Go 2 Africa

Please join us in welcoming our new affiliate friends, Go2Africa.com Since 1998 they have been planning trips the length and breadth of the continent. The secret to their success?  Their commitment to first-hand knowledge of every destination, lodge, and activity that they recommend. Collectively, they spend more than 365 days a year on safari to ensure you get the best,…

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Aqaba job

“I last found myself here, inadvertently, in March 2020. My planned journey from the Saudi tourism hub of Al Ula to the Yemeni island of Socotra collapsed when the flight to Cairo was cancelled as frontiers slammed shut. Rather than taking that as an early sign of an impending travel shutdown and seeking the fastest route home, I stubbornly caught…

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Learn how to rock

We all (I assume) live on this lump that we call earth.  It is very old.  We use it every day.  We usually don’t pay much attention to it, although it is becoming increasingly and scarily apparent that we should. Earth is mostly made of rock.  But what exactly is rock and what can we learn from it? The Open…

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An old book smells like ancient Egypt

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.  Ray Bradbury But a new Egypt is even better, and it is getting better every day, indeed, especially when it comes to new architecture. Contemporary Egyptian architecture draws from a rich history. As a cradle of civilization,…

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Radisson looks east …. Middle-East

Radisson Hotel Group has secured a record year in its fastest growing region, the Middle East & Africa, with 21 signings and seven hotel openings achieved thus far. The expansion drive includes the announcement of eight hotels in Morocco, the entry into Thakher Makkah with nearly 1,000 rooms, as well as the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in both…

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U need a UNESCO

Recently, all eyes have been on UNESCO, the France-based body that bestows the ranking of “World Heritage Site” on some of the world’s most beautiful, historic and otherwise important places. In many years, the announcement of new additions to the UNESCO list is a cause for some excitement, at least in the travel world. But 2021’s announcement season has been significantly more dramatic. Read…

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Kenya call me a taxi?

No matter where you look, the world is getting bigger and better – and sometimes in places where you might least expect it.  It’s time to change our worldview.  The future is now. A Kenya Airways subsidiary might just be flying “ultra short-haul” in the future through a partnership with Embraer subsidiary Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions – or simple…

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You wanna Botswana?

It’s the remarkable and divers landscapes of Botswana’s parks and reserves that make this country such a noteworthy and unforgettable safari destination. In the North, there are the shimmering waterways and green floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Dominating the soul of the country is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a remotes but beyond belief sandy wilds. Then there’s Chobe National…

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Lagos’ lago

Even a dummy will know that the world is changing, but sometimes news comes out of relatively nowhere and completely takes you by surprise. In this case, we’re taking about Lagos in Nigeria.  Already a rich and powerful nation, there are estimates that it will have the largest population of any country in the world (see the video for details.)…

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Bushcamp in Zambia

Hey tiger, want to explore the bush and find your inner animal? In style, of course.  And a rather special place is the The Bushcamp Company in Zambia.  It’s been around for a while, but they’ve spent a number of months refreshing the place.  The award-winning Mfuwe safari lodge is set in the most prolific game area of the South…

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Glee in the Sahara

There is almost nothing more exotic and romantic to staying in the desert. No matter where the desert might be, the mind conjures up images of windblown tents, camels, the elixir of tea. Realistically, most of us do not have the means nor the knowledge to embark on such an adventure.  But our travel affiliate friends, Get Your Guide have…

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Think pink, don’t drink pink

It’s almost like a fairytale.  But don’t get tipsy and mistake it for a piña colada.  Lake Retba is a true natural phenomenon located only 30 miles from Dakar.  The highly saline Pink Lake lives up to its name.   It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas. Lake…

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Nice! Azman

It’s always nice to see new (or old) airlines bring themselves back to life, especially if there is sufficient desire and cash to make it work.   One example is Nigeria’s Azman Air.  They have  been given approval to fly the airline’s only plane, a Airbus A340-600 on international flights. After a string of recent affirmation flights, Nigeria’s safety regulator OK’d…

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You CAN get there from here

If you’re an inquisitive pathfinder, likely your dreams and your aspirations take you all over the map.   But the world is a rather big place.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend time being there rather than online, planning? Well, have we got news for you.  We’d especially like to feature our affiliate friends 12go.  They are a…

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Chunnel of love

As of this writing, the past few years have been tumultuous, to say the least.  Between pandemics, anger in the streets, despicable political maneuvering and change in almost every country, the world is not the one we that thought we knew. One such event was Brexit.  For those not aware, this was an event that happened at the end of…

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Namibia

A traveler’s dream is to find an honest, unspoiled and inexpensive place to go.  As the world gets smaller, this remit gets harder to fill.  But, read below about Namibia.  You might be delighted. “Arguably Namibia’s main attraction is nature—it’s a country of spectacular scenery and plentiful wildlife, from camping amidst the stunning orange dunes of the Namib Desert to…

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Emirates are shrinking

Emirates airlines, one of our affiliate partners, are known for their fleet of top-of-the-line aircraft:  one of the youngest fleets in the world made up entirely of Emirates A380 and Boeing 777s.  Emirates fly to over 135 destinations every year.  But, the prevailing winds are blowing, and for a number of reasons.  First, aircraft of that size are expensive to…

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Straton’s Tower of power

If you’re a fan of ancient history, like we are, you’ll certainly be familiar with how the Romans changed the world in so many ways.  Certainly, as you travel through Europe, the evidence is plain.  But as you head east, you will also be surprised and amazed at how far they conquered and what they achieved.   An excellent example of…

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Can you Lamu?

Here is a place that might be new for you – Lamu, Kenya.  Almost forgotten in time, Lamu Island is a port, city, and island just off the shore of Kenya in the Indian Ocean approximately 150 miles from Mombasa. It is a part of the East African country of Kenya. Lamu was founded in the 12th Century. Lamu is…

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A GEM among them

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you will most certainly know about the immense and exciting GEM museum in Cairo. GEM stands for Grand Egyptian Museum and it will be a stunning building even separate of its incredible jewels, artefacts and mummies. When it is completed, the Grand Egyptian Museum just outside of Cairo on the Giza Plateau…

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