African safari – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 14:01:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://we-are-africa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png African safari – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ 32 32 Why there are still good reasons to be excited about the holidays in 2022 https://we-are-africa.org/why-there-are-still-good-reasons-to-be-excited-about-the-holidays-in-2022/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 14:01:35 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/why-there-are-still-good-reasons-to-be-excited-about-the-holidays-in-2022/ Focus on the better days and be inspired by new hotels, tours and openings for the coming year. While the journeys will be complex in the short term, there is good reason to hope – and to believe – that we will be back on track for adventures in the months to come. Rather than […]]]>

Focus on the better days and be inspired by new hotels, tours and openings for the coming year.

While the journeys will be complex in the short term, there is good reason to hope – and to believe – that we will be back on track for adventures in the months to come.

Rather than dwell on the current state of affairs, start dreaming and planning a vacation for 2022 when, hopefully, travel looks easier again.

Raise a glass of good wine

Lisbon, Portugal

You don’t have to leave the country for a fantastic vacation! Catching up with France, Spain and Italy, Portuguese wine has gained notoriety in recent years. The latest project to celebrate the greatest grapes of the Iberian country is the Palácio Ludovice Wine Experience Hotel in Lisbon, which will open on January 15. Overlooking the rooftops of the Chiado district, this former private residence of João Federico Ludovice, architect of King João V in the 18th century, will have 61 rooms. The hotel bar, with an exclusive floor-to-ceiling counter and wine cellar, will feature vintages from the seven main wine regions of Portugal.

Explore America’s Past and Present

Atlanta, United States

Featured by Lonely Planet as one of the best cities to visit in 2022, Atlanta is packed with world-class dining, nightlife and entertainment. Find out why the state capital has earned its place in history by visiting museums such as the Atlanta History Center, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. New attractions include the immersive Illuminarium laser projection show, currently recreating an African safari, and Centennial Yards – a 12 million square foot complex of restaurants, shops and hotels.

Navigate in full awareness

Fjordland, Norway

Showcasing an evolution towards more sustainable high seas travel, Havila Voyages will operate the most environmentally friendly ships along the iconic Norwegian coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes. Equipped with the world’s largest batteries, the ships are able to sail silently and emission-free through fjords and other vulnerable areas for up to four hours, recharging in numerous ports along the route, using hydraulic power. own.

The 12-day trips will pass through four UNESCO heritage sites and cross the Arctic Circle twice, with excursions including a whale safari, king crab fishing in a frozen fjord, dog sledding in the wild wild arctic or snowmobile across the North Cape Plateau.

Express a creative side

Tallinn, Estonia

A testament to Tallinn’s growing reputation for cutting-edge arts, the Estonian capital will host the 2022 European Design Festival in June. Organized virtually over the past two years, the event features exhibitions, conferences, and design walks. , workshops and lectures – although there are plenty of great reasons to explore the city at other times of the year as well.

Head to Telliskivi Creative City, a former industrial complex turned into an arts hub, with lively and often stimulating street art, cool hangouts, and trendy shops.

Celebrate a great civilization

Egypt

A story that has sparked a thousand Indian Jones fantasies, the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb marks its 100th anniversary in 2022. English archaeologist Howard Carter pierced a wall of mud bricks to find the untouched resting place of the young king, surrounded by 5,000 artifacts. However, the deaths of several people involved in the expedition have led many to believe that he disturbed a pharaoh’s curse.

A century later, interest in Egypt is still strong – especially with the much anticipated (and repeatedly delayed) opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza.

Designed to give travelers a better glimpse into the country’s complex past, Exodus has launched a new 13-day tour accompanied by RCGS Egyptologist, filmmaker, photographer and explorer in residence, George Kourounis, traveling from Alexandria to Abu Simbel. .

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No Plane Ticket Required: Experience an African Sunset Safari in West Melbourne https://we-are-africa.org/no-plane-ticket-required-experience-an-african-sunset-safari-in-west-melbourne/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 23:57:11 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/no-plane-ticket-required-experience-an-african-sunset-safari-in-west-melbourne/ This is a rare opportunity to be able to travel to Africa to observe firsthand its most spectacular wildlife basking in the glow of the summer sunset. But for residents of West Melbourne, this unique experience is made possible just around the corner from the house. Starting in January, the Werribee Open Range Zoo’s premier […]]]>

This is a rare opportunity to be able to travel to Africa to observe firsthand its most spectacular wildlife basking in the glow of the summer sunset.

