What inspires you to travel – Tourist Destinations https://www.tourist-destinations.com World Travel Guides Fri, 15 May 2020 21:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/09/grytviken-south-georgia-and-south.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/09/grytviken-south-georgia-and-south.html#respond Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:34:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=234 Grytviken first gained popularity in 1915 when it was referred to as a whaling station. After Shackleton lost his ship known as Endurance in the waters after hitting a pack, Shackleton re- united with civilization in Grytviken, South Georgia.

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Grytviken first gained popularity in 1915 when it was referred to as a whaling station. After Shackleton lost his ship known as Endurance in the waters after hitting a pack, Shackleton reunited with civilization in Grytviken, South Georgia. Shackleton was buried at a small graveyard that is found in Grytviken and his grave can be seen even today. However, historians claim that Grytviken might not be the whaling spot he said he found assistance and the devastating journey by the actual whaling was just close to Grytviken. As usual, if you are planning to travel to this island, your only option to get into Grytviken is by ship and you can tour the island by walking. While it might not be very promising for most tourists, it is a recommended travel destination for a curious traveler.

In addition to this whaling station, another attraction jewel in Grytviken is the local museum that is manned by Pauline and Tim Carr. At the museum, you will get to learn more regarding the whaling industry and the natural history of Grytviken Island. The Norwegian Church has recently been restored and worth a visit and you can as well visit the graveyard. This grave house remains of Ernest Shackleton who was a famous explorer at the island.

Grytviken also has a research station run by British Antarctic Survey and you can as well pop in to get a hint on the kind of research projects being undertaken here. Hiking is an enjoyable activity in Grytviken at the reservoir which is found at the hilltop just next to the nearby whaling station. While the footing can at times be very muddy, you can nevertheless be assured of an excellent bay view and you also enjoy the nice scenery. Be cautious about terns that can attack you especially when you move close to their nesting place and you need to keep a safe distance. You can also visit Shackleton’s grave where the explorer is buried alongside many whalers who eventually died.
At King Edward Point, there is Shackleton’s cross that is worthy of a visit where you will see the fur seals that usually charges fiercely when you invade their territory. To keep yourself from fur seals attacks carrying a stick will help you which can deter the attacks. The museum also houses a mailbox where you can decide to write a letter back home and you can buy the postcards and stamps at a gift shop nearby that also sells souvenirs and books. As far as eating is concerned, you are advised to carry your food along.

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Djibouti City, Djibouti https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/djibouti-city-djibouti.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/djibouti-city-djibouti.html#respond Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:03:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=235 With a population of about 400, 000 inhabitants, Djibouti city is the largest city in the relatively young country of Djibouti which as doubles up as the nation’s capital alongside other functions.

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With a population of about 400, 000 inhabitants, Djibouti city is the largest city in the relatively young country of Djibouti which as doubles up as the nation’s capital alongside other functions. The city has a rich history and traces its roots in 1888. During the colonial era, it was designated as the administrative capital for French Somaliland and proudly maintained the status for three years. While Djibouti, as a country has very few tourism resources and Djibouti city, receives a handful of tourists in any year, there are some good beaches that attract some visitors on the eastern shore.
Visitors coming to Djibouti city by plain are served by the Ambouli Airport and Air France provides regular flights to the city. Other flights that facilitate travel to the city and country as a whole are the Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airways. Unfortunately, while visitors used to get into Djibouti city by train, it doesn’t operate anymore which limits modes of transportation to the area. Taxi cabs especially the green ones in color and offers the best transportation for getting around the city. Due to the influence of Somali land, most inhabitants of Djibouti city are khat chewers which have been a common habit in the city. Ideally, khat is just a stimulant and not narcotic as most visitors tend to think. Somalis and Djiboutians believe that khat supplies them with a special form of energy. 
Djibouti city has little to offer to tourists considering that the city and country have been undergoing a period of development lately. There are countable parks in the city where tourists can relax and a museum that houses historical exhibits of the locals. Nightlife is not as great as such but you can still give it a try as a way of killing time especially during weekends. However, the recently built Aden Bay Casino in Djibouti city has recently given the city a spot on the tourism map. Located at Sheraton Hotel, the casino has 40 sports poker machines, poker, roulette tables, and blackjack.
Shopping in Djibouti city offers no unique experience especially because items are quite expensive at the market. When it comes to eating, Djibouti city has been regarded as a melting point and a typical menu includes camel meat, lobster, sashimi, sushi, steaks, and crab. Cold beer is also served and most of the hotels in the city have a nice atmosphere offering fantastic indoor and outdoor settings. During weekends, the hotels usually host some organized events such as the colorful sushi night. La Mer Rouge Restaurant is one of the best eating places in the city that you should not miss. There are various drinking spots in Djibouti city including Club Hermes, Sham’s, Club Menelik, La Oasis, La Galette, and Golden Club. Djibouti city is a relatively safe place to be for a vacation only that you will need to be careful about cab rides as the drivers can become nasty at times.

