The Far Side of Botswana Tourism

Botswana is a safari destination. That’s a well-known fact. Lesser known, and yet, more appealing facts, lie on the far side of Botswana Tourism’s popular attractions. In this feature, I explore the diversity of tourism attractions, conservation, cuisine, culture, events, and hospitality that abound along a route extending over 2000 km from the capital city of Gabarone in the Southern District, through the Ghanzi District to Gchwihaba Caves, into Ngamiland Districts’ famous Okavango Delta, and and ending in Botswana’s far Northern District of Chobe…

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Diani Beach — Magical Kenya’s Hidden Gem

Kenya is renown as a Big 5 safari destination but not many are aware of its Marine 5, which abound along the country’s 1420 km coastline. Here, some truly unique hidden gems await international tourists. Diani Beach is a prime example of one of these gems. The Marine 5, of course, refers to the oceans Big 5; whales, giant manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, and tiger sharks — all of which abound along the East Coast of Africa. Diani is located 18 Miles (30 km) south of Mombasa, in Kwale County…

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Lamu Island: A Tangible Sense of the Past

There’s a tangible sense of the past, as if time has ceased to exist, in Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago that is uniquely memorable and appealing. The words of author L. P. Hartley (from his book ‘The Go-Between’), “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there” flitted through my mind as our media retinue, hosted by the Kenya Tourism Board, leisurely descended over the Archipelago towards the district’s small airport on Manda Island.

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Discovering Kenya’s Maasai Mara

I’ve been fortunate to discover at least part of the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. Home to the Big Five, among other species of wildlife, the Maasai Mara has one of the highest lion populations in the world. Clearly, the lions know that this is where over two million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Perhaps, what the Lions don’t know is that the Mara hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. There are two ways to get to the Maasai Mara. You can self-drive, which will take about 5-6 hours, or …

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