Things to do in Marrakesh

Marrakesh is the fourth largest city of Morocco and has been a popular tourist destination for decades for Europeans. With a hot, dry climate and relatively little rainfall, you are guaranteed round-the-clock sunshine throughout the year. However, you may want to avoid the hottest moths of July and August when temperatures can reach the mid-40 degrees Celsius. The huge expanse of the Jemaa El-Fnaa Square is well worth a visit and is a great place for “people watching” and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the city. There are stalls selling refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice, snake charmers, dancers, pedlars and musicians playing African drums and tambourines. Enjoy wandering around... Read More »

Safe destinations in Africa

It is a concern for many travellers venturing outside of Europe. Is my holiday destination a safe place to visit? Nowhere, of course, can be guaranteed as 100% safe and there are risks in whatever we do; from flying by plane to crossing the road and even trying local delicacies. However, if you are keen to visit Africa, then you may want to consider a holiday in one of the countries mentioned below. Botswana is one of the few very stable countries in Africa and is a good destination for a safari holiday with plenty of game to spot. The people are friendly and the infrastructure is good, making it... Read More »

Enjoying a self-drive safari holiday

A self-drive safari holiday is possible in some of the national Parks in Africa, including in Kruger, in the north-east corner of South Africa. It can be a much cheaper option than travelling on organised tours and it also enables you to do things at your own pace. The best time for animal watching tends to be in the morning before about 11am and, later in the afternoon, after 3.30pm. There are strict speed limits within Kruger National Park – 50kph on tarmacked roads and 40kph on gravel roads and sandy tracks. Entrance into and out of the parks is very strictly controlled and it may take 30 or 40... Read More »

The beach resorts of The Gambia

The Gambia is a tiny country in West Africa, with a 50 mile long west coast facing the Atlantic Ocean, with the rest of its land being completely surrounded by Senegal. It is possible to visit The Gambia on a package tour and enjoy the services and facilities of some of the luxurious hotels of the Senegambia strip and with temperatures of just over 30 degrees celsius all year round, then this makes a great Winter destination for Europeans. However, if you are feeling adventurous then do make sure that you venture outside the confines of your hotel and experience some of the real aspects of the country. It may... Read More »

Enjoy the Culture and Festivals of Swaziland

The small, sovereign, land-locked state of Swaziland is surrounded by Mozambique to the east and South Africa to the north, south and west. Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa and has a population of just over a million. However, although small, roughly 120 miles north to south and 80 miles, east to west, there is a lot to see and do there. There’s certainly rewarding wildlife watching and, for the adventurous, mountain biking and rafting plus vibrant, colourful celebrations embracing the local culture. Most tourists find the Swazi atmosphere more relaxed than in neighbouring South Africa. There are several Swazi ceremonies and festivals over the year and,... Read More »