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Introduction The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the development of tourism through the marketing and promotion of sustainable regional tourism in 15 Southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Working in close cooperation with the region’s national tourism organisations, the private sector and media partners, RETOSA undertakes suitable projects to promote tourism investment and affect transformation through public-sector facilitation. Southern Africa and the 15 fascinating countries it encompasses offer you a myriad of unique opportunities for business and pleasure in settings so beautiful it will take your breath away. Vibrantly contrasting colours, scents and sounds will delight you against a backdrop of endlessly varying topography, climate and tradition. A multi-country journey in this enticingly diverse region promises to be the holiday or business trip of a lifetime. Here, you will make the kind of memories that you will carry with you always – memories that will bring you back again and again. Southern Africa – the ‘Essence of Africa’ – presents more than awe-inspiring nature, fascinating history and diverse cultures. Here your every wish will be granted. You will be enchanted, not only by the convivial people but also by the region’s unmistakable pulse – sometimes gentle and slow, at other times thrilling and invigorating. This publication offers you a glimpse, perhaps your first, into the wonderland that is Southern Africa. May it lure you to explore each one of these 15 countries further – in person!

Southern Africa - The Essence of Africa

Francis Mfune Executive Director RETOSA


Southern Africa

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Travelling in Southern Africa

Introduction 1 Travelling in Southern Africa 2 Angola 4 Travelling in Southern Africa is an Botswana 8 unforgettable experience. This is a region of extremes – a world in 15 countries. DRC 12 lesotho 16 Beauty The region offers natural beauty so Madagascar 20 spectacular that you won’t be able to Malawi 24 take it all in. The wonder of snow-capped mountains, rugged coastlines and tropical Mauritius 28 islands compete with sweeping carpets of Mozambique 32 vibrant flowers and vast areas of unspoilt wilderness. Namibia 36 Seychelles 40 Mystery The mist enshrouding the Victoria Falls, the South Africa 44 deep silence among the ochre dunes of the Swaziland 48 Namib, your first glimpse of a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat – all these Tanzania 52 things will touch your soul in ways you’ve Zambia 56 never experienced before. Zimbabwe 60 Heritage Boundless Southern Africa 64 The rich histories and cultures of Southern RETOSA T: (27 11) 315-2420/1 - (27 11) 315-9752/3 F: (27 11) 315-2422 - E: info@retosa.co.za Unit C40, Lone Creek, Waterfall Park Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

Africa’s hospitable people will stay with you long after you’ve left. Masks, drumbeat and rituals, ancient rock art and primeval dancing will draw you into the rhythm of Africa. Adventure Get up close and personal with wild

animals, exotic birds, and unique and diverse insects and plants. Experience the ‘Essence of Africa’ in whichever way you please: drive, ride, raft, soar, glide, ski, hike – the options are endless. And so without further ado, here they are – the 15 incomparable countries that are Southern Africa. ANGOLA Neighbouring countries: DRC, Zambia, Namibia and Republic of Congo Major activities: Beaches and water sports in Luanda; game viewing, bird watching and river cruises in the Kissama National Park; climbing the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure; driving the Leba Pass; photographing the dunes in the Iona National Park; and many more BOTSWANA Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia Major activities: Water safaris, walking and elephant-back safaris, and game-viewing by aircraft/helicopter in the Okavango Delta; 4x4 wilderness travelling in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; and many more

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC) Neighbouring countries: Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Republic of Congo and Tanzania Major activities: Cruising on the Congo River; sight-seeing in Kinshasha; visiting Lake Kivu and the volcanoes of the Virunga mountain range; boating, rafting or hiking through the rainforest; visiting the mountain gorillas; and many more LESOTHO Neighbouring countries: Surrounded by South Africa Major activities: Climbing Thaba Bosiu; shopping in Maseru; game viewing, bird watching and pony trekking in the Sehlabathebe National Park; enjoying water sports at the Katse Dam; skiing in the Maloti Mountains; and many more MADAGASCAR Major activities: Snorkelling and diving at Ifaty; visiting the lemurs and the Ankarana Reserve; sight-seeing in Antananarivo; and many more MALAWI Neighbouring countries: Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique Major activities: Kayaking, snorkelling and

scuba-diving off the pristine beaches of Lake Malawi; horse-back safaris in Nyika National Park; exploring the Chongoni rock art; climbing Mount Mulanje; and many more MAURITIUS Major activities: Snorkelling, scuba diving and ‘undersea strolls’; water sports such as kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing; hiking in the Black River Gorges National Park; visiting Le Morne Brabant; and many more MOZAMBIQUE Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi Major activities: Kayaking, sailing, dhow trips and snorkelling; visiting the Bazaruto Marine Park and the historical Ilha de Mozambique; game viewing and bird watching in the Gorongosa National Park; and many more NAMIBIA Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola Major activities: Taking a balloon ride over the dunes of Sossusvlei; hiking in the Fish River Canyon; flying over the the Skeleton Coast; taking a safari in the Etosha National Park; and many more

SEYCHELLES Major activities: Glass-bottom boating; water sports such as snorkelling, sailing or surfing; island-hopping; visiting natural reserves and marine parks; horse-riding; guided nature tours; and many more SOUTH AFRICA Neighbouring countries: Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mozambique Major activities: Taking a cable car to the top of Table Mountain; game viewing, safaris and bird watching in the Kruger National Park; meandering along the Garden Route; wine-tasting in the wine region; water sports and golfing at the coastal resorts; and many more

Major activities: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; visiting Zanzibar; game viewing and bird watching in the Serengeti; visiting the Ngorogoro Crater; taking a boat trip on Lake Victoria; and many more ZAMBIA Neighbouring countries: Tanzania, the DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola Major activities: Scenic flights over the Victoria Falls; swimming in the Devil’s Pool above the falls; white-water rafting and other water sports; river cruises; elephant-back rides; walking with lions, game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; walking safaris in the South Luangwa National Park; and many more

SWAZILAND Neighbouring countries: South Africa and Mozambique

ZIMBABWE Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique

Major activities: Visiting the Swazi Cultural Village and the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park; horse-back safaris and guided walks in the Hlane Royal National Park; hiking in the The Malolotja Nature Reserve; and many more

Major activities: Flights over the Victoria Falls; sunset cruises on the Zambezi river; bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge; river rafting and other water sports; swinging through the gorge; elephant-back rides; walking with lions; visiting the Great Zimbabwe National Monument; and many more

TANZANIA Neighbouring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the DRC, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique

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Introduction 1 Travelling in Southern Africa 2 Angola 4 Travelling in Southern Africa is an Botswana 8 unforgettable experience. This is a region of extremes – a world in 15 countries. DRC 12 lesotho 16 Beauty The region offers natural beauty so Madagascar 20 spectacular that you won’t be able to Malawi 24 take it all in. The wonder of snow-capped mountains, rugged coastlines and tropical Mauritius 28 islands compete with sweeping carpets of Mozambique 32 vibrant flowers and vast areas of unspoilt wilderness. Namibia 36 Seychelles 40 Mystery The mist enshrouding the Victoria Falls, the South Africa 44 deep silence among the ochre dunes of the Swaziland 48 Namib, your first glimpse of a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat – all these Tanzania 52 things will touch your soul in ways you’ve Zambia 56 never experienced before. Zimbabwe 60 Heritage Boundless Southern Africa 64 The rich histories and cultures of Southern RETOSA T: (27 11) 315-2420/1 - (27 11) 315-9752/3 F: (27 11) 315-2422 - E: info@retosa.co.za Unit C40, Lone Creek, Waterfall Park Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

Africa’s hospitable people will stay with you long after you’ve left. Masks, drumbeat and rituals, ancient rock art and primeval dancing will draw you into the rhythm of Africa. Adventure Get up close and personal with wild

animals, exotic birds, and unique and diverse insects and plants. Experience the ‘Essence of Africa’ in whichever way you please: drive, ride, raft, soar, glide, ski, hike – the options are endless. And so without further ado, here they are – the 15 incomparable countries that are Southern Africa. ANGOLA Neighbouring countries: DRC, Zambia, Namibia and Republic of Congo Major activities: Beaches and water sports in Luanda; game viewing, bird watching and river cruises in the Kissama National Park; climbing the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure; driving the Leba Pass; photographing the dunes in the Iona National Park; and many more BOTSWANA Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia Major activities: Water safaris, walking and elephant-back safaris, and game-viewing by aircraft/helicopter in the Okavango Delta; 4x4 wilderness travelling in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; and many more

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC) Neighbouring countries: Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Republic of Congo and Tanzania Major activities: Cruising on the Congo River; sight-seeing in Kinshasha; visiting Lake Kivu and the volcanoes of the Virunga mountain range; boating, rafting or hiking through the rainforest; visiting the mountain gorillas; and many more LESOTHO Neighbouring countries: Surrounded by South Africa Major activities: Climbing Thaba Bosiu; shopping in Maseru; game viewing, bird watching and pony trekking in the Sehlabathebe National Park; enjoying water sports at the Katse Dam; skiing in the Maloti Mountains; and many more MADAGASCAR Major activities: Snorkelling and diving at Ifaty; visiting the lemurs and the Ankarana Reserve; sight-seeing in Antananarivo; and many more MALAWI Neighbouring countries: Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique Major activities: Kayaking, snorkelling and

scuba-diving off the pristine beaches of Lake Malawi; horse-back safaris in Nyika National Park; exploring the Chongoni rock art; climbing Mount Mulanje; and many more MAURITIUS Major activities: Snorkelling, scuba diving and ‘undersea strolls’; water sports such as kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing; hiking in the Black River Gorges National Park; visiting Le Morne Brabant; and many more MOZAMBIQUE Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi Major activities: Kayaking, sailing, dhow trips and snorkelling; visiting the Bazaruto Marine Park and the historical Ilha de Mozambique; game viewing and bird watching in the Gorongosa National Park; and many more NAMIBIA Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola Major activities: Taking a balloon ride over the dunes of Sossusvlei; hiking in the Fish River Canyon; flying over the the Skeleton Coast; taking a safari in the Etosha National Park; and many more

SEYCHELLES Major activities: Glass-bottom boating; water sports such as snorkelling, sailing or surfing; island-hopping; visiting natural reserves and marine parks; horse-riding; guided nature tours; and many more SOUTH AFRICA Neighbouring countries: Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mozambique Major activities: Taking a cable car to the top of Table Mountain; game viewing, safaris and bird watching in the Kruger National Park; meandering along the Garden Route; wine-tasting in the wine region; water sports and golfing at the coastal resorts; and many more

Major activities: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; visiting Zanzibar; game viewing and bird watching in the Serengeti; visiting the Ngorogoro Crater; taking a boat trip on Lake Victoria; and many more ZAMBIA Neighbouring countries: Tanzania, the DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola Major activities: Scenic flights over the Victoria Falls; swimming in the Devil’s Pool above the falls; white-water rafting and other water sports; river cruises; elephant-back rides; walking with lions, game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; walking safaris in the South Luangwa National Park; and many more

SWAZILAND Neighbouring countries: South Africa and Mozambique

ZIMBABWE Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique

Major activities: Visiting the Swazi Cultural Village and the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park; horse-back safaris and guided walks in the Hlane Royal National Park; hiking in the The Malolotja Nature Reserve; and many more

Major activities: Flights over the Victoria Falls; sunset cruises on the Zambezi river; bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge; river rafting and other water sports; swinging through the gorge; elephant-back rides; walking with lions; visiting the Great Zimbabwe National Monument; and many more

TANZANIA Neighbouring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the DRC, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique

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Angola

The capital city Luanda is one of the major attractions of this fascinating land. Located in a bay, it is the main port and presents superb beaches and islands with musical names like Mussulo, Ilha de Luanda and Palmeirinhas. Here, you have a choice of water sports, nightclubs or cinemas, or you could visit the historical fortress or the Museums of Anthropology and Slavery. Iconic attraction: The Kissama National Park

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This This vast vast park park lies lies 70 70 km km south south of of Luanda Luanda and and covers covers 12 12 000 000 square square km. km. The The park’s park’s western border is formed by 120 km of breathtakingly beautiful coastline, western border is formed by 120 km of breathtakingly beautiful coastline, and and on on the the north and south it is defined by the Cuanza and Longa rivers. north and south it is defined by the Cuanza and Longa rivers. Established Established in in 1938, 1938, Kissama Kissama was was initially initially home home to to a a large large variety variety of of species, species, but but their their numbers were almost obliterated during the civil war. In 2001 however the Kissama numbers were almost obliterated during the civil war. In 2001 however the Kissama Foundation Foundation initiated initiated Operation Operation Noah’s Noah’s Ark Ark to to transport transport large large numbers numbers of of animals animals to Kissama from neighbouring countries. One of the largest animal transplants to Kissama from neighbouring countries. One of the largest animal transplants in in history, history, this this has has almost almost completely completely restored restored the the park. park. Thanks Thanks to to an an unusually unusually large large variety variety of of habitats, habitats, the the park park is is home home to to a a wide wide spectrum spectrum of wildlife. There are elephants, dwarf forest buffaloes, rhinos, eland, roan of wildlife. There are elephants, dwarf forest buffaloes, rhinos, eland, roan antelope, antelope, bushbuck, bushbuck, waterbuck, waterbuck, marine marine turtles turtles and and manatees. manatees. The The park park is is also also a a birdwatcher’s birdwatcher’s paradise. paradise. There There is is ample ample accommodation accommodation for for self-drive self-drive visitors, visitors, including including rondavels rondavels equipped equipped with mosquito nets and air conditioning, as well as self-contained, with mosquito nets and air conditioning, as well as self-contained, thatched thatched chalets chalets overlooking overlooking the the Cuanza Cuanza river. river. A A luxury, luxury, world-class world-class lodge lodge will will soon soon be be completed completed at at the the mouth mouth of of the the Cuanza Cuanza river river − − unique unique in in that that it it will will front front on on both both the the river river and and the the ocean. ocean. You You would would be be able able to to participate participate in in an an array array of of activities activities such such as as bird bird watching, watching, game drives and river cruises, or you could simply indulge in lazing on the game drives and river cruises, or you could simply indulge in lazing on the beach. beach.

Other major attractions include: Lubango: Lubango is the capital of the Huila province. Perched on the Leba plateau at an altitude of 1 700 m, it has retained much of its old-world charm. It is a tranquil and picturesque city offering an array of attractions such as the Cristo Rei. And just 20 km outside the city is the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where you could climb up to 2 600 m and be rewarded by an unparalleled view of the rolling hills above the clouds and the sheer drop down to the sea. The Leba Pass: Linking Lubango with Namibe is the famous Serra de Leba Mountain Pass. Spiralling its way up the mountain to a height of 1 845 m above sea level and dropping 1 000 m via a succession of precipitous switchbacks, it offers a feast of scenic beauty. The Iona National Park: Sprawled over 15 150 square km, this is the largest national park in the country. Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, it forms part of a continuous block of 1 200 km of protected land together with Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park. There is a variety of desert and semi-desert ecosystems in the Iona National Park, including mobile dunes along the coast, desert grasslands, open woodland and savannah. Some of the remote desert landscape is a photographer’s dream. Efforts are underway to replenish the wildlife lost during the civil war, and today you will see springbok, kudu, ostrich, oryx and the rare cheetah. The park is known for its unique flora, including the Welwitschia Mirabilis. It also contains incredible rock formations and a varied birdlife. The park is home to many indigenous peoples, who have remained isolated from and oblivious to the outside world, and who are described as the most culturally intact on the African continent. www.angola/tourism.html


Angola

The capital city Luanda is one of the major attractions of this fascinating land. Located in a bay, it is the main port and presents superb beaches and islands with musical names like Mussulo, Ilha de Luanda and Palmeirinhas. Here, you have a choice of water sports, nightclubs or cinemas, or you could visit the historical fortress or the Museums of Anthropology and Slavery. Iconic attraction: The Kissama National Park

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This This vast vast park park lies lies 70 70 km km south south of of Luanda Luanda and and covers covers 12 12 000 000 square square km. km. The The park’s park’s western border is formed by 120 km of breathtakingly beautiful coastline, western border is formed by 120 km of breathtakingly beautiful coastline, and and on on the the north and south it is defined by the Cuanza and Longa rivers. north and south it is defined by the Cuanza and Longa rivers. Established Established in in 1938, 1938, Kissama Kissama was was initially initially home home to to a a large large variety variety of of species, species, but but their their numbers were almost obliterated during the civil war. In 2001 however the Kissama numbers were almost obliterated during the civil war. In 2001 however the Kissama Foundation Foundation initiated initiated Operation Operation Noah’s Noah’s Ark Ark to to transport transport large large numbers numbers of of animals animals to Kissama from neighbouring countries. One of the largest animal transplants to Kissama from neighbouring countries. One of the largest animal transplants in in history, history, this this has has almost almost completely completely restored restored the the park. park. Thanks Thanks to to an an unusually unusually large large variety variety of of habitats, habitats, the the park park is is home home to to a a wide wide spectrum spectrum of wildlife. There are elephants, dwarf forest buffaloes, rhinos, eland, roan of wildlife. There are elephants, dwarf forest buffaloes, rhinos, eland, roan antelope, antelope, bushbuck, bushbuck, waterbuck, waterbuck, marine marine turtles turtles and and manatees. manatees. The The park park is is also also a a birdwatcher’s birdwatcher’s paradise. paradise. There There is is ample ample accommodation accommodation for for self-drive self-drive visitors, visitors, including including rondavels rondavels equipped equipped with mosquito nets and air conditioning, as well as self-contained, with mosquito nets and air conditioning, as well as self-contained, thatched thatched chalets chalets overlooking overlooking the the Cuanza Cuanza river. river. A A luxury, luxury, world-class world-class lodge lodge will will soon soon be be completed completed at at the the mouth mouth of of the the Cuanza Cuanza river river − − unique unique in in that that it it will will front front on on both both the the river river and and the the ocean. ocean. You You would would be be able able to to participate participate in in an an array array of of activities activities such such as as bird bird watching, watching, game drives and river cruises, or you could simply indulge in lazing on the game drives and river cruises, or you could simply indulge in lazing on the beach. beach.

Other major attractions include: Lubango: Lubango is the capital of the Huila province. Perched on the Leba plateau at an altitude of 1 700 m, it has retained much of its old-world charm. It is a tranquil and picturesque city offering an array of attractions such as the Cristo Rei. And just 20 km outside the city is the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where you could climb up to 2 600 m and be rewarded by an unparalleled view of the rolling hills above the clouds and the sheer drop down to the sea. The Leba Pass: Linking Lubango with Namibe is the famous Serra de Leba Mountain Pass. Spiralling its way up the mountain to a height of 1 845 m above sea level and dropping 1 000 m via a succession of precipitous switchbacks, it offers a feast of scenic beauty. The Iona National Park: Sprawled over 15 150 square km, this is the largest national park in the country. Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, it forms part of a continuous block of 1 200 km of protected land together with Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park. There is a variety of desert and semi-desert ecosystems in the Iona National Park, including mobile dunes along the coast, desert grasslands, open woodland and savannah. Some of the remote desert landscape is a photographer’s dream. Efforts are underway to replenish the wildlife lost during the civil war, and today you will see springbok, kudu, ostrich, oryx and the rare cheetah. The park is known for its unique flora, including the Welwitschia Mirabilis. It also contains incredible rock formations and a varied birdlife. The park is home to many indigenous peoples, who have remained isolated from and oblivious to the outside world, and who are described as the most culturally intact on the African continent. www.angola/tourism.html


Angola

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Angola

The capital Luanda isinclude: one of the major attractions of this Other majorcity attractions fascinating land. Located in a bay, it is the main port and presents Lubango: Lubango is the islands capital ofwith the Huila province. Perched the Leba plateau superb beaches and musical names likeonMussulo, Ilha de at an altitude of 1 700 m, it has retained much of its old-world charm. It is a tranquil Luanda and Palmeirinhas. Here,ofyou have asuch choice ofCristo waterRei. sports, and picturesque city offering an array attractions as the And just nightclubs or cinemas, or you could visit the historical fortress or the 20 km outside the city is the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where you could climb up to 2 600 m and of be Anthropology rewarded by an unparalleled view of the rolling hills above the clouds Museums and Slavery. and the sheer drop down to the sea.

