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KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

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freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

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yo-slimdickens:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

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yo-slimdickens:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

!!!!!!
yo-slimdickens:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

!!!!!!
yo-slimdickens:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

!!!!!!
yo-slimdickens:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

!!!!!!
yo-slimdickens:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones GibsonThis amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

!!!!!!

yo-slimdickens:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones Gibson

This amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.

Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.

Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

!!!!!!

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BEST POSTS OF 2013 #13: 5 Places to Visit in Central Africa
Mile Six Beach, Cameroon
Although it’s not as well known as other more prominent surfing destinations around the world, Cameroon’s Mile Six Beach located in the Southwest province and lies along the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its perfect surfing waves and far less crowded than other more popular surfing spots.
Boca de Inferno,  São Tomé and Príncipe
Translated into English as ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and with good reason, this impressive and absolutely astounding water sprout is described as, “is a natural phenomenon caused when the waves finds their way in to a narrow ravine that ends in a cave with a hole in the roof. The water is then forced up through the hole and creates a cascade of water that shoots up into the air.”
Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon, Gabon
A vast collection of Gabon’s rich history is housed in this wonderful museum located in the country’s capital city of Libreville.
The Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo
An incredible body of water is the world’s deepest river, and the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, the second-longest river in Africa and the fifth-longest river in the world. It also wields more hydroelectric power potential than almost any other river in the world. It is a magnificent source of life - both for humans and the fauna that live in and surround it. Navigating the source of the river from the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift to where it ends and deposits itself in the South Atlantic Ocean will take you from when end of the DRC to the other. 
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
A once co-host city of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Equatorial Guinea’s captial city is located just off the mainland on Bioko island and whilst it doesn’t have a strong tourist culture and infrastructure, there’s much to do for the non-commercial tourist who appreciates local life in places not familiar to them.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #13: 5 Places to Visit in Central Africa
Mile Six Beach, Cameroon
Although it’s not as well known as other more prominent surfing destinations around the world, Cameroon’s Mile Six Beach located in the Southwest province and lies along the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its perfect surfing waves and far less crowded than other more popular surfing spots.
Boca de Inferno,  São Tomé and Príncipe
Translated into English as ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and with good reason, this impressive and absolutely astounding water sprout is described as, “is a natural phenomenon caused when the waves finds their way in to a narrow ravine that ends in a cave with a hole in the roof. The water is then forced up through the hole and creates a cascade of water that shoots up into the air.”
Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon, Gabon
A vast collection of Gabon’s rich history is housed in this wonderful museum located in the country’s capital city of Libreville.
The Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo
An incredible body of water is the world’s deepest river, and the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, the second-longest river in Africa and the fifth-longest river in the world. It also wields more hydroelectric power potential than almost any other river in the world. It is a magnificent source of life - both for humans and the fauna that live in and surround it. Navigating the source of the river from the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift to where it ends and deposits itself in the South Atlantic Ocean will take you from when end of the DRC to the other. 
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
A once co-host city of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Equatorial Guinea’s captial city is located just off the mainland on Bioko island and whilst it doesn’t have a strong tourist culture and infrastructure, there’s much to do for the non-commercial tourist who appreciates local life in places not familiar to them.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #13: 5 Places to Visit in Central Africa
Mile Six Beach, Cameroon
Although it’s not as well known as other more prominent surfing destinations around the world, Cameroon’s Mile Six Beach located in the Southwest province and lies along the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its perfect surfing waves and far less crowded than other more popular surfing spots.
Boca de Inferno,  São Tomé and Príncipe
Translated into English as ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and with good reason, this impressive and absolutely astounding water sprout is described as, “is a natural phenomenon caused when the waves finds their way in to a narrow ravine that ends in a cave with a hole in the roof. The water is then forced up through the hole and creates a cascade of water that shoots up into the air.”
Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon, Gabon
A vast collection of Gabon’s rich history is housed in this wonderful museum located in the country’s capital city of Libreville.
The Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo
An incredible body of water is the world’s deepest river, and the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, the second-longest river in Africa and the fifth-longest river in the world. It also wields more hydroelectric power potential than almost any other river in the world. It is a magnificent source of life - both for humans and the fauna that live in and surround it. Navigating the source of the river from the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift to where it ends and deposits itself in the South Atlantic Ocean will take you from when end of the DRC to the other. 
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
A once co-host city of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Equatorial Guinea’s captial city is located just off the mainland on Bioko island and whilst it doesn’t have a strong tourist culture and infrastructure, there’s much to do for the non-commercial tourist who appreciates local life in places not familiar to them.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #13: 5 Places to Visit in Central Africa
Mile Six Beach, Cameroon
Although it’s not as well known as other more prominent surfing destinations around the world, Cameroon’s Mile Six Beach located in the Southwest province and lies along the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its perfect surfing waves and far less crowded than other more popular surfing spots.
Boca de Inferno,  São Tomé and Príncipe
Translated into English as ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and with good reason, this impressive and absolutely astounding water sprout is described as, “is a natural phenomenon caused when the waves finds their way in to a narrow ravine that ends in a cave with a hole in the roof. The water is then forced up through the hole and creates a cascade of water that shoots up into the air.”
Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon, Gabon
A vast collection of Gabon’s rich history is housed in this wonderful museum located in the country’s capital city of Libreville.
The Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo
An incredible body of water is the world’s deepest river, and the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, the second-longest river in Africa and the fifth-longest river in the world. It also wields more hydroelectric power potential than almost any other river in the world. It is a magnificent source of life - both for humans and the fauna that live in and surround it. Navigating the source of the river from the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift to where it ends and deposits itself in the South Atlantic Ocean will take you from when end of the DRC to the other. 
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
A once co-host city of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Equatorial Guinea’s captial city is located just off the mainland on Bioko island and whilst it doesn’t have a strong tourist culture and infrastructure, there’s much to do for the non-commercial tourist who appreciates local life in places not familiar to them.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #13: 5 Places to Visit in Central Africa
Mile Six Beach, Cameroon
Although it’s not as well known as other more prominent surfing destinations around the world, Cameroon’s Mile Six Beach located in the Southwest province and lies along the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its perfect surfing waves and far less crowded than other more popular surfing spots.
Boca de Inferno,  São Tomé and Príncipe
Translated into English as ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and with good reason, this impressive and absolutely astounding water sprout is described as, “is a natural phenomenon caused when the waves finds their way in to a narrow ravine that ends in a cave with a hole in the roof. The water is then forced up through the hole and creates a cascade of water that shoots up into the air.”
Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon, Gabon
A vast collection of Gabon’s rich history is housed in this wonderful museum located in the country’s capital city of Libreville.
The Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo
An incredible body of water is the world’s deepest river, and the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, the second-longest river in Africa and the fifth-longest river in the world. It also wields more hydroelectric power potential than almost any other river in the world. It is a magnificent source of life - both for humans and the fauna that live in and surround it. Navigating the source of the river from the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift to where it ends and deposits itself in the South Atlantic Ocean will take you from when end of the DRC to the other. 
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
A once co-host city of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Equatorial Guinea’s captial city is located just off the mainland on Bioko island and whilst it doesn’t have a strong tourist culture and infrastructure, there’s much to do for the non-commercial tourist who appreciates local life in places not familiar to them.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.

dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #13: 5 Places to Visit in Central Africa

Mile Six Beach, Cameroon

Although it’s not as well known as other more prominent surfing destinations around the world, Cameroon’s Mile Six Beach located in the Southwest province and lies along the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its perfect surfing waves and far less crowded than other more popular surfing spots.

Boca de Inferno,  São Tomé and Príncipe

Translated into English as ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and with good reason, this impressive and absolutely astounding water sprout is described as, “is a natural phenomenon caused when the waves finds their way in to a narrow ravine that ends in a cave with a hole in the roof. The water is then forced up through the hole and creates a cascade of water that shoots up into the air.”

Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon, Gabon

A vast collection of Gabon’s rich history is housed in this wonderful museum located in the country’s capital city of Libreville.

The Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo

An incredible body of water is the world’s deepest river, and the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, the second-longest river in Africa and the fifth-longest river in the worldIt also wields more hydroelectric power potential than almost any other river in the world. It is a magnificent source of life - both for humans and the fauna that live in and surround it. Navigating the source of the river from the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift to where it ends and deposits itself in the South Atlantic Ocean will take you from when end of the DRC to the other. 

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

A once co-host city of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Equatorial Guinea’s captial city is located just off the mainland on Bioko island and whilst it doesn’t have a strong tourist culture and infrastructure, there’s much to do for the non-commercial tourist who appreciates local life in places not familiar to them.

December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa

P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.

dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #14: 5 Places to Visit in East Africa
Pemba Island, Zanzibar
There’s a myriad of exciting activities you can engulf yourself in on this tiny Zanzibari island - from exploring Vumawimbi beach and the Ngezi forest, to going snorkelling off Misali island. A must-visit if Zanzibar is on your vacation list.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a stunning and picturesque freshwater lake in Nakuru county, north west of Nairobi, that is home to a sizeable population of hippos, a variety of types of wildlife and over 400 different species of bird including the areas trademark pink flamingos. Natural wonders abound in this scenic 
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level, can be found in the sacred town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.
Kasubi Tombs, Uganda
Located on Kasubi hill, in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom that is of great cultural significance to the Baganda. To them, the Kabaka is the “unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.” As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings of the Kingdom of Buganda), the Kasubi Tombs is a site where the Kabaka and others in the Buganda hierarchy often carry out important centuries-old Ganda cultural rituals.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda
A painful place to visit, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is an incredibly important historical site for not just Rwandans, but for all of us as it stands as a reminder of the brutality that we humans can inflict on each other. Opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass graves, the centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 


dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #14: 5 Places to Visit in East Africa
Pemba Island, Zanzibar
There’s a myriad of exciting activities you can engulf yourself in on this tiny Zanzibari island - from exploring Vumawimbi beach and the Ngezi forest, to going snorkelling off Misali island. A must-visit if Zanzibar is on your vacation list.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a stunning and picturesque freshwater lake in Nakuru county, north west of Nairobi, that is home to a sizeable population of hippos, a variety of types of wildlife and over 400 different species of bird including the areas trademark pink flamingos. Natural wonders abound in this scenic 
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level, can be found in the sacred town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.
Kasubi Tombs, Uganda
Located on Kasubi hill, in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom that is of great cultural significance to the Baganda. To them, the Kabaka is the “unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.” As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings of the Kingdom of Buganda), the Kasubi Tombs is a site where the Kabaka and others in the Buganda hierarchy often carry out important centuries-old Ganda cultural rituals.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda
A painful place to visit, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is an incredibly important historical site for not just Rwandans, but for all of us as it stands as a reminder of the brutality that we humans can inflict on each other. Opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass graves, the centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 


dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #14: 5 Places to Visit in East Africa
Pemba Island, Zanzibar
There’s a myriad of exciting activities you can engulf yourself in on this tiny Zanzibari island - from exploring Vumawimbi beach and the Ngezi forest, to going snorkelling off Misali island. A must-visit if Zanzibar is on your vacation list.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a stunning and picturesque freshwater lake in Nakuru county, north west of Nairobi, that is home to a sizeable population of hippos, a variety of types of wildlife and over 400 different species of bird including the areas trademark pink flamingos. Natural wonders abound in this scenic 
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level, can be found in the sacred town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.
Kasubi Tombs, Uganda
Located on Kasubi hill, in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom that is of great cultural significance to the Baganda. To them, the Kabaka is the “unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.” As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings of the Kingdom of Buganda), the Kasubi Tombs is a site where the Kabaka and others in the Buganda hierarchy often carry out important centuries-old Ganda cultural rituals.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda
A painful place to visit, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is an incredibly important historical site for not just Rwandans, but for all of us as it stands as a reminder of the brutality that we humans can inflict on each other. Opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass graves, the centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 


dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #14: 5 Places to Visit in East Africa
Pemba Island, Zanzibar
There’s a myriad of exciting activities you can engulf yourself in on this tiny Zanzibari island - from exploring Vumawimbi beach and the Ngezi forest, to going snorkelling off Misali island. A must-visit if Zanzibar is on your vacation list.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a stunning and picturesque freshwater lake in Nakuru county, north west of Nairobi, that is home to a sizeable population of hippos, a variety of types of wildlife and over 400 different species of bird including the areas trademark pink flamingos. Natural wonders abound in this scenic 
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level, can be found in the sacred town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.
Kasubi Tombs, Uganda
Located on Kasubi hill, in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom that is of great cultural significance to the Baganda. To them, the Kabaka is the “unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.” As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings of the Kingdom of Buganda), the Kasubi Tombs is a site where the Kabaka and others in the Buganda hierarchy often carry out important centuries-old Ganda cultural rituals.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda
A painful place to visit, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is an incredibly important historical site for not just Rwandans, but for all of us as it stands as a reminder of the brutality that we humans can inflict on each other. Opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass graves, the centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 


dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #14: 5 Places to Visit in East Africa
Pemba Island, Zanzibar
There’s a myriad of exciting activities you can engulf yourself in on this tiny Zanzibari island - from exploring Vumawimbi beach and the Ngezi forest, to going snorkelling off Misali island. A must-visit if Zanzibar is on your vacation list.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a stunning and picturesque freshwater lake in Nakuru county, north west of Nairobi, that is home to a sizeable population of hippos, a variety of types of wildlife and over 400 different species of bird including the areas trademark pink flamingos. Natural wonders abound in this scenic 
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level, can be found in the sacred town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.
Kasubi Tombs, Uganda
Located on Kasubi hill, in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom that is of great cultural significance to the Baganda. To them, the Kabaka is the “unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.” As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings of the Kingdom of Buganda), the Kasubi Tombs is a site where the Kabaka and others in the Buganda hierarchy often carry out important centuries-old Ganda cultural rituals.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda
A painful place to visit, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is an incredibly important historical site for not just Rwandans, but for all of us as it stands as a reminder of the brutality that we humans can inflict on each other. Opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass graves, the centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 

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BEST POSTS OF 2013 #14: 5 Places to Visit in East Africa

Pemba Island, Zanzibar

There’s a myriad of exciting activities you can engulf yourself in on this tiny Zanzibari island - from exploring Vumawimbi beach and the Ngezi forest, to going snorkelling off Misali island. A must-visit if Zanzibar is on your vacation list.

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a stunning and picturesque freshwater lake in Nakuru county, north west of Nairobi, that is home to a sizeable population of hippos, a variety of types of wildlife and over 400 different species of bird including the areas trademark pink flamingos. Natural wonders abound in this scenic 

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level, can be found in the sacred town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.

Kasubi Tombs, Uganda

Located on Kasubi hill, in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom that is of great cultural significance to the Baganda. To them, the Kabaka is the “unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.” As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings of the Kingdom of Buganda), the Kasubi Tombs is a site where the Kabaka and others in the Buganda hierarchy often carry out important centuries-old Ganda cultural rituals.

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda

A painful place to visit, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is an incredibly important historical site for not just Rwandans, but for all of us as it stands as a reminder of the brutality that we humans can inflict on each other. Opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass gravesthe centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.

November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 

dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lienear the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.
AfriSki Resort, Lesotho
Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.
Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi
A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
National Museum of Slavery, Angola
Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.
December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.

dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #12: 10 Places to Visit in Southern African

Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Forming part of the Zambezi river in Southern Africa, Mosi-oa-Tunya is a spectacular and iconic waterfall - the largest in the world based on its width - separates these two countries and forms a border between them. It’s a natural splendor that I still need to lay eyes on. The national park that surrounds it, and shares the same name, is an UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is home to historical evidence of the presence of Homo habilis that may have lived there as far back as two million years ago.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius

Although officially named the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, known also as the country’s ‘Father of the Nation’, the name most commonly used to refer to one of the most-visited sites in the country comes from the Port-Louis the district of Pamplemousse which it is located in. The garden is home to more than 650 varieties of plants - from Baobabs and Palmier Bouteilles, to Giant Water Lilies as seen above.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sometimes referred to as the Okavango swamp, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is a large inland delta - a landform that lies at the mouth of a river - that is formed where the “Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari desert. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.”

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six islands that lie
near the mainland city of Vilankulo - another great area to visit. The archipelago is a protected as a conservation area and national park - one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, and is the only official marine reserve in the country. One can participate in activities such as scuba diving, Dhow and horse safari’s, diving and game fishing.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Forming part of the country’s Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an incredible salt and clay pan that is visually stunning and notable for its reddish-orange sand dunes.

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Although baobab trees are common in other parts of the African continent, this particular area that lies between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar is a breathtaking stretch of road that is lined by these unique and astounding trees that can reach up to 80 feet (24m) in height and ten feet (3m) in diameter.

