Unusual Things To Do During Your Trip To Africa

When people are asked to think of things to do in Africa, the first thing that often comes to mind is an African safari. That is a great idea indeed, and certainly something to make time for while visiting the continent. But Africa has so much more to offer and so many other things you need to check out.

Ostrich racingOne activity travelers may not think of is ostrich riding. There are several ostrich farms on the continent and, depending on the country and area you are visiting, most provide ostrich rides to tourists for a small fee. Many of these farms are found in South Africa. A few of them are Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Cango Ostrich Show Farm, and Chandelier Game Lodge and Ostrich Show Farm. The farms have instructors who will help you onto the animal and get you off to a flying start.

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Ostriches aren’t the only animals you can get up close and personal with while traveling in Africa. South Africa provides tourists with the opportunity to get very close to the penguins that frequent the Cape Peninsula. The main family of penguins for the area is set up on Foxy Beach, near Cape Town. Continue Reading

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Springboks back Table Mountain

The mighty Springboks including the Beast and the captain John Smit have thrown their weight behind the campaign to have Table Mountain named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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Springbok wing Bryan Habana signs on as an ambassador for Table Mountain along with New 7 Wonders Campaign Manager Fiona Furey

“I promise we’ll win the world cup if you promise to vote for Table Mountain,” quipped coach Peter de Villiers after members of the Springbok rugby squad pledged their support for Table Mountain and became official ambassadors for the Vote for Table Mountain campaign. Continue Reading

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Wild Tales On Boa Vista

Boa Vista is not only a haven for sun seekers but also wildlife, from nesting turtles and mating humpback whales to exotic sea birds, lizards and monkeys. A stay at the beach retreat of Parque das Dunas Hotel (www.parquedasdunas.com) provides the perfect base to explore the wildlife wonders of this relatively untouched, sand-dune isle.

Discovered only a few years ago, Ervatao beach on Boa Vista is now the third largest breeding site in the world for loggerhead turtles. With the nesting season taking place between June and September, conservationists, locals and tourists alike are invited to help with the protection and preservation of these ancient creatures.

In fact, day tours are available from Parque das Dunas Hotel over to the south of the island.

Parque das Dunas hotel in Cape Verde

In addition to turtles, guests may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of whales in the islet of nearby Sal Rei, a feeding ground for humpback whales. Whale sightings usually take place from February through to May and boat trips are available from the hotel through The Cape Verde Experience’s excursion programme. Continue Reading

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From Beach To Bush With Africa Sky – Long-haul, Specialist Tour Operator Offers An Extensive African Collection

Africa, the world’s second largest continent, has a vast appeal and offers the ideal holiday destination whether for a safari, family beach break, honeymoon or trip-of-a-lifetime.

With tailor-made itineraries and suggested tours, specialist operator, Africa Sky (www.africasky.co.uk), has holidays to suit every taste and budget, enabling a trip to this magical land to become a reality.

Explore the diversity, culture and charm of Africa with highlights that include:

African Safari

KENYA: Perfect For… Bargain Hunters
Experience an eight-day Magical Kenyan Safari to some of the country’s finest national parks. Staying in established lodges and camps on a mixed board basis, the trip includes a visit to the Giraffe Centre and game drives in 4×4 vehicles to Samburu, Aberdare and Lake Nakuru National Parks as well as the famous Maasai Mara to witness an abundance of wildlife. Prices start from £1,199 per person. Continue Reading

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Three in one Cape Town Travel Card

City Sightseeing Open-Top Tour, Table Mountain Cableway and Two Oceans Aquarium have joined forces to launch the Go Cape Town Card, an all-inclusive ticket for the three popular tourism attractions.

Visitors pay only R360 per card, which includes a return trip on the Table Mountain Cableway, a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium and a ride on an open-top City Sightseeing Bus. Children under 18 years pay R180 per card.

“The beauty of the card is that visitors no longer have to stand in queues at any of the attractions; as well as the three-month validity, allowing for more flexibility in planning your itinerary,” said Jillian Grindley-Ferris, brand and business manager of Two Oceans Aquarium.