But for residents of West Melbourne, this unique experience is made possible just around the corner from the house.

Starting in January, the Werribee Open Range Zoo’s premier wildlife experience, Sunset Safari, offers visitors an unforgettable, enchanting and immersive safari adventure, and runs for ten weeks through March 13.

Visitors can experience the zoo’s glorious savannah on a personalized safari bus tour as the sunset illuminates the open range, and explore the walking trails to observe some of the world’s most iconic animals, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, lions and hippos.

During this unforgettable evening, visitors will learn from zoo guides about efforts to combat wildlife extinction, and meet and talk to zoo staff as they navigate the hiking trails.

The tour also includes interactive and authentic drumming, song and dance performances to the rhythm and soul of Africa, and includes a range of food and drink options including bistro meals, canapes , cocktails and an African village braai.

Werribee Open Range Zoo Director Glen Holland said Sunset Safari is an authentic African-inspired experience that people can have just minutes from home. “Sunset Safari allows visitors to experience the essence of Africa and no plane ticket is required,” said Mr. Holland.

“It’s the perfect setting to connect with nature and wildlife as the sun sets over the scenic savannah.

“Through the stories your zoo guide shares, you will learn about the plight of wildlife and how you can join us on our journey to secure a future rich in wildlife.”

Sunset Safari runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from January 8 to March 13.

Admission to the special event after hours is $ 59 for adults and $ 29 for children.

Food and beverage packages are sold separately and can be pre-booked or purchased the same evening.

Sunset Safari helps Zoos Victoria support international partners, including the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center, which specializes in wildlife conservation and research, animal rescues and community outreach programs.

Members of Zoos Victoria and visitors to the Werribee Open Range Zoo are reminded that all tickets must be pre-booked online at zoo.org.au and all ticket holders 18 years of age and over are required to provide proof of full vaccination and follow the instructions of the Victorian government to www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

To book or for more information visit www.zoo.org.au/sunsetsafari

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Jack Whitehall presents beloved exhibit with model girlfriend Roxy Horner on vacation in Africa https://we-are-africa.org/jack-whitehall-presents-beloved-exhibit-with-model-girlfriend-roxy-horner-on-vacation-in-africa/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:27:44 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/jack-whitehall-presents-beloved-exhibit-with-model-girlfriend-roxy-horner-on-vacation-in-africa/ Jack Whitehall presents a beloved exhibit with his model girlfriend Roxy Horner as they enjoy a hot air balloon ride and safari on vacation in Africa By Jonathan Rose For Mailonline Posted: 12:27 p.m. EST, January 8, 2022 | Update: 8:58 p.m. EST, January 8, 2022 They started dating during the first lockdown in March […]]]>

Jack Whitehall presents a beloved exhibit with his model girlfriend Roxy Horner as they enjoy a hot air balloon ride and safari on vacation in Africa










They started dating during the first lockdown in March 2020.

And Jack Whitehall and his girlfriend Roxy Horner looked happier than ever as they enjoyed a hot air balloon ride and safari on vacation in Africa.

The comedian, 32, hooked up with the model, 30, as he took to Instagram on Saturday to share photos of the unique experience.

Couple’s goals: Jack Whitehall, 32, and his girlfriend Roxy Horner, 30, looked happier than ever as they enjoyed a hot air balloon ride and safari on vacation in Africa

Jack captioned the post, “It was definitely worth getting up unbelievably early for that.” Here we are semi tumescent at 5:30 am. And at most at 6 a.m.! ‘

He cut a relaxed silhouette in a navy sweatshirt and tapered pants, paired with a Boston Red Sox baseball cap and white sneakers.

The blonde beauty donned an equally relaxed ensemble wearing flared khaki pants and a stylish bucket hat.

Toto: The comedian caught up with the model as he took to Instagram on Saturday to share photos of the unique experience

Toto: The comedian caught up with the model as he took to Instagram on Saturday to share photos of the unique experience

Roxy completed her outfit with a brown Gucci belt bag and a gray cropped sweater.

