Aug 202017
 

Ethiopia, located in Eastern Africa, is the oldest independent nation in Sub Sahara Africa. The country has very magnificent landscapes ranging from desert landscapes to mountain forests. The landlocked Ethiopia is bordered by Kenya on the South, Somalia and Djibouti on the East, Eritrea on the Northeast, and Sudan on the West. Ethiopia occupies an area of over 1,000,000 sq km, approximately five times the size of the United Kingdom.

Bole International airport is the main point of entry for international travellers to Ethiopia. Located in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, this airport is the fifth busiest in Africa. The airport is the home of Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s pioneering airline that currently operates flights between Ethiopia and 48 other travel destinations in the world. Addis Ababa has a population of over 2 million people. The city is nestled at the bottom of the 3000 metres Entoto Mountains, presenting a pleasant landscape of wooded hillsides and gullies occupied by fast flowing streams.

Some of the most amazing scenic sites in Africa are found in Ethiopia. These include the Danakil depression and the jaggedly curved Simien mountains, which are a UNESCO world heritage site. The Danakil depression lies at 120 metres below sea level, making them one of the lowest dry land points on planet earth.

Ethiopia has more than twenty mountains towering more than 4,000 m high, led by Mount Ras Deshen that rises 4,620 m high. Ras Deshen is the fourth tallest mountain in Africa. Ethiopia is often referred to as the ?water tower? of eastern Africa because of the many rivers that pour off its high tableland. Some of the major rivers of Ethiopia include the Blue Nile, Omo River, Baro River and Awash River.

The Blue Nile originates from Lake Tana in Ethiopia and constitutes aprroximately 80% of the water volume of the Great Nile River. The Blue Nile merges with the White Nile (whose origin is Lake Victoria) at Khartoum in Sudan, to form River Nile, the world’s longest river. Along the Blue Nile route, the Blue Nile Falls is one of the most popular tourist destination in Ethiopia. The falls are located 30 km to the east of Bahir Dar, about a 30 minutes walking distance from Tiss Abey.

Located about 560 km from Addis Ababa, Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia. The lake has 37 islands some of which harbor churches and monasteries. These buildings carry beautiful murals and paintings, remains of emperors, church crosses, icons, manuscripts, crowns and other articles of historical and cultural significance.

Among the activities you can enjoy while on an Ethiopia vacation, mountain trekking is perhaps the most popular. Both Simien and Bale mountains national parks provide good conditions for trekking as well as some excellent spots for mountain climbing. The highland regions to the east and the west of the Omo valley are the other increasingly famous areas for trekkers.

Another popular tourist attraction in Ethiopia is birdwatching. Ethiopia has over 800 bird species, 16 of which are endemic. You can spot a wider variety of bird species in the national parks owing to reduced human interference there. In Bale national park alone, a record 161 species of birds have been observed. The best time for birdwatching falls between early September and February. During this time, especially from November, many migratory birds flock into the region, significantly increasing the bird population and widening the bird species diversity.

Ethiopia was formerly known as Abyssinia. The nation has a rich cultural and traditional heritage, with over 80 ethnic groups each with unique traditional customs, culture and language. Religion is a core part of the Ethiopian culture, especially the many religious festivals and celebrations.

There are plenty of international hotels offering excellent accommodation for visitors, among them the Sheraton, Hilton, Dagim Millennium Hotel, Adot-Tina Hotel and others. Entry to Ethiopia requires a one-month visa going for US$ 20 at airport. Prior to entry, visitors should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.

Andrew Muigai is the MD of Africapoint.com, a travel agency that provides Ethiopia travel services such as Ethiopian hotel and lodges reservations, Ethiopia vacation packages, plus many others
Jul 192017
 

International travel is always tricky. Regardless of your port of origin, you’ll be entering a new environment, with different weather patterns and even different season cycles. This, on top of currency exchanges, vaccinations, possible multiple visas, and multiple foreign languages and customs, and suddenly your vacation seems very complicated. That’s where travel agencies such as Nyati Safari offer travelers to South Africa more than just booking and reservations. Often referred to as “the whole world in a single country,” South Africa is a country known for its diverse cultures and landscapes. And for the discerning traveler, there are countless excursions and destinations throughout South Africa, all of which might have different requirements and customs not readily known to all who wish to visit. Nyati Safari offers clients solution s to take the hassle out of researching the complications of international travel and ensure smooth travels to South Africa.

