed with natural reserves, exotic beaches, waterfalls, wildlife, cultural and ancient reserves. It is well known for the ancient remains of Greater Asante Civilization that reach its peak in the early 18th century. Ghana has a dark history of slave trade among the great European nations including Portugal, England, Denmark, Spain and France. Forts and Castle for slaves were built in the years from 1482 to 1786. There are other many places of interest in Ghana including
1. Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra
This place is a must visit for people interested in learning history of Ghana especially during the great era of maritime exploration of Africa. Many explorers from European nations take their marine route to Ghana during the early 15th century. Portuguese were the first to step in; they develop trade relations with local tribes in Ghana. Fort and castles are used for slave trade and exporting gold. These forts were built early in 15th century by Portuguese and later other European nations also built their own slave trade centers. The remains of fortified trading-posts and castles can be seen along the coast of Ghana between Keta and Beyin. The trade centers also serve the purpose for trading gold to the European chartered companies.
2. Asante Traditional Buildings
Asante Traditional Buildings are material remains of Asante Civilization listed in UNESCO World Heritage site list. Ancient people lives in houses built with mud, woods and straws. These houses are not strong enough to fight the rampage of time and weather. The only remains are located in the north-east of Kumasi. The building also include shrine houses of Abirim, Asenemaso, Asawase, Bodwease, Adarko Jachie, Ejisu Besease, Edwenase, Kentinkrono, Patakro and Saaman. Asante’ people decorate their houses with ornaments, animal representations and religious symbols.
3. Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is located in the Coastal Plain region in Ghana. It is the best preserved rainforest in the country well-known for its famous canopy walkway. The walkway is raised 40 meters above the ground providing an excellent opportunity for discovering the birdlife of Kakum National Park and forest reserve. People can also discover the insect life and Mona monkey living in greater number in the woods of the thick rain forest. Guides are available who can provide you information about the wildlife in the Kakum national park.
4. Mole National Park
Take cheap flights to Ghana with your friends and family; discover the wildlife of Ghana and photograph the wildlife of Mole National Park. Mole National Park is the largest and most visited game reserve in Ghana. It provides a home to large population of wildlife in Ghana. Thousands of people visit the park every year in Ghana from all around the world. In the park you can discover common African animals and some rare species including elephants, warthogs, antelope, baboons, bushbucks, monkeys, and many other mammal species. Elephants are most likely to be seen in the dry season as they seeks water in the lower plains in the Mole National Park.
Things to do and See
i. Walking safari
People can discover the stunning life of Mole National Park by hiring a guide; guide can instruct you about several forms of different animal species living in the wildlife park.
ii. Driving Safari
If you have your own drive just hover over your drive; hire a guide and visit the park at much larger extent. Guides and arm ranger are available for safety and guide that you can hire on your way into the wild.
5. Labadi Beach
Take cheap flights to Accra to visit the wonderful Labadi Beach on Atlantic Ocean. Labadi beach or La pleasure beach is the most visited beach in Accra, Ghana. It is located near Teshie in the Greater Accra region. Early in the day people can find peace while enjoying the tranquilize waters of Atlantic Ocean. After few hours the beach is crowded by folks from the city and surrounding area. The beach gives a stunning view during sun set and later in night people can enjoy BBQ’s, folk stories, dancing and reggae of local people of Ghana.
Labadi Beach hotel
It is the place where people can stay during their trip to Labadi beach. Labadi beach hotel is the most popular hotel in Accra that covers an area of 15 acre near Labadi beach. People can also enjoy swimming in the beach pool; there is a tennis court and a hall that can occupies 150 guests. Premier rooms are available for business people. Hotel also host several conferences and fashion shows for business people. Services include laundry service, hotel salon, gift shop, seminar room and 24 hour room service. There is a car hire desk to rent a car drive during your stay in Labadi beach hotel.
6. Kokrobite beach
Beside Labadi beach people can enjoy sandy Kokrobite beach on the Ghanaian Coastal Plain. It is located 25 km west of Accra. Kokrobite beach is less crowded as compared to Labadi beach and you can find a peaceful atmosphere away from the streets of Accra. Accommodations and hotels near the beach are Big Milly’s backyard, Kokrobite inn, Kokrobite garden and Sobamba beach resort. People can enjoy sea food, Italian food, local cuisines, drinks and rice meal. You can also find a large number of palm trees along the coast of Kokrobite beach and some beautiful coral reefs.
7. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is dedicated to the first president of Ghana; hero of the nation and a leading figure during liberation movement of Ghana. The mausoleum covers an area of approximately 5.3 acres. The Kwame Nkrumah Museum houses the personal effects and publications of Ghana’s first president. People can learn about his struggle for peace and other inspiring figures during the freedom campaign. The museum also houses pictures of Kwame Nkrumah with some astonishing world leaders including John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, and President Nasser of Egypt, Nikita Khrushchev, Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Hume and countless leaders from other nations.
8. Makola Market
Makola Market is a famous market place in capital city of Ghana. Here you can find everything of your house need to some quality product for high standard people. People can buy clothing, household goods, shoes, medicines, jewelry and other goods by local traders. People can also buy wood carving and stone work from Makola market place.
Top 20 travel places in Tanzania Tanzania has got several attraction for tourists. Its landscape and ecosystem is a natural habitat for many different African animals and some endangered animal species that are rarely found in any other place in the world. There are also other several tourists destination including Zanzibar attractions, Mount Kilimanjaro and other popular attractions as listed below 1. Serengeti Serengeti Safari Park is an excellent Safari location in Tanzania. The game reserves has a large population of some of the biggest animals in Africa including lions, giraffe, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, African wild dogs and many other animal species. There are 70 mammal species in Serengeti and about 500 species of fauna in Serengeti. It is a popular safari for watching predation during the months of December to February when calves are born. In April the Great Migration moves to Maasai Mara through Grumeti River; many wildebeests and zebra can’t make it through the Grumeti River and become an easy prey for crocodiles in the Grumeti River. Around 1.5 million of wildebeest, 500000 zebra and 200000 Thomson’s Gazelles migrate from Serengeti to Maasai Mara game reserves in Kenya. 2. Mount Kilimanjaro Mount Kilimanjaro is a single standing highest volcanic mountain in the world. The mountain has three volcanic cones Mawenzi, Shira, and Kibo. Mountain Kilimanjaro is also known as “Mountain of Caravan” or “Mountain of Greatness”. Few refers to word Kilima as “mountain” and “Njaro” as greatness. Things to do 1. Hiking 2. Mountain climbing 3. Game watching on Mount Kilimanjaro National Park 4. Visiting Chala Crater Lake Lake Chala covers an area of 1.5 square miles; it is the most popular sight for viewing in Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. 3. Ngorongoro Conservation Area The conservation area is located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater highlands area of Tanzania. Ngorongoro Carter is located in the conservation area. The volcanic carter is 259 square kilometers in area and 1976 feet high. It is the home of large population of birds and animals in Tanzania. It is listed in UNESCO world heritage site list. The main source of fresh water is the salt lake (Magadi Lake) in the middle of crater region. Another popular lake is Ngoitokitok Lake on the eastern wall of crater. All the big five and other species of mammals can be view the crater region. 4. Stone town, Zanzibar Many people take cheap flights to Zanzibar to discover the ancient stone town from medieval times in Zanzibar. It is the popular UNESCO world heritage site in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Stone Town is an old city a great trading port during the early 19th centuries. Arabs build grand alleys and stone houses during the rule in Zanzibar. Stone houses and narrow streets express the elegance of Arabian architecture. Things to do You can find exciting Arab building in stone town including i. House of Wonders ii. Zanzibar National Museum iii. Old fort iv. Darajani market 5. Tarangire National Park, Northern Tanzania Take cheap flights to Tanzania to visit the famous Tarangire National Park in Northern Tanzania. Baobab trees are abundant in Tarangire area of Tanzania. Baobab trees are spotted in dry landscapes of Tarangire conservation area. August and October are best season to visit Tarangire National Park; a large population of wild life can be seen during the rainy seasons. The park has a dense population of elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras, impalas, antelopes and some other mammal species and birdlife.Read more
Top 20 traveling places in Egypt
Egypt is well known for its archaeological sites and ruins of the ancient civilization in Memphis, Thebes, Karnak and The valley of kings. A major area of Sahara desert lies in the territories of Egypt. Inhabitants of Egypt mostly lives in the Nile valley. Cairo is the capital and the biggest city of Egypt. Alexandria is the second biggest city. Egypt is bordered by Mediterranean Sea on the north, Red sea to the east and south, Israel to the northeast, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. Sharm –el-sheikh lies between the Gulf of Aqaba and Red Sea on the coast line of Sinai Peninsula. Below are the top 20 places to travel in Egypt
1. Giza Necropolis
Giza Necropolis is the most popular travel destination in Egypt. Giza Necropolis is located on Giza Plateau a few miles away from the Cairo city. The site is famous for three pyramids and several other smaller pyramids. Great pyramids or pyramid of Khufu is the biggest one among the three pyramids. The other two pyramids are of pyramid of Khafre and pyramids of Menkaure. The pyramids were built by Egyptian pharaohs of the fourth dynasty. Khufu pyramid was built as a tomb for Khufu pharaoh of Egypt by his vizier Hemon and Hemiune. These pyramids serves a tomb for the decease pharaohs of Egypt. The ancient civilization believe that these pyramids helps in departure of the soul of the late king to heaven. The Great sphinx is also located in Giza Necropolis. Great sphinx also known as Abu-al-Hol (father of terror) in Arabic; is a half human half lion statue reported to be the largest single-stone statue in the world.