She also took to her Instagram account to post a montage video of the couple’s vacation.

Along with the footage, Roxy wrote: “We woke up at 4.30am this morning and drove to this magical place to get on a hot air balloon… I was so scared of heights until today.”

Jack posted videos on his Instagram Story featuring stunning views of African wildlife and scenic views.

Hot: Jack captioned the post,

Hot: Jack captioned the post, “It was so worth getting up unbelievably early for that.” Here we are semi tumescent at 5:30 am. And at most at 6 a.m.! ‘

Up and away: He cut a relaxed silhouette in a navy sweatshirt and tapered pants, paired with a Boston Red Sox baseball cap and white sneakers

Up and away: He cut a relaxed silhouette in a navy sweatshirt and tapered pants, paired with a Boston Red Sox baseball cap and white sneakers

Bumpy landing: The blonde beauty donned an equally relaxed ensemble wearing flared khaki pants and a stylish bucket hat

Bumpy landing: The blonde beauty donned an equally relaxed ensemble wearing flared khaki pants and a stylish bucket hat

Later, the loving duo could be seen watching a sleeping lion and a giraffe peering from the open window of their safari jeep.

The comedian typically made a joke about the lion’s private parts, as Roxy admitted that she couldn’t tell if it was male or female.

Addressing his girlfriend, he said: “You couldn’t tell if it was male or female? Just look back! ‘, While zooming in on the lion and adding a nut emoji.

Roxy replied, ‘Oh yeah! I didn’t see because I wasn’t looking at her private parts!

With a laughing Jack: “That was the first thing I looked at!”, Before adding that the lion had “the required appendix”.

Safari: Roxy completed her outfit with a brown Gucci belt bag and a gray cropped sweater

Safari: Roxy completed her outfit with a brown Gucci belt bag and a gray cropped sweater

Wildlife: Later, the loving duo could be seen watching a sleeping lion and a giraffe peering from the open window of their safari jeep

Wildlife: Later, the loving duo could be seen watching a sleeping lion and a giraffe peering from the open window of their safari jeep

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Book Now: Bird Watching Weekend with James Rawdon at Thanda Safari https://we-are-africa.org/book-now-bird-watching-weekend-with-james-rawdon-at-thanda-safari/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 08:04:43 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/book-now-bird-watching-weekend-with-james-rawdon-at-thanda-safari/ Twitchers and budding bird enthusiasts alike will be in for a treat as a local bird advocate, James Rawdon will be back for a 5th Bird Banding Weekend at Thanda Safari from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th February. Return on demand, A birdwatching weekend with James Rawdon, promises to be an unforgettable experience for the […]]]>

Twitchers and budding bird enthusiasts alike will be in for a treat as a local bird advocate, James Rawdon will be back for a 5th Bird Banding Weekend at Thanda Safari from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th February.

Return on demand, A birdwatching weekend with James Rawdon, promises to be an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Rawdon, who obtained his bird banding permit in 2012, considers Thanda Safari, located 23 km north of Hluhluwe in KZN, the perfect environment to see the plethora of birds living among the Big Five in the reserve. private.

Take the unique opportunity to see firsthand how wild birds – including migratory birds – are captured, banded and released. Thanda resident wildlife photographer Christian Sperka will capture those special moments, taking pictures of birds and ‘guests with birds’.

Details:

Price: R5,994 per person per weekend at Thanda Tented Camp

Package includes:

  • accommodation – two nights in double occupancy at the luxurious Thanda Tented Camp – spacious colonial safari style tents with en-suite bathroom and private observation deck
  • two safaris per day with guide and tracker
  • bird banding exercise – Saturday and Sunday morning (guests will spend time with James and the Thanda Wildlife team and handle, hold and release the birds)
  • every meal
  • selected local drinks (soft drinks, house wines, spirits and beers)

Excluded: conservation tax of R200 per person per stay, tips and all items of a personal nature. Baths and conditions of application.