AfriSki Resort, Lesotho

Located in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park in the tiny southern African mainland country of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by South Africa, is one of only a handful ski resorts on the African continent mostly located in north and southern Africa.

Chongoni Rock Art area, Malawi

A Unesco World Heritage site, this historic part of the country located in the central region of Malawi is home to some of the nation’s most sacred histories that date as far back as the Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Much of the rock art carry symbols that are said to be strongly associated with women. The Chonhoni Rock Art area consists of over 100 sites located in the hills of the Malawi plateau.

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

South Africa is one of the most-visited countries on the African continent and offers numerous holiday selections from coast to coast. One of the largest canyons on earth, and possibly the largest ‘green’ canyon, and the second largest in Africa. The canyon is located in Mpumalango and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment.

National Museum of Slavery, Angola

Often when people talk of slavery in Africa, the focus tends to lie on the Western and Eastern parts of the country, in the same vein that the United States is often seen as the destination where most enslaved Africans were kidnapped to. During the Transatlantic Slave trade, many enslaved Africans were taken from this part of southern Africa and mostly inhumanely shipped off to Brasil and North America. The museum, founded in 1997, is located Angola’s capital city of Luanda and houses the terrible reminders of this dark period in world history.

December: Highlighting Travel and Exploration in Africa

P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.

dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #11: 5 Places to Visit in North Africa
The selection of countries to visit in North Africa is smaller than those featured on the list of West African countries simply because the number of countries that make up the Northern African region are far less.
Agadir, Morocco
A southern coastal city and popular beachfront destination, the Moroccan city of Agadir is a mostly warm place tourist hub with lots to do and see, from historical spots like the Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, to cultural experiences like shopping at the Souk El Had. Above all, Agadir is known mostly for its pristine coastline and the surfing village of Taghazout only about 15 km away.
Aswan, Egypt
Far more relaxed than other popular major cities such as Cairo and Luxor, the southern Egyprian city of Aswan sits along the banks of the great River Nile and is mostly home to a Nubian population. This historic city offers so much to see and do all year round - from temples and museums, to appreciating the Nubian culture through architecture and art, and sailing along the Nile.
Meroe, Sudan
In an area known as Nubia, in Meroe, Sudan, there are close two hundred pyramids in this northeast part of the country that lies near the banks of the River Nile. An incredibly historic site, home to the Merotic Kingdom (Kingdom of Kush), the richness of this past empire is embedded in the distinct architecture of these unique pyramids - a must-see for all history enthusiasts.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Distinctly known for it’s breathtaking white and blue architecture, the village of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia is major tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t stop it from being a must-see area when making plans to either visit North African destinations, or when in Tunisia. It’s picturesque layout will leave you astounded at the beauty of the village, and it’s idyllic coastal location will render you speechless.
Tikjda, Algeria
Located in a mountain range named Djurdjura, north of Algeria, Tikjda is a ski resort with a unique view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. Although not as well-equipped as other major ski destinations worldwide, the resort offers the opportunity to experience this winter sport at far less a cost than other more popular ski destinations. 
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #11: 5 Places to Visit in North Africa
The selection of countries to visit in North Africa is smaller than those featured on the list of West African countries simply because the number of countries that make up the Northern African region are far less.
Agadir, Morocco
A southern coastal city and popular beachfront destination, the Moroccan city of Agadir is a mostly warm place tourist hub with lots to do and see, from historical spots like the Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, to cultural experiences like shopping at the Souk El Had. Above all, Agadir is known mostly for its pristine coastline and the surfing village of Taghazout only about 15 km away.
Aswan, Egypt
Far more relaxed than other popular major cities such as Cairo and Luxor, the southern Egyprian city of Aswan sits along the banks of the great River Nile and is mostly home to a Nubian population. This historic city offers so much to see and do all year round - from temples and museums, to appreciating the Nubian culture through architecture and art, and sailing along the Nile.
Meroe, Sudan
In an area known as Nubia, in Meroe, Sudan, there are close two hundred pyramids in this northeast part of the country that lies near the banks of the River Nile. An incredibly historic site, home to the Merotic Kingdom (Kingdom of Kush), the richness of this past empire is embedded in the distinct architecture of these unique pyramids - a must-see for all history enthusiasts.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Distinctly known for it’s breathtaking white and blue architecture, the village of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia is major tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t stop it from being a must-see area when making plans to either visit North African destinations, or when in Tunisia. It’s picturesque layout will leave you astounded at the beauty of the village, and it’s idyllic coastal location will render you speechless.
Tikjda, Algeria
Located in a mountain range named Djurdjura, north of Algeria, Tikjda is a ski resort with a unique view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. Although not as well-equipped as other major ski destinations worldwide, the resort offers the opportunity to experience this winter sport at far less a cost than other more popular ski destinations. 
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #11: 5 Places to Visit in North Africa
The selection of countries to visit in North Africa is smaller than those featured on the list of West African countries simply because the number of countries that make up the Northern African region are far less.
Agadir, Morocco
A southern coastal city and popular beachfront destination, the Moroccan city of Agadir is a mostly warm place tourist hub with lots to do and see, from historical spots like the Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, to cultural experiences like shopping at the Souk El Had. Above all, Agadir is known mostly for its pristine coastline and the surfing village of Taghazout only about 15 km away.
Aswan, Egypt
Far more relaxed than other popular major cities such as Cairo and Luxor, the southern Egyprian city of Aswan sits along the banks of the great River Nile and is mostly home to a Nubian population. This historic city offers so much to see and do all year round - from temples and museums, to appreciating the Nubian culture through architecture and art, and sailing along the Nile.
Meroe, Sudan