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Iconic attraction: The Kissama The Leba Pass: Linking Lubango with National Namibe is Park the famous Serra de Leba Mountain Pass. Spiralling its way up the mountain to a height of 1 845 m above sea level and This vast park 70 akm south of Luanda and covers 12 000 square km.a The dropping 1 000lies m via succession of precipitous switchbacks, it offers feastpark’s of western border is formed by 120 km of breathtakingly beautiful coastline, and on the scenic beauty. north and south it is defined by the Cuanza and Longa rivers. The Iona National Sprawled over 15home 150 square km,variety this is the largest but national Established in 1938,Park: Kissama was initially to a large of species, their park in the country. Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, it forms part of a numbers were almost obliterated during the civil war. In 2001 however the Kissama continuous of 1Operation 200 km ofNoah’s protected togetherlarge with numbers Namibia’sofSkeleton Foundation block initiated Ark land to transport animals Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park. to Kissama from neighbouring countries. One of the largest animal transplants in There a variety of desert and semi-desert history,isthis has almost completely restored ecosystems the park. in the Iona National Park, including mobile dunes along the coast, desert Thanks to an unusually large variety of habitats,grasslands, the park is open homewoodland to a wide and spectrum savannah. Some of the remote desert landscape is a photographer’s of wildlife. There are elephants, dwarf forest buffaloes, rhinos, eland,dream. roan antelope, Efforts are waterbuck, underway tomarine replenish the and wildlife lost during civil war,aand today you bushbuck, turtles manatees. The the park is also birdwatcher’s will see springbok, kudu, ostrich, oryx and the rare cheetah. The park is known for paradise. its unique flora, including the Welwitschia Mirabilis. It also contains incredible rock There is ample accommodation for self-drive visitors, including rondavels equipped formations andnets a varied birdlife. with mosquito and air conditioning, as well as self-contained, thatched chalets The park is home to many indigenous who lodge have remained isolated from and overlooking the Cuanza river. A luxury,peoples, world-class will soon be completed at oblivious to the outside world, and who are described as the most culturally intact the mouth of the Cuanza river − unique in that it will front on both the river and theon the African continent. ocean. You would be able to participate in an array of activities such as bird watching, game drives and river cruises, or you could simply indulge in lazing on the beach. www.angola/tourism.html

Angolan socio-economic Other major attractionsstatistics include: Situated right on the Atlantic Ocean, Angola is a budding tourist Lubango: Lubango the capital of game the Huila province. Perched on the Leba plateau destination with unspoiltisbeaches, teeming reserves and a at an altitude vibrant culture. of 1 700 m, it has retained much of its old-world charm. It is a tranquil Rapidly revitalising itself the end the civil in 2002, thesuch as the Cristo Rei. And just and picturesque cityafter offering anofarray ofwar attractions country one ofthe the fastest economies in the world, 20 km has outside city isgrowing the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where you could climb up to offering adventurous exploration and lucrative tourism investment 2 600 m and be rewarded by an unparalleled view of the rolling hills above the clouds opportunities.

and the sheer drop down to the sea. Capital: Luanda The Leba Pass: Linking Lubango with Namibe is the famous Serra de Leba Mountain National Day: 11 November 1975 Pass. Spiralling its way up the mountain to a height of 1 845 m above sea level and Airport: Luanda dropping 1 000 m via a succession of precipitous switchbacks, it offers a feast of Main languages: scenic beauty.Portuguese, several local dialects Neighbouring countries: Democratic Republic Congo, The Iona National Park: Sprawled overof15 150Zambia, square km, this is the largest national Namibia, Republic of Congo park in the country. Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, it forms part of a Time zone: GMT +1 of 1 200 km of protected land together with Namibia’s Skeleton continuous block Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park. Size: 1 247 000 km2 There is a17variety of desert and semi-desert ecosystems in the Iona National Park, Population: 312 million (2009 estimates) including mobile dunes along theiron coast, desert open woodland and Economy: Oil exports, diamond gas, and ore mining aregrasslands, major savannah. Some of the remote desert landscape is a photographer’s dream. contributors. Efforts underway to replenish the wildlife lost during the civil war, and today you Currency:are Kwanza will see springbok, kudu, ostrich, oryx and the rare cheetah. The park is known for Climate: Tropical in the north, drier plateau in the centre and arid in its unique flora,coastal including thetemperature Welwitschia Mirabilis. It also contains incredible rock the south. Average summer 21 °C, 16 °C in winter. formations and a varied birdlife. Places to see: Luanda and Luanda’s beaches: Ilha do Cabo, Mussulo, The park is Corimba home toand many indigenous peoples, who have remained isolated from and Palmeirinhas, Santiago. Lubango and the Leba Pass, Calendar of events Kissama National Iona National Park who are described as the most culturally intact on oblivious to thePark, outside world, and COUNTRY EVENT the African continent. Tourism investment opportunities: hotels, water sports, game Carnival - it takes place at the end of Angola reserves, infrastructure For more information: www.angola/tourism.html E: angola@angola.org www.angola.org/tourism.html

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World Tourism Day


Botswana

Botswana is known for its peace and tranquillity, its diverse cultures and its wonderful parks and wildlife. ‘If there were a place where one would wish that time could stand still, it would be Botswana.’ Iconic attraction: Okavango Delta

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In the heart of Botswana lies the remarkable and unique Okavango Delta, one of the most sought-after wilderness destinations in the world. A journey to the Okavango Delta – deep into Africa’s untouched interior – is like no other. Moving from wetland to dry land along the meandering palm- and papyrusfringed waterways past islands resplendent with lush vegetation and rich in wildlife, you discover the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world. During seasonal flooding, the delta swells to three times its normal size, attracting animals from miles around and creating a teeming and spectacular concentration of wildlife. You are introduced to over 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 444 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles and 1 300 species of flowering plants. Here, water safaris are enjoyed from the comfort of ‘mokoros’ – dug-out canoes poled by guides along the numerous waterways. You could also participate in excursions by more conventional motor launches on the lagoons. Traditional 4x4 game-viewing vehicles are used on the main islands, and night drives are available in private concession areas. Most camps and lodges also offer walking safaris, enabling you to track wildlife on foot with the help of expert guides. Alternatively you could do your game viewing by light aircraft or helicopter. Or perhaps you would like to opt for the most exotic way of exploring the Okavango − on elephant back. The Okavango Delta has been declared a World Heritage Site. It has remained one of the truly unspoiled wilderness areas of Africa – truly a place of incredible natural beauty.

Other major attractions include: The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve and Nxai Pan National Park: Imagine an area the size of Portugal, largely uninhabited by humans. Makgadikgadi is the largest dry lake in Africa, with an area of 12 000 square km. A breeding ground for aquatic birds, its waterholes provide wonderful game viewing. Due to their combined importance for wildlife migrations, these reserves were established concurrently to protect the entire ecosystem. Four-wheel drive is recommended. Several lodges and campsites cater for the fully equipped self-drive visitor. Visit the pans during both the dry and the wet season, in order to see the pans at their starkest and then witness their transformation to the wonderland forming the backdrop to dramatic migrations. The Chobe National Park: This park covers some 11 700 square km and boasts some of the greatest concentrations of game found in Africa, not least of which are the 120 000 head of elephant. Game viewing is best in the dry months (April to October), although birding peaks from November to March. Due the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, Chobe offers the safari experience of a lifetime. Although there are public camping grounds, this is essentially a wilderness area, so basic necessities should be taken along. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve: At 52 800 square km this reserve is the second largest in the world, characterised by vast plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. The main wildlife concentrations are found in the north, but if you are adventurous and completely self-reliant, you could traverse the entire reserve – an exhilarating journey of at least two days of 4x4 wilderness travelling. Undeveloped campsites are available for overnight stops. Regardless of how intrepid or well stocked you are, however, you should only travel in groups of two or more vehicles. www.botswanatourism.co.bw


Botswana

Botswana is known for its peace and tranquillity, its diverse cultures and its wonderful parks and wildlife. ‘If there were a place where one would wish that time could stand still, it would be Botswana.’ Iconic attraction: Okavango Delta

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In the heart of Botswana lies the remarkable and unique Okavango Delta, one of the most sought-after wilderness destinations in the world. A journey to the Okavango Delta – deep into Africa’s untouched interior – is like no other. Moving from wetland to dry land along the meandering palm- and papyrusfringed waterways past islands resplendent with lush vegetation and rich in wildlife, you discover the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world. During seasonal flooding, the delta swells to three times its normal size, attracting animals from miles around and creating a teeming and spectacular concentration of wildlife. You are introduced to over 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 444 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles and 1 300 species of flowering plants. Here, water safaris are enjoyed from the comfort of ‘mokoros’ – dug-out canoes poled by guides along the numerous waterways. You could also participate in excursions by more conventional motor launches on the lagoons. Traditional 4x4 game-viewing vehicles are used on the main islands, and night drives are available in private concession areas. Most camps and lodges also offer walking safaris, enabling you to track wildlife on foot with the help of expert guides. Alternatively you could do your game viewing by light aircraft or helicopter. Or perhaps you would like to opt for the most exotic way of exploring the Okavango − on elephant back. The Okavango Delta has been declared a World Heritage Site. It has remained one of the truly unspoiled wilderness areas of Africa – truly a place of incredible natural beauty.

Other major attractions include: The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve and Nxai Pan National Park: Imagine an area the size of Portugal, largely uninhabited by humans. Makgadikgadi is the largest dry lake in Africa, with an area of 12 000 square km. A breeding ground for aquatic birds, its waterholes provide wonderful game viewing. Due to their combined importance for wildlife migrations, these reserves were established concurrently to protect the entire ecosystem. Four-wheel drive is recommended. Several lodges and campsites cater for the fully equipped self-drive visitor. Visit the pans during both the dry and the wet season, in order to see the pans at their starkest and then witness their transformation to the wonderland forming the backdrop to dramatic migrations. The Chobe National Park: This park covers some 11 700 square km and boasts some of the greatest concentrations of game found in Africa, not least of which are the 120 000 head of elephant. Game viewing is best in the dry months (April to October), although birding peaks from November to March. Due the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, Chobe offers the safari experience of a lifetime. Although there are public camping grounds, this is essentially a wilderness area, so basic necessities should be taken along. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve: At 52 800 square km this reserve is the second largest in the world, characterised by vast plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. The main wildlife concentrations are found in the north, but if you are adventurous and completely self-reliant, you could traverse the entire reserve – an exhilarating journey of at least two days of 4x4 wilderness travelling. Undeveloped campsites are available for overnight stops. Regardless of how intrepid or well stocked you are, however, you should only travel in groups of two or more vehicles. www.botswanatourism.co.bw


Botswana

Botswana socio-economic statistics

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A peaceful and prosperous country, Botswana is hailed as one of Africa’s most stable democracies - an achievement reflected in the contented, friendly atmosphere which greets tourists in this, the homeland of the Batswana.

Portugal Travel Fair

13th - 17th January

Lisbon, Portugal

FITUR Travel Fair

20TH - 24th January

Madrid, Spain

A top tourist attraction is the Kalahari Desert, covering 70% of the country, while the Okavango River delta in the north boasts abundant and richly diverse wildlife.

World Wetlands Day

February

Mopipi

National Wetlands Day

February

Francistown

Meteorology Day

February

Francistown

Capital: Gaborone

BIT Milan

18th - 21st February

Milan, Italy

National Day: 30 September 1966

New York Times Travel Fair

26th - 28th February

New York

Airports: The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is in Gaborone, but the Maun and Kasane Airports up north are more popular among tourists.

ITB

10th - 14th March

Berlin, Germany

North East Letohafula

March

Francistown

Domboshaba Y Care Walk

2nd - 5th April

Domboshaba

HATAB Open Season

23rd - 24th April

Kasane

Tour de Vic Falls

April

Vic Falls, Tuli

Maun Festival

1st - 2nd May

Maun

Indaba

8th - 11th May

Durban, South Africa

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World Museum Day

18th May

National Museum

Dithuruba Cultural Festival

September

Kgosi Sechele 1 Museum

Currency: Pula

Tsodilo Hills Walk

May

JATA

24th -26th September

Tokyo, Japan

Climate: Semi-arid, hot and dry with summer rainfall. Summer temperatures can reach 44 0C, while in winter the average day temperature is 25 0C, although it turns cold at night.

Letlhafula

29th May

Botswana Craft Marketing

TOYOTA Kalahari 100KM Desert Race

24th -26th September

Gaborone

World Environment Day

June

National

World Tourism Day

27th September

National

Botswana Resource Sector Conference

29th - 30th June

Domboshaba Festival

30th September

Domboshaba

Pitso

1st July

Gaborone

Dikgafela

30th September

Kanye

Tourism investment opportunities: Lodges and activities in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Makgadikgali Walk

16th - 20th July

Makgadikgadi

Global Expo

3rd - 6th October

Gaborone

Subaru Kalahari Challenge - Bicycle Race

24th - 25th July

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

For more information: T: +267 391 3111 F: +267 395 9220 E: board@botswanatourism.co.bw www.botswanatourism.co.bw

WTM

8th - 11th November

London, UK

Tour de Tuli

August

Tuli

Pure Life Experiences

15th - 18th November

Morrocco

Batswapong Connsumer Fair

23rd - 29th August

Fairgrounds

HATAB AGM

26th -27th November

Maun

Pick N’Pay Mokolodi Scorpion

September

Mokolodi

Traditional Expo

2nd December

Gaborone

Main languages: English, Setswana Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 582 000 km2 Population: 1 798 million m (2009) Economy: Copper, Cattle and Wildlife. Diamond mining contributes 45% of the gross national income, while tourism is fast-growing.

Places to see: Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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Botswana

Botswana socio-economic statistics

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LOCATION

A peaceful and prosperous country, Botswana is hailed as one of Africa’s most stable democracies - an achievement reflected in the contented, friendly atmosphere which greets tourists in this, the homeland of the Batswana.

Portugal Travel Fair

13th - 17th January

Lisbon, Portugal

FITUR Travel Fair

20TH - 24th January

Madrid, Spain

A top tourist attraction is the Kalahari Desert, covering 70% of the country, while the Okavango River delta in the north boasts abundant and richly diverse wildlife.

World Wetlands Day

February

Mopipi

National Wetlands Day

February

Francistown

Meteorology Day

February

Francistown

Capital: Gaborone

BIT Milan

18th - 21st February

Milan, Italy

National Day: 30 September 1966

New York Times Travel Fair

26th - 28th February

New York

Airports: The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is in Gaborone, but the Maun and Kasane Airports up north are more popular among tourists.

ITB

10th - 14th March

Berlin, Germany

North East Letohafula

March

Francistown

Domboshaba Y Care Walk

2nd - 5th April

Domboshaba

HATAB Open Season

23rd - 24th April

Kasane

Tour de Vic Falls

April

Vic Falls, Tuli

Maun Festival

1st - 2nd May

Maun

Indaba

8th - 11th May

Durban, South Africa

EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

World Museum Day

18th May

National Museum

Dithuruba Cultural Festival

September

Kgosi Sechele 1 Museum

Currency: Pula

Tsodilo Hills Walk

May

JATA

24th -26th September

Tokyo, Japan

Climate: Semi-arid, hot and dry with summer rainfall. Summer temperatures can reach 44 0C, while in winter the average day temperature is 25 0C, although it turns cold at night.

Letlhafula

29th May

Botswana Craft Marketing

TOYOTA Kalahari 100KM Desert Race

24th -26th September

Gaborone

World Environment Day

June

National

World Tourism Day

27th September

National

Botswana Resource Sector Conference

29th - 30th June

Domboshaba Festival

30th September

Domboshaba

Pitso

1st July

Gaborone

Dikgafela

30th September

Kanye

Tourism investment opportunities: Lodges and activities in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Makgadikgali Walk

16th - 20th July

Makgadikgadi

Global Expo

3rd - 6th October

Gaborone

Subaru Kalahari Challenge - Bicycle Race

24th - 25th July

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

For more information: T: +267 391 3111 F: +267 395 9220 E: board@botswanatourism.co.bw www.botswanatourism.co.bw

WTM

8th - 11th November

London, UK

Tour de Tuli

August

Tuli

Pure Life Experiences

15th - 18th November

Morrocco

Batswapong Connsumer Fair

23rd - 29th August

Fairgrounds

HATAB AGM

26th -27th November

Maun

Pick N’Pay Mokolodi Scorpion

September

Mokolodi

Traditional Expo

2nd December

Gaborone

Main languages: English, Setswana Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 582 000 km2 Population: 1 798 million m (2009) Economy: Copper, Cattle and Wildlife. Diamond mining contributes 45% of the gross national income, while tourism is fast-growing.

Places to see: Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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DR Congo

With five Unesco biospheres, whole ecosystems of teeming wildlife and huge untapped mineral capacity, the DRC’s potential is breathtaking. Iconic attraction: Congo River

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The Congo river and its tributaries flow throughout the entire Congo, one of the largest rainforest areas in the world. The river has the second largest flow and is the deepest in the world, at depths of more than 230 m. Both the river and the presentday Democratic Republic of the Congo were named after the ancient Kingdom of Congo that lay at the mouth of the river. Nearly the entire river is readily navigable in sections, especially between Kinshasa and Kisangani. The river contains no fewer than 30 waterfalls and thousands of islands, at least 50 of which are more than 20 km long. Flowing for the most part near the equator, the tropical rainforest bordering on the river is home to hundreds of wildlife species, including hippos, water snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, elephants, and 200 fish species. Other areas of the surrounding land are rich in long grass which attracts animals such as buffalos, antelopes, zebras, gazelles and giraffes. The region is biologically diverse, forming a huge watershed. The forest is threatened by illegal logging and the poaching of large mammals, but two summits that brought together the nations of the Congo basin have committed its participants to forest conservation and have led to the establishment of wildlife preserves. People living along the river and in the river basin make a livelihood from fishing, and use the water to irrigate their peanut, cotton, tobacco, and sugarcane crops. A cruise along the Congo River is an experience like no other. If you respect nature and the local culture and would truly like to get to know the country and its people, the DR Congo awaits you!


DR Congo

With five Unesco biospheres, whole ecosystems of teeming wildlife and huge untapped mineral capacity, the DRC’s potential is breathtaking. Iconic attraction: Congo River

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The Congo river and its tributaries flow throughout the entire Congo, one of the largest rainforest areas in the world. The river has the second largest flow and is the deepest in the world, at depths of more than 230 m. Both the river and the presentday Democratic Republic of the Congo were named after the ancient Kingdom of Congo that lay at the mouth of the river. Nearly the entire river is readily navigable in sections, especially between Kinshasa and Kisangani. The river contains no fewer than 30 waterfalls and thousands of islands, at least 50 of which are more than 20 km long. Flowing for the most part near the equator, the tropical rainforest bordering on the river is home to hundreds of wildlife species, including hippos, water snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, elephants, and 200 fish species. Other areas of the surrounding land are rich in long grass which attracts animals such as buffalos, antelopes, zebras, gazelles and giraffes. The region is biologically diverse, forming a huge watershed. The forest is threatened by illegal logging and the poaching of large mammals, but two summits that brought together the nations of the Congo basin have committed its participants to forest conservation and have led to the establishment of wildlife preserves. People living along the river and in the river basin make a livelihood from fishing, and use the water to irrigate their peanut, cotton, tobacco, and sugarcane crops. A cruise along the Congo River is an experience like no other. If you respect nature and the local culture and would truly like to get to know the country and its people, the DR Congo awaits you!


DR Congo

Other major attractions include:

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DR Congo socio-economic statistics

Kinshasa: Sprawled along the Congo River, Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a population of 10 076 099 inhabitants. It ties with Johannesburg for the status of the third largest city on the continent, and is often considered the second largest francophone city in the world after Paris. Interesting sites to visit in and around Kinshasa are the Zongo Falls, Lake Ma Vallee and the Musee National de Kinshasa.

One of the largest countries in Africa, the DR Congo boasts the second largest rain forest in the world and is home to Africa’s most powerful river, the Congo River, and five World Heritage Sites. It is also known for its rare animal species, including the chimpanzee, the bonobo, the mountain gorilla, the okapi and the white rhino.

The Kivu Provinces: Bukavu and Goma are the main towns of this Great Lakes region. With an average altitude of 1 500 metres, the climate is pleasant and temperate. The area boasts the highest lake in Africa, Lake Kivu, which lies 1 460 metres above sea level and form part of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. In the impressive Virunga mountain range there are eight volcanoes, of which two – Nyiracongo and Nyamulagira – are still active. Its snow-covered peak rising to 5 119 m, Mount Ruwenzori is an awesome sight. The national parks of Virunga and Kahuzi Biega are home to numerous plant and animal species: in addition to abundant flora, you will find lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo, mountain gorilla, chimpanzee as well as a rich variety of birdlife in the bamboo forests. You could participate in safaris, boating, rafting or hiking through the dense rainforest. Kahuzi-Biega is also one of the last refuges of the rare Eastern Lowland Gorilla, and was the site where Dian Fossey first studied this gentle giant. Spending a little time with one of nature’s endangered species and also one of mankind’s closest relatives can be the experience of a lifetime! In 1980, the park was named a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Airports: N’djili, Kisangani, Lubumbashi

www.freewebs.com/rdcongotourisme/english.htm

Capital: Kinshasa National Day: 30 June 1960 Main languages: French, Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili, Tshiluba Neighbouring countries: Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania (Lake Tanganyika) Time zone: GMT +1 to +2 Size: 2 345 095 km2 Population: 64 772 million (estimate) Economy: The biggest producer of cobalt ore in the world, and a major producer of copper and industrial diamonds. Currency: Congo Franc (CDF) Climate: Tropical, hot and humid. Day temperatures reach around 30 0C. Places to see: Kinshasa, Congo River by boat, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Kivu, Kahuzi-Biega National Park Tourism investment opportunities: World Heritage Sites For more information: T: +243 81 509 1625/28 F: +243 81 509 1625 E: ont_rdcongo@yahoo.fr www.freewebs.com/rdcongotourisme/english.htm

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World Tourism Day

27th September

National


DR Congo

Other major attractions include:

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DR Congo socio-economic statistics

Kinshasa: Sprawled along the Congo River, Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a population of 10 076 099 inhabitants. It ties with Johannesburg for the status of the third largest city on the continent, and is often considered the second largest francophone city in the world after Paris. Interesting sites to visit in and around Kinshasa are the Zongo Falls, Lake Ma Vallee and the Musee National de Kinshasa.

One of the largest countries in Africa, the DR Congo boasts the second largest rain forest in the world and is home to Africa’s most powerful river, the Congo River, and five World Heritage Sites. It is also known for its rare animal species, including the chimpanzee, the bonobo, the mountain gorilla, the okapi and the white rhino.

The Kivu Provinces: Bukavu and Goma are the main towns of this Great Lakes region. With an average altitude of 1 500 metres, the climate is pleasant and temperate. The area boasts the highest lake in Africa, Lake Kivu, which lies 1 460 metres above sea level and form part of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. In the impressive Virunga mountain range there are eight volcanoes, of which two – Nyiracongo and Nyamulagira – are still active. Its snow-covered peak rising to 5 119 m, Mount Ruwenzori is an awesome sight. The national parks of Virunga and Kahuzi Biega are home to numerous plant and animal species: in addition to abundant flora, you will find lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo, mountain gorilla, chimpanzee as well as a rich variety of birdlife in the bamboo forests. You could participate in safaris, boating, rafting or hiking through the dense rainforest. Kahuzi-Biega is also one of the last refuges of the rare Eastern Lowland Gorilla, and was the site where Dian Fossey first studied this gentle giant. Spending a little time with one of nature’s endangered species and also one of mankind’s closest relatives can be the experience of a lifetime! In 1980, the park was named a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Airports: N’djili, Kisangani, Lubumbashi

www.freewebs.com/rdcongotourisme/english.htm

Capital: Kinshasa National Day: 30 June 1960 Main languages: French, Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili, Tshiluba Neighbouring countries: Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania (Lake Tanganyika) Time zone: GMT +1 to +2 Size: 2 345 095 km2 Population: 64 772 million (estimate) Economy: The biggest producer of cobalt ore in the world, and a major producer of copper and industrial diamonds. Currency: Congo Franc (CDF) Climate: Tropical, hot and humid. Day temperatures reach around 30 0C. Places to see: Kinshasa, Congo River by boat, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Kivu, Kahuzi-Biega National Park Tourism investment opportunities: World Heritage Sites For more information: T: +243 81 509 1625/28 F: +243 81 509 1625 E: ont_rdcongo@yahoo.fr www.freewebs.com/rdcongotourisme/english.htm

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World Tourism Day

27th September

National


Lesotho

This rugged country, with its majestic beauty and serene simplicity, is described as the ‘Mountain Kingdom’ or the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’. Iconic attraction: Thaba Bosiu

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Thaba-Bosiu, the most famous historical site in Lesotho and the country’s greatest national monument, is a flat-topped mountain about 20 km east of presentday Maseru. It was at this historical and magical place that King Moshoeshoe I established his citadel, and together with it the Basotho nation that has since spread to all corners of the mountain kingdom and beyond. To flee the attackers that had been terrorising his people, Moshoeshoe travelled from Butha-Buthe to Thaba Bosiu in 1824 in search of a place that would be practically impenetrable. Thaba Bosiu was such a place, its summit surrounded by near-vertical cliffs, with excellent grazing and freshwater springs to be found at the top. Today, substantial remains of the king’s dwellings and villages, and of the royal cemetery, have been left for all to experience and marvel at, and visitors are warmly welcomed. Buses and taxis run from the southern bus rank in Maseru to the tourist office at the base of the mountain. From here, visitors have an easy climb to the summit plateau and the remains of Moshoeshoe’s village. A guide will accompany you to the top and enthral you with stories of the long-ago origins and wonderful history of this great nation. There are also sweeping views from the summit, for example of the Qiloane pinnacle − the inspiration for the top-knot on the traditional Basotho hat. Come, and allow yourself to be drawn into this mystical place.


