Early human anthropological findings, Christianity...and coffee. There’s a place in the horn of Africa with ties to the origin of all of those things-Ethiopia. Churches with ostrich eggs framing crosses, and the Arc of the Covenant, where the original 10 Commandments from the Bible are said to be housed, exist alongside the ruin of palaces, like that of the Queen of Sheba. And that religious history is in a country where the bones of Lucy, the earliest modern human, were discovered. This historical tour of Ethiopia can be complemented by ample coffee breaks, as the beverage is said by many to have originated in Ethiopia, and by sightings of animals ranging from Gelada monkeys in the country’s highlands, to hippopotamuses and crocodiles in its waters, and warthogs ambling through its resorts.
Do you have clients interested in planning a trip to East Africa to go on safari? We reached out to Nicky Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO of Angama Mara in East Africa for some tips on traveling to the region.
The last set of the 20th Joy of Jazz concert had begun. It was nearly 1 a.m. and the indoor passageway from the Sandton Convention Center to my hotel was closed.
A tiny country - 8,630 square miles -packed with history, diverse geography and a Mediterranean coastline. That’s Israel.
The sun beats down on the old 4x4 as we bump across Wadi Rum in Jordan. Atop camels, Bedouins almost fly between the red and tan striated sandstone and granite outcroppings, leaving only clouds of sand in their wake. Visions of Lawrence of Arabia and the stereotypical picture of the Hashemite Kingdom come to life.
It is always a challenge selling destinations that have a history of unrest, but fortunately, although Ethiopia is occasionally in the news, it is not known for widespread violence. It is still important to be aware of current events and possible threats, and booking with well-established tour operators like Big Five Tours & Expeditions (www.bigfive.com) will ensure that your clients will have the safest and most worry-free trip. Advise your clients not to book last-minute side trips, and book them group excursions for exploring more remote areas.
Until the current political crisis that has effectively isolated Qatar from most of its Mideast neighbors, the tiny oil- and gas-rich Gulf state was well positioned as an up-and-coming destination for the American market. With a world-class airline and outstanding hotels as well as an abundance of desert adventures, exotic shopping, dazzling architecture and a modern and welcoming atmosphere, Qatar is a fun place to visit, as well as a comfortable place to do business.
You never know what awaits you on an African safari, and with more and more luxury safari lodges popping up all over Africa, the choices are endless for a first-class experience. From luxury-tented camps, plunge pools and spa treatments; to exotic food and spiritual ceremonies, we’ve got you covered with this roundup of some of the best new choices out there. Your clients will enjoy pristine animal viewing by day while nature’s orchestra serenades them to sleep during the evening hours.
From vast savannah plains to snow-dusted mountains, Southern Africa is a place to explore many different landscapes. Its people are just as diverse, and new experiences are offered around every corner. The countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana are specifically gaining in popularity every year, making a visit to these three countries a perfect combination for a trip of a lifetime.
Millennia of history lay before me when the van stopped at Mount Scopus. Religion. War. Architectural wonders built, destroyed and rebuilt.
The Dome of the Rock is visible from here. Built on the site of the Second Jewish Temple, it became a Roman temple in 70 CE, the Omar Mosque in 691, an Augustinian church in 1099, and was claimed by the Knights Templar in 1119. It was renovated by the Jordanian government in the 20th century, turned over to Israel after the bloody six-day war in 1967 and, to keep the peace, was returned to the Arabs soon after. Guides recite history books. Still, what was I to experience? We continued the journey to Jerusalem.