Africa Will Steal Your Heart

Africa Will Steal Your Heart

 

Africa is not often on people’s hit list when thinking of a holiday, but there’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be. The wonders that you would be able to explore are amazing.

You will have adventures you will never be able to have in other countries, and your time will be filled with experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime.

Due to the vast landscape and beautiful wildlife, Africa truly is one of the best countries that you could visit. If you give it a go, we promise it will steal your heart, here’s why.

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Hidden Gems

Africa is full of hidden gems, let us tell you that for sure! One minute you could be walking down one of the main streets in Kenya, the next you could be immersed into a new terrain, bringing some of the most wonderful views of the planes of Africa.

Kenya is one of the best parts of the country to visit if you want to experience wildlife. It has plenty of nature reserves and national parks, with guided tours being held nearly every day.

There are also some truly stunning places to stop, such as the masai mara luxury accommodation. You’ll wake up to some of the most amazing views, and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, with only yourselves and nature to enjoy.

If you want a little hidden gem, one that’s a little bit different to the wildlife you’re going to see, take a trip to the Gedi ruins, you won’t be disappointed!

Experience The Wildlife

If you’re going to Africa, one of the main things you should be going for is the wildlife. It’s full of it, no matter what part you go to.

We’ve already said that Kenya has some good wildlife national parks, such as the Amboseli national park. But there are so many more dotted around Africa for you to have a look at.

The Serengeti national park has to be one of the most famous. The wildlife living here has ruled the planes for as long as they have lived, and the rangers here work day and night to make sure they’re all safe, especially from the likes of hunters.

Take one of the Safari tours, and experience what Africa is best known for. Never try and venture out alone, as good as Africa is, it’s a dangerous place for both violence, and the animals that you may come across.

 

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Experience The Culture

Africa is full of rich culture. The many tribes that still exist, and also rule their own villages are incredible. Besides the dangers that we have just mentioned, Africa is one of the friendliest nations if you go to the right location.

The tribes will welcome you, as you should welcome them with gifts. You’ll experience so amazing food, amazing dances and rituals, and see a culture that you will possibly never get to experience again.

So, do you feel as though Africa is going to steal your heart now? We believe it will so get booking whilst you still can!

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Africa Will Steal Your Heart

Living The African Dream

Living The African Dream

 

Ask most people where they fancy taking a jaunt to next and the chances are they’ll reel off a whole list of the mundane, usual and generic: Thailand, India and South America have been go-to haunts of many a backpacker for the past two decades.

When young twenty-somethings head off to find themselves on a gap year or a thirty-something disillusioned worker fancies taking a break from the 9 – 5, the chances are they’ll find themselves in one of these exotic places.

There’s nothing wrong with these destinations, but sometimes it pays to venture off the beaten track a little.

One continent that escapes many travellers, is Africa. The land of savannahs, the Masai Mara, urban sprawls, cosmopolitan nightlife, gastronomic delights and wildlife is seen as a far-flung destination that doesn’t warrant exploration.

Delve a little deeper beneath the generic safari tours, and you’ll discover a variety of cultures that you can immerse yourself in, new people that you can meet and converse with and more experiences of a lifetime than you can shake a stick at.

Take a look at these awesome ideas that will inspire you to take a trip to the land of Africa.

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The Animals

No article about Africa would be complete without a mention of the wildlife. From laid-back hippopotamus drinking at their watering hole to wildebeest migrating across the plains and from gorillas chilling in the jungles of Uganda to the rare black rhino meandering across the savannah, there is awe and wonder to be found on this continent.

Even if your not a wildlife lover, no one could deny the splendour of a safari. Heading out with local guides across the Masai Mara in Kenya tracking lion prides and witnessing giraffe feeding is a sight to behold.

For those of a more snap happy persuasion, there are plenty of opportunities to get those close up shots of elephants in their own environment.

Safari holidays have become a lot more sophisticated in recent years. Tapping into the luxury market, there’s now no need to make do with a tent under the stars and shared toilet facilities that consist of a hole in the ground.

Five-star safari resorts now make it a point of business to set up luxury tours for the more discerning traveller. Gourmet chefs are on hand to provide the highest quality regional cuisine every evening and the accommodation is second only to a five-star resort on the coast.

 

 

Getting Active

You don’t have to venture to Everest to climb a mountain. One of the most accessible and enjoyable treks to a summit can be found in Africa climbing the great Kilimanjaro.

Thousands of tourists each year attempt to scale the summit, usually beginning before dawn, so they have the chance to see the majestic sunrise.

If you feel like taking on more of a challenge, why not head to Namibia. This lesser explored region is home to less touristy mountain ranges.

Find some accommodation in Swakopmund and relax a little before you take a jaunt to Mount Brandburg. Known by its eerie nickname of Fire Mountain, this incredible piece of geographic and social history has hundreds of ancient rock paintings as clear as when they were first drawn for climbers to admire as they trek past.

If you don’t fancy a mountain, why not head higher. You could take a look at some of the adventure tours in South Africa that offer mind-blowing skydiving trips from 12,000 feet above the savannah strewn country.