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Dodoma, Tanzania https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/dodoma-tanzania.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/dodoma-tanzania.html#respond Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:12:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=236 Dodoma city is centrally located in Tanzania which gives it a strategic advantage as most tourists get to make it to this city when in a trip to the city. Dodoma city as the political capital city of the country in 1973, a status it took in 1973. By the 19802, a new parliament building and other government buildings were erected in the city and plans were laid down to have the ministry offices and other key state functions shifted to Dodoma.

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Dodoma city is centrally located in Tanzania which gives it a strategic advantage as most tourists get to make it to this city when on a trip to the city. Dodoma city as the political capital city of the country in 1973, a status it took in 1973. By the 19802, a new parliament building and other government buildings were erected in the city, and plans were laid down to have the ministry offices and other key state functions shifted to Dodoma. Unfortunately, due to environmental factors especially a limitation of water supply, the city never lived its dream of being the national capital and all the plans were abandoned. As such, Dar Es Salaam continued to host most of the embassies and ministries and Dodoma still retains its title as the capital city arbitrarily in theory.
Dodoma is well served by a good transport service and getting around the city is quite easy as there are plentiful minibusses and taxis. Dodoma is relatively flat and biking is a common activity and in fact, most tourists opt to use bikes when touring the city. There are not so many things that could be of tourist interest but you can also expect not to be bored during your trip here. The new parliament building, known as binge is proof of earthquakes that attack the city occasionally. Bunge is a must-visit building but accessing the area might be limited and you should get permission from the authorities to do so. Photography is also forbidden at the building just like other key places in the city. The Ismaili Mosque is also a must-visit as it is one of the most attractive religious sites in Dodoma.
The Lion Rock or Simba Hill offers a good view of the entire city and its entire surroundings. However, if you are to visit the area, you must do so in a group as mugging cases are not a surprise here. Excursions and trekking are offered by local tour operators even though you will need to make some reservations. If you are a swimming fanatic, Dodoma has two awesome swimming pills that you will not want to miss. You can also opt to spend your afternoon watching TV at the clubs or bodybuilding in the Dodoma Hotel that has a well-equipped gym and fitness center. 
Shopping in Dodoma city is also an awesome activity to partake in especially in the newly built Shabibi Supermarket that stocks a wide range of interesting items. Yashna’s Supermarket is one of the biggest shopping spots in the city and has canned vegetables, pasta, biscuits, chocolates, frozen cheese, cosmetics, and other local items. The Two Sisters is increasingly becoming a popular shopping area in Dodoma for wine, candies, Indian snacks, and crisps. The staff at the shop is very helpful and friendly. Sleeping is available in several guest houses distributed all over the city like the CCT Hostel, Shukrani, Nam Hotel, Veta, and others.

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Douglas, Isle of Man https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/douglas-isle-of-man.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/douglas-isle-of-man.html#respond Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:24:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=237 Douglas serves as the administrative and finance sector of Isle of Man. The working harbor city features some unique holiday resorts that make it quite attractive to many visitors. The city has so much to do and you will surely love every minute of your life that you spend in Douglas.

