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Winter 2017

Travel to Africa in 2018! Time to Prepare

Contents: Travel Industry News Extreme Wildlife Tours Start Planning Here Coeur de Gazelles Cruise Kenya’s Coast African Cuisine

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In This Issue… Columns Travel Africa

Travel Resources 35 38

Feature Story

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Connec ng the USA to West Africa and Beyond

From the Publisher...

T Earl “Skip” Cooper, II - Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Black Business News Group Sarah Harris - Associate Editor Narishima Osei - Production Manager Sarah Harris - Graphics La Sandra Stratton - Content Administrator Lion Communications - Layout/Typesetting Black Business News Group P.O. Box 43159 Los Angeles, CA USA 90043 1-323-291-7819 View the publication at:

Featured Destinations... Republic of Angola Republic of South Africa Republic of Kenya Kingdom of Morocco Republic of Liberia Republic of Madagascar Republic of Gabon Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Botswana United Republic of Tanzania Republic of Rwanda

ourism is a key economic generator for all nations. Tourism monies does, of course, find its way to the big corporations - airlines, hotels, credit card purveyors and banks, for instance. But the monies we spend on shopping, tipping, cultural events and sites, or local transport, that Earl “Skip” Cooper, II money goes right into the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief pockets of the local people. Black Business News Group That money makes a big difference in the quality of life for lots of people. Throughout the pages of our Travel Africa issues we are advocating for you to make some where in Africa a tourism destination and 2018 is a great time to start. If you know your DNA heritage (www.africanancestry. com) then plan a trip to get to know your cousins. Look through this issue for special locations and activities (Kenya Coast Cruise, wildlife conservation) and visit some of our back issues to see the wonderful lodges and sites and possibilities on which we have already reported ( If you like to play golf on vacation there are courses all across the continent (page 84). Try deep sea fishing, white water rafting and leisurely cruises on the Zambezi River (page 23). If you don’t want to travel alone search out group travel options through your travel agent, cultural organizations, or business organizations. Also look for conference or industry trade shows that take place on the continent. Let’s cycle our black dollars in the larger black economy too, the African continent. 

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Travel Industry News Virgin Atlantic Will Offer Wi-Fi on all Flights


irgin Atlantic revealed details of a new in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity plan.

The airline confirmed details that its entire fleet of aircraft will now be able to receive Wi-Fi during flights around the world, with all 39 aircraft connected, even on transatlantic flights and those carried out by its US partner network Delta Airlines. The network, which is backed by Panasonic and Gogo technology is available to millions of customers from this week. Virgin Atlantics will use Panasonic Wi-Fi on its 787 fleets, while the A330s, 747s, A340600s will use Gogo technology. Due to in-flight restrictions, customers will only be able to connect to the wireless network once their flight reaches above 10,000 feet, so as to prevent interruption in service during takeoff. On the 787 fleet, customers can choose between a ‘WiFi Light’

connection which provides 40MB of data for £4.99 (approximately $6.50) or the ‘WiFi Max’ which offers 150MB data from £14.99 (approximately $19.54). Those flying on an A330 or 747 will also be able to have access to a Messaging Pass for £2.99

(approximately $3.90), which offers unlimited SMS throughout the duration of the flight. A statement released by Mark Anderson, Virgin Atlantic executive vice president, said “Innovation has always been in our blood and we’ve worked closely with WiFi providers to develop the fastest, most reliable connection across the Atlantic, and are the first carrier to offer WiFi between the UK and the Caribbean, China and Africa”. T h e announcement makes Virgin Atlantic the first airline in Europe to offer such 7 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

service, which comes a year ahead of the company’s schedule. 

Lowcost Flights to Europe


ow, EasyJet ( en), a budget airline, is making global strides in the low-cost carrier space by launching flights between the U.K. and destinations far and wide, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Buenos Aires, and Singapore. The new long-haul service, Worldwide by EasyJet, is a collaboration between the U.K.based carrier and two partners, Norwegian Air and WestJet. Rather than booking typically expensive direct flights, passengers can purchase a low-cost ticket on EasyJet that connects to a Norwegian or WestJet flight from London Gatwick airport. Though the two legs of the trip are operated by different airlines, passengers can buy their tickets in one sweep on EasyJet’s website. And while passengers still need to transfer their own baggage between flights, the BBC confirmed, instead of going from one airline desk to see Travel Industry News on page 8

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another to recheck bags, they can just go to EasyJet’s designated Gatwick Connects desk. The new service makes worldwide travel much cheaper, no matter your origin city or intended destination. It also means you don’t have to wait for lucky deals to find cheap flights from JFK, LAX, and O’Hare to hot-ticket spots (round-trip flights from New York to Paris or Rome—with a layover in Gatwick—are currently less than $750). Head to the EasyJet website to see all the destinations available, and start planning your upcoming vacations accordingly.  budget-european-carrier-easyjetgets-into-the-long-haul-flightgame?mbid=nl_091617_Daily&CNDI D=38890654&spMailingID=11931585 &spUserID=MTQ5NTc0OTAyMDYxS 0&spJobID=1241312267&spReportId =MTI0MTMxMjI2NwS2

Gear Lend Aveailabe at Westin


estin Hotels, in association with New Balance, now offers “Gear Lend.” To help you pack light and stay fit, through Gear Lend they offer New Balance shoes and clothing for you to use during your stay for only $5.00 USD or the local currency equivalent. Now you can maintain your workout routine – wherever you go – without the added bulk of your fitness gear. New Balance socks are never used twice – the new pair you receive with your Gear Lending delivery is yours to keep. We refresh each pair of shoes after use and continuously replace insoles. All clothing is laundered immediately after use so guests are delivered

a fresh set each time. Each New Balance top, bottom, and pair of shoes comes in a range of sizes to accommodate all guests. Westin has recently added reflective wristbands and light-up sneaker clips to increase safety during those pre-dawn runs. The unique fitness programs ensure your workout routine stays routine when you travel. From RunWESTIN™ local running maps to Gear Lending, all of their wellness programs keep you active and energized while you’re on the road. The Westin brand is part of the Starwoods Hotels family.  move-gear-lending.html?language=en_ US

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ACI to Spark Tourism in Angola with Hotel Investment By Boma Benjy


andre Campos, Chief Executive Officer of Angola Capital Investments (ACI), a leading international investment firm headquartered in Angola, has recently announced a major investment through one of their major holding companies Bluoshen, in Hotel Casa Rosa. Located in Benguela, Angola, the hotel officially opened in February 2016 and offers guests the opportunity to experience Angola. The hotel currently has accommodations of 20 suites including a presidential suite. It boasts amenities that include a swimming pool, barbecue, kitchen, fishing equipment, a covered parking area, bicycles, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is closely located to The Blue Bay Beach and Chimalavera Regional Park, both known for their blue waters and ideal conditions for relaxation and

Zandre Campos

outdoor activities. “This investment comes at a time that is crucial to developing diverse economic opportunities in Angola,” said Zandre Campos, CEO of ACI (www.abocapital. net). “As the seventh largest country in Africa with more than 1,000 miles of beautiful beach coastline and other various climates and landscapes, Angola 12 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

has great potential to develop its tourism sector.” Casa Rosa is an iconic construction in Lobito, Benguela and is approximately a 7-hour drive or 1-hour flight from the capital of Luanda. The hotel is often frequented by state officials while visiting Angola and is located near several restaurants including Benamor, Restaurante Ferro Velho, and bodona. “Angola is an amazing country

full of beautiful sights and wonderful experiences. Tourism is an important investment so that more people can experience everything the country has to offer,” added Mr. Campos. Angola Capital Investments (ACI) is an international investment firm that invests in companies in the healthcare, technology, energy,

transportation, hospitality, and real estate sectors throughout Africa. The mission of ACI is to create global value for developing countries in Africa, while contributing to their economic development..  aci-to-spark-tourism-in-angolawith-hotel-investment/

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World’s Most Extreme Tours with Wild Animals Anisha Shah, CNN


atching a wild animal prowl its prey, nuzzle young babies or dance its mating ritual is thrilling. Hiking, trekking and adventuring into uncharted territory to watch wildlife in its natural habitat adds an addictive level of adrenaline. And we’re craving it more than ever. These are some of the rising stars of Africa’s wildlife travel -- those that push boundaries by plumbing Earth’s extremes - consider scouring the depths of Djibouti’s waters to swim with whale sharks.  com

Gabon: Floating amid dripping towering forests, deep dark braided rivers and equatorial Africa’s highest waterfall in a tiny rubber paddleboat feels out-of-this-world.

Fossa in Madagascar: Seeing a fossa, Madagascar’s largest carnivorous predator, is rare but impressive. A cross between a cat and a mongoose, the fossa is endemic to Madagascar and can be tracked in the island’s Kirindy forest. Lemur in Madagascar: Expect to meet several of Madagascar’s 106 species of lemur, including this ring-tailed lemur.

Gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo Organized voyages are now helping travelers explore the little-visited Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Venturing deep into the equatorial rainforest of DR Congo’s Kahuzi-Biega National Park, this is a trek to meet the small population of eastern lowland gorillas. Organized tours offer the chance to be one of the first to explore a region that’s yet to emerge as a major travel destination. The area also hosts philanthropy and conservation projects with locals, to dig beyond the headlines and spend time in a magical and misunderstood Central African country. How to get there: A 14-day trip to DRC, Rwanda, Burundi with Wild Frontiers costs from about $7,350.

Fossa Finding in Madagascar Madagascar’s largest carnivorous predator, the Fossa, can grow to six feet in length. Seeing one is rare but impressive. A cross between a cat and mongoose, the fossa is endemic to Madagascar and can be tracked in the

Gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo: Wild Frontiers offers a trekking tour into the equatorial rainforest of DR Congo’s KahuziBiega National Park to meet the small population of Eastern Lowland Gorillas. It offers the chance to be one of the first to explore a region yet to emerge as a major travel destination. including the Tsingy Unesco World Heritage Site from $2,680 pp.

Elephants in Gabon

island’s Kirindy forest. Best known for its amorous mating displays, finding the fossa is a deep delve taking in many species of Baobab trees, also endemic to the fourth-largest island in the world. Expect to meet several of Madagascar’s 106 species of lemur, the majority endangered and endemic. Tracking them is a thrilling chase through steep dense rainforests and raw wilderness, chasing the haunting lemur call, which echoes through rainforests and disorientates even the best guides. How to get there: Rothschild Safaris offers an eight-day fossa and lemur-tracking safari adventure,

Packrafting in the wilderness of Gabon’s Ivindo National Park is not a typical safari. Expeditioners have reported peacefully paddling past gorillas in their lush natural environments, with forest elephants mere meters away in untouched jungle and wily chimpanzees leaping the treetops. Floating amid dripping towering forests, deep dark braided rivers and equatorial Africa’s highest waterfall in a tiny rubber paddleboat feels out-of-this-world. Expect to see no other people. This pioneering humanpowered adventure of camping, trekking and paddling is reserved for the brave and fit. How to get there: Secret Compass’s 16day packrafting expedition is open to participant applications. Prices start at about $4,500. 

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Top Cities in the World

The World’s Top 15 Cities

#8 Cape Town, South Africa T+L Worlds Best By Stirling Kelso


very year, we ask our readers to rate the best cities in the world, and the results continue to surprise us. Not only do newcomers sometimes float to the top, but longtime favorites also continue to reappear — a testament to a destination’s enduring popularity. This year’s group of winners span the globe, from market-filled Hoi An in Vietnam to Florence, a European culture capital. Of note, however, is what ties these contenders together: Almost all are pedestrianfriendly, possess ample green space, and have a rich history that’s being thoughtfully preserved as the city grows. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. This year’s No. 1 winner — for the first time ever in the World’s Best Awards’ 22-year history — is Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende. “San Miguel is one of the most authentic, creative and cost-effective destinations we’ve visited,” says a T+L reader of the colonial city, a part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. “Over the years we’ve discovered more great restaurants and activities, but the town still maintains its Mexican heritage, culture and charm.” The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia, as seven of the top 15 urban destinations are in the region. Kyoto, home to some of Japan’s most well-preserved traditional architecture, Chiang Mai, Thailand, best known for its walled Old City, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, the jumping-off point for Angkor Wat, all made repeat appearances. Charleston — our top city in the U.S. for the fifth year running — was the sole American city among

the top 10 overall; Florence, another World’s Best veteran, was joined by European hubs like Rome and Barcelona; while Oaxaca, another Mexican city with a thriving culinary scene and cultural depth, came into the mix again for the first time since 2010. Cape Town, South Africa was awarded the #8 ranking with a score of 90.24. 

