Africa – Tourist Destinations https://www.tourist-destinations.com World Travel Guides Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:50:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Zanzibar holidays tips https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/12/zanzibar-holidays-tips.html Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:50:52 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18844 A lot of people think of Zanzibar as a romantic or honeymoon place, but it is a best place for solo travellers and backpackers too! Here are some of the holidays to Zanzibar tips and tricks: Best time to visit June to October is generally the excellent time to visit when it is cooler and ...

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A lot of people think of Zanzibar as a romantic or honeymoon place, but it is a best place for solo travellers and backpackers too! Here are some of the holidays to Zanzibar tips and tricks:

Best time to visit

June to October is generally the excellent time to visit when it is cooler and dry. January and February are also best, when it is dry and hot. So book Flights to Zanzibar now.

March to May views the long rains. November and December has the little rains. The little rains are not so bad and there will be sun, but it does get extremely humid and you need to be prepared to spend some time sheltering indoors. On the pulse side, you can generally get best deals on hotels in the low season.

Ramadan

During Ramada quite a few of the hotels and restaurants in Stone Town shut down full day and some near all together, but you will be capable to find food. Most of the beach resorts will run as normal,

anyway, you must observe Ramadan etiquette everywhere else. You should not eat, drink or smoke on the streets and women’s should keep covered.

Air

You can fly into Zanzibar from local airports, including Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and the airstrips in the national parks. There are also a big number of international airlines that fly to Zanzibar, generally through Middle East, Europe or elsewhere in Africa. Include, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, Turkish Airlines, Mango Airlines and Qatar Airways. From Dar es Salaam, the journey takes approximately twenty minutes.

What to wear

Zanzibar is predominately Muslim area, so ladies should keep cleavage, shoulders and legs covered when walking around Stone Town and in villages especially. Men should not walk around shirtless.

People are extremely used to visitors these days, so you would not lynch-mobbed if you show little shoulder, but it is still seen as best to cover up.

In beaches and the hotels outside of Stone Town, it is best to dress how you love. Anyway, if there are seaweed farmers or fisherman working on the beach, it is also polite to cover up.

Accommodation

Dorms cost between $15 -$30 per night and generally affordable in Stone Town than on the places. Privates generally begin from around $50, but if you look around you can generally find affordable choices – try homestays, little local guesthouses that are not on booking places and Airbnb or move further inland.

Should you book your holiday package with a travel agent, or do it yourself online?

It is always advisable to book your holiday package in advance of your choice to confirm your travel reservations. Find and compare cheap flight & holiday packages to Zanzibar online. You can often save some money if you have a bit of flexibility.

Transport

Transport is a difficult one as it depends on a lot of factors and again, this truly depends on how much you move around and how you travel.

If you take domestic transport, you are probably taking approximately $20 or less for a 2 week trip. If you take share taxis, or you are traveling in a group or your negotiation expertise are very professional, you will likely spend $40 to $80. But if you are traveling alone and take simple taxis, you could be spending 140$.

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8 reasons why you should climb Mount Kilimanjaro https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/08/8-reasons-why-you-should-climb-mount-kilimanjaro.html Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:15:41 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18755 Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and document it all. Borrow one of those ‘go cameras’ and place it on your hat or helmet and get your every step on video. After you have successfully climbed it, edit your video and place it on YouTube.

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Whenever you read or hear something about Africa, it is mostly about the untouched wilderness. Well, so is this article but we will try to give it a little spin by giving you 8 amazing reasons why you should climb one of the most famous mountains in the world-Mount Kilimanjaro!
  • This ancient mountain is located in Tanzania, near Kenia and it is estimated that the rocks that are building the mountain are more than 3 million years old. That right there is the reason enough to climb any peak!
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is a part of a beautiful national park, home to many endangered species and it is a lifetime opportunity to go and see them while they still exist. Maybe in 10 or 20 years, you can tell your children how you had a chance to see an animal that no longer walks our Earth.
  • Kilimanjaro can be a demanding climb. Strong winds and unexpectedly low temperatures can surprise even an experienced climber. How can test your boundaries and see how far you can go for personal success!