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The devastating fire in the South African parliament is under control https://we-are-africa.org/the-devastating-fire-in-the-south-african-parliament-is-under-control/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:22:02 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/the-devastating-fire-in-the-south-african-parliament-is-under-control/ Firefighters work after a fire broke out in the Parliament of Cape Town, South Africa on January 2, 2022. Image Credit: via REUTERS Cape Town: A massive fire that destroyed much of South Africa’s parliament has been brought under control, firefighters said on Monday, the day before a suspect appeared in court over the blaze. […]]]>

Firefighters work after a fire broke out in the Parliament of Cape Town, South Africa on January 2, 2022.
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Cape Town: A massive fire that destroyed much of South Africa’s parliament has been brought under control, firefighters said on Monday, the day before a suspect appeared in court over the blaze.

The fire broke out early Sunday in the oldest wing of the parliament complex, and dozens of crews fought throughout the day to put out the flames.

“The blaze was brought under control overnight,” spokesman Jermaine Carelse said, adding that the blaze was still burning in the part of the building where it started, which was completed in 1884 and has wood-paneled rooms.

Officials said the entire area housing the National Assembly was destroyed.

“The most damage is in the National Assembly building,” Carelse said. “It won’t be used for months. “

Earlier, Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said the roof of the National Assembly had collapsed and the fire was “so intense” in this part of the building that firefighters were forced to withdraw. .

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the media as a fire continues to burn in the South African Parliament buildings in Cape Town on January 2, 2022.
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“The whole room where the members sit… has burned down,” he said.

No casualties were reported.

President Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters at the scene on Sunday that a man had been detained and the building’s sprinkler systems had apparently failed.

‘Criminal record’

“A man was arrested inside the parliament, he is still being questioned. We have opened a criminal case, ”police spokeswoman Thandi Mbambo said, adding that the suspect will appear in court on Tuesday.

The parliament building houses a collection of rare books and the original copy of the old Afrikaans national anthem “Die Stem van Suid-Afrika” (“The Voice of South Africa”), which was already damaged.

The extent of the damage caused by the fire was still being assessed.

The presidents of parliament were to meet with Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille on Monday to take stock of the devastation.

Jean-Pierre Smith, a member of the Cape Town Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security, told reporters that the entire complex had suffered extensive water and fire damage and that “nothing” was left of it. the historical part.

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Firefighters work in parliament where a fire broke out in Cape Town, South Africa on January 2, 2022.
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This is where Parliament has preserved treasures, including around 4,000 works of art and heritage, some dating back to the 17th century.

These include the 120-meter-long (390-foot) Keiskamma Tapestry, named after a river in the southeast of the country, tracing the history of South Africa from the earliest indigenous peoples, the San, until the historic democratic elections of 1994.

After ravaging the older wing of the building, the flames spread to the newer parts of the complex that are currently in use.

Second fire in a year

About 70 firefighters were deployed on Sunday, some using a crane to spray water on the blaze. About 20 people remained at the scene on Monday to extinguish the remaining flames.

Images broadcast on television had previously shown giant flames leaping from the roof.

The area around the blaze was quickly cordoned off, with the cordon extending to a plaza where flowers were still on display in front of nearby St. George’s Cathedral, where the funeral of anti-apartheid icon, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, took place on Saturday.

Cape Town has been home to the South African Houses of Parliament since 1910, when separate administrations formed a union under British rule and became a predecessor of the modern South African Republic.

The site includes the National Assembly and the upper house of the National Council of Provinces, while the government is based in Pretoria.

It was in parliament that South Africa’s last apartheid president, FW de Klerk, announced in 1990 his intention to dismantle the brutal white minority regime.

The Houses of Parliament consist of three sections, the most recent of which were built in the 1920s and 1980s.

In March, another fire also broke out in the old wings of parliament, but it was quickly brought under control.

Cape Town suffered another major fire in April, when a fire on the famous Table Mountain overlooking the city spread, devastating part of the University of Cape Town library which houses a unique collection of African archives.


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Where your vacation will take you in 2022, according to your astrological sign https://we-are-africa.org/where-your-vacation-will-take-you-in-2022-according-to-your-astrological-sign/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 17:00:15 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/where-your-vacation-will-take-you-in-2022-according-to-your-astrological-sign/ Exotic travel opportunities are currently limited due to the ongoing pandemic and the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, but hopefully, fingers crossed, we all have those well-deserved vacations during the year to to come. If you are starting to think about where you would like to go on your next trip, have you […]]]>

Exotic travel opportunities are currently limited due to the ongoing pandemic and the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, but hopefully, fingers crossed, we all have those well-deserved vacations during the year to to come.

