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25 May 2017 , 11:58 am

Proud to be African – Let’s celebrate Africa Day!

Africa Day

Africa is truly unique and can’t be compared to any other place in the world. People love travelling in Africa because there’s colour, character and unexpected beauty around every corner.

For Africa Day, we discover what makes each country truly unique…

Ghana

With its beautiful beaches, gorgeous landscapes, rich culture, vibrant cities and diverse wildlife, Ghana has been called ‘West Africa’s golden child’.

The wonderful diversity of natural attractions, historical heritage and the vibrant cultural identity offers visitors of Ghana a microcosmic taste of Africa.

Experience rural life and enjoy the friendliness and hospitality of the local people during your visit to one of the many interesting eco-tourism projects in Ghana. Visit the flamboyant festivals celebrated throughout the year and learn about culture and traditions of the various tribes. Or, take respite from the Ghanaian heat and relax along the exotic beaches around Busua, Elmina or Ada.

What makes Ghanaians truly unique this Africa Day?

You know you’re a Ghanaian, when you always first ask about someone else’s parents, children, neighbourhood,…

Ivory Coast

A tropical paradise, Ivory Coast boasts the most beautiful beaches and palm-tree forests.

The country has three wildlife conservation areas on the World Heritage List – the Mount Nimba Nature Reserve, the Tai National Park and the Comoe National Park, one of the largest protected areas in West Africa.

In the Parc National de Taï, travellers will find families of chimps under the boughs of the trees, while the peaks and valleys of Man offer a highland climate, fresh air and fantastic hiking opportunities through tropical forests.

What makes Ivorians really unique this Africa Day? 

You know you are Ivorian when you have a high sense of self-derision and can also gently mock even very difficult situations (or when you keep a communicative cheerfulness good mood despite difficulties).

 Kenya

 

Home of the savannah sunsets, Kenya is known for its abundant wildlife and its friendly and welcoming people.

Kenya is the land of the Masai Mara, where private and community conservancies bring tourism together with community development and wildlife conservation. Travellers come from far to witness the unforgettable wildebeest and zebra migrations or to encounter the Amboseli elephant families.

What makes Kenyans truly unique this Africa Day?

 “You know you’re from East Africa when you begin your sentence with ‘ Me I….”

“You know you’re Kenyan when every celebration you have calls for nyama.”

Nigeria

With over 180 million inhabitants, Nigeria is a real powerhouse and the most populous country in Africa. It is also the biggest economy on the continent and is rich in both mineral resources and human resources.

Nigeria offers modern cities as well as a unique culture and history. From Yoruba shrines to slave ports and river deltas, there are plenty of wonderful sites to discover in Nigeria. The country’s national parks are also home to some of the last remaining endangered species in West Africa, such as the Pigmy hippopotamus, the West African Lions, Gorillas, Hyenas, Antelopes and Collared Mangabey.

What makes Nigerians truly unique this Africa Day?

You know you are Nigerian when everyone older than you is Uncle or Auntie

You know you are Nigerian when half the things you’ve packed to travel are not for you.

You know you are Nigerian when every adult you meet claims to have been top of the class.

You know you are Nigerian when you forget to greet your parents first thing in the morning and they quote ‘’AH AH Have you seen me today?

You know you are Nigerian when going to a university is not optional.

Senegal

 

Senegal is a beautiful country with vibrant cities and a multitude of natural attractions worth discovering.

Dakar, the capital, is a culture-rich city with vibrant markets and glittering nightlife. In northern Senegal, Saint-Louis is a Unesco World Heritage Site with impressive colonial architecture.

The country is also blessed with rich wildlife and beautiful beaches. So, whether you want to mingle with the trendsetters in the larger cities, uncover Africa’s wildlife or sunbathe on the beach, Senegal is the place for you!

What makes the Senegalese truly unique?

You know you are Senegalese when you have an easy and pleasant nature and love convivial moments over delicious local meals.

South Africa

 

Lush mountains, incredible wildlife, vibrant and cultural cities, a tumultuous history, white powder beaches and unforgettable winelands. South Africa is truly a country of astounding diversity.

It is one of the continent’s best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) in accessible parks and reserves, such as the Kruger National Park. It’s also home to the iconic Mother City of Cape Town with its Table Mountain, beautiful winelands, and vibrant nightlife.

What makes the South Africans truly unique this Africa Day?

You know you are South African when you use “Ja”, “ag nee man”, “eish” and “shame” without even thinking about it, and when for you traffic lights are robots and a porch is a stoep.

For Rudolph Theunissen of Thompsons Travel, you know you’re a South African when you know what the following means:

  • What are you gaaning on about?
  • Gatvol
  • Would you like Walkietakies?
  • African time
  • Howzit my bru
  • Robots for traffic lights
  • Awe ma se kinners

Tanzania

Wildlife, beaches, friendly people, fascinating cultures, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Tanzania really offer it all in terms of tourism

Tanzania is known as the land of safaris with wildebeest stampeding across the plains and elephants wandering along seasonal migration routes. But also Tanzania’s people make the country’s appeal with their characteristic warmth and politeness..

Of course, known to everyone far and wide, Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, is a fantastic attraction. Imagine climbing to the summit and standing at the top of Africa.

What makes Tanzanians really unique this Africa Day? 

“You know you’re Tanzanian when everyone from your village is considered to be your relative”

Uganda

The ‘pearl of Africa’, Uganda is the home of the mountain gorillas.

Although mountain gorillas are mostly seen as the biggest draw Uganda has to offer, over the past few years chimpanzees have been sharing the spotlight. Tracking down the habituated groups of chimps is an unforgettable experience.

Uganda is also home to the tallest mountain range in Africa (Rwenzori Mountains), the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake..

What makes Ugandans really unique this Africa Day

“You know you’re Ugandan, when a Rolex is something you eat, not something you wear.”

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