  • In 2014. a wedding took place just beneath the mountain. If this is not tickling your mind enough or giving you some ideas then you are just not the person for this adventure!
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and document it all. Borrow one of those ‘go cameras’ and place it on your hat or helmet and get your every step on video. After you have successfully climbed it, edit your video and place it on YouTube.
  • This way many people will have a good insight as to how difficult it actually can be and whether they are willing to try it out too!

  • It is the tallest mountain in Africa and if we might add, the most beautiful! To add to this beauty, there is a volcano sleeping under it. Exciting, right.
  • If you are still thinking is it a good idea to climb Mount Kilimanjaro keep in mind that the oldest person who concurred this mountain is 89 years old! The youngest was only seven so prep yourself well and dare to win!
  • Nowadays there are so many routes that can lead you to the top but our warmest advice is to talk to an expert before leaving. They can recommend the best one according to your previous experience and desires.

We know that many of you have already climbed Africa’s highest peak so we want to hear from you directly. Do you agree with our 8 reasons and is there something you can add to our list?

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How to spend quality time in Cappadocia? https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/05/how-to-spend-quality-time-in-cappadocia.html Fri, 31 May 2019 16:52:25 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18635 During the vacation season, social networks are swarming with stunning posts from Cappadocia but the perspective of the photographs taken seems strange? Well, the view from the hot air balloon is all but usuall.

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What is time well-spent on a vacation for you? Is it wondering in nature, learning about the history of the place or just relaxing by the beach? All of this and many more Cappadocia is offering no matter the season and their goal is to make the list of activities endless!

Is it possible, we don’t know, but what we do know is that the time spent in Central Anthalia will be the one to remember. We will list the possibilities considered to be the most popular but it is on you to choose the order in which you will try them out!

You are into music or theatre? Cappadocia isn’t just a rustic area with unique landscapes. What also stands out is late night shows in many local restaurants. Traditional Sema, the whirling dervishes show is very often performed by professional dancers. It is more like a ritual and every song, movement and emotion is a spiritual journey. For a small fee, you can witness a performance worthy of a king!

Ihlara Valley is a magical creation and it is considered to be a panoramic viewpoint. It is an introduction to what awaits for you while in Cappadocia. From your hotel on the way there, you can ask your tour guides to make a couple of short stops for photo shooting. Those photos are later connected to the stories and history comes alive.

During the vacation season, social networks are swarming with stunning posts from Cappadocia but the perspective of the photographs taken seems strange? Well, the view from the hot air balloon is all but usuall. It is an expedition made for adrenalin addicts and hedonists as well. Nowhere in the world, you can experience such a view first hand. And when the wind is kind, the sky above the region becomes so colorful absorbing your attention fully.

Turkish nights are well known among the tourists and it is an evening that combines authentic music, traditional dancing and drinks in caves build to improve the unconventional experience. Imagination can be awakened sooner if all senses are touched!

Quad bike tours with certified tour guides are amazingly popular and these tours can be made private as well! Experienced adventurers told us that the best time of day to hop on the quad and drive around Cappadocia is in the sunset. Golden sunrays shine upon the ancient valley revealing the long-forgotten footsteps of the Turkish ancestors.

For those who prefer two-wheelers, biking tours are also listed as a popular offer. Safe, well-known trails go through the Red Valley and all you need is high energy level, good motivation and a backpack with basic necessities.

Gourmets can bot only try the food but learn how to prepare it as well! Cooking classes are a request these days so many villages around Cappadocia offer a culinary time machine. Go back in time and see how food used to be made without modern technology and cooking appliances. It is a privilege to be accepted in their small family even for a day to learn as much as you can and respect it!

Considering a trip to central Turkey any time soon? After this article, we hope it will at least be on your bucket list and you won’t regret it. Of you have already been there, we are open to more suggestions!

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All You Need to Know About Nile Cruises https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/05/all-you-need-to-know-about-nile-cruises.html Sun, 26 May 2019 19:05:29 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18627 Nile cruise is an effective treatment for the boring routine of the everyday life as it’s a new experience and you have an incredible chance to relax and take in the scenery of the magical blue Nile River.