If you are starting to think about where you would like to go on your next trip, have you given any thought to how your zodiac sign might affect your preferences?

“Chic hotel or small B&B, hot climate or cold air, humid environment or dry destinations – our favorite vacation spot is strongly linked to who we are astrologically”, explains the mystic and astrologer Inbaal Honigman.

Meanwhile, astrologer, energy mentor and psychic Julie chandler says that the state of the element (fire, earth, water, air) and the ruling planet for each sign influences our likes and dislikes. “These planets and elements each contain key factors that have a subtle impact on the sign they rule, such as a coded message that is imprinted from birth.”

Here, our astrologers walk through each astrological sign and suggest ideal destinations for the next year …

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Agricultural terraces of Machu Picchu, Peru

People born under Aries (March 21 to April 19) are “Crazy, active and busy, they rarely sit down and don’t appreciate peace and quiet. It would lead them to choose a perfect place, uplifting and unstoppable, popular and loud, ”Honigman explains.

“A crowded, loud and muddy outdoor music festival would give them the opportunity to dance and jump between different acts and stands. Another very Aries destination is the Inca Trail – combining scenic views, dangerous trails, and hours of hiking to create one of these unique adventures.

Taurus



Looking down the great grand from the bridge of the Academy towards the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

With Venus as the ruling planet, Taureans (April 20 to May 20) appreciate the finer things in life, Chandler says, “Think about beauty, romance, and art – (they’re) naturally drawn to vibrations. the aesthetic eye to match ”, which is why it suggests the Italian cities of Venice and Rome.

“Being located outside of the city with the freedom to travel would be great for this sign so that they can have peace, preferably with a view, then the stunning romantic beauty of the city’s architecture.”

Gemini



Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Symbolized by twins, Gemini (May 21 to June 20) have “equal and opposing views on everything from flower arrangement to parenthood. They’ll see both sides of the argument, ”Honigman explains.

Therefore, they need an exciting vacation destination that offers urban exploration and the great outdoors: “A city like LA, which can offer vast beaches like the long and young Venice Beach, and also Rodeo Drive, which home to some of the fanciest boutiques in the world, will let a Gemini choose which “twin” they are each morning. Or maybe Israel, where a road connects the snow-capped mountains to the sandy desert.

Cancer

“Cancer, a sign of water, is ruled by the moon. We are talking about waves and are perfectly in tune with the flow of nature for this sign, ”says Chandler. This is why Cancers (June 21 to July 22) like to be by the ocean.

Chandler recommends “Somewhere like the Greek Islands with a beautiful, stunning view of the sea, beautiful beaches and the moon rising in the sky – think Santorini”.

Leo



Courchevel in the French Alps

As the astrological king of the jungle, Lions (July 23 – August 22) love to “be treated like royalty.” They appreciate a destination that sounds good, looks great in photos – and has lots of luxurious goodies, ”says Honigman.

For a winter break, she suggests Courchevel in the French Alps: “Every ski slope, every store and every café has more than a hint of luxury. Alternatively, Barcelona has “so many unique Instagrammable corners, a Lion could spend days securing the nicest spots to have a hand-cut Iberian ham or a secret Catalan ice cream recipe”.

Virgin

Virgo (August 23 to September 22) is “a practical sign who enjoys routine. Travel is exciting for them as long as it’s organized, ”says Chandler. Virgos will also be “drawn to the idea of ​​language and education, so somewhere they can embrace a new culture” is ideal.

Croatia, might be a good choice for Virgos, she suggests, and: “Opting for a location near the forest will respond to their earthly energy.”

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Athens, Greece

“The sign of the scales, which stands for Libra, tells us that they weigh things, think about it – but it’s a never-ending effort,” Honigman explains. Libras (September 23 – October 22) are “always happy to take a vacation – but honestly, they don’t mind!” “

Therefore, a small boat cruise would be “quite their street – relaxing, non-demanding and totally liberating.” They are also quite intellectual, so they would like a destination steeped in history, like Athens, Greece.

Scorpio

A water sign ruled by Mars and Pluto, Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) enjoys “busy, busy vacations where they have a sense of accomplishment,” says Chandler.

