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Lake Tanganyika
Tom Lithgow invites guests to his 130-acre island on Lake Tanganyika. Thirteen thatched-roof bungalows guarantee privacy; scuba gear and helicopter trips to Kalambo Falls guarantee fun.
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Ile Moyenne, Seychelles
This tiny island in the St. Anne National Marine Park is home to more species per square foot than any other part of the world, including giant land tortoises that roam the island freely. Take a boat taxi from nearby Mahe and spend the day...
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Houghton Dr, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, 2041, South Africa
Imported from South America in the late 1800s, jacarandas have become a favorite sight among locals as their purple blooms highlight the arrival of the spring and summer seasons. Be sure to take a slow stroll along the jacaranda-lined sidewalks of...
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V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Victoria and ALFRED waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa has seen virtually every tourist who sets foot in Cape Town. It is a hub of dining and shopping venues on the waterfront of the most beautiful city in the world. A fabulous view of...
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Dock Road, V&A Waterfront (V&A Waterfront Ticket Office), V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
This is definitely one of the best ways to see Cape Town if you're on a very short stay in the beautiful city. With a few different tour routes, as well as a two day tour option, I'm hard pressed to find a better way for a tourist to get in all...
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Robben Island, Cape Town, 7400, South Africa

One of South Africa’s most famous sights is Robben Island, located seven kilometers (four miles) to the west of Cape Town. Its history as a prison is almost as old as the first Dutch settlement on the cape—dating back to the 17th...

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108 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The Africa Cafe is a great little spot in the central business district in Cape Town. It's an opportunity to sample many different African dishes in a lively environment, complete with drumming and singing. It's a little bit touristy and pricey...
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Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751, South Africa
Mzoli’s began life in 2003 as a humble butchery serving the community of Gugs (as Gugulethu is affectionately known) where it’s owner, Mr Mzoli Ngcawuzele himself, was born and raised. Mzoli prides himself on his choice cuts, so it wasn’t long...
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Kilawani, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
A great feat of engineering from the colonial era, the Tazara Railway leaves Dar Es Salaam and rattles its once-grand carriages through the vast uninhabited Selous Game Reserve, treating its passengers to spotting giraffe, antelope, elephants, and...
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Iringa, Tanzania
The largest of Tanzania’s state-administrated national parks, Ruaha is home to the Great Ruaha River, imposing baobab trees, and one of the greatest populations of elephants in any African park. It has few lodges and therefore few...
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Tanzania
Gombe Stream National Park is home to the Gombe Stream Research Center. Founded in 1967, it is a living laboratory, and a testament to the pioneering research and conservation efforts conducted by Jane Goodall on behalf of the park’s...
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Morogoro, Tanzania
The Selous Game Reserve has a myriad lagoons, lakes, and meandering tributaries of the Rufiji River—all on which to take a boat safari. From the little, canvas-shaded boat you can spot hippos, crocodiles, exotic birds and buffalo coming to drink...
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3rd Floor, Blue Plaza, India Street, India St, Arusha, Tanzania
Tanzanite: "1,000 times rarer than diamonds" and unique to Tanzania. There are many shops selling these brilliant blue gemstones in Arusha, but the Tanzanite Experience also offers you the chance to learn bit a more about its history and how it...
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East Africa
The theme was "Out of Africa". A total of 30 guests, spanning multiple generations travelled from New York, Miami, Bermuda, Chicago, San Francisco, Palm beach, Johannesburg & London to attend a 4 day celebration at Singita Sasakwa in Serengeti....
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Entebbe, Uganda
In February 2013, my husband Michael and I set off on an 8-month trip around the world. Here’s one of the many highlights of our adventure… After going on a safari and gorilla trek where we observed wildlife at a distance, we met animals up close...
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7041 Ternan Ave street, Kampala, Uganda
I just couldn't stop staring at these enormous birds with their bald heads, long beaks, long, thin legs and magnificent flights.The Marabou Stork is gigantic with a wingspang of 2.87 m making it one of the largest flying birds in the world. As you...
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Kitoro, Entebbe, Uganda
Located between the Presidential Palace, Entebbe Golf Course, and the Airport is located the Malayaka House; an orphanage with great pizza. When I seen the jungle gym with all its tattered ropes, I could not help but think of the kids playing on...
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Market Square Rd, Kampala, Uganda
Smack in the center of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, sits bustling Nakasero Market. The busy market has a live animal section as well as departments for household appliances and clothes and whatever else you might need. There are also plenty of...
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4505 Kisaasi - Kyanja Rd, Kampala, Uganda
Make sure you visit the Ndere Centre on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday night to see one of the nations most impressive display of Ugandan music and dance. The Ndere troupe has a group of 70+ young dancers who sing and dance showcasing their...
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Kira Road, Kampala, Uganda
If visiting Uganda during November, you will no doubt see people on the streets with big plastic tubs full of grasshoppers. I was lucky enough to see the "harvesting" of the swarms of insects at night, and the numerous salesmen offering their...
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Kampala, Uganda
Address: Plot 67, Kommabonga-Bahai-Kyadondo Road Phone: +256-782-477992 Email: miriam@kagerasafaris.com Kagera Safaris is a Birding, Wildlife and Culture tour and Safari Company located in Kampala – Uganda offering Ground handling services to...
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Madinat Habu, Al Bairat, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
This temple was far less touristy and much more colorful than the other main temples in the area. Go in the morning or else, like much of Egypt, prepare to feel the fire of 1,000 suns. Even in the morning it's quite hot in June. This temple is...
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Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
The ancient temple ruins at Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, are the second most popular tourist attraction in Egypt after the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx. Karnak was built starting more than 4,000 years ago and was constructed, destroyed, and...
