Africa Off The Beaten Path

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Africa Off The Beaten Path

  • Towns /Cities / Sights around Marrakesh

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    A really happy time was had by all our family when we travelled to the desert. We were dealing with Adil, a friendly agent who provided us with plenty of information. The Sahara was great ! The camels were really friendly too.

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  • Jeep Safari

    Hurghada Off The Beaten Path

    The last part of a day trip to Amusement Park, in the late afternoon, was reserved for the safari ride in a desert. There is large number of vehicles, "Mad Max" styled alike, and each one was provided for the four people. But there is a catch about this vechicles, each one has limited speed, maximum to 40 or 50 kilometres per hour. Those with the...

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  • Memphis and Sakkara

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    On the road approaching the Step Pyramids in Sakkara you will see several carpet making schools on both sides of the road. I have read and heard a lot about these places. Reviews range from overpriced carpet shops preying on busloads of unexpecting tourists to child labor sweatshops. I have also read that they are what they purport to be which is...

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  • West Coast

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    You could be forgiven for not envisaging that you would ever be tempted to visit a disused mine site on your trip to South Africa, but perhaps the West Coast Fossil Park will make you change your mind! The fossil park is located approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 1.5-2 hour drive) on the site of the old Chemfos mine which mined phosphate...

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  • Game Reserves

    Johannesburg Off The Beaten Path

    Pilanesberg Park is only two hours from Johannesburg, and I had my guide drive me around the huge reserve for about fours hours (starting at noontime). But all I saw were deers, birds and a few wild pigs...I guess the big animals were still asleep... However, despite my experience, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is considered one of the most...

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  • historical sightseeing

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    The mission succeeded in cleaning up and preparing for tourist divers the location of Mark Antony's palace, the Timonium. It also cleaned up the wreckage of an ancient 35-metre wooden ship that lies on the bottom of Alexandria's harbour. Two gold coins dating to the second century AD were discovered during the operations, as well as the limbs of...

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  • camps

    Kruger National Park Off The Beaten Path

    THIS CAMP IS SMALL COMPARED TO THE OTHERS BUT STILL A NICE CAMP, THEY HAVE A GAME VIEWING HIDAWAY THAT ONE CAN SEE THE GAME FROM , ALL THE CHALETS ARE FULLY SERVICED DAILY, AND THEY HAVE GAME DRIVES DAY AND NIGHT ...........................

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  • Official Buildings

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    Prefecture Mechouar de Casablanca was located near Mosque Mohammed V. Well, "mechouar" means a fortified palace with a parade ground. The building with a very large Arabic gate looks impressive and is guarded by an armed soldier. You can make him a photo if he allows you - simply ask him preferrably in Arab or French language haha. He allowed me...

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  • The Mummification Museum

    Luxor Off The Beaten Path

    I must have gone to the other mummifcation museum, 1 human - 1 baboon - 1 cat - 1 bird - 1 crocodile. Some tools and mummification materials, all poorly described in my opinion. about 100 items in total, which can all be seen and read in 20 mins. Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.

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  • People: Himba, Herero, Townships

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    If you get a chance to tour or visit one of Namibia's black townships (see my comments regarding township visits on this page), be sure to get a beer at a shebeen. Shebeens are unlicensed taverns that operate in people's houses. It's a way that they make additional N$. The locals are generally friendly, but be sure to go with someone who knows...

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  • Landscape Around Marrakesh

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    The roads that head out towards Asni, Imlil, Ouirgane, Taroudant etc have great views during the winter months of the snowtopped Atlas mountains - much like the views from the roofs around Marrakech looking in that direction, and certain vantage points in the Menara gardens that look in that direction - lovely!

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  • City of the Dead

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    City of the Dead (Qarafa, Arafa) is a four mile long cemetery from northern to southern part of Cairo, Egypt. To the people of Cairo and other Egyptians, it is simply el'arafa which means "the cemetery". It is a bustling grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here to be near...

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  • Cape Point / Cape Aghulus

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Cape Agulhas the REAL end of Africa!! Most people mistake Cape Point just a short drive from Cape Town for the southern most point of Africa. Heard same rubbish being told by touristguides. A glance at the atlas should clarify that once n for all. Cape Agulhas about a three-hour drive southeast of Cape Town. Follow the N2 from Cape Town to CALEDON,...

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  • Randburg Waterfront

    Johannesburg Off The Beaten Path

    One my my frustrations about the Johannesburg VT page is that the editing categories are confusingly inappropriate, and at least one of those categories (the 'Randburg Waterfront') doesn't exist anymore! The 'Randburg Waterfront' was redeveloped in the mid 'noughties' and rebranded as 'Brightwater Commons'. The complex consists of shops (including...