Sabine Lehmann, CEO of Table Mountain Cableway, believes the Go Cape Town Card encourages visitors to experience all three attractions at a reduced rate making it an affordable and stress-free outing.

Claus Tworeck, of the City Sightseeing Open-top Tour, says the open top bus is the perfect connection between the Aquarium and Table Mountain Cableway with regular departures leaving every 20 minutes.

The Go Cape Town card can be purchased at any of the three attractions, the Cape Town Tourism offices or online at www.webtickets.co.za. The cards are valid for three months from date of purchase.

The Cableway operates weather permitting. For information please contact any of the three attractions or Cape Town Tourism.

Cape Town Tourism 021 487 6859 www.capetown.travel
City Sightseeing Open-top Tour 021 511 6000 www.citysightseeing.co.za
Table Mountain Cableway 021 424 0015 www.tablemountain.net
Two Oceans Aquarium 021 418 3823 www.aquarium.co.za

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Affordable, Luxury Safaris In Tanzania – With The Selous Safari Company

For a sophisticated safari experience in Tanzania at an affordable price, The Selous Safari Company has introduced low season rates during high season dates.

Valid for travel from 1 June 2010 to 20 March 2011 at the Selous Safari Camp in the Selous Game Reserve and Jongomero Camp in the Ruaha National Park, those seeking a safari and beach holiday-of-a-lifetime can now benefit from sensational savings when visiting during the peak periods.

Tanzania Safari

Offered across selected accommodation and dates, the low season rates are on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability. Bookable through tour operators, packages include: Continue Reading

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Animal Magic & Mystery In The Ruaha, Tanzania

Jongomero (www.selous.com) the only camp situated in the remote central south-western sector of the Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, is a hidden gem promising unmatched privacy and a great vantage point from which to take in the sights and sounds of the African bush.

So isolated, it has its own airstrip and guests are often treated to their first game viewing experience as they fly in with aerial glimpses of giraffe, buffalo and elephant.

Vast and untouched, Ruaha, after the annexation of two other major conservation areas, is now the largest National Park in Tanzania and stands at 23,000 sq km – substantially larger than Wales!

No other park in Tanzania epitomises the definition of “wild Africa” quite like Ruaha. The least well-known, yet to connoisseurs it is without doubt one of the most spectacular in Africa offering a landscape that is rugged and harsh. Continue Reading

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Planning a trip to the World cup in South Africa? Be flexible with your travel dates and Save!

FACTS 1: Best available airfare (from Los Angeles) with departure dates 8th & 11th of June is currently $2300 and with departure dates 7th, 9th & 12 June it is $3300

FACTS 2: Best available airfare (from New York) with departure dates 7th & 8th of June is currently $2100 and with departure dates 9th & 10th of June it is $3800

When planning a trip to the World Cup in South Africa (from Los Angeles), you may want to research your departure dates carefully. A one day flexibility could make all the difference! You may be better off flying out on the 8th or 11th of June rather than on the 7th, 9th or the 12th because airfares are $1000 less! Continue Reading

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FIFA Fly Drive – ‘Fly In, Fool Around’ With Wicked Africa

Fans lucky enough to get tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa are counting down the days until kick off – but the adventure doesn’t need to end when the final whistle blows. With nine cities and 10 stadiums to visit, funky campervan company, Wicked Africa offers unrivalled convenience for both travel and accommodation, between games and beyond, with prices from only £241 per person, per week.

For those planning to see England play, then why not extend your visit? Wicked Africa’s affordable vans are welcome at more than 700 camps across South Africa, allowing a once-in-a-lifetime experience to discover the host country’s famous game parks, vibrant cities and beautiful coastline.