Lesotho

This rugged country, with its majestic beauty and serene simplicity, is described as the ‘Mountain Kingdom’ or the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’. Iconic attraction: Thaba Bosiu

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Thaba-Bosiu, the most famous historical site in Lesotho and the country’s greatest national monument, is a flat-topped mountain about 20 km east of presentday Maseru. It was at this historical and magical place that King Moshoeshoe I established his citadel, and together with it the Basotho nation that has since spread to all corners of the mountain kingdom and beyond. To flee the attackers that had been terrorising his people, Moshoeshoe travelled from Butha-Buthe to Thaba Bosiu in 1824 in search of a place that would be practically impenetrable. Thaba Bosiu was such a place, its summit surrounded by near-vertical cliffs, with excellent grazing and freshwater springs to be found at the top. Today, substantial remains of the king’s dwellings and villages, and of the royal cemetery, have been left for all to experience and marvel at, and visitors are warmly welcomed. Buses and taxis run from the southern bus rank in Maseru to the tourist office at the base of the mountain. From here, visitors have an easy climb to the summit plateau and the remains of Moshoeshoe’s village. A guide will accompany you to the top and enthral you with stories of the long-ago origins and wonderful history of this great nation. There are also sweeping views from the summit, for example of the Qiloane pinnacle − the inspiration for the top-knot on the traditional Basotho hat. Come, and allow yourself to be drawn into this mystical place.


Lesotho

Other major attractions include:

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Lesotho socio-economic statistics

Maseru: The capital of Lesotho, Maseru is located on the Caledon River, bordering South Africa. It is Lesotho’s only sizable city, with a population of approximately 227 000. Maseru is a Sesotho word meaning ‘place of the red sandstone’. Increasing urbanisation has resulted in its rapid growth over the past few years. Surrounded by sprawling shantytowns, it has very high unemployment, but its centre is compact, smart and fashionable. There are good shops, restaurants and hotels, and the people are vibrant and friendly. Most of the action happens on Kingsway, the main road. Lively flea markets and informal traders give the town an authentically African feel. The Sehlabathebe National Park: Situated in the southeast corner of Lesotho, the main attraction of this spectacular park is its exceptional peace and solitude. The oldest nature reserve in Lesotho, with an average elevation of 2 400 m, it is remote and rugged. Characterised by its strange sandstone formations and striking mountains, it is almost inaccessible, but incredibly beautiful − a place of shy antelope and rare birds. You will need a 4x4 vehicle, and will also be able to enjoy wonderful hikes and pony treks, although it is always a good idea to take a guide along. Fixed accommodation and good camping facilities are available.

Lush and breathtakingly beautiful, Lesotho is aptly known as “The Mountain Kingdom”. It boasts some of the highest and most scenic mountain peaks in Southern Africa, as well as a collection of top-class resorts and lodges – and even snow!

Katse Dam: The Katse Dam forms part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. It is a concrete arch dam on the Malibamat’so River, and Africa’s second largest dam. From the Mafika Lisiu Pass, enjoy sweeping views of the 45 km of flooded valleys. The centrepiece of the project is the dam wall − at 185 m the highest in Africa. The Katse Lodge was previously used predominantly by engineers, but is now attracting more visitors, and an area of the lake is being set aside for water sports.

Climate: The rainy season stretches from October to April, with summer maximum temperatures of 32 0C and higher. In winter, minimums drop below freezing and snow is common.

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Places to see: Maseru, Thaba Bosiu, Sehlabathebe National Park, Katse Dam in the Malibamatso Valley, Thabana Ntlenyana Tourism

Junior Roof Motorcycle and Quads

Apirl

LORA

Tour de Lesotho Mountain Biking Race

TBC

Lesotho Sun

Tour de Lesotho Mountain Biking Race

TBC

Lesotho Sun

Maseru Bazaar

Every Last Saturday

LTDC

Mohokare Golf Classic

23 - 26 October

Maseru Sun

Roof of Africa (Motorcycles)

26 - 29 November

Lesotho Off Road

Durham Link Canoe Race

TBC

Lesotho Durham Link

www.ltdc.org.ls

Capital: Maseru National Day: 4 October 1966 Airport: Moshoeshoe International Airport at Maseru Main languages: English, Sesotho Neighbouring country: Surrounded by South Africa Time zone: GMT + 2 Size: 30 355 km2 Population: 2 496 million (2009) Economy: Multi-sectoral, light industry in textiles and food processing, and also sells water to South Africa from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Currency: Maloti, South African Rand (ZAR) also accepted

Investment opportunities: Resorts, accommodation in the Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: +266 22 31 2238 F: +266 22 31 0189 E: ltdc@ltdc.org.ls www.ltdc.org.ls


Lesotho

Other major attractions include:

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Lesotho socio-economic statistics

Maseru: The capital of Lesotho, Maseru is located on the Caledon River, bordering South Africa. It is Lesotho’s only sizable city, with a population of approximately 227 000. Maseru is a Sesotho word meaning ‘place of the red sandstone’. Increasing urbanisation has resulted in its rapid growth over the past few years. Surrounded by sprawling shantytowns, it has very high unemployment, but its centre is compact, smart and fashionable. There are good shops, restaurants and hotels, and the people are vibrant and friendly. Most of the action happens on Kingsway, the main road. Lively flea markets and informal traders give the town an authentically African feel. The Sehlabathebe National Park: Situated in the southeast corner of Lesotho, the main attraction of this spectacular park is its exceptional peace and solitude. The oldest nature reserve in Lesotho, with an average elevation of 2 400 m, it is remote and rugged. Characterised by its strange sandstone formations and striking mountains, it is almost inaccessible, but incredibly beautiful − a place of shy antelope and rare birds. You will need a 4x4 vehicle, and will also be able to enjoy wonderful hikes and pony treks, although it is always a good idea to take a guide along. Fixed accommodation and good camping facilities are available.

Lush and breathtakingly beautiful, Lesotho is aptly known as “The Mountain Kingdom”. It boasts some of the highest and most scenic mountain peaks in Southern Africa, as well as a collection of top-class resorts and lodges – and even snow!

Katse Dam: The Katse Dam forms part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. It is a concrete arch dam on the Malibamat’so River, and Africa’s second largest dam. From the Mafika Lisiu Pass, enjoy sweeping views of the 45 km of flooded valleys. The centrepiece of the project is the dam wall − at 185 m the highest in Africa. The Katse Lodge was previously used predominantly by engineers, but is now attracting more visitors, and an area of the lake is being set aside for water sports.

Climate: The rainy season stretches from October to April, with summer maximum temperatures of 32 0C and higher. In winter, minimums drop below freezing and snow is common.

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Places to see: Maseru, Thaba Bosiu, Sehlabathebe National Park, Katse Dam in the Malibamatso Valley, Thabana Ntlenyana Tourism

Junior Roof Motorcycle and Quads

Apirl

LORA

Tour de Lesotho Mountain Biking Race

TBC

Lesotho Sun

Tour de Lesotho Mountain Biking Race

TBC

Lesotho Sun

Maseru Bazaar

Every Last Saturday

LTDC

Mohokare Golf Classic

23 - 26 October

Maseru Sun

Roof of Africa (Motorcycles)

26 - 29 November

Lesotho Off Road

Durham Link Canoe Race

TBC

Lesotho Durham Link

www.ltdc.org.ls

Capital: Maseru National Day: 4 October 1966 Airport: Moshoeshoe International Airport at Maseru Main languages: English, Sesotho Neighbouring country: Surrounded by South Africa Time zone: GMT + 2 Size: 30 355 km2 Population: 2 496 million (2009) Economy: Multi-sectoral, light industry in textiles and food processing, and also sells water to South Africa from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Currency: Maloti, South African Rand (ZAR) also accepted

Investment opportunities: Resorts, accommodation in the Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: +266 22 31 2238 F: +266 22 31 0189 E: ltdc@ltdc.org.ls www.ltdc.org.ls


Madagascar

Madagascar is like no other place on earth. A hundred and sixty-five million years ago, during the break-up of the prehistoric supercontinent, the island of Madagascar was left isolated. This isolation allowed the island’s prehistoric fauna and flora to evolve in their own unique way. Today, more than 80 percent of all the wildlife here occurs nowhere else. Iconic attraction: The Madagascar lemurs

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Perhaps the most familiar, and endearing, of Madagascar’s endemic creatures are the lemurs, one of the first primate families to evolve and one that is now restricted to Madagascar. They display a range of interesting behaviours, from singing like a whale (the indri) to sashaying across the sand like a ballet dancer (the sifaka). The name is derived from the Latin word lemures, meaning spirits − a name they earned due to the ghostly vocalisations, reflective eyes and nocturnal habits of some species. Today, Madagascar is home to nearly 60 taxa of lemurs, ranging in size from the 25gram pygmy mouse lemur to the 72 cm high indri. All these species are endemic to Madagascar, giving the country the second highest number of primate species in the world. All the lemur species are endangered, due mainly to habitat destruction and hunting. Madagascar’s lemurs are of global importance. Although only one of 92 countries with wild primate populations, Madagascar is solely responsible for 21 percent of all primate genera and 36 percent of all primate families, making it the single highest priority for primate conservation. Lemur-watching tours will take you to the very best wildlife reserves the island has to offer, such as Berenty, Isalo, Ranomafana and Andasibe. And while the lemurs will no doubt take centre stage, you can be assured that the supporting cast of birds, reptiles and other wildlife will not be ignored.


Madagascar

Madagascar is like no other place on earth. A hundred and sixty-five million years ago, during the break-up of the prehistoric supercontinent, the island of Madagascar was left isolated. This isolation allowed the island’s prehistoric fauna and flora to evolve in their own unique way. Today, more than 80 percent of all the wildlife here occurs nowhere else. Iconic attraction: The Madagascar lemurs

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Perhaps the most familiar, and endearing, of Madagascar’s endemic creatures are the lemurs, one of the first primate families to evolve and one that is now restricted to Madagascar. They display a range of interesting behaviours, from singing like a whale (the indri) to sashaying across the sand like a ballet dancer (the sifaka). The name is derived from the Latin word lemures, meaning spirits − a name they earned due to the ghostly vocalisations, reflective eyes and nocturnal habits of some species. Today, Madagascar is home to nearly 60 taxa of lemurs, ranging in size from the 25gram pygmy mouse lemur to the 72 cm high indri. All these species are endemic to Madagascar, giving the country the second highest number of primate species in the world. All the lemur species are endangered, due mainly to habitat destruction and hunting. Madagascar’s lemurs are of global importance. Although only one of 92 countries with wild primate populations, Madagascar is solely responsible for 21 percent of all primate genera and 36 percent of all primate families, making it the single highest priority for primate conservation. Lemur-watching tours will take you to the very best wildlife reserves the island has to offer, such as Berenty, Isalo, Ranomafana and Andasibe. And while the lemurs will no doubt take centre stage, you can be assured that the supporting cast of birds, reptiles and other wildlife will not be ignored.


Madagascar

Other major attractions include:

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Antananarivo: Although this thriving capital has caught up with modern times, it has retained its natural charms. The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga and the Queen’s Palace are but a few of the attractions worthy of a visit. Nature lovers will find the hills and nature parks of Antananarivo ideal for nature tourism and adventure sports. You could take a trip to Tsingy de Bemaraha, where the limestone landscape forms wonderful hiking trails. Or you could enjoy canoeing along the spectacular canyon of the Manambolo River, inhabited by rare and endangered species. The Ankarana Reserve (Réserve Spéciale De L’ankàrana): The Ankarana Reserve is a small plateau with elevations exceeding 1 220 m above sea level, its limestone up to 150 million years old. The rugged relief and dense vegetation have helped to protect the region from human intrusion. The plateau slopes gently to the east, but to the west ends abruptly in the ‘Wall of Ankarana’, a sheer cliff that extends for 25 km and rises as high as 280 m. Fields of razor-sharp pinnacles carpet the upper portion of the massif, while below, there are mysterious caves, caverns and sheer cliffs, where sunken tropical forests offer a sanctuary to rare wildlife. Snorkelling at Ifaty: Ifaty is the ideal place to rest between lemur viewing and mountain hiking. Located north of the capital Tuléar, it is composed of several Vezo villages. The coral reef bordering the coastline is nearly 100 km long and forms the ideal setting for a plethora of aquatic sports. It is easily accessible, and you could spend long balmy days frolicking in the crystal clear water washing onto long beaches of fine white sand. Choose between fun in dug-out canoes, snorkelling or diving along the reef, or simply relaxing. If you are an avid diver, you will have the opportunity to explore unchartered reef. www.madagascar-tourisme.com

Madagascar socio-economic statistics East of Africa, in the Indian Ocean lies this pieces of earth, split off from the African mainland millions of years ago. As an island uninhabited until seafarers from Southeast Asia and Africa arrived 1500 to 2 000 years ago – Madagascar’s isolation has preserved unique species such as the endangered lemur and ancient boabab trees.

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Celebrating the anniversary of Independance

June

National

Fanompoambe

July

Majunga

Karitaky

3rd July

Isalo (Ranohira)

Capital: Antananarivo

Isalo Raid

24th - 25th July

Isalo (Ranohira)

National Day: 26 October 1960

Libertalia Festival 510 th anniversary of the

Airport: Ivato International Airport

of the Bay of Diego discovery

August

Diego Suarez

Main languages: French, Malagasy, English

Salon d’ Andilana - Cap Dore

4th August

Nosy Be

Time zone: GMT +3

Wine Festival

20th - 22nd of August

Haute Matsiatra

Size: 587 051 km2

(Fianarantsoa and Ambalavao)

Population: 20 754 million (2009)

Tsolabe

August

Analanjirofo

Economy: Fishing, Forestry, Copper, Cattle and Wildlife are pillars of an agriculture – based economy and it is the biggest vanilla producer in the world.

Volambetohaka

6th August

Amaron’i Mania

Zagnaharibe

August

Sainte Marie Island

Currency: Malagasy Ariary (MGA)

World Tourism Day

27th September

National

Climate: Rainy season November to April with average summer temperature of 20°C, which drops to just below 15°C in winter.

Asarabe - repentance ceremony

September

Foulpointe

Places to see: Antananarivo, Avenue du Baobab at Morondava, Reserve speciale de L’a narana, Snorkeling at Ifaty, Mangily and Madio Rano. Tourism investment opportunities: World Heritage Sites For more information: T: +261 20 226 6115 F: +261 20 226 6098 E:ontm@moov.mg / direction@ontm.mg www.madagascar-tourism.com

Contemporary Dance “I’Trotra”

September

Antananarivo

International Marathon of Antananarivo

5th September

Antananarivo

Angaredona

September - October

Antananarivo

Marathon of Diego

26th September

Diego Suarez

Jazz Annual Vestival - MADAJAZZCAR

October

Antananarivo

Actors and Initiatives for Sustainable Development Forum 28th to 31st October

Antananarivo

Festival Jerijery

October - November

Antananarivo

Kapinjy Festival

September

Menabe

Festival Avy letchi

November - December

Tematave

International Tourism Show - enjoy Madagascar

2nd- 5th December


Madagascar

Other major attractions include:

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Antananarivo: Although this thriving capital has caught up with modern times, it has retained its natural charms. The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga and the Queen’s Palace are but a few of the attractions worthy of a visit. Nature lovers will find the hills and nature parks of Antananarivo ideal for nature tourism and adventure sports. You could take a trip to Tsingy de Bemaraha, where the limestone landscape forms wonderful hiking trails. Or you could enjoy canoeing along the spectacular canyon of the Manambolo River, inhabited by rare and endangered species. The Ankarana Reserve (Réserve Spéciale De L’ankàrana): The Ankarana Reserve is a small plateau with elevations exceeding 1 220 m above sea level, its limestone up to 150 million years old. The rugged relief and dense vegetation have helped to protect the region from human intrusion. The plateau slopes gently to the east, but to the west ends abruptly in the ‘Wall of Ankarana’, a sheer cliff that extends for 25 km and rises as high as 280 m. Fields of razor-sharp pinnacles carpet the upper portion of the massif, while below, there are mysterious caves, caverns and sheer cliffs, where sunken tropical forests offer a sanctuary to rare wildlife. Snorkelling at Ifaty: Ifaty is the ideal place to rest between lemur viewing and mountain hiking. Located north of the capital Tuléar, it is composed of several Vezo villages. The coral reef bordering the coastline is nearly 100 km long and forms the ideal setting for a plethora of aquatic sports. It is easily accessible, and you could spend long balmy days frolicking in the crystal clear water washing onto long beaches of fine white sand. Choose between fun in dug-out canoes, snorkelling or diving along the reef, or simply relaxing. If you are an avid diver, you will have the opportunity to explore unchartered reef. www.madagascar-tourisme.com

Madagascar socio-economic statistics East of Africa, in the Indian Ocean lies this pieces of earth, split off from the African mainland millions of years ago. As an island uninhabited until seafarers from Southeast Asia and Africa arrived 1500 to 2 000 years ago – Madagascar’s isolation has preserved unique species such as the endangered lemur and ancient boabab trees.

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Celebrating the anniversary of Independance

June

National

Fanompoambe

July

Majunga

Karitaky

3rd July

Isalo (Ranohira)

Capital: Antananarivo

Isalo Raid

24th - 25th July

Isalo (Ranohira)

National Day: 26 October 1960

Libertalia Festival 510 th anniversary of the

Airport: Ivato International Airport

of the Bay of Diego discovery

August

Diego Suarez

Main languages: French, Malagasy, English

Salon d’ Andilana - Cap Dore

4th August

Nosy Be

Time zone: GMT +3

Wine Festival

20th - 22nd of August

Haute Matsiatra

Size: 587 051 km2

(Fianarantsoa and Ambalavao)

Population: 20 754 million (2009)

Tsolabe

August

Analanjirofo

Economy: Fishing, Forestry, Copper, Cattle and Wildlife are pillars of an agriculture – based economy and it is the biggest vanilla producer in the world.

Volambetohaka

6th August

Amaron’i Mania

Zagnaharibe

August

Sainte Marie Island

Currency: Malagasy Ariary (MGA)

World Tourism Day

27th September

National

Climate: Rainy season November to April with average summer temperature of 20°C, which drops to just below 15°C in winter.

Asarabe - repentance ceremony

September

Foulpointe

Places to see: Antananarivo, Avenue du Baobab at Morondava, Reserve speciale de L’a narana, Snorkeling at Ifaty, Mangily and Madio Rano. Tourism investment opportunities: World Heritage Sites For more information: T: +261 20 226 6115 F: +261 20 226 6098 E:ontm@moov.mg / direction@ontm.mg www.madagascar-tourism.com

Contemporary Dance “I’Trotra”

September

Antananarivo

International Marathon of Antananarivo

5th September

Antananarivo

Angaredona

September - October

Antananarivo

Marathon of Diego

26th September

Diego Suarez

Jazz Annual Vestival - MADAJAZZCAR

October

Antananarivo

Actors and Initiatives for Sustainable Development Forum 28th to 31st October

Antananarivo

Festival Jerijery

October - November

Antananarivo

Kapinjy Festival

September

Menabe

Festival Avy letchi

November - December

Tematave

International Tourism Show - enjoy Madagascar

2nd- 5th December


Malawi

‘The Warm Heart of Africa is beating faster now and the legendary welcome is there for all who wish to experience the unrivalled combination of lake, landscape and wildlife in one of Africa’s most beautiful countries.’ Iconic attraction: Lake Malawi

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Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake in the Great Rift Valley system, estimated to be between 40 000 and two million years old. It is around 570 km long 75 km wide at its widest point, with a total surface area of about 29 600 square km. The third largest lake in Africa, it occupies a fifth of Malawi. It is also the second deepest lake in Africa, its clear tropical waters teeming with more fish species than any other lake on earth. Bordering the lake is the Lake Malawi National Park, the world’s first freshwater national park and a World Heritage Site. Countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied here than anywhere else in the world. Boats can be hired and the fish feed directly from one’s hand. Away from the lake, there are baboons, antelope and hyrax, as well as spectacular birdlife. The lake offers great opportunities for sporting activities like kayaking, snorkelling and scuba-diving. Although Lake Malawi is a major tourist attraction, the authorities have guarded against over-commercialisation, so visitors can enjoy long stretches of uninhabited golden lakeshore. Although there are settlements, hotels, campsites and historical sites along the southern shore, the northern shore has remained largely untouched. The lake contains a number of small islands, all located in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Although preserved in their natural state, some of them have been developed for eco-tourism. The best time to travel to Lake Malawi is in the dry season, from April to November. Which gives you ample opportunity to visit this fascinating place.


Malawi

‘The Warm Heart of Africa is beating faster now and the legendary welcome is there for all who wish to experience the unrivalled combination of lake, landscape and wildlife in one of Africa’s most beautiful countries.’ Iconic attraction: Lake Malawi

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Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake in the Great Rift Valley system, estimated to be between 40 000 and two million years old. It is around 570 km long 75 km wide at its widest point, with a total surface area of about 29 600 square km. The third largest lake in Africa, it occupies a fifth of Malawi. It is also the second deepest lake in Africa, its clear tropical waters teeming with more fish species than any other lake on earth. Bordering the lake is the Lake Malawi National Park, the world’s first freshwater national park and a World Heritage Site. Countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied here than anywhere else in the world. Boats can be hired and the fish feed directly from one’s hand. Away from the lake, there are baboons, antelope and hyrax, as well as spectacular birdlife. The lake offers great opportunities for sporting activities like kayaking, snorkelling and scuba-diving. Although Lake Malawi is a major tourist attraction, the authorities have guarded against over-commercialisation, so visitors can enjoy long stretches of uninhabited golden lakeshore. Although there are settlements, hotels, campsites and historical sites along the southern shore, the northern shore has remained largely untouched. The lake contains a number of small islands, all located in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Although preserved in their natural state, some of them have been developed for eco-tourism. The best time to travel to Lake Malawi is in the dry season, from April to November. Which gives you ample opportunity to visit this fascinating place.