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Egypt receives thousands of tourists annually who hear a lot about Egyptian history and come to explore Pharaonic Egypt and see the luxurious heritage of the ancient Egyptian kings. Their interests extend to discover what resulted from 5000-year civilization, construction processes, mummification techniques, features of hieroglyphs and its symbols, and the huge complexities of religion in Ancient Egypt, their gods, scared animals, religious ritual and their beliefs about life after death. All these ideas motivate this large number of guests to come to reveal these secrets. It’s glamorous and Egypt Tours Portal one of the best choices to visit Egypt.

Egypt is rich in many fabulous destinations, each destination has spellbinding historical landmarks that date back to the ancient Pharaonic eras. Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt are of these destinations, and they are regarded as the lovely place for a huge amount of visitors. Luxor and Aswan have an essential role in ancient history, thus the Pharaohs had left many precious treasures and ruins there.

Luxor the Ancient City

Luxor, as it’s claimed, has two-thirds of the world’s monuments. Named “ The World’s Greatest Open-Air Museum”, Luxor is well-known for its marvelous temples which the ancients used for worship and practicing rituals; Karnak Temple, Hatshepsut Temple, Dandara and Abydos Temples all were used for a religious purpose, but now they turned into tourist attractions that contain amazing drawings and priceless mummies and artifacts.

Aswan the Nubian City and it’s Breathtaking Attractions

On the other hand, Aswan, the dear neighbor of Luxor, is characterized by a distinctive location on the southern borders of Egypt, warm climate in winter, wonderful nature, and it’s considered as a large market for many visitors of various nationalities. Moreover, Aswan has a great part in Egypt history so it possesses charming glory, including Abu Simbel Temple, the High Dam, Philae Island, Edfu and Kom Ombo temples with their precious contents that amaze their visitors.

Remain that both Luxor and Aswan are located on the banks of the Nile. This advantage makes holidays-makers think to offer an additional option for the tourists who adore sailing. It’s all for the sake of providing the best service for our guests. Instead of having their own trip on foot, we enable them to witness our glorious sights on board Nile cruises, enjoying the warm sun, the attractive nature, the clear water and exploring the beauty of the Nile Valley, which was the starting point of the Egyptian glory. What a magnificent idea, it’s the best way to see our stunning ruins. Our Cruises are always well organized and we offer well-equipped ships to begin your trip. On board the ship, you will find all means of relaxation and fun. By sailing in the Nile, you take the chance to cover Luxor Temple and its fabulous buildings, Karnak Temple and discover its fascinating complexities, then move to witness the great Hatshepsut Temple that belongs to Queen Hatshepsut, one of the most successful Pharaohs in the ancient history, Valley of the Kings should also take a part of your tour and explore the precious tombs of the Pharaonic kings, including the great Tut Ankh Amun tomb. Moving to Aswan, you can experience a fantastic tour to reveal the secrets of the immortal civilization in Ancient Nubia. Explore Abu Simbel Temple, one of the ruins that symbolizes love, in Ancient Egypt, between Ramses II and his wife and don’t forget enjoying Edfu and Kom Ombo temples which directly overlook the captivating Nile and were used in Ancient Egypt for worship.

Nile cruise is an effective treatment for the boring routine of the everyday life as it’s a new experience and you have an incredible chance to relax and take in the scenery of the magical blue Nile River. On board the ship, you are allowed to do some activities in addition to visiting the historical attractions. You have the ability to listen to the music you prefer and dance, have fresh food and your favorite soft drinks, and the choice of taking many photos is also available to immortalize your trip. All your needs are fulfilled and all the circumstances and the atmosphere around you are ideal and force you to get out of the stress and be relax.

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5 Urban Wonders Of The World https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/5-urban-wonders-of-world.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/5-urban-wonders-of-world.html#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:58:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=50 Lombard Street being one of the top urban wonders in the world, owns the record as the street with the most switchbacks in a single block. With eight steep and sharp turns, Lombard Street literally looks like a giant dizzy snake lying on the road.