- 1. Pyramid of Khufu is only surviving member of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
- 2. Khufu pyramids is about 481 feet tall that remains as the tallest man made structure in the world for about 3800 years.
- 3. The three pyramids serves as the tombs of the late Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
- 4. People of ancient Egypt believe that these triangular pyramids helps in ascending the king’s soul to heaven.
- 5. The great sphinx is 74 meters long monument built during the rule of Khafre.
- 6. Smaller pyramids are tombs of the queens of the ancient civilization of Egypt.
Sharm el-Sheikh is a popular destination for tourists who are eager to take cheap flights to Egypt for spending their time with friends and family. Sharm-el-Sheikh also known as “city of peace” has some great excitements for scuba divers in the world. Naama bay is a great excitement in Sharm-el-sheikh, a beautiful sandy beach on Sinai Peninsula. There are several resorts and waterfront hotels for travelers to stay and spend their holidays in Naama Bay. Things to do include swimming, kitesurfing, boating, canoeing, scuba diving, fishing, water sports, horse riding, sunbathing and kayaking along the warm sands of Naama Bay. Hotels and resorts provide several facilities including swimming polls, golf courses, children complex and bars.
Red seaThe other excitement of Sharm is red sea reefs and sandy beaches. Hotels resorts, golf courses and spa centers. Awe-inspiring reefs and aquatic life of red sea is unrivaled among other destinations in Egypt. Other Places of interest include
- 1. Ras Muhammad National Park
- 2. Mount Sinai
- 3. Tiran island
- 4. Saint Catherine’s Monastery
3. KarnakTemple of Karnak is the largest built religious place in the world. The religious places was built around 1391 to 1351 BC in the rule of Pharaoh Ramses II. The complex is located 2.5 kilometers north of Luxor. The temple of Amun is the largest building in the complex among the other four building. The temple of Amun is still open for tourists and the second most visited place in Egypt. There are 750 statues and several artifacts in the complex. Hypostyle hall in the complex is the largest room of any religious building in the world span across an area of 54000 square feet.
4. Abu SimbelThe twin temples of Abu Simbel are located in Nubia, southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser. The temples were carved out during the reign of Ramses II and dedicated to gods of ancient Egyptian civilization. Temples of Abu Simbel were reallocated in 1964 during the construction of dam on the Nile River.
5. Luxor TempleThe Luxor Temple is a religious complex located on the east bank of the River Nile in the capital city Thebes of the late Egyptian kingdom. The places was important for the religious ceremonies and festivals. The festival of Opet was the famous religious festival as celebrated by the believers of sun God Ra. Luxor temple today is a famous tourist’s destination among the other travel places in Egypt.
6. River Nile CruiseNile River cruises is a great way to discover the ancient wonders of Egypt. Luxor-Aswan route is the safest among the other routes on the Nile River. Cruises provide people an excellent opportunity to view the ancient site of Egypt through different angels. Beside Nile cruises Feluccas sail across The Great Nile through different routes. People can sail across the Nile River using these feluccas as these are less expensive than luxury cruises. Traveling on feluccas is a daring experience that not so many people have in their life.
