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  • Ethiopia – Horn of Africa

    Posted on October 7th, 2009 admin No comments

    Ethiopia

    The landlocked Ethiopia on the Horn of Africa is more commonly associated with its troubled history than with its abundance of unique charm that makes it a praiseworthy tour destination. It is a country that has endured more than its fair share of strife in the relatively recent past, stemming from war, famine and drought in the region, and though travellers may be forgiven for opting for an alternative travel destination in light of the negative headlines Ethiopia often elicits, they will be sacrificing an opportunity to explore one of the most fascinating and rewarding countries in Africa.

    Ethiopia prides itself in being one of the oldest independent nations in the world, as well as being one of the few countries to have never been fully colonized; aside from a five-year stint during which the country lay under Italian occupation, Ethiopia has remained entirely autonomous throughout its long history. As a result, the land that awaits travellers is one unaffected by the Western influence found in countries with a colonial history and one wherein upwards of 77 different ethnic groups, many with their own unique cultures, languages and customs, live predominantly traditional lives. An apt reflection of Ethiopia’s distinctiveness and separateness can be seen in the country’s continued use of the Julian calendar at a time when most societies have long since switched to the Gregorian calendar. This, along with having its own written system and notation system means that where many destinations can boast a uniqueness of identity in some aspect or another, Ethiopia surpasses most by retaining an untouched individuality of extraordinary depth, a quality that it has been nurturing since the beginnings of civilisation itself.

  • Africa

    Posted on June 5th, 2009 admin No comments

    Africa

    Despite its designation as semi-arid when it comes to climate, there is a great deal of variation across the land. On one end of the spectrum, there are the dry deserts near Namibia, and on the other, there are the fertile subtropical areas near Mozambique and South Africa has just about every degree in between. The vast majority of the South African landmass is constituted of grassland and with its abundance of plant species (about 20,000 or more), the country houses around 10% of all the known plant species on the planet. This, along with the close to 900 species of bird, means that touring nature enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the bounties of South Africa.
    South Africa also has a lot to offer the sun-worshipper and the active holiday-maker.

    The 2,500km of coastline that skirts the Indian and Atlantic Oceans is a prime location for travellers looking to take it easy on the glistening white-sand beaches and for the more active traveller will be delighted to discover that the country’s reputation for housing some of the best wildlife parks in the world is no exaggeration. Kruger Park in particular is a destination not to be missed on a tour to South Africa.

    WEST AFRICA – by Tour Leader Claude Morency Claude Morency

    Over the last four years I had the pleasure and also faced the challenge to develop and lead our Adventures Abroad West African series. This is not a trip for the faint-hearted. The going is tough. We link together six different West African countries. And most of them are among the least economically developed nations in Africa. A lot of travel is done overland. In often difficult road conditions across serious bush country. We reach remote destinations where the infrastructure is poor. No fancy restaurant or super lodge at the end of a long day.

    But the rewards are many. The natural and cultural diversity is incredible, the sites fantastic. They resonate like drum beats in the night. They bring you right back to the origins of civilization in Africa: the arid Sahel; the acacia-studded savannah region; the living rainforest; the Senegal River; the Niger Inland Delta; the stunning Bandiagara escarpment; Dakar; Bamako; Ancient Djenne; fabled Timbuktu; the Kumasi market; the Abomey palaces.

    Great peoples form an interwoven fabric of countless languages and traditions. Wolofs, Bambaras, Dogons, Tuaregs, Lobis, Ashantis, Ewes, Dahomeys. Ancestral beliefs, fertility cults, Voodoo spirituality, Christianity, Islam.

    Nomadic cattle herders share the land with sedentary farmers in vast seasonal cycles. People and land form one. Spectacular traditional architecture provide the background to village markets and celebrations where music, mask dances and rituals bring you back to the true values of the African spirit.

    I strongly believe that Adventures Abroad offers here in West Africa the most extensive and comprehensive tour ever, unequalled by anyone else in the field in its scope and approach. It is a real odyssey.

    We take our people from one end of West Africa to the other providing our travellers, along this dusty West African track, in this modern age of technology, movement and globality, a true human connection and a deep personal experience.

    Almost a millennium ago, the great empires and civilisations of West Africa flourished with riches unimagined by the Europeans and though these kingdoms have long since vanished, their cultural legacy lives on in the traditions and lifestyles of its diverse peoples. A visually stunning blend of antiquity and modernity greets travellers on our West Africa tours; quaint country villages untouched by time and ‘progress’ and the much misunderstood and widely practised ancient religion of Voodoo sharing ground with booming metropolises boasting gleaming skyscrapers and distinctive architecture that rivals cities of the Western World in modernity.

    Join our Africa Travel Tours for an experience not soon forgotten as we journey through vast lands of untamed wilderness, traditional ancient civilisations and excitement without end on a continent that boasts more countries within its boundaries than any other. Long has Africa captivated the imaginations of avid explorers, intrepid adventurers and enthusiastic naturalists for its unsurpassed safari opportunities and our extensive range of Africa Travel Tours guarantees wild times in this unique and special destination.

    Traveller Testimonial:
    [The highlights were] visiting Goree island in St Louis, Senegal; taking a late afternoon camel ride into the desert to have dinner with a nomadic tribe in Tomboctou; the incredible architecture and spectacular dance performance in the Dogon Country; the largest mud building in the world in Djenne (the most impressive mosque in the world); the huge arts and crafts festival in Ouagadoudou.
    -Felicia Grey   Tour WA1 Senegal, Mali & Burkina Faso (West African Wonder)