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Douglas serves as the administrative and finance sector of Isle of Man. The working harbor city features some unique holiday resorts that make it quite attractive to many visitors. The city has so much to do and you will surely love every minute of your life that you spend in Douglas. The pedestrianized, famous shopping center sells a large collection of local handicrafts. The island is home to the government assembly and the entire island has Douglas as its major commercial center. A significant proportion of the entire population at the island lives in Douglas which makes it the liveliest and well-developed area.
Douglas is one of the best tourism destination points in the region and a trip to the area will take you to the oldest horse-drawn tramps in the world and it is a must-visit. The casino located at the heart of the town has also been a good reason why most people visit the town. There Gaiety Theatre in Douglas is simply superb and buildings appear splendidly maintained. The Villa Marina is the town’s main entertainment center where year-round activities are held including music, film, and theater performances. The Manx museum located right at the heart of the city is an award-winning attraction center in Douglas and it’s regarded as the starting sport for tourists interested in discovering the interesting Story of Mann. Noble’s Park boasts of a wide range of amazing amusements and houses TT Grandstand which has been the heart of motorsport in the entire island.
Douglas is known as one of the few destinations where visitors get the experience of traveling in electric and steam railways which are aged more than a century now. Stepping onboard the train will give you a golden opportunity of appreciating some of the most stunning and beautiful scenery on the island. Isle of Man Steam Railway started its operations in 1873 and has been taking visitors and locals to the magnificent summers especially during summers. Visitors at Douglas get a chance of sampling a wide range of inspiring local cuisine and playing golf as well. Some tourists simply opt to take a stroll along the promenade while others will spend some quality time in the sea waters.
There are two well-known kipper shops in Douglas where foreigners get to purchase kippers and other local stuff. Douglas has been the shopping capital of the island and there are numerous chain stores. During your travel, remember that food here is quite expensive compared to back in the UK and you should agree on prices before sitting down to eat. There are numerous wine bars, cocktail, and British pubs located in the town, and nightlife is always incredible. You will also find many high-quality hotels at Douglas where you can spend your night. During the TT season, the rooms can sell out completely and you need to make a reservation well in advance. Douglas town is relatively safe even though you should be careful about petty crimes that are reported from time to time.

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24 Hours In London https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/24-hours-in-london.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/24-hours-in-london.html#respond Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:43:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=238 Picture this: You're on vacation in London, England and your trip is nearing it's end. You have 24 hours until you must check out of your hotel and head to the airport, and you want to make the most out of those 24 hours. We've comprised a great set of attractions and things to entertain you; all in 24 hours.

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Picture this: You’re on vacation in London, England and your trip is nearing its end. You have 24 hours until you must check out of your hotel and head to the airport, and you want to make the most out of those 24 hours. We’ve comprised a great set of attractions and things to entertain you; all in 24 hours.
Morning
You’ll wake up and eat breakfast at your hotel or any nearby café, and then head to the Hunterian Museum in downtown to culture yourself on their wide variety of anatomical, pathological, and zoological exhibits started by John Hunter (who has been dead for over 200 years). You will explore such exhibits as “Extinct”, the exhibition of recreations, and the remains of extinct and endangered animals such as the woolly mammoth, the Megalodon shark, and the Tasmanian tiger, and “Humans as Fossils” which displays the development of the human race through each evolutionary stage’s fossils. We highly recommend you to experience London transportation services. Make sure you go and see St Pancreas Station, which is one of the busiest stations in London.
Afternoon
Seeing all of that decaying organic matter should have created an appetite for you. At this point, you will make your way to one of London’s many exquisite dining establishments and have a fairly sizable meal to fuel you for the rest of the day’s events. After lunch, you are going to purchase tickets to one of London’s many available tours and behold the history of London, England.
Evening
The tour should bring you close to dinner time, you will purchase tickets to the Phoenix Fringe comedy club, where you will enjoy dinner and a show. The Phoenix Fringe has hosted comedians from all over the world and is one of the most renowned clubs in the United Kingdom. Hosting such performers as Rob Delaney of Comedy Central, Eddie Griffin from the movie “Undercover Brother”, Tony Rock (younger brother of Chris Rock), and Janeane Garofalo of Comedy Central.
Night
After the sun goes down, you will purchase tickets to the show at York Hall. Famous for its design and often celebrity-status performers, York Hall sells out often and has seen such big names as Katy Perry, Jay Z, and Lady Gaga. You should be well worn out by the end of the show, at which time you will retire to wherever you are staying and go to sleep.
Thus ends our planner on how to make the most of 24 hours in London. We hope you enjoy your time in the booming city that is London.

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Dili, East Timor https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/dili-east-timor.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/dili-east-timor.html#respond Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:41:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=239 Dili is a sea side city and despite how charming and scruffy this little city appears, it is not one of the greatest capitals in Asia. However, after East Timor was declared as an independent country, Dili found itself shouldering the status of the capital city in 2002.

