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20 Romantic Things to Do on Holiday in Uganda

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Honeymoon Holiday in Uganda

New love birds’ moment! It’s a vacation spent together by a newly married couple. After wedding, the couple usually celebrate with a vacation. For some, the best honeymoon can be taken in Africa.

Today, honeymoons are celebrated in destinations considered as exotic or romantic. One of the countries that offer amazing holidays is Uganda, an East African country that has been named “the little Africa”! From  Uganda, you can engage in some of the soft adventures as well as rare animal experiences such as gorilla trekking safaris and chimpanzee watching adventures in the tropical rain forests.

While on honeymoon, the couple chooses to do romantic activities like the following:

  1. Relax and chill at the shores of water bodies – New couples enjoy the sunbathing, sand bathing at beaches and the fresh cool air from the water bodies. In doing so, the couple is erasing the poor memories went through all the way from the beginning or love to the wedding day. The couple can take a drive and chill or socialize with the people around.
  2. Attending night clubs – if the couple enjoys drinking alcohol, music and dances, attending night clubs is the best option especially in major cities and towns. You can hire a drive to take you to the best night club, enjoy yourself and return to your accommodation for relaxation.
  3. Boat cruise- the sun rises boat cruise on Kazinga channel and the sun set boat to the bottom of Murchison falls among others are fascinating. Other water bodies for boat trip includes Lake Victoria, Lake Muntanda, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Kyoga among others. Water boat cruise rewards the views of water loving mammals, birds and so on. Take photos and return to your accommodation for relaxation as you wait for dinner and overnight.
  4. Direct interaction with nature – enjoys white water rafting, go swimming, sand bathing among others. Feel the nature and erase all the poor memory while with your soulmate.
  5. Experience Luxury – enjoy Spa treatment, luxury drive, relax at the beach among others. It will help you to relax your mind as you enjoy the romantic vacation with your soulmate.
  6. Mountain Biking – the couple can hire bikes or move with their bikes. Get a local guide to direct you throughout the journey. Exercise your body and interact with the people in local community. Return to your accommodation for meals and relax as you wait for overnight.
  7. Forest walk – enjoy the jungles of Uganda- feel the fresh air and listen to the unique sounds of the forest creatures like birds, insects, animals and tree branches among others. It’s crucial to hire ranger guides to comfort and educate you throughout the walk.
  8. Capture every moment – when its capturing moment, I mean taking photos and films of your selves and other attractions to come across. Remember to carry powerful cameras with updated specifications to be able to capture every amazing moment.
  9. Enjoy romantic moment activities with your soulmate. Go conjugal interactions to the fullest.

10.Go primate trekking – Uganda is a haven of primates like Mountain Gorillas, chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, baboons and so on. You can choose any basing on your interest, budget and schedule.

  1. Indulge in Festivities like end of year day, Christmas, Easter among others. You can target a festive season to match with your honeymoon vacation.
  2. Birding – Uganda is a birding paradise boasting a massive bird list of more of than 1073 recorded bird species making up 50% of Africa’s bird species and 11% of the world species. This huge bird list is contained within a small territory of only 90041 square miles (about the size of Britain), hence having one of the highest concentration of birds per square kilometers in Africa. Birding in Uganda rewards with easy spotting of many birds by covering just a small area or birding for a short period of time. Major birding destinations in Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semuliki national Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Murchison Falls National Park and Mambamba Shoebill stork among other.
  3. Mountaineering – Some couple may decide to climb mountains like Rwenzori, Mgahinga and Elgon among others. You will feel the experience while up lands.
  4. Visit a winery – move to the winery to buy some drinks some drinks, relax and sleep thereafter.
  5. Date night – Date night definition, an evening social date on which a married or long-term couple go out together: I enjoy a once-a-week date night with my husband.
  6. The romantic sun rise – wake up and watch the sun raising. You can have a cup of tea or coffee while seated on a clear plat form where it can be clearly seen.
  7. City tours – major cities and towns in Uganda offers a lot to visit. You can visit night clubs, malls, historical sites, religious affiliated sites, market places among others.
  8. Visit the source of river Nile – The longest river in Africa and the world at large. You can drive to Jinja town – look for River Nile and then enjoy the boat to its origin.
  9. Hot Air Balloon – Hot Air balloon safaris are organized in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here, the couple see animals at aerial view and offers a wide view coverage.
  10. Hit the road to view unpredictable attraction – Hit the road at leisure to any destination to see things which were not planned. You can hire a local guide to take you to new places.

East Africa Self Drive & Travel Guide

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There are lots of car rental options for travelers looking for self-drive holidays in East Africa. Opt for Camping with rooftop tents on our 4×4 Land Cruisers and save on your trip. Drive-in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on Cross country Road trips.

Take on a road trip in East Africa with a single rented car where you have free mileage and insurance. We keep our vehicles serviced making them roadworthy.  This is because they go off-road and longer distances. Go camping with a Rooftop tent on a 4×4 Land Cruiser on your road trip. Choose to have one or two double tents on the rooftop.

We introduce the strategy of multi-place self-drive safaris. There’s more information about diverse African nations and have penned a want listing of spots they want to find out. Increase to your preferred listing. Include the beloved Experience the freedom of the self-drive safari and discover probably the most attractive locations and fascinating wildlife East Africa offers you.

Below are our top self-drive destinations in East Africa.

UGANDA

Uganda is a relatively small country; it is a little destination that is often toured by road! With some sealed highways radiating from Kampala, the capital of Uganda to regional towns, there is a growing number of travelers who explore the country on self-drive adventures!

A self-drive holiday in Uganda amazingly offers the best and the most flexible road trip to holidaymakers who prefer traveling independently. When it comes to self-drive trips, no better destination beats Uganda within East Africa. It is a safe and secure country to explore and experience as a family, a group, solo traveler on a self-drive tour. The friendly and hospitable people also make it easy for travelers to explore the country on self-guided vacations.

Kampala city

Its unending charm starts in Kampala, the capital. A city tour alone will expose you a plethora of things including the historical sites like Kasubi tombs, religious sites, local markets, craft shops to name but a few.