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  • Gardens & parks

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    Walking further to the east of Montazah palace, you reach a sandy cove with a semi-private beach that is popular with picnicking families. There are also opportunities for some watersports and swimming, although the beach does not look too inviting. Across a Victorian bridge from the beach is a an island that is perfect spot for admiring the...

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  • landmarks

    Kruger National Park Off The Beaten Path

    About 25 kms south of Satara on the H1-3 is the southern most baobab in the park. It is quite large and worth seeing especially if you do not plan on heading to the northern part of the park where baobabs are more prevalent. The side road to the baobab is interesting as it crosses the N’waswitsontso river bed. This is not accessible during the wet...

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  • Other Sites

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    Bain Ziani Just back from Casablanca, the visit was one of those stupid single day cruise ship types, but we crammed plenty in. We went to a traditional Hamman (bath house) and had "the works" we were scrubbed and sea weeded and massaged and soaped. It took about 90 minutes, the women are obviously separate from the men, and the space is great,...

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  • plants, trees and flowers

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    Driving around the farm at Huab with Jan we were thrilled to find this bottle tree in bloom. These striking trees are distinguished by their thick bottle-shaped trunk, which is almost branchless until the top. The branches are few and covered with thorns up to a foot long. The flowers appear in the spring, when the tree is leafless, which is why...

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  • Medina

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    A walkabout in Marrakesh is best enjoyed in the relative sanctuary of the Medina streets, avoiding the traffic chaos of the Gueliz boulevards. The main attraction is the Djemma el Fna square coming alive after sunset with its famous al fresco food stalls, during the day the entertainment continues with performances by acrobats, monkey handlers and...

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  • Other Destinations in Egypt

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    the Saint Joseph Cathedral is located along the european district of Cairo and sits along the embassy row and is one of the few Latin Rite Roman Catholic Churches in Egypt (there are other eastern Rite Catholic Churches in Cairo like the Coptic Catholic, Maronite, Melkite, Armenian Catholic and more) as egypt only has about a 200,000 plus Roman...

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  • Kirstenbosch Gardens

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is worth a day on anyone's itinerary. While not a big fan of botanical gardens in general, Kirstenbosch is one of my favorite places on earth. It's impossible to describe in words why this place is so incredible. My advice is, just go there and find out for yourself. www.nbi.ac.za/frames/kirstfram.htm

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  • coptic monastery

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    At the monastery of Bishoy (Deir Anba Bishoi) a coptic monk showed us the place and explained us the history of the Coptic Christians in Wadi Atrun. After the Romans in the 4th century AD came the destructive raids of the Arabs in 871 AD The originally unprotected communities were fortified afterwards. The monasticism is experiencing a revival,...

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  • walking safari

    Kruger National Park Off The Beaten Path

    This is probably the best way to get in touch with Africa... with the earth and animals. You will have to go on an organised tour with a guide. He will have a gun, and hopefully not have to use it! Rememebr, you are in the wild here, and you are NOT the top of the food chain in this territory! Remember to bring the following: Light coloured...

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  • Palais Royal

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    I think that every even smaller city in Morocco had at least one its own Royal Palace. They are usually located in the cleanest area of each city or rather opposite: the areas around every Royal Palace are well-kept and always clean. The same in Casablanca where the Royal Palace is located behind tall wall in La Nouvelle Medina (Quartier des...

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  • Dunes

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    Dune 7 is just outside of Walvis Bay, and although it doesn't seem that large in comparison to the surroundings, when you actually see someone trying to climb it, it is HUGE! Luckily we didn't attempt to climb it, as i don't think we would have made it anywhere near the top. If you dont feel too energetic you can sit at the picnic tables while...

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  • Local Traditions

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    Here are some more pictures of people at work. The woodworker; the van, which by the way I believe is made in Harbin, China where my son lives; and the restauranteur. The last picture was taken just across the street from the entrance to our riad. There was a few chairs and a counter behind her, but I think she mainly did carry out. Very different...

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  • Coptic Cairo

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    My tour group and I were on our way to see the church of Saint Samaan but in order to do that you have to go through Garbage City . BEWARE If you have a sensitive olfactory nerve (that is strong smells bother you) please bring a mask! In 1969 the governor of Cairo decreed that all trash collectors, Zabbaleen, would move to the garbage dump that...

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  • Hermanus

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Driving to Hermanus, which is 122kms from Cape Town, on the coast- is a wonderful days outing. As well as passing charming old fishing villages (now very 'in vogue') you will pass a few nature reserves, which include many bird species and hippo. Stop anywhere along the way at one of the gorgeous beaches, and you may see whales, which frolic between...

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  • sea walking

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    Many of the tourists are rushing to Alexandria only to have a look at the remaining of the famous Pharos Lighthouse. Only few know that nothing has remained till now. Now tourists may watch a modern lighthouse not far from the Muntaza Park and imagine the ancient prototype as it could be seen from this point. So did I! I think that in a few...