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LOMBARD STREET (San Francisco, USA)
This famous street in San Francisco, California is known to be the most-challenging street of all. Lombard Street owns the record as the street with the most switchbacks in a single block. With eight steep and sharp turns, Lombard Street literally looks like a giant dizzy snake lying on the road. Known also as “the world’s most-crooked street,” Lombard Street was constructed that way to lessen the natural grade of the hill which was too steep for vehicles.
KING FAHD’S FOUNTAIN (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Being the world’s tallest fountain is enough to merit King Fahd’s Fountain as an urban wonder. This fountain shoots water in an incredible 1023-ft (312m) height which is greater than the height of the Eifel Tower. King Fahd’s Fountain shoots an amount of 625 liters of water in one second at the speed of 233 miles per hour. Because of its seemingly unreachable height, the waters of the King Fahd’s Fountain can be sighted even if the spectator is miles and miles apart.
PARLIAMENT STREET (Exeter, England)
This street in England is over a hundred years old today, but what makes it as an urban wonder is not its age but its unbelievable narrow size. Usually, a street is where a vehicle can conveniently pass, but that will never happen in the Parliament Street, as the street measures just 25 inches inches wide which is just enough for a relatively medium-built person to pass.
DWARF EMPIRE (Kumning, China)
This is a village-cum-amusement park manned with little people who are dressed in fairy tale-like costumes and live in small castles. It is actually a village dedicated to the little people who cannot find a decent job, and instead of wandering in the streets, they are placed in the Dwarf Empire. Little people from all over China can come to the Dwarf Empire to live and actually get paid in return of the entertainment they give the visitors. The private owner of Dwarf Empire aims to help more little people and aspires to build an empire of over a thousand members in the future.
DAMANHUR TEMPLE OR TEMPLE OF HUMANKIND (Northern Alps of Italy)
The underground of the modest homes of Italy’s northern Alps is where a massive, intricately-decorated temple is found. Dedicated to Damanhur devotees, the temple is described as a place for eco-society, art and faith. The Damanhur Temple, whose official name is The Temples of Humankind, was secretly constructed in the 1970s. Adorned with impressive murals and vividly-colored stain glass, the temple was once seized by the Italian government due to illegalities. After sometime, it was returned to Oberto Airaudi, the builder and founder of Damanhur and the temple has been serving as the congregation’s place of worship.

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Top 10 Grand Boulevard in the World https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/top-10-grand-boulevard-in-world.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/top-10-grand-boulevard-in-world.html#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:48:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=54 Accentuated with glorified buildings, quaint shops, delightful cafes and perfectly-landscaped horse-chestnut trees, Champs-Elysees stretches its irresistible beauty from a public square called Place de la Concorde to a famous landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. In France, Champs - Elysees is regarded as the most upscale and high-end boulevard where prestigious and luxurious shops are seen in every turn.

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Champs-Elysées (Paris, France): Accentuated with glorified buildings, quaint shops, delightful cafes and perfectly-landscaped horse-chestnut trees, Champs-Elysees stretches its irresistible beauty from a public square called Place de la Concorde to a famous landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. In France, Champs – Elysees is regarded as the most upscale and high-end boulevard where prestigious and luxurious shops are seen in every turn.
 
