Africa; A Huge A** Continent.

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1.Kenya

What’s The Gist?

What clueless people think of when they think

“Africa”

;aside from thinking it’s a country that is. Considering the breathtaking scenes, exotic animals plus the ease of access it’s easy to see why Kenya seems to be at the top of every explorer’s list.

What To Do?

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Safaris, safaris & more safaris! Make sure you shop around & haggle for competitive prices. There are Safaris for literally almost everything; from camel, horse riding Safaris, walking Safaris & hot air balloon safaris to even snake safaris…

ugh.

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Kenya’s  beautiful landscape enables the golf culture in the country. Multiple golf clubs in Nairobi are world renowned & guarantee to
give the ultimate golfing experience.

12 East African Countries to visit4For the culture seeking explorer, you could visit the City of Nairobi an African metropolis. Consider attending music & cultural
festivals in the city.

What’s Up For Grub?

Probably anything you can imagine.

Kenya is one of Africa’s melting pot so expect a huge array of diverse cuisine; from French cuisine to Kenyan beef jerky.

Here Are Some Things To Note

In 1963 Kenyans got their independence from the British.

They speak English…hello colonization! & Swahili too.

Jomo Kenyatta International airport is 20 minutes from the business district.

Wear what you want but keep in mind that Africans –like anyone else extra conservative could be an opinionated bunch.

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2.Madagascar

What’s The Gist?

You may have watched the DreamWorks movie named after this mesmerizing country.

& Yes, the hype is real.

Madagascar’s ecology is so diverse & unique that 90% of it’s flora is native; because of this, Madagascar is sometimes referred to as “The Eighth Continent”. But there’s much more to this beautiful cluster or islands than adorable mischievous lemurs.

What To Do?

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Do visit the Parc National de I’Isalo;

3it’s Madagascar’s largest National park & go on the Canyon de Singes hike.

You might bump into some ring tailed fuzzy friends.

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Do visit the Avenue of the Baobabs with century old baobab tree lined on each side of the dirt road.

If you’re up for it, Madagascar is a great place for Tour by bike. Bike down the island taking pit stops as needed in small towns and villages to get immersed in the culture.

If all else fails take a walk of one of the Islands many ivory sand colored beaches for a view that is indescribably breathtaking.

What’s Up For Grub?

Word on the street is the market place has some exotic street food for the low!

However meals less than a $1 can be found throughout the islands.

We hear the rice cakes are worth everybody’s while.

Here Are Some Things To Note

Kenya Airways or Ethiopian Airlines have the best deals with lower fares & the best connections.

Malagasy people speak Malagasy& French.

However, you will find those pesky English speakers throughout the Island.

Drink the tap water at your own risk..

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3. Tanzania

What’s The Gist?

Tanzania could be known to many to as home to the famous Maasai however this quiet country off the indian ocean coastline is definitely a unique tourist location in it’s own right. Tanzania has something for everyone from Africa’s highest mountain to the world’s second deepest lake. Adventure and fun-seekers beware!

“Maasai: are an ethnic group specific to northern Tanzania & Southern Kenya. Known for their beautiful traditions & intricate attires.”

What To Do?

One of the worlds’s largest faunal reserve The Selous Game Reserve is located in the south of Tanzania.

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Experience the chance to see big predator cats like hyenas, cheetahs &
leopards in their habitat. If you’re up for a thrilling & exciting work out; do go hiking on Africa’s highest peak, Mount 7Kilimanjaro.

Scuba dive along the coastline in Zanzibar & go on a local spice tour. Tanzanians are crazy about their coffee; go on a coffee tour on the plantations to see how the beans are grown & roasted.

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What’s Up For Grub?

There are quiet a number of vegetarian options in Tanzanian cuisine, cow huggers you win this time !

Here Are Some Things To Note

Tanzanians speak Swahili & English.

The World’s highest Rhino population is located in Tanzania.

Nigerian or East African?

Then you’re in luck cause it’s grounds for a visa free entry.

Tanzanians are usually extra chill. Being one of the least judgy African countries, so wear whatever you like.

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4. Malawi

The first color Malawi brings to mind is green. So much greenery covers the country with dramatic river valleys, highlands, beaches mountains & forests. The sweetest cherry on top? Malawians are considered one of the most friendly group of people in Africa.

Try not to freak out.

They really are that friendly.

What’s The Gist?

It’s a country where the locals actually embrace tourist.

But it gets better.