Malawi

Other major attractions include:

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Malawi socio-economic statistics

Nyika National Park: Malawi’s largest park, this is one of the most outstanding destinations in Africa. Nyika is a wonderland of flowers, including ground orchids, proteas, irises and many more. The park has a scale of its own and is home to vast herds of eland, the largest of the antelope. Uniquely, horseback safaris are offered here, and there is no thrill like that of riding through a herd of zebra or roan antelope. The eastern edge of the plateau forms the wall of the Great Rift Valley. You could hire a mountain bike, or hike all the way down to Livingstonia, which is the best way to appreciate Nyika’s scale without overlooking the exquisite detail. Chongoni Rock Art: Situated within a cluster of forested hills and covering an area of 126 square km, high up against the plateau of central Malawi, the 127 sites of this area feature the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa. They reflect the comparatively scarce tradition of farmer rock art, as well as paintings by BaTwa hunter-gatherers who inhabited the area from the late Stone Age. Chewa agriculturalists, whose ancestors lived here from the late Iron Age, practised rock painting until well into the 20th century.

Called “the warm heart of Africa”, Malawi is a paradise of abundant wildlife, waterfalls and lakes. Most famous for the crystal-clear Lake Malawi and the rugged terrain of the Great Rift Valley, the country offers unforgettable travelling extremes.

Currency: Malawi Kwacha (MK)

Mount Mulanje: The bare rock flanks of this mountain tower to almost 3 000 m. Lying east of Blantyre, it is easily accessible. You could drive around the entire foot of the mountain in a day, or you could experience it more intimately by climbing and camping on the slopes, taking comparatively gentle walks or attempting some more demanding climbs. Camping equipment and the services of a guide can be hired. There is plenty of wildlife, from the klipspringer − a tiny antelope − to various other small mammals and, of course, a large variety of birds.

Climate: Hot in the low-lying south, moderate in the northern highlands. In summer, the day temperatures are 30 °C+, and in winter they drop to 16 °C.

www.visitmalawi.mw

Capital: Lilongwe Blantyre is the commercial and industrial centre National Day: 6 July 1964 Airports: Kamuzu International Airport (Lilongwe), Chileka (Blantyre) Main languages: English, Chichewa Neighbouring countries: Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 118 484 km2 Population: 13 077 million (2008 census) Economy: Agriculture – tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton and coffee – bring in 90% of export revenues.

Places to see: Lake Malawi National Park, Chongoni Rock Art Area, Mulanje Mountain, Liwonde Nyika and Kasungu National Parks, Lengwe, Majete and Nkhotakota Game Reserves Tourism investment opportunities: Accommodation in Liwonde National Park, Cape Maclear, hotels, and Nyika conservancy For more information: T: +265 1771 181 F: +265 1770 650 E: info@visitmalawi.mw www.visitmalawi.mw

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

Chilimika

Jan (every New year)

Mother Tongue Day celebrations

21st February

Chizanyala – Gule Wa Mkulu Festival (1ST of its kind)

5th June

Lake Malawi International Yachting Marathon

First Week of July

Porters Race

Early July

Kulamba Chewa Ceremony

Early August

Hora Mountain Traditional Festival

August

Bwato Race

End of August

National Tourism Week

20th -27th September

Mulhakho wa Ahlomwe

September

Vimbuza Festival

September

Gonapamuhanya

September/October

Kyangonde Festival

September/October

Malawi International Film Festival (MIFF)

September/ October

Lake of Stars Music Festival

October

LOCATION National

National


Malawi

Other major attractions include:

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Malawi socio-economic statistics

Nyika National Park: Malawi’s largest park, this is one of the most outstanding destinations in Africa. Nyika is a wonderland of flowers, including ground orchids, proteas, irises and many more. The park has a scale of its own and is home to vast herds of eland, the largest of the antelope. Uniquely, horseback safaris are offered here, and there is no thrill like that of riding through a herd of zebra or roan antelope. The eastern edge of the plateau forms the wall of the Great Rift Valley. You could hire a mountain bike, or hike all the way down to Livingstonia, which is the best way to appreciate Nyika’s scale without overlooking the exquisite detail. Chongoni Rock Art: Situated within a cluster of forested hills and covering an area of 126 square km, high up against the plateau of central Malawi, the 127 sites of this area feature the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa. They reflect the comparatively scarce tradition of farmer rock art, as well as paintings by BaTwa hunter-gatherers who inhabited the area from the late Stone Age. Chewa agriculturalists, whose ancestors lived here from the late Iron Age, practised rock painting until well into the 20th century.

Called “the warm heart of Africa”, Malawi is a paradise of abundant wildlife, waterfalls and lakes. Most famous for the crystal-clear Lake Malawi and the rugged terrain of the Great Rift Valley, the country offers unforgettable travelling extremes.

Currency: Malawi Kwacha (MK)

Mount Mulanje: The bare rock flanks of this mountain tower to almost 3 000 m. Lying east of Blantyre, it is easily accessible. You could drive around the entire foot of the mountain in a day, or you could experience it more intimately by climbing and camping on the slopes, taking comparatively gentle walks or attempting some more demanding climbs. Camping equipment and the services of a guide can be hired. There is plenty of wildlife, from the klipspringer − a tiny antelope − to various other small mammals and, of course, a large variety of birds.

Climate: Hot in the low-lying south, moderate in the northern highlands. In summer, the day temperatures are 30 °C+, and in winter they drop to 16 °C.

www.visitmalawi.mw

Capital: Lilongwe Blantyre is the commercial and industrial centre National Day: 6 July 1964 Airports: Kamuzu International Airport (Lilongwe), Chileka (Blantyre) Main languages: English, Chichewa Neighbouring countries: Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 118 484 km2 Population: 13 077 million (2008 census) Economy: Agriculture – tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton and coffee – bring in 90% of export revenues.

Places to see: Lake Malawi National Park, Chongoni Rock Art Area, Mulanje Mountain, Liwonde Nyika and Kasungu National Parks, Lengwe, Majete and Nkhotakota Game Reserves Tourism investment opportunities: Accommodation in Liwonde National Park, Cape Maclear, hotels, and Nyika conservancy For more information: T: +265 1771 181 F: +265 1770 650 E: info@visitmalawi.mw www.visitmalawi.mw

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

Chilimika

Jan (every New year)

Mother Tongue Day celebrations

21st February

Chizanyala – Gule Wa Mkulu Festival (1ST of its kind)

5th June

Lake Malawi International Yachting Marathon

First Week of July

Porters Race

Early July

Kulamba Chewa Ceremony

Early August

Hora Mountain Traditional Festival

August

Bwato Race

End of August

National Tourism Week

20th -27th September

Mulhakho wa Ahlomwe

September

Vimbuza Festival

September

Gonapamuhanya

September/October

Kyangonde Festival

September/October

Malawi International Film Festival (MIFF)

September/ October

Lake of Stars Music Festival

October

LOCATION National

National


Mauritius

‘Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few ... the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity.’ Iconic attraction: Beaches

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Mauritius is a land of blue lagoons, scenic streams and exotic coral reefs, all fringed by undulating stretches of pure white sand dotted with clusters of casuarina trees and coconut palms. In fact, the entire coastline of the lush island is powdered with pure white, soft sand, inviting you to luxuriate in lazy inactivity or take leisurely strolls, tempting you into the balmy, azure waters. In this heavenly setting, there are ample opportunities to explore the mysteries of the marine world by means of snorkelling, scuba diving and ‘undersea strolls’, or to participate in water sports such as kayaking, jet skiing, motor boating, parasailing and much more. Or if you’re not feeling adventurous, you could take a slow trip in a glass-bottomed boat providing clear glimpses of the marine life and corals below. Windsurfing is also popular with adventure enthusiasts, who take advantage of the near perfect conditions of Mauritian waters to get their adrenaline pumping. Or you could go sailing, as conditions are always near perfect, and charter a small sailing dinghy or a yachts, depending on your whim. Forming a luxurious backdrop to the exquisite beauty of the island are the worldrenowned Mauritius hotels, each of them offering opulent accommodation and scrumptious tropical cuisine, making this the most idyllic destination imaginable. Some of the most popular beaches of Mauritius are the Baie du Tamarin, Flic-en Flac, Cap Malheureux, Blue Bay and the Belle Mare.

Other major attractions include: Le Morne Brabant: Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the south-western tip of Mauritius. It is characterised by a lone basaltic rock soaring 556 m above sea level − one of the most imposing sights on Mauritius. The summit covers an area of more than 12 hectares, housing many overhang caves on its steep slopes. The peninsula lies in the embrace of a lagoon, its unique natural beauty attracting many visitors every year. It is also one of the last refuges of one of the rarest plants in the world, the Mandrinette. Here, you could indulge in diving, fishing or windsurfing. The Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis: Facing the harbour in the heart of the capital city of Port-Louis, the Caudan Waterfont has become an essential component of the island’s vivid cultural life. Its 170 boutiques make it a must for the avid shopper. It is rich in local art, tasty cuisine and family entertainment, while its marina welcomes vessels from around the world. There is also a craft market showcasing wonderful handcrafts, as well as cinemas, a casino and many forms of entertainment for everyone. Black River Gorges National Park: The Black River Gorges National park, Mauritius’s sole national park, was opened to preserve what remains of the island’s indigenous tropical forests. The park is a spectacular expanse of dense forest covering 3.5% of the island’s surface, and is home to over 300 species of flowering plants and nine species of birds unique to Mauritius. You could drive or take a bus through the park and stop to take in the spectacular views along the way, but the best way to see the park is more intimately, on foot, along one of the hiking trails crisscrossing the Park. Alternatively, you could obtain the services a guide at the visitors’ centre. www.tourism-mauritius.mu


Mauritius

‘Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few ... the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity.’ Iconic attraction: Beaches

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Mauritius is a land of blue lagoons, scenic streams and exotic coral reefs, all fringed by undulating stretches of pure white sand dotted with clusters of casuarina trees and coconut palms. In fact, the entire coastline of the lush island is powdered with pure white, soft sand, inviting you to luxuriate in lazy inactivity or take leisurely strolls, tempting you into the balmy, azure waters. In this heavenly setting, there are ample opportunities to explore the mysteries of the marine world by means of snorkelling, scuba diving and ‘undersea strolls’, or to participate in water sports such as kayaking, jet skiing, motor boating, parasailing and much more. Or if you’re not feeling adventurous, you could take a slow trip in a glass-bottomed boat providing clear glimpses of the marine life and corals below. Windsurfing is also popular with adventure enthusiasts, who take advantage of the near perfect conditions of Mauritian waters to get their adrenaline pumping. Or you could go sailing, as conditions are always near perfect, and charter a small sailing dinghy or a yachts, depending on your whim. Forming a luxurious backdrop to the exquisite beauty of the island are the worldrenowned Mauritius hotels, each of them offering opulent accommodation and scrumptious tropical cuisine, making this the most idyllic destination imaginable. Some of the most popular beaches of Mauritius are the Baie du Tamarin, Flic-en Flac, Cap Malheureux, Blue Bay and the Belle Mare.

Other major attractions include: Le Morne Brabant: Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the south-western tip of Mauritius. It is characterised by a lone basaltic rock soaring 556 m above sea level − one of the most imposing sights on Mauritius. The summit covers an area of more than 12 hectares, housing many overhang caves on its steep slopes. The peninsula lies in the embrace of a lagoon, its unique natural beauty attracting many visitors every year. It is also one of the last refuges of one of the rarest plants in the world, the Mandrinette. Here, you could indulge in diving, fishing or windsurfing. The Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis: Facing the harbour in the heart of the capital city of Port-Louis, the Caudan Waterfont has become an essential component of the island’s vivid cultural life. Its 170 boutiques make it a must for the avid shopper. It is rich in local art, tasty cuisine and family entertainment, while its marina welcomes vessels from around the world. There is also a craft market showcasing wonderful handcrafts, as well as cinemas, a casino and many forms of entertainment for everyone. Black River Gorges National Park: The Black River Gorges National park, Mauritius’s sole national park, was opened to preserve what remains of the island’s indigenous tropical forests. The park is a spectacular expanse of dense forest covering 3.5% of the island’s surface, and is home to over 300 species of flowering plants and nine species of birds unique to Mauritius. You could drive or take a bus through the park and stop to take in the spectacular views along the way, but the best way to see the park is more intimately, on foot, along one of the hiking trails crisscrossing the Park. Alternatively, you could obtain the services a guide at the visitors’ centre. www.tourism-mauritius.mu


Mauritius

Mauritius socio-economic statistics

EVENT

DATE

Pere Laval’s Day

9 Sep (annual)

The Duchess of York Cup

May (annual)

Capital: Port Louis

The Barbé Cup

July (annual)

Racecourse in Port Loius

National Day: 12 March 1968

Mauritius Golf Open

Dec (annual)

Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort.

Airports: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Kiteival

14 - 22 Aug (annual)

eastern and southern coasts of the island.

Ganesh Chaturthi

11 Sep (annual)

Size: 2 040 km2

Miss Mauritius National Pageant

Sep (annual)

Population: 1 278 million (2009)

Sea Kayak Tour

Dec (annual)

turquoise lagoons and marine wildlife of Mauritius

Economy: Diverse economy with strong tourism, agricultural (sugar cane), industrial, and financial sectors.

Thaipoosam Cavadee

Jan (annual)

Thaipoosam Cavadee festival

Currency: Mauritian Rupee

Maha Shivaratri

Feb (annual)

the Grand Bassin volcanic lake

Climate: Tropical, warm, dry winter May to November, wet and humid summer November to May with a possibility of cyclones.

Chinese New Year in Mauritius

Feb (annual)

Marlin World Cup

Feb - Mar (annual)

west coast waters of Mauritius

Royal Raid

May (annual)

around tropical Mauritius

The Duchess of York Cup

May (annual)

Crossroads of Flavours

May (annual)

Naïade Resorts

Mauritius Ocean Classic

May (annual)

from Souillac to Le Morne off the south coast

Described as “a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean”, Mauritius is best known for its stunning beaches, luxury resorts and water sports. World-class golf courses, fascinating history and warm, welcoming people all add to the appeal.

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Main languages: English, French, Mauritian Creole Time zone: GMT +4

Places to see: Le Morne Brabant, historical Mauritius Gymkhana Golf Club, Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, Black River Gorges National Park, beaches Tourism investment opportunities: Hospitality property development For more information: T:+2302101545 F: +230 212 5142 E: vivek@mtpa.mu www.tourism-mauritius.mu

LOCATION

Calendar of events

of the island

Mauritius Marathon

June (annual)

sunny coastal path to finish on Saint Felix.

Indian Ocean Rowing Race

17 Apr - 5 Jul

The Barbé Cup

July (annual)

Champ de Mars Racecourse in Port Louis

EVENT

DATE

Diwali

Oct (annual)

Festival International Kréol

Nov - Dec (annual)

LOCATION International Kréol

3.8km Swimming (in front of Sugar Beach & La Pirogue) 42.195Km Running (Part at Wolmar Hunting Domaine & at Sugar Beach & La Pirogue) (Between Flic en Flac & Bel Ombre – going through Chamarel) 180Km Cycling (Between Flic en Flac & Bel Ombre – going through Chamarel) Mauritius Ocean Classic Beach Rugby Tournament


Mauritius

Mauritius socio-economic statistics

EVENT

DATE

Pere Laval’s Day

9 Sep (annual)

The Duchess of York Cup

May (annual)

Capital: Port Louis

The Barbé Cup

July (annual)

Racecourse in Port Loius

National Day: 12 March 1968

Mauritius Golf Open

Dec (annual)

Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort.

Airports: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Kiteival

14 - 22 Aug (annual)

eastern and southern coasts of the island.

Ganesh Chaturthi

11 Sep (annual)

Size: 2 040 km2

Miss Mauritius National Pageant

Sep (annual)

Population: 1 278 million (2009)

Sea Kayak Tour

Dec (annual)

turquoise lagoons and marine wildlife of Mauritius

Economy: Diverse economy with strong tourism, agricultural (sugar cane), industrial, and financial sectors.

Thaipoosam Cavadee

Jan (annual)

Thaipoosam Cavadee festival

Currency: Mauritian Rupee

Maha Shivaratri

Feb (annual)

the Grand Bassin volcanic lake

Climate: Tropical, warm, dry winter May to November, wet and humid summer November to May with a possibility of cyclones.

Chinese New Year in Mauritius

Feb (annual)

Marlin World Cup

Feb - Mar (annual)

west coast waters of Mauritius

Royal Raid

May (annual)

around tropical Mauritius

The Duchess of York Cup

May (annual)

Crossroads of Flavours

May (annual)

Naïade Resorts

Mauritius Ocean Classic

May (annual)

from Souillac to Le Morne off the south coast

Described as “a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean”, Mauritius is best known for its stunning beaches, luxury resorts and water sports. World-class golf courses, fascinating history and warm, welcoming people all add to the appeal.

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Main languages: English, French, Mauritian Creole Time zone: GMT +4

Places to see: Le Morne Brabant, historical Mauritius Gymkhana Golf Club, Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, Black River Gorges National Park, beaches Tourism investment opportunities: Hospitality property development For more information: T:+2302101545 F: +230 212 5142 E: vivek@mtpa.mu www.tourism-mauritius.mu

LOCATION

Calendar of events

of the island

Mauritius Marathon

June (annual)

sunny coastal path to finish on Saint Felix.

Indian Ocean Rowing Race

17 Apr - 5 Jul

The Barbé Cup

July (annual)

Champ de Mars Racecourse in Port Louis

EVENT

DATE

Diwali

Oct (annual)

Festival International Kréol

Nov - Dec (annual)

LOCATION International Kréol

3.8km Swimming (in front of Sugar Beach & La Pirogue) 42.195Km Running (Part at Wolmar Hunting Domaine & at Sugar Beach & La Pirogue) (Between Flic en Flac & Bel Ombre – going through Chamarel) 180Km Cycling (Between Flic en Flac & Bel Ombre – going through Chamarel) Mauritius Ocean Classic Beach Rugby Tournament


Mozambique

Mozambique is fast becoming one of Southern Africa’s premier holiday destinations, and for very good reason. The country’s natural beauty, exquisite beaches, thriving wildlife and historic heritage makes it one of the gems of the African continent. Iconic attraction: Beaches

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Its spectacular 2 700 km coastline, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offers a treasure chest of beaches of indescribable beauty. Some of them are still far off the beaten track, offering the opportunity to lounge in complete seclusion with no one and nothing else in sight. Coral reefs extend along most of the Mozambican coast, and the tourist industry is firmly established here. The Inhambane region is home to particularly good beaches, and the resort areas of Tofo Beach and Barra Beach offer a wide range of activities from sailing to horse riding, snorkelling to diving. In fact, kayaking, sailing, dhow trips and snorkelling are available at most beach resorts or islands. The white, silky sands and balmy waters teeming with exotic fish species make Mozambique a definite favourite among divers from across the world. Mozambique easily competes with other top-class diving destinations, and the extreme friendliness of its people and largely undiscovered state gives it the edge over other more populated destinations. Divers of all levels can experience great diving and exploration on the pristine reefs, offering an array of delightful experiences, from manta ray cleaning stations to interaction with the gentle whale shark. Most of Mozambique’s inhabitants are sustained by the sea, more than 60 percent of its people living along the coast. The people are warm and friendly, and they work very hard to welcome visitors and to regain the place they held before the civil war as a top-class holiday destination of choice. ‘So come here before the rest of the world does!’

Other major attractions include: Bazaruto Archipelago: The archipelago consists of 4 main islands situated 35 km off the mainland, accessible by boat or small aircraft. High quality accommodation attracts international visitors who indulge not only in swimming and sunbathing but in an array of outdoor activities and water sports including snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and water-skiing. Small antelope roam the islands alongside fresh-water crocodiles and samango monkeys, while flamingo nest on the freshwater lakes. The islands are also home to over 240 species of birds. The entire archipelago forms part of the Bazaruto Marine Park, making this reserve one of the largest in the Indian Ocean. In addition to humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays and five species of turtle, some 100 dugongs survive here. lha de Mozambique: This island’s historical heritage is unmatched in Mozambique. Mozambique’s capital for nearly four centuries under Portuguese colonisation, it was a major base for the Arab traders long before the arrival of the Portuguese. Today, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Ilha is a magical mix of old Portuguese and ancient Muslim architecture. Fascinating places to visit are the museum in the Palacio do Governo as well as the fort, which contains the Church of Nossa Senhora Baluarte, almost certainly the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1522. The Gorongosa National Park: Stretched along the southern edge of the Great Rift Valley 80 km from Beira, the park covers 3 770 square km of savannah, woodlands and rainforest. Game drives are run twice daily and hikes are led to the impressive 1 800 m high Mount Gorongosa. Visitors are treated to sightings of lion, leopard and other large cats, buffalo, elephant, warthog, zebra, hippo, crocodile and a variety of antelope. The bird-life is prolific, over 200 species having been identified, including the rare green-headed oriole. www.visitmozambique.net


Mozambique

Mozambique is fast becoming one of Southern Africa’s premier holiday destinations, and for very good reason. The country’s natural beauty, exquisite beaches, thriving wildlife and historic heritage makes it one of the gems of the African continent. Iconic attraction: Beaches

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Its spectacular 2 700 km coastline, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offers a treasure chest of beaches of indescribable beauty. Some of them are still far off the beaten track, offering the opportunity to lounge in complete seclusion with no one and nothing else in sight. Coral reefs extend along most of the Mozambican coast, and the tourist industry is firmly established here. The Inhambane region is home to particularly good beaches, and the resort areas of Tofo Beach and Barra Beach offer a wide range of activities from sailing to horse riding, snorkelling to diving. In fact, kayaking, sailing, dhow trips and snorkelling are available at most beach resorts or islands. The white, silky sands and balmy waters teeming with exotic fish species make Mozambique a definite favourite among divers from across the world. Mozambique easily competes with other top-class diving destinations, and the extreme friendliness of its people and largely undiscovered state gives it the edge over other more populated destinations. Divers of all levels can experience great diving and exploration on the pristine reefs, offering an array of delightful experiences, from manta ray cleaning stations to interaction with the gentle whale shark. Most of Mozambique’s inhabitants are sustained by the sea, more than 60 percent of its people living along the coast. The people are warm and friendly, and they work very hard to welcome visitors and to regain the place they held before the civil war as a top-class holiday destination of choice. ‘So come here before the rest of the world does!’