Lombard Street (San Francisco, USA): Lombard Street, found between the streets of Hyde and Leavenworth, may be just an ordinary street to some, but what makes this boulevard famous to tourists and all over the world is its crookedness, and there is no other boulevard in the world can have such character. With eight sharp switchbacks and a design that adapts to the steepness of Russian Hill where Lombard Street sits, it is named as “the world’s most crooked street.”
Michigan (Chicago, USA): This- outstanding north-south street in Chicago is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, the area north of Chicago River, which is always upbeat and busy courtesy of high-end shopping destinations, delightful dining scene, colorful entertainment centers and luxurious hotels that unceasingly attract people. The boulevard is also a home to The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Water Tower and the Millennium Park. Further, most of Michigan’s parts are well-maintained historic districts.
The Strip (Las Vegas, USA): Las Vegas Boulevard, popular to the name The Strip, is hailed as the world’s Sin City for all the right reasons. It is the world’s mecca for gambling, entertainment and bright lights and this boulevard never sleeps as it has varied features to enjoy any time of the day. In the morning, upscale hotels are all geared-up to provide its luxurious amenities from relaxing massage down to pleasant dining. As the sun takes a break, bright and flashy lights become alive and The Strip becomes crowded and tolerably noisy.
Broadway (New York, USA): Apart from the musicals and theater industry, this famous Time Square area is popular in the world because of its flashy billboards which never fails to captivate one’s attention. Because no other boulevard in the world can have such unique and interesting scenery, no tourist leaves New York without experiencing the Broadway.
Passeig de Gracia (Barcelona, Spain): Spain’s most famous boulevard is also popular to the world, thanks to its remarkable architecture that adds spice and delight to the scene. Because Passeig de Gracia comprises of top of the line shopping destinations and business centers, it becomes Spain’s most celebrated avenue and is regarded as Barcelona’s most expensive street.
Gran Via (Madrid, Spain): Gran Via, or the Great Way, is a majestic boulevard in Madrid. It is known as the Broadway of Spain because of the nightlife that happens in its premises. Gran Via is also a famous destination when it comes to shopping places, theaters, dining areas and accommodations. But perhaps, the most captivating feature of the boulevard is its line-up of well-preserved 20th-century architecture.
Andrassy Ut (Budapest): Mansions that best define Neo-Renaissance architecture, used as delightful cafes, luxury shops and high-end restaurants, are only one of the many remarkable elements of Andrassy Ut. Because this boulevard plays hosts to many of the nation’s well-preserved historic places, most of the avenue’s spots are listed in the prestigious World Heritage Site.
Paulista Avenue (Sao Paolo, Brazil): Not only Paulista Avenue is known to be the country’s center for finance and commerce, this boulevard also boasts of a wide shopping scene and interesting hub for art. This boulevard is one of the most important landmarks of Brazil as it is where Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is found and it is also where the world-famous Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade is annually staged.
 
Orchard Road (Singapore): Among the boulevards in Asia, the Orchard Road in Singapore must be the most famous in the world. Not only it is a well-known tourist magnet because of designer names flashed in every corner and luxurious brands found in every turn, it is also in Orchard Road where the official home of the country’s president erects. Because of numerous establishments that operate in Orchard Road, this famous boulevard is busy day in and day out.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/05/sheikh-zayed-grand-mosque-abu-dhabi-uae.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/05/sheikh-zayed-grand-mosque-abu-dhabi-uae.html#respond Wed, 07 May 2014 10:50:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=112 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a place no one dares to miss when in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The majestic structure pictures what contemporary Islamic architecture is all about. With the capacity to hold almost 40,000 worshippers, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is undeniably UAE’s largest mosques and one of the world’s biggest.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a place no one dares to miss when in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The majestic structure pictures what contemporary Islamic architecture is all about. With the capacity to hold almost 40,000 worshippers, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is undeniably UAE’s largest mosques and one of the world’s biggest. This massive work of art houses 82 domes and more than a thousand columns. The highlight of the main prayer hall is its chandelier, one of the world’s largest which measures 10 metres in diameter, stands 15 metres in height and weighs twelve tonnes. The mosque’s carpet, on the other hand, is one of the largest hand-knotted carpets in the world. 
 
As the country’s grand mosque and one of the busiest buildings in UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center has become not just a place for Friday gathering and Eid worship, but also learning and discovery center for visitors and students. The splendour and magnificence of the mosque are open for everyone to witness and appreciate. If you are planning to visit, you may opt to get the service of a tour guide or simply go there and be consumed of its tranquil atmosphere and enchanting architecture.
 
The grand mosque makes use of the highest materials sourced around the globe, including Germany, Pakistan, Italy, India, Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, China, New Zealand, Greece, UAE, and United Kingdom. Natural materials such as marble, crystals, ceramic, semi-precious stones, and gold were chosen for the grand mosque’s construction due to the materials’ durability and classic appeal.
 
The special elements inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are simply attention-catching. The world’s largest carpet from the Iran’s Carpet Company is found in the grand mosque. Designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi, the carpet measured 60,570 sq ft and was hand-knotted by around 1,300 carpet knotters. 
 