Turning a trip into a real ‘holiday of two halves’, campervan hire with Wicked Africa offers a unique opportunity to make the most of the journey itself, marvelling at the awe-inspiring landscapes, sampling the rich heritage and local cuisines, rather than simply worrying about how fast to get to the next destination. Continue Reading

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South African Airports and SITA Prepare for FIFA World Cup 2010

South Africa is preparing its airports to receive an estimated half a million visitors for the FIFA 2010 World Cup with improved check-in and self-service facilities through a $35m programme to be implemented by aviation IT and communications specialist SITA.

The five year contract will see SITA provide the equipment and infrastructure for both agent check-in and passenger self-service kiosk check-in for the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), which operates ten of the country’s airports and handles 98% of South Africa’s commercial air traffic.

The programme will immediately benefit the three international airports in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, and the local airport in Port Elizabeth.

fifa world cup 2010SITA has also agreed with Aviation Coordination Services (ACS), which represents the 75 airlines using South African airports, to provide continued maintenance and operation of the CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) and CUSS (Common Use Self Service) check-in environment.

SITA currently supplies many of the airport systems in South Africa but ACSA and ACS took the opportunity to review and upgrade services before 2010 to ensure that the surge of passengers travelling to the World Cup games could be handled with ease.

Bongani Maseko, Operations Director, ACSA, said, “This is the first time the continent of Africa is hosting this world-class event and in South Africa, as the host country, our airports will be the first and last experience our international visitors will have during the World Cup so it is vital that we are well prepared.

“As part of this agreement with SITA, we have already installed new check-in equipment and trained all airline staff at the Central Terminal Building in Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. Work in the other terminals there will be completed in the coming months and the new terminal at Cape Town International Airport will be opening in November 2009.”

Khodr Akil, SITA Regional Vice President, Africa, said: “The airports in South Africa will have to handle up to 78,000 passengers and 260 international flights per day and will also require the capability to respond flexibly to airline schedule demands at peak times. Continue Reading

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Rezidor to open Three New Hotels in Nigeria in 2012

Rezidor is strengthening its presence in Africa with three new hotels in Nigeria: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos (250 rooms), the Radisson Blu Hotel Abuja (200 rooms) and the Park Inn Abuja (125 rooms). The three hotels are all scheduled to open in 2012.

“These signings bring our portfolio in the emerging market Africa to a solid business featuring more than 30 hotels with 7,500 rooms in operation and under development, and secure our position as one of the leading hotel operators on the continent,” comments Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Abuja and the Park Inn Abuja will be located at prime sites in the Maitama district, which is also home to various embassies and international companies.

The first class and full service Radisson Blu will offer 200 rooms, a restaurant and several bars (including a cigar bar), a ballroom, and a spa.

The mid market Park Inn hotel will comprise 125 spacious rooms, a restaurant, meeting rooms, and leisure facilities including a rooftop pool. Continue Reading

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African Safaris : Tanzania tourist destinations

Tanzania is one of the unique destinations on the African continent that has yet to be discovered by many.

It is a land of many wonders hubbing an un-paralleled diversity of fauna and flora. Kilimanjaro, the highest permanently snow-capped free standing mountain in Africa, the exotic Islands of Zanzibar, the finest game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha, Selous and the Marine Park of Mafia Island are only but a few of the living examples.

The scenery, topography and very friendly people harbour the growth of excellent cultural tourism beach holidays, game hunting, historical and archaeological ventures – and certainly the best wildlife photographic safaris on the continent.

kilimanjaro giraffe wild safariBesides cultural attributes, the other tourism attractions in the country include the rich game to view in National Parks, Game Controlled Areas and Games Reserves.

Wildlife safari trip in Tanzania Northern Circuit

Moderate Luxury Tented, lodges, campsites are accommodation safari for maximum wildlife safaris in Tanzania and comfortable trip for all tourists. Northern Circuit Tour consists of Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park. There are other attractive natural scenery like Lake Eyasi, Lake Natron, Rift valley and Olduvai Gorge.

This wildlife safari tour features scenic tourist destinations, wilderness camps, balloon safaris, Maasai tour, unlimited wildlife viewing and much more… Continue Reading

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