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Kornish Al Nile, Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
What better way to see Egypt than a luxurious cruise on the River Nile. Cruising on the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV with Abercrombie & Kent tours means you get to experience a wide range of what the country has to offer, from the Valley of the King’s to...
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Al Awameya, Gazirat Al Awameyah, Luxor, Luxor Governorate 83951, Egypt
Egypt is a country that exists in two worlds. The bustling modern city and the ancient kingdom - both are magical. When I visited, I saw both sides. In the morning, when we were on our way off the boat (our floating hotel), I heard the fisherman...
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Luxor, Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
Experience the Nile as the Pharaohs did, going slowly with only six cabins onboard. Aside from the beauty and tranquility of this cruiser, the pace of the itinerary allows time for you to actually absorb what you're seeing. Here, we're docked at...
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El-Karnak El-Gadid, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
This is the perfect place to unwind and chill by the Nile, especially after a day of touring. Watch the sun slip behind the Valley of the Kings as the call to prayer echoes across the river. Great dining on at the restaurants on property and spa...
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Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
There are so many bucket list–worthy activities to sample in Egypt: hot air ballooning over the Valley of the Kings, camel riding around the Pyramids of Giza, scuba diving in Dahab, hiking Mount Sinai in the middle of the night... choosing the...
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16 Ettimad st.Luxor, Luxor, Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate 83000, Egypt
When visiting the Temple of Hatshepsut, be sure to hike over the top and descend into the Valley of the Kings. The hike takes 30-45 minutes and is accessed by a trailhead near the visitor's center. From the top you can take photos, but you'll not...
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Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Egypt
A tourist floating up the Nile in Southern Egypt in a felucca (traditional sailboat) is full of wonder: What discoveries will the temples at Abu Simbel bring? The Temple of Isis? What is life like onboard the huge (and expensive) cruise boats that...
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Bab Zuwayla was part of the original walls of Cairo built in 1092. The Zuwayla gate is one of the most well known landmarks in the city and is also one of three remaining gates of the Fatimid dynasty. This historic gate contains twin towers, each...
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El-Gamaleya, Qism El-Gamaleya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
This gentleman caught my eye from his stool in the back of the store as I wandered through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili souk in Cairo, and he beckoned me to come in. Thinking of my already overstuffed suitcase and still a bit skittish...
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15 Meret Basha, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
The Pharaohs may be gone, but their treasures and stories can still be found at the amazing Egyptian Museum in the heart of Cairo. Over 120,000 artefacts are on display including huge statues of the pharaohs and the gods they worshipped, jewels,...
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El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Just because the Sultan Hasan Mosque is 600 years old doesn't mean they can't use modern technology to keep it clean.
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Mosque of Ibn Tulun is one of the largest and oldest mosques in Cairo, Egypt. Vistors are required to wear protective covers over their feet and women are required to wear head scarfs.
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El-Tahrir Square, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
kind of unreal to be in the location where history was made just a year ago
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Many ceramicists work at Darb 1718 in Old Cairo. Alas, these pieces were too big to fit in my suitcase!
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Al Ismaileyah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
After visiting the Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square and Cafe Riche, we walked over to Arabesque for a delightful lunch.
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Corniche el-Nil, Garden City (opposite Grand Hyatt), Giza Governorate, Egypt
Felucca rides on the Nile are one of the great, economical ways to chill out and escape the noise in Cairo for an afternoon or an evening. Grab some cold Stella beer and a bunch of assorted sandwiches from GAD downtown and head over to any of the...
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
As part of AFAR Experiences Cairo, local hosts welcomed our group into their homes for dinner one night. I had the fortune of dining at a beautiful apartment overlooking the Nile. Conversation inevitably turned to the Revolution, and the mix of...
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14 st.massara,shoubra، 14 المسره، Gazirat Badran, Rawd Al Farag, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Coptic priest and spiritual leader, Father Sarabamone at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Barbara, which dates back to the 5th century.
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Al Fostat, Abu as Saoud Al Madabegh, Misr Al Qadimah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
After a morning exploring Old Cairo, visiting artisans and shopping, Mazaher performed Zar percussion and dancing at Darb 1718. The musicians of Mazaher, Umm Sumeh and Hassan, are two of the last practioners of Zar in Egypt. Zar is a cathartic...
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15 Hoda Shaarawy, Bab Al Louq, Qasr an Nile، Cairo Governorate, Egypt
When I asked my local guide where to get a real taste of Cairo, she brought me to Felfela. This restaurant has been cooking falafel the same way since 1959 and they have definitely perfected the art. Chefs toss balls of batter into boiling oil....
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Garden City, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
While one typically envisions riding camels through deserts when they imagine Egypt, there is so much more to Cairo. Although the donkey carts and women in gallabeya do exist, one can't help they are walking in Europe when they pass through the...
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Built by French architect Alexander Marcel, and modeled after Cambodian temples in Angkor Wat and Hindu temples in Orissa, Baron's Palace is one of Cairo's most underrated treasures. Because of a dispute with its owner, who resides in the Gulf,...
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2 Off Bab El Louq St., El Falaky Sq.، DOWNTOWN، عابدين، محافظة القاهرة‬، Egypt
El Horreya is one of Cairo’s few bars, and it’s located about a half mile from the Tahrir Square and the Cairo Museum. At this his bar, covered in revolutionary graffiti, alcohol is served in one room and tea in another. In both sections, you can...
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
My friend took this photo in front of the Cairo Marriott-a former palace. I love the early morning lighting with the doorman in his Fez and the Arabian guests dressed all in white leaving the hotel with his son.
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El-Gamaleya, Qism El-Gamaleya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
A beautiful teahouse at Khan El Khalili, the impressive souk in Cairo which dates to the 1300's. Could have spent a week in the bazaar!