Depending on your reasons for traveling to South Africa, you’ll want to make sure you’re visiting during the appropriate time of the year. Nyati Safari’s travel lodges are located in the Limpodo/Mpumalanga region, with a local winter that runs from May through to September. This is one of the best seasons for sightseeing and animal watching, as the local climate creates an environment that drives animals to watering holes where it is easier for travelers to observe them in their natural habitats. During the greener spring and summer seasons of November through March, travelers have the chance to see newborn animals and enjoy the amazingly warm nights in Nyati’s luxury lodges.

As for travel requirements and facts about the various countries around South Africa to which your excursions and activities might take you, Nyati Safari’s website provides an extensive overview of frequently asked questions that address any and all travel concerns you might have prior to your travel to South Africa. Overviews of Visa requirements, vaccination requirements, local customs that may not be readily familiar to travelers, and other necessary information anyone traveling to South Africa would find invaluable. Additionally, the website offers travelers access to country fact sheets for surrounding countries, each of which provides overview of the local customs, climate, currencies, languages, and other relevant information to make your time visiting them more enjoyable.

The key to a successful and trouble free trip is communicating to your travel advisor at Nyati Safari what you’re looking to get out of your vacation to South Africa. By clearly indicating what you want out of your trip, your advisor can tailor your travel experience – from safari to optional activities in and around the Nyati Safari Lodge complex, from excursions into Kruger National Park to trips to surrounding highlights such as Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and other amazing destinations throughout the region.

We have handpicked the most exciting destinations in Southern Africa, which can be combined with our South African Lodges at Nyati Safari. We can always tailor your holiday according to your special wishes.

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Jul 272017
 

African Overland Travel Tips

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There are numerous preparations you should make before you leave for your overland trip to Africa.

It is especially important to be aware of the physical conditions and safety considerations if you are considering a trip to Africa. African travel needs a traveller to be prepared in order to keep themselves safe and healthy.

Research the political situation in the country you are planning to visit before you book and confirm your travel. Official web sites on the Internet will provide you with complete and up-to-date information.

Before You Leave Home

A crucial consideration is to pack wisely and don’t over-pack. But how do you determine what’s essential and what’s not? Although having the proper clothing is very important, the key is to travel light but travel smart. It is recommended that you check out the local climate and weather conditions before you embark on a safari. If you have booked through an African travel specialist for your trip to Africa, contact that company for clothing suggestions during the specified period of your African travel.

Be sure to include good walking shoes that are comfortable and already broken in; don’t make the mistake of bringing brand new shoes. Include comfortable, but protective clothing for your safari. Long-sleeved shirts help protect your arms from the sun and long pants will help protect you from mosquitoes, especially in the evenings. Wearing neutral-colored clothing will help you blend in with the surroundings while you are admiring the wildlife and will also reflect the sun, keeping you cooler. You may also want to bring along a warm jacket for cool nights. In addition, you’ll want to take some “dressier clothes” for when you’re planning to be in one of the larger African cities where more formal attire is appropriate.

Sun Protection

Regardless of the time of year your trip to Africa is, the sun’s heat will be significant during the day. High SPF sunscreen and lip balm are a must, as well as a hat, bandana, sunglasses and so forth. Covering up when in the sun is the best approach to ultraviolet ray protection. Generally, fabrics with a tighter, denser weave give the best protection. Knit constructions, such as cotton t-shirts, give relatively poor protection (SPF rating of 4.8) since UV rays pass through loops on the knit structure. African travel can be dangerous for those who do not take the necessary precautions.

What about Health Care and Medicine?