Other major attractions include: Bazaruto Archipelago: The archipelago consists of 4 main islands situated 35 km off the mainland, accessible by boat or small aircraft. High quality accommodation attracts international visitors who indulge not only in swimming and sunbathing but in an array of outdoor activities and water sports including snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and water-skiing. Small antelope roam the islands alongside fresh-water crocodiles and samango monkeys, while flamingo nest on the freshwater lakes. The islands are also home to over 240 species of birds. The entire archipelago forms part of the Bazaruto Marine Park, making this reserve one of the largest in the Indian Ocean. In addition to humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays and five species of turtle, some 100 dugongs survive here. lha de Mozambique: This island’s historical heritage is unmatched in Mozambique. Mozambique’s capital for nearly four centuries under Portuguese colonisation, it was a major base for the Arab traders long before the arrival of the Portuguese. Today, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Ilha is a magical mix of old Portuguese and ancient Muslim architecture. Fascinating places to visit are the museum in the Palacio do Governo as well as the fort, which contains the Church of Nossa Senhora Baluarte, almost certainly the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1522. The Gorongosa National Park: Stretched along the southern edge of the Great Rift Valley 80 km from Beira, the park covers 3 770 square km of savannah, woodlands and rainforest. Game drives are run twice daily and hikes are led to the impressive 1 800 m high Mount Gorongosa. Visitors are treated to sightings of lion, leopard and other large cats, buffalo, elephant, warthog, zebra, hippo, crocodile and a variety of antelope. The bird-life is prolific, over 200 species having been identified, including the rare green-headed oriole. www.visitmozambique.net


Mozambique

Other major attractions include:

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Mozambique socio-economic statistics

EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Welcome Compaign

December - January

At the borders

Bolsa Turismo de lisboa

January

Lisbon, Portugal

FITUR

January

Madrid, Spain

ITB

March

Berlin, Germany

Capital: Maputo

INDABA

May

Durban, South Africa

National Day: 25 June 1975

Marimbeiros de Zavala Festival

August

Qussico, Inhambane

Airports: Maputu, Pemba

Tunduru Festival

26 - 28th August

Maputo City

Main languages: Portuguese, Swahili

FACIM Trade Fair

28th August - 1st September Maputo City

Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi

Gwaza Mthine Festival

02- 03 February

Maracuene

Pan African Games

September

Maputo City

World Tourism Day

26/27 September

Nationwide

Star Lake Festival

22/23 September

Niassa - Lake Niassa

Diving Festival

26/27 September

Inhambane

Gastronomy Festival

26/27 September

Maputo

International Fil Festival

September

Maputo

Wimbe Festival

02/03 October

Pemba

Tofo Festival

November

Inhambane

Zalala Festival

October

Zambezia

1st Week Marlin Fishing

October

Bazaruto

Tourism investment opportunities: Activities and accommodation in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Umoja Music Festival

November

Maputo

World Travel Market

November

London, UK

For more information: T: +27 11 803 9296 F: +27 11 803 9299 E: info@visitmozambique.net www.visitmozambique.net

Mozambique Fashion Week

December

Maputo - CFM

EIBTM

December

Barcelona, Spain

Bazaruto Archipelago: The archipelago consists of 4 main islands situated 35 km off the mainland, accessible by boat or small aircraft. High quality accommodation attracts international visitors who indulge not only in swimming and sunbathing but in an array of outdoor activities and water sports including snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and water-skiing. Small antelope roam the islands alongside fresh-water crocodiles and samango monkeys, while flamingo nest on the freshwater lakes. The islands are also home to over 240 species of birds. The entire archipelago forms part of the Bazaruto Marine Park, making this reserve one of the largest in the Indian Ocean. In addition to humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays and five species of turtle, some 100 dugongs survive here.

Shimmering oceans, azure skies and a history steeped in rich culture and adventure make Mozambique the ideal destination for every type of traveller, from honeymooners to backpackers. The mild temperatures of the Indian Ocean currents and the stunning beaches are also a tempting drawcard to many scuba-divers, spearfishermen and anglers.

lha de Mozambique: This island’s historical heritage is unmatched in Mozambique. Mozambique’s capital for nearly four centuries under Portuguese colonisation, it was a major base for the Arab traders long before the arrival of the Portuguese. Today, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Ilha is a magical mix of old Portuguese and ancient Muslim architecture. Fascinating places to visit are the museum in the Palacio do Governo as well as the fort, which contains the Church of Nossa Senhora Baluarte, almost certainly the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1522. The Gorongosa National Park: Stretched along the southern edge of the Great Rift Valley 80 km from Beira, the park covers 3 770 square km of savannah, woodlands and rainforest. Game drives are run twice daily and hikes are led to the impressive 1 800 m high Mount Gorongosa. Visitors are treated to sightings of lion, leopard and other large cats, buffalo, elephant, warthog, zebra, hippo, crocodile and a variety of antelope. The bird-life is prolific, over 200 species having been identified, including the rare green-headed oriole. www.visitmozambique.net

Calendar of events

Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 799 380 km2 Population: 21 300 million (2009) Economy: Tourism, Marine Resources and agriculture are important contributors, and Maputo’s harbour handles a high volume of imports to Southern Africa. Currency: New Metical Climate: Tropical, with rainfall from December to April and a possibility of cyclones. Summer temperatures exceed 30 °C, and the rest of the year the average is 25 °C. Places to see: Maputo, Bazaruto Archipelago, Ilha de Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park, Pemba, Wimbi Beach


Mozambique

Other major attractions include:

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EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Welcome Compaign

December - January

At the borders

Bolsa Turismo de lisboa

January

Lisbon, Portugal

FITUR

January

Madrid, Spain

ITB

March

Berlin, Germany

Capital: Maputo

INDABA

May

Durban, South Africa

National Day: 25 June 1975

Marimbeiros de Zavala Festival

August

Qussico, Inhambane

Airports: Maputu, Pemba

Tunduru Festival

26 - 28th August

Maputo City

Main languages: Portuguese, Swahili

FACIM Trade Fair

28th August - 1st September Maputo City

Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi

Gwaza Mthine Festival

02- 03 February

Maracuene

Pan African Games

September

Maputo City

World Tourism Day

26/27 September

Nationwide

Star Lake Festival

22/23 September

Niassa - Lake Niassa

Diving Festival

26/27 September

Inhambane

Gastronomy Festival

26/27 September

Maputo

International Fil Festival

September

Maputo

Wimbe Festival

02/03 October

Pemba

Tofo Festival

November

Inhambane

Zalala Festival

October

Zambezia

1st Week Marlin Fishing

October

Bazaruto

Tourism investment opportunities: Activities and accommodation in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Umoja Music Festival

November

Maputo

World Travel Market

November

London, UK

For more information: T: +27 11 803 9296 F: +27 11 803 9299 E: info@visitmozambique.net www.visitmozambique.net

Mozambique Fashion Week

December

Maputo - CFM

EIBTM

December

Barcelona, Spain

Bazaruto Archipelago: The archipelago consists of 4 main islands situated 35 km off the mainland, accessible by boat or small aircraft. High quality accommodation attracts international visitors who indulge not only in swimming and sunbathing but in an array of outdoor activities and water sports including snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and water-skiing. Small antelope roam the islands alongside fresh-water crocodiles and samango monkeys, while flamingo nest on the freshwater lakes. The islands are also home to over 240 species of birds. The entire archipelago forms part of the Bazaruto Marine Park, making this reserve one of the largest in the Indian Ocean. In addition to humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays and five species of turtle, some 100 dugongs survive here.

Shimmering oceans, azure skies and a history steeped in rich culture and adventure make Mozambique the ideal destination for every type of traveller, from honeymooners to backpackers. The mild temperatures of the Indian Ocean currents and the stunning beaches are also a tempting drawcard to many scuba-divers, spearfishermen and anglers.

lha de Mozambique: This island’s historical heritage is unmatched in Mozambique. Mozambique’s capital for nearly four centuries under Portuguese colonisation, it was a major base for the Arab traders long before the arrival of the Portuguese. Today, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Ilha is a magical mix of old Portuguese and ancient Muslim architecture. Fascinating places to visit are the museum in the Palacio do Governo as well as the fort, which contains the Church of Nossa Senhora Baluarte, almost certainly the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1522. The Gorongosa National Park: Stretched along the southern edge of the Great Rift Valley 80 km from Beira, the park covers 3 770 square km of savannah, woodlands and rainforest. Game drives are run twice daily and hikes are led to the impressive 1 800 m high Mount Gorongosa. Visitors are treated to sightings of lion, leopard and other large cats, buffalo, elephant, warthog, zebra, hippo, crocodile and a variety of antelope. The bird-life is prolific, over 200 species having been identified, including the rare green-headed oriole. www.visitmozambique.net

Calendar of events

Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 799 380 km2 Population: 21 300 million (2009) Economy: Tourism, Marine Resources and agriculture are important contributors, and Maputo’s harbour handles a high volume of imports to Southern Africa. Currency: New Metical Climate: Tropical, with rainfall from December to April and a possibility of cyclones. Summer temperatures exceed 30 °C, and the rest of the year the average is 25 °C. Places to see: Maputo, Bazaruto Archipelago, Ilha de Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park, Pemba, Wimbi Beach


Namibia

Namibia never fails to enthral its visitors, to charge the fantasies and imaginations of narrators in their efforts to aptly describe the manyfacetted grandeur and harsh splendour of this desert country. Iconic attraction: The Namib Desert and Sossusvlei

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In the Nama language, Namib means ‘vast’: the desert occupies around 80 900 square km, stretching 1 600 km along the Atlantic coast of Namibia, varying in width from 50 to 160 km. It is protected by the Namib-Naukluft Park − a wonderland of 50 000 square km of shifting sands and vibrantly coloured dunes. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the oldest desert on earth. The wildlife and flora surviving here are fascinating, and have adapted to life in this generally inhospitable region in unique and strangely beautiful ways. A trip to this area is a remarkably surreal experience, but most visitors revel in its strangeness. It is, however, the world-famous Sossusvlei sand dunes that attract the most attention. The immense, ochre sand dunes at Sossusvlei are one of the most astonishing sights in the world. Blown into razor-sharp ridges by the sand-shifting winds, the impossibly dramatic red dunes are the highest in the world, towering some 300 m into the air. These magnificent dunes are accessible to any self-driving visitor − and there is plenty of excellent accommodation in and around the area. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset, when the vibrant colours change constantly, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities. One of the best ways to appreciate the magnificence of this area is by light aircraft on a scenic flight from Walvis Bay or Swakopmund, or by catching a balloon ride over the dunes, although it can also be entered overland by gravel roads.


Namibia

Namibia never fails to enthral its visitors, to charge the fantasies and imaginations of narrators in their efforts to aptly describe the manyfacetted grandeur and harsh splendour of this desert country. Iconic attraction: The Namib Desert and Sossusvlei

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In the Nama language, Namib means ‘vast’: the desert occupies around 80 900 square km, stretching 1 600 km along the Atlantic coast of Namibia, varying in width from 50 to 160 km. It is protected by the Namib-Naukluft Park − a wonderland of 50 000 square km of shifting sands and vibrantly coloured dunes. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the oldest desert on earth. The wildlife and flora surviving here are fascinating, and have adapted to life in this generally inhospitable region in unique and strangely beautiful ways. A trip to this area is a remarkably surreal experience, but most visitors revel in its strangeness. It is, however, the world-famous Sossusvlei sand dunes that attract the most attention. The immense, ochre sand dunes at Sossusvlei are one of the most astonishing sights in the world. Blown into razor-sharp ridges by the sand-shifting winds, the impossibly dramatic red dunes are the highest in the world, towering some 300 m into the air. These magnificent dunes are accessible to any self-driving visitor − and there is plenty of excellent accommodation in and around the area. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset, when the vibrant colours change constantly, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities. One of the best ways to appreciate the magnificence of this area is by light aircraft on a scenic flight from Walvis Bay or Swakopmund, or by catching a balloon ride over the dunes, although it can also be entered overland by gravel roads.


Namibia

Other major attractions include: Fish River Canyon: The second largest canyon on earth, this is one of the most imposing sights in Namibia, featuring a gigantic ravine about 160 km long, 27 km wide and in places 550 m deep. At the northern end, you could feast your eyes on the splendour and also start a 5-day, 86-km hike along the river in the belly of the ravine, emerging at the Ais Ais hot springs, where you could soothe your blistered feet and exhausted body in therapeutic bubbling water. Much easier hikes, no less beautiful, are offered in the bordering private Canyon Nature Park.

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Cities: Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, is laid-back, funky and eclectic, and one of the safest cities in Southern Africa – the perfect place to start or finish a Namibian holiday. Coastal Swakopmund is one of the most surreal and unforgettable destinations in the country, African and European influences having fused uniquely. A section of dunes have been set aside for adventure activities such as sand boarding and skiing, quad biking, camel rides and off-road driving. Swakopmund also offers diving, surfing or simply lazing on the beach, and boat trips to see dolphins and seals. Surrounding the town is the Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the most bewitching desert wilderness areas in Africa. Etosha National Park: Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is centred around a huge, flat calcrete pan of about 5 000 square km. The pan provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to the semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. Containing water for only a few days each year, the pan lures thousands of flamingos. Served by three well established rest camps and a host of private lodges along its borders, Etosha offers visitors a wide choice of safari options and a rich wildlife. www.namibiatourism.com.na

Namibia socio-economic statistics Arid and with sparse vegetation, Namibia is a land of breathtaking beauty and splendour. In this second least densely populated country in the world, travellers can explore the deep ravines of the Fish River Canyon, the timeless beauty of the Namib Desert and the vibrant, friendly towns and cities. Capital: Windhoek National Day: 21 March 1990 Airport: Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek and Walvis Bay Main languages: English, Afrikaans, German, Oshiwambo Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola Time zone: GMT +1 Size: 824 116 km2 Population: 2 103 million (2009) Economy: Mining, tourism, agriculture, and fishery are the main sectors. Currency: Namibian dollar (NAD), linked to South African Rand (ZAR) Climate: The driest in Africa. An average summer temperature of 30 0C, which drops to 20 0C in winter. Places to see: Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, Lüderitz, Etosha National Park, Windhoek Tourism investment opportunities: The Waterfront Development in Katima Mulilo, Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: +264 61 290 6000 F: +264 61 254 848 E: info@namibiatourism.com.na www.namibiatourism.com.na

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

WIKA Karnival

April

Windhoek

Lüderitz Crayfish Festival

2 - 4 April

Lüderitz

Namibia Tourism Expo

2 - 5 June

Windhoek

Caprivi Show

June

Caprivi

Eenhana Trade Fair & Business Expo

Eenhana

Okahandja Tourism & Trade Expo

Okahandja Municipality

World Tourism Day

National

27th September


Namibia

Other major attractions include: Fish River Canyon: The second largest canyon on earth, this is one of the most imposing sights in Namibia, featuring a gigantic ravine about 160 km long, 27 km wide and in places 550 m deep. At the northern end, you could feast your eyes on the splendour and also start a 5-day, 86-km hike along the river in the belly of the ravine, emerging at the Ais Ais hot springs, where you could soothe your blistered feet and exhausted body in therapeutic bubbling water. Much easier hikes, no less beautiful, are offered in the bordering private Canyon Nature Park.

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Cities: Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, is laid-back, funky and eclectic, and one of the safest cities in Southern Africa – the perfect place to start or finish a Namibian holiday. Coastal Swakopmund is one of the most surreal and unforgettable destinations in the country, African and European influences having fused uniquely. A section of dunes have been set aside for adventure activities such as sand boarding and skiing, quad biking, camel rides and off-road driving. Swakopmund also offers diving, surfing or simply lazing on the beach, and boat trips to see dolphins and seals. Surrounding the town is the Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the most bewitching desert wilderness areas in Africa. Etosha National Park: Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is centred around a huge, flat calcrete pan of about 5 000 square km. The pan provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to the semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. Containing water for only a few days each year, the pan lures thousands of flamingos. Served by three well established rest camps and a host of private lodges along its borders, Etosha offers visitors a wide choice of safari options and a rich wildlife. www.namibiatourism.com.na

Namibia socio-economic statistics Arid and with sparse vegetation, Namibia is a land of breathtaking beauty and splendour. In this second least densely populated country in the world, travellers can explore the deep ravines of the Fish River Canyon, the timeless beauty of the Namib Desert and the vibrant, friendly towns and cities. Capital: Windhoek National Day: 21 March 1990 Airport: Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek and Walvis Bay Main languages: English, Afrikaans, German, Oshiwambo Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola Time zone: GMT +1 Size: 824 116 km2 Population: 2 103 million (2009) Economy: Mining, tourism, agriculture, and fishery are the main sectors. Currency: Namibian dollar (NAD), linked to South African Rand (ZAR) Climate: The driest in Africa. An average summer temperature of 30 0C, which drops to 20 0C in winter. Places to see: Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, Lüderitz, Etosha National Park, Windhoek Tourism investment opportunities: The Waterfront Development in Katima Mulilo, Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: +264 61 290 6000 F: +264 61 254 848 E: info@namibiatourism.com.na www.namibiatourism.com.na

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

WIKA Karnival

April

Windhoek

Lüderitz Crayfish Festival

2 - 4 April

Lüderitz

Namibia Tourism Expo

2 - 5 June

Windhoek

Caprivi Show

June

Caprivi

Eenhana Trade Fair & Business Expo

Eenhana

Okahandja Tourism & Trade Expo

Okahandja Municipality

World Tourism Day

National

27th September


Seychelles

The Seychelles can truly be described, without exaggeration, as paradise on earth. This spectacular necklace of 41 granite and 74 coral islands in the Indian Ocean is a land of perpetual summer, and is renowned for some of the best beaches in the world. Iconic attraction: Islands and beaches

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Pristine and uncrowded, the beaches of Seychelles offer powder-soft sands and sapphire waters teeming with a dizzying display of marine life. You will have a thousand opportunities for glass-bottom boating, swimming, water sports, snorkelling, sailing or surfing, or for finding the true meaning of healing relaxation. Or you could enjoy island-hopping between the 16 islands currently offering accommodation, which ranges from sumptuous 5-star resorts to rustic island lodges and cosy beachside bungalows. Here you will find World Heritage Sites, proud national monuments and exquisitely beautiful national reserves and marine parks. There’s also golf, horse-riding and guided nature tours, on which you could encounter some of the rarest flora and fauna on earth. And Seychelles’s greatest asset is its multi-ethnic society, in which harmony is a way of life. Two beaches that can be singled out among the hundreds of picture-perfect beaches are the Anse Lazio on Praslin Island and the Anse Source d’ Argent on La Dique Island. The Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches. Perfectly framed by granite rocks, the soft white sands of this dream beach lead you down to calm, clear water ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The Anse Source d’Argent is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sand, turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculpted by time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers love to come here. You will too.


Seychelles

The Seychelles can truly be described, without exaggeration, as paradise on earth. This spectacular necklace of 41 granite and 74 coral islands in the Indian Ocean is a land of perpetual summer, and is renowned for some of the best beaches in the world. Iconic attraction: Islands and beaches

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Pristine and uncrowded, the beaches of Seychelles offer powder-soft sands and sapphire waters teeming with a dizzying display of marine life. You will have a thousand opportunities for glass-bottom boating, swimming, water sports, snorkelling, sailing or surfing, or for finding the true meaning of healing relaxation. Or you could enjoy island-hopping between the 16 islands currently offering accommodation, which ranges from sumptuous 5-star resorts to rustic island lodges and cosy beachside bungalows. Here you will find World Heritage Sites, proud national monuments and exquisitely beautiful national reserves and marine parks. There’s also golf, horse-riding and guided nature tours, on which you could encounter some of the rarest flora and fauna on earth. And Seychelles’s greatest asset is its multi-ethnic society, in which harmony is a way of life. Two beaches that can be singled out among the hundreds of picture-perfect beaches are the Anse Lazio on Praslin Island and the Anse Source d’ Argent on La Dique Island. The Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches. Perfectly framed by granite rocks, the soft white sands of this dream beach lead you down to calm, clear water ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The Anse Source d’Argent is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sand, turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculpted by time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers love to come here. You will too.


Seychelles

Other major attractions include:

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The Aldabra Atoll: A Unesco World Heritage Site, Aldabra is the world’s largest atoll, composed of 13 islands surrounded by ‘n coral reef. The central lagoon fills and empties twice a day through four channels, the clear water often welcoming tiger sharks and manta rays. The atoll is home to thousands of birds, and due to its isolation has remained a refuge to some 200 000 giant tortoises − the world’s largest population. A research station is located on Picard Island, where visitors are welcomed by trained staff. Cousin Island Special Reserve: Cousin, a superb eco-tourism site, is one of the world’s first island reserves, encompassing the entire island including the reef around it to a distance of 400 m. It is the only granitic island in Seychelles totally rehabilitated with natural vegetation. It is also one of the best protected sites for nesting Hawksbill turtles, and boasts the highest density of lizards per hectare in the world. The island is visited by 300 000 nesting seabirds each year, and is home to five endemic land birds. It also has the best protected and most diverse fish population of any reserve in the granitic islands. The Vallée de Mai: A World Heritage Site, the Vallée forms the heart of the Praslin National Park. Once believed to be the original Garden of Eden, this hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6 000 coco de mer trees, considered one of the botanical wonders of the world. The forest is a living remnant of the prehistoric forests that existed when Seychelles was still part of Gondwanaland. Due to millions of years of isolation, unique plants and animals have developed here. Some species are found nowhere else on earth, such as the black parrot. A place of superlatives, it merits time spent in observation and reflection. www.seychelles.travel

Seychelles socio-economic statistics Capital: Victoria National Day: 18 June Airports: Seychelles International Airport, Pointe La Rue Main Language: English, French, and Creole Time Zone: +2 Size: 455 Km2 Population: 89 000 (2009) Economy: Fish, Sea and Marine resources Currency: Rupee Climate: Tropical, 28-32oC Tourism Investment Opportunities: Marine For More Information T: 00248 671 300 F: 00248 620 640 E: info@stoza.com www.seychelles .travel


Seychelles

Other major attractions include:

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The Aldabra Atoll: A Unesco World Heritage Site, Aldabra is the world’s largest atoll, composed of 13 islands surrounded by ‘n coral reef. The central lagoon fills and empties twice a day through four channels, the clear water often welcoming tiger sharks and manta rays. The atoll is home to thousands of birds, and due to its isolation has remained a refuge to some 200 000 giant tortoises − the world’s largest population. A research station is located on Picard Island, where visitors are welcomed by trained staff. Cousin Island Special Reserve: Cousin, a superb eco-tourism site, is one of the world’s first island reserves, encompassing the entire island including the reef around it to a distance of 400 m. It is the only granitic island in Seychelles totally rehabilitated with natural vegetation. It is also one of the best protected sites for nesting Hawksbill turtles, and boasts the highest density of lizards per hectare in the world. The island is visited by 300 000 nesting seabirds each year, and is home to five endemic land birds. It also has the best protected and most diverse fish population of any reserve in the granitic islands. The Vallée de Mai: A World Heritage Site, the Vallée forms the heart of the Praslin National Park. Once believed to be the original Garden of Eden, this hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6 000 coco de mer trees, considered one of the botanical wonders of the world. The forest is a living remnant of the prehistoric forests that existed when Seychelles was still part of Gondwanaland. Due to millions of years of isolation, unique plants and animals have developed here. Some species are found nowhere else on earth, such as the black parrot. A place of superlatives, it merits time spent in observation and reflection. www.seychelles.travel

Seychelles socio-economic statistics Capital: Victoria National Day: 18 June Airports: Seychelles International Airport, Pointe La Rue Main Language: English, French, and Creole Time Zone: +2 Size: 455 Km2 Population: 89 000 (2009) Economy: Fish, Sea and Marine resources Currency: Rupee Climate: Tropical, 28-32oC Tourism Investment Opportunities: Marine For More Information T: 00248 671 300 F: 00248 620 640 E: info@stoza.com www.seychelles .travel


South Africa

‘Discover why South Africa is the adventure capital of the world, why our natural beauty will leave you awe-struck, why our rich cultures and wildlife will fascinate you, why your roots are in Africa ...’ Iconic attraction: Table Mountain

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Table Mountain has always exerted a powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting all who fall under its spell. For many centuries only a handful of enterprising people could say that they had climbed it − until the cableway put the summit within everyone’s reach in 1929. Since then, over 16 million people have taken the trip to the top. The Table Mountain cableway has since become a landmark in Cape Town, and has carried some of Cape Town’s most illustrious visitors, including Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey and Sting. In the 1990s, the restaurants and cableway were upgraded, the new cars allowing passengers a 360-degree view of the city and Table Mountain. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2009 and remains the most popular tourist attraction in Cape Town. Visitors to the mountain top can enjoy refreshments at either the restaurant or the cocktail bar, from where one can watch the sun set over the Mother City. Or you could go hiking along one of the trails in the Table Mountain National Park, which is not only an international tourism icon but also a Natural World Heritage Site. This park encompasses the entire majestic Table Mountain chain, as well as the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora, it is a truly remarkable asset both locally and internationally. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such spectacular beauty and such rich biodiversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area – the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.