Do visit Malawi’s major national park Liwonde National park to catch a sighting of ] hippopotamuses & crocodiles carrying on about their daily activities while minding their business in their natural habitat.
Do take a hike to Lake Malawi. Home to an array of diverse aquatic bird species. However, one of nature simple but delightful surprises is watching the colorful Cichlid fish swim in the water.

What To Do?

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Do scuba dive on mini islands like Chizumulu or Likoma Islands just a ways from the western shore of neighboring country Mozambique. Or visit Chintheche beach to feel fine lush ivory sand in between your toes.

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Go to the industrial capital of Nothern Malawi to get your hands on some authentic Arabia coffee & make pit stop at Nkata bay to patronize some local hardwood artisan. The artisan make immaculate hand sculpted 100% wooden artisan structures. These pieces are not only unique but could be conversational. They are also a good way to support local business while taking a a little piece of Rwanda with you at the end of your trip.

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What’s Up For Grub?

Local delicacies include Nsima –cornmeal– served with a of vegetable dish which is not uncommon for African Cuisine.

Try some Mandasi. Which described as deep fried sweet fritters –somebody say carnival food!– or some barbecued meat of fish called Kanyenya.

Here Are Some Things To Note

Public transport works extremely well in Malawi.

Malawians speak Chichewa & English.

Check for flight prices with Kenyan Airways or look one online.

Stereotypically known as The Warm Heart of Africa Malawians are the epitome of warmth & friendliness.

Don’t be weirded out they’re just nice.

Express yourself through clothing. No one cares.

Legend has it Malawi has the best mangoes.

Try some & you be the judge.

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5. Seychelles

Welcome to Seychelles;

a well kept secret.

Considered one of the earth’s most beautiful mesmerizing Islands, Seychelles is not short of ethereal. A regular morning on the beach is you witnessing thousands of turtles wash up ashore laying their eggs on the fine white glowing sand in broad daylight!

Warm climate coupled with the refreshing sea breeze makes this country of islands the perfect combination for a holiday getaway. Alleged home of the real of garden of Eden, there’s a lot to behold in this country akin to paradise.

What’s The Gist?

Rent a bike & take a trip to the motor-less city of La Digue. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Anse Lazio a tourist location on every “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” list. If you can’t there are a plethora of beaches in Seychelles all equally as stunning. Do go scuba diving & snorkeling you might sight the black parrot bird native to Seychelles.

What To Do?

14Go to Praslin Island to visit Vallée de Mai National park the rumored original Garden Of Eden with flora & fauna so breathtakingly unique it is protected by law.

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Get spiritual or inquisitive & visit the Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar temple; a compelling structure to behold in the very least. Remember to take your shoes off though!

Nightlife in Seychelles is one for the books. Careful curated for tourists, the city Victoria awakens at night. Bustling with colorful lights, music & food. All the bells & whistles necessary for a memorable night out in town on the prowl.

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What’s Up For Grub?

Seychellois cuisine consists of seafood in new exciting DELICIOUS ways. Try some fresh red snapper, seasoned authentic creole cooking style. After all the population is 92% creole.

Here Are Some Things To NOTE

They speak Seychellois Creole, English & French.

There’s only one international airport & Kenya Airways flies there. Check online for comparable prices.

The nightlife is classy so put an effort into your clothing; Think heels or a dress shirt.

Be kind to the wildlife; Seychellois are nature lovers.

With 115 islands & no visa is required! The question is 

Why not now?

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6. Uganda

The land of diverse alluring landscape; from dense jungles, wetland forests to mountains, waterfalls & beaches the only thing Uganda lacks are sand dunes. And let’s be real, who travels specifically to see sand dunes?

What’s The Gist?

See some wildlife in the country’s largest national park Murchison Falls. Play a fun game of “Spot The Leopard” or go on the most sought after attraction of Uganda; a gorilla trek in Bwindi.

Do visit Jinja to explore the white Nile River. You could go white water rafting in it or zip-line in Griffin or Bujagai falls. Do visit Ssese Islands a little gem in east Africa of the coast of the indian ocean filled with ivory sun kissed beaches.

What To Do?

18Visit Kampala the country’s capital & go on a walking tour to immerse yourself in culture. You could make a trip of it and visit the Ndere a centre that showcases Ugandan culture through music and dance. Stop by at Entebbe craft to watch local artisans make their handmade wooden sculptured drums.

19Cross the famous equator line between the Northern & Southern hemisphere in Kayabwe; a town 420 kilometers from Kampala.

