Category Archives for "Africa"

Things to Do in the Islands of Cape Verde

Cape Verde (http://www.capeverde.com) is an island country that consists of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean, which are represented with one star per island in their flag, forming a circle that represents everything from unity to the globe and even a navigators compass. The 10 islands conforming Cape Verde are: Santo Antão, São […]

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12 Exploring the Desert in Morocco: a Camel Caravan

Sand, sun and wind. This beautiful combination for the adventure traveler is what awaited  me as the van neared the campground where  our desert tour into the Moroccan Sahara would begin. This was my second overnight desert tour (the first an extraordinary experience I enjoyed in the Tunisian desert a number of years ago )and […]

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Highlights of a Safari in Kenya: 3 Things Not to Miss

 Kenya is naturally associated with the great outdoors and the extensive plains where wild lions, elephant and antelope roam. Home to the Serengeti, the largest existing wildlife reserve, this East African country is also the home to some of the oldest preserved cultures in Africa. All of these factors make Kenya the ideal destination for […]

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2 A Hammam Experience in Marrakech

Don’t get me wrong: when you leave a hammam you feel relaxed, clean and splendid, yet in a way I also felt somewhat beaten up. Let me explain. It was my first time in Marrakech, and as an experience-it-all traveler there was no way I was going to leave Morocco without visiting a hammam, also […]

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Cities of Sand: Ksar Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, Morocco

Driving along East Central Morocco is an experience all by itself, not because the roads are particularly difficult or getting anywhere is complicated, but because of the contrasts flowing rivers bring to an otherwise sandy and barren landscape. About 200 km away from Marrakech is the city of Ouarzazate, perched along the valley formed by […]

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Discover Morocco: What to See and Things to Do in Marrakech

So close yet so far from western cultures Morocco is a country that has inspired traveler fantasies for decades, alluring frugal backpackers, surfers and families alike to a new culture and different experience altogether.  While its capital city (Rabat) and financial capital (Casablanca) have a modern feel and drive most of the country’s economy it […]

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Gorilla Watching and a Great Safari in Uganda

A few weeks ago I received an  email from a safari guide in Kenya who wanted to share what his life is like and some pictures of what he gets to see on an almost daily basis. Well, I now got one from a guide in Uganda, who took these pictures while on safari with […]

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14 A Day in the Life of a Safari Guide

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Tito Paxton asking if he could somehow expose his business in MaiTravelSite. Turns out that Paxton is a safari guide in Kenya, and I invited him to write a post showcasing what a typical work day is for him. Safari guides are not as common […]

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7 Somewhere Over the Moonbow in Zimbabwe

I always thought that Cape Town in South Africa would be my first port of call when I made my debut trip to the African continent but knowing how important tourism is to the economy of a nation, I decided to head to Zimbabwe to witness the beauty behind the country renowned for its political […]

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11 On Safari in Tanzania, Africa

Everyone has their own picture-perfect image of Africa. My own personal vision, no doubt inspired by ‘The Lion King’, consists of vast stretches of grassland, punctuated by acacia trees and waterholes, surrounded by grazing zebras, elephants, and lions. Majestic mountains soaring above the savannah, silhouetted black against a vivid red sky at sunset. The sound […]

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14 Namibia, a Typical African Experience – Or Is It?

Slightly disillusioned by my first African experience, I decided to give it another go and head to Namibia, Africa. In fact, a friend of mine had lived in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, for a couple of months and told me intriguing stories about the country. Why? I had only ever been to Africa once in […]

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10 5 Days in the City of Johannesburg

Much of my (limited) knowledge of South Africa and the city of Johannesburg stemmed from what I had read or seen on screen. As a student of English Literature the likes of J.M Coetzee feature highly on my reading lists and even from a school I remember studying obligatory post-apartheid literature – notably a moving […]

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11 Things to Do in Cape Town, the Jewel of South Africa

With many things to do Cape Town South Africa is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth by many, affectionately dubbed the Mother City of Africa . Its culture is a rich mixture with origins from Dutch, Indonesian, French, German and British settlers who immigrated to the area brining their customs with them, […]

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6 Smiling With the Diola in Casamance, Senegal

A few years ago Liza and I travelled to Gambia and western Casamance (southern Senegal) in Africa, it being the first time any of us visited mainland Africa ever. The experience was perhaps one of the most eye-opening we have ever had, and at the same time enjoyed every single minute of it- well almost. […]

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6 Adventure Travel in Cape Town, South Africa

Situated on the coast of South Africa, with Table Mountain, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean and many varied terrains to explore, adventure activities in Cape Town can be found in abundance. The laid back atmosphere, warm weather and stunning beaches of the Mother City make it all too easy to focus on the good things […]

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