Africa - gouvontravel

Welcome to Africa!

 

Whether you're a wide-eyed first-timer or a frequent visitor, Africa cannot fail to get under your skin. The canvas upon which the continent's epic story is written is itself astonishing, and reason enough to visit. From the tropical rainforests and glorious tropical coastline of Central Africa to the rippling dunes of the Namib Desert, from the signature savannah of the Serengeti to jagged mountains, green-tinged highlands and deep-gash canyons that mark the Great Rift Valley's continental traverse – wherever you find yourself on this big, beautiful continent, Africa has few peers when it comes to natural beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Cape Town

A view that's world-class is the Blaauwberg Coast, best known for its spectacular views of Table Mountain across Table Bay. The area encompasses 48 kilometres of sandy white beaches all with magnificent views of Devil´s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion´s Head. Lying snug in the immense arms of Table Mountain, Cape Town's city bowl is amazingly aptly named. The heart of Cape Town is enfolded neatly between the harbour and the mountain, virtually in the shape of a bowl. One of the most beautiful valleys in the Cape, the Constantia Valley, is an abundant array of forests, hills, stately historic homes and vineyards that will satiate your hunger for beauty.

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Marvellous Marrakech

Head down to Marrakech's labyrinth Medina district that is the town's star attraction. The narrow alleyways are a kaleidoscope of colors, scents and sounds, and bound to be the sightseeing highlight of your trip. Watch as the Moroccan life unfolds before you at the Djemaa El Fna, it's a vibrant hub of bric-a-brac stalls, musicians, storytellers, fortune-tellers and snake charmers that never seems to rest. The Saadian Tomb is a tomb that includes ruler Al-Mansour, his successors and their closest family members, it's a rambling, atmospheric place with the mausoleums set amid a rather overgrown garden.

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Sexy Seychelles

Anse Intendance is like your own private island, this small and secluded crescent of sand on the island's south coast is a favorite surfing spot thanks to its frequent big swells and wild waves. Visit the largest national park in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellois National Park with its lush borders that lies in the mountain chain named after its highest point, Morne Seychellois. Nature lovers no doubt will head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai National Park that preserves a prehistoric forest that contains at least 4,000 examples of the giant coco de mer fruit palm, vanilla orchids, palmiste, latanier, splayed traveler's palm, and Chinese fans.

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Content in Cairo

Don't let the tourist hustle and bustle get in your way of visiting the Pyramids of Giza, these fourth dynasty funerary temples have been wowing travelers for centuries and continue to be one of the country's major highlights. You would need a lifetime to see everything on show in the staggering collection of antiquities displayed in Cairo's Egyptian Museum, which is exactly what makes it one of the world's greatest museums. Khan el-Khalili is one of the world's great shopping experiences. A shopping district established in AD 1400 that still rings with the clang of metal workers and silversmiths.

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Masterful Mauritius

You're in for a treat at the Blue Penny Museum, home to the world's first colonial stamp and you can see an ancient dodo skeleton, on the first floor of The Natural History Museum. The star attraction of Casela World of Adventures is that this sanctuary used to be home to rare birds that used to be the pink pigeon, but it's now a walk with lions in the wild in the neighbouring Yemen estate. Get ready for a duty free shopping haven at Caudan Waterfront with 170 boutiques, designer labels and duty-free shops are found alongside craft stalls stuffed with straw baskets, pareos (sarongs) and Indian textiles.

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More on Africa!

 

New Africa

The past retains its hold over the lives of many Africans, but just as many have embraced the future, bringing creativity and sophistication to the continent's cities and urban centres. Sometimes this New Africa is expressed in a creative-conservation search for solutions to the continent's environmental problems, or in an eagerness to break free of the restrictive chains of the past and transform the traveller experience. But just as often, modern Africans are taking all that is new and fusing it onto the best of the old.

 

Ancient Africa

On this continent where human beings first came into existence, customs, traditions and ancient rites tie Africans to generations and ancestors past and to the collective memory of myriad people. In many rural areas it can feel as though the modern world might never have happened, and they are all the better for it, and old ways of doing things – with a certain grace and civility, hospitality and a community spirit – survive. There are time-honoured ceremonies, music that dates back to the days of Africa's golden empires, and masks that tell stories of spirit worlds never lost. Welcome to Old Africa.

 

Wildlife Bonanza

A Noah's ark of wildlife brings Africa's landscapes to life, with a tangible and sometimes profoundly mysterious presence that adds so much personality to the African wild. So many of the great beasts, including elephants, hippos and lions, call Africa home. Going on safari may be something of a travel cliché, but we're yet to find a traveller who has watched the wildlife world in motion in the Masai Mara, watched the epic battles between predator and prey in the Okavango Delta, or communed with gorillas and surfing hippos in Gabon and has not been reduced to an ecstatic state of childlike wonder.

 

Source: Lonely Planet

 

 

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