Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. It befits its position at the southern end of the world’s most epic continent, with more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah (scene of the famous lion-buffalo-crocodile battle watched more than 40 million times on YouTube) and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins. If you’re interested in another kind of wildlife, hit the nightclubs on Cape Town’s jumping Long St or sample African homebrew in a township shebeen (unlicensed bar). When it’s time to reflect on it all, do it over seafood on the Garden Route, curry in Durban’s Indian Area, a sizzling Cape Malay dish, or a braai (barbecue) in the wilderness – accompanied by a bottle of pinotage produced by the oldest wine industry outside Europe. Of course, it’s impossible for travelers to South Africa to remain oblivious to the fact that, despite the rise of ‘black diamonds’ (middle-class black folk), racial inequality persists here. Black and coloured townships face problems such as a horrific HIV/AIDS rate and xenophobic tensions caused by economic refugees from nearby countries. Nonetheless, South Africans are some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous folk you’ll encounter anywhere, from farmers in the rural north who tell you to drive safely on those dirt roads, to Khayelitsha kids who wish you molo (‘good morning’ in Xhosa).
If you’re out to experience the ‘real’ Africa, Zambia is that diamond in the rough. The country boasts some of the continent’s best wildlife parks, and shares (with Zimbabwe) some of the region’s major highlights: Victoria Falls in Southwestern Zambia, Lake Kariba as well as Lower Zambezi National Park in a Southeastern Zambia. It is also an angler’s dream, as fishermen hail from all over the world to try their luck on the mighty Zambezi River with the hopes of landing a toothy tiger fish or the rare, giant vundu. Avid birders also flock to Zambia to glimpse its fabulous diversity of birds, most notably Chaplin’s barbets.
Zimbabwe is one of southern Africa’s most beautiful countries, despite its notoriety as a country of political upheaval. Throughout it all, Zimbabweans still somehow maintain their tremendous strength, humor and resolve. As so few visitors come into the country, when they actually do, they are treated as absolute royalty. Tourists are still able to see the stunning sights and sheer beauty of Zimbabwe – the wilderness of Mana Pools National Park, the Save Valley Conservancy, the Chimanimani National Park, the famous mystical ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the stunning views from the mountains looking over Mozambique in the Eastern Highlands. Be treated to fine dining in Harare and bungee jumping over breathtaking Victoria Falls, white water rafting, elephant rides and amazing safaris, Zimbabwe caters for everyone.
Mozambique is one of Africa’s up-and-coming hot-spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. Go snorkeling around the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail on a dhow through mangrove channels or laze under the palms in the Quirimbas Archipelago, take an off-beat safari in the wilds of Gorongosa National Park wonder along cobbled streets past stately colonial-era buildings on Ilha de Mozambique, sip a café espresso at one of Maputo’s lively sidewalk cafés (or maybe a caipirinha at one of its jazz bars), watch the silversmiths at work on Ibo Island or dance to the country’s trademark marrabenta. For almost two decades, many of these attractions were inaccessible due to a protracted guerrilla war. Now dark times are in the past, and Mozambique is one of Africa’s rising stars, with an upbeat atmosphere, overflowing markets and a 2500km coastline waiting to be discovered. If you’re inclined to something tamer, stick to Southern Mozambique, where roads and transport links (especially with neighbouring South Africa) are good and accommodation options abound. For more adventure, head across the Zambezi into the wilds of Northern Mozambique, one of Africa’s last frontiers.
Botswana is a land of unique, diverse beauty, and is ideally located in the very heart of Southern Africa. Its attraction lies in its vast wilderness, diverse wildlife, captivating deltas and cultural diversity. A large percentage of Botswana’s land area is dedicated to national parks and game reserves. Visitors can explore the lush green of the Okavango Delta in the north to the surreal red desert dunes in the south. There is an incredible variety of wildlife species and birdlife in the most picturesque of surroundings. There are camp sites within the national parks and game reserves, some very basic, whilst other areas have formal ablution blocks. Hiring a 4×4 is highly recommended to navigate some of the trickier roads. The country focuses on high quality, low volume tourism to create a sustainable industry that employs a large percentage of its people, while still preserving the natural environment. Take the opportunity to view the unique San rock art, geological wonders, and traditional art found in various parts of the country. Botswana offers a truly unique African experience.
Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer’s dream – it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main topographical regions: the Namib Desert and coastal plains in the west, the eastward-sloping Central Plateau, the Kalahari along the borders with South Africa and Botswana and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions.
Kingdom of Swaziland
The tiny mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, has been dubbed the ‘Switzerland of Africa’. African culture and traditions flourish here alongside some modern luxury hotels and excellent wildlife reserves. Swaziland is the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, but it has a big heart despite its depressed economy. The capital, Mbabane, lies at the northern end of the lush Ezulwini Valley: a small, unpretentious town that caters well for tourists. Among the country’s main attractions are Mlilwane, a well-established game sanctuary; the magnificent Mantenga Falls; the casino resort of Piggs Peak; and the annual ceremony of the reed dances at the Royal Kraal in Lebombo on the country’s eastern border.
Kingdom of Lesotho
Lesotho is called Southern Africa’s ‘kingdom in the sky’ for good reason. This stunningly beautiful, mountainous country is situated island-like in the middle of South Africa and it is a fascinating travel detour from its larger neighbour. The country offers superb mountain scenery, a proud traditional people, endless hiking trails, and the chance to explore remote areas on Basotho ponies. The ‘lowland’ areas (all of which are still above 1000m) offer some craft shopping and dinosaur footsteps, while the highlands in the northeast and centre feature towering peaks (over 3000m) and verdant valleys. Escapes the rest of the world in Eastern Lesotho’s remote Sephlabathebe National Park, or hang out in the pleasant capital Maseru, where a slow pace and friendly locals ensure a memorable stay.
Ethiopia / Eritrea / Somali Land
Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. In the long and disturbed history of the African continent, Ethiopia remains the only country which has never been colonized. Ethiopia was a founding member of the UN and is home to the African Union’s headquarters. The Old Testament of the Bible records the Queen of Sheba’s visit to Jerusalem. In fact, historians believe that Ethiopia may well be the beginning of mankind. The fossils of the oldest living mankind or “Lucy” was discovered in the northern section of Ethiopia. The remains of the fossil are said to be 3.5 million years old. After a long and difficult period under self-declared “communist” rulers, the country is now back on its feet. The long history assures that there are many historic sites in the country. The natural beauty, with high mountains, lakes, waterfalls as well as arid deserts are among the natural attractions of Ethiopia. Highlights in Ethiopia include the towns of Axum, Gondar, Harar, as well as the rock churches of Lalibela. Rafting on the Omo River is spectacular too. Beware of crocodiles. There are numerous excitingattractionsin neighbouring Eritrea. Tourists can visit the religious places located in the country – Eritreansfollow Islam and Christianity. The peaceful coexistence of the religious places like the mosques, churches and cathedrals reflect the unity among people of different religion. The architecture of the mosques and the churches are fascinating. One can also visit the synagogue of the Jews in Eritrea. There are many memorials and monuments located in the country. Tourists can also take time out to visit the national parks in Eritrea. In the Dahlak Islands tourists will love to see the different species of sea animals. After checking out with the tourist destinations in Eritrea, tourists will love to visit the market places in Eritrea. They can also go to opera and theaters. Tourists can take accommodation in the Eritrea hotels and plan trips to the Eritrea attractions. Somaliland is home to what is often considered to be one of the most interesting attractions in the Horn of Africa, the Laas Geel cave paintings. The paintings are situated on the outskirts of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. Somaliland is full of other natural attractions including Naasa Hablood Mountains, the twin hills located on the outskirts of Hargeisa. Other notable sights include Mount Daallo, the most beautiful mountain in Somaliland, the Sheikh Mountains & bypass, Berbera beach, and the various attractions in Hargeisa city centre. Hargeisa is the capital and the largest city in Somaliland.