Pack a medical kit for your overland tourYou should definitely schedule a doctor’s visit for a complete medical check up well in advance before you depart on African travel. First and foremost, you should remember to have prescriptions filled with an adequate supply of the medications you are currently taking. If you are visiting an area known to have malaria, you should consider taking prophylactic malaria medication. Your family physician and safari travel company can offer advice regarding this medication based on the region you are planning to visit. It is also a good idea to have a dental check-up before your trip to Africa.

Be sure to enquire about the quality of the drinking water and, if in doubt, drink only bottled. Many people become dehydrated when on safari because they forget to drink enough water – be sure to drink plenty of water every day. Re-hydration tablets are also a good item to bring along, just in case.

Pack a medical kit with painkillers, bug repellants, anti-diarrhea pills, bandages and antiseptics for yourself and anyone traveling with you. Finally, ensure that your insurance coverage is adequate in case you become sick or injured abroad. There are insurance companies that specialize in overseas travel insurance and offer short-term coverage’s to suit all needs – your travel agent can help with recommendations.

When You Arrive

After you arrive at your destination, there are some additional points worth noting to preclude illness, accident, or injury so you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest. First, to relieve symptoms of jet lag and fatigue, eat lightly, drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and caffeine for a few days after your arrival. Also, try to adjust your activity levels to the local time zone as soon as possible to get you physically in sync with the local time.

One of the most common reasons for injury abroad is automobile accidents. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the local driving culture, road signs, speed limits and local police vehicles before attempting to drive.

When walking in cities and urban areas on your African travel experience, you may want to consider using two wallets. Hide one of them with the bulk of your cash, traveler’s checks, credit cards and other essential items in a safe place on your person. Fill the second wallet with a small amount of money, and use that for routine spending. In addition, you should avoid counting your money in public, as this will cause the unwanted attention of potential thieves.

Finally, if you must take an expensive laptop or camera when walking around in populated areas, try to conceal them as much as possible, preferably in an older or beat up bag.

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Jun 212017
 

The first images that comes to mind when considering a visit to Africa, is the wildlife and the sweeping grassland of savanna. Media channel like National geographic and other sources have played very crucial role in creating this image. However, there are a number of things to be considered before making a trip to Africa. For people who love to make wild safaris and adventure travel, Africa is obviously one of the best places to make a trip.

Before making an adventure travel Africa trip, ensure that you are making the necessary research and study improve your knowledge of the country and the places that you are visiting. It is very common to have many misconceptions and worries regarding your adventure travel Africa. Think about what all things you want to experience and do in the place. This is where you need to access the services of many travel websites out there. Check out the websites of those companies who are specialised in these safaris and who volunteer Africa trips. Our website http://www.bluelizardadventures.com has an array of different countries to choose from and other vital information for you to help guide you.

After getting an idea about what adventures are available in these places you can check with your travel operator to confirm whether they these are running as some things happen at certain times of the year. The most amazing animals that you would expect to see in the African content are the Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, Buffalos and Lions. You might not get successful in watching them close if things are not arranged well. For example not all national parks might have these in plenty. You have the most chance in viewing them when you are heading towards those parks that contain these animals in good numbers. Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa are those regions where these great animals are found in plenty. Arrange your trip in such a way that covers all of those places that can satisfy your interests. However, some parks and safari trips that Blue Lizard Adventures offers, utilise some of the more unique small reserves which have only small wildlife populations but these offer the best experiences with a more personal feel. Our tours and safaris in Tanzania and Malawi offer this exactly. bluelizardadventures.com/explore/tanzania/explore_tanzania.html and bluelizardadventures.com/explore/malawi/explore_malawi.html

Kruger national park situated in South Africa is a favourite place for adventure tourists from all parts of the country. Another similar location situated in the Tanzanian region is the Ngorongoro national park. Kibale national park located in Uganda is another great place you never want to miss if you want to see some of the Chimp’s. Mountain Gorillas are another rare species most of the tourists want to view these days and they can be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is situated in Uganda. Volcanoes National Park located in Rwanda is also a good place that has great chance to watch these rare species animals. Collect such information from the internet and ensure that they are genuine and effective sources. Talk to us at Blue Lizard Adventures, your first stop for volunteer Africa services to discuss your options.

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