If you have some extra time do visit the tea plantations Uganda’s largest export. If all else fails take a walk of one of the Islands many ivory sand colored beaches for a view that is indescribably breathtaking.

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What’s Up For Grub?

Try some Matoke & chapati a type of bread found featured in lots of East African dishes.
Or some deliciously home grown readily available Chai tea.

Ugandan cuisine is also extremely vegetarian friendly.

Here Are Some Things To Note

Ugandan’s speak english.

Entebbe international is a hub aka cheaper & more frequent flights South African Airways has daily direct flights fromJohannesburg.

Public transportation is pretty descent.

Domestic flights are reliable & safe.

Wear whatever you want.

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7. Eritrea

Eritrea may not be the first country that comes to mind with the
word

“Africa!”

however the amazing scenic topographic landscapes is sure to stun even the most experienced world traveller. Mountains make this charming country a photographer’s paradise. Eritrea is a good place for photographic tourism or nature appreciators.

What’s The Gist?

If you have an appreciation for history or anthropology; then Eritrea is your destination of choice. Go crazy at noteworthy religious sites like the Tomb of Said Abu Brel Migami.

What To Do?

22Do go cycling in the capital Asmara; it’s a popular sport in Eritrea & if you book your ticket right; you could participate in their annual Asmara-Ken races.

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Visit Keren, Eritrea’s Third’s largest city. Keren is known for it’s famous diverse bright & colorful markets. Take a walk down the market streets for a nice relaxing day with unique Insta worthy locations.

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What’s Up For Grub?

Visit the culinary gem Massawa & get Yemen styled fresh fish smoked in a tandoori oven.
Try the local speciality, Injera; a spongy pancake.

Here Are Some Things To Note

Eritreans speak Tigrinya & Arabic but you find those pesky English speakers everywhere.

Yes, your western style clothing is appropriate just don’t over do it.

We wouldn’t.

Egypt Air, Fly Dubai &Turkish Airlines all flight to Eritrea.

Don’t be dramatic, it’s safe. But be careful. Don’t be too critical of the government. The secret service could be listening!

In 1935 the capital Asmara was considered one of the most modern cities in Africa & the center of Italy’s East African empire.

Go for coffee if a local invites you. Eritreans make an experience of coffee drinking with a traditional coffee ceremony performed by native Eritrean women.

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8. Rwanda

From natural ever green grasslands to gorilla tours, it’s a wonder why Rwanda isn’t on everyone “explore Africa” but one helicopter ride & a bird’s eye view of the landscape would give you an impressive hair-raising awe-inspiring reason to reconsider. It’s a good thing such rides are offered.

What’s The Gist?

Snack size but yet still intriguing, exploring this beautifully resilient country on land lives up to the positive expectations. So do explore this landlocked state on ground.26 Go biking or hike on the Congo Nile trail. It’s arguably the best backpacking route in East Africa!

Do go gorilla tracking. Mountain gorillas are an endangered species with less than 900 left in the world. Rwanda is home to over half on them located in the Virunga Mountain range.

Some of the proceeding go back into the continued conservation of Mountain gorillas. Get immersed in nature & help a good cause.

What To Do?

27Take a trip to the Kinunu Coffee washing stations to sample some authentic Rwandese coffee or visit a Tea plantation to learn about the production of one of Rwanda’s biggest export.

Do visit the capital, Kigali. Spend a day browsing Ivuka Arts Center a space purposefully curated to showcase local emerging artist & Rwandese culture. Drop by at the Caplaki Craft village for a unique beautifully beaded souvenir handmade by local craft makers.

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What’s Up For Grub?

Grab a brochette (a goat kebab). You can never go wrong with a good kebab!
If you’re lucky you could find some Nyama Choma a local delicacy. & don’t be afraid to walk into a local milk bar for some fresh refreshing organic milk !

Here Are Some Things To Note

Rwandese people are fluent in Kinyarwanda, English & French.

Tea is Rwanda’s largest export.

Rwanda has open boarders with Tanzania.

Rwandese buffets aren’t all you can eat. So simply, pile up that first plate!


Catch some good flight deals from Uganda & Brussels or check online. Don’t wear some dusty old T-shirt. The locals dress pretty sharp.

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9. Djibouti

This every sunny delightful country has a fun name that’s the butt of all jokes. Okay seriously, Djibouti is truly a sight for sore eyes. With a multitude of lakes & a bustling culinary scene. Djibouti; seems like the little country that gives on giving.

What’s The Gist?