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Dili is a seaside city and despite how charming and scruffy this little city appears, it is not one of the greatest capitals in Asia. However, after East Timor was declared as an independent country, Dili found itself shouldering the status of the capital city in 2002. During the colonial era, Dili was regarded as the major metropolis in the remote colony. After colonialism, Dili was left with Portuguese heritage and it is one of the eastern cities featuring Portuguese architecture and food. Even though Dili took the full force of the Portuguese colonialists, it has slowly recovered but the gutted buildings are still a common sight in the city.
Being one of the youngest national capital in the world, Dili is yet to realize its full tourism potential. Nevertheless, the city and surrounding region are bestowed with rich tourism resources starting with the famous Statue of Jesus which stands tall in Dili. According to historical stories and rumors, the statue was built by Indonesians who are mostly Muslims and given as a token to Christians. However, the statue was designed in a way that seems to be facing Jakarta and the spot has become very popular today as exercising internationals visit the statue in large numbers every year. The Cape Fatucama beach is found just next to Statue of Jesus and with its beautiful coastline with a C- shape, the beach is quite scenic. Its waters are near-transparent and visitors tend to spend lots of their time sunbathing at the beach and enjoying other interesting water activities.
During your visit to Dili, you can decide to attend an English mass service at a local church located just across to the well-known Leader supermarket. If you are fine with Tetum Masses, they are offered most of the times and you can as well join other worshipers. Dili is popular as a place where you can find inexpensive VCDs, CDs, and DVDs and for those travelers with their laptops, they can get some great software installed in their machines in the city. Rameau is another place in Dili worthy of a visit and this is the highest and most popular East Timor Mountain. Climbing to the top of the mountain will take you a few hours and it is always an exciting expedition. However, if you are going there at night, you need to be cautious as the cold will make you feel like freezing.
Atauro and Dili Island offer a great diving spot and you will find several diving operators where you can hire the equipment needed. If you want to go for longer trips especially to Jaco Island, you can have one arranged for you by the dive operators. This part of the world has untouched coral reefs and will provide you with a thrilling experience. The Resistance Museum in Dili has historical information regarding the struggle for independence of East Timor. Seafood is one of the most common dishes served in Dili’s restaurants and you can also find other delicacies as well.

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/dushanbe-tajikistan.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/dushanbe-tajikistan.html#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:01:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=240 Dushanbe is the national capital city of Tajikistan which expats have nicknamed ‘The Big Dushe’. While the city is not huge as such, tourists can easily get lost in Dushanbe due to the fact that most of the streets here do not have names.

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Dushanbe is the national capital city of Tajikistan which ex-pats have nicknamed ‘The Big Dusche’. While the city is not as huge as such, tourists can easily get lost in Dushanbe because most of the streets here do not have names. As such to navigate around the city, you should beware of some of the famous landmarks. Dushanbe is quite interesting but the city is best visited for a limited number of days. Nevertheless, Dushanbe doesn’t have much to offer to tourists, and rather than some monuments and a museum, don’t expect to find the eighth wonder of the world. With only three notable clubs, nightlife in Dushanbe falls short of the western standard. Clubs in Dushanbe are very bad, to be honest, and besides playing bad music, they are full of prostitutes.
Streets in Dushanbe are beautifully lined with some tall trees and taking a stroll in the evening is always a pleasant experience to enjoy. The Rudaki Park in the city features many fountains featuring colored lights. There is also a botanical garden where you can escape the hectic city life and enjoy a quiet and peaceful place away from the noise and dust. The city is home to a huge statue of Somoni commemorating the man after whom the national currency was named. While taking photos of the statue is not restricted, some police will demand some money and you will need to play it safe by standing far and using your camera’s zoom.
The Victory Park offers a pleasant hiking experience and you can climb at the top to catch some great views of Dushanbe city. The 13th Century Fort Hissar is a must-visit. The fort houses some small museums which display cultural exhibits of the Tajik people. While the Soviet troops did destroy the fort as they hunted for the famous Enver Pasha, the ruins that remain are still worthy of your time. The Gaming Musical Instrument Museum is just small in size but stocks a wide variety of interesting musical instruments collection from the Central Asian region. The area also frequently hosts cultural and musical events which will leave you fascinated.
The Museum of Antiquities has a collection of interesting exhibits even though the museum appears a little old fashioned. There is also a nearby Museum of Ethnography that has displays of the traditional Tajik costumes and dress and it is quite cheaper to visit. The Museum of Archeology in Dushanbe is also worthy of a visit as you will see Buddha sleeping. The old traditional Rohat Chaikhona teahouse doesn’t have great food but its architecture is quite interesting. If you are a fan of cheap or free concerts, you can find them at Opera Ballet which is often sponsored by traveling companies and embassies. Other areas to visit in Dushanbe are such as the Bactria Cultural Centre, Mayakovsky Theatre, and Padida Theatre alongside other concert halls. For shopping, you can find various food varieties like nuts, vegetables, fresh fruit, and meats at Shakhmansur Bazaar.

