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Botswana Travel Facts

Image - Botswana Travel Facts Natural Features: Botswana is a land locked country and it forms a part Southern African plateau. The country is almost entirely flat above the sea level except in the southeast where the terrain is hilly and broken. Two distinct topographical regions are found, in the east, hilly grassland and the Kalahari in southwest about 80% of Botswana...

Benin Travel Facts

Image - Benin Travel Facts Natural Features: Mostly flat to undulating plain; some hills and low mountains Rainy Seasons: May-Jul & Sep-Dec. Travel Highlights: Benin has several museums, the best is housed in the former Dan-Homey palace in Abomey. Porto Novo also has two museums, one is actually the residence of the former King Toffa. The museum in Ouidah is dedicated...

Angola Travel Facts

Image - Angola Travel Facts Natural Features: There is a coastal plain in the south to the north, the land rises towards the high in land plateau covering almost two third of the country. Angola has two highest peaks, the Moco and the Meco Rainy Seasons: November to April Accommodation: Many hotels in Angola have recently been refurbished and are air-conditioned and equipped...

Algeria Travel Facts

Image - Algeria Travel Facts Natural Features: Mostly high plateau and desert; some mountains; narrow, discontinuous coastal plain Elevation extremes: lowest point: Chott Melrhir -40 m highest point: Tahat 3,003 m Rainy Seasons: drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau. Accommodation: Good hotel accommodation in Algeria is limited although business centres, and...

Tanzania Trekking - Usambara Mountains

Image - Usambara Mountains Usambara Mountains The Usambara Mountains are situated in the North Eastern part of Tanzania between Mount Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean. The mountains rise up steeply from the surrounding plains and can only be entered via a few roads. The only tarmac road in the area winds along a small river to Soni and Lushoto, the largest towns in the area...

Tanzania Trekking - Mount Meru

Image - Mount Meru Mount Meru Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,565 m. and the fifth highest in Africa. It is best to allow three days for climbing Meru since it involves a 3,500 m altitude trek. Advance permission from the park warden at Momela Gate must be granted before the ascent and it is necessary to take your own food and supplies....

Tanzania Trekking - Mount Kilimanjaro

Image - Marangu Route Mount Kilimanjaro There are several routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but the most commonly used are Marangu, Machame and Shira Plateau. The most popular is the Marangu route which is described below along with the other routes. Marangu Route Gillman's point in Marangu route This is the most popular and easiest way to the summit. The trail has...

Tanzania Trekking - Pare Mountains

Pare Mountains The Pare Mountains, northwest of the Usambaras, are also part of the Eastern Arc chain, and like the Usambaras they are divided into two ranges north and south. The main ethnic group in the area are the Pare, also called the Asu. The Pare mountains are not as developed for tourism as the Usambaras. Due to their relative...

Tanzania Trekking - Crater Highlands

Crater Highlands The highlands rise steeply from the side of the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania and offer rewarding days of game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater - one of the best-known wildlife reserves in Africa. West of the Crater Highlands are the great savanna plains of the Serengeti, while to the south and east the land drops to the...

Tanzania Trekking - Ngorongoro to Lengai Trek

Ngorongoro to Lengai Trek Constitutes in walking through the forest from the northern side of the crater to reach the ranger post near the village of Nainokanoka, the first night's camp. Trekking in the Crater Highlands can be extended for several more days. Some other mountains and areas, which could be added to the previous trek, include,...

Tanzania Trekking - The Uluguru Mountains

The Uluguru Mountains Reaching to almost 3000m, these ancient hills form part of the eastern Arc Mountains, which include the Pare Mountains in Northeast and the Usambara in the East. Apart from forming a spectacular backdrop to Morogoro town itself, the Uluguru Mountains are the gateway to southern Tanzania and the southern safari circuit....

Namib-Naukluft Park

Image - Namib-Naukluft Park The present boundaries of Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the World's largest national park covering 50,000-km sq., were established in 1978 by merging The Namib Desert park with parts of diamond area 1 and bits or of surrounding government land, Today it takes in over 23,000 sq. km of desert and semi desert area. Between the normally dry beds of the...

Fish River Canyon National Park

Image - Fish River Canyon National Park Nowhere else in Africa is there anything like Fish River Canyon. The Fish River, which joins the Orange River 76 km South of the Canyon has been gouging out this gorge for aeons, with stunning results. Although the Namibian tourist literature claims that it's the world's second largest canyon, after Arizona's Grand Canyon it's in fact well down...

Namibia Trekking

Trekking in Namibia Namibia has one of southern Africa's toughest public hiking trails, some say the toughest; the 4-6 day Fish River Canyon Trail, open from May to September and administered by the Government's Nature Conservation Department. Fish River Canyon The Canyon is 161km long and its depth ranges between 457 and 549 meters - you can...

Seychelles Ornithology

Image - Seychelles Ornithology Bird Watching in Seychelles The Seychelles is the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Many tropical species of birds are not afraid of man and can be approached from within a few feet (less than a meter). Colonies of over 200,000 sooty terns can be found nesting on some islands. For keen birders, these islands offer an opportunity to add several...