7. Valley of the KingsThe Valley of the Kings is a valley located near Luxor built 500 years back from 16th to 11th BC. Tombs were constructed for nobles of the new kingdom. There are two branches of the valley i.e. the east valley where most of the royal tombs are situated and the west valley that houses the tomb of Ay and Amenhotep III. Most of the tomb of the valley of kings have been robbed except few of the tombs including tomb of Tutankhamun, Ramesses VI, Amenhotep II and Seti I. These tombs are open for public while others are under strict observation to avoid any further loss. The valley of kings houses about 63 tombs and several chambers of the Pharaohs of the new kingdom. The chambers are decorated by Egyptian mythology and rituals giving clues for how the Egypt of the ancient kingdom rules and what are their religious believes. Valley of king is a great attraction for people who have their interest in history of Egyptian mythology.
8. Egyptian MuseumThousands of people take flights to Cairo for their grand trip to the Egyptian Museum. Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo in Egypt houses a large collection of antiques of ancient Egypt. The museum was built by Egyptian government back in year 1835 near the Azkaban gardens in Cairo city. In 1858 a museum in Boulaq was constructed and the collections were moved to Boulaq. In 1990 a new museum was constructed in neo classical style by French architect Marcel Dourgnon. It has more than 120000 items of ancient Egyptian antiquities and royal artifacts. There are two main floors of the museum, the first floor and the ground floor. First floor has number of antiques, sculptures, royal jewelry and gold masks of several Egyptian pharaohs. In the ground floor there are 27 mummies of royal family of the new kingdom of Egyptian empire.
9. Siwa OasisSiwa Oasis is an oasis located in the Libyan Desert 50 km east of the Libyan border. The Oasis has a population of 23000 people mostly ethnic Berbers. In back times Siwa was a vital trade route and the natural spring helps the palms tree to grow in the desert sand. Caravans for trade take shelter under the palm tree in Siwa Oasis. In recent years Siwa Oasis has become a popular tourist destination and government of Egypt is initiating plans to build hotel and resorts near the oasis for enhancing tourist experience.
10. DahabDahab is a popular red sea destination located 90 km northeast of Sharm –el – Sheikh. Dahab is an Arabic word that means “gold”, previously it was a small town, a port for fishing by the town’s residents. Presently it is a great attraction for people that are eager to discover the coral reefs and aquatic life of the red sea. Things to do Most popular activities in Dahab are
- 1. Windsurfing
- 2. Scuba diving
- 3. Snorkeling
- 4. Sunbathing
- 5. Kitesurfing
- 6. Watersports
11. Mosque of Ibn TulunMosque of Ibn Tulun is the largest and the oldest mosque built in Cairo, Egypt. The mosque was built back in year 265 AH. Ahmad Ibn Tulun commissioned the mosque to be built on a small hill called as “Gebel Yashkur” or “hill of thanksgiving”. Ahmad Ibn Tulun was governor of Abbasid rule in Egypt. Some legends says that Gebel Yashkur was the landing place of Noah ark. Read more
Top 20 travel places in Nigeria 1. Benin Modern city of Benin is known for its exemplary bronze works and wood carving that runs as a notion of nobility in the families of Yoruba people. There are many ancients’ guilds for Bronze work and arts in Benin City. These Guilds train artists and artists were chosen based on common ancestry and descended of Ine Nigen, the guardian of the street of Bronze casters. Guilds were given royal patronage and artists were supported by royal tribesman. The National Museum have lot of collection of Benin royal art. The Oba's Palace is worth visiting but special permission is needed for tourists. 2. BENIN MOAT Ancient kingdom of Benin dug moats for the protection of the city from opposing forces. The reports suggests that such moats were dug during the 16th centuries by kingdom of Benin ruled by Oba Oguola and his tribes. Udo warriors under the command of Chief Akpanigiakon planned to attack the city which was crushed by Oba Oguola forces at the battle of Urhezen about 1285 CE. and city was protected by building the moat around its borders. These moats are about 3200 km long. These moats might got into extinction due to human activities and these are enlisted in UNESCO World heritage site. 3. Yankari Game Reserves Yankari National Park is a game reserve in Nigeria covering an area of 2244 kilometers square. It is located in the South-Eastern part of Bauchi state of Nigeria. The park has the largest collection of Animals than any other park in the country. It houses a large variety of flora and fauna and some warm water springs. It was created as a game reserve in 1956 and later designated as a Nigeria biggest National Park in the year 1991. It provide home to more than 50 species of mammals including African lions, buffaloes, elephants, Olive baboons, monkeys, roan antelopes, hartebeest, bushbucks, waterbucks and Hippos. Yankari national park has been reported to be the house of the largest herd of elephants in West Africa. The park is best visited between February and April. The park has four warm water springs. Wikki warm water spring is the most popular among the four warm water springs. The Wikki warm water spring is 13 meters long and 1.9 meters deep. The springs remain open for 24 hours all along the day and provide a site for tourists to relax their muscle and enjoy the charm of warm water. The Wikki camp is the tourist’s center of the park named after the Wikki warm springs. 