They are “also focused on transformation and detoxification so that they can enjoy a remote retirement without a phone, as long as they could be active in it.” They may be pressured to go as far as possible, for example to find a retreat in Mexico.

Sagittarius



Bourbon Street, New Orleans

“Sagis are free and uncensored explorers and they love to discover new paths and trails,” Honigman explains. For Sagittarius travelers (November 22 – December 21), a busy itinerary is essential, but that doesn’t necessarily mean high octane activities.

“The islands in Thailand would be ideal for Sagittarians who like to rest by the sea. Or a fabulous few days in New Orleans, where the multitude of cultures and views would delight them day or night. “

Capricorn

As an earthly element, Capricorns (Dec 22-Jan 19) love the outdoors, Chandler says, “Ruled by Saturn, they enjoy something with a discipline that requires patience for results. Being detail-oriented, they would appreciate a mountaineering or hiking vacation. Even skiing would be great as they would like to get acquainted with the practice of learning to ski.

Aquarius



Milford Sound, New Zealand

Likely to enjoy solo travel, Aquarians (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) love “to be left alone.” Not distant or snobbish – they just enjoy their own company and love the chance to recharge their batteries, ”Honigman said.

“A few days in Poland might be the perfect fit: the pier to a quiet seaside town, perhaps a peaceful salt mine and a historical commemorative tour would together make for a wonderfully unique journey for an Aquarius. Or a boat trip off the New Zealand coast – and an underwater observatory, to enjoy the silence of the ocean.

Pisces

“Pisces is our big dreamer, they will think big on their trip,” Chandler says. “Also a creator of images, they will love photography and landscapes. “

Led by Uranus, the Piscian Vacationers (February 19 – March 20) would suit “places like Thailand or an African safari, where they can admire the beautiful scenery and live a dream they always wanted to achieve.”



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Six major trends for traveling in Africa in 2022: Travel Weekly https://we-are-africa.org/six-major-trends-for-traveling-in-africa-in-2022-travel-weekly/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 00:36:19 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/six-major-trends-for-traveling-in-africa-in-2022-travel-weekly/ Heading into 2022, Africa experts shared their main trends in Africa for the coming year: Exclusivity and confidentiality “We expect to see more requests for private experiences that allow customers to enjoy specific attractions in the most exclusive way possible,” said Wayne Nupen, regional tour manager at AndBeyond. Regenerative journey “’Restorative safaris that positively impact […]]]>

Heading into 2022, Africa experts shared their main trends in Africa for the coming year:

Exclusivity and confidentiality

“We expect to see more requests for private experiences that allow customers to enjoy specific attractions in the most exclusive way possible,” said Wayne Nupen, regional tour manager at AndBeyond.

Regenerative journey

“’Restorative safaris that positively impact conservation and communities are sought after, along with intimate and authentic experiences that not only provide guests with life-changing experiences, but also give back to the world in a way that inspires positive action, ”said Hadley Allen, Commercial Director of Wilderness Safaris.

Family trip

Elizabeth Gordon, co-founder and CEO of Extraordinary Journeys, said family travel remains one of the main types of itineraries she books.

This is echoed by Allen, who said Wilderness is also seeing increased demand for family travel, which includes multigenerational family safaris, as well as smaller groups, where, for example, mother and daughter travel together.

“There is a willingness among these families to create memories and reconnect with each other and with nature after months of confinement,” she said. “It is recognized that an Africa safari offers the perfect opportunity to do so, while also experiencing extraordinary wildlife encounters, adventure and the great outdoors in some of the most pristine wilderness areas of the world. world. “

Additionally, according to Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, multigenerational family groups are outperforming previous years in terms of demand and travel.

Travel in one country

According to Allen, travelers spend more time in one place instead of visiting multiple countries, thus avoiding the need for more Covid tests, resulting in a more relaxed trip.

Karen Zulauf of Deeper Africa observed a similar trend and said travelers will increasingly opt for a single country, with cross-border safaris being left out.

Banda also saw a single-country focus, driven largely by frustration around the protocols.
“They stay longer in a country, spend more and deepen,” he said. “They connect in a much deeper way with the destination than ever before.”