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Posting Your Safari Photos May Be Endangering Wildlife By Matt Villano


lephants! Rhinoceroses! Lions! It’s no secret that safaris in South Africa and Namibia offer unforgettable opportunities to experience some of the world’s most incredible wildlife in its natural habitats. But the president of one safari outfitter said recently the trips may also be tipping off poachers to the whereabouts of certain trophy animals. Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc., a safari outfitter based in Glendale, California, recently explained that built-in geotagging features on Instagram and many other social media apps capture the exact location of each photograph, embed this information in each picture, and include it among the data that is published when the photos appear online. In short, he said, every great Instagram picture is an update on an animal’s location in the bush. “People come on safari and take pictures to remember the moment, but what they don’t realize is that those who intend to hurt the animals are mining the pictures for information,” he explained. “Unawares, these tourists are aiding and abetting people who would do the animals harm.” Recent poaching numbers in Africa certainly are staggering. In South Africa, the number of rhinos killed each year by poachers soared to 1,175 in 2015 from very few (13) in 2007. Namibia does not appear to report to the public the poaching statistics within

its borders, but the Namibian Sun reported 116 elephant deaths due to poaching between January 2012 and May 2014. (Of course, we all remember last year when Cecil the Lion was killed in Zimbabwe, as well.) To help fight this trend, Banda and his colleagues at African Travel shared some tips for how to save the animals by turning off geotagging on your next trip:

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or you can turn off location services (GPS) for just the phone’s camera.

Android Open the camera app, go to Settings, and switch off the GPS tagging option.

Twitter Geotagging only will be turned on if you have turned it on manually in the Settings menu under Privacy > Location Services. If you are posting from a laptop, click on the gear icon in the right corner, then go to Settings to check privacy settings. Search for Boutique Hotels in Africa and around the world

Courtesy of Facebook Go to the gear or lock icon in the upper-right corner to check privacy settings. Here you can set who can view your information, posts, and updates. Be sure to visit the Timeline and Tagging section to ensure that friends can’t post your location by tagging you at a specific location.

Instagram All photos automatically are public unless you change your settings. To do this, go to Edit Profile and change your settings so “Photos are Private” is ON. To turn

off geotagging when posting, turn off the “Add to Photo Map” option.

Pinterest Click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner and select Settings to see what the public can view, who can search for you, and what social networks you have associated with your account. Of course, another option is just to wait to share your photos until you get home. This, Banda noted, might be the best approach of all. “Technology is a double-edged sword,” said Banda. “It is able to get us instant gratification in terms 19 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

of information, but it also gives us the power to go to these amazing parts of the world and leave them worse than they were when we found them. We have to be smarter. Especially in a part of the world where the numbers of certain animals are decreasing every year, we must be more mindful.”.  fe?email=lasandrastratton%40yah medium=email&utm_campaign=A%20 Guide%20to%20Flying%20Around%20 the%20World%20at%20Every%20 Budget&utm_term=Daily%20Wander%20 Newsletter

Hottest Sites in Africa

El-Azizia, Libya Regularly over 120° F in summer months Wadi Halfa, Sudan Topped out at 127 F usually up to 104° F in summer

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Dallol, Ethiopia Regularly over 114° F in summer months

From a Condé Nast gallery of the Hottest Sites on Earth.  galleries/2015-11-27/ the-hottest-places-in-theworld?mbid=nl_061817_Daily&C NDID=38890654&spMailingID=1 1287647&spUserID=MTQ5NTc0 OTAyMDYxS0&spJobID=118156 1309&spReportId=MTE4MTU2M TMwOQS2

Timbuktu, Mali Ranges between 90° F and 108° F year-round

Start Planning Your 2018 Summer Here - The Okavango Delta in July! By Mark Ellwood


he lush Okavango Delta in Botswana is the world’s largest inland delta, and the best place to experience an African water safari. Though July is technically the peak dry season, the water level here is at its highest; that’s because it takes several months for the rains which drench Angola’s highlands in the wet season to trickle down and pool here on the plains. Avoid motorboating around and instead opt for a mokoro or traditional canoe, a punt-like vessel which

allows you to drift in near silence through the reeds, spotting jewelcolored insects, easily startled birds, and beautiful plants up close. Even better, once on dry land, the lack of rains means big game are concentrated around watering holes so they’re easier to spot in places like Chobe National Park (http://chobenationalpark. Temps are lower and the mosquitoes are at a minimum, too.

Chobe Houseboats Chobe




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great alternative to lodge and guesthouse accommodation in and around Chobe national park. Instead of staying inside the Chobe park or in the town of Kasane. You can select some Chobe houseboat options. These are fully inclusive packages. The houseboats are permanently located on the Chobe River. You make your reservation and will be collected in Kasane and transferred towards immigration before embarking on a tender boat. Chobe river forms the border between Namibia and Botswana.

Charter Houseboat

Zambezi Queen This is seen as international waters. Immigration will clear you and the small tender boats transfer you to your houseboat. There is a selection of 3-4 star accommodation on these houseboats. All meals, drinks, and water based activities are inclusive during your stay. The advantage is game viewing along the Chobe park from the deck of the houseboat. excellent sunset views over the floodplains. Brilliant bird watching. Tag and release fishing is a possibility. One can even arrange for a game drive inside the Chobe national park as part of your Chobe houseboat package. The Chobe houseboats moor at night and the endless stargazing with the wilderness sounds are something to remember. It is a great natural alternative

than staying on land. The smaller houseboats are up for charter. This means you and your family or friends can rent a houseboat for a private experience. It is very popular amongst families and honeymoons. The Chobe houseboats are surrounded by floodplains and waterways. It is not uncommon to have 300 or 2,ooo elephants on the floodplains at one given time. The relaxing environment of a houseboat brings you closer to wildlife and life of Chobe national park. What sets Chobe Houseboats Apart? • The location of the Chobe River. • The Chobe National Park • The abundance of wildlife and birdlife.

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The Okavango Delta in July! from page 23

• Access to the Chobe Houseboats. • Airport available in Kasane. • Selection of houseboats available. There are scheduled departures available or you can book your own private Chobe houseboat charter. Enjoy a trip of a lifetime on our houseboats. Chobe is near Victoria Falls, Zambia and the combination of the two allows for a great experience. We do recommend that you allow time to visit the Chobe Houseboats and Victoria Falls during your stay.  =38890654&spMailingID=11378984&spUserID=MTQ 5NTc0OTAyMDYxS0&spJobID=1182640813&spRepo rtId=MTE4MjY0MDgxMwS2

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The Moroccan Town Drenched in Blue

Chefchaouen Credit: Tiago Fernandez/Alamy

by David Perry Perched in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco, the medieval village of Chefchaouen was once a place you drove through, not to. But then the women of the town had a – literally – bright idea to put it on the map..

Transforming the town By painting the entire town medina blue, the townswomen transformed what had been a nondescript whistle stop on the old caravan route between Fez and Tangiers into one of the most unlikely – and successful – destinations in Morocco.

A new tradition “The blue in Chefchaouen only started 20 years ago,” said local guide Abdeslam Mouden, who remembers the town once being predominately white. “Traditionally, only one area of the city was painted in blue, the old Jewish area. Now the whole old town is painted three times a year.”

Unanswered questions No one is sure why this little mountain stronghold drenched itself in blue. Some say that it’s a spiritual colour for Muslims and Jews, while others believe it’s a tribute to the mountain spring that makes the settlement possible in a forbidding landscape. Still others say the colour blue keeps mosquitoes at bay.

Urban renewal Not only did the women start this tradition, but they continue it to this day with teams of two or three painting late at night when the rest of Chefchaouen is asleep. There is little sign of their work the next day, aside from drying paint.

Done by hand To walk through Chefchaouen is to see how high a painter can reach; the ground floor is meticulously hued, but above, it is often the original white or bare stone.

Shifting colours As the sun moves across the sky, illuminating some parts of Chefchaouen while leaving others in shadow, the hue seems to change. In the plazas under direct sunlight, the colour is arctic or cornflower blue.

turn sapphire, indigo and navy.

Sapphire city

Unfinished business

But in the narrow side streets, these lighter shades

Not all of the medina has had a blue-over. The

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Photo Credit: David Perry

historic citadel retains the reddish-orange hue of its original stonework, and the mosque next door remains white – “but only because no one has painted it yet,”

Mouden said. 

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ASKY Introduces Non-stop Services to Accra, Lagos and Abuja


he Pan African Airline, ASKY, has commenced daily flights in Lagos, Accra and Abuja starting July 3, 2017. A statement from the Airline said these new routes offered more capacity and flexibility with a significant reduction in flight time between Lagos, Accra, Abuja and the entire network of ASKY (www. The statement said this was in line with its mission to seamlessly connect West and Central Africa, making business and leisure travel easy and reducing the flying time it takes to connect cities in the region. It said with this new service, passengers would be able to connect these cities everyday departing in the morning and arriving later in the day.

“In addition to this, ASKY also introduced additional baggage

allowance which enables passengers to travel with more baggage for less,” it added. Passengers in Economy class would have 40kg baggage allowance, while those in business

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November 2007, is the pan-African airline that was created by regional institutions like the Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and the ECOBANK Group. ASKY is a commercial company under private law and managed by experienced professionals from Africa. It is currently operating a fleet of 8 New Generation aircrafts, one Boeing 737 – 800, three Boeing 737-700 and four Dash Q-400. It now serves twenty-three cities in nineteen countries on the African continent.  www.ghanabusinessnews. com/2017/07/19/asky-introduces-nonstop-services-to-accra-lagos-and-abuja/

Travel Safety Tips for Your Clients By Barbara Scofidio


n important aspect of “duty of care” for trip and event planners is to share travel safety tips with your attendees, tailored to the city or region where you are holding your meeting. Matthew Bradley, regional security director, Americas, at International SOS and Control Risks, shares the following basic tips for meeting attendees.

Maintain a Low Profile Don’t draw attention to yourself while in public or share any personal information about your profession or finances. Sharing personal facts increases your risk.

Be Aware of Cultural Differences Take the time to research the location to which you are traveling so you understand local practices and act appropriately.

Carry Contact Information Know who to contact if you’re in a medical or security emergency, a local medical or diplomatic contact. Carry a map and contact information and learn a few phrases in the local language and listen to the news.

Stay Connected Be sure you can make international calls; have a charger that works in that particular country; and pre-program essential contact information. Make sure friends and family know how to stay in touch.

Share Your Travel Documents Leave copies of your travel documents—such as a passport and itinerary—with someone you trust and carry an extra copy of your passport as well.

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The threat of terrorism and natural disasters is far exceeded by the danger of traffic accidents. In fact, vehicle crashes are the number-one hazard for travelers. In many parts of the world, driving is chaotic, streets are crowded and roads are under-maintained. Do not try to drive on your own. Instead, look for a trusted driver, always wear your seatbelt and speak up if you feel unsafe.  resources/tools/meeting-tips/ travel-safety-tips-for-yourattendees/


Khomani Cultural Landscape, South Africa

where South Africa meets Botswana and Namibia, this UNESCO Heritage Site recognizes the culture and ancestral lands of the Khomani San people, who have survived the harsh desert environment dating back nearly 70,000 years. ď ‘

Spanning the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park,

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Mbanza Kongo, Angola During the 14th to 19th centuries, Mbanza Kongo was the political capital

of the Kingdom of Kongo and became one of the largest cities in precolonial Africa. While the kingdom no longer exists, its former capital still remains an architectural mix of European-style buildings and churches, mandated by the Portuguese, and local Angolan infrastructure. ď ‘

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Asmara, Eritrea The capital of Eritrea’s architecture betrays its past as an

Italian colony. Its more than 400 modernist buildings, from churches and mosques to movie theaters and government offices, still stand today after a decadeslong conflict with neighboring Ethiopia. 