For a country of its size, Kenya sure packs a lot in: mountains and deserts, colourful tribal culture, beaches and coral reefs, and some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions. In fact, to say Kenya is Africa in microcosm would not be stretching the point. There are a million different reasons to come here, and picking just one is nigh impossible. Stunning landscapes set the scene, from Kakamega’s rainforests to Indian Ocean beaches by way of Mt Kenya National Park; the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara to searing deserts on the shores of the Jade Sea; with The Rift Valley, home to Hell’s Gate National Park, cleaving a massive gash through it all. Wildlife safaris have been the mainstay of Kenya’s tourism for decades, and several Kenyan parks, like Tsavo National Park, are among the best places in Africa to see lions, elephants, leopards and the famous wildebeest migration. Kenya rates as one of the top five bird-watching destinations in the world; other activities for outdoor enthusiasts include trekking the glacial ridges of Mt Kenya, ballooning over the Masai Mara, snorkeling at the Marine National Park in Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast, and much more besides. Kenya’s biggest city, Nairobi, with the baddest of reputations, is sidestepped by many visitors, but, in fairness, has an interesting urban appeal with its cafes and nightlife. The people, too, represent a wide cross-section of everything that is contemporary Africa, and everyday life brings together traditional tribes and urban families; ancient customs and modern sensibilities. Swapping the latest political gossip with the switched-on locals is just one more small pleasure that comes with the culture.
Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar… The names roll off the tongue like a roster call of Africa’s most alluring destinations, all packed into one country. Resonating with hints of the wild and exotic, these four alone are reason enough to justify packing your bag and heading off to Tanzania. But the list isn’t finished. Bagamoyo, Tabora, Ujiji – stops on the 19th-century caravan routes into the heart of what was then an unknown continent. Mafia and Pangani – once famed ports of call for merchant ships from the Orient. Kilwa – linchpin of a far – flung Indian Ocean trading network. Kigoma, Kalema, Kipili, Kasanga – bustling outposts along the remote Lake Tanganyika shoreline. Selous – Africa’s largest protected area. Ruaha and Katavi – insider tips for serious safari-goers. Mahale and Gombe – prime destinations for seeing chimpanzees in the wild. Within the space of several hours, it’s possible to go from lazing on idyllic beaches to exploring moss-covered ruins of ancient Swahili city-states; from climbing mist-covered slopes in the Southern Highlands to trekking through the barren landscapes around Ol Doinyo Lengai, guided by a spear-carrying Maasai warrior. Yet, despite its attractions, Tanzania has managed for the most part to remain unassuming and low-key. It has also remained enviably untouched by the tribal rivalries and political upheavals that plague many of its neighbours, and this – combined with a booming tourism industry – makes it an ideal choice for both first-time visitors and Africa old hands. Throughout, Tanzania offers travellers an array of options, set against the backdrop of a cultural mosaic in which over 100 ethnic groups amicably rub shoulders. While most visitors head straight for the famed northern wildlife-watching circuit, followed by time relaxing on Zanzibar’s beaches, Tanzania has much more to offer anyone with the time and inclination to head off the beaten path.
Zanzibar’s allure is legendary. One of East Africa’s great trading centres, the archipelago has been for centuries a crossroads of culture, a melting pot of influences where Africa, India and Arabia meet, a complete change of pace from the mainland, a place where life’s rhythms are set by the monsoon winds and the cycles of the moon. While Zanzibar gets most of the attention, the archipelago is also made up of Pemba to the north, plus numerous smaller islands and islets. Each of the main islands has its own distinct character. Zanzibar’s major attraction is Stone Town, with its whitewashed, coral-rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares. Another draw card is its spectacular sea, edged by fine, white-sand beaches. Although many places have become very developed, there are still some quiet spots left. Verdant Pemba, in contrast, is hilly, densely vegetated and seldom visited. Voodoo flourishes amid its hilly terrain, winding creeks lace the shoreline, and the mangrove-lined coast opens occasionally onto hidden, pristine coves and bays the colour of emerald.
It is Malawi’s variety of attractions that is its greatest asset. Whilst Lake Malawi dominates the country, this is not a country of a singular attraction. It is the mixture of beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife, the alluring Lake Malawi, and rich culture that combine to make this small country such a wonderful place to visit. The Malawian people are, without doubt, its greatest asset: friendly and welcoming to a fault. Every visitor is met with a smile and the warmth of the welcome is genuine and long-lasting. Alongside a number of places of particular cultural and historical interest, and all travel will include some element of cultural experience as interaction with local people is very much part of any stay. The jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi, “discovered” by the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone just over 150 years ago. Although totally landlocked, Malawi is not denied its “inland sea”. This vast body of freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. Malawi has a massive diversity of beautiful landscapes. The highest peaks in Malawi touch 10 000ft (3 000m) while the lowest point is barely above sea level. This range of altitudes in a small area help to make the landscape of Malawi one of the moist varied in all Africa. It is generally a green, lush country, with plateaux, highlands, forests, mountains, plains, escarpments and dramatic river valleys. The variety of scenery is a major attraction to visitors and many of the highland areas and forest reserves have good accommodation options, and plenty of outdoor activities available. Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has no less than nine national parks and wildlife reserves. Whilst it may not have quite the sheer numbers of large mammals (particularly predators) as some of its better known neighbours, it makes up for this in other ways. Malawi provides intensive and exclusive wildlife viewing in unspoilt areas of genuine wilderness.
