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South Africa Wastes No Time Creating Nelson Mandela Tourism Map

March 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Less than four months after his death, the South African tourist board has launched a new website and interactive map to help visitors relive the life of Noble Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

Mandela, often referred to by his clan name 'Madiba,' has long been heralded in South Africa and throughout the world for his activism, which included spending 27 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state. As it turns out, he was trying to do just that. When an international campaign got him released from prison in 1990, he became the first president of South Africa just four years later, ending the reign of the apartheid government.

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On Safari in Tanzania: Hopping Around by Cessna

Where: Tanzania
March 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

The reasons we could give for making a trip out to Tanzania are almost too many to count: the staggering beauty of the landscape, the vastness of the sky, the richness of the wildlife, and the friendliness of the people are just a few.

Given the country’s size, if you’re planning on covering major distances in a short space of time, or wanting to see different parts of the country (the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Selous, Zanzibar), you’ll have to resort to flying to get from A to B at one point or another.

Rather than a practical necessity you have to deal with, we’d almost urge you to find a way to fit one leg by air into your itinerary, as it’s bound to be from dirt strip to dirt strip by small Cessna aircraft, like the Cessna C208B Grand Caravan above; a totally different – and pretty cool – flight experience.

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What's This Airplane Shape Doing in the Middle of the Sahara Desert?

Where: Niger
February 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Searching Google Maps yields all kinds of "Easter Eggs"—little surprises tucked away but discoverable to those paying close attention. For example, there's planes flying by, Britain's most picturesque streets, and even the world's largest slip and slide. But it's a feature found in the no-man's-land Ténéré region of the Sahara Desert that really raises eyebrows. Enter coordinates 16° 51′ 53.75″ N, 11° 57′ 13.36″ E into Google Maps and find a tiny dot that is actually a massive shape of an airplane.

This, a landmark hand-built of rock and one of the aircraft wings, is actually a memorial to the 170 people on UTA Airlines 772 who perished when a terrorist suitcase bomb exploded the aircraft in 1989.

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What Not to Do on an African Safari: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

Where: Kenya
November 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Safaris are, by their nature, extremely photogenic. All those lush landscapes, the exotic wildlife, and skies that utterly captivate are begging to be captured on camera. Even better, photographic safaris go one step further by offering travelers experiences and locations specifically with photography in mind, and in many cases with professional instruction.

If you love photography, an African safari can be a life-changing experience, but to get the most out of your trip, here's Jaunted's guide for What Not To Do on an African Safari: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes:

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Get in on Groupon's All-Inclusive 2014 Volunteer Trip to Zambia

Where: Zambia
October 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Groupon is offering another all-inclusive volunteer vacation after the success of the first trip, this time to Zambia. Volunteers will spend nine days working alongside children in Zambia through Spark Ventures. Participants will help serve meals and read with students at the Hope Community School, where many of the kids have lost their parents to AIDS.

The trip will also include a Botswana Safari and an excursion to Victoria Falls. All hotel accommodations, meals, and park entrance fees are included.

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The 11 Integral Steps to Preparing for a Wildlife Photographic Safari

Where: Kenya
October 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every year between July and October, millions of wildebeests march from Tanzania into the Masai Mara National Reserve, chasing the rains and the green grass that follows in what is known as the Great Migration. Travelers have marveled over this natural wonder for years, and for people who love photography, a Great Migration photographic safari provides endless opportunities for mindblowing photos. We just returned from it ourselves, with a slew of new knowledge from our own photo wins and fails.

Whether you're heading out to the Great Migration or something closer to home, here's our 11 tips on how to prepare for the photo safari trip of a lifetime:

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Google Street View Ventures into Picturesque Swazi Wildlife Sanctuaries

September 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travel news so fresh it hasn't even hit Wikipedia yet, is what we're providing you guys with today. We know because we were doing background reading on this story about the introduction of Google Street View to Swaziland, and we checked the "Google Street View in Africa" Wikipedia page, and it says that Street View "has been planned for Swaziland."