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In-Flight Wi-Fi is About to Get a Lot Better by Barbara Peterson


or many fliers, tedium is the worst part of being stuck in coach on an ultra-long flight. But that may be about to change: Uninterrupted, high-speed Internet—with at-home speeds and bandwidth—is coming to jets around the world, including in some places where Wi-Fi is just about nonexistent. While your seat might feel like a torture device, at least you’ll have House of Cards to ease the pain. Upgrades aren’t confined to a single airline, or even alliance grouping, either. Norwegian, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Air New Zealand are among the international carriers that are close to, or already installing the necessary technology, according to representatives of Honeywell, one of the companies behind the project. Airlines have been talking about better Wi-FI for years, of course, but the technology just wasn’t there— most in-flight Wi-Fi has depended on connections to ground-based towers, due to the high expense and technical difficulties involved in harnessing high-quality satellite connections over large expanses of ocean. Especially with a full load of passengers logging on, connections can slow to a frustrating crawl. Video streaming and other high-bandwidth entertainment is often impossible.

For one, the recent launch of a satellite owned by Inmarsat, the U.K. firm that gained fame during the search for MH370, will supplement its existing Global Xpress network of three satellites circling the Earth. With the expansion, Internet access “should be no

different at 35,000 feet over the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean” than it is in the skies over Europe or the U.S., says Frederik Van Essen, Inmarsat’s senior vice president, strategy and business development for aviation, whose company is working with avionics supplier Honeywell to bring the high-speed Wi-Fi product to airliner cabins. It’s still up to the individual airline to set parameters on how much content customers can download and how much to charge. Honeywell markets its system to airlines as a suite of services branded as JetWave, and individual carriers can customize the product they offer fliers. Before you start dreaming of Netflix binging on-board, there are a few caveats. Even for airlines that have already signed on, it could take a year or more to install the system on all of their fleets. And it’s still up to the individual airline to set parameters on how much content customers can download and how much to charge—most carriers, for example, prohibit Skype or other voice connections in-flight and will likely continue to do so. Lufthansa, which told Condé Nast Traveler that it has already wired 27 A320s, along with 31 planes owned by sister carrier Austrian Airlines, has set pricing for its shortand medium-haul flights, where it costs $3.42 (€3) to use messaging services, $7.97 (€7) to surf the net, and $13.6612 (€12) to stream. The carrier plans to roll out the same service for its long-distance flights, but that part of the project “is still in the planning phase,” says Lufthansa spokesman Robert Barracco. Other providers are upping their game too; Gogo, which currently works with Delta and dozens of other U.S.-based airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi, is rolling out a satellite-based system that can offer speeds of up to 70 megabits per second. It’s part of the company’s efforts to improve speed and reliability, which had been the cause of a number of passenger complaints. And lest anyone think this is just for passengers’ entertainment (not that that isn’t a worthy goal), Honeywell points out the same connectivity that will let you stream movies also enables a package of branded apps for pilots, which, among other things, gives a more accurate picture of weather conditions to help counter turbulence and to navigate challenging airfields. All of that may make for a smoother ride, but for most travelers, the ability to log in and tune out no matter where they’re flying will make the trip truly less painful.  ailingID=11470605&spUserID=MTQ5NTc0OTAyMDYxS0& spJobID=1201202075&spReportId=MTIwMTIwMjA3NQS2

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Surf ’s UP in Africa


effreys Bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world and hosts the annual World Surf League (WSL) surfing event at Super Tubes during July. Spectators and professional surfers from all over the world flock to this event. A very long, fast, tubing right hand point break breaks along the west side of the bay. The break is regarded as one of the best right hand point breaks in the entire world, in both consistency and quality, in season. It has been divided up into several sections, including, from the top of the point, Kitchen Windows, Magna tubes, Boneyards, Supertubes,

Impossibles, Tubes, the Point, and Albatross. “Supertubes”, which itself breaks for about 300m or more, is regarded as the best part of the wave. On rare occasions (large wave sizes, wide-breaking waves, and even swells), Boneyards can link up all the way to the Point for a ride over one kilometre long. Optimal size is considered to be from about 4 to 10 feet (Hawaiian scale), or about 8 to 20 feet wave faces. The most consistent waves occur between about May to mid September, also often coinciding with offshore winds, although good waves can occasionally occur at other times of the year. Jeffreys Bay is a popular tourist destination because of its surfing 36 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL |Winter 2017

opportunities and the Blue Flag beach ( wiki/Blue_Flag_beach). Jeffreys Bay is famous for abundant seashells, great seafood and calamari. The nearby Kabeljous, Seekoei and Krom River lagoons host numerous water birds, and are also ideal for watersports like canoeing, boardsailing, and fishing. Every year, migrating whales make their way to Hermanus and Witsand to give birth, and whales can be seen breaching almost every day during the season. Just northeast of the town, on the Kabeljous River, lies the Kabeljous Nature Reserve. It is a walk-about reserve, well known

Dolphin Jeffreys Bey

Fishing from boats is prohibited here.[citation needed] There is also a circular hiking trail that takes about three hours to complete. The trail starts with a trip on a raft across the lagoon and runs through fynbos and subtropical vegetation.  to anglers for a diverse number of fish. The Kabeljous estuary is one of the best preserved estuaries in the Eastern Cape. The lagoon is home to waterfowl, herons, and a variety of waders. Nearby, the Seekoei River Nature Reserve

lies between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach. The reserve lies on the estuary formed by the Seekoei and Swart rivers. The reserve is rich in birdlife with over 120 species of birds. The lagoon is also home to numerous redknobbed coots and small antelope. 37 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017 http:// uploads/2015/08/Dolphins-at-JeffreysBay.jpg

How to Check in for a Flight and Skip the Lines By Gilbert Ott seat to you at a discount. To that end, airlines now use mobile apps to push upgrades on select bookings, especially in the days immediately leading up to a flight. The special rates on offer are designed to tempt you into the good life. For example, one-way upgrades to business class with Delta from New York to London can be found as low as $450. On a cheap economy ticket, that could represent a discount of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.


hanks to technological advances from airlines and startups, breezing through the airport and finding your gate takes less effort than ever— you can zoom past the counter, through security, and to your gate, all without speaking to a soul. And with these tips and tricks, you’ll be bypassing lines and sitting at your gate in no time.

Check in as soon as the 24hour window opens. Checking in online right at the 24-hour window can put you first in line for the best seats, and also prevent you from being bumped by the airline. (Often, the last person to check in gets that honor.) About 25 hours before check in, grab all the details you may need, like booking reference, passport details, and of course, your frequent flier number.

Download your airline’s app to save time in line, money on bags, and even snag

potential upgrades. Most airlines, including JetBlue, United, Delta, American, and Southwest have powerful, responsive mobile apps for booking and check in. You’ll be able to pay any checked baggage fees, and most importantly, grab a mobile boarding pass. If you’re a savvy, carry-on only traveler, you can proceed directly past the lines of the check-in desks to security. Side tip: Some airlines, like Norwegian, will give you a discount on checked bag fees if you pay in advance via their app, and thanks to new bag drop kiosks, self-tagging should take only a few seconds if you’re already paid up. Without even downloading its app, KLM will let you check in and chat with them via Facebook Messenger.

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Use apps for navigating the airport and security. If you haven’t heard of GateGuru, TripItPro, or MiFlight, you need to get acquainted. The apps are dynamos of the check-in and pre-flight process, used by all the George-Clooney-in-Up-in-the-Air characters of the world. Gate Guru ( Once you’ve input your flight details, this app offers estimates of TSA security lane wait times, visual directories, and reviews of the best food and shopping airside, and stays on the look-out for your departure gate. The handy app will send a push alert if your gate changes, so you can snag a seat before the amateur, non-jet-setter travelers make their way. With terminal dining and shopping on the up and up, it’s also helpful to have the “must eat” spots right at your fingertips. MiFlights (http://gomiflight. com/?p=home): Another great

Cultural Tourism

Yves Saint Laurent Museum to Open in Marrakech, Morocco By Chloe Koura A museum dedicated to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent will open in Marrakech this October, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation has announced.


overing an area of 4,000m2, the Marrakech museum will have a

permanent exhibition space displaying Laurent’s work, a room for temporary exhibitions, a 130seat auditorium, a café-restaurant, a bookshop and a research library. The 5,000 books in the library will cover topics including Arabic and Andalusian history, botany, history of fashion and poetry. Built out of local terracotta, concrete and earth-coloured

terrazzo, the museum will be situated opposite the designer’s Majorelle Gardens, which along with the Berber museum draws approximately 700,000 visitors each year. French architecture company Studio KO were inspired by “the duality of curves and lines, and the succession of loose and clean cuts” within Laurent’s collections when designing the building’s structure. The press release described: “from the outside, the building is composed of cubic forms adorned with bricks which create a pattern resembling threads of fabric. The inside is markedly different, like the lining of a luxurious couture jacket: luminous, velvety and smooth.” “When Yves Saint Laurent discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the place that he decided to buy a house and regularly go back there. It feels perfectly natural, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country. As for Paris, who needs to specify that it is where Yves Saint Laurent created all his work and built his career?” 

Musée Yves Saunt Laurent Marrachech © 2016 Studio KO, Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent

look for minimizing your dreaded security wait—the one part of the check-in process you can’t avoid, yet. The app is based on crowd-sourced security wait time estimates at more than 75 airports worldwide, so you can help alert people as well. TripIt Pro ( If you find yourself jetting around with any frequency, TripIt is arguably the best

app for organizing all your travel plans. The handy pocket assistant tracks for delays, updated gate info, alternative routings in case of a cancellation, and organizes all your segments in one easy dashboard, just by forwarding your email confirmations to a dedicated address. It’ll even show you where the plush airport lounges can be found. With all the time saved at 39 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

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Cultural Tourism

Zeitz MoCAA – Museum of Contemporary Art Africa all images © Iwan Baan


ondon-based studio Thomas Heatherwick has completed South Africa‘s biggest art museum — The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). The museum is housed in 9,500 sq mmetersof custom designed space, spread over nine floors, carved out of the monumental structure of the historic Grain Silo Complex. The silo, disused since 1990, stands as a monument to the industrial past of Cape Town, at one time the tallest building in South Africa, now given new life through the transformation by Heatherwick Studio. The galleries and the atrium space at the centre of the museum have been carved from the silos’ dense cellular structure of fortytwo tubes that pack the building. The development includes 6,000 sq metres of exhibition space in 80 gallery spaces, a rooftop sculpture garden, state of the art storage and conservation areas, a bookshop, a restaurant, bar, and reading rooms. The museum will also house Centres for a Costume Institute, Photography, Curatorial Excellence, the Moving Image, Performative Practice and Art Education. “The idea of turning a giant disused concrete grain silo made from 116 vertical tubes into a new kind of public space was weird and compelling from the beginning,” said Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio. “We were

excited by the opportunity to unlock this formerly dead structure and transform it into somewhere for people to see and enjoy the most incredible artworks from the continent of Africa.” “The technical challenge was to find a way to carve out spaces and galleries from the ten-storey high tubular honeycomb without completely destroying the authenticity of the original building,” added the architect. “The result was a design and construction process that was as much about inventing new forms of surveying, structural support and sculpting, as it was about normal construction techniques. As the opening approaches we are all looking forward to witnessing the impact of the museum’s ambitious artistic programme and the museum taking its pivotal place in the middle of Africa’s cultural infrastructure.” The museum is one of several facilities that Heatherwick Studio is creating within the grain silo building, which forms part of the V&A Waterfront, a harbour-side complex filled with bars and restaurants. The development also includes The Silo Hotel ( architecture/2017/05/23/silo-hotelcape-town), which is already open.