Rwanda is a mountainous area which lies in the central part of Africa and is divided by the Rift Valley. There is an extensive mountain range extending from the north to south. There are many attractions in Rwanda which are spread throughout the country. Rwanda attractions mainly include national parks, museums, falls and lakes. Kigali, the capital does not have many tourist attraction spots. The most interesting Rwandan attraction is the A’ Kagera National Park, which is located on the eastern part of the country. The national park comprises of a variety of wildlife animals and is the home of more than 500 kinds of birds. Park attractions include Lake Mungesera and the Rusumo Falls. The Parc des Volcans is one of the last sanctuaries where one can find the mountain gorilla. This region also has two active volcanoes. Lake Kivu is another popular Rwandan attraction which provides the opportunity for a variety of water sports and excursions on the lake. The Rugege Forest has some rare species of wildlife animals. The surrounding city of Butare also a host of Rwandan attractions and one can find some interesting craft shops, a botanical garden and museums. Beaches also form an essential part of Rwandan attraction. Tourists can visit an extensive range of beaches in Rwanda and have lots of fun.
“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – plant, bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale… Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa” were the words used by Sir Winston Churchill, in his book “My African Journey” to describe the beautiful tourist attractions of Uganda. Therefore, Uganda is no ordinary safari destination but an experience worthy living. Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. This impossibly lush country offers one a unique opportunity to observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippopotamus and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of a mountain gorilla. Uganda – with its unique blend of savannah and forest creatures, its rare wealth of mountain and lake habitats – is simply dazzling. Uganda’s offers the most stunning scenery on the continent that includes sparkling lakes, lofty mountains, mysterious forests and game parks swarming with game. The private sector is encouraged to set up new tourist facilities in these locations bearing in mind the need to blend in with the contiguous scenery. Uganda’s eco-friendliness is attested to by the recent mushrooming of community-based eco-tourism projects at the grassroots level. Uganda’s reputation as ‘Africa’s Friendliest Country’ stems partly from the tradition of hospitality common to its culturally diverse populace, and partly from the remarkably low level of crime and hassle directed at tourists. The country’s population is united in providing a warm welcome to foreign guests, so even in the smallest of villages local people will go out of their way to make tourists feel at home. Despite all the glamour outlined about, Uganda is a relatively newcomer to today’s international tourism scene, which has benefited both the country’s natural environment and the tourism experience it offers.
Mauritius is a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise. Its very name of conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance. While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, you may eventually find yourself wishing for something to do besides sunbathing and swimming, it’s often hard to know what to do next in Mauritius. The island is loaded with historic sites, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people. Mauritius is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands, but with a bit of effort and resourcefulness you can escape the crowds and find your own patch. The smells, noises and bustle of the mercantile capital Port Louis, Africa’s wealthiest city, are never far away, while the busy garment markets in the Central Plateau towns of Quatre Bornes and Curepipe and Black River Gorges National Park’s dramatic virgin forests give the lie to Mauritius being just another beach destination. But what beaches! From the stunning sand-rimmed lagoons and popular wide public beaches to the picturesque islands off the country’s coastline, there’s truly something for everyone here. Add to this the joys of Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, the rousing beat of séga music and the infectious party spirit of the locals, and you soon understand why Mauritius really is so many people’s idea of paradise on earth.
Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, beaches and desert, trekking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for nature and outdoor lovers – and half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions.Madagascar is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. Few places on earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. Making the best of it, however, can be challenging (and expensive): Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and its roads are dismal. But those who relish an adventure will come into their own: the off-road driving is one of a kind, and there are national parks that only see 100 visitors a year, regions that live in autarchy during the rainy season and resorts so remote you’ll need a private plane or boat to get there. With 5000km of coastline, 450km of barrier reef and 250 islands, no stay in Madagascar would be complete without a few days on the island’s shores. Divers will revel in the choice of sites, from underwater ‘cathedrals’ to shipwrecks, and will relish the chance to see rays, whale sharks, reef sharks and many other kinds of sharks. Snorkellers will be awed by the sheer grace of turtles and marvel at the rainbow of colours displayed by corals and fish. For those keen to keep their heads above water, the idyllic beaches will prove hard to resist. And once you’ve swayed in your hammock to your heart’s content, you can join a local fisher for a pirogue (dugout canoe) trip, go sailing to explore nearby islands or board a whale-watching boat to admire humpbacks breaching – one of nature’s most majestic spectacles. Madagascar has been populated by successive waves of migrants from various corners of the Indian Ocean, each bringing their own customs and beliefs.
Seychelles is an extremely popular destination that has been praised by critics as one of the best tropical islands in the world. Seychelles, which is in fact comprised of 115 islands and is located approximately 1,500 kilometres east of the African continent, is famous for its beaches and constantly warm weather along with its raw beauty. It is indeed one of the few places in the world to have so far been spared man’s destructive tendencies. Although the Seychelles beaches and the great weather have been huge factors in establishing the islands as a popular destination, there are also great attractions that are a must-see for all travelers. While most people will only care about the beaches when they reach the Seychelles, there are several attractions that are quite unique in the world. Whether you are staying in a luxury Seychelles hotels or a simple self catering Seychelles accommodation, you should absolutely take the time to visit all the main islands. Since it is a tropical island, it is no surprise that Seychelles boasts a few parks and reserves that provide incredible thrills. The main park is the Morne Seychelles National Park which will enthrall visitors with its almost savage beauty. The Vallée de Mai is another exciting reserve that seems out of this world as it boasts an exquisitely green forest where all kinds of fauna can be observed. The Seychelles islands are also ideal for travelers who love exploring the artistic history of a country. In Seychelles’s case, a few art galleries are located in Mahe, which is one of the most important islands of the Indian Ocean archipelago. The exhibits in these Mahe galleries tell a lot about Seychelles’s culture and have even often received media coverage for including some extremely interesting pieces. The most important art galleries in the Seychelles are the Antonio Filippin studio and the George Camille Gallery, which are always quite crowded. However, there are also other artistic attractions such as the Craft Village which is always the first place to visit if you are into buying small hand-made souvenirs of your holidays. The craft industry in Seychelles is indeed quite big. Finally, in spite of its small size, Seychelles is also home to a few museums and monuments that also tell a lot about the island’s history. The national monuments include the Dauban Mausoleum, the Bel Air Cemetery, and Le Jardin du Roi (literally translated as The King’s Garden) which will allow you to get a better insight in the island’s culture. In addition to these, you can also visit the museums which include the Natural History Museum and the Marine National Park which are both coincidentally located in Mahe.
You are looking for a destination able to astonish even the most blasé, an easily accessible tropical island with a guarantee of quality welcome, security and modern facilities together with a total change of scenery? No need to search any further, Reunion Island is just the right place to go and it offers even more. This piece of France 10,000 km away from Paris, the former Bourbon Island is a godsend, a marvel of nature with breathtaking landscapes, and shelters a population with rich traditions. Africans, Indians, Malagasies, Comorans, Chineses, each of these groups has brought a bit of their own culture to enrich this only French overseas department among four to be located in the South hemisphere. The sights are magical and you’ll have many options to choose from: a long stretch of white sand beaches, the mountains of Cilaos, Mafate, Salazie and the volcano’s mysterious landscapes. In the course of your trip, you’ll be astounded by the cultural treasures, ethnic diversity, tropical fruits, the smell of exotic flowers and the music that paces off the life of the islanders.
Saint Helena, named after Saint Helena of Constantinople, is an island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, which also includes the Ascension Island and the islands of Tristan da Cunha. Saint Helena measures about 16 by 8 kilometers (10 by 5 mi) and has a population of 4,255. The island was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. One of the most isolated islands in the world; it was for centuries an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa. The British also used the island as a place of exile, most notably for Napoleon I, Zulu King Dinuzulu ka Cetshwayo and more than 5,000 Boer prisoners after Anglo-Boer War. Saint Helena is Britain’s second oldest remaining colony (now termed overseas territory), after Bermuda. At the end of 2014, new International Airport will start operating on the island, so there are two weekly regular flights planned from South Africa to St. Helena Island.
