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12 days to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt

wonders of Egypt Let’s hope the “mummy’s curse” isn’t real. Because I’m sweatily crouching through a claustrophobic tunnel inside Egypt’s iconic Great Pyramid on my climb to its 4,500-year-old royal burial chamber. Dangling from my necklace is an amulet charm – the protective Eye of Horus – because you can’t …

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In Uganda, ‘Rolex’ means time for an eggy snack

In Uganda In Uganda  when people talk about a “Rolex” in Uganda, one of the last things they probably have in mind is a luxury watch. So at Kampala’s third annual Rolex festival on a hilltop in the Ugandan capital not so long ago, there were no stalls to be …

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Road trip through South Africa

Ask my 11-year-old her fondest memories of South Africa and she would rattle four names in one breath. Mind you, these would not be any of the “Big Five” – rhinoceros, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion – or other wildlife for that matter. Etched on her lips are the …

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It’s just become easier for some tourists to visit Ethiopia

Ethiopia has launched a new electronic visa application service, making it easier for tourists to visit the East African nation. Visitors from countries as diverse as Germany, Brazil, Australia and South Korea can now all apply online for a visa from the comfort of their own homes. (Ed: Malaysia is …

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More travellers are heading to Africa

International travel to Africa is expected to reach 18.6 million this year, thanks to the popularity of destinations like South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania, which account for 70% of international trips to the Sub-Saharan region. That figure marks a nearly 7% increase compared to 2012, when …

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Experience Namibia’s wildlife up close on this safari

My first glimpse of Africa came from a nature programme I watched as a child called Mutual Of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Seeing elephants and giraffes lumber across a dry African landscape – even on TV – was in stark contrast to my suburban wildlife encounters that entailed red robins and …

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Airbnb gives more accommodation options in Africa

Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year – double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a …

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So, which destination is on the rise this year?

Savvy, curious travellers who understand that Japan is more than just Tokyo have had Ishigaki on their travel radar, as the island has emerged the top trending spot in the 2018 edition of TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Destinations On The Rise ranking. A stark contrast to the fast-paced, technologically-advanced society …

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Ski on the sand dunes on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

Looking back in the rear-view mirror, the huge sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see – their average height is around 200m, but one of them, known as “Big Daddy”, would loom over the Eiffel Tower at a stately 350m. This is Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park …

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Can North Africa unite over couscous?

Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted Unesco status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table. The hearty meal itself, however, is a bone of contention between countries that haven’t always got along. …

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