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La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech

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La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech

When I first arrived in Marrakech with its wide boulevards stalled with traffic, chain hotels, modern buildings and palm trees, I felt disappointed. I could have been somewhere in Florida! But then I passed through the old city walls and a park where camels were sitting in a shady grove, smelled the exotic spices for sale in the medina, observed people wearing traditional jellabiyas, and heard the “call to prayer” from the minaret on a mosque. This part of the city did not feel at all like Florida. La Maison Arabe, 1 Derb Assehbe, Bab...

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Responsible Tourism in Nairobi

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Responsible Tourism in Nairobi

I woke up in Nairobi, Kenya, fully rested after 13 hours on a bus to arrive there. I had been living in Tanzania doing aid work, and was eager for a long weekend in a new country. However, with tourism being one of the leading economic sectors in East Africa, it’s always been important to me to participate responsibly. During my time in Nairobi, I made sure to only put as much of my money towards organizations and outings that would directly (and positively) impact local communities. Kazuri Bead Factory The mission of the factory is to...

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Peli Peli, Houston’s South African Sunset

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Peli Peli, Houston’s South African Sunset

Enjoy South African Cuisine in Houston Peli Peli for South African Fusion My husband and I traveled into the Uptown District of the city of Houston for an exotic tasting experience at a local restaurant called Peli Peli, which specializes in South African fusion. Under a dome-shaped room with warm LED lights accentuating waves, like the soft South Africa sands, I took in the ambiance. The hue of comfortable colors had me imagining a South African sunset while illuminated figures encompassed the dreamy room, including the strong, husky...

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Funny Travel Lessons

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Funny Travel Lessons

My Initiation Traveling has been like my own personal eccentric Kung Fu master. When I began I expected to be gently washed of my narrow world view, but that is not what the teacher had in mind. Rote repetition, bruises, and often just straight up weirdness was to be my guide. Here are six life changing lessons I learned on the not-so-glorious side of the road: The Original Position A friend of mine who lived in Korea for a year gushes (pun intended) about how much better squatting toilets are for the body, and I’ve started to come...

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The Gorilla and More in Rwanda (video)

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The Gorilla and More in Rwanda (video)

Rwanda Travel is More Than Gorillas Meeting with Belise of Rwanda Tourism I met with Belise at the 2016 Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show in Long Beach last weekend to discuss gorillas, flora and fauna and how much Rwanda has changed after their brutal, and thankfully over, war. Watch the video to learn more. For more about travel in Rwanda Rwanda on In The Know Traveler The Rwanda Factbook Rwanda...

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Tours in Swaziland

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Tours in Swaziland

Tours Developing in Swaziland Swaziland tops Africa¹s adventure travel hotlist in 2016 It may be southern Africa¹s smallest country but the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland is set to become African’s adventure capital in 2016. A burst of tour operators have introduced new Swaziland itineraries – many focussed exclusively on the country for the first time. There is a huge range of high quality adventure activities on offer in this charming, beautiful and welcoming country. The possibility to explore the stunning and varied scenery of...

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Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt

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Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt

Inside Khufu’s Pyramid in Giza The large opening just in front of me is the Robber’s Entrance, a hole dug by thieves into the north face of Khufu’s Pyramid. I give the guard my ticket and follow a gently sloping path to the narrow Ascending Passage. Into the Ascending Passage This one meter square tunnel into the Great Pyramid has been vastly improved since Pharaonic times. Today wooden slats line the slick granite floor and incandescent lighting makes it all visible. Still, I find it very claustrophobic. Several of my traveling...

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The Long Walk to Freedom

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The Long Walk to Freedom

A Walk Toward Freedom My Favorite Memory of South Africa They must have been 12, some older or younger, maybe 100 in all. They were kids in school uniforms, maroon sweaters with gold accents, whites shirts with gray slacks or dresses, coming up the driveway laughing and joking as kids on field trips do. I could hear them before I saw them, and they were on the opposite side of the fence along my path. I had already been inside the Nelson Mandela Capture site and apartheid museum, outside of the city of Howick, in the Natal Midlands. The Long...