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Use This International Travel Checklist Before Your Next Trip By Matt Meltzer

Traveling abroad is a snap if you know what you’re doing.


here’s a lot more to consider when traveling overseas than getting to the airport an hour earlier. Even going somewhere as close as Mexico can create a whole laundry list of chores you need to accomplish before heading abroad. Whether it’s changing your money, alerting your bank, or ensuring you don’t rack up a fourfigure phone bill, here are some of the financial steps you’ll need to take when going abroad.

Call your bank and credit card companies Few things are more frustrating than going to buy a post-flight bottle of water at the airport newsstand and getting your credit card declined. If your bank doesn’t know you’re absconding to Mexico with your own money, it’ll assume someone else is and freeze all activity, leaving you with only the cash you came with until you call and straighten it out. Notify your bank and credit card companies to avoid any unwanted security stops.

Get cash from your bank Trading money at the airport will have you paying between five to 15% more than the prevailing bank rate, on top of a $10 service fee. A week or so before your trip, order your destination’s currency from your bank. You can usually pick it up within a day or two, and many will deliver it right to your door.

Check on your mobile phone plan A staggering number of people think just because their cell phone works in another country, it’s covered under their mobile plan. Then after calling every friend they have to say they just went shopping in Paris, they have to forego their next vacation to pay off the phone bill. Take a look at what your current plan offers for international coverage, and see if you need to change it. To guarantee you don’t spend any extra money, leave your phone on airplane mode after you land and connect to WiFi whenever possible.

Make sure you have a credit card without international transaction fees Forty seven cents here and 65 cents there probably won’t break your bank if your credit/ debit card charges a few percentage points per foreign transaction. But it’s also money you’re essentially throwing away, since plenty of credit cards don’t charge foreign transaction fees. Bankrate (www. has a handy chart that breaks down who charges what, so apply for a fee-free card before you go.

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entrance visas Many countries don’t require visas for U.S. passport holders. Others don’t require an application, but do collect a visa fee at the airport, not included in the price of your airfare. Others still have a

other requirements. Failing to do your visa due diligence

will at best cause an unpleasant delay upon arrival. At worst, it’ll have you on the next plane home.

Research what things cost long, drawn-out visa application process that may require you to visit the nearest consulate, wait a month or two to process your visa, and require you to send them your passport. So leave enough time for your application to be approved. The U.S. State Department has a simple search tool to learn about visas, as well as vaccinations and

You never feel like more of a sucker than when you arrive at your hotel in a foreign country and the front desk clerk shudders when you tell them what your cab cost. But that’s not the only place tourists get soaked. Research how much a drink, a meal, a tour of the city, and cabs cost before you go. That way, you’ll recognize a tourist trap as soon as you step into it. 43 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

Buy health insurance Your


insurance might not cover you when you’re overseas, and nothing ruins a vacation faster than a $10,000 bill because you didn’t see an open manhole in Paris. If your insurance doesn’t cover you overseas, look into short-term international coverage, or travel insurance that includes health care.

Make sure your passport is up to date Your passport has to be valid for your entire trip. Not just the day you buy your tickets, or the day you leave. Show up back in the U.S. with an expired passport, and you may hear the four most dreaded words at customs: “Come with me, please.” You can get or renew your passport through the mail or in person, and it typically takes four to six weeks. And while you can get the process expedited for an additional fee, it’s best to not push your luck.  ily&CNDID=38890654&spMailingID =11994253&spUserID=MTQ5NTc0 OTAyMDYxS0&spJobID=1242099 104&spReportId=MTI0MjA5OTEw NAS2

Monrovia’s Beach has a Luxury Mall by Annalies Winny


Chinese construction company, TSMO Investment Corp., has come to town to build T M Mall, Liberia’s first Western-style shopping complex. The glass structure will house a Cold Stone Creamery franchise and H&M. The Nigerian cinema giant Silverbird has landed Liberia’s first state-of-the-art movie theater in TM Mall, complete with Blade Runner posters and the smell of fake butter. As locals speculate about what will actually fill the mall, expansion plans are afoot for a boardwalk. The shopping center quickly shot up, built entirely with materials brought in from China on 1,000

and restaurants run by Lebanese entrepreneurs — many born and raised in Liberia — who’ve dominated the hospitality market for decades. For Monrovia, “there’s some serious benefits to having a mall of that size,” Mvogo says, bringing tax revenue and other places for those who do have money to spend it. GDP has risen steadily

shipping containers, according to TSMO staff. The land, leased from a private owner, sits at the foot of UN Drive, a hub of diplomatic headquarters hosting some of Monrovia’s poshest hotels, apartment complexes,

under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Still, with 64% of Liberians living below the poverty line, “the mall is not going to cater to 85% of the population,” says the city’s mayor, Clara Doe Mvogo. But to thrive, it doesn’t have to. The mall is only the beginning. 45 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

Following the growing trend of prolific building by Chinese contractors in Liberia, and across Africa, the project’s long-term vision includes rollerbladers skating down a boardwalk, playgrounds, more hotels, and a new port on Miami Beach. The construction wave has brought state-of-the-art roads and municipal buildings, but also, at the mall, complaints about exploitative labor practices and displacement of residents in informal settlements. Near the mall entrance, passersby stop in their tracks to watch Hollywood film trailers playing on a giant outdoor screen. Sharply dressed Liberians, American and Lebanese expats, and women in hijabs float in and out of the semifinished building, where fixtures are labeled in both English and Chinese. Still-vacant retail spaces are said to be going for around $35,000 a year. Visits to the mall playground, T M Kidsland, are $10 a head.  BBN ED world/the-chinese-developersturning-liberias-beach-intoa-luxury-playground/arBBEMfUz?ocid=spartandhp

Real ID Act: Do You Need a New Driver’s License to Fly? By Lauren Hannulaast Editors, Getty Images


eople throughout the country might see some big changes happening to their driver’s licenses and state IDs. As of February 2013, 19 states have demonstrated compliance with the REAL ID Act, a piece of legislature that imposes much stricter measures on how people can obtain a driver’s license, and sets more thorough standards as to what will be displayed on them. Called the new “national ID,” the REAL ID Act has gained some traction in light of recent events like the Boston Marathon bombings. But what exactly is the REAL ID Act, and how will it affect drivers across the nation?

The History of REAL ID After 9/11, the federal government began to look at ways to increase security surrounding state identification cards and driver’s licenses, in an attempt to prevent further terrorism and/or unlawful entry into and out of the country. In 2005, the House of Representatives passed a bill into law called the REAL ID Act. This Act would set certain federal standards upon all driver’s licenses, which are currently regulated by each individual state. After being passed into law, the bill was tabled until 2007, when it was announced that the federal enforcement of the act would be postponed for a period of two years. However, many state governments were slow to support this act, feeling that it not only infringed upon states’ rights handed to them by the 10th Amendment, but also created unnecessary cost to taxpayers in order to implement

that your identification has been approved by the TSA and your identity has been verified. There are also new requirements put in place to obtain an ID or license; all applicants must present the following documents during the application process: • A photo ID, or non-photo ID that contains the applicant’s full legal name and birth date

the change. It wasn’t until this year that the federal government announced that all states would need to be in compliance with the REAL ID Act by the end of 2017.

How IDs Will Be Affected The REAL ID Act sets forth new federally mandated requirements for all state driver’s licenses and ID cards. The D e p a r t m en t of Homeland Security (DHS) has set standards not entirely dissimilar from the requirements already in place for most states throughout the country. On each ID, the following information must be present: • Full legal name • Residential address • Birth date • Gender • Driver’s license/identification card number • Digital front-facing photograph • Signature Driver’s licenses and IDs must now also include a common barcode and security devices to prevent any tampering with or counterfeiting of the card, and must display a star in the upper right-hand corner, signifying 46 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

• Valid birth certificate • Social Security number • Proof of legal U.S. citizenship, OR proof of lawful admittance into or temporary residence within the U.S. Lastly, each state must also agree to share its database of licensed citizens and drivers with all other states, including every piece of data on the cards themselves (name, address, birth date, etc.), along with all driving records and driver histories of everyone licensed to drive in the state. The Pros and Cons of REAL ID Proponents of the REAL ID Act cite its advantages to national security. These measures ensure that non-citizens are unable to obtain a state-issued ID or driver’s license, and also prevent anyone

without one from boarding aircraft or entering high-security locations. Similarly, these IDs would place the United States in the company of nearly 100 other countries in the world (including most European countries) that have some form of a national ID card. Cost, Freedom, and Privacy Concerns However, many states oppose the implementation of the REAL ID Act based upon the estimated cost. The Act is a unfunded mandate, meaning that while the requirement is federally issued, the entire cost of recreating and re-issuing millions of licenses and ID cards would fall solely upon the states – without any financial assistance from the federal government. States are therefore required to raise their licensing fees in order to make up the added cost… putting an extra financial burden upon the licensee, who may simply be attempting to transfer one valid license into the REAL ID format.

Once the Act is fully implemented, residents without the new mandated ID will also be barred from boarding airplanes, entering nuclear facilities, and performing any other actions that require “official” federal identification. Citizens will need to provide a valid U.S. passport or permanent residency card in place of the new ID. Another major concern is the idea of personal information being gathered and stored into what some are calling a “national database.” In order for the DHS and TSA to validate a citizen’s identity, they need to collect and store the information that otherwise would be solely kept by individual states. Many are worried about the “Big Brother”-esque implications this may have to personal privacy.

Major Effects Upon Immigrants Immigrants and foreign nationals working in the United States are

similarly worried about how the REAL ID Act may affect their abilities to live and work within the country. As the requirements for obtaining a new ID card are much more stringent than what some states may currently employ, foreigners without legal proof of entry into the country or without a Social Security number will be barred from obtaining a driver’s license, limiting their means of travel throughout country by a huge margin and possibly forcing them to return to their home country to renew their ID. Then again, supporters of the REAL ID Act cite this as an example of the system working properly, as it ensures that the only people working and traveling within the U.S. are those that the government has officially allowed to be here. 

South Africa - One of the 10 Places Where the U.S. Dollar Is Worth the Most 1 USD = 13.42 ZAR


t’s not cheap to get to South Africa from the United States—although if you pay close enough attention, you can find some great deals. But once you make it there, you’ll be getting nearly 13.5 rand for every dollar you exchange, as opposed to 11.4 two years ago. Spend a few days in Cape Town (pictured), for a balance of nature and city life (don’t skip the Table Mountain views or eating in Woodstock). If you have the coin, migrate out of the city to stay in an all-frills private game reserve worthy of 007 himself. Whatever your itinerary, now’s the time for a South Africa trip. Trust us: It might just change your life (www.cntraveler. com/stories/2016-02-04/i-seesouth-africa-everywhere-i-go).

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Red Elephants

Great Places in Africa to View Wildlife Up Close


By Paul Rubio African Bush Elephant, South Africa Elephants impress in any habitat, but there’s something extra special about observing them in Madikwe Game Reserve, home to South Africa’s “red elephants.” At Mateya Safari Lodge (, meet the elephants that have adjusted to the imposing terrain of the country’s northwest, where the giants coat themselves in red clay as a cooling method. The herds near Mateya are impressive in size and personality—watching them play, wrestle, and bathe near the watering holes is endless entertainment.

Wildebeest Migration, Kenya and Tanzania

Wildebeest Migration Paul Rubio

Each year millions of wildebeest in search of lush grasslands migrate between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and the contiguous Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Capturing this inspiring— and dramatic—spectacle is all about timing. July to October, for example, base yourself at Governor’s Camp to catch the wildebeest parade into and out of the Mara; but December to April, head to the southern Serengeti and go glamping with andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas ( andbeyond-serengeti-under-canvas) to witness calving season. For the ultimate vantage of the migration, opt for a hot-air ballon safari.

