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Traveling to Mozambique

 

 

“White sand beaches, dunes, crystal clear sea where colorful fish swim in the reef”.

No, we’re not talking about an island in the Caribbean, but about one of the most beautiful regions of Africa, Mozambique. Particularly in recent years there has been a lot of development in the field of eco-tourism and beautiful luxury resorts camouflaged in the forest.

The country, located in the southeastern part of Africa, consists of more than three thousand kilometers of coastline, plus many islands that are reflected in the turquoise waters of the Mozambique Channel. The best islands, from the point of view of a tourist in particular are: Benguerra, Bazaruto and Quirimbas where the best hotels and resorts are surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

The Ila de Mocambique in the north, has been for more than four centuries, the state capital and what’s more, its’ wonderful archaeological sites have been declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO. The modern capital, Maputo, is full of colonial buildings and wide avenues, while other major cities of the country are Beira, the seat of commerce and Pemba which are lively and cheerful.

 

 

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The Baboons in Zimbabwe

 

Apart from the widespread corruptions, AIDS and other diseases, there is one issue that Zimbabwe has to tackle. The problem is an increase of baboons in the country that can play tricks the tourists. There are quite a number of baboons between the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia that are infamous fr attacking the tourists. According to certain reports, there is an influx of the beast that snatches and loots items from cars and even from the border post. Locals in the area feel the situation is getting out of hand, and some solution has to be found soon.

In some cases, monkeys even have injures travelers. The authorities do warn tourists that baboons may slap or bite back if they attempt to fight back. They would destroy everything that would hinder them from getting food.

Authorities find it hard to contain baboons due to its size and they act like humans. Baboons can smell food in the truck and they gather around to a point that it is hard to control them. They can also trick people. Unfortunately in Zambia baboons are considered as delicacy. Baboons are killed right away when the locals see them. Baboons are very common in East Africa, they normally know how to interact with people since they can adapt to the environment. They also can live in a wide variety of dwellings.

 

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The Enchanting Land of South Africa

 

 

South Africa has always been one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. It is a place that’s practically never runs out of things to see, since the variety of scenery and activities available are virtually limitless.

Twenty national parks, safaris around the corner from the unparalleled diversity of fauna of the African continent, exploring the main attractions of large cities, staying in the luxurious mansions of famous vineyards, rail travels with historic trains, infrastructure for the whole range of sports and many more things to keep you occupied.

A wide variety of travel packages that include all possible combinations, designed with emphasis on the safety of travelers exploit the rich potential of a destination that has a top position in the travel conscious. A visit to South Africa represents an experience that will be etched indelibly in your memory.

 

 

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The World’s Original Beach

How is it that nature manages to combine colors and shapes in a way that even we find it hard to imagine? The former is a question which may arise when looking at pictures of the coast of the island of La Digue, the fourth largest island in the Seychelles, an archipelago with islands like Aldabra.

In Seychelles, there are idyllic tropical beaches beside the beautiful island La Digue. The beaches are unique in the rocks, eroded in a manner so masterly it turns the landscape into a kind of masterpiece, a marvel carved and combined with tones ranging from the turquoise sea, white sands and the lush green tropical vegetation. On the island La Digue , we find the world’s original beach , as well as one of the most beautiful.

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Bwindi, the Last Eden of the Mountain Gorillas

Amazing encounters can happen in Bwindi (Uganda). The area of impenetrable jungle in the mountains, often shrouded in mist, is one of the last places on the planet where “many” families of mountain gorillas live. In fact in this ‘shelter’ there are about 300 gorillas. Another place where mountain gorillas were found was in the Virunga Mountains, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But due to rising guerrillas’ ambush and poaching, that site has been classified in the endangered red list. So Bwindi is last haven for mountain gorillas.

The funny thing is that these gorillas in the wild tend to have fairly close encounters with tour groups supervised by guides, especially with the groups accustomed to their presence.

The National Park Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is also one of the last refuges of log mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei), a place of exuberant nature recognized as World Heritage. The images of the gorillas in their surroundings speak for themselves.

The park encompasses around 32,000 hectares of thick forest, and is only accessible on foot. It is located southwest of Uganda, and along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Namib-Naukluft, a Desert Full of Surprises

Namib-Naukluft National Park is a reserve in the southwest of the continent covering varied landscapes, including the one believed to be the oldest desert on earth. The Namib Desert area in a part of the reserve, receives only about 18 mm of rainfall per year. We could imagine an unattractive territory yet, nature manages to provide many surprises.