Jinja

Jinja is incredibly one magical destination worth visiting while on a self-drive holiday in Uganda. Best known as the adrenaline adventure capital of East Africa, Jinja is an exceptional place where you can find the only world’s source of the River Nile. Your exploration in Jinja begins with an en-route visit to explore Ssezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest where you can engage in forest hike, zip-lining, bird watching, and others.

While in Jinja, you have plenty of thrilling adrenaline adventures to keep you busy throughout the day. They range from kayaking, bungee jumping, speed boat cruise white water rafting, and quad biking to horseback riding. A complete self-drive tour in Jinja requires at least 3 days, 4 days, or 5 days and there is the possibility to extend it to the Sipi Falls or Kidepo Valley National Park in Eastern Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest park with area coverage of 3840sq.km boasts of its biodiversity worthy exploring using a self-drive rental car. On your self-drive holiday in Murchison Falls, expect more than the big game. There are also numerous Oribis, waterbucks, over 451 bird species, primates including chimpanzees, and above all, do not leave without witnessing the Murchison Falls as it tries to get itself a narrow gorge of about 8 meters before dropping off its waters 43m.

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s only park on the Northwestern side. It is a 4-5 hours drive from Kampala and on your self-drive holiday, expects to enjoy more than game drives but also chimpanzee tracking, birding, boat cruise, nature walks.

Rwenzori Mountains

If you are interested in the mystical challenge, the best place to consider a must-visit is the Rwenzori Mountains, National Park. The Rwenzori Mountains are arguably Uganda’s most dramatic and scenic region. Located between Lake Albert in the north and Lake George in the south, the terrain rises above to over 4000 meters above sea level making it the second highest mountain in Africa.

Climbing the Rwenzoris is such a rewarding experience that takes you through dramatic landscape characterized with crater lakes, tropical forests, savanna, and Alpine before you reach the snow-capped summits of Margherita Peak. A complete trek to the highest peak takes 7 days of both ascent and descent.

Southwestern Destinations

If there is the one most endowed part of Uganda when it comes to nature then it is the Southwestern. Imagine of a place to find the world’s rare mountain gorillas in the wild and think not beyond a self-drive holiday in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a small park in South Western Uganda that is home to two rare primates; the mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys. These two primates can be tracked in the park through the gorillas are known to roam “out of bounds” into Rwanda and Congo.

Still, as an enthusiastic primate lover, Kibale Forest National Park and Semuliki National Park have you sorted. To enjoy the amazing view of East Africa’s rare tree climbing lions, a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park is worthy of your self-drive holiday.

Other magical places to visit include Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Bunyonyi (one of the deepest lakes in Africa), and Kisizi Falls.

KENYA

A country of great diversity, both physically and culturally, Kenya is one of Africa’s most popular destinations for very good reason. With blissful Indian Ocean beaches, craggy mountains, lush forests and wildlife-rich savannahs, there are endless beautiful places to visit in Kenya. You can go on a self drive in Kenya with a rental car from various car rental agencies.

Nairobi city

Kenya’s capital and largest city, Nairobi is the base for many tourists visiting Kenya for their African safari experience on the Masai Mara or other protected area. As the city’s main tourist attractions, there is even the Nairobi National Park within the city boundary, Giraffe center, Nairobi National museum among others.

The capital, Nairobi has changed immensely over the past decade transforming into a cosmopolitan city with western style shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants and specialty stores offering everything from hip designer shoes, traditional German sausages to artisan bakeries.

Mount Kenya

At 5,199m/17,057ft high, the largest mountain in Kenya is also the second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. The strato volcano was created around three million years ago when the East African Rift (part of the Great Rift Valley) opened up. Today its lower slopes are covered in forests of bamboo and African rosewood trees and the mountain runoff provides water for over two million people. With its rugged snowy peaks and glaciers along the upper slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kenya. Travelers hoping to summit can either hike to Point Lenana, one of the three peaks, taking the world’s highest via ferrata route, or climb to the highest point, Batian Peak, though this requires experience of technical climbing.

Ol Pejeta

A Big Five conservancy in the foothills of Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is known for its conservation initiatives. It was where the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died in 2018; the last females of the sub-species still live at Ol Pejeta, protected around the clock. The Sweet waters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is in the Laikipia conservancy, too, providing a home for chimps rescued from the black market. One of the most interesting places to visit in Kenya, Ol Pejeta is a great destination to learn about the relationship between people and wildlife and the challenges faced in the conservation industry. Come for the day or enjoy a longer stay for lion tracking, bush walks and night drive.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to a vast number of bird species, most notably huge flocks of flamingos – they have been known to number in their millions, though the lake has seen a decrease in the last few years. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley lakes, and the birds are attracted to the high levels of algae in the water. Pelicans, cormorants, the African fish eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, the Goliath heron and hammerkops are also seen around the lake. In addition, you can spot black and white rhinos, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions and cheetahs throughout the national park.

Masai Mara National Reserve

How can we not mention the Masai Mara National Reserve? It’s one of the most famous safari destinations on the continent, but you can escape the crowds by heading to a private concession on the edge of the park. Aside from not being accessible to the general public, concessions have the advantage of allowing activities not permitted in national parks: bush walks and night drives, for example. The Masai Mara is one of the best places in Africa for big cat sightings: lions, leopards and cheetahs are all easy to spot. Then of course, there’s the big-ticket draw: the year-round migration that sees nearly two million wildebeest, plus half a million antelopes and thousands of zebras, following the rains around Tanzania and Kenya. The most anticipated part of this journey is the dramatic Mara River crossings that occur between July and September as the animals enter Kenya.

Diani Beach

Easily amongst the most picturesque shores in Africa, Diani Beach is about 30km/20mi south of Mombasa and a short flight from Nairobi. Its white sands are lapped by the brilliant Indian Ocean and backed by verdant forests, into which you can take nature walks when you tire of sunbathing or kite-surfing. Head out for a snorkeling tour, swim with whale sharks, enjoy a sunset dhow cruise – or simply kick back in a hammock with a good book.

TANZANIA

From vast wilderness to lush green islands, and from the Big 5 game to colorful corals, the East African country of Tanzania is known for its vivid wildlife, and rich aquatic life. Home to numerous islands, and monumental structures, the tropical town of Zanzibar also boasts of some of the most thrilling adventure sports, and alluring places to visit in Tanzania.