African Lion, Tanzania and Botswana Insider’s tip for lion-spotting in Tanzania and Botswana: Skip the national parks and head to more remote lodges on private concessions, where offroading and night driving are permitted, and the number of vehicles is limited to the number of guests on the land. At andBeyond Klein’s Camp (www.andbeyond. com/our-lodges/africa/tanzania/serengeti-national-park/ andbeyond-kleins-camp) in Tanzania and Wilderness Safari’s Vumbura Plains camp ( in Botswana, for

example, you’re likely to get hours-long encounters

with huge prides of lions—not just one solitary female, and not just a quick five minutes—without another vehicle in sight.

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herd (or a “crash” in safari lingo) and be entertained for hours with highly photogenic hippo shenanigans: fighting, snuggling, bobbing, territory marking (which includes whipping the tail in a helicopter-like fashion), and herding in almost artistic formations. Watch the best-of mayhem at the hippo pools near the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (www.cntraveler. com/hotels/serengeti/four-seasons-safari-lodge-serengeti).

Black Rhino and White Rhino, South Africa Thanks to staunch protection efforts, Sabi Sand Game Reserve ( sabi-sand-game-reserve/sabi-sabi-private-game-reserve-south-africa), west of Kruger National Park, and andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve (www., a 100-square-mile

swathe of South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province, is home to the critically endangered black or hook-lipped rhinoceros and its larger sibling, the white, or squarelipped, rhinoceros. These are some of the few places on earth where the rhino population has not been completely decimated by poachers. Safari in style

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Hippos, Tanzania “River horses,” as their name translates from Greek, may be common sightings on an African safari, but find a colossal

on Sir Richard Branson’s private safari concession, Ulusaba (, and prepare to

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saturate memory cards with plenty of rhino photos

Cheetah, South Africa There’s no denying Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is a haven for big cats, but as a safari-goer, you’re more likely to get those prized shots of a cheetah in South Africa. AndBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve (www.cntraveler. co m /h o t e l s/ s o ut h - a f r ic a/ south-africa/phinda-privateg a m e - re s e rve -- kw a zu lu natal) sits on prime

cheetah real estate, where you’ll encounter--and photograph-- them daily.

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White Lion, South Africa White Lions are a genetic rarity of Panthero leo, endemic to eastern South Africa. Sadly, their striking beauty is a curse—all but 13 individuals have been stripped from the wild in the name of circuses, zoos, Las Vegas shows, and hunting. Miraculously, it’s still possible to see this hyper-rare big cat in its natural habitat. Near the South AfricaMozambique border, the sublime Singita Lebombo Lodge (

Mountain Gorilla Paul Rubio from page 51

Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda

stories/2016-06-03/how-south-africas-singitalebombo-is-redefining-the-luxury-safari-lodge) and Singita Sweni Lodge (www.cntraveler. com/hotels/south-africa/kruger-national-park/ singita-kruger--south-africa) have exclusive

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Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla--a creature that shares 97% of our DNA composition-is srguably the ultimate wildlife encounter. In the midst of Rwanda’s lush, mountainous north, you can observe them at close range, with all the excitement and awe the interaction will bring. Begin your journey by obtaining a coveted national park permit-they’re often sold out months in advance-through your chosen outfitter or lodge such as Micato Safaris ( tracking-majestic-mountain-gorillas) or Bisate Lodge (

Leopard, Botswana Leopards tend to be especially elusive (and hard to spot), but in the Okavango Delta, you’ll find leopards more common than not. Sightings at Wilderness Safari’s Abu Camp ( hotels/botswana/maun/abu-camp--okavango-delta) and Vumbura Plains camp ( camps/vumbura-plains) tend to be excellent.

rights to a 33,000-acre tract of Kruger National Park, where several of the lions happen to carry the recessive white gene. Last year, a white male cub was born, and, ever since, he’s been frequently seen—and photographed—on game drives.  ailingID=12035631&spUserID=MTQ5NTc0OTAyMDYxS0& spJobID=1242519483&spReportId=MTI0MjUxOTQ4MwS2

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8 Travel Photography Tips From People Who Do It For a Living by Condé Nast Traveler Have a Sunset Strategy “The sunset is everyone’s favorite thing to photograph, so it can be a challenge to make your shots stand out,” says Eric Rubens. “When shooting at the beach, the key is to check the tides and check the skies. Low tides mean access to remote parts of the coast that most people can’t get to. This is when you’ll find those hard to reach coves and caves that will give you some really unique perspectives. Then I check the clouds. Wispy clouds emphasize color much better than a clear sky will. So if you see low tides and a sky full of wispy clouds, get your camera out, because you’re looking at the winning recipe for a great sunset shot.” Photo by Eric Rubens

Get to Know the Locals “Whether it’s capturing portraits of your new acquaintances or getting the local scoop on secret spots, communicating with strangers can lead to a whole host of photographic opportunities,” says Chase Guttman, three-time Young Photographer of the Year and author of The Handbook of Drone Photography. So how should you make that first connection? Guttman suggests opening in a language that everyone understands. “A smile goes a long way in breaking the ice and relating to someone in a foreign environment.”

Forget the ‘Perfect Shot’ It took German photographer Daniel Ernst nineteen months, seven countries, and a one-way ticket to New Zealand to finally “learn to stop worrying about the perfect shot.” Ernst, who is self-taught and has nearly half a million Instagram followers, says allowing for flaws in exposure, grain, or flare is what makes an image feel more real. “Once I let go of this pressure to be perfect, my shots became instantly better and more authentic.”

Learn to Love Your Own Backyard “You don’t have to go overseas to practice travel photography,” says Lauren Bath, Australia’s first professional Instagrammer. “I was born in Australia but never appreciated the beauty of my own country until I

started to travel it with a camera. Now an old barn I’ve driven past a hundred times could make for a great shot of the Milky Way and morning dew a chance to pull out my macro lens. Just open your eyes and let your camera guide you.”

It’s All About Perspective “I think it’s very easy for an amateur photographer to come to a travel destination and capture a particular attraction from a default position,” Guttman says. “Often times, the difference between a shot that we’ve seen before and one we haven’t is a matter of a few feet. Play with angles: Lying in the grass and shooting upward to accentuate the height of an object or climbing and shooting downward to contextualize your subject are just two examples of how to effectively employ perspective.”

Go With the Flow “Landscape, travel, and adventure photography are all a bit of ‘you don’t know what you’re going to get,’” says Ernst, who has shot for the official tourism boards of Finland, Canada, and the Faroe Islands. “Conditions can be unpredictable, hiking trails may be closed and severe weather might limit what you can do. The best plan is to be open and take it easy.” One of his most cherished shots was the result of a happy accident: “Some friends and I had planned to go climbing, but the morning was so foggy I was afraid it would be pointless. Sure enough, when we got to the top there was nothing to look at. We were just about to go back down when the clouds suddenly cleared, revealing this beautiful, hazy light playing off of the mountain. I quickly snapped the shot, and to this day its one of my favorite photos I’ve taken.”

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Cape Town, South Africa Photo by Eric Rubens.

...But Remember When to Put the Camera Down “There’s a fine balance between trying to capture a moment and just enjoying it,” Rubens explains. “Sometimes I’ll shoot hundreds and hundreds of photos, only to get home and realize I didn’t even enjoy the moment because I was frantically trying to capture as many images as I could. These days I make sure

I put the camera down for a bit and soak it in. The second I feel like I’m focusing more on the technology than on my surroundings, that’s my sign it’s time to put the gear away and relax.” 

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3 Steps to Becoming a Better Photographic Storyteller By Jason D. Little,


f you’ve ever heard people talk about photos that tell a story, you may have wondered to yourself exactly how one tells a story with a single photo. It’s a logical thing to ponder; of course you can’t embody exposition, complication and resolution in one image, but a single image can definitely convey character, setting and plot, thus telling a story. The following tips will be helpful particularly to budding street photographers but shooters of all stripes will hopefully find something of value here as you endeavor to successfully tell a story via photographic imagery. Photo by Jason D. Little

Compose Wisely When you’re shooting in a rapidly changing, unpredictable environment you shouldn’t expect to always come away with photos that perfectly conform to the traditional rules. In fact, if there’s one genre in which unorthodox composition is more likely to be appreciated it’s street photography. This doesn’t mean you can throw composition to the wind altogether; rather, you should concern yourself more with how effectively you’re using the space within the frame. The best stories are successful, in large part, because they are streamlined — they don’t contain any unnecessary or distracting elements. A photo that intends to tell a story should, likewise, be free of distractions. Make sure your subject is placed prominently in the scene and don’t include more supporting elements than are absolutely necessary. Less, in this case, is definitely more.

Choose Strong Subject Matter Ideas about what constitutes a strong subject can vary greatly from one person to the next. My advice is quite simple: shoot what you like. When you’re genuinely interested in a subject, you won’t find it too difficult to treat the subject in a dignified manner and your passion will resonate with the viewer. Perhaps it’s easiest to make people the focal point of your storytelling; if you have a deep interest in the human condition, you won’t have much trouble conveying the story of each individual you photograph. Animals, however, may be you preferred subject matter — the point is, it doesn’t matter. Shoot what you love and your love will be revealed in your work.

Be Evocative

Part of telling a good story is eliciting an emotional response in the viewer. Joyous occasions are, of course, a part of most people’s lives and mundane moments are a part of many more; happy and ordinary moments can indeed make for intriguing expository photos when handled properly. Conflict and tension, however, tend to produce more earnest reactions in people. This doesn’t mean your photos have to revolve around themes of violence or anything extreme, it just means you need to put the drama front and center. Simple gestures — a pointing finger, arms extended to embrace, virtually any manner of body language, in fact — communicate drama beautifully and it prompts the viewer to use their imagination to expand upon the story.

Final Thoughts There is no doubt that good storytelling in photography is challenging, but if this is your goal the thoughts presented above will hopefully provide something of an outline to follow as you embark on your journey to tell incorporate interesting stories into your photography. The biggest mistake one can make in this process is to become overly ambitious. Sure, creativity is at the center of everything here, but I think it bears reiterating the mantra to keep it simple. Think of a book you read or a movie you watched and felt like there was far too much going on. That’s exactly what you don’t want. Avoid visually bloated images and you’ll be golden! 

