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Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Giraffe Awe and Wild Things on Safari in Botswana

  • John Ord
  • 4 June 2013

Lists of species names and photos simply cannot capture how raw and transcendent it is to be in the wild in Africa. But some sightings are worth the effort because they are almost spiritual. We witnessed a tower (herd) of giraffes move at full gallop across the landscape in the early evening. It was simply otherworldly.

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Six Things to Do in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Samuel Hopkins
  • 6 May 2013

Often mislabelled and maligned by a sometimes ruthless and distorted media as the granddaddy of hazardous African cities, Nairobi, Kenya, is to many travellers simply a no-go zone. This is their loss, for, in reality, Nairobi is one of region’s biggest draws, catering to all types of interests. To help you make the most of your time there, here is a list of six unforgettable and essential, but slightly off-the-beaten-track Nairobi experiences.

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Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredits

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 January 2013

What is poverty? To Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi father of microfinance and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poverty is the lack of control over capital. His answer to poverty is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor through low-interest microloans, mostly to women. Today, anyone can join the microfinance movement and offer capital to the poor through crowdfunding sites like the Geotourism Development Foundation or Kiva. Travellers can now also connect with borrowers in person through innovative microfinance tours.

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The Lure of the Open Road: Tom Allen’s ‘Janapar’

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 November 2012

‘Janapar’, which is the Armenian word for journey, is the story of Tom Allen’s bicycle travels across three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries. It is “an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.” Including love. It is about the lure of the open road: something to live by and to be inspired by.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Cairo, Egypt

  • Africa.com
  • 28 November 2012

Meaning “the victorious city,” Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, populated by more than 18 million people. Filling both banks of the Nile River in the north of the country, Cairo has been home to numerous Egyptian civilisations as far back as 6,000 years and is only a short distance from the world-famous pyramids of Giza. First time in Cairo? Here’s a list of the Top 10 things to do.

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Africa Straight Up: Countering Stereotypes

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 November 2012

Anyone who has been to Africa knows that there is no such thing as a single Africa. ‘Africa Straight Up’ debunks the (in)sensibility that Africa could ever be limited to a single narrative. The video is “a more complete story about Africa and its diaspora” and “a dynamic ‘not your parents’ documentary’ about the stereotypes confronting Africa,” according to promotional material written about it.

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Birds, Trees and Wildlife: Ecotourism in Mauritius

  • Angie Aspinall (text) Richard Aspinall (photos)
  • 13 November 2012

The natural history of Mauritius makes a strong case for conservation. After all, it’s an island where many native species have already become extinct, most notably the Dodo. Our principal reason for visiting was to learn about the nature conservation work being carried out. We learned that if your idea of a holiday in Mauritius has been all about lying on a beach in the sunshine, think again! Mauritius is a dream destination for ecotourists.

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What Is the Opposite of Local Travel?

  • The Travel Word
  • 31 October 2012

The concept of “local travel” is still sometimes misunderstood. It’s about shifting your travel values so that your are mindful and supportive of local people, the local environment, local culture and local economy. Local travel can also be defined by what it is not. So we’ve asked the staff at The Travel Word to think about the opposite of local travel. What is the very antithesis of local travel? Here are our thoughts.

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Tropical Foodies: What to Eat in an Ethiopian Restaurant

  • Linda Dempah, Tropical Foodies
  • 24 October 2012

Going to an Ethiopian restaurant is an interesting experience. It is not just about the food, which is delicious. It’s also about the surroundings, the community and the touch-and-feel rhythm of eating food with your hands. Do make sure that you go with people you actually like, as you will share the dishes with them.

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A Truly Responsible Training Day: Ecotourism in Malawi

  • Kate Webb
  • 1 October 2012

Eight community representatives gathered together from villages around Southern Malawi to take part in an training day about ecotourism in Malawi. They discuss the future of sustainable tourism in Malawi, including how it might impact rural communities and what they do about it. It is an inspirational day.

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