In the Namib-Naukluft Park ecosystems are varied: it has areas of fog near the Atlantic coast that gives a huge sea of orange dunes because the sand iron has been oxidized, which also gives the landscape a bright golden color, a Planícia (gravel plains) and mountain areas to the Naukluft cord.

The first surprise comes from the rich fauna. Although arguably in the desert of Namibia where rain is not in abundance since the Cretaceous (about 55 million years) era, many species still manage to survive in an area where rainfall is not more than a few drops a year and evaporate as fast as the clouds.

Surprises also come from the hand of scenic extravagance. The park also contains the giant dunes of Sossusvlei, famous for its red sand dunes that are up to 600 meters above sea level, or about 300 feet above the desert floor height.
For thousands of years, the Namib-Naukluft area, preserves a collection of creatures adapted to the lack of water, including snakes, lizards, endemic insects, hyenas, and even one of the world’s rarest plants . Having so little water, many species have learned to subsist only by capturing the water vapor that comes from the coast.

The strange plant of which we speak is called Welsitschia mirabilis, only a thick trunk with two leaves growing in a very “messy” way and can grow up to dozens of yards. Although this plant looks like a dead tree, or dry, it can live to up to 2,000 years and can support itself up to five years without rain.

Namib also has a variety of vertebrate fauna, including 147 species of amphibians and reptiles, 220 birds and 150 mammals, many of them associated with the beds of temporal rivers.

Another natural wonder of the Namib-Naukluft Park area is the Dead Vlei , it once was a river just a few kilometers before emptying into the sea, leaving a ghostly landscape with dead trees, which for thousands of years remain in place because there is no moisture that allows for them to decompose.

The reservation of Namib-Naukulft has a size that makes it the largest in Africa, with an extension that exceeds the territory of Switzerland. Therefore, cross it entirely, is a time-consuming task but is abundantly full of surprises which each year attracts thousands of tourists.

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The Pyramids of Meroe, Sudan

They have the size and the number of tourists to the most famous pyramids in Egypt. But the archaeological complex of pyramids of Meroe, in the Nubian Desert (northern Sudan) are impressive from afar, solitary, and enclosed by huge sand dunes, form an intriguing environment yet otherwise beautiful.

It is located 200 kilometers from the capital of Sudan, and the complex preserves the remains of the capital of an ancient kingdom, one of the earliest civilizations in the valley of the Nile that the Nubians also called Kush. Meroe, also refers to United Meroitic, a civilization that had its heyday between 400 a.C. and 300 d.C.

The pyramids of Meroe are located on the banks of a wide bend of the Nile, and its ruins are revealed palaces, court buildings, temples and the remains of the city itself, with walls, smaller temples, shrines and a necropolis with thousands of tombs. Although the largest pyramid is less than 30 meters high, more than 100 of angles prominent, and still, impressive.

Sudan reportedly lives in the shadow of Egyptian archaeology, although it remains a paradise for archaeologists, a less explored territory and many of its secrets yet to be revealed. So much so that with small teams of archaeologists, in each scan are discovered vast palaces, and temples in places which were not even expected to find anything.

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The Tassili Plateau, a Marvel in the Sahara

If we imagined a desert ideal for an adventure film in places that look fantastic, no need to model it in a 3D animation program. It would suffice to move to Algeria and the desert of Tassili n’Ajjer.

Tassili n’Ajjer is a landscape almost unknown in the big leagues tourism, but recognized as a World Heritage Site since 1982. In the desert of Sahara, emerges a mountainous area which reaches 2,158 meters above sea level and exposes many wonders: a forest of cypress trees in the sand, archaeological sites, and above all, incredible eroded sandstone forms, over 300 natural arches rocks and structures that are most curious and striking.

The area is also famous for the numerous paintings and engravings, an “art gallery” of the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic reflecting wildlife and customs of those who inhabited the region.

Interestingly, in the rock paintings of Tassili n’Ajjer, there are remains of animals such as giraffes, elephants, and signs of a fertile, moist ecosystem, before the Sahara began to dry. However, this area holds many surprises and wilderness wonders worth visiting.