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Book a Hotel Room Using Amazon Alexa and Kayak By Lilit Marcus


ince last May, users of Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant, Alexa, have been able to realize their idle travel daydreams by searching for flights, hotels, and rentals cars through Kayak by simply speaking out loud to the talkative, robot cylinder in their living rooms. Now, the partnership has reached new heights, adding the ability to book a hotel room using nothing but your voice and a functioning Amazon Echo. As Matthias Keller, Kayak’s chief scientist tells Condé Nast Traveler, while the prior functionality left users essentially anonymous, the new ability to link your Alexa and Kayak accounts means “Alexa knows who you are, when your next trip is, or what time your flight is,” and stores all the information in your Kayak account—credit cards and reward memberships, for example—so that you can simply tell Alexa to book your hotel and go on with your day. The service works in two ways: If you’re traveling, but haven’t booked accommodation, you can tell Alexa your destination and dates and it’ll list options out loud, including room type and general location. When you hear something you like, you ask Alexa to book, and confirmation will appear in your inbox or in your Kayak Trips account. But the real utility is for the frequent return visitor—that person who goes to the same city again and again and wants to stay in the same place. In that instance, just ask, for example, “How much is a room at the Omni Parker House?” and a few commands later, you’ll be ready to tell your little helpful robot to book it for you. While you can book hotels today, flights aren’t quite there yet for Alexa. As Keller, explains, flights entail “more regulatory requirements, disclaimers that need to be displayed, security issues, and restrictions around payment methods.” That doesn’t preclude them from the future, though. “We hope that with hotel booking we can make that first big shift to becoming transactional on voice at all,” Keller says. Flights, car rentals, and integration with the new Echo Show (which includes a screen that would add the vital visual component to the booking process) are all next-up on the docket. Of course, Kayak isn’t the only travel service toying

with artificial intelligence as a travel planning tool: offers a digital travel assistant that will plan your Paris trip for you, and apps like Lola are using A.I. to create a digital, 21st-century travel agent. But Kayak’s latest offering shows booking is moving toward a future where you’ll use only speech commands. Keller doesn’t shy away from dreaming big, either. “Everything we have available right now is still very, very early—they’ve only been around for a year or two,” says Keller. “This is just the beginning right now—in a few years, it’s all going to be much more seamless. We’re moving closer and closer to an allknowing travel assistant.”  NDID=38890654&spMailingID=11466796&spUserID=MTQ 5NTc0OTAyMDYxS0&spJobID=1201164473&spReportId= MTIwMTE2NDQ3MwS2

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Travel Africa Algeria

Where To Go, What To Do

Tamanrasset Camel Trekking Sahara Dune Skiing The Turquoise Coast CAPITAL: Algiers


Fort Sao Miguel Slave Depot Calandula Waterfalls Palmeirinhas Beach CAPITAL: Luanda


Lake Village of Ganvie Nakoue Lagoon Pendjari National Park CAPITAL: Porto-Novo

Mandera Mountains (hiking, climbing) Bouba Ndjidah National Park Festival National des Arts et de la Culture (FENAC) in December

CAPITAL: Yaoundé

Cape Verde

Baia das Gatas Festival Scuba Diving and Snorkelling at Boa Vista UNESCO world heritage old fort site at Cidade Velha CAPITAL: Praia

Comore Lake Chad CAPITAL: N’Djamena Office du Tourisme, Tel: 01 45 53 36 75

The Comoros

Climb Mount Karthala (active volcano) Nzwani Island Hot Sulphur Springs at Lac Salé CAPITAL: Moroni Comoros National Tourist Board Office, Tel: 269 73 3044

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Frère Gillet Botanic Gardens world-famous rare orchids



Okavango Delta Central Kalahari Game Reserve Transfrontier Park (Kgalafadi National Park) CAPITAL: Gaborone www.botswanatourism.

Burkina Faso

International Arts and Crafts Fair, OctNov Ranch de Nazinga game reserve Mare aux Hippopotames CAPITAL: Ouagadougou


Chutes de la Kagera Waterfall Lake Tanganyika Craftwares Village at Giheta CAPITAL: Bujumbura


Ministry of Tourism, Praia, Santiago: +238 615 697

Central African Republic Boali Waterfalls Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park Lobaye Region CAPITAL: Bangui


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Ruwenzori Range Virunga National Park CAPITAL: Kinshasa Ministère des Affaires Foncières, Environment et Tourisme, Tel: (+243) 8802093.

Côte D Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Yamoussoukro Mount Tonkoui (mountain climb) Comoë National Park CAPITAL: Yamoussoukro


Gulf of Tadjoura (snorkling/ diving) Lake Abbé Lake Assal (windsurf on wheels) CAPITAL: Djibouti

Egypt (Kemet) Nile River Cruise, Aswan Temple of Ranses II, Abu Simbel Alexandria CAPITAL: Cairo

Equatorial Guinea Arena Blanca Pico Malabo Volcano (mountain



Cape Coast Castle Slave Fortress Mount Afadjato and Togbo Falls (Volta Region) Kakum Nature Reserve (treetop walkway and stay in a tree house) CAPITAL: Accra


Kindia (cloth market) Kinkon Falls Îles de Los CAPITAL: Conakry

climbing) Cascades of Moca


Bijagos Archipelago Cantanhez Natural Park Museum of African Artefacts CAPITAL: Bissau

Eritrea Dahlak Archipelago Tour of Eritrea (bicycle race) Akordat CAPITAL: Asmara




Mount Kenya National Park Tsavo West National Park

Watamu-Malindi Marine Park CAPITAL: Nairobi


Bushmen Rock Paintings Ski Lesotho Highlands (www. Sehlabathebe National Park CAPITAL: Maseru


Sapo National Park Kendeja National Cultural Center Firestone Rubber Plantation CAPITAL: Monrovia


Akakus Mountains (prehistoric rock art) Ubari Lakes (dune surfing) Leptis Magna (tribute to African Roman Emperor Septimus Severus) CAPITAL: Tripoli

Madagascar Bom Bom Island Deep Sea Fishing, São Tomé & Principe

Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela (New Jerusalem) Home of the Queen of Sheba, Axum African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa TOTAL Great Ethiopian Race

CAPITAL: Addis Ababa

Gabon Cathedral of St Michael in Libreville Lopé-Okanda Reserve National Park (gorilla) M’Bigou (gold mines/crafts)

CAPITAL: Libreville

The Gambia

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Travel Africa

Where To Go, What To Do Fianarantsoa (Capital of Wine) Montagne d’Arbre National Park Queen’s Palace CAPITAL: Antananarivo

Rodrigues Island CAPITAL: Port Louis


Todra and Dades Gorges Talassemtane National Park Essaouira CAPITAL: Rabat


Lake Malawi Marine Park Nyika National Park Liwonde National Park CAPITAL: Lilongwe


Maputo Elephant Park Gorongosa National Park Bazaruto Archipelago CAPITAL: Maputo


Festival in the Desert Timbuctou La Boucle de Baoule National Park CAPITAL: Bamako


Mahongo Game Reserve Etosha National Park Skeleton Coast CAPITAL: Windhoek


Parc National du Banc d’Arguin Chinguetti, a holy city of Islam Oualata CAPITAL: Nouakchott

Niger Agadez ‘W’ National Park Igouloulef CAPITAL: Algiers



Black River Gorges National Park Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

Cross River National Park Emir’s Palace, Kano Benin City


Republic of the Congo

Loufoulakari Falls Loango (main embarkation port for slaves) Congo Rapids CAPITAL: Brazzaville Direction Generale du Tourisme et des Loisirs, Tel: 830 953


Piton des Neiges Plaine d’Affouches Le Voile de la Mariée (The Bride’s Veil) CAPITAL: Saint-Denis


Cards From Africa, Kigali Parc National des Volcans Gorilla Trek Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk CAPITAL: Kigali

São Tomé & Principe

Bom Bom Island Deep Sea Fishing Humpback Whale Watching Agua Izé Plantation CAPITAL: São Tomé

Senegal African Renaissance Monument Retba (Pink) Lake Maison des Enclaves (House of Slaves), Goree Island



Marlin Fishing in Denis St Anne Marine National Park Aldabra CAPITAL: Victoria

Sierra Leone

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Outamba-Kilimi National Park Freetown Peninsula Bunce Island, Slave Trading Station CAPITAL: Freetown

Travel Africa

Where To Go, What To Do Somalia

Hargeisa National Park Neolithic Paintings Las Geel Indian Ocean Coastal Beaches CAPITAL: Mogadishu

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Hargeisa National Park Neolithic Paintings Las Geel Indian Ocean Coastal Beaches CAPITAL: Hargiesa (Ministry of Tourism & Culture 252-225-7917)

South Africa Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory & Dialogue, Johannesburg Great White Shark Festival, Cape Town/Gansbaai The Elephant Coast, Zulu Kingdom

CAPITAL: Johannesburg

Boma National Park Nimule National Park Nile River CAPITAL: Juba


Port Sudan, The Red Sea Gemmeiza Tourist Village Pyramids of Meroe CAPITAL: Khartoum index.php


Mkhaya Game Reserve Phophomyane Nature Reserve Usutu River (white-water rafting) CAPITAL: Mbabane


Bagamoyo Slave Trail Katavi Plains National Park Ngorongoro Crater

Stone Town, Zanzibar CAPITAL: Dodoma

Togo Koutammakou (World Heritage Site)

Whale Watching, Gulf of Benin Fosse aux Lions (Lions’ Den) National Park CAPITAL: Lomé


Desert Trekking from Douz Matmata (Star Wars film site) Sidi Bou Saïd CAPITAL: Tunis


Mountains of the Moon (Mount Rwenzori National Park) Bwindi National Park (view gorilla) Source of the Nile,Owen Falls Dam, Jinja CAPITAL: Kampala

Western Sahara City of El-Aaiún Dakhla (surfing) CAPITAL: El-Aaiún

Zambia Walking Safari, South Luangwa National Park Musi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls), Livingstone

Zambezi White Water Rafting CAPITAL: Lusaka


Great Zimbabwe Lake Kariba Chizarira National Park CAPITAL: Harare Sources:

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Travel Resources How to Get Airport Lounge Access If You’re Flying Economy Class By Gilbert Ott


ust past TSA security in John F. Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 4, as most passengers are funneling down the stairs, into the world of duty free and “I Love New York” hats, in-the-know passengers from all cabins are turning left, heading for the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge. And while this lounge was originally designed exclusively for high-flying first- and business- class passengers, it’s now accessible to all guests flying on the airline—if they’re willing to pay, that is. But Etihad isn’t the only one. Lucky for you, paid lounge access options for passengers from all cabins is the new trend in flying.

Why are airlines doing this? Airlines have built grand airport lounges, and often find them far under capacity. To offer increased options to their economy passengers while increasing their revenue, airlines are now offering the opportunity to purchase “one off” access to these swanky spaces. Once you’ve paid your way in at the door, you receive the same perks: free drinks, food, Wi-Fi, seating and other facilities as those passengers traveling in first or business class. As far as the airport experience goes, it’s about as refined as it gets.

And which airlines are doing it? In addition to Etihad, Delta, United, American, Turkish, and Emirates are among those offering paid lounge access to passengers. The “big three” American carriers—Delta, United, and American—each charge $59 for a one-day pass domestically, which can be purchased

at the lounge checkin desk at various locations across the U.S. F o r t h e i r lounge locations worldwide, Etihad charges $75, while Emirates offers business class lounge access in Dubai for $100, and access to their absurdly nice First Class Lounge for $200. Countless other airlines and alliances— including Air China, Lufthansa, Turkish, and SkyTeam—offer paid access to economy passengers via apps like LoungeBuddy and Priority Pass, which offer instant paid access to lounges for anyone with a cell phone and an airline ticket; these options start at just $15. It can be. Assessing value for one of these lounges is based on the individual lounge itself, your tendencies for consumption, and how much you value peace and quiet, away from the terminal. The Etihad Airways JFK Premium Lounge, for example, has complimentary champagne, destinationthemed cocktails, à la carte dining, shower facilities, plush leather sofas, and speedy Wi-Fi. It’s not hard to imagine getting $75 out of a visit there, while other lounges with unimpressive food options and basic beverage selections may be more 64 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

Courtesy Etihad Airways about the Wi-Fi, personal space, and comfortable seating. To personally asses value, consider time you’ll spend in the airport and prices for things you would generally consume outside an airport lounge—think unlimited Wi-Fi and a $14 sandwich. If you can cut into that “outside the lounge” spending number while enjoying a more refined experience, it’s probably a win. So how do you actually get in? Admission is available directly at the check-in desk of the lounge. To gain entry, have your credit card and boarding pass handy, and ask “Can I please purchase lounge access?” upon entry. The agent will be able to quote you the paid rate for your stay in their lounge, offer an overview of the facilities, and get you settled in no time. Don’t be afraid of those “by invitation only” signs.  54&spMailingID=11588344&spUserID=MTQ5N Tc0OTAyMDYxS0&spJobID=1202705410&spR eportId=MTIwMjcwNTQxMAS2

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The Blue Train, South Africa’s Luxury Train


pot wild game on the savannah fron the window of South Africa’s (www.cntraveler.

com/gallery/most-beautiful-places-in-southafrica) famously decadent Blue Train (www.bluetrain., which crosses the country in just over a day.