South Africa

‘Discover why South Africa is the adventure capital of the world, why our natural beauty will leave you awe-struck, why our rich cultures and wildlife will fascinate you, why your roots are in Africa ...’ Iconic attraction: Table Mountain

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Table Mountain has always exerted a powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting all who fall under its spell. For many centuries only a handful of enterprising people could say that they had climbed it − until the cableway put the summit within everyone’s reach in 1929. Since then, over 16 million people have taken the trip to the top. The Table Mountain cableway has since become a landmark in Cape Town, and has carried some of Cape Town’s most illustrious visitors, including Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey and Sting. In the 1990s, the restaurants and cableway were upgraded, the new cars allowing passengers a 360-degree view of the city and Table Mountain. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2009 and remains the most popular tourist attraction in Cape Town. Visitors to the mountain top can enjoy refreshments at either the restaurant or the cocktail bar, from where one can watch the sun set over the Mother City. Or you could go hiking along one of the trails in the Table Mountain National Park, which is not only an international tourism icon but also a Natural World Heritage Site. This park encompasses the entire majestic Table Mountain chain, as well as the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora, it is a truly remarkable asset both locally and internationally. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such spectacular beauty and such rich biodiversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area – the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.


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Other major attractions include:

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Garden Route: The Garden Route meanders along the south coast from Mossel Bay to Storms River, encompassing some of the most rugged and heart-stoppingly beautiful scenery in South Africa. Dotted along this route is a string of picturesque towns and some of the most luxurious golfing and beach resorts found anywhere in the world. It is also an eco-friendly adventure destination boasting a myriad of attractions and an huge array of leisure activities. Together with the Klein Karoo, the region forms part of the World Heritage Cape Floral Kingdom and is home to more flora than the entire northern hemisphere. Kruger National Park: Nearly 2 million hectares in size, the park allows one to immerse yourself in the endless wilderness that is truly Africa. Established in 1898, the Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in environmental management. Man’s interaction with the environment over many centuries is evident here in the form of rare Bushman rock paintings and archaeological sites. Now forming part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, it is mainly a self-drive destination, although guided tours are available. Cities: South Africa boasts a number of highly modern yet quintessentially African cities, where skyscrapers, boutiques and 5-star hotels co-exist harmoniously with vibrant African markets and crowded settlements. Iconic Cape Town knew its first inhabitants as early as 100 000 BC. Today, it is a cosmopolitan city of awe-inspiring beauty encompassing the Table Mountain National Park, a Natural World Heritage Site. Durban is a popular holiday destination in which the colours, spices and music of its people have fused into a unique new tapestry. Johannesburg or eGoli (place of gold) became a city in 1886, during the gold rush. Today Johannesburg and its more African alter ego Soweto form the throbbing industrial heart of South Africa. www.southafrica.net

South Africa socio-economic statistics The diversity of its landscape, its game reserves, its lush and scenic coastal cities, its strong economy and excellent transport infrastructure, make South Africa a favourite destination. Capital: Pretoria (executive) Cape Town (legislative) National Day: 27 April 1994 Airports: OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town, Durban and several smaller airports Main languages: English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, IsiXhosa, IsiNdebele, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga Neighbouring countries: Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 1 219 090 km2 Population: 49 300 million (2009) Economy: Mining, agriculture and tourism are the biggest contributors. Currency: South African Rand (ZAR) Climate: Moderate to very hot in the north, with summer temperatures of 40 °C and more, to below freezing point at night in winter. Places to see: Garden Route, Cape winelands, Kruger National Park and other game reserves, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Drakensberg mountains, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg Tourism investment opportunities: Transfrontier Conservation Areas For more information: T: +27 87 803 4636 E: info@southafrica.net www.southafrica.net

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Meetings Africa

February

Sandton Convention Centre

Indaba Tourism Fair

May

Durban, South Africa


South Africa

Other major attractions include:

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Garden Route: The Garden Route meanders along the south coast from Mossel Bay to Storms River, encompassing some of the most rugged and heart-stoppingly beautiful scenery in South Africa. Dotted along this route is a string of picturesque towns and some of the most luxurious golfing and beach resorts found anywhere in the world. It is also an eco-friendly adventure destination boasting a myriad of attractions and an huge array of leisure activities. Together with the Klein Karoo, the region forms part of the World Heritage Cape Floral Kingdom and is home to more flora than the entire northern hemisphere. Kruger National Park: Nearly 2 million hectares in size, the park allows one to immerse yourself in the endless wilderness that is truly Africa. Established in 1898, the Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in environmental management. Man’s interaction with the environment over many centuries is evident here in the form of rare Bushman rock paintings and archaeological sites. Now forming part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, it is mainly a self-drive destination, although guided tours are available. Cities: South Africa boasts a number of highly modern yet quintessentially African cities, where skyscrapers, boutiques and 5-star hotels co-exist harmoniously with vibrant African markets and crowded settlements. Iconic Cape Town knew its first inhabitants as early as 100 000 BC. Today, it is a cosmopolitan city of awe-inspiring beauty encompassing the Table Mountain National Park, a Natural World Heritage Site. Durban is a popular holiday destination in which the colours, spices and music of its people have fused into a unique new tapestry. Johannesburg or eGoli (place of gold) became a city in 1886, during the gold rush. Today Johannesburg and its more African alter ego Soweto form the throbbing industrial heart of South Africa. www.southafrica.net

South Africa socio-economic statistics The diversity of its landscape, its game reserves, its lush and scenic coastal cities, its strong economy and excellent transport infrastructure, make South Africa a favourite destination. Capital: Pretoria (executive) Cape Town (legislative) National Day: 27 April 1994 Airports: OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town, Durban and several smaller airports Main languages: English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, IsiXhosa, IsiNdebele, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga Neighbouring countries: Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 1 219 090 km2 Population: 49 300 million (2009) Economy: Mining, agriculture and tourism are the biggest contributors. Currency: South African Rand (ZAR) Climate: Moderate to very hot in the north, with summer temperatures of 40 °C and more, to below freezing point at night in winter. Places to see: Garden Route, Cape winelands, Kruger National Park and other game reserves, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Drakensberg mountains, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg Tourism investment opportunities: Transfrontier Conservation Areas For more information: T: +27 87 803 4636 E: info@southafrica.net www.southafrica.net

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Meetings Africa

February

Sandton Convention Centre

Indaba Tourism Fair

May

Durban, South Africa


Swaziland

Known as the ‘place of kings’, Swaziland is a tranquil country that has preserved its cultures and traditions in a unique blend of ancient and modern. Iconic attraction: Swazi cultural village in the Mantenga Reserve

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The Mantenga reserve is a protected area of 725 hectares in a secluded corner of the Ezulwini Valley, a mere 2 km from a major road. It contains not only the beautiful Mantenga Waterfalls, but also the iconic cultural village, Ligugu Lemaswati (‘pride of the Swazi people’). A living museum, the village replicates a 19th century Swazi homestead with beehive huts, kraals or byres, reed fences and various other structures − all built in the traditional style. The village illustrates many facets of the ancient Swazi way of life. Informative and enthusiastic guides will take you around on free tours, and you could even stay in one of three beehive huts if you wouldn’t mind roughing it a little. Tours of the village include activities found in a typical Swazi village, such as a visit to a traditional healer (inyanga), traditional dancing, and demonstrations of different crafts. You could also participate in walks to the falls and the reserve. More comfortable accommodation is available further upstream in one of 15 luxury tents, each located on a sturdy platform incorporating a viewing deck and equipped with an en suite toilet and hot shower. Some offer excellent views of the falls. The tents are grouped around the thatched Swazi River Café, a restaurant serving Swazi fusion cuisine, which has established a good reputation with both locals and visitors. The rest of the reserve is also well worth a visit. There are some pleasant hiking trails, and when you are ready to rest your feet, you will find a scenic picnic and swimming spot a short five-minute walk from the restaurant.


Swaziland

Known as the ‘place of kings’, Swaziland is a tranquil country that has preserved its cultures and traditions in a unique blend of ancient and modern. Iconic attraction: Swazi cultural village in the Mantenga Reserve

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The Mantenga reserve is a protected area of 725 hectares in a secluded corner of the Ezulwini Valley, a mere 2 km from a major road. It contains not only the beautiful Mantenga Waterfalls, but also the iconic cultural village, Ligugu Lemaswati (‘pride of the Swazi people’). A living museum, the village replicates a 19th century Swazi homestead with beehive huts, kraals or byres, reed fences and various other structures − all built in the traditional style. The village illustrates many facets of the ancient Swazi way of life. Informative and enthusiastic guides will take you around on free tours, and you could even stay in one of three beehive huts if you wouldn’t mind roughing it a little. Tours of the village include activities found in a typical Swazi village, such as a visit to a traditional healer (inyanga), traditional dancing, and demonstrations of different crafts. You could also participate in walks to the falls and the reserve. More comfortable accommodation is available further upstream in one of 15 luxury tents, each located on a sturdy platform incorporating a viewing deck and equipped with an en suite toilet and hot shower. Some offer excellent views of the falls. The tents are grouped around the thatched Swazi River Café, a restaurant serving Swazi fusion cuisine, which has established a good reputation with both locals and visitors. The rest of the reserve is also well worth a visit. There are some pleasant hiking trails, and when you are ready to rest your feet, you will find a scenic picnic and swimming spot a short five-minute walk from the restaurant.


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Other major attractions include:

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Swaziland socio-economic statistics

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park: Named after King Sobhuza II, the beloved leader who led Swaziland to its independence in 1968, this magical time capsule offers you a photographic and narrative depiction of the Kingdom of Swaziland. Located next to the Houses of Parliament in Lobamba, it illustrates the fascinating origins, history and customs of the Swazi. The museum’s old photographs of Swazi history are engrossing, and the museum also captures the Swazi love of nature.

Swaziland is one of Africa’s smallest countries, but it boasts a rich history and culture. Its game and nature reserves are highly recommended for Big Five game viewing. There are also several golf clubs with excellent courses, such as the Royal Swazi Golf Course.

Hlane Royal National Park: In the Lubombo Plateau, Simunye, lies the country’s largest protected area, the Hlane Royal National Park. Hlane is home to four of the big five: lion, elephant, rhino and leopard and several small game. A network of game-viewing roads criss-cross the park, weaving between 1 000 year old hardwood vegetation and shallow pans which attract great herds of animals. You could self-drive or take horse-back safaris or exciting guided walks to track lion, cheetah and leopard. Other game-viewing opportunities include guided mountain biking and game drives. In the evenings, relax beside a campfire while enjoying a display of traditional Swazi dancing.

National Day: 6 September 1968

The Malolotja Nature Reserve: This is a must for campers, hikers, backpackers and horse-riders. Game and birdlife abound in Malolotja’s hilly grasslands, while pristine forests guard many little-known species. Most of the roads are 4x4 trails, but if you persevere, you will be rewarded by gaining access to sites visited by few, such as the Ngwenya mountain top. The Malolotja Falls cascade over 90 metres into dense Afromontane forest. The lowlands offer a variety of habitats with swamps and lush plains thick with tall grasses, orchids, lilies and ancient cycads. There is a profusion of wild flowers most of the year, and pools tempting you to plunge into their crystal-clear depths. www.welcometoswaziland.com

Capital: Mbabane Airport: Manzini Main languages: Siswati, English, Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +2

Calendar of events

Size: 17 364 km2

EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Population: 1 026 million (2009)

Marula Festival

12 Feb 2011

Ebuhleni Royal Residence

Economy: Agriculture (predominantly sugar cane), forestry, and textile manufacturing are the main activities.

Marula Festival cont..

TBA

Hlane Royal Residence

Currency: Lilangeni (linked to the South African rand (ZAR))

Swazi Expo

02-03 Apr 2011

Mavuso Trade & Exhibition Centre

Climate: Rainfall from December to April. Summer temperatures reach 400C in thelowveld, and winter temperatures on the Highveld drop to below 15 0C.

Bushfire Festival

27-29 May 2011

House on Fire

Imvelo Classic

04 June 2011

Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary

Women’s reed dance

TBA (July)

Ludzidzini Royal Residence

Maidens reed dance

TBA (Aug)

Ludzidzini Royal Residence

Swaziland International Trade Fair

26/08- 05 Sep 2011

Mavuso Trade & exhibition centre

King’s Cup Golf Tournament

TBA(Sep)

Royal Swazi sun country club

Logico Swazi Frontier challenge

12- 15 Oct 2011

Malolotja to Pigg’s Peak

Incwala

TBA

Ludzidzini Royal Residence

Places to see: Ezulwini and Malkerns Valleys, Hlane Royal National Park, Swazi cultural village in Mantenga Nature Reserve, King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, Mlawula and Malolotja Nature Reserves Tourism investment opportunities: Accommodation, Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: +268 2 404 9693/75 E: info@tourismauthority.org.sz www.welcometoswaziland.com


Swaziland

Other major attractions include:

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Swaziland socio-economic statistics

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park: Named after King Sobhuza II, the beloved leader who led Swaziland to its independence in 1968, this magical time capsule offers you a photographic and narrative depiction of the Kingdom of Swaziland. Located next to the Houses of Parliament in Lobamba, it illustrates the fascinating origins, history and customs of the Swazi. The museum’s old photographs of Swazi history are engrossing, and the museum also captures the Swazi love of nature.

Swaziland is one of Africa’s smallest countries, but it boasts a rich history and culture. Its game and nature reserves are highly recommended for Big Five game viewing. There are also several golf clubs with excellent courses, such as the Royal Swazi Golf Course.

Hlane Royal National Park: In the Lubombo Plateau, Simunye, lies the country’s largest protected area, the Hlane Royal National Park. Hlane is home to four of the big five: lion, elephant, rhino and leopard and several small game. A network of game-viewing roads criss-cross the park, weaving between 1 000 year old hardwood vegetation and shallow pans which attract great herds of animals. You could self-drive or take horse-back safaris or exciting guided walks to track lion, cheetah and leopard. Other game-viewing opportunities include guided mountain biking and game drives. In the evenings, relax beside a campfire while enjoying a display of traditional Swazi dancing.

National Day: 6 September 1968

The Malolotja Nature Reserve: This is a must for campers, hikers, backpackers and horse-riders. Game and birdlife abound in Malolotja’s hilly grasslands, while pristine forests guard many little-known species. Most of the roads are 4x4 trails, but if you persevere, you will be rewarded by gaining access to sites visited by few, such as the Ngwenya mountain top. The Malolotja Falls cascade over 90 metres into dense Afromontane forest. The lowlands offer a variety of habitats with swamps and lush plains thick with tall grasses, orchids, lilies and ancient cycads. There is a profusion of wild flowers most of the year, and pools tempting you to plunge into their crystal-clear depths. www.welcometoswaziland.com

Capital: Mbabane Airport: Manzini Main languages: Siswati, English, Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +2

Calendar of events

Size: 17 364 km2

EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Population: 1 026 million (2009)

Marula Festival

12 Feb 2011

Ebuhleni Royal Residence

Economy: Agriculture (predominantly sugar cane), forestry, and textile manufacturing are the main activities.

Marula Festival cont..

TBA

Hlane Royal Residence

Currency: Lilangeni (linked to the South African rand (ZAR))

Swazi Expo

02-03 Apr 2011

Mavuso Trade & Exhibition Centre

Climate: Rainfall from December to April. Summer temperatures reach 400C in thelowveld, and winter temperatures on the Highveld drop to below 15 0C.

Bushfire Festival

27-29 May 2011

House on Fire

Imvelo Classic

04 June 2011

Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary

Women’s reed dance

TBA (July)

Ludzidzini Royal Residence

Maidens reed dance

TBA (Aug)

Ludzidzini Royal Residence

Swaziland International Trade Fair

26/08- 05 Sep 2011

Mavuso Trade & exhibition centre

King’s Cup Golf Tournament

TBA(Sep)

Royal Swazi sun country club

Logico Swazi Frontier challenge

12- 15 Oct 2011

Malolotja to Pigg’s Peak

Incwala

TBA

Ludzidzini Royal Residence

Places to see: Ezulwini and Malkerns Valleys, Hlane Royal National Park, Swazi cultural village in Mantenga Nature Reserve, King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, Mlawula and Malolotja Nature Reserves Tourism investment opportunities: Accommodation, Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: +268 2 404 9693/75 E: info@tourismauthority.org.sz www.welcometoswaziland.com


Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro towers above the African plains, its peak piercing the clouds that surround it. Formed over 500 000 years ago, this enormous strata volcano has been nicknamed the Mountain of Greatness by the local tribes in its vicinity − not surprising when one considers the fact that, at 4 600 m, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Iconic attraction: Kilimanjaro

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Lying a mere 3 degrees south of the equator, it straddles Tanzania’s border with Kenya. It is composed of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, and supports five major eco-zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers. After reaching its maximum height during its last major eruption 360 000 years ago, Kibo has been eroded by glaciers, rivers and landslides to its present height. The first people to climb Kilimanjaro were German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian climber Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. Today, around 25 000 people attempt to reach the summit of Africa every year. Before or after your attempt to reach the summit, you may wish to explore other parts of Tanzania as well. Rich in cultural heritage, the cities and towns of this diverse country present an enlightening view of African society, while the grassy plains are teeming with animal and bird life. Just off the coast, Zanzibar is an interesting and exotic blend of Africa and Asia − the ideal holiday destination for historians and marine enthusiasts alike. But whatever you do, do not miss your encounter with the Mountain of Greatness. Indeed, the valley below Kilimanjaro is believed by many to be the birthplace of humankind. So perhaps for some, it is a matter of coming home.


Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro towers above the African plains, its peak piercing the clouds that surround it. Formed over 500 000 years ago, this enormous strata volcano has been nicknamed the Mountain of Greatness by the local tribes in its vicinity − not surprising when one considers the fact that, at 4 600 m, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Iconic attraction: Kilimanjaro

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Lying a mere 3 degrees south of the equator, it straddles Tanzania’s border with Kenya. It is composed of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, and supports five major eco-zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers. After reaching its maximum height during its last major eruption 360 000 years ago, Kibo has been eroded by glaciers, rivers and landslides to its present height. The first people to climb Kilimanjaro were German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian climber Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. Today, around 25 000 people attempt to reach the summit of Africa every year. Before or after your attempt to reach the summit, you may wish to explore other parts of Tanzania as well. Rich in cultural heritage, the cities and towns of this diverse country present an enlightening view of African society, while the grassy plains are teeming with animal and bird life. Just off the coast, Zanzibar is an interesting and exotic blend of Africa and Asia − the ideal holiday destination for historians and marine enthusiasts alike. But whatever you do, do not miss your encounter with the Mountain of Greatness. Indeed, the valley below Kilimanjaro is believed by many to be the birthplace of humankind. So perhaps for some, it is a matter of coming home.


Tanzania

Other major attractions include:

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Tanzania socio-economic statistics

Serengeti National Park: Serengeti has come to symbolise paradise to many people. For the Maasai it was Siringitu − ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Two World Heritage Sites and two biosphere reserves have been established within the 30 000 square km region. The Serengeti is most famous for its migration, when some 6 million hooves pound the earth. At other times, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa. You are offered a choice of walking and hot-air balloon safaris or game drives.

Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, and Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest and second deepest fresh water lake, Tanzania is an awe-inspiring country. Other major tourist attractions include the Serengeti National Park, in particular the annual wildebeest migration, and the popular holiday island of Zanzibar.

Ngorongoro Crater: If you were offered a single safari holiday in your lifetime − one chance to experience Africa − the Ngorongoro Crater is where you would want to go. It is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, its magical setting and abundant wildlife never failing to enthral. The crater floor is a natural sanctuary for thousands of animals and many species of insects and birds. Lush highlands surround the crater, falling away to the plains and lakes of the Great Rift Valley. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is called the eighth wonder of the world and stretches across some 8 300 square km, boasting a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology unsurpassed in Africa.

Airports: Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha

Lake Victoria: With a surface area of 70 000 square km, this is the second largest freshwater lake in the world. The surrounding land is one of enormous natural beauty virtually bordering on the Serengeti. The towns of Bukoba, Musoma and Mwanza offer a number of attractions, such as numerous islands, some of which have become wildlife sanctuaries. The Rubondo Island National Park along the southern portion of the lake will be an important highlight of your visit to this area. Here, you could participate in an array of activities, such as bird watching, boat trips and hiking the African continent. www.tanzaniatouristboard.com

Capital: Dodoma (Political) and Dar es Salaam (Administrative, commercial) National Day: 9 December 1961

Main languages: Swahili, English Neighbouring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +3 Size: 945 200 km2 Population: 41 916 million (2009) Economy: Agriculture, with mining and tourism making large contributions. Currency: Tanzanian Shilling Climate: Tropical Summer temperatures 20 °C in the highlands, in winter down to 10 °C. Elsewhere 25 – 31 °C in summer and 15 – 20 °C in winter. Places to see: Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria, Arusha National Park, Dar Es Salaam Tourism investment opportunities: Conference and eco-tourism For more information: T: +255 222 110 908 F: +255 22 211 6420 E: info@tanzaniatourism.go.tz www.tanzaniatouristboard.go.tz


Tanzania

Other major attractions include:

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Tanzania socio-economic statistics

Serengeti National Park: Serengeti has come to symbolise paradise to many people. For the Maasai it was Siringitu − ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Two World Heritage Sites and two biosphere reserves have been established within the 30 000 square km region. The Serengeti is most famous for its migration, when some 6 million hooves pound the earth. At other times, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa. You are offered a choice of walking and hot-air balloon safaris or game drives.

Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, and Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest and second deepest fresh water lake, Tanzania is an awe-inspiring country. Other major tourist attractions include the Serengeti National Park, in particular the annual wildebeest migration, and the popular holiday island of Zanzibar.

Ngorongoro Crater: If you were offered a single safari holiday in your lifetime − one chance to experience Africa − the Ngorongoro Crater is where you would want to go. It is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, its magical setting and abundant wildlife never failing to enthral. The crater floor is a natural sanctuary for thousands of animals and many species of insects and birds. Lush highlands surround the crater, falling away to the plains and lakes of the Great Rift Valley. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is called the eighth wonder of the world and stretches across some 8 300 square km, boasting a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology unsurpassed in Africa.

Airports: Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha

Lake Victoria: With a surface area of 70 000 square km, this is the second largest freshwater lake in the world. The surrounding land is one of enormous natural beauty virtually bordering on the Serengeti. The towns of Bukoba, Musoma and Mwanza offer a number of attractions, such as numerous islands, some of which have become wildlife sanctuaries. The Rubondo Island National Park along the southern portion of the lake will be an important highlight of your visit to this area. Here, you could participate in an array of activities, such as bird watching, boat trips and hiking the African continent. www.tanzaniatouristboard.com

Capital: Dodoma (Political) and Dar es Salaam (Administrative, commercial) National Day: 9 December 1961

Main languages: Swahili, English Neighbouring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique Time zone: GMT +3 Size: 945 200 km2 Population: 41 916 million (2009) Economy: Agriculture, with mining and tourism making large contributions. Currency: Tanzanian Shilling Climate: Tropical Summer temperatures 20 °C in the highlands, in winter down to 10 °C. Elsewhere 25 – 31 °C in summer and 15 – 20 °C in winter. Places to see: Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria, Arusha National Park, Dar Es Salaam Tourism investment opportunities: Conference and eco-tourism For more information: T: +255 222 110 908 F: +255 22 211 6420 E: info@tanzaniatourism.go.tz www.tanzaniatouristboard.go.tz


Zambia

Zambia is home to the Victoria Falls and many other magnificent waterfalls, spectacular wildlife, superb safaris, great adventures, rich culture and friendly people. Iconic attraction: The Victoria Falls

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Described as Mosi-oa-Tunya − ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ − and more recently as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water’, the Victoria Falls are a sight of awe-inspiring grandeur on the Zambezi River bordering Zambia. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and a World Heritage site. Columns of spray billowing into the air can be seen from kilometres away, as 546 million cubic metres of water per minute plummet along a width of nearly two kilometres into a gorge more than 100 metres below. On the opposite side is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height and covered in mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest will afford you one of the most spectacular views of your lifetime. Another special vantage point is that from the Knife Edge bridge, where you would have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the ‘Boiling Pot’. Other vantage points include the ‘Lookout Tree’, from where you would be treated to a panoramic view across the main falls. Some of the best views, however, are from Livingstone Island. A real thrill is to swim in a natural rock pool on the edge of the Falls − Devil’s Pool − which you can only do during the dry season, especially during September and October. Other activities at the falls include scenic flights above the waterfalls; water activities such as white-water rafting, river boarding, kayaking and jet boating; abseiling and high-wire; river cruises and canoeing; as well as elephant-back rides, walking with lions, horse riding and game drives in the Mosioa-Tunya National Park.


Zambia

Zambia is home to the Victoria Falls and many other magnificent waterfalls, spectacular wildlife, superb safaris, great adventures, rich culture and friendly people. Iconic attraction: The Victoria Falls

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Described as Mosi-oa-Tunya − ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ − and more recently as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water’, the Victoria Falls are a sight of awe-inspiring grandeur on the Zambezi River bordering Zambia. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and a World Heritage site. Columns of spray billowing into the air can be seen from kilometres away, as 546 million cubic metres of water per minute plummet along a width of nearly two kilometres into a gorge more than 100 metres below. On the opposite side is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height and covered in mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest will afford you one of the most spectacular views of your lifetime. Another special vantage point is that from the Knife Edge bridge, where you would have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the ‘Boiling Pot’. Other vantage points include the ‘Lookout Tree’, from where you would be treated to a panoramic view across the main falls. Some of the best views, however, are from Livingstone Island. A real thrill is to swim in a natural rock pool on the edge of the Falls − Devil’s Pool − which you can only do during the dry season, especially during September and October. Other activities at the falls include scenic flights above the waterfalls; water activities such as white-water rafting, river boarding, kayaking and jet boating; abseiling and high-wire; river cruises and canoeing; as well as elephant-back rides, walking with lions, horse riding and game drives in the Mosioa-Tunya National Park.


Zambia

Other major attractions include: South Luangwa National Park: Safari Experts have dubbed South Luangwa National Park one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentrations of game around the Luangwa river and its lagoons are among the highest found anywhere in Africa, and the park is famed for its seclusion and natural beauty. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated here in the early 1950s, and is still one of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness first-hand. Night and morning drives are also fascinating.

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Lower Zambezi National Park: The beauty of this park lies in its state of absolute wilderness. The park is situated opposite the Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, which means that the entire area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary. Although the park covers an area of 4 092 square km, most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. Canoeing trips are offered by the lodges, and river guides will take you down remote channels between the islands where you will have every opportunity for exciting, close-up encounters with game especially the hippos and elephants. Lake Kariba: Africa’s largest man-made dam at 226 km long and in places 40 km wide, it offers spectacular views with stunning sunsets. You could take a houseboat holiday, watching the orange sun sink on the one side of the lake and the moon rise over the shimmering waters on the other. There are well established luxury lodges and hotels with wonderful views of the lake, as well as self-catering chalets and campsites. The lake is a playground for all kinds of boating and water sports, and attracts vast quantities of game. Equipped with marinas, an airport and a harbour, the lake is fast becoming an extremely popular resort destination. www.zambiatourism.com

Zambia socio-economic statistics Epitomising the real Africa, Zambia is home to natural wonders such as the thundering Zambezi River and world-famous Victoria Falls. Nature reserves and transfrontier conservation enable the visitor to view wildlife it its natural habitat. Known for its welcoming people, rich culture and fascinating drumming and dancing rituals, Zambia is the ideal adventure destination. Capital: Lusaka National Day: 24 October 1964 Airport: Lusaka International Airport, Livingstone Main languages: English, Chinyanja and 72 local dialects Neighbouring countries: Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 752 612 km2 Population: 12 900 million (2009) Economy: Copper mining is the country’s economic mainstay, with agriculture and tourism developing rapidly. Currency: Zambia Kwacha Climate: Tropical, the rainy season stretching from November to April. Average temperatures of above 20 °C over most of the country. Places to see: Lusaka, South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, Lake Kariba, Victoria Falls Tourism investment opportunities: Wildlife-based activities, Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: (260 211) 229087/ 90 F: (260 211) 225174 E: zntb@zambiatourism.org.zm www.zambiatourism.com

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Zambia International Travel Show (ZITS) Lwendela Chivweka Ukupupa Ukwilimuna Umutpmboko Builile Ikumbi Lya Longo Lubinda Ntongo Lunda Lubanza Likumbi Lya Mize Kulamba Ukusefya Ng’wna Chibwela pa Mushi Makundu Chisemwa Chalunda Mbunda Liyola Chishinga - Malaila Musaka - Jiui Kulamba - Kubwalo Lukwakwa Kulombela Mvula Shabuka Ikubi Lya Malumbe Kwanga Chabala Nkta Nsengele - Kununka Lwiindi

25th to 26th March 2011 24th July 24th July 31st July 31st July 31st July 7th August 7th August 7th August 14th August 28th August 28th August 28th August 4th September 11th September 11th September 18th September 25th September 25th September 2nd October 5th October 15th October 15th October 24th October 30th October 5th November 6th November 31st December

Lusaka, Zambia Kasempa District Kabompo District Solwezi District Pongwe District Kawambwa District Chienge District Mumbwa District Solwezi District Zambezi District Zambezi District Katete District Mungwi District Mukushi Distict Mufumbwe District Mwinilunga District Kabompo District Kawambwa District Mumbwa District Chibombo District Kabombo District Mwinilunga District Mansa District Munbwa District Samfya District Masaiti District Pongwe District Livingstone


Zambia

Other major attractions include: South Luangwa National Park: Safari Experts have dubbed South Luangwa National Park one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentrations of game around the Luangwa river and its lagoons are among the highest found anywhere in Africa, and the park is famed for its seclusion and natural beauty. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated here in the early 1950s, and is still one of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness first-hand. Night and morning drives are also fascinating.

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Lower Zambezi National Park: The beauty of this park lies in its state of absolute wilderness. The park is situated opposite the Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, which means that the entire area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary. Although the park covers an area of 4 092 square km, most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. Canoeing trips are offered by the lodges, and river guides will take you down remote channels between the islands where you will have every opportunity for exciting, close-up encounters with game especially the hippos and elephants. Lake Kariba: Africa’s largest man-made dam at 226 km long and in places 40 km wide, it offers spectacular views with stunning sunsets. You could take a houseboat holiday, watching the orange sun sink on the one side of the lake and the moon rise over the shimmering waters on the other. There are well established luxury lodges and hotels with wonderful views of the lake, as well as self-catering chalets and campsites. The lake is a playground for all kinds of boating and water sports, and attracts vast quantities of game. Equipped with marinas, an airport and a harbour, the lake is fast becoming an extremely popular resort destination. www.zambiatourism.com

Zambia socio-economic statistics Epitomising the real Africa, Zambia is home to natural wonders such as the thundering Zambezi River and world-famous Victoria Falls. Nature reserves and transfrontier conservation enable the visitor to view wildlife it its natural habitat. Known for its welcoming people, rich culture and fascinating drumming and dancing rituals, Zambia is the ideal adventure destination. Capital: Lusaka National Day: 24 October 1964 Airport: Lusaka International Airport, Livingstone Main languages: English, Chinyanja and 72 local dialects Neighbouring countries: Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 752 612 km2 Population: 12 900 million (2009) Economy: Copper mining is the country’s economic mainstay, with agriculture and tourism developing rapidly. Currency: Zambia Kwacha Climate: Tropical, the rainy season stretching from November to April. Average temperatures of above 20 °C over most of the country. Places to see: Lusaka, South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, Lake Kariba, Victoria Falls Tourism investment opportunities: Wildlife-based activities, Transfrontier Conservation Area For more information: T: (260 211) 229087/ 90 F: (260 211) 225174 E: zntb@zambiatourism.org.zm www.zambiatourism.com

Calendar of events EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Zambia International Travel Show (ZITS) Lwendela Chivweka Ukupupa Ukwilimuna Umutpmboko Builile Ikumbi Lya Longo Lubinda Ntongo Lunda Lubanza Likumbi Lya Mize Kulamba Ukusefya Ng’wna Chibwela pa Mushi Makundu Chisemwa Chalunda Mbunda Liyola Chishinga - Malaila Musaka - Jiui Kulamba - Kubwalo Lukwakwa Kulombela Mvula Shabuka Ikubi Lya Malumbe Kwanga Chabala Nkta Nsengele - Kununka Lwiindi

25th to 26th March 2011 24th July 24th July 31st July 31st July 31st July 7th August 7th August 7th August 14th August 28th August 28th August 28th August 4th September 11th September 11th September 18th September 25th September 25th September 2nd October 5th October 15th October 15th October 24th October 30th October 5th November 6th November 31st December

Lusaka, Zambia Kasempa District Kabompo District Solwezi District Pongwe District Kawambwa District Chienge District Mumbwa District Solwezi District Zambezi District Zambezi District Katete District Mungwi District Mukushi Distict Mufumbwe District Mwinilunga District Kabompo District Kawambwa District Mumbwa District Chibombo District Kabombo District Mwinilunga District Mansa District Munbwa District Samfya District Masaiti District Pongwe District Livingstone


Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to the Victoria Falls, the stone enclosures of Great Zimbabwe, and to herds of game roaming vast stretches of wilderness. Iconic attraction: The Victoria Falls

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The Victoria Falls are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. As the explorer David Livingstone remarked when he first saw the 1.7 km long curtain of falling water, ‘scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’. The Victoria Falls define the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and on the Zimbabwean side, they form part of the wildlife rich Victoria Falls National Park. During the wet season, over 500 million litres of water plummet over the edge to a depth of 108 m. This incredible amount of water generates a huge cloud of spray billowing high into the sky and visible for kilometres around − hence the name Mosioa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’). One can view the falls face-on and enjoy the full force of the spray, noise and spectacular rainbows. Or you could take a flight over the falls, and if you’re more adventurous, opt for a micro-light flight. Sunset cruises are popular, when you could sip your favourite beverage while watching hippos cavort in the Zambezi under a spectacular sunset. Affectionately coined the adventure capital of the world, there are a myriad of things to see and experience. Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge is a highlight, and rafting down the rapids of the Zambezi River is an unforgettable adventure. You could also kayak, canoe, abseil, river board, swing through the gorge, and horse ride. You could take elephant rides, walk with lions or participate in a horse-riding safari. And if you decide on a game of golf, remember that animals have the right of way!


Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to the Victoria Falls, the stone enclosures of Great Zimbabwe, and to herds of game roaming vast stretches of wilderness. Iconic attraction: The Victoria Falls

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The Victoria Falls are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. As the explorer David Livingstone remarked when he first saw the 1.7 km long curtain of falling water, ‘scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’. The Victoria Falls define the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and on the Zimbabwean side, they form part of the wildlife rich Victoria Falls National Park. During the wet season, over 500 million litres of water plummet over the edge to a depth of 108 m. This incredible amount of water generates a huge cloud of spray billowing high into the sky and visible for kilometres around − hence the name Mosioa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’). One can view the falls face-on and enjoy the full force of the spray, noise and spectacular rainbows. Or you could take a flight over the falls, and if you’re more adventurous, opt for a micro-light flight. Sunset cruises are popular, when you could sip your favourite beverage while watching hippos cavort in the Zambezi under a spectacular sunset. Affectionately coined the adventure capital of the world, there are a myriad of things to see and experience. Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge is a highlight, and rafting down the rapids of the Zambezi River is an unforgettable adventure. You could also kayak, canoe, abseil, river board, swing through the gorge, and horse ride. You could take elephant rides, walk with lions or participate in a horse-riding safari. And if you decide on a game of golf, remember that animals have the right of way!


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Great Zimbabwe National Monument: This ruined city was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Zimbabwe. Constructed from the 11th to the 14th century, the ruins are majestic, awe-inspiring and timeless. Spanning an area of 722 hectares, they may have housed up to 18 000 people. The Great Enclosure is the largest single ancient structure south of the Sahara. Great Zimbabwe, meaning ‘stone houses’, was a main regional trading centre, its wealth associated with Arab gold trading. Fragments of Persian and Chinese pottery have also been found at the site. Guided tours are available, and there is ample accommodation near the monument offering an array of activities such as swimming, volleyball and game drives.

In addition to abundant wildlife and exceptional game parks, Zimbabwe offers a rich variety for tourists that includes the Great Zimbabwe ruins, the spectacular Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River. Numerous activities – including bungee jumping from the railway bridge and white-water rafting - have evolved around this famous landmark.

Hwange National Park: Hwange National Park is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra. It is also a haven for many endangered species, and the only area where gemsbok, brown hyena and wild dog occur in reasonable numbers. Situated between Bulawayo and the Victoria Falls, Hwange covers just over 14 600 square km, and gives one a picture of what the interior of Africa might have been like 150 years ago. You could view game by car or on walking or horseback safaris, and a variety of accommodation options is available.

Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique

Khami Ruins National Monument: A Unesco World Heritage Site near Bulawayo, the Khami Ruins are one of the most important archaeological sites in Zimbabwe. Khami developed between 1450 and 1650, after Great Zimbabwe had been abandoned. Artefacts such as Ming porcelain items and Spanish silverware have been found here, hinting at wide-ranging trading contacts. The ruins consist of a series of terraces and passages supported by massive granite walls, some overlooking Khami Dam and Khami Gorge. Relics found at the site, some over 100 000 years ago old, are displayed at a small museum.

Currency: Zimbabwe Dollar. The US Dollar is official currency

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Capital: Harare National Day: 18 April 1980 Airport: Harare, flights to Victoria Falls Main languages: Shona, Ndebele, English

Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 390 757 km2 Population: 12 240 million (2009) Economy: Mining, agriculture and tourism are the biggest contributors to the economy. Climate: Moderate, wet from November to May. An average summer temperature of 21 °C, down to 14 °C in winter. Places to see: Harare, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park, Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Khami Ruins National Monument, Matobo Hills near Bulawayo Tourism Investment opportunities: Resort development, Wildlife based activities, Tourism frontier conservation areas, Accommodation and Tourism infrastructure For more information: T: +263 4 75 2570 F: +263 4 75 8826/28 E: info@ztazim.co.zw or marketing@ztazim.co.zw www.zimbabwetourism.net

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Zimbabwe socio-economic statistics

Great Zimbabwe National Monument: This ruined city was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Zimbabwe. Constructed from the 11th to the 14th century, the ruins are majestic, awe-inspiring and timeless. Spanning an area of 722 hectares, they may have housed up to 18 000 people. The Great Enclosure is the largest single ancient structure south of the Sahara. Great Zimbabwe, meaning ‘stone houses’, was a main regional trading centre, its wealth associated with Arab gold trading. Fragments of Persian and Chinese pottery have also been found at the site. Guided tours are available, and there is ample accommodation near the monument offering an array of activities such as swimming, volleyball and game drives.

In addition to abundant wildlife and exceptional game parks, Zimbabwe offers a rich variety for tourists that includes the Great Zimbabwe ruins, the spectacular Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River. Numerous activities – including bungee jumping from the railway bridge and white-water rafting - have evolved around this famous landmark.

Hwange National Park: Hwange National Park is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra. It is also a haven for many endangered species, and the only area where gemsbok, brown hyena and wild dog occur in reasonable numbers. Situated between Bulawayo and the Victoria Falls, Hwange covers just over 14 600 square km, and gives one a picture of what the interior of Africa might have been like 150 years ago. You could view game by car or on walking or horseback safaris, and a variety of accommodation options is available.

Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique

Khami Ruins National Monument: A Unesco World Heritage Site near Bulawayo, the Khami Ruins are one of the most important archaeological sites in Zimbabwe. Khami developed between 1450 and 1650, after Great Zimbabwe had been abandoned. Artefacts such as Ming porcelain items and Spanish silverware have been found here, hinting at wide-ranging trading contacts. The ruins consist of a series of terraces and passages supported by massive granite walls, some overlooking Khami Dam and Khami Gorge. Relics found at the site, some over 100 000 years ago old, are displayed at a small museum.

Currency: Zimbabwe Dollar. The US Dollar is official currency

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Capital: Harare National Day: 18 April 1980 Airport: Harare, flights to Victoria Falls Main languages: Shona, Ndebele, English

Time zone: GMT +2 Size: 390 757 km2 Population: 12 240 million (2009) Economy: Mining, agriculture and tourism are the biggest contributors to the economy. Climate: Moderate, wet from November to May. An average summer temperature of 21 °C, down to 14 °C in winter. Places to see: Harare, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park, Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Khami Ruins National Monument, Matobo Hills near Bulawayo Tourism Investment opportunities: Resort development, Wildlife based activities, Tourism frontier conservation areas, Accommodation and Tourism infrastructure For more information: T: +263 4 75 2570 F: +263 4 75 8826/28 E: info@ztazim.co.zw or marketing@ztazim.co.zw www.zimbabwetourism.net

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/Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park Explore the oldest desert in the world with the most spectacular arid and desert mountain scenery in southern Africa. See the richest diversity of succulent desert flora, the second largest canyon in the world, an astounding number of different birds, nomadic tribes, sulphur springs and archaeological sites dating back to 2200BC. Experience the very unusual primeval landscape shared by Namibia and South Africa that becomes even more surreal in the early morning when it is covered by a fog that rolls in from the cold Atlantic Ocean. The /Ai-/AisRichtersveld Transfrontier Park is a renowned geological classroom, featuring many distinct periods of geological history that span some 2 million years. It is changing all the time. Life shifts like the sands and settles in even more fascinating formations. • Admire the magnificence of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb down into it. • Relax in the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs and benefit from their healing powers after a long day of hiking and exploring. In the Nama language, /Ai-/Ais means ‘burning water’. Flanked by date palms, the springs here gush out of the earth at a constant temperature of 57’ C. • Meet some of the last pastoral communities and experience the Nama people’s traditional lifestyle. • Go on safari through the Richtersveld National Park, a World Heritage Site, that has the most species-rich arid zones in the world. • Take a river adventure down the majestic Orange River, a life-giving force for this desert landscape and the sixth richest wetland in southern Africa. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park The vastness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park gives you a unique sense of solitude and freedom in a wilderness barely touched by human intervention. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, known as the ‘Place of Thirst’, includes the Kalahari Desert whose red-brown sands spread into Botswana and South Africa. The Kalahari is the largest expanse of continuous sand mass in the world. As the oldest Transfrontier Park in Africa, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has built up a reputation as one of the few ecosystems in southern Africa where a variety of large predators are successfully maintained. These include leopard, brown and spotted byena, lion and cheetah.

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What better place to be than in the middle of nowhere? • Go on wilderness trails and see the Kalahari lions that have adapted to the desert by having lighter fur than other lions and the ability to go for weeks without water. See cheetah (the fastest land animal), eland (the world’s largest antelope) and an abundance of other wild animals. • Stay in accommodation that ranges from camp-sites to luxury five-star resorts – whatever best suits your needs and your budget. • Meet some of the original inhabitants of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park who still live in and around the park. They include the Mier and the Khomani tribes, both huntergatherers in the Kalahari Desert. Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area Go on the adventure of a lifetime down the Okavango and Zambezi river basins. Follow ancient wildlife migration routes; meet up with vibrant African cultures; travel where 5 countries – Angola, Botswana. Namibia. Zambia and Zimbabwe – converge. Take a Mokoro canoe out on the largest inland delta in the world; fly above the breathtaking Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and enjoy a sundowner cruise on the waters of the mighty Zambezi. Journey through this wildlife sanctuary of 36 national parks and view the largest contiguous population of African elephant. When life is this exciting, you’ll never want to go home! • See first hand the world-renowned craftsmanship of the locals such as the beautiful hand-woven baskets of the Hambukushu, stone sculptures of the Shona and Matabele wood carvings. • Explore some of the wildest national parks in Africa, including Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Hwange National Park and the Caprivi Strip, containing over 250 000 elephants. • Experience the vast open spaces of Makgadikgadi the largest pans on earth interspersed with ancient islands. • View the remarkable Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’! Cruise the waters of the Zambezi, the fourth longest river in Africa, and ovserve abundant wildlife on its banks • If you’re feeling really adventurous, go white water rafting, kayaking, river boarding, abseiling and take helicopter rides. And, if you’re exceptionally brave, bungee jump into the Batoka Gorge.