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque makes use of seven chandeliers made from millions of Swarovski crystals and imported from Germany. The prayer hall has 96 spectacular columns clad with marble and accentuated with mother of pearl. The pools along the arcades reflect the mosque’s columns that create a breath-taking sight at night. One-of-a-kind lighting system is used in the grand mosque and designed by lighting architects Speirs + Major. This white massive mosque is home to the world’s largest marble mosaic in the courtyard.
Three dozen design companies were employed to raise the grandeur of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and because of that, it becomes the most expensive mosque in the world. Visitors are delighted of the free entrance to the mosque. If you are planning to visit, take the official tour so you can go beyond the velvet ropes. Sunglasses will be useful to you because the white marble’s bright reflection can be blinding. Since the grand mosque attracts a lot of tourists, it is advised to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
 

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Temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/temple-of-karnak-luxor-egypt.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/temple-of-karnak-luxor-egypt.html#respond Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:23:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=114 In some parts of the world, ruins and derelict places bear extraordinary appeal that it overshadows the products of modernization and technology. Egypt, for one, is proud of its decayed temples, pylons, chapels and buildings. Egypt’s vast mix of neglected structures is known to the world as Temple of Karnak or Karnak Temple Complex.

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In some parts of the world, ruins and derelict places bear extraordinary appeal that it overshadows the products of modernization and technology. Egypt, for one, is proud of its decayed temples, pylons, chapels and buildings. Egypt’s vast mix of neglected structures is known to the world as Temple of Karnak or Karnak Temple Complex. Found on the east bank of the Nile River in Thebes (now Luxor), the place is famous in itself as the “world’s greatest open air museum” that stands right in the middle of the bustling, modern city. 
The Temple of Karnak covers a vast land of 200 acres, so huge that the size of other ancient cities fails in comparison. In fact, the entire complex can house ten European cathedrals. The largest space of the Temple Complex is dedicated to Amun-Ra, the ultimate god of ancient Egypt hailed as “The God of Kings and King of Gods.” The main sanctuary is known as Hypostyle Hall or “Ipet-Sun” which means “the most selected place.” The hall has an area of 50,000 sq. meters and comprises of 16-row massive columns. 122 of these columns are 10 meters tall while the other 12 are 21 meters high. All 134 columns are topped by 70-tons architraves believed to have been lifted using levers.
Equally hailed during the ancient times is Amun-Ra’s wife, Mut the Goddess, and the south of the Karnak Temple is dedicated to her. A precinct for the falcon-headed God of War Montu is also part of the complex. In every turn and corner, there are precincts characterized by unfinished pillars indicating how the Temple of Karnak could have been finished. All Egyptian temples are represented by a sacred lake, and the lake of the Karnak Temple is no doubt the biggest.
The size, complexity and diversity of the Temple of Karnak can be attributed to some factors. For one, the length of the time of construction of the complex is extremely long—from the Middle Kingdom up to Ptolemaic times. Further, the construction and use of the complex was participated by over thirty pharaohs, and their varied influences, tastes, and preferences made the Karnak Temple’s features and character overwhelming.
The Temple of Karnak is not only known to be the dwelling place of Egypt’s ancient gods. Tagged as the “mother of all religious buildings,” the complex has been serving as a place of pilgrimage for the past 4,000 years. In the most recent times, tourists comprise most of the pilgrims held in the Karnak Temple. The economy of Luxor City greatly depends on tourism, and thanks to the Karnak Temple Complex which heavily attracts visitors all over the world, the masterplan of new roads, transport terminals, fashionable shops, trendy restaurants and five-star hotels is on its way.

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Valley of the Kings, Egypt https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/11/valley-of-kings-egypt.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/11/valley-of-kings-egypt.html#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=171 Valley of the Kings in Egypt is also known as Biban el- Moluk, translated to mean Gates of the Kings. This archaeological locality is one of the world’s most impressive archaeological destinations.