Dodoma city

Situated in Tanzania’ heartland, Dodoma is the nation’s seat of government and political capital. Economically and commercially, it is less vibrant and developed than the country’s port city and commercial nerve, Dar es Salaam. But what Dodoma lacks in glitz and glamour it perhaps compensates with its rich agricultural highlands and has many places of interest for any passing visitor. It is also the centre of Tanzania’s wine growing industry. Other attractions are Parliament building Bunge, the lion rock, Gaddaffi mosque, Disco, Playing parks among others.

Serengeti National Park Game Drive

Serengeti National Park is a vast treeless plain with millions of animals living here or passing through in search of fresh grasslands. It’s most famous for the annual wildebeest migration but you can also see the Big Five here, and nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded on the Serengeti.

As the second largest national park in Tanzania, the Serengeti attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year. The best months for wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park are between June and September. The wet season is from March to May, with the coldest period from June to October.

The annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle takes place in May or early June. This migration is one of the most impressive natural events and the primary draw for many tourists.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and is one of Tanzania’s most popular wildlife viewing areas. This huge volcanic crater has a permanent supply of water, which draws thousands of animals who stay in this area rather than migrating.

Visitors come here primarily for viewing large animals and bird watching. Thousands of animals can be seen on the crater floor, including lions, elephants, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles, and buffaloes, but wildebeests and zebras account for over half of the animals that call the Ngorongoro Crater home.

Bird watching is superb, especially around Lake Magadi, which attracts flocks of flamingoes to the shallows. Hippos are content to submerge themselves during the day and then graze in the nearby grass in the evening.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact ancient caldera in the world, nearly three million years old. The Ngorongoro volcano was one of the world’s tallest mountains before it exploded and collapsed.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Measuring 5,895 meters tall, the prodigal mountain of Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of the African continent and also the tallest freestanding mountain on Earth. This mountain is a part of the Kilimanjaro National Park which is famous for its unique faunal variety. This peak is also one of the most popular Tanzania tourist attractions amongst adventure enthusiasts as it is the base to some of the most arduous hiking, and trekking trails.

Mahale Mountains – spectacular scenery and habituated chimpanzees

Nestled on the Lake Tanganyika shoreline with its forested mountains rising up from the lakeshore, mesmerizing Mahale Mountains National Park boasts stunning scenery and close encounters with habituated chimpanzees. The mist-covered peak of Mount Nkungwe stands sentinel in the background and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika lap against white-sand beaches. Without road access, many safari stalwarts regard 1,613km2/623mi2 Mahale as Tanzania’s most remote park, but also one of its most enthralling.

The Holy Grail for most visitors is the 60-strong Mimikere or ‘M’ group of chimpanzees, which has been studied by Japanese researchers for more than four decades. While the M group is well habituated, finding our closest relatives can be a challenge. Be prepared for some sweaty, steep climbs through dense vegetation, but the final reward is well worth the trials and tribulations of getting there.

RWANDA

Rwanda is the smallest country in East Africa. Like its neighbor in the North Uganda, it’s also a land locked country and has no Sea port. It is bordered by countries like Uganda in the north, Burundi in the south, Tanzania in the east and Congo in the west.

Kigali city

Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda and is located with-in the heart of the country. The capital city serves as the country’s business center and port entry with the international Airport. Many travelers spend only a night in Kigali before gorilla trekking, missing out on the vibrant culture, cuisine, and sightseeing in Rwanda’s capital city. Plan to spend at least a few days here at the beginning or end of your trip.

Stock up on bespoke clothes from swirling patterned textiles and experience the energetic atmosphere at Kimironko Market, Kigali’s largest marketplace. The warehouse space is like a maze, with surprises around every corner. Then, check out Kigali’s creative scene at Inema Arts Center, a gallery that showcases the works of up to 10 local artists in residence. Make your way to the Rwanda Art Museum at the former Presidential Palace.

Volcano National Park

The Volcanoes National Park is arguably the most visited wildlife conservation site in Rwanda. Each year thousands of international visitors go to the park to see mountain gorillas alongside other popular activities in the park. The park has 10 habituated gorilla groups and only 8 people may track a group in a day. Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park starts with a briefing at 7am from the park office in Kinigi.  From there visitors are taken out to track one of the gorilla groups in the company of armed Guides. Gorilla trekking is one of the most unforgettable experiences while visiting Africa.

Nyungwe National park

One of the most important forest conservation areas in all of Africa, Nyungwe Forest National Park contains a spectacular array of biodiversity, including 1,068 plant species, 322 species of birds, and 75 types of mammals. Most tourists come to this rainforest to track chimpanzees, which have been habituated to humans by park rangers. This animal encounter is a fraction of the cost of gorilla trekking, yet no less memorable.

Hanging out with primates isn’t the only thing to do in Nyungwe. The park is also home to the only canopy walk in East Africa, roughly a 90-minute hike from the Uwinka Visitor Center. You’ll walk across a 91-meter-long suspension bridge dangling more than 50 meters above the verdant rainforest, getting a dizzying view of the treetops and mountains in the distance.

Akagera National Park

No trip to Africa is complete without a game drive. Tourists can scratch the itch to go on safari just two-and-a-half hours away from Kigali at Akagera National Park. Managed by the African Parks organization, Akagera and its biodiversity have made an incredible recovery from near decimation after the Rwandan genocide. The 1,140-square-kilometer expanse (one of Central Africa’s largest protected wetlands) now boasts all of the Big Five animals, along with an abundance of birds and antelope.

You’ll need to have a lot of luck to spot a lion or rhino conservationists are still working on boosting their populations, and for now, there aren’t that many at Akagera. However, you’ll have no trouble spotting zebras, hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, and giraffes on a self-drive safari.

The landscape itself is just as spectacular as the animals that live here. You’ll see the environment make a glorious shift from savannah plains to wetlands and lakes.

Lake Kivu

After all your outdoor adventures, you’ll be ready to kick up your feet and there’s no better place to relax in Rwanda than at Lake Kivu. The 2,700-square-kilometer, emerald-green oasis, surrounded by misty mountains, is Rwanda’s largest lake.

Soak it all up from Rubavu, a resort town on the northern tip of Lake Kivu. It has a lively waterfront, sandy beach, and stunning resorts (including the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel). A few days in this peaceful town will leave you restored.

