Heritage Day
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Today, 24 September, South Africans get ready to celebrate their cultural heritage on Heritage Day. Dressed in their most beautiful outfits, South Africans will prepare to celebrate this joyous day with a braai, Shisa Nyama, or bunny chow.

We’ve decided to take a look at how other countries around Africa celebrate their heritage.

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?

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

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?

“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?

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.

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