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Valley of the Kings in Egypt is also known as Biban el- Moluk, translated to mean Gates of the Kings. This archaeological locality is one of the world’s most impressive archaeological destinations. Most of Egypt Pharaohs of New Kingdom are buried here and the tombs at the valley have a KV number which stands for the ‘King’s Valley’. For instance the Tutankhamun tomb is also referred to as KV62. Over the years, various archaeological excavations have continued within the area periodically. American University of Cairo excavated the KV5 tomb that is believed to house the remains of sons of Ramesses II. 
Visiting the Valley of the Kings can be quite expensive especially when it comes to transportation matters. Hiring a car to take you there for a day will require that you negotiate aggressively with the taxi drivers for a better rate. Local taxi drivers are well known to engage in scam activities and might end up surcharging your car hire unnecessarily. 
The main attractions at this archaeological site as you can expect are the tombs and are open on a daily basis making it very convenient to visit. At a small admission fee, you will be able to view at least three tombs and you can also purchase additional tickets to view even more tombs of your choice. All the tombs are open for visit by the public even though some are periodically closed for renovation and resting.
In recent years, information found within Valley of the Kings has been improved vastly and the faded old signs are gone and have been replaced with some engraved metal signs where details of the architecture, decoration and history of every tomb are provided. There are also detailed diagrams and plans thanks to Theban Mapping Project that will make your visit to the area an awesome undertaking.
One of the main tombs at the valley is Tomb of Tutankhamun and you will need to purchase a separate ticket in order to visit the tomb. This is regarded as the valley’s most famous tomb. However, its limited decoration and smaller size makes it barely worth a visit and Cairo Egyptian Museum has over the years removed the riches that used to be found at the tomb.
Tomb of Thutmose III is categorized in phase one tombs and it is among the valley’s remotest toms. The tomb has unique decorations and it is one of the most tombs in Valley of the Kings. Tomb of Horemheb houses the remains of last king of 18th Dynasty. Then there is Tomb of Merneptah which has the remains of sons of Ramesses II, known as the great. Unfortunately, flash flooding in the valley has greatly affected this tomb even though some of the reliefs and paintings have survived this and are in a good condition generally. When visiting Valley of the Kings, you should keep in mind the fact that there is no water and food and you need to carry your own supplies to the valley.

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Aberdare National Park, Kenya https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/11/aberdare-national-park-kenya.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/11/aberdare-national-park-kenya.html#respond Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:25:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=173 Located in Nairobi area in Kenya, the Aberdare National Park comprises of campsites, picnic spots, streams, waterfalls and rivers. The park is a perfect place to visit to enjoy adventure and wildlife in Kenya.

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Located in Nairobi area in Kenya, the Aberdare National Park comprises of campsites, picnic spots, streams, waterfalls and rivers. The park is a perfect place to visit to enjoy adventure and wildlife in Kenya. The park stays open between 6.00 am to 7.00 pm on a daily basis and visitors are not allowed inside on foot. The Aberdare National Park is located about 180 kilometers from Nairobi city and there is a reliable road network that can take you to the park. You can take a matatu or a bus from Nairobi city and travel to Nyeri and you can complete the remaining distance within two hours drive from Nyeri town.
Aberdare National Park has a diverse topography which makes it very attractive to both local and international tourists. The park covers about 767 sq meters and you can see rivers, stream, rainforests, lush grasslands, bamboo forest and rainforests at the park. The valleys in Aberdare National Park have a unique V- shape and are amazingly interconnected by murmuring rivers, beautiful rivers and cascading waterfalls.
Wildlife is also highly diverse at Aberdare National Park and wild animals are easily spotted at the park. Some of the common ones include the African Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Waterbuck, Bushnack, Eland, side striped jackal, African hunting dog, Mountain Reedbuck, Sykes monkey and Cape buffalo. A rare species of antelope known as Bongo is also found in the park’s bamboo forest. Sometimes, you might even be more fortunate to see the golden cat at the park as well.
If you are looking for a place to go for a memorable picnic in Kenya, Aberdare National Park is the perfect choice. The park boasts of having many accommodation options ranging from Treetop lodges and the luxurious hotels. Lodges found at the park are a major kind of attraction at the park. Some of the lodges such as those built above the nearby saltlicks and waterholes offer an excellent view of various animals in the park like buffaloes, lions and elephants as they approach the lodges to lick salt and drink water. It is advisable that you stay at the park as this will provide you with incredible opportunities to enjoy yourself such as trout fishing, moorland camping, wildlife viewing at night and so much more.
At the Aberdare National Park, tourists have an exquisite opportunity for sharing their space with the wild animals. You will have a fascinating experience as you interact with nature at its best and have a memorable vacation. There are also many great restaurants just near the park and they serve delicious European, African and Asian cuisines. Make sure that you also taste sukuma wiki kale which is a popular staple food in Kenya. The climate of the Aberdare National Park is generally cool with the rainy season between March and June as well as between September and December. The most common vegetation is Sub alpine flora and Rich Alpine which gives way to both the bamboos and Mountain areas.

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