Get even closer to the landscape with Kingfisher Journeys. The tour operator can arrange a stunning sunset kayak trip with singing fisherman on Lake Kivu, as well as multi-day paddling adventures that will leave you in awe.

Conclusion

East Africa is mainly a catalogue of countless adventures. From gorilla trekking, to chimpanzee tracking, the great migration, sandy beaches and undisputed cultural encounters. With all these activities on your table, you are left wondering what are really the best self-drive destinations in East Africa amidst of all these attractions being at your disposal.

How to Book a Rental Car for Uganda Travel

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Renting a Car (versus using public transport) is a more convenient, comfortable and flexible way to discover and explore the beauty of Uganda, whether it is a self-drive or chauffeur-driven car. Referred as the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda is one of the most endowed safari destinations in the Continent with wide array of attractions that are about to make your trip unforgettable. For this, you need a good ride to properly uncover some of the hidden treasures, which is only possible by renting a car but given the rigidity and lack of privacy of chauffeur-driven cars, you would consider booking a self-drive Car rental in Uganda.

Therefore, here is the procedure of how to book a self-drive Car Rental in Uganda;

First undertake research (by checking on-line)

With the abundance of online information, most aspects of Uganda Car Rental can be easily found by intending self-drive travellers. Just check on internet for different keywords like “Uganda car hire”, “Rental cars in Uganda”, “self-drive tours in Uganda”, “hire cars in Uganda”, 4×4 Uganda and many others, and be sure of getting everything you need. Different Companies offering different Car Rental services at varying rates and booking terms & Conditions. To avoid being victims to fraudsters, we recommend booking with credible Car rental Companies like 4×4 Uganda car rentals with excellent reviews from previous clients.

Send in your inquiries

After checking different websites, you can send in your inquiries to a number of them by filling forms in the “contact or inquire with us” segment or better still a direct email with information on the type of Rental Car you are interested in as well as the number of days you wish or expect to use the  vehicle. From here you can gauge and compare their different prices. Instead of sending inquiries via email, you can directly call and clearly state your interest or you can send your inquiry via whatsapp.

Negotiations

After sending inquiries to different Car rental Companies, you will receive replies with different kinds of vehicles as well as their prices according to your specifications. At this point you can zero down to which Company you intend to use and there is room for negotiations on the rates. Depending on the number of days, you are likely to receive discounts but even though you don’t get, you will have chosen the best deal.

Make a deposit on the Car Rental

Go ahead to make a deposit on the Car Rental if you agree with the rates as well as Terms and Conditions provided by the Company/Agency. At this point you will receive an invoice with bank details and most Car Rental Companies will request for a 10% deposit of the entire payment for the specified number of days. The balance is completed on the day of picking the vehicle or when it is supposed to be delivered to the agreed pick-up point (most preferably a Hotel or place of residence). Most Car Rental Companies in Uganda accept payment by Pesapal or Bank wire transfer thus convenient for most travellers.

Confirmation of the Car Rental Booking

Confirmation of the Booking is normally done by the Car Rental Company, which will send an officially signed and stamped receipt as proof of payment for the Car. The receipt will clearly indicate the car you are paying for, the duration of use (number of days you are paying for), the amount paid, balance and pick-up date.

The scanned copy will be sent to you and all you will do is patiently wait to meet your safari driver at the Company premises/Airport/Hotel or any other agreed pick-up point. As earlier mentioned, the remaining balance will be cleared on the day of picking up the Rental Car and as a reminder, use credible Car Rental Companies to avoid being duped of your hard-earned money.

Meet the Primates of Uganda & Rwanda

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Golden Monkeys

One of the features that sets apart the African continent from the rest of the world is the unique gifts found in East African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Apart from Africa’ diverse, unique and attractiveness, these countries seal the deal. Therefore it is easy to understand why all primates’ lovers from all over the World come to East Africa all year round.

Off all the regions in Africa, East Africa is exceptional. Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo are a must-visit and below are the highlight each of these countries unique gifts of nature.

Mountain Gorillas

These sub species of the Eastern gorillas are among the main draw for most travelers to Uganda and Rwanda. Mountain gorillas are rarely seen and Uganda is one of the three localities where you can go experience gorilla safaris.

They are herbivores in nature; feed mostly on tree leaves, bamboo shoot and stem, insects, fruits and coconuts. Gorillas live in groups referred to as a family and it consists of male, female adults, infants and Juveniles.

Usually a group is led by a dominant Silverback that is responsible for protecting all the group members, looking for food and construction of temporary overnight shelters.

For Uganda, they are only found in the two national parks of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  Both of these parks are located in the South western part of the country. With Rwanda, gorillas are only found in Volcanoes National Park while in Democratic republic of Congo, they are found in Virunga National park. Unlike Uganda and Rwanda which are only gifted with mountain gorillas, Democratic republic of Congo is gifted with both mountain and lowland gorillas.

Since these three neighboring countries share forest, gorillas tend to cross among these 3 boundaries in search of food, shelter and also in case of an encounter with the wild gorillas.  These 3 countries host the whole world population of gorillas both wild and habituated gorillas.

Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are the closest primates to humans. They share about 98 percent of their DNA with human beings. There are omnivores which means that they feed on both meat and grass though their favorite foods are fruits and grass.

Chimpanzees usually inhabit the woodlands, grasslands, bamboo and tropical rainforests. Additionally, these primates live in communities that consist of about 30 -150 members. A chimpanzee can live up to 60 years and reach maturity at the age range of 11-13 years.

These primate gifts are found in Uganda and Rwanda. In Uganda they are found in Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National park, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Kalinzu Forest reserve. In Rwanda, they are found in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Golden Monkeys

These primates are a subspecies of the old World monkey family. They are characterized by golden fur on their body, tail, cheeks and black limbs. Golden monkeys are found mostly in the mountainous areas of Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In the National parks of Mgahinga forest National park in Uganda and Volcanoe National park in Rwanda. They are herbivores as they feed most on bamboo shoot and stem.

When it comes to gorillas, chimps and golden monkeys, one can only view them in protected areas gazetted as National Parks, reserves and Sanctuaries. These places where created to protect these primates from extinctions.