4. Obudu Cattle Ranch Obudu Cattle Ranch is a ranch on Obudu plateau located in the Cross River State of Nigeria. Obudu cattle ranch is about 65 km from the Obudu town. Obudu Cattle ranch or Obudu mountain resort was developed on Obudu plateau by Mr. McCaughley, a Scottish explorer who first travel to the mountain region. The Ranch covers an area of 1524 meters and climate is optimal for green vegetation and grazing of cattle round the year. In recent years ranch has become a popular tourists spot. Things to do Scenic mountain views, waterfalls, bird watching, gorilla camping, sport activities, swimming and horse riding are some activities that people can enjoy in the Obudu Mountain resorts. 5. Gashaka Gumti National Park The Gashaka Gumti National Park is the largest national park in Nigeria covering an area of 6402 kilometers square. It is located in the Admaw state and Gashaka state near the Nigeria-Cameroon border. The park is named after Gumti village in Admaw State and Gashaka village in Taraba state in Nigeria. The park has 5 distinct ecosystems ranges from scrub to lowland forest. Diverse ecosystem of Gashaka Gumti support large variety of Animals including some rare and endangered animal species. There are many animals in the park including elephants, lions, wild dogs, leopards, golden cats, antelope species, hogs, chimpanzee and many other rare animal species. Also there are more than 500 bird species in the park.Read more
World second biggest continent in the world is inevitably the most beautiful continent of the world having all the wonders and excitements that it offers to those that travel to Africa. Africa encompass many natural excitements, cultural and historical sites that includes wildlife Safari Parks, great lakes, waterfalls, mountains, rivers, forests, historical sites, cultural reserves and Sahara sands. In the list of top 20 most demanding destinations in Africa are listed as follows
1. Maasai MaraMaasai Mara is no doubt the Africa’s most popular game reserve in Kenya approximately 270 km from the capital city. It shares a common border with Serengeti National Park located in the Mara region, Tanzania. Maasai Mara game reserves provide home to the most diverse form of wildlife in Africa. It is famous of its Great wildebeest migration that can be observed in July to October. More than a million of wildebeest and some thousands of zebra migrate to the Maasai Mara from Serengeti National Park across the Mara River. Best time to visit the game reserve is during July to October where there is plenty of wildlife species can be found in the national park. The mammal’s species include lions, zebra, wildebeest, antelopes, cheetahs, leopard, elephants, giraffes, African buffaloes, hyenas, black rhinos and white rhinos. More than 500 species of birds and some hundreds of reptile species are found in the reserves. Nile Crocodiles and hippopotamus can be seen in the Mara River in Kenya.
2. Giza NecropolisGiza Necropolis located at the south west region of Cairo is the world’s most famous historic site. The famous pyramids of Egypt are located in Giza Necropolis that attract thousands of tourists every year. Pyramids are built more than 5000 years during the three great generations of Pharaoh of Egypt. The pyramid of Khufu is the biggest among the three pyramids. The Great Sphinx was a great pride for Egyptian Pharaohs and it is describe in Arabic as “Abu al-Hol” meaning “Father of Terror”.
3. Serengeti national parkSerengeti national park is Tanzania most popular national park located in the eastern lands of Mara Region. Maasai people describe it as “Siringet” meaning “a place where land run forever”. Serengeti National Park is well known for its wildebeest migration starting in December to the end of July. People take flights to Tanzania to observe the great natural phenomenon of wildlife migration from the lands of Tanzania. Animal in the reserve include wildebeest, zebra, elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, giraffe, Thomson’s gazelle, impalas, hyenas, bat ear fox and many animal species. The best of visit the national park is during the month of December when the Great Migration start to the end of July when more than million wildebeest, 200000 zebras and 300000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to the Maasai Mara game reserves in Kenya. The circular migration is considered as one of the seventh natural world wonders.