Do catch some breathtaking views at “Honey Lake” a crater lake located at the western end of the Gulf of Tadjoua. The lake is stunning & it’s on it’s way to being a UNESCO World Heritage site. We weren’t kidding about the views! & ifyou aren’t all “laked” out from the serene sights at Honey Lake visit some of the other lakes like Lake Abbe or Assal.

What To Do?

30All of Djibouti’s lakes have equally over & beyond impressive views. Fancy a challenge or a rush of adrenaline? Snorkel with some whales at the Gulf of Tadjoua.

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Stop by at Africa’s best Tropical Aquariums in Le Marché Central. The aquauriam was specifically designed to make you feel like you’ve teleport underwater into the Red sea.

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What’s Up For Grub?

Djiboutians cook a mean oven baked fresh fish.So definitely try some Poisson Yemenite. Amen! To tasty food that’s good for you ! But who really about calories on vacation?Mokbasa is a special treat made out of raw honey & dates.

Here Are Some Things To Note

Djiboutians speak Arabic, French & English.

Be mindful & aware of where yoU take pictures; it COULD offend.

Never pay more than 2,000 Djiboutian Francs for a ride from the airport to Kempinski.


It only takes about an hour to walk the entire city of Djibouti the capital of Djibouti.

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10. Somalia

Ivory colored sand beaches, baby blue waters & sparkling coral reefs probably isn’t something you associate Somalia but a visit to Sa’ ad-Dun Island –one of the country’s National Park– would make you beg to differ. Or just visit one of the many beaches like the Lido Beach.

What’s The Gist?

34History buff or not Laas Geel is a place to experience. Visit the cave your ancestors lived in leaving behind some of the earliest untouched cave paintings discovered on the Horn Of Africa; a thrilling trip down memory lane. But the view of the Somalian landscape is enough to take the trip to Las Geel.

What To Do?

35Be inspired with a trip to the Shanghai Old City Area in Mogadishu. It’s considered a tourist attraction. The poetically beautiful city’s delightful unique intricate architectural structures is heavily wrapped in Chinese design influence.

Stuck in time, the city is also a remainder of the years of Italian colonization.

Go the Hargeisa; a hassle free market with vendors interacting with each other while selling things from homemade perfume, clothes to impeccable street food & sipping tea. If you’ve had a long day of exploring, take a trip to Hargeisa War Memorial to learn some Somalian history about some brave Somalis people.

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What’s Up For Grub?

We hear Somalis whip up some mean Camel meat & it’s worth risking it all.

Dalxiss restaurant is also a tourist hotspot in a nice relaxing tranquil garden setting.

Here Are Some Things To Note

They speak Somali & Arabic.

It’s as safe any country you’ve been too but don’t be a DODO.

The most reliable way into Somalia is throughAfrican Express.

It’s a conservative country so please be respectful.

Don’t take random pictures of people & don’t wander past Mogadishu.

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11. Comores

What’s The Gist?

Well, the Comoros Islands are a group of three major islands that form an Archipelago. These volcanic islands are also romantically called the Perfumed Island but not without reason. You can see & smell the exotic bountiful flora of this mesmerizing country throughout the islands.

“Archipelago: a cluster or collections of Islands”

What To Do?

38History nuts go crazy.

Historical towns with narrow streets established as far back as 12th century still exist. They serene, imperfectly  encased in time with all the original architecture. An architect could only dream!

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Visit Moroni, old Arab town. It was developed in the 14th century, know historically as an old African-Arabic trade town. Or hike to steal a glance at beautiful &  the beautiful waterfalls like the Dziankoudre.

If all else fails go to one of the many beaches for a classic & breathtaking view. After all, there are three islands.

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What’s Up For Grub?

The Comoros Island was colonized by
the French so

ding!

Ding!

Ding!

Authentic French Cuisine!

This could be found around the Islands.

The Comoros Islands obviously has coasts so the locals could do amazing things with seafood. It’s a seafood lovers paradise.

Here Are Some Things To Note

The Comoros  is one of least populous countries in the world with less than a million people.

The Comoros Islands were colonized by the French & got their independence in 1975.
They speak Comorian, Arabic &…You guessed it !
…French.

We Hear Connecting flights from Paris are super cheap cause half of the working class are French expatriates. Not going to France?

No problem. Flights from Kenya Airways fly directly from Nairobi thrice a week.

Quick

book a deal!

It’s a conservative country so long sleeves & no knees please. This isn’t enforced by law but don’t be an uncultured swine.

 

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