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  • Modern City Life

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    We visited the Medina in Casablanca. After being disappointed by watches and tshirts and moroccan crafts made in china, we continued further off and found the Real Medina and it was wonderful!! Standing in front of a tower which must be the "main entrance" turn and face the Hyatt Hotel (it's just outside the Medina) and then start walking to your...

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  • Animals: Desert elephants, wild horses,...

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    The best place to watch animals is in the eastern part of Etosha National Park. Why, because they are used to visitors and are not spooked by them. While is sounds romantic to get out to one of the more remote areas like the western part of the park, Namib-Naukluft, etc., these animals are very wary of humans and will run away as you get closer,...

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  • Menara Gardens

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    The best way to see the marrakech for it's beautiful landscapes is by getting out of the hustle and noise of the city. 20 mins outside you can view the scenic views and atlas mountain landscapes of the famous palm grove of marrakech. There you can do tours of 2-4 hrs on either horsebacks or high-speed quads. Which ever you fancy - this is the best...

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  • Gizeh Pyramids

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    The most amazing pyramid views and experience can be had whilst either riding a horse or camel through the desert or having drinks or dinner on the best terrace in Giza. It wasn't until I'd lived in Cairo for almost 2 years that I discovered FB Stables - now nobody who comes to visit me misses out and all say it's the highlight of their trip....

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  • Wine Region

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    The language monument reminds the people to the official status of the African language. This monument exist out of grained granite that is made into concrete. The small columns remind that the Dutch, English and several African languages are the source for the African language. For more information and photos see my page: Paarl You can find...

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  • shopping spots

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    Pop down to the seconds bazaar. Where mainly women shop for fabric and clothing. You can pick up some beautiful fabrics for next to nothing. It's interesting to watch the women shop and haggle for their purchases.

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  • Parcs & Gardens

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    Parc de la Ligue Arabe is the biggest park in Casablanca. It looked fantastic especially that I always loved palm trees :-). Generally park is in French style but surely with African plants. Made in 1918, this magnificent garden contained a children's amusement park, cafes and small restaurants. It was very nice place for walking, relaxing, coffee...

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  • Damaraland: Rock art, Brandberg

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    At the hostel, we met a man working for a desert elephant preservation camp. He explained that it was near Brandberg Rock Art site. Not knowing where that was, we asked for directions. He offered to show us and said we could stay in the camp. Up for the adventure, our citigolf trailed behind his lumbering 4x4. The camp was totally organic, hand...

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  • City Walls

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    Hate the souks; the noise, the bartering and the hostile environment? Well, the answer is to head for the Jewish Quarter. The prices are at least half what they are in the souks and the souk merchants buy their goods from the Jews in the Jewish Quarter. Voila, cut out the middle man. Some treasures to be found in this area are: black hammam soups...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    It was a rare privilege of watching how to make pita bread as m videos here will show as I have watched how this iconic flatbread of the middle east and India and North Africa is being made in one of the traditional earthern ovens in Christo Restaurant in Giza before we were eating lunch and followed it being delivered at our table. . Pita bread is...

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  • Penguins

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    The penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, about 45 minutes drive out of Cape Town are such an established part of the tourist landscape that most people don't realise that the colony was only established in 1962 when two breeding pairs decided that this was the ideal place to call home. Since then, the numbers have increased markedly to the...

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  • Fish River Canyon

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    It is possible to do a 5 day, 85 km hike (rated Medium to Difficult) from the top of the canyon down to Ai-ais. You have to be bloody fit to do this hike though. Myself and a few friends are planning on doing it next year April, and it has potential to be the most amazing hike a person could do.

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  • Agadir

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    The trip to Marrakesh from Agadir takes over 4 hours, and the scenes of mountains and small villages top of them are interesting. If you are driving to Marrakesh, you'd better take a 15 minute break, and you can stop at some gas station on the road where there is usualy a restaurant attached to it. The first pic is of the car we rent and road, and...

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  • Mosques

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    Tucked away amid the modern urban area of Cairo lies one of the world's oldest Islamic cities, with its famous mosques, madrasas, hammams and fountains. Founded in the 10th century, it became the new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century. Follow the local rythme, and enjoy this colourful path.

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  • Beaches

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Bloubergstrand is located about 25km North of Cape Town and it's the place to go for great fotos of the town with Table Mountain in the background (see my intro pic). The Beach is fantastic aswell and there were some surfers in the water (way too cold for my liking). Unfortunately there's been quite a bit of construction going on and highrise...

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  • keetmanshoop

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    ask for the key at quivertree forest rest camp (see hotels tip) where you have to pay the entrance fees. "giant playground" :when leaving restcamp,take left on C17...you'll find it 5km later,on right side of the C17 road. playground is a surprising geological formation...best moment to visit it:when sun goes down... it looks really as if it was...

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