Alternatively, you could try a bungee jump from Bloukrans Bridge; the highest of its kind in the world.

 

 

Food

A trip to Africa isn’t complete without a foray into the culinary delights of the continent. Depending on which destinations you choose to visit, you could be chowing down on Moroccan tagine stews, the meaty street food morsels of Egypt or the moreish alloco plantain sweet treat from Cote d’Ivoire.

Morocco is a culinary haven that many Western backpackers enjoy visiting. As the sun goes down, there’s no better way to while away an evening than by heading to the street food markets and the souks to taste street food vendors delights.

Hot, spicy, sweet and sour bites are on offer to sample as you meander about the stalls. Many choose to eat where the locals go to partake in a truly authentic experience.

 

 

Beaches

You don’t have to be an active fiend or an adrenaline junkie to enjoy what Africa has to offer. Venture to the crystal clear ocean shorelines of Zanzibar, South Africa or the Gambia and you could spend a fortnight relaxing on a secluded beach with white sand underfoot and a cocktail in your hand as you relax with a good book.

The ultimate destination for relaxation, you could stay in a beachside villa, enjoy a spot of five-star luxury and take a dip in the ocean and go snorkelling to see tropical fish of every colour as you escape the heat of the midday sun.

Forget climbing a mountain, tracking the most ferocious wildlife known to man or venturing out to source your food. If you fancy it, you could be waited on hand and foot as you enjoy a spot of R and R on some of the world’s finest coastline.

Africa is a land of extreme contrasts. With over fifty nations making up this vast continent, it’s no surprise that a single visit will not satisfy your hunger for sampling African delights.

Perfect for a romantic trip for loved up couples, the ideal family holiday or a single person’s jaunt, Africa caters for all.

Whether you want to see the Pyramids, head to a volunteer project in Lesotho or trek across the Ethiopian landscape, there is something for every sort of traveller.

The next time you’re planning your latest trip across the globe, why not forego the usual and stereotypical backpacker fare and head to Africa?

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It’s All About The Blue At Chefchaouen in Morocco

It's All About the Blue at Chefchaouen in Morocco - Lucy Williams Global

We sailed into Ceuta, Spanish Morocco and drove to Chefchaouen. It is in the Moroccan Rif Mountains and it takes just under three hours to reach.

In the Medina of Chefchaouen in Morocco, it is all about the blue. Everything is painted blue!

Walking through the narrow streets all you see is blue walls, blue doors, blue window frames, blue plant pots, blue stairs and blue paths in all different shades of blue.

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Why is everything blue?

Why is it all blue? There are several theories:

  • The blue keeps the mosquitos away
  • The blue symbolises the sky and heaven and acts as a reminder to lead a spiritual life
  • The blue was brought in by the Jewish when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s

The blue looks beautiful and is so different from any other place. Walking through the town there are shops selling herbs and spices, coloured powders, oils, blankets, knitted hats, camel-hair rugs, paintings, ceramic pots and souvenirs.

Medina of Chefchaouen

There are many hotels and restaurants in the Medina (old town) of Chefchaouen or as the locals call it ‘Chaouen’.

We ate in a local restaurant and had a chickpea soup, pita bread, salad, lamb and vegetable stew, followed by little cookies and mint tea.

The city was founded in 1471 and still in the centre of the Medina is an old fortress from that time. Today surrounding the fortress is a market square with local people selling their wares.

We were there in the middle of April and the season had started so there were quite a few tourists already. In the summer months Chefchaouen is a busy tourist destination, so keep that in mind when booking your trip.

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Essential Info:

  • Weather: Winter: 14*C – 18*C/Summer 20*C – 30*C
  • Top Tip: Wear layers and keep your wallet close to you.
  • Currency: Euro, but they also take US Dollars

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It's All About the Blue at Chefchaouen in Morocco - Lucy Williams Global

Sailing through the Suez Canal Egypt

Sailing through the Suez Canal Egypt - Lucy Williams Global

 

The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It is 120.11 miles (193.30 km) long and 24m (79 ft.) deep and 205 meters (673 ft.) wide.

It was built so ships did not have to sail all around Africa to get to the Mediterranean from the Middle East. That is why we sailed through to get to the Mediterranean Sea from the Red Sea in the Middle East on the world cruise.

It took ten years to build and was opened in 1869. It was built by the Suez Canal Company. During the early years of construction, they used forced labour of Egyptian workers.

Later that stopped and over the ten years, 1.5 million people from various countries were employed to build the canal.

The Suez Canal is different from the Panama Canal as the waterway does not have a lock system. This is because of the flat terrain and a minor sea level difference between each end.

There is one shipping lane and ships must go in convoy to transit the canal. It takes between 11 to 16 hours. It is mainly oil tankers and container ships that pass through the canal. We were the only cruise ship going through that day.

When we entered the canal I could smell it! The scenery going through the canal changes throughout the transit. From just sand, to the odd building or mosque. Then to a desert town to a town that is very green. See the photos below:

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