Traveling from Pretoria to Cape Town, the train is more like a fast-moving luxury hotel, with butler service, Cuban cigars, and gourmet dinners. But the main attraction is the view of the country’s spectacular farmlands, forests and vineyards. The Blue Train operates a total of four routes. Offering the biggest attractions are, Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa (1,600 kilometers or 994 miles), with guests spending one night on the train. Pretoria to Victoria Falls or vice versa (1,596km or 991 miles) offers a discerning traveler a glimpse of some of Southern Africa’s natural beauties such as the great plains of the South West and Victoria Falls. During this trip, guests get to spend two nights on board The Blue Train. Off-the-train excursions are undertaken on the Cape Town, Garden Route and Victoria Falls routes. All four journeys offer travelers a unique opportunity to enjoy some of Africa’s most breathtaking scenery. 


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Travel Gear…

Bluesmart Series 2: The World’s First Smart Luggage System


luesmart - the creators of the world’s first smart suitcase has unveiled Series 2, a new smart travel products system. The line includes: a carry-on luggage, a checked bag, a laptop bag, and a passport pouch. Powered by its second-generation technology, all products connect to Bluesmart’s new app, to work as a system assisting travelers along their journey. The line brings upgraded materials, expanded capacity, colors and a new sleek, iconic look.

Bluesmart Series 2

“The travel experience is in desperate need of an upgrade. We started a revolution three years ago with the creation of the world’s first smart suitcase, now being used in more than 100 countries,” said Tomi Pierucci, cofounder and CEO of Bluesmart. “Our ultimate goal is to make the traveler’s journey as enjoyable as the destination. Series 2 is a further step in that direction, incorporating the feedback and ideas from thousands of users and harnessing the latest technologies.” With the Series 2 Luggage System 68 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

travelers will know the location of all their belongings at all times and never again have to deal with lost luggage, forgotten passports and bags left behind. It helps travelers avoid baggage fees for overweight luggage, breeze through airport security and keeps bags protected against theft. Additionally, Series 2 travelers can keep all devices, including laptops, powered up along the way. A detailed listing of all Series 2 products’ features and specifications can be found on the Bluesmart website: www.

Bluesmart’s second-generation technology upgrades the location tracking system making it compatible with every country’s cellular networks and improving accuracy to unprecedented levels. The new battery system allows for faster charging and longer duration of charge. The new weight sensors system increases accuracy and usability. The Series 2 line is compliant with all major aviation and transportation regulators (FAA, DOT & TSA).

Series 2 Cabin The Series 2 Cabin has been thoughtfully redesigned increasing packing capacity by 25%, improving the fabrics and materials and refining its silhouette. The product features GPS+3G location tracking, remote auto-locking and supercharging capabilities.

Series 2 Check The Series 2 Check is a 29 inches robust suitcase that expands the Cabin’s technology and design for longer trips. In addition to the GPS+3G location tracking and remote auto-locking, it features a new smart weight sensing system that alerts for potential overweight baggage fees via the app.

documents behind. It protects travelers’ essentials with Bluetooth tracking capabilities, RFID blocker and water-resistant materials.

Series 2 Mobile App The new app provides a more intuitive travel experience, identifying and anticipating travelers needs through all stages of the journey – from flight schedules, gates, destination, currency exchange, weather and more. With the app travelers are able to manage all Bluesmart products in one central hub.

About Bluesmart Bluesmart is an award-winning travel goods company known for pioneering the smart luggage category. Founded by a group of entrepreneurial friends in New York, it launched the world’s first smart connected luggage, with a crowdfunding campaign that

Series 2 Laptop Bag The Series 2 Laptop Bag is an elegant business briefcase that attaches seamlessly to the Series 2 suitcases. This bag features Bluetooth location tracking, distance alerts and a removable supercharger that powers up smartphones and laptops.

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raised over $2 million in 2014. The BBC called the product “the iPhone of Luggage” and the FT “the biggest thing since wheels”. Since then the company went on to scale production and ship to over 110 countries, entering 200 stores in prestigious retailers such as MoMA Stores and Neiman Marcus. The company has raised $18M in venture capital from prestigious investors in Silicon Valley and Asia. The products have received several awards including the “RedDot Design Award” and have been endorsed by celebrities such as Usain Bolt and Tony Hawk. Bluesmart is headquartered in NYC and has also offices in Hong Kong and Buenos Aires.  bluesmart-introduces-series-2the-worlds-first-smart-luggagesystem-300479960.html

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Ski Africa Overview: Skiing in Africa


here are currently 10 indoor and outdoor ski resorts set in the nations of Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Egypt, Republic of Algeria, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia, and the Republic of South Africa. There are 4 unconfirmed ski resorts. The following facts provide an overview of the ski regions of Africa: Elevation of the Ski Resorts 70 m - 3268 m Elevation Difference max. 658 m in one ski resort Slopes 21 km (max. 10 km in one ski resort) Ski Lifts 23 (max. 7 in one ski resort) Ski Passes € 14.40 to € 30.74

Oukaimeden oukaimeden The ski resort Oukaïmeden is located in the Marrakesh-TensiftEl Haouz Region (Morocco). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 10 km of slopes available. 7 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 2,610 and 3,268 m.

Chréa chrea/ The ski resort Chréa is located in the Province of Blida (Algeria). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 0.5 km of slopes available. 3

lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,460 and 1,550 m.

Afriski Mountain Resort afriski-mountain-resort The ski resort Afriski Mountain Resort is located in the ButhaButhe District (Lesotho). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 1.8 km of slopes available. 2 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 3,030 and 3,222 m. AfriSki, the only skiing resort in the Kingdom of Lesotho, is located 3222 m above sea-level in the Maluti Mountains. It offers a main Ski slope, a beginners slope and operates during the winter months. 72 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017

Tiffindell tiffindell The ski resort Tiffindell is located in the Province of Eastern Cape (South Africa). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 2.4 km of slopes available. 5 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 2,700 and 2,930 m. Tiffindell is the highest resort in South Africa. It is nestling snugly on the slope of Ben McDhui (3001m), the highest pass in South Africa and the highest peak in the Cape. Within 15 acres of terrain, there are pistes suitable for all abilities. In an average season, Tiffindell is open for skiing and snowboarding in June, July and August. It has slope-side accommodation available for 150 guests and many more day visitors

michlifen The ski resort Michlifen is located in the Meknès-Tafilalet Region (Morocco). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 1 km of slopes available. 1 lift transports the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,880 and 2,060 m.

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in the surrounding valleys. There is a restaurant, coffee lounge, 2 bars, ski clothing shop and ski school. Non aspiring skiers join in to enjoy a unique experience, making snowmen, throwing snow balls or tobogganing, making it the perfect family holiday for young and old.

Matroosberg matroosberg/ The ski resort Matroosberg is located in the Province of Western Cape (South Africa). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 2 km of slopes available. 2 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,794 and 2,132 m.


The indoor ski resort Ski Egypt is located in the Mall of Egypt, 6th October City, Cairo (Egypt). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 0.6 km of slopes available. 1 lift transports the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 150 and 180 m. With over 7,000 tons of snow, Ski Egypt is launching the first ski resort in Africa with the world’s largest indoor snow park, offering everything from skiing, slope snowboarding, sledging and a Polar Express Train to a jolly kids area and a professional Ski School, all in a one stop, breathtaking experience for family and friends.

Jbel Hebri jbel-hebri The ski resort Jbel Hebri is located in the Meknès-Tafilalet Region (Morocco). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 1 km of slopes available. 1 lift transports the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,950 and 2,090 m.

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skiing and snowboarding, there are 1 km of slopes available. 1 lift transports the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,800 and 2,000 m.

Ski Namibia ski-namibia Options for Dune Skiing in the Namib Desert, Namibia (high dunes, breathtaking landscapes, long dune belt) are manifold. Not only the fast ski runs on the dunes bring the kick, but also the landscape and nature aspect are simply one-of-a-kind amidst the world’s oldest desert. For information and arrangements:, henrik@, P.O. Box 8140, Swakopmund, Namibia.

Unconfirmed Ski Resorts Cape Town, South Africa (In development, possibly) snowfun-cape-town-planned Kingdom of Morocco (mountain climbing resorts that may include skiing opportunities) djebel-bou-iblane hoher-atlas rif-gebirge  africa

Cruise the Kenya Coast The Essence


hows are traditional wooden sailing vessels originally built for carrying exotic spices and goods along the Indian Ocean trade routes. The Enasoit Dhow, ‘Tusitiri’, has been carefully restored and is today a majestic and comfortable vessel. Tusitiri has ventured as far south as the Quirimbas archipelago in northern Mozambique, but is usually based in Lamu, where the archipelago is ideal for sailing and adventure. Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a sense of living history pervades the islands. Well off the beaten tourist track, the archipelago offers many opportunities for adventure and fun, and Tusitiri provides a charming and unusual base for exploring the area and enjoying the activities available. Tusitiri offers guests an unusual and enchanting combination of simplicity and indulgence, customized for Western guests while remaining traditional in design and spirit. Nights are spent on white linen bedrolls under the stars and meals, usually fresh seafood and local produce, accompanied by excellent house wines, are taken al fresco on the deck. Tusitiri is available for multi day safaris as well as one or half day excursions from Lamu. All safaris on Tusitiri, whether day excursions or for one or more nights, are booked on an exclusive basis, and are tailor-made for each booking depending on guests interests as well as the seasons and the tides.

Accommodation Life on board is laid back and centered on Tusitiri’s wide deck; sumptuous cushioned seating areas line the deck and a dining area is centered around the solid wooden mast. For overnight safaris guests sleep on comfortable bedding which is laid out on deck after dinner. Bathrobes and ‘kikoi’ towels are supplied and below deck there are bathroom facilities and cabin space for luggage and dressing. There is an open air (hot) shower, a traditional dhow toilet and a flushing toilet below. Tusitiri has three tenders for guests’ enjoyment and convenience – a Yamaha 31′ rigged for deep sea fishing and diving and two Yamaha 23’s for activities and exploring.


Tusitiri provides a wide range of activities for guests, most of which are provided at no extra charge. Here are a few suggestions: • Sail between the islands on Tusitiri or on our smaller traditional ‘jahazi’ • Snorkel the reefs between the islands • Kayak in the quiet lagoons and mangrove creeks • Spend the day (or just a few hours) deep sea fishing, guided by an experienced crew • Water ski or wake board behind Tusitiri’s speed boat • Walk and relax on the pristine beaches • Wander the narrow streets of Lamu old town and Shela village for shopping and sightseeing • Have picnics, ‘sundowners’ or ‘moon-risers’ in selected beautiful spots • Visit some of the ancient ruins and learn about the history of the area • …Or simply enjoy the quiet calm on board while moored in a secluded bay or lagoon

Facilities While remaining traditional in style, Tusitiri has been carefully customized for live-aboard guests and facilities include: • A comfortable shaded sitting area on the aft deck • A large dining area covered by sun-shade during the day • Spacious cushion lounging area on deck • An alfresco kitchen at the bow • Guests sleep on white-linen bedrolls rolled out on deck after dinner • A warm water open air shower • A dressing room with drawers, mirrors and wash

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basin (below deck) • A changing room with shelves and hanging space (below deck) • One traditional dhow W.C. and one flush W.C. (below deck) • An open Yamaha 31 ft deep sea fishing boat with 2 x 200 HP outboard engines • A 21 ft Yamaha speed boat for water skiing and wake-boarding • A tender for transfers and short excursions • Snorkeling equipment for adults and children • Limited laundry service available • A small library of topical reference books • Wifi internet signal

John and Lulu Clark are your on-board hosts. They are both second-generation Kenyans, as well as wildlife and ocean enthusiasts who have been involved with tourism in East Africa for many years. The Tusitiri crew is made up of 8 Bajuni sailors, whose sailing expertise has been learned over generations; the crew – along with two skilled chefs – also enjoy taking care of guests on board.

Our Kitchen Tusitiri is renowned for its seafood. Our chefs prepare fresh and light Swahili inspired meals in our open air galley. We serve mangrove crab and prawns freshly caught by local fishermen and where possible

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the catch from the days’ fishing trip. The emphasis is on seafood but with prior notice we will tailor our menus to suit your preferences and specific dietary requirements.