Back to basics

“For Americans, Africa will always be about its wildlife,” said Jim Holden, president of Holden Safaris. “Suppliers may offer different versions of the safari experience, but whatever the differences, the essential experience must include the morning and afternoon safari. ”

Holden explained that until we all learn to live with Covid, without the shutdowns we’ve experienced over the past two years, he doesn’t see people looking for “new” safari ideas. “The proven wildlife safari is still the number one reason Americans learn about safaris,” he said.

Solo travel is growing

Solo travel to Africa has increased by double digits, according to Banda. “We have never seen this demand for people willing to travel alone,” he said. “One of the blessings of Covid is that attitudes have changed. They are now thinking, ‘I want to travel but I have no one to travel with. I will do it myself. “”


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The African Safari Summit proposed for NI politicians in 1997 has been called “garbage” by John Bruton https://we-are-africa.org/the-african-safari-summit-proposed-for-ni-politicians-in-1997-has-been-called-garbage-by-john-bruton/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 06:30:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/the-african-safari-summit-proposed-for-ni-politicians-in-1997-has-been-called-garbage-by-john-bruton/ AN IDEA IN 1997 to organize a seminar for all political parties in Northern Ireland in a game reserve in South Africa was called a “garbage can” by the then taoiseach John Bruton. The proposal was made by Professor Padraig O’Malley of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and included a suggestion that politicians go […]]]>

AN IDEA IN 1997 to organize a seminar for all political parties in Northern Ireland in a game reserve in South Africa was called a “garbage can” by the then taoiseach John Bruton.

The proposal was made by Professor Padraig O’Malley of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and included a suggestion that politicians go on a hunting expedition.

Details of the plans and the Irish government’s swift rejection are contained in newly released state documents at the National Archives.

Documents reveal the plan was presented to Bruton after O’Malley visited Belfast and raised it with Irish officials.

It was suggested that the trip be paid for for non-governmental organizations such as the Ireland Funds and the South African government

In a note to Bruton, it is suggested that “senior members of all NI parties have expressed an interest in attending” and that it is hoped that a leader or deputy leader from each party would make the trip.

He added that although trade unionists might choose not to attend if Sinn Féin also attended, the structure of the summit might include workshops and workshops “to cover” trade unionists.

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It is also suggested that David Trimble receive “a private meeting with President Mandela”.

Bruton made his feelings about the plans clear in a handwritten note attached to the document. The Taoiseach writes: “This is hogwash. It is the kind of indulgence that adds to the problem. It is gratifying to intransigence to fly people abroad who will not do business at home. JB “.

The memo further states that “in the interests of unity” it is envisioned that NI politicians “collectively participate in a midnight game hunting expedition.”

In response to this suggestion, Bruton replies: “The spirit is breathtaking! “


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The mild winter brings an explosion of colors to Eden https://we-are-africa.org/the-mild-winter-brings-an-explosion-of-colors-to-eden/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 12:00:27 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/the-mild-winter-brings-an-explosion-of-colors-to-eden/ Print and digital download photos available A balmy winter brought unexpected pockets of colorful South African flowers to Project Eden’s outdoor gardens. The 800 square meter South African Veldt Garden was landscaped in the spring of last year with many of this country’s botanical wonders. Horticulturalists in Eden say they are amazed at the abundance […]]]>

A balmy winter brought unexpected pockets of colorful South African flowers to Project Eden’s outdoor gardens.

The 800 square meter South African Veldt Garden was landscaped in the spring of last year with many of this country’s botanical wonders.

Horticulturalists in Eden say they are amazed at the abundance of flowers currently on display and say the lack of very cold temperatures and harsh frosts so far this winter has caused the spectacular blooming.

The new garden, which sits on a slope outside of the Rainforest Biome, draws inspiration from the Veld, a wide range of habitats in South Africa, from mountains to coast.

Among the stars of the show near the Biome is a bed of honey euryops, shrubs that grow in coastal areas of South Africa and in the mountains to heights of up to about 1,200 meters.

The shrubs are covered with masses of small, bright yellow, honey-scented daisy flower heads and are ideal for British gardens, blooming from late winter through spring.

Another floral surprise is Protea aurea, also known as the long-bud maple bush. The cream, solitary flower heads are reminiscent of ruffles. The seeds of this plant need fire to germinate, and the dried flowers are able to envelop its seed for long periods of time until there is a fire, a natural occurrence in its natural habitat.