4. Djenne, MaliThe great town of Djenne in Mali was built with mud bricks in 800 BC. Houses are built with mud brick that provide quite a fascination for tourists. The town is considered as one of the oldest cities of the world. The Grand Mosque is amazing standing high in the ground a master piece of human architecture and is considered as UNESCO world heritage site. Grand Marche in Djenne is the most bustling market that attract tourists all around the year.
5. Cape TownCape Town is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The city is famous for its flat-top Table Mountain. Mountain is flanked by the left side as Devil’s peak and right site as Lion’s head. Table Mountain provide view of Cape Town from the top as well as Robben Island, Table Bay and Atlantic Coast of the city. Activities include hiking, biking across the sleep of mountain, rock climbing and Table Mountain aerial cable car. Also the Table Mountain National Park provide home to more than 1400 plant species and many mammals species living at the side of mountain.
6. Victoria FallsVictoria Fall or “Mosi o Tunya” is a water fall located at the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Local people refer to it as “Mosi o Tunya” meaning “A smoke that thunders”. David Livingstone was the first European explorer to discover the Victoria Fall. It was named after Queen Victoria of Scotland. On the Zambezi River the great waterfall is considered as one of the natural wonders of the world. It is the largest waterfall base of its width of 1708 meters and height of 108 meters. The knife-edge bridge provide a clear view of the Victoria fall. The rainy season is during November to March when Zambezi River is flooded with water is the best time to visit the Victoria Fall.
7. Djemaa el-Fnna, MarrakechThe great city of Marrakech is famous for its towns, mosques, markets and most of all Djemma el-Fnna, a great market that is famous for its exciting food, beverages, snake charmers, story-tellers and juice vendors. When night falls charming lights of the market attracts tourists around the city to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the beautiful market of Djemma el-Fnna. In late hours local drummers and street dancer gathers to share their local songs and exciting stories of Arab legends.
8. Sossusvlei DunesSossusvlei Dunes also known as “the gathering place of water” is the Namibia most attractive tourist destination. Panoramic view of tortoise sands give tourists a charming sensation that will not be found anywhere else. Namib Desert is considered to be the oldest desert of human history. Keep yourself occupied with cameras because such scenic view are unique to Sossusvlei dunes in Namibia.
9. Virunga Mountain Trekking GorillaVirunga Mountains are famous for Gorilla trekking; discovering the thick mountain forest and meeting with the rare species of mountain Gorillas in Virunga Mountains that stretch across the mountain region in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
10. Omo River Region, EthiopiaOmo river region is an outstanding cultural destinations for people interested in learning the culture of African tribes. Omo river region in Ethiopia is a place where you can find more than 50 African tribes that are living and enjoying their daily life in the sands of Africa. Joining a tour is advisable because the place is difficult to access by four wheel drive. Things you can do is understanding African culture, their life style, clothing, fun fares, food and other daily activities of the tribes living in the region. Read more
Causes and Prevention of Malaria Malaria is cause by the bite of female Anopheles mosquito. Due to the atmosphere of Africa Malaria is a common disease in Africa. Millions of people die every year due to different species of mosquitoes. Tropical climate of Africa is favorable for growth of microorganism. As a tourists you should know about how these microorganism spread and what the symptom are and the measures against the disease.Read more
Abuja “man-made city” or “planned city” was constructed in 1980s according to needs of government of Nigeria. Carefully design capital is enriched with plenty of touring places. In a country of religious clashed such as Nigeria; neutral places are constructed to avoid such issues giving people the rights to continue their religious acts in a peaceful way without destroying the beliefs of others. Abuja is not just a capital city with federal building but also houses a lot of tourist’s spots such as Aso rock and Abuja National Mosque. Here are some reason why should people travel Abuja.Read more
Nigeria is most populous country of Africa. Due to its diversity of culture, forests reserves, wildlife and exciting beaches Nigeria attracts tourists from everywhere in the planet. There are many things that people can enjoy in Nigeria. Yankari National Park give home to vast variety of African wildlife. On the other hand Benin City is famous for its ivory and bronze art work. Here are top reason why should people visit the African NationRead more