While in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (Although this DRC has suffered for any years due to political unrest, it’s a good option for experienced travelers who travel to this country on their own risk).  There is no better way to enjoy these gifts than booking a tracking permit either chimps permit or gorilla permit to any of these countries and enjoy the experience of a life time.  An encounter with the any of the primate’s species is worth all of expenses, time and journey.

5 African Safaris to Enjoy in 2022

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Africa! At the mention of this word, different memories and emotions are sparked in many people’s minds. Most of these feelings have been created from a former trip to this mesmerizing continent. The 2nd largest continent is a place filled with adventure, mystery and calming experiences. Many experiences can be made through interacting with its incredible nature exploring and discovering its astonishing game parks and varied cultures.

Only a few tour experiences come close to experiencing well planned African safari or vacation. That shouldn’t miss on anyone’s bucket list. From waking up to beautiful bird songs in the jungle, to conquering some of its magnificent peaks or just savoring the soothing breezes of its turquoise waters nothing feels better. Five great options have been selected to help you on choosing your next epic African Safari experience as you will find out.

1. Wildlife safaris

Africa is without doubt the greatest wildlife viewing destination on planet earth. From exploring the amazing savannah to almost impenetrable rainforest and deserts teeming with various wildlife every expedition you have just gets better. Some of the grandest national parks to visit in Africa for wildlife viewing are the Serengeti National park in Tanzania, Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda, Masai Mara in Kenya among many other beautiful parks.

A varied range of wildlife can be encountered on different safaris in these parks from elephants, lions, different antelope species, elands, zebras, buffaloes, leopards and elegant giraffes to mention a few.

2. Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Uganda and D.R. Congo

Mountain gorilla trekking is an un-matched experience to have by anyone on earth whether it’s the first or tenth time, a visitor can never fail to be enchanted by the magnificent gentle giants of Africa. Found in a span of three countries in the whole world an encounter with one of these magical creatures leaves long lasting memory of your encounter and epic gorilla safari in Africa. The endangered mountain gorillas are only the in the countries of Rwanda, Uganda and D.R. Congo.

With just over 1000 gorillas surviving in the wild an expedition to meet them means a lot to most guests than meeting a couple of other wildlife in Africa. The expedition of trekking a gorilla family done in sets of 8 guests will leave you with an amazing always sensation of your epic safari to the jungle to meet these incredible beasts.

3. The Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya and Tanzania

The great wildebeest migration is another epic adventure you can’t miss to experience on a visit to Africa. The annual migration involves approximately two million wildebeest, at least 20,000 zebras plus other grazers to traverse the savannah plains of the Serengeti national park in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. The migration which startlingly happens in a clockwise motion of almost infinity movement over the two parks.

This migration draws a number of big predators like lions and leopards which elevates the experience as you watch epic live action unfolding right before your eyes for a change. The migration almost spans over the whole year which is a perfect option for any visitor interested in watching Africa’s wildlife at any time of the year.

4. Bird watching experiences

Bird watching another epic experience to have on the African continent. With a wide variety of environments Africa is able to support a rich diverse bird population. The environments range from coastlines, wetlands, montane forests, savannah, and lowland marshes to the great deserts with a couple of migrants from the neighboring continents.

This makes any passionate birder a run for his time as you definitely live Africa with an enriched list and meeting a couple of rare species like the mystical shoe-billed stork among others.  Some of the notable birding destinations include Bwindi impenetrable forest, Mabamba wetland and Mpanga forest in Uganda; Nyungwe forest, Gishwati-Mukura and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and so much more.\

5. Cultural safaris

Africa is a destination with a rich history and diverse culture. Having over 6000 different ethnic tribes each almost with its own traditions and language makes it an interesting place to visit. All these various culture is portrayed in its religion, arts and crafts, clothing, folklore, cuisine, fascinating music and wonderful languages. Cultural experiences are usually incorporated with usual safaris for instance the Batwa village walks in Bwindi, Uganda, Masai community tours in Kenya or the legendary Zanzibar town with its unmatched history and mix of culture as you bask in its soothing sun, white beaches and monsoon breezes.

With an open mind to leave with only exceptional and unforgettable memories of Africa, these five epic safaris and more experiences help to guarantee almost everyone’s needs on any African safari experience.

 

Best 7 Vacation Locations You Can Visit in Nigeria

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It has been realized that most Nigerians prefer spending vacation outside their country, than in Nigeria, well its good having a vacation somewhere outside your country, but Nigeria is now becoming beautiful day after day and many Nigerians are beginning to love the idea of taking vacation in their country just to have time for themselves as well as saving cost.

Here is are 7 vacation location you could ever think of in Nigeria. These are some of the sites you shouldn’t be reluctant to spend a holiday season anytime in Nigeria.

  1. Obudu Mountain Resort

    Obudu mountain resort found in Cross River is one of the beautiful and best places located high up in the Cameroon Mountain in Nigeria, where you can have an ultimate experience with your friends, family or loved ones across the world can relate with and feel at home. There is no need to worry about getting on top of the mountain; there is cable car that takes you from the entrance of the resort, at the bottom of the mountain up to the ranch resort at the peak. It is claimed to be the world’s longest cable car system. Obudu is perfect for that country getaway.

    It has Very beautiful scenery and breathtaking environment makes it ideal for any lone adventurer, families on a reunion, young couple or couples in honeymoon. It has a cozy and relaxing atmosphere with all kinds of Nigerian and international cuisines which is made complete by the blazing log fire in their terrace restaurant and bar.

    It also offers self-contained suites varying in size from the 2-bedroom Governor’s Lodge. There’s a fully equipped gym, two floodlight tennis courts, a squash court and a natural swimming pool. Golfers can show their prowess on the hotel’s 9-hole golf course.

  2. La Champagne Tropicana

    A unique blend of natural environments which include a fresh water lake, extensive sandy beach, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah and the warm Atlantic sea is offered by this beach resort hangout. They give you variety of activities and world-class lodging to make you go and come again another time.

    The luxurious holiday homes are furnished with highly broad-based African decor. They have more to offer you like spa treatments, massage therapy, fully equipped cardiovascular gym with personal trainers, fresh palm wine bar with an excellent ocean view, cultural dance displays for guests, fine dining in elegant restaurants and many more. Other activities include hunting, horse riding, beach volleyball, canoeing, ocean water fishing, mountaineering, aqua aerobics and soccer.