In an area known as Nubia, in Meroe, Sudan, there are close two hundred pyramids in this northeast part of the country that lies near the banks of the River Nile. An incredibly historic site, home to the Merotic Kingdom (Kingdom of Kush), the richness of this past empire is embedded in the distinct architecture of these unique pyramids - a must-see for all history enthusiasts.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Distinctly known for it’s breathtaking white and blue architecture, the village of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia is major tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t stop it from being a must-see area when making plans to either visit North African destinations, or when in Tunisia. It’s picturesque layout will leave you astounded at the beauty of the village, and it’s idyllic coastal location will render you speechless.
Tikjda, Algeria
Located in a mountain range named Djurdjura, north of Algeria, Tikjda is a ski resort with a unique view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. Although not as well-equipped as other major ski destinations worldwide, the resort offers the opportunity to experience this winter sport at far less a cost than other more popular ski destinations. 
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #11: 5 Places to Visit in North Africa
The selection of countries to visit in North Africa is smaller than those featured on the list of West African countries simply because the number of countries that make up the Northern African region are far less.
Agadir, Morocco
A southern coastal city and popular beachfront destination, the Moroccan city of Agadir is a mostly warm place tourist hub with lots to do and see, from historical spots like the Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, to cultural experiences like shopping at the Souk El Had. Above all, Agadir is known mostly for its pristine coastline and the surfing village of Taghazout only about 15 km away.
Aswan, Egypt
Far more relaxed than other popular major cities such as Cairo and Luxor, the southern Egyprian city of Aswan sits along the banks of the great River Nile and is mostly home to a Nubian population. This historic city offers so much to see and do all year round - from temples and museums, to appreciating the Nubian culture through architecture and art, and sailing along the Nile.
Meroe, Sudan
In an area known as Nubia, in Meroe, Sudan, there are close two hundred pyramids in this northeast part of the country that lies near the banks of the River Nile. An incredibly historic site, home to the Merotic Kingdom (Kingdom of Kush), the richness of this past empire is embedded in the distinct architecture of these unique pyramids - a must-see for all history enthusiasts.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Distinctly known for it’s breathtaking white and blue architecture, the village of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia is major tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t stop it from being a must-see area when making plans to either visit North African destinations, or when in Tunisia. It’s picturesque layout will leave you astounded at the beauty of the village, and it’s idyllic coastal location will render you speechless.
Tikjda, Algeria
Located in a mountain range named Djurdjura, north of Algeria, Tikjda is a ski resort with a unique view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. Although not as well-equipped as other major ski destinations worldwide, the resort offers the opportunity to experience this winter sport at far less a cost than other more popular ski destinations. 
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #11: 5 Places to Visit in North Africa
The selection of countries to visit in North Africa is smaller than those featured on the list of West African countries simply because the number of countries that make up the Northern African region are far less.
Agadir, Morocco
A southern coastal city and popular beachfront destination, the Moroccan city of Agadir is a mostly warm place tourist hub with lots to do and see, from historical spots like the Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, to cultural experiences like shopping at the Souk El Had. Above all, Agadir is known mostly for its pristine coastline and the surfing village of Taghazout only about 15 km away.
Aswan, Egypt
Far more relaxed than other popular major cities such as Cairo and Luxor, the southern Egyprian city of Aswan sits along the banks of the great River Nile and is mostly home to a Nubian population. This historic city offers so much to see and do all year round - from temples and museums, to appreciating the Nubian culture through architecture and art, and sailing along the Nile.
Meroe, Sudan
In an area known as Nubia, in Meroe, Sudan, there are close two hundred pyramids in this northeast part of the country that lies near the banks of the River Nile. An incredibly historic site, home to the Merotic Kingdom (Kingdom of Kush), the richness of this past empire is embedded in the distinct architecture of these unique pyramids - a must-see for all history enthusiasts.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Distinctly known for it’s breathtaking white and blue architecture, the village of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia is major tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t stop it from being a must-see area when making plans to either visit North African destinations, or when in Tunisia. It’s picturesque layout will leave you astounded at the beauty of the village, and it’s idyllic coastal location will render you speechless.
Tikjda, Algeria
Located in a mountain range named Djurdjura, north of Algeria, Tikjda is a ski resort with a unique view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. Although not as well-equipped as other major ski destinations worldwide, the resort offers the opportunity to experience this winter sport at far less a cost than other more popular ski destinations. 
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