The Flowers of Eden are currently around 50 centimeters tall, but could eventually grow to a height of five meters.

Among the flowers, an amazing architectural plant is Aloe polyphylla, which grows in a perfect spiral in the high Maluti mountains of Lesotho. Visitors to Eden are surprised to find that this aloe is hardy to minus 15 ° C as long as it is well drained.

A close neighbor of the Aloe of Eden is a charming pink Hesperantha coccinea with delicate flowers, also known as the water lily.

Another special plant in bloom now is a member of the protein family, the wine-colored Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’, one of the most frost-resistant leucadendrons. Its beautiful color comes from its leaves and bracts which surround its small flower, which will develop into a cone on female plants.

The South African garden was designed and maintained by Florence Mansbridge, a specialist horticulturist with Eden’s outdoor team, who draws on her experience from a study visit to the Veldt funded by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Cornwall Garden Society.

Florence said: “We were unexpectedly delighted with the number of South African plants blooming outside in what is a very young garden.

“Very cold weather would have choked their buds, but since it has been relatively warm, we see a spectacular spectacle as we head into the middle of winter.”

The area is part of what Eden calls the Wild Edge, where people entering through the Visitor Center turn left and walk through the grounds of the Outer Garden, including the Korea exhibit, Wild Cornwall Wild, the Outer Mediterranean Area , the North American prairie and then South Africa.


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Death notice of Noreen McGloin (1943 – 2021) – Houston, Texas https://we-are-africa.org/death-notice-of-noreen-mcgloin-1943-2021-houston-texas/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 19:43:33 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/death-notice-of-noreen-mcgloin-1943-2021-houston-texas/ Noreen Frances McGloin1943-2021Noreen Frances McGloin passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 13, 2021 at the age of 77 after battling pancreatic cancer.Noreen was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 29, 1943, to Mary Costello and Thomas McGloin, Irish immigrants who arrived via Ellis Island. She and her siblings Thomas, Mary Ann, Regina, and […]]]>
Noreen Frances McGloin
1943-2021
Noreen Frances McGloin passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 13, 2021 at the age of 77 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Noreen was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 29, 1943, to Mary Costello and Thomas McGloin, Irish immigrants who arrived via Ellis Island. She and her siblings Thomas, Mary Ann, Regina, and Kevin grew up in Brooklyn, spending summers in Keansburg, NJ.
Noreen attended St. Athanasius Primary School and St. Brendan Diocesan Secondary School (1961). She worked on Wall Street for Merrill Lynch and graduated with Honors in Computer Science from CUNY College of Staten Island.
Noreen moved to Houston in 1980, where she raised her two daughters. She worked in sales for IBM, then HR for ADP. She graduated with Distinction from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio (1988) with a BS in Commerce.
In 1991, Noreen moved to Denver. During her time there, she became a successful financial advisor, first at Prudential Financial, then at Allstate. She loved the Colorado outdoors: skiing, rafting, hiking and motorcycling.
She returned to Houston in 2004 to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed retirement, being with family and friends, volunteering and traveling the world.
Noreen was active at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s Charitable Guild, the East Spring Branch Food Pantry, and the Trini Community Center.
Noreen has traveled the world, in 50 countries and on all continents except Antarctica. She has had great stories from her many adventures: from riding elephants in Thailand and manta rays in the Caribbean, to sleeping in a Mongolian yurt and in a tent on an African safari.
She is survived by her daughters Meryl Lee Gregory (Doug) and Janine Lee Hergesell (Chris); grandchildren Jeremy (Georgi), Barrett & Griffin Gregory; Charlotte, Sydney and Max Hergesell; brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Mary McGloin, brother-in-law Ray Brennan, sister-in-law Claudia McGloin; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Noreen’s full life will be celebrated with a funeral mass on Wednesday, December 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc Drive, Houston. A reception will follow. We ask those present to wear their favorite color, blue.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Noreen to the Charity Guild of Catholic Women in Houston. https://charityguildshop.org/index.php/donate/
Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com for more information and to leave words of condolence with the family.

Posted by Houston Chronicle on December 25, 2021.


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