  3. Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort

    Le Meridien Ibom is a hotel located in Uyo Nigeri which has a nice surrounding and refreshing atmosphere which will make your family and friends live like royals. It has a world class of 18 hole golf course and I know it is the best place to practice your swing or improve your golfing abilities. They also offer an amazing accommodation and services.

  4. Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort

    Tinapa resort which is found by the Calabar River is an ideal destination to engage in leisure and entertainment as well business activities due to its world-class facilities. You can come in with your kids to have pure fun with most of our games arcades. There is a water park and a fisherman’s wharf overseeing the artificial lake. It has a beautiful Shopping Centre which presents shoppers with a bouquet of product offers from her 54 quality retail outlets and four huge emporia.

     It also has a hotel with 242 rooms just beside the lake with a cool breeze. Tinapa has its own movie production studio commonly known as “Studio Tinapa” or “Nollywood”, an Eight-Screen Cinema, restaurants, a casino, a mini amphitheater, pubs and a night club.

  5. Yankari National Park

    Located in Mainamaji Village along Bauchi- Gombe road, Yankari National Park is the most developed animal reserve and park in Nigeria now, with largest gathering of animals than any other park in Nigeria. It currently hosts 50 dissimilar kinds of animals and about 550 elephants – the largest herd of elephants in West Africa. It is best visited between February and late April.

    It is a lovely game reserve with the opportunity to stay overnight. Food served at the restaurant here is. There is a museum, a bar available and also souvenir shops at the camp selling Nigerian artworks.  In case you want to stay overnight and enjoy some food, which is mainly Nigerian, you got it. There is a museum, a bar available and also a souvenir shops at the camp where you can buy your Nigerian artworks.

  6. Idanre Hills

    Located in Idanre town, the Idanre hills is one the most historical places in Nigeria and it has a marvelous tourist attraction in Ondo state. Depending on how adventurous you are, we have the Agboogun Footprints, which is widely believed to enlarge or contract to accommodate every foot which you can also dare. It is said to be 800 years old and reached by about 640 steps with 5 resting points on your way to the top, breathtaking landscape that also gives a window to the town’s colorful history.

    Looking at the town center from a few miles away, a first timer will amazingly marvel at the aesthetics, architecture and nature around that can be seen in the assemblage of hills of various shapes and sizes at Idanre, called Oke Idanre’ by the locals. You can see nature at its best showcased on the evergreen landscape surrounding the hills, the atmosphere is peaceful, and the severities of climbing are really fun and a refreshing to swim in Arun River. At the top of the hills lies the Arun River (a small river on the hill). It is believed that a swim in the middle of the river “will result in a strange, fuzzy feeling.” Arun River is crystal clear and one can see crabs and a few other aquatic animals. All makes the Idanre Hills a wonderful place to have your adventurous visit.

  7. Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort

    Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort, is located at Ekiti state, a quiet small town. It is also the home of the 5-star Gossy Brand Spring Water bottled by UAC of Nigeria. There is something mysterious about the Ikogosi Warm Spring, flowing side by side the warm spring, is another cold spring. According to professionals, it is a geological wonder to have such occurrence out of the same rock formation and it is said to be the only one of its kind which is discovered anywhere in the world. You will love the meeting point of the warm and cold springs; it is unique and very attractive.

    It is said That Ikogosi Warm Spring has some healing power. It is widely-believed to have some kind of therapeutic effect which relieves body aches and all sorts of ailments. Most of tourists visiting the place take advantage of the large warm water. There is swimming pool provided for this purpose and other recreational needs.

    • A well-landscaped resort is located around the warm spring.

    • The resort has one Executive VIP chalet.

    • Three VIP villas.

    • Twelve western suites.

    • Seventy-five standard rooms of different styles.

    • Themes and offerings and seven support staff quarters.

    Nothing can be compared to taking a trip to this serene environment as it is one of the most phenomenal tourist centers in Nigeria.

Visit Africa’s Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

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Uganda Gorillas

The top tourist attraction in Uganda is none other than Mountain Gorillas. Uganda tourism sector is the chief foreign exchange earner to Uganda and its on record that Mountain Gorilla trekking raises the flag higher per annum. Mountain gorilla trekking is done in two Gorilla parks namely:

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Uganda is one of the most popular destinations where travelers can see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. Currently, the cost of Uganda gorilla permit goes up to US$700 making it the most expensive tourist activity in Uganda. More so, the most liked basing on the number of trekkers received per year.

Uganda is the ultimate destination for gorilla safaris since it offers gorilla permits at an incredibly lower fee if compared with Rwanda which sells its permit at US$1500 per person.

Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The popular Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the chief home of mountain Gorillas in Uganda. Often visited by tourists going on Uganda gorilla safaris, Bwindi Forest is situated in western Uganda and dominated with tropical rain forest and some bamboo skits in which Mountain Gorillas survive. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is divided into four Gorilla trekking sections namely:

  • Nkuringo sector
  • Rushaga sector
  • Ruhija sector
  • Buhoma sector

It should be noted that each gorilla trekking sector listed above receives at least a guest every day however, Buhoma sector receives more visitors per annum.  It should also be noted that Buhoma is the oldest gorilla trekking sector and situated in northern part of Bwindi. It can be easily accessed from the side of Queen Elizabeth National Park so; you can combine the two parks on one trip.

Rushaga is famous for having majority habituated gorilla families and its not easy for fail to get a gorilla permit from this sector.  With More than five habituated gorilla families, Rushaga sector can be easily accessed from Kampala to Kisoro and then to Rushaga.

Nkuringo sector is the second to be established in 2004, ten years after the opening of the Buhoma sector north of the park. Nkuringo is famous for hosting one of the most popular dominant silverbacks in Bwindi, Rafiki, who died at the hands of poachers during the June 2020 pandemic lockdown. Good news is that the killer was jailed for 11years.

Nkuringo sector is popular for the most challenging to reach and entertaining gorilla groups in Uganda. The land terrain is mountainous so trekkers are requested to gain some level of fitness to be able to reach gorilla families in their natural habitat.