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Camera Talk: Travel Portrait Photography

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Camera Talk: Travel Portrait Photography

Travel Portrait Photography Travel Portrait Photography in Botswana I remember once taking a photograph of a man in Botswana when I was younger. His face was intriguing – beautiful and expressive. I knew it was going to make for an interesting photograph. He saw me take the shot from a short distance and was angry that I had not asked his permission. I had invaded his privacy and he walked away furious. When I looked back on the photograph I couldn’t see what had initially inspired me to photograph him, only the anger I had made him...

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Then and Now — Abu Simbel

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Then and Now — Abu Simbel

Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses II, but also a warning to ancient armies advancing up the river that a powerful kingdom lie ahead. Although a bit of self-aggrandizing propaganda, the perception they give is valid – Ramesses’ reign was arguably the greatest of the Late Kingdom period. Buried in sand by the 6th...

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Cape Town Safari Vacation

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Cape Town Safari Vacation

Cape Town Safari Vacation Lion World Travel has created an exceptional safari vacation, Classic South Africa, venturing deep into the heart of Cape Town and its picturesque beauty and renowned restaurants. Travel + Leisure recently voted Cape Town as the #1 “Top City in Africa and the Middle East” in their 2013 World’s Best Awards, and Classic South Africa provides the best of what the city has to offer . The tour then departs Cape Town to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, showcasing its spectacular landscape and kaleidoscope of...

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Out There Africa

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Out There Africa

African Safari Company Goes Off Beaten Track For Wildlife, Culture, Multi-Sport Adventures Encompassing Bush and Beach SEATTLE, WA, Sept. 25, 2013 – African Safari Company are masters at seeking out off-the-beaten-track, diamonds in the rough on the world’s second largest continent, Africa. They send clients to a number of hidden and overlooked destinations where wildlife, history, culture and opportunities for multi-sport activities abound – without the usual crowds. African Safari Company’s Director of Sales & Marketing Julia...

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Discovery Adventure Travelers To Visit New Hope

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Discovery Adventure Travelers To Visit New Hope

Discovery Adventures Offers Travelers A Chance To Give Back To Local Communities In Tours To Thailand, Southern Africa And Peru (Toronto, September 4, 2013) — Discovery Adventures, the tour operator developed in partnership with Discovery Communications and G Adventures, offers three exciting trips for travelers looking to support special community initiatives and projects, as well as engage with local cultures. These three tours – Thailand and Angkor Wat Cultural Journey, Southern Africa Safari, and Amazon & Incan Adventure – allow...

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Kenya Explorer

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Kenya Explorer

Kenya Explorer From African Travel Inc. 9 Days from $4,995 per person NAIROBI, ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK, MOUNT KENYA, MASAI MARA For the “Out Of Africa” experience immortalized by author Karen Blixen, this traditional safari captures the romance and adventure of Kenya. Game drives and bush walks in the magnificent Masai Mara Reserve and the misty forests of the Aberdare, face-to-face encounters with giraffes and chimpanzees in protected sanctuaries, and dining with a local family are but a few of the kaleidoscope of experiences sure...

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Distinctive Safari from African Travel Inc.

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Distinctive Safari from African Travel Inc.

Distinctive Safaris from African Travel Inc. See South Africa Behind the Scenes with Lloyd Camp and African Travel, Inc. African Travel, Inc.’s new Distinctive Safari Collection offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore a side of Africa very few get to know. This one-time-only tour in the Distinctive Safari Collection, Behind the Scenes with Lloyd Camp, is an exclusive opportunity to spend time with native South African cultural and wildlife expert Lloyd Camp learning about the Rainbow Nation’s inspirational leaders, its dedicated...

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