Getting Here The Enasoit Dhow, Tusitiri, is located in Lamu, on the north Kenyan coast. The easiest way to reach Tusitiri is by air, and there are two options: • Charter flight by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft to Lamu • Daily schedule flights from Nairobi (and selected other domestic airports) to Lamu. Airlines that fly in to Lamu: Airkenya, Safarilink or Fly 540 Your hosts John and Lulu Clark can advise and help with transport arrangements and will ensure that your inbound and onward transfers are smooth and efficient.

Seasons & Packing Tusitiri is normally available from August through March. Due to seasonal winds and rains Tusitiri does not normally operate from April to July although inquiries for the first half of April and the second half of July will be considered on request. During Tusitiri’s operating season the Kenya coast is hot and mainly dry. Clothing should be light-weight, with a sweater or wrap for the cooler evenings. Visitors are encouraged to cover their arms, legs and shoulders when visiting towns or villages in this mainly Muslim area and should bring sun-glasses, sun block, a hat, swim wear, shorts, long sleeved shirts, and shoes that may be worn in the water. Flying Doctor Emergency Evacuation (which we can process when you make a booking) and comprehensive medical insurance is required. Please consult a doctor for advice on malarial prophylactics and any other recommended medical precautions.

Rates and Downloads

safaris are booked on an exclusive basis. Rates include exclusive use of Tusitiri Dhow and its tenders. Full board accommodation, house wines and spirits, beers and soft drinks. Local boat transfers, sailing on Tusitiri, snorkelling, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, creek fishing, guided walks, cultural visits, wifi on board (where there is signal) and laundry. Use of Tusitiri’s deep sea fishing boat – up to 2 hours per day, which can be accumulated. 2017 Rates: • US$ 4,140 per night for exclusive charter of Tusitiri for up to six adults • Additional passengers charged US$ 690 per adult per night and US$ 520 per child (5 to 16 years) per night. Please see 2017 Tusitiri Rate Sheet for comprehensive details of our rates and booking conditions. Booking confirmation: • Bookings are secured on receipt of 25% deposit • Full balance of payment is due 45 days prior to arrival Cancellation Policy: • More than 120 days prior to arrival – 25% deposit refunded net of bank charges • 120 to 46 days prior to arrival – 25% deposit forfeited • 45 to 30 days 50% forfeited / 50% refunded net of bank charges • Less than 30 days – 100% forfeited Dhow safaris and all activities are dependent on the tides. Please let us know your preferred dates and any special requests and we will suggest an itinerary to suit you. If you have children under five years in your party please let us know before you book so we can discuss the practicalities of having young children on board with you. 

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Friends of Festival at Sea Sailing Sep 3, 2018 to Sep 15, 2018 onboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer


elcome to our 20th Anniversary sailing of Friends of Festival at

Sea! In 1998 we took our first journey together and we’ve been Friends ever since! In those 20 years, we’ve covered almost every continent on the planet. In 2018, we’ll visit a unique set of cities on our “Wonders of the North” Baltic Sea itinerary that are charming, magical and waiting to be discovered. Adding to the excitement is that we will be sailing on a brand new ship. The Explorer was officially welcomed to the Regent Seven

Seas Cruises’ fleet on July 13, 2016 and christened by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco. Seven Seas Explorer is spaciously intimate, breathlessly elegant and perfectly staffed to offer Seven Seas Cruises’ special brand of all-inclusive luxury. She brings elegance and glamour to the world’s greatest destinations, offering exquisite dining options that rival those of the finest restaurants. With 375 all-suite balcony cabins, prepare to be dazzled as we are treated to the delights of a truly all-inclusive experience. The “Wonders of the North” itinerary sails for 12 nights from Copenhagen, Denmark to: • Gdansk, Poland • Klaipeda, Lithuania • Tallinn, Estonia • St. Petersburg, Russia • Helsinki, Finland • Stockholm, Sweden • Amsterdam, The Netherlands • Zeebrugge, Belgium • Southampton, England (with an optional London stopover).  77 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL | Winter 2017 how-to-spot-human-traffickingin-hotels/?utm_source=PrevueExtra&utm_medium=Email&utm_ term=October&utm_ content=Head&utm_ campaign=Prevue-Extra-October-20

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A Great African Adventure Just for Women become-a-gazelle/it-all-starts-here/

THE GAZELLE SPIRIT The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is the only women’s rally raid in the world that takes place 100% off-road Created in 1990, this unique event brings women aged 18 to 71 from around the world together in the Moroccan desert. Since its creation, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc has been developing a new vision for motorsport: no speed, no GPS just old-school navigation, entirely off-road: a return to the roots of Adventure. It is the only event in the world with this unique concept. The only requirement is determination. The women who take part in this rally—known as “Gazelles”—are of all ages, social backgrounds, nationalities and levels of off-road experience. In 4x4s, Crossovers, Quad bikes, SSVs, trucks and motorbikes, they come to experience a unique competition : • Based on the values of tolerance, solidarity and determination • where respect for the host country is a priority through the actions of the Rallye’s nonprofit, Cœur de Gazelles

• That cares about the environment: the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is the only rally in the world with ISO 14001:2004 certification Safety is our primary concern: the organization has a technological and human armada at its disposal to track the teams’ progress and respond to calls for assistance. SINCE 1990 While the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles marks a return to the roots of adventure, it is also on the cutting edge of technology with a satellite tracking system for optimal safety The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc has been a pioneer in concept and innovation. Sweeping

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prejudices and clichés aside, the Rallye continues to grow, constantly shaping itself and evolving with the times, always faithful to its founding values: courage, the desire to push one’s limits, loyalty, solidarity and an environmental and social commitment. Since its creation, the Rallye has earned the well-deserved respect of the people of Morocco and the general public, as well as its participants and partners alike. Our strength has always been in planning ahead and looking to the future. We have been particularly mindful and innovative when it comes to protecting the environment. We are proud to be the only

motorsport event in the world with ISO 14001 certification, since 2010. Every year the event’s organizer works hard to strike a balance between the challenge of the terrain and the comfort of the bivouac, for these women from all walks of life who deserve our admiration. “We do everything in our power to promote their exploits to the world through the deployment of technical resources unequalled in the world of women’s sport.” INCOMPARABLE

of us back in touch with our basic humanity. It is the adventure of a lifetime. An adventure that inspires those it touches to change their lives and the lives of those around them. AT A GLANCE An unrivalled human adventure: a mental, physical and emotional challenge • 320 Gazelles share the adventure each year, • 17 different countries on average each year, • Audacity, courage, sharing,

his High Patronage and allows the Gazelles to bear the royal coat of arms on their official vests. A responsible event • A serious environmental commitment: The first rally in the world to obtain ISO 14001:2004 certification in 2010, • A social commitment through its non-profit organization Cœur de Gazelles (www. an average of 8,000 medical consultations are provided and 7,000 people

The Rallye would never have achieved such recognition without the famous “Gazelle Spirit” that makes it stand out in the world of off-road rallies, and reflects the values of our loyal partners. Without all of these things, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc would be no more than an interlude, an aside in our busy lives. As it is, for me and for everyone involved with the event, it puts all

endurance and determination are the qualities you need to be a Gazelle, • All Gazelles, both amateurs and professionals alike, leave this adventure forever changed after facing themselves in the desert and realizing what they are truly capable of. The host country, Morocco • His Majesty King Mohammed VI has placed the event under

receive donations collected by the Gazelles during the 9 days of competition each year. TO GIVE THIS ADVENTURE A GO Study the Rallye website and if you want to give this a try, follow the Step by Step registration process. We Wish You Luck!!  en/

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San Lameer Country Club, Margate

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African Cuisine!

Foods of Rwanda


nown as the “land of a thousand hills,” Rwanda is a mountainous country, bordering on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Tanzania. Rwandan food is neither spicy nor hot. People eat simple meals made with locally grown ingredients. The Rwandan diet consists mainly of sweet potatoes, beans, corn, peas, millet, plantains, cassava, and fruit. Many Rwandan men enjoy drinking beer, but women rarely drink alcohol in any form. They do drink tea with lots of milk and sugar. Refusing to partake of offered food or drink is considered a grave insult. Hosts typically sip from drinks and taste the food first before passing them to the guests to show that they are safe for consumption and have not been poisoned. The recipies shown here (and more) may be found at www.

Kachumbari (salad)

Ingredients: 2 very thinly sliced small onions 5 thinly sliced tomatoes 1 red chilli, cut lengthways into 5 strips a handful of finely chopped fresh coriander 3 tbsp olive oil juice of 1 lime Cayenne pepper for garnish salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Directions: Layer the tomatoes, chilli, coriander, and sliced onions in a large serving

bowl. To this add a mixture of the lime juice and olive oil then season with salt and black pepper. Lastly sprinkle a little cayenne pepper and serve.


Rwandan Beef Stew

Ingredients: 900 g stewing beef 1 chopped onion 3 large green plantains 2 tbsp groundnut oil 4 tbsp of freshly-squeezed lemon juice 2 tsp salt bouillon cube 1 large blanched, peeled, de-seeded and coarsely chopped tomato 1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper Directions: Brown the beef and onions in oil using a heavy casserole over gentle heat, Add plantain slices that have been rubbed in lemon juice, Cook this for 5 minutes while stirring constantly, Add the remaining ingredients thereafter and add enough water to cover, Keep adding water where necessary till the meat is tender, Serve while still hot with Rwandan rice.

Beef Stew

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Rwandan Honey Bread Ingredients: 1 packet of active dry yeast 1 egg 4-5 cups of plain flour 3/4 cup lukewarm milk 1/2 cup honey 3/4 cup lukewarm water 6 tablespoons of melted butter 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves Directions: Preparing the dough Put the lukewarm water in a jug and sprinkle the yeast sachet on top. Leave for 2-3 minutes, then stir thoroughly. Leave the mixture to stand somewhere warm for around 5-10 minutes until you can see bubbles forming and the mixture looks like it’s expanding a little. While you’re waiting, mix together the honey, egg and spices in a bowl until combined. Add the lukewarm milk, yeast mixture and two-thirds of the butter. Mix well then begin to add the flour, keeping your touch light. Kneading the dough Once the dough has come together, remove from the bowl and, on a wellfloured surface, combine it with most of the flour – you’re looking for a light, soft dough that isn’t too wet, but you

may not need all of your flour, so go slowly. If you get lots of dough on your hands, add a little flour to your palms and rub them together briskly until the dough falls off. Knead the dough using floured hands (and once it needs no more flour, buttered hands) for around ten minutes, until it is springy and smooth – this stage is really important, because by doing this you’ll wake up the gluten strands, which is what will your bread an ace texture. You want to end up with one or more shiny, round, loaf shapes. If you’ve never kneaded dough before, check out this tips sheet from Jamie Oliver – it’s for pizza dough, but the same rules apply

brown top with a crust. To test if it’s done, take a tea towel and place it on top, then turn it upside down so the tea towel catches it. Then tap it on the bottom – if it sounds hollow like a drum then it’s done! Serve in torn-off chunks or thick slices with butter and a bit more honey.

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Baking This bread can be baked in lots of different types of tins. Use 3×5 inch round tins to get three fat little loaves, an 8inch round tin or a large loaf tin for one large loaf. Alternatively, you can use a large round oven dish, such as a Le Creuset. Butter the tin or dish with the remaining butter and pop your dough inside – fill each one around half full. Cover the tin with a clean tea towel and allow to rise in a nice warm place for at least an hour – you want the dough to have risen almost to the top of the tin. Don’t scrimp on this stage, as even rising is important! Bake at 190°C/375°F/gas 5 for around 40 minutes – it should have a golden

Honey Bread

“Agatogo” with Collard Greens

Ingredients: vegetable oil 1 large onion, chopped 5 cloves garlic, sliced 6 oz can tomato paste 4 mostly green plantains 3 cups of thinly sliced, loosely packed collard greens (about 1/3 of a bunch) 1 quart vegetable broth (or water) 1/2 cup peanuts, measured then ground oil and salt 89 | blackbusinessnews/TRAVEL |Winter 2017

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