Ruhija sector – Situated in Eastern region of Bwindi Forest – Ruhija sector is the most topographically diverse sector and is mainly used for scientific research.  While at Ruhija gorilla sector for trekking, you can easily connect to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can see the tree climbing lions en route.

As far as gorilla trekking is concerned, Bwindi has more than 10 habituated gorilla families and more semi-habituated making it the major home of majority of the world’s mountain Gorillas. Others are in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Virunga National Park and Volcanoes National Park.

Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is part of Virunga crescent and another home for Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.  Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is famous for protecting Nyakagezi gorilla family and many other semi-habituated gorillas.

Mgahinga is situated in far south western Uganda and was created in 1991 and covers an area of 33.9 km2 (13.1 sq mi). In other words, the smallest Gorilla Park in Uganda- followed by Lake Mburo National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is mountainous in nature and conduct gorilla trekking every day.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the second option in case you miss to get gorilla permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla trekking permit remain the same in both parks and the experience is the same.

Nyakagezi Gorilla family used to be mobile however for the past three year, the gorilla family has been stable in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also offers a plat form for Golden Monkey trekking.

Best time to Trek Gorillas in Uganda

Though gorilla trekking is regarded as all year round, the best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February and from June to September.

Self Drive Uganda with Rooftop Tent

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Explore Uganda on a self-guided journey with a Uganda car hire that comes with a rooftop tent. Enjoy the holiday at your own pace with full control of the drive. Rooftop tents are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to ground tents. Particularly among Tourists. This guide outlines the merits of using a rooftop tent over ground tent.

A rooftop tent mounts to your vehicle’s roof rack or roof bars. The tent folds or collapses down into a flat, aerodynamic package that stays mounted to your roof while you drive. When you’re ready to camp, you simply fold the tent out or pop it up, depending on the design.

Most models include a comfortable foam mattress. You sleep off the ground on the vehicle’s roof. Usually, a ladder is included to help you climb up into bed. Rooftop tents are typically mounted to 4X4 expedition or over landing vehicles. Smaller and lighter rooftop tents are available that can be mounted on most cars. Rooftop tents sleep from 2-4 people depending on the size.

MERITS OF ROOF TOP TENTS OVER GROUND TENTS

Faster and easier to set up

Generally, rooftop tents take less time and effort to set up than ground tents. A well-designed hard shell rooftop tent can be set up by one person in less than 60 seconds. You simply unlock some latches, pop the tent up with the help of some gas struts, and then lock it in place with safety supports. This is faster and easier than setting up any ground tent because you don’t need to mess with a footprint, poles, stakes, guy lines, etc. It practically pitches itself.

Maybe the biggest advantage rooftop tents offer in terms of setup is time and difficulty is the fact you can leave your bedding in place when the tent is collapsed down. You don’t have to mess with stuffing and unstuffing your sleeping bag and rolling and unrolling your sleeping mat every time you camp. This saves a considerable amount of time and hassle every time you set up and tear down camp.

Easier to find a Campsite

It is generally easier to find a suitable campsite when you’re using a rooftop tent. All you need to look for is a flat place to park. It doesn’t matter if the ground is wet, rocky, muddy, lumpy, or covered in snow or vegetation. You don’t need to worry about puddles or water flowing into camp if it rains. Because you’re raised off the ground, you don’t have to worry about getting muddy or wet.

If your site is a bit uneven, you can drive a tire over a rock or dig a small hole to even things out. Rooftop tents also allow you to camp on solid surfaces like gravel parking lot. You don’t have to pound stakes into the ground to use a rooftop tent. If you can drive there, you can camp there with a rooftop tent.

More comfortable

Rooftop tents integrate a mattress into the floor of the tent. Rooftop tent mattresses tend to be thicker, larger, and more comfortable than ground tent sleeping pads. For example, most rooftop tents include a 2-3 inch thick foam mattress that offers plenty of back support. The mattress also covers the entire floor of the tent.

Because you don’t have to pack up your bedding every night when you use a rooftop tent, you can use standard sheets and a down comforter instead of a sleeping bag. Many campers find this setup less restrictive and more comfortable than using a sleeping bag.

Better view

Rooftop tents put you 5-6 feet off the ground, depending on the height of your vehicle. This allows you to enjoy an unobstructed view of your surroundings while you’re in your tent. There is nothing better than laying back and taking in the view of a towering mountain or beautiful beach. When you’re sleeping in a ground tent, even a small hump, shrub, or boulder can block your view of the landscape.

You can store your bedding and some gear inside a rooftop tent

Many rooftop tents are designed in a way that leaves a bit of space inside when they are closed. This way, you can leave your sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, and sleep pad set up at all times. This saves you a great deal of time and effort when setting up camp.

To me, this is one of the biggest advantages rooftop tents offer. Rolling and unrolling a sleeping bag and sleeping pad is my least favorite part of setting up camp.

In addition, pop-up models often offer enough space inside to store some extra gear. For example, you could leave a book, some clothes, a map, a flashlight, a tablet or laptop, etc. in the rooftop tent while you drive. It’s nice having everything already in place and ready to go when you’re ready to crawl into bed.

Cleaner

Because rooftop tents are elevated off the ground, they tend to stay cleaner than ground tents. You can set a doormat at the base of your ladder so you can wipe your feet before you climb in. This way, you don’t track as much mud, sand, water, or dirt into your tent.

Because the tent is elevated, it is less likely for the wind to blow dirt in. The inside tends to stay cleaner. Also, rain can’t splash mud onto the sides of the tent. In addition, you don’t have to deal with debris getting stuck to the bottom of the tent. Another benefit is that your car interior will stay cleaner because you’re never storing a wet and dirty tent inside. The rooftop tent always stays outside.

Rooftop tents may be safer

Many campers claim that rooftop tents keep you safer than ground tents. Tourists traveling across Africa commonly use rooftop tents to put them out of reach of predators like lions and hyenas. Those who camp in bear or mountain lion country may also prefer the extra security of rooftop tents.

Rooftop tents are safer because wild animals may be less likely to climb up on the vehicle to try to get into the tent. Additionally, because you’re sleeping above any animals that wander through your camp, they’ll be less likely to stick their nose in your tent to sniff around. After all, you’re out of their line of sight. You won’t wake up with a bear rooting around inches away from your head. If a dangerous wild animal does enter camp, you can keep an eye on them from above. You may have more time to prepare your bear spray or horn as well.