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Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/edinburgh-of-seven-seas-tristan-da.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/edinburgh-of-seven-seas-tristan-da.html#respond Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:16:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=241 Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is an island in South Atlantic Ocean and the territory is administered by United Kingdom and precisely by St. Helena government. Tristan da Cunha enjoys world popularity as the most remote island inhabited by people in the world.

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Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean and the territory is administered by the United Kingdom and precisely by St. Helena government. Tristan da Cunha enjoys world popularity as the most remote island inhabited by people in the world. St. Helena is the closes land speck to Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and is very close to the Africa continent. The other islands near Edinburgh of the Seven Seas are inaccessible and thus inhabited which include the Stoltenhoff and Middle Island among others. The nearby Gough Island is well known for hosting numerous scientific and weather researches. 
When traveling to Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, you must get a permit from Tristan Government and you can email them via admin@tristandc.com. In your email, indicate your planning travel date, where you will be staying during your visit, and your main reason for the visit. Unfortunately, travel to Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is only possible by boat as there are no airstrips on the island to facilitate air travel. However, even traveling by boat, you must plan for your trip very carefully as the journey from Cape Town to the island will take you almost a week. Getting around Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is best done on foot but the steep and rugged terrain makes walking rather difficult. However, if you intend to stay at Tristan village, the ground here is relatively grassy and flat and it is easily maintained. Transport is also available in Edinburgh of the Seven Seas as there is a paved route where you can catch an islander’s tractor or car but there is also a morning bus service.
Just like you would expect in a typical island, apart from water activities, there is not so much to see in Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. However, there are organized fishing excursions, climbs, golf and walks for visitors. You can also decide to organize a trip from Edinburgh of the Seven Seas to one of the inaccessible islands. Despite being said to be uninhabited and inaccessible, there are still some organized visits to these islands which are always quite interesting but you must have a local guide to escort you. Since the island has no permanent settlements, visitors are required to carry along their drinks and food.
Gough Island is just located close to Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. There is no sheltered anchorage or harbor in Gough and bats can only land at the Glen Anchorage. Presently, tourists are restricted from accessing the area as navigating the area is extremely difficult. For eating and drinking Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Prince Philip Hall is the only place that visitors sort out their gastronomic needs. The hall also houses an Albatross bar and food is also served occasionally. For sleeping in Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the most common type of accommodation is self-catering and it is relatively cheap and affordable.

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Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/flying-fish-cove-christmas-island.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/flying-fish-cove-christmas-island.html#respond Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:47:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=242 Flying Fish Cove is simply referred to as ‘The Settlement’ in most maps. The settlement was established around 1888 by the British. About 1600 people live in Flying Fish Cove and the island houses a rather small harbor that provides visitors with yachts when touring the Christmas Island.