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BEST POSTS OF 2013 #11: 5 Places to Visit in North Africa

The selection of countries to visit in North Africa is smaller than those featured on the list of West African countries simply because the number of countries that make up the Northern African region are far less.

Agadir, Morocco

A southern coastal city and popular beachfront destination, the Moroccan city of Agadir is a mostly warm place tourist hub with lots to do and see, from historical spots like the Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, to cultural experiences like shopping at the Souk El Had. Above all, Agadir is known mostly for its pristine coastline and the surfing village of Taghazout only about 15 km away.

Aswan, Egypt

Far more relaxed than other popular major cities such as Cairo and Luxor, the southern Egyprian city of Aswan sits along the banks of the great River Nile and is mostly home to a Nubian population. This historic city offers so much to see and do all year round - from temples and museums, to appreciating the Nubian culture through architecture and art, and sailing along the Nile.

Meroe, Sudan

In an area known as Nubia, in Meroe, Sudan, there are close two hundred pyramids in this northeast part of the country that lies near the banks of the River Nile. An incredibly historic site, home to the Merotic Kingdom (Kingdom of Kush), the richness of this past empire is embedded in the distinct architecture of these unique pyramids - a must-see for all history enthusiasts.

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Distinctly known for it’s breathtaking white and blue architecture, the village of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia is major tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t stop it from being a must-see area when making plans to either visit North African destinations, or when in Tunisia. It’s picturesque layout will leave you astounded at the beauty of the village, and it’s idyllic coastal location will render you speechless.

Tikjda, Algeria

Located in a mountain range named Djurdjura, north of Algeria, Tikjda is a ski resort with a unique view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. Although not as well-equipped as other major ski destinations worldwide, the resort offers the opportunity to experience this winter sport at far less a cost than other more popular ski destinations.

P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 

November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
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BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa
dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa
This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 
Goree Island, Senegal
Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts. 
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.
Calabar, Nigeria
The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.
Cotonou, Benin
Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
Timbuktu, Mali
Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.
 Banjul, Gambia
The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.
Lakka, Sierra Leone
With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.
San Pedro, Ivory Coast
A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Monrovia, Liberia
Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 
November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

dynamicafrica:

BEST POSTS OF 2013 #10: 10 Places to visit in West Africa

This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 

Goree Island, Senegal

Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.

Cape Coast, Ghana

Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts.

Mindelo, Cape Verde

Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.

Calabar, Nigeria

The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.

Cotonou, Benin

Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.

Timbuktu, Mali

Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.

Banjul, Gambia

The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.

Lakka, Sierra Leone

With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.

San Pedro, Ivory Coast

A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Monrovia, Liberia

Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.

P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 

November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

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