As an added bonus, rooftop tents keep you out of reach of some venomous critters like scorpions, snakes, and spiders. These critters are unlikely to climb up into the tent when you’re so far off the ground.

Warmer/Better Insulated

Rooftop tents are generally warmer than ground tents. There are several reasons for this. First, rooftop tents use higher denier (thicker) fabric for the walls. Some rooftop tent models offer a quilted insulating insert as an optional accessory.

With the extra insulation, less heat escapes in the night and the interior stays warmer. Next, you’re not sleeping on the cold ground in a rooftop tent. The floor is thicker so it provides some insulation from the outside. You don’t lose as much heat to the cold ground. Finally, rooftop tent heaters are available for extremely cold nights.

More durable and long lasting

Rooftop tents tend to be more durable than ground tents because they are made from thicker and stronger materials. For example, most rooftop tents are made from denier fabric. Ground tents, on the other hand, are often made from much thinner denier fabrics.

The thicker fabric is less likely to tear or develop holes. In addition, rooftop tents feature thicker and sturdier zippers poles, and floors. They can handle years of use and abuse. You should get a decade of use out of a quality rooftop tent if you take care of it. In general, hard-shell models last longer than the Ground tents.

Better ventilation/dryer

Rooftop tents tend to stay dryer than ground tents. There are several reasons for this. First, condensation isn’t as bad because rooftop tents offer better ventilation. Because you’re higher off the ground, you won’t have to deal with as much water evaporating from the ground and condensing on your rainfly.

Rooftop tents also feature large windows that you can open for extra ventilation. Most models have small awnings over the windows so you can leave them open, even when it’s raining.

Rooftop tents look cool

Honestly, this is one of the biggest benefits of using a rooftop tent. It makes your vehicle look like a true Tourist. For some people, looks don’t matter. For others, looks are important, even if we don’t like to admit it. Maybe you want your vehicle to look like your favorite trip in your minds. Maybe you just want to use the newest and most popular type of gear. Whatever the case, rooftop tents look pretty great. Of course, this is subjective. Some people think rooftop tents look gimmicky. 

Conclusion, 4X4 with Rooftop Tent, helps you discover Uganda at a reliable & cheap price. Rooftop tents will cover comfort, setup time, costs, safety, ease of use, longevity, and more. Hopefully, this guide helps you choose the best shelter for your next camping trip

France – Paris in the spring

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Eiffel Tower Paris

Artists, designers and the effortlessly hip make their home in the neighborhood of North Marias. Susi Cheshire finds out why. Pictures Paul Cooper

Paris’ hippest neighbourhood is the North Marais, the place to soak up some real Parisian culture and indulge in a spot of chic shopping. Home to artists, foodies, artisans, art galleries, young designers and literary types, it sits comfortably between the Musée Picasso, the Cirque d’Hiver at Filles du Calvaire metro station, a couple of quaint churches and the Rue de Bretagne food market.

The hub of this cartwheel formation of streets is where Rue de Turenne, Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue de Bretagne meet. Steeped in history, the former marshland (Marais means marsh) lay just outside the 1180 city wall. Home to the Knights Templars and country aristocrats who desired a town mansion before they lost everything in la Révolution, Le Marais became the favoured spot for artisans who created their workshops in the former mansion houses. Thanks to a preservation order, many mansions have now been restored into small museums and the area still retains its creative character.

Try delicious Middle Eastern patisserie Le Maraikech, explore the contemporary art galleries in Rue St Claude, shop in the designer boutiques around Rue Charlot, or stop to admire the work of a fashion designer turning his creative hand to a new venture – couturier Christian Lacroix designed the exotic interior of Hotel du Petit Moulin – and you will begin to understand what life in Paris is all about.

What gives the area that certain je ne sais quoi is its speciality shops. Unique to North Marais are Food, a gourmand’s bookstore; blaq out, an arthouse DVD shop; Librairie 213 for rare and limited edition art and photography books; Oldies but Goodies, a record store for collectible vinyl and rare music videos; Julien Caviste, a superb vintner close to accompanying master cheesemonger Jouannault; and Le Boudoir et sa Philosophie, a lavish treasure trove of femininity and homage to the art of the boudoir that would make Marie Antoinette proud.

Tourism in Turkey

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Tourism in Turkey comes in many different shapes and sizes. Such is the diversity present within this beautiful country, you are just as likely to come into contact with travellers about to embark upon a mountain-climbing mission as you are to meet a couple of culture vultures in search of Byzantine relics. There is a multitude of scenic stretches of sand encouraging those in search of a spot of sunshine and some pleasant surf; and on the other hand, the country offers thriving, cosmopolitan metropolises like Istanbul and Ankara.
Tourism in Turkey

Just like the rest of Turkey, Dalaman has a wealth of attractions to offer its visitors. It is best known for its beaches and its tourist-trap coastline, but if you care to look a little deeper you’ll soon find that there’s a whole lot more to discover in this south westerly quarter of Turkey.

We’ve done a little digging ourselves and come up with a few of our favourite cultural activities available in the area so that once you’ve discovered Dalaman through respected travel providers such as Thomas Cook, you can plan more than your flights – and start to sketch out your very own enlightening holiday schedule.

One of the reasons that Dalaman is so fascinating to historians, both amateur and professional, is its complex past. Its major towns and settlements developed through the Greek, the Roman and then the Byzantine empires. The remaining relics and ruins stretch across these three rich and sophisticated civilisations, providing a unique insight into all three. As a result, Dalaman is home to some of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the world, and certain trips and tours will allow you to take part in the history hunt yourself.

Another great way to see another side of Turkish culture is through its cuisine. Eating out, or dining with Turkish families, will not only allow you to see how local resources have been used to create delicious and innovative courses, but will also give you a taste of the unforgettable Turkish hospitality – a key element to the culture.

And finally, you can take it to the streets: in May, each year, Dalaman hosts a cultural festival where it pulls out all the stops in order to provide locals and visitors with an unforgettable glimpse of many aspects of their native culture. From dance performances to live theatre and music to art exhibitions and public feasts, this is a late spring-time treat not to be missed.