The shot above - of Swazi beehive huts at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - is pretty good evidence that it's much more than planned for Swaziland. The African country has become the fourth on the continent to get Street View, and virtual travelers can now move around the parts of the country. Look how far ahead of the curve you are now that you've read and/or are reading this story!

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How You Can Use Your Camera Phone to Empower South African Women Photographers

September 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most of us don't tend to think about the impact something as simple as a cell phone can have on women around the world. Luckily, the innovators at the heART of a woman project did recognize the potential in the cameras we carry in our pockets and launched an initiative to use them to help women in South Africa.

Their program is designed to "provide education in mobile photography to women (15+) in developing communities, to empower and to create small business and sustainable income through the sales of their photographic art and photo art products." But, to make their vision a reality the folks at HOAWP need a few helpful volunteers. They are looking for advanced amateur or professional photographers willing to travel to Khayelitsha, South Africa this November.

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BREAKING: Massive Fire Engulfs Nairobi Airport, Cancels All Flights

Where: Nairobi, Kenya
August 7, 2013 at 1:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

[Update 4pm EST]: The International Arrivals building was indeed the one on fire, and it has been destroyed enough to cause the airport to cease international flights. The airport has however reopened for cargo and domestic flights. An AP video (see below) states that the airport is looking to convert another airport building into a makeshift international terminal so that those flights may also resume sooner rather than later.

[Update 1:30am EST]: Kenya Airways has issued a statement via Facebook declaring that all their passengers are safe.

[BREAKING NEWS 1:10am EST]:

Reports are flooding in from social media and even from the BBC, that Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA/NBO) is closed due to a massive fire engulfing a building on airport property.

All passengers and staff have been evacuated and the airport is closed as of 7am local Nairobi time, although Twitter users reported that airplanes continued to land even after the Nairobi Fire Department's trucks arrived to tackle the blaze. There's no word just yet on if the fire has caused casualties or injuries, or even what the cause of the fire may be.

Only one major rumor has been confirmed by the airport, with this statement: "We confirm reports of a fire at JKIA affecting part of the international arrivals building and Unit 1 departures."

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Michelle Obama, First Lady and Travel Blogger

July 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine Eleanor Roosevelt jotting down her experiences in a leather-bound journal when traveling with her president husband on state trips. Now imagine our very own current First Lady, Michelle Obama, penning a travel blog. Seems a little far-fetched, right? If you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense since Michelle is often flying high, traveling to all corners of the globe either with the President or on her own.

Thus there exists the FLOTUS Travel Journal, a first-hand account of her trips so named after a twitter hashtag. Like any travel blog, the FLOTUS Travel Journal is designed to show more about the places she visits and the people she meets along the way.

Currently Mrs. Obama is visiting Africa with the Prez, exploring the continent while meeting with other heads of State. Landscape photos, group photos, and even videos of her hubby are uploaded to this travel sub-blog of the White House Blog. The FLOTUS Travel Journal is updated pretty regularly, with the First Lady contributing whenever she's on the road.

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Three Touristy (but Totally Worthwhile) Things to Do in Cape Town

June 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

So far this week, we’ve taken you from Plettenberg Bay to Arniston, through numerous mountain passes and ostrich farms, and to a museum choc-full of Ferraris. Alas, all good things must come to an end and the final stretch of our road trip in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT brings us into Cape Town for the usual touristy stuff.

It's totally okay to be a tourist, you know. Everyone must start somewhere in exploring a city new to them. For a first visit to Cape Town, these three touristy activities are completely worthwhile:

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Road Tripping South Africa via the Garden Route: Ferraris in Franschhoek

June 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

So far this week, we’ve taken you from Plettenberg Bay to Arniston, through numerous mountain passes and ostrich farms, but all good news must come to an end. This is the final stretch of our intense road trip. We're Cape Town-bound, although hardly via the “quick and easy” route.

The town of Arniston is a small fishing community on the very southernmost coast of South Africa. Originally called Waenhuiskrans, it received its newer name after a British-owned East India trading ship called the Arniston lost its heading and ran aground off the coast in 1815. Debris and bodies washed up on shore for days and, tragically, only 6 people survived. Regardless, the residents are always pleased to have vacationers in their humble town.

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