Have you ever wanted to be the one to say that you have actually observed polar animals in their native habitat? In order to do this you need to come to Antarctica. Being Earth’s most southern continent, Antarctica is considered, on average, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth. But due to many natural wonders found there, it can contain some of the most beautiful scenery untouched by man found anywhere else in the world. Even with all of the snow, Antarctica is actually a desert, averaging only 8 inches of rain per year. There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people a year stay at the research stations scattered across the continent. Only cold-adapted animals and plants survive there. These would include seals, penguins, many types of algae, and tundra vegetation and certain varieties that can be found nowhere else in the world. These life forms provide tourists a reason to visit this desolate continent. There are helicopter tours that will take you to the habitat of Emperor Penguins, whale watching tours that if you’re lucky, will allow you view one or more of the eight different species of whales that migrate there, and hiking tours that will allow you to see the variety of Antarctic seals. Since 1957, small-scale “expedition tourism” has existed in Antarctica. Travel is mostly done by small or medium ships, focusing on specific scenic locations with observational concentrations of Antarctic wildlife. A total of 37,506 tourists visited during the 2006–07 Austral summer. The number is predicted to increase to over 80,000 by 2010.
So for something different, a little more adventurous, come visit Antarctica, and have that once in a lifetime experience.
Russia offers a wide range of opportunities for traveling on vacations. This beautiful and enigmatical country welcomes you and invites you to dive into amazing time. Every traveler who plans to visit Russia wants to see Russian top attractions, which include Moscow Kremlin, St. Petersburg Palaces, Russian Orthodox Cathedrals and Churches and natural landscapes. If you haven’t planned your trip to Russia yet and you are looking to include unforgettable experiences, consider to visit 2 capitals of Russia as a must-see: Saint Petersburg and Moscow! You can visit Russia in every time of the year. All year long you can find many interesting places to see and things to do. If you come in winter time you can visit all the museums, theatres and places of interest, participate in the Russian National Festivals and spend unforgettable time. Moreover, accommodation in winter is cheaper than in other seasons, so you can save money. Hotels in Russia offer a wide range of opportunities both for business and leisure travelers, comfortable rooms and irreproachable service. Russian vacations will give you a lot of impressions that you will keep in your memory for all your life. The climate is quite in different seasons and areas of Russia. Because of that there’s a different places you would want to visit in summer or in winter. Russia is rich in beautiful and unusual for cities, villages, resorts, lakes, rivers, mountains, so you have a wide range of places to visit. The largest and most famous cities are Moscow, the Capital of Russia, and St. Petersburg, that also is called “The Northern Capital”. The travelers have a great opportunity to visit magnificent palaces and theatres there. Residences of the Russian Tsars will open their doors for you. Pushkin – Tsarskoe Selo, Pavlovsk, Peterhof (Petrodvorets) are the best places to have rest and enjoy summer time.
You can also make the famous Golden Ring and Silver Ring tours and get acquainted to such Russian cities as Vladimir, Kostroma and Sergiev – Posad, Rostov Veliky, Uglich, Yaroslavl, Tihvin, Vologda, Veliky Novgorod and many others. There are a lot of possibilities to get to know Russian nature. For example, you can go to Lake Baikal – the longest and the deepest lake of the world. If you want to get memorable impressions, enjoying traveling and discover for yourself a lot of new and interesting things, Russia is waiting for you.
Have you ever dreamed of travelling around the globe, visiting the most exotic locations, and exploring the most distinct cultures? The people of a country known as Georgia, believe in your dreams. We hope that when you pin your choices on the map, our country will fall among the must-see destinations. Visit Georgia and explore its cultural diversity. Travel to Georgia to experience the amazing gastronomic and enological tourism – Georgia is an acclaimed wine producing country and is famous throughout the Eastern Europe region for its delicious and exquisite cuisine. Find the rave inTbilisi, the capital of our country. Travel around ancient settlements in the mountainous villages and enjoy the beaches of the Black Sea. As tourism in Georgia is peaking, make sure to catch the authentic magic of this place before it becomes just another overcrowded touristic place.