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As the main and well known main settlement spot of Christmas Island in Australia, Flying Fish Cove is simply referred to as ‘The Settlement’ in most maps. The settlement was established around 1888 by the British. About 1600 people live in Flying Fish Cove and the island houses a rather small harbor that provides visitors with yachts when touring Christmas Island. There is also an airfield in Flying Fish Cove and tourists and locals go diving at the beach. Ideally, this Indian Ocean Island is characterized by shallow bays comprising some coral shingle and sand beaches. Previously administered by the UK, the sovereignty of Christmas Island was transferred to Australia government in the year 1958. A significant proportion of the island including Flying Fish Cove has already been declared by the authorities as a national park. In the 1890s, the main activity undertaken here was the mining of phosphate.
In 2001, the Australia Government had agreed for a space launching site to be created at Flying Fish Cove even though the project was never started as the government later withdrew from funding the project. The tropical climate at Flying Fish Cove is characterized by humidity and heat which is moderated by the trade winds. The landscape consists of cliffs and the majority of Flying Fish Cove is covered by rain forest. After mining activities ended, most of the areas are currently being rehabilitated. There are numerous rocky and sandy beaches that are scattered at the coastline and limestone cliffs separate these beaches.
An interesting feature to see in Flying Fish Cove is the Dales which consist of many freshwater streams that run parallel to one another. The origin of these streams is underground caves with the water flowing to the Indian Ocean eventually. There is also a highly admired waterfall next to terrace formations where most visitors enjoy taking showers. The Lily beach in Flying Fish Cove was named after the sweeping of a girl at this beach and while visiting the beach, visitors are advised to be extremely careful. The inviting bathing pool at the beach receives large freaks of waves from time to time which can you sweep you to the ocean and suffer a similar fate like Lily.
Blowholes are a famous geological feature in Flying Fish Cove consisting of steep limestone cliffs and the area should also be visited cautiously as the waves can get wild. The Dolly beach on Flying Fish Cove appears quite isolated but it is rather beautiful with its hanging coconut trees. Locals prefer camping at this scenic beach and attract many tourists due to the availability of fresh, drinkable water. Dolly Beach is also a nesting ground for the sea turtles which are endangered species. Other places in Flying Fish Cove that you should consider paying a visit include Margaret knoll, Greta Beach, and Ethel Beach. Snorkeling or diving is a common activity at Flying Fish Cove alongside other activities like watching whale shark, game fishing, mountain biking, and buying the cheap, duty-free drinks at the many bars in Flying Fish Cove.

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Gaborone, Botswana https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/gaborone-botswana-travel-guide.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/08/gaborone-botswana-travel-guide.html#respond Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:07:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=243 Located in Botswana, Gaborone is one of the most prosperous cities in Southern Africa and it is also the capital city of the country. Plans to have Gaborone serve as the national capital started way back during colonial era and was bestowed the status in 1966 after the country became independent.

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Located in Botswana, Gaborone is one of the most prosperous cities in Southern Africa and it is also the capital city of the country. Plans to have Gaborone serve as the national capital started way back during the colonial era and was bestowed the status in 1966 after the country became independent. With a population of just about 250, 000 people, Gaborone city is one of the most sprawling cities in the country. It is generally lively, functioning, safe, and very clean. Numerous shopping malls appear dotted all over the city. However, most tourists agree that the nomenclature of the city confuses most of them.  Unlike what you would accept in a typical city, driving in Gaborone is to the left side and as such, tourists are advised to cross the streets and drive cautiously. Despite being such a well-developed city, Gaborone doesn’t have much to offer in terms of tourist resources, and tourists are advised not to travel there with great expectations. Nevertheless, one of the places that you should surely not miss is Kgale Hill as hill climbing at this hill is always a pleasant activity.
With a height of about 100m, this is the largest hill in Botswana, and climbing at the top will give you a pleasant view of the entire city and the surrounding regions. However, you should be a little careful as baboons can give you a rather hard time especially if you get astray. Unfortunately, there are no tour guides and you should only get in together with other tourists for safety purposes as well.
The Gaborone Cycling Club offers mountain biking and not cycling as its name seems to suggest. A half an hour drive from Gaborone is the Otse village and home to Mannyelanong Game Reserve that was established with its main aim being to protect the endangered vultures. The Gaborone Stables has some crocodiles that are worthy of seeing. The Mokolodi Game Reserve serves as the highlight of most visitors and most people go here to pet cheetahs.
Game drives are offered at the reserve where you can see many animals such as balloons, warthogs, giraffe, hippo, elephant, and zebras among others. You will be shown around by a very nice and lovely tour guides. Gaborone Game Reserve is known for being quite small and most visitors prefer driving themselves around the reserve in their cars. It is well known for bird watching even though some wild animals can also be sighted. It has several picnic spots even though you must be cautious about ostriches and monkeys.
Cinemas in Gaborone are many such as the New Capital Cinema and Gaborone Film Club which feature multi-screens theatres where you can enjoy watching big-name films and movie trailers. While there are many shopping malls in Gaborone, items here are quite expensive, something largely attributed to price-fixing activities by the local retailers. There are many clubs in the city such as Bull and Bush as well as the Cigar Lounge that makes the nightlife in Gaborone very lively and enjoyable.

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