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/Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park Explore the oldest desert in the world with the most spectacular arid and desert mountain scenery in southern Africa. See the richest diversity of succulent desert flora, the second largest canyon in the world, an astounding number of different birds, nomadic tribes, sulphur springs and archaeological sites dating back to 2200BC. Experience the very unusual primeval landscape shared by Namibia and South Africa that becomes even more surreal in the early morning when it is covered by a fog that rolls in from the cold Atlantic Ocean. The /Ai-/AisRichtersveld Transfrontier Park is a renowned geological classroom, featuring many distinct periods of geological history that span some 2 million years. It is changing all the time. Life shifts like the sands and settles in even more fascinating formations. • Admire the magnificence of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb down into it. • Relax in the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs and benefit from their healing powers after a long day of hiking and exploring. In the Nama language, /Ai-/Ais means ‘burning water’. Flanked by date palms, the springs here gush out of the earth at a constant temperature of 57’ C. • Meet some of the last pastoral communities and experience the Nama people’s traditional lifestyle. • Go on safari through the Richtersveld National Park, a World Heritage Site, that has the most species-rich arid zones in the world. • Take a river adventure down the majestic Orange River, a life-giving force for this desert landscape and the sixth richest wetland in southern Africa. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park The vastness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park gives you a unique sense of solitude and freedom in a wilderness barely touched by human intervention. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, known as the ‘Place of Thirst’, includes the Kalahari Desert whose red-brown sands spread into Botswana and South Africa. The Kalahari is the largest expanse of continuous sand mass in the world. As the oldest Transfrontier Park in Africa, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has built up a reputation as one of the few ecosystems in southern Africa where a variety of large predators are successfully maintained. These include leopard, brown and spotted byena, lion and cheetah.

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What better place to be than in the middle of nowhere? • Go on wilderness trails and see the Kalahari lions that have adapted to the desert by having lighter fur than other lions and the ability to go for weeks without water. See cheetah (the fastest land animal), eland (the world’s largest antelope) and an abundance of other wild animals. • Stay in accommodation that ranges from camp-sites to luxury five-star resorts – whatever best suits your needs and your budget. • Meet some of the original inhabitants of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park who still live in and around the park. They include the Mier and the Khomani tribes, both huntergatherers in the Kalahari Desert. Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area Go on the adventure of a lifetime down the Okavango and Zambezi river basins. Follow ancient wildlife migration routes; meet up with vibrant African cultures; travel where 5 countries – Angola, Botswana. Namibia. Zambia and Zimbabwe – converge. Take a Mokoro canoe out on the largest inland delta in the world; fly above the breathtaking Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and enjoy a sundowner cruise on the waters of the mighty Zambezi. Journey through this wildlife sanctuary of 36 national parks and view the largest contiguous population of African elephant. When life is this exciting, you’ll never want to go home! • See first hand the world-renowned craftsmanship of the locals such as the beautiful hand-woven baskets of the Hambukushu, stone sculptures of the Shona and Matabele wood carvings. • Explore some of the wildest national parks in Africa, including Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Hwange National Park and the Caprivi Strip, containing over 250 000 elephants. • Experience the vast open spaces of Makgadikgadi the largest pans on earth interspersed with ancient islands. • View the remarkable Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’! Cruise the waters of the Zambezi, the fourth longest river in Africa, and ovserve abundant wildlife on its banks • If you’re feeling really adventurous, go white water rafting, kayaking, river boarding, abseiling and take helicopter rides. And, if you’re exceptionally brave, bungee jump into the Batoka Gorge.


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Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area Welcome to the Land of Giants, where you will find giant baobabs, sycamore fig and leadwood trees; Tuli Elephants – the largest elephant population on privately owned land in Africa; Africa’s largest flying bird; fossilized dinosaur remains and footprints; massive sandstone and mudstone outcrops, and dolerite dykes; and the largest known settlement in southern Africa during the 13th Century, the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe. Take a guided tour to the summit of Mapungubwe hill and hear about the African Kings of the past. When you view the vast and hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, you feel as if you have entered a land that time forgot. Greater Mapungubwe awakens something primal as you gaze over the convluence of two mighty rivers and three southern African countries – Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Time spent in the wild is liberating. • Be fascinated by the cultural history connected to this area. Learn about the discovery of an ancient kingdom and its jewels, including the famous Golden Rhino. • View fossilized dinosaur footprints and the skeletal remains of a 65-million-year-old dinosaur, Massospondylus. • Enjoy a guided interpretive wildlife experience and track wild dogs as part of the Endangered Wild Dog Project. The area is also well known for Tuli Elephants as well as large numbers of often elusive leopard. • Walk in the canopy of a Riverine Forest. The tree-top boardwalk offers a unique perspective of the wildlife and birds on the Limpopo River. Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park The landscapes of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe come together to create the world’s greatest animal kingdom – the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The diversity and grandeur of this transfrontier park is both overwhelming and glorius. It links together various different game parks, such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. While on safari you will be able to drive across the borders of three countries within the boundaries of the transfrontier park and see an abundance of wildlife. Every animal is beautiful, but to see so many together is awe-inspiring! • Travel through the world’s greatest animal kingdom and see the ‘Big Five’ like never before

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Explore tropical wetlands rich in birdlife Take leisurely lake cruises and watch the incredibly rich colours of an African sunset. Go tiger-fishing on Zimbabwe’s spectacular rivers. Go on rugged 4x4 adventure drives. Meet up with fascinating cultures and see ancient ruins.

Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area The diversity of what the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area offers is extraordinary! Discover the immense beauty of three countries with very different landscapes and cultures – Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. You will encounter a remarkable number of animal species such as the largest population of hippos, crocodiles, giant leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopard and a vast array of bird and marine life. This is the chance to see the greatest diversity of amphibians in southern Africa (also home of the rare fossil sifh – the coelacanth(), find marine fossils washed up on the shore and witness the migration of humpback whales. Add the ghosts of Zulu kings and warriors, volcanic mountains, archaelolgical find and eight-day dancing ceremonies featuring 20 000 Swazi maidens for the most memorable experiences of your life! When you have so much, you need very little. • iSimangaliso Wetland Park – A World Heritage Site and the largest estuarine system in Africa. • King Dingane’s grave and sacred Hlatikulu Forest in the Lubombo Mountains. • The ruins of Manhoca Border Post in Mozambique. • Maputo Special Reserve, perhaps the most stunningly beautiful and unspoilt coastal area in southern Africa, with tall ‘sand forest’, riverine woodlands, open grassland, marshlands, freshwater lakes, lagoons and seashore. • Tembe Elephant Park – wihin the unique sand and grassland ecosystem of this park roam over 220 of the largest elephants in the world, the last remaining indigenous herd in KwaZulu-Natal. • Hlane National Park, home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area Imagine overlooking spectacular mountains and dramatic escarpments! Being amidst more

than 3000 species of flora. Standing in front of the hightest falls in southern Africa. Being a guest in the home of the critically endangered bearded vulture. Walking through one of the finest outdoor galleries of rock paintings in the world. Coming acreoss some of the most important dinosaur remains on earth. Taking part in ancestral rituals. Relaxing in mountain pools. Hiking, pony trekking, abseiling the Maletsunyane Falls, rock climbing, ice climbing and skiing. To be present amidst such diversity and majesty is to feel more alive than ever. Be enthralled and invigorated, even if you simply do nothing at all. • uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park – A World Heritage Site that has exceptional natural beauty – from its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks and golden sandstone ramparts to its rolling high altitude grasslands, pristine steep river valleys and rocky gorges. • Learning about unique and diverse cultures when you visit the Basotho Cultural Village and Game Pass Shelter – one of the five best rock art sites in the world. • Pony trekking – an adventurous way of experiencing the rugged and majestic mountains. • Hiking – from short hikes to overnight stays, a perfect way of escaping from the noise of everyday life. • Katse Dam – providing water to a water-scarce South Africa. Guided tours of the dam wall can be arranged. • Sani Pass – with a summit which is 2865 m above sea level, culminates in an exhilarating view.


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Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area Welcome to the Land of Giants, where you will find giant baobabs, sycamore fig and leadwood trees; Tuli Elephants – the largest elephant population on privately owned land in Africa; Africa’s largest flying bird; fossilized dinosaur remains and footprints; massive sandstone and mudstone outcrops, and dolerite dykes; and the largest known settlement in southern Africa during the 13th Century, the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe. Take a guided tour to the summit of Mapungubwe hill and hear about the African Kings of the past. When you view the vast and hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, you feel as if you have entered a land that time forgot. Greater Mapungubwe awakens something primal as you gaze over the convluence of two mighty rivers and three southern African countries – Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Time spent in the wild is liberating. • Be fascinated by the cultural history connected to this area. Learn about the discovery of an ancient kingdom and its jewels, including the famous Golden Rhino. • View fossilized dinosaur footprints and the skeletal remains of a 65-million-year-old dinosaur, Massospondylus. • Enjoy a guided interpretive wildlife experience and track wild dogs as part of the Endangered Wild Dog Project. The area is also well known for Tuli Elephants as well as large numbers of often elusive leopard. • Walk in the canopy of a Riverine Forest. The tree-top boardwalk offers a unique perspective of the wildlife and birds on the Limpopo River. Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park The landscapes of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe come together to create the world’s greatest animal kingdom – the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The diversity and grandeur of this transfrontier park is both overwhelming and glorius. It links together various different game parks, such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. While on safari you will be able to drive across the borders of three countries within the boundaries of the transfrontier park and see an abundance of wildlife. Every animal is beautiful, but to see so many together is awe-inspiring! • Travel through the world’s greatest animal kingdom and see the ‘Big Five’ like never before

• • • • •

Explore tropical wetlands rich in birdlife Take leisurely lake cruises and watch the incredibly rich colours of an African sunset. Go tiger-fishing on Zimbabwe’s spectacular rivers. Go on rugged 4x4 adventure drives. Meet up with fascinating cultures and see ancient ruins.

Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area The diversity of what the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area offers is extraordinary! Discover the immense beauty of three countries with very different landscapes and cultures – Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. You will encounter a remarkable number of animal species such as the largest population of hippos, crocodiles, giant leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopard and a vast array of bird and marine life. This is the chance to see the greatest diversity of amphibians in southern Africa (also home of the rare fossil sifh – the coelacanth(), find marine fossils washed up on the shore and witness the migration of humpback whales. Add the ghosts of Zulu kings and warriors, volcanic mountains, archaelolgical find and eight-day dancing ceremonies featuring 20 000 Swazi maidens for the most memorable experiences of your life! When you have so much, you need very little. • iSimangaliso Wetland Park – A World Heritage Site and the largest estuarine system in Africa. • King Dingane’s grave and sacred Hlatikulu Forest in the Lubombo Mountains. • The ruins of Manhoca Border Post in Mozambique. • Maputo Special Reserve, perhaps the most stunningly beautiful and unspoilt coastal area in southern Africa, with tall ‘sand forest’, riverine woodlands, open grassland, marshlands, freshwater lakes, lagoons and seashore. • Tembe Elephant Park – wihin the unique sand and grassland ecosystem of this park roam over 220 of the largest elephants in the world, the last remaining indigenous herd in KwaZulu-Natal. • Hlane National Park, home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area Imagine overlooking spectacular mountains and dramatic escarpments! Being amidst more

than 3000 species of flora. Standing in front of the hightest falls in southern Africa. Being a guest in the home of the critically endangered bearded vulture. Walking through one of the finest outdoor galleries of rock paintings in the world. Coming acreoss some of the most important dinosaur remains on earth. Taking part in ancestral rituals. Relaxing in mountain pools. Hiking, pony trekking, abseiling the Maletsunyane Falls, rock climbing, ice climbing and skiing. To be present amidst such diversity and majesty is to feel more alive than ever. Be enthralled and invigorated, even if you simply do nothing at all. • uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park – A World Heritage Site that has exceptional natural beauty – from its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks and golden sandstone ramparts to its rolling high altitude grasslands, pristine steep river valleys and rocky gorges. • Learning about unique and diverse cultures when you visit the Basotho Cultural Village and Game Pass Shelter – one of the five best rock art sites in the world. • Pony trekking – an adventurous way of experiencing the rugged and majestic mountains. • Hiking – from short hikes to overnight stays, a perfect way of escaping from the noise of everyday life. • Katse Dam – providing water to a water-scarce South Africa. Guided tours of the dam wall can be arranged. • Sani Pass – with a summit which is 2865 m above sea level, culminates in an exhilarating view.


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DATE

EVENT

18 - 20 January, 2011

Casa Africa /UNWTO – RETOSA Investour Conference

15 – 17 February, 2011

VENUE & COUNTRY

DATE

EVENT

VENUE & COUNTRY

Madrid, Spain

15 – 20 May, 2011

5th IIPT African Conference

Lusaka, Zambia

EU/ACP – SADC Business Partnership in Tourism Sector Conference

Brussels, Belgium

19 - 2 4 June, 2011

RETOSA Board Meeting

Livingstone, Zambia

February 2010 – July, 2011

Refined Regional Strategy and Identity

Member States

October 2010 – July, 2011

Framework and Guidelines for Tourist Accommodation Classification and Grading Systems in Southern Africa

Member States

28 February – 1 March, 2011

RETOSA Board Meeting

Arusha, Tanzania

September, 2011

Kings Cup Golf Tournament

Swaziland

4 – 6 March, 2011

Seychelles Carnival

Victoria, Seychelles

27 September, 2011

World Tourism Day

Member States

9 – 13 March, 2011

ITB - Berlin

Berlin, Germany

13 -15 March, 2011

China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market

March 2011 – July, 2011

Beijing, China

3 -18 September, 2011 All Africa Games / Festival of Africa October, 2011 Lake of Stars - Music Festival

Mozambique Malawi

Regional Tourism Growth and Development Strategy

Member States

7-13 October, 2011

Sanganai / Hlanganani Travel Fair

Harare, Zimbabwe

April – August, 2011

Tourism Investment Promotion and Strategy Development and Workshops

Member States

20-22 October 2011

ITV Asia

Singapore

April – June, 2011

Study on Identification of constraints to growth of Tourism

Members States

October, 2011

RETOSA Board Meeting

Zimbabwe

14 – 17 April, 2011

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) - Travel Fair

Puerto Rico

November, 2010 – June, 2011

National Statistical Capacity Building Programme (NSCBP) for strengthening Tourism Statistics (TSA)

Member States

7 May, 2011

Inaugural RETOSA Annual Destination Marketing Conference

Durban, South Africa

November – December, 2011

Launch edition of RETOSA Magazine

TBC

7 – 10 May, 2011

INDABA Travel Fair

ICC, Durban, South Africa

7– 10 November, 2011

World Travel Market

London, UK

9 May, 2011

Launch of the Regional Tourism Database

RETOSA Stand – Indaba, Durban

February, 2012

RETOSA Board Meeting

Angola

12 – 13 May, 2011

PROINVEST Closure Workshop

Kenya

9 – 13 March, 2012

ITB -Berlin

Berlin, Germany


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18 - 20 January, 2011

Casa Africa /UNWTO – RETOSA Investour Conference

15 – 17 February, 2011

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DATE

EVENT

VENUE & COUNTRY

Madrid, Spain

15 – 20 May, 2011

5th IIPT African Conference

Lusaka, Zambia

EU/ACP – SADC Business Partnership in Tourism Sector Conference

Brussels, Belgium

19 - 2 4 June, 2011

RETOSA Board Meeting

Livingstone, Zambia

February 2010 – July, 2011

Refined Regional Strategy and Identity

Member States

October 2010 – July, 2011

Framework and Guidelines for Tourist Accommodation Classification and Grading Systems in Southern Africa

Member States

28 February – 1 March, 2011

RETOSA Board Meeting

Arusha, Tanzania

September, 2011

Kings Cup Golf Tournament

Swaziland

4 – 6 March, 2011

Seychelles Carnival

Victoria, Seychelles

27 September, 2011

World Tourism Day

Member States

9 – 13 March, 2011

ITB - Berlin

Berlin, Germany

13 -15 March, 2011

China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market

March 2011 – July, 2011

Beijing, China

3 -18 September, 2011 All Africa Games / Festival of Africa October, 2011 Lake of Stars - Music Festival

Mozambique Malawi

Regional Tourism Growth and Development Strategy

Member States

7-13 October, 2011

Sanganai / Hlanganani Travel Fair

Harare, Zimbabwe

April – August, 2011

Tourism Investment Promotion and Strategy Development and Workshops

Member States

20-22 October 2011

ITV Asia

Singapore

April – June, 2011

Study on Identification of constraints to growth of Tourism

Members States

October, 2011

RETOSA Board Meeting

Zimbabwe

14 – 17 April, 2011

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) - Travel Fair

Puerto Rico

November, 2010 – June, 2011

National Statistical Capacity Building Programme (NSCBP) for strengthening Tourism Statistics (TSA)

Member States

7 May, 2011

Inaugural RETOSA Annual Destination Marketing Conference

Durban, South Africa

November – December, 2011

Launch edition of RETOSA Magazine

TBC

7 – 10 May, 2011

INDABA Travel Fair

ICC, Durban, South Africa

7– 10 November, 2011

World Travel Market

London, UK

9 May, 2011

Launch of the Regional Tourism Database

RETOSA Stand – Indaba, Durban

February, 2012

RETOSA Board Meeting

Angola

12 – 13 May, 2011

PROINVEST Closure Workshop

Kenya

9 – 13 March, 2012

ITB -Berlin

Berlin, Germany


International Calendar of Events

70

DATE

EVENT

19th January 2011

UNWTO Working Meeting for the official Launch of The UNWTO

15 - 21 January, 2011

VENUE & COUNTRY

DATE

EVENT

VENUE & COUNTRY

Madrid, Spain

26 - 28 August, 2011

India Travel Mart

New Delhi, India

ATF

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

14-17 September, 2011

PATA Travel Mart 2011

Macau, China

19 - 23 January, 2011

FITUR

Madrid, Spain

21 - 23 September, 2011

International Trade Fair for Tourism

Moscow, Russian Federation

15 - 16 February, 2011

AIME

Melbourne, Australia

23 - 26 September, 2011

Feria International de Turismo Cultural and City Break

Malaga, Spain

20th January, 2011

UNWTO - FITUR

FITUR, Spain

29 -September - 2 October 2011

JATA Tourism Forum and Travel Showcase Venue

Tokyo, Japan

20 - 24 January, 2011

FITUR

Madrid, Spain

27th September 2011

World Tourism Day 2011

Yemen

5 - 7 February, 2010

ITM, India Travel Mart

Chandigarh - Punjab, India

27 - 28 September, 2011

South America Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference

Cartegena de Indieas, Colombia

12 - 14 February, 2011

ITM, India Travel Mart

Ahmedabad

30 September - 2 October, 2011

Bangladesh Travel & Tourism Fair 2011

Dhaka, Bangladesh

20 - 22 October, 2011

ITB Asia

Singapore, Singapore

2 - 3 March, 2011

AIME

Melbourne, Australia 2 - 3 November, 2011

Tourism Expo

Accra, Ghana

8 - 11 November, 2011

World Travel Market

London, United Kingdom

09th November 2011

Ministers’Summit

London, United Kingdom

16th November 2011

UNWTO Sevent International Tourism Forum for Parliamentaries

Puerto Vallrta, Mexico

30th November, 2011

EIBTM: Global Meetings & Events Exhibition

Barcelona, Spain

9 - 13 March, 2011

ITB

Berlin, Germany

13 - 15 April, 2011

COTTOM 2011

Beijing, China

7 - 10 May, 2011

INDABA

Durban, South Africa

14 - 17 June, 2011

Asia Luxury Travel Mart (ALTM)

Shangai, China

25 -27 June, 2011

Beijing International Tourism Expo

Beijing, China

10 - 12 December

India Travel Mart

Lucknow - Uttar Pradesh, India

6 - 15 August, 2011

International Tour Manager Certification Program

Beijing, China

6 - 8 December, 2011

World Green Tourism Congress

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

12 - 15 August, 2011

14th edition of the Festival Document.Art

Tulcea, Romania

10 -12 December 2011

ITM India Travel Mart

Lucknow - Uttar Pradesh, India


International Calendar of Events

70

DATE

EVENT

19th January 2011

UNWTO Working Meeting for the official Launch of The UNWTO

15 - 21 January, 2011

VENUE & COUNTRY

DATE

EVENT

VENUE & COUNTRY

Madrid, Spain

26 - 28 August, 2011

India Travel Mart

New Delhi, India

ATF

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

14-17 September, 2011

PATA Travel Mart 2011

Macau, China

19 - 23 January, 2011

FITUR

Madrid, Spain

21 - 23 September, 2011

International Trade Fair for Tourism

Moscow, Russian Federation

15 - 16 February, 2011

AIME

Melbourne, Australia

23 - 26 September, 2011

Feria International de Turismo Cultural and City Break

Malaga, Spain

20th January, 2011

UNWTO - FITUR

FITUR, Spain

29 -September - 2 October 2011

JATA Tourism Forum and Travel Showcase Venue

Tokyo, Japan

20 - 24 January, 2011

FITUR

Madrid, Spain

27th September 2011

World Tourism Day 2011

Yemen

5 - 7 February, 2010

ITM, India Travel Mart

Chandigarh - Punjab, India

27 - 28 September, 2011

South America Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference

Cartegena de Indieas, Colombia

12 - 14 February, 2011

ITM, India Travel Mart

Ahmedabad

30 September - 2 October, 2011

Bangladesh Travel & Tourism Fair 2011

Dhaka, Bangladesh

20 - 22 October, 2011

ITB Asia

Singapore, Singapore

2 - 3 March, 2011

AIME

Melbourne, Australia 2 - 3 November, 2011

Tourism Expo

Accra, Ghana

8 - 11 November, 2011

World Travel Market

London, United Kingdom

09th November 2011

Ministers’Summit

London, United Kingdom

16th November 2011

UNWTO Sevent International Tourism Forum for Parliamentaries

Puerto Vallrta, Mexico

30th November, 2011

EIBTM: Global Meetings & Events Exhibition

Barcelona, Spain

9 - 13 March, 2011

ITB

Berlin, Germany

13 - 15 April, 2011

COTTOM 2011

Beijing, China

7 - 10 May, 2011

INDABA

Durban, South Africa

14 - 17 June, 2011

Asia Luxury Travel Mart (ALTM)

Shangai, China

25 -27 June, 2011

Beijing International Tourism Expo

Beijing, China

10 - 12 December

India Travel Mart

Lucknow - Uttar Pradesh, India

6 - 15 August, 2011

International Tour Manager Certification Program

Beijing, China

6 - 8 December, 2011

World Green Tourism Congress

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

12 - 15 August, 2011

14th edition of the Festival Document.Art

Tulcea, Romania

10 -12 December 2011

ITM India Travel Mart

Lucknow - Uttar Pradesh, India


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