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  • Places to Visit in South Africa | Where to go in South Africa | Rough Guides
    the vast Karoo semi desert across its heart and one of Africa s premier safari destinations Kruger National Park in the northeast It s also one of the great cultural meeting points of the African continent a fact obscured by decades of enforced racial segregation but now manifest in the big cities Many visitors are pleasantly surprised by South Africa s excellent infrastructure which draws favourable comparison with countries such as Australia or the United States Good air links and bus networks excellent roads and a growing number of first class B Bs and guesthouses make South Africa a perfect touring country For those on a budget mushrooming backpacker hostels and backpacker buses provide cost efficient means of exploring the vast number of places to visit Yet despite all these facilities South Africa is also something of an enigma after nearly two decades of non racial democracy the rainbow nation is still struggling to find its identity Apartheid may be dead but its heritage still shapes South Africa in a very physical way Nowhere is this more evident than in the layout of towns and cities the African areas generally poor are usually tucked out of sight South Africa s population doesn t reduce simply to black and white The majority are Africans 79 5 percent of the population whites make up nine percent followed by coloureds just under nine percent the descendants of white settlers slaves and Africans who speak English and Afrikaans and comprise the majority in the Western Cape The rest 2 5 percent resident mainly in KwaZulu Natal are descendants of Indians who came to South Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century as indentured labourers Even these statistics don t tell the whole story A better indication of South Africa s diversity is the

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  • Explore Destinations | Travel Guides | Rough Guides
    there Getting around Accommodation Eating and drinking The media Festivals Activities and outdoor pursuits Spectator sports Parks reserves and wilderness areas Health Crime and personal safety Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to Miss Itineraries Features Gallery Explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula The Western Cape The Northern Cape The Eastern Cape KwaZulu Natal Free State Gauteng North West Province Mpumalanga Limpopo Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Explore Explore South

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  • Continent & Country Egypt Travel Features | Rough Guides
    to over eighty countries from Morocco to Indonesia and Ethiopia to India capturing many of his experiences through photography Here he shares some of his favourite pictures of Egypt I d been to Egypt a few times before getting into photography including one stint studying Arabic so I wasn t completely Anthon Jackson 16 03 2015 Video things not to miss in Egypt The oldest tourist destination on Earth Egypt has a multitude of things to see and do There are ancient pyramids crumbling temples and vast deserts to explore on foot or by camel not forgetting the great river Nile Find the top things not to miss in Egypt for your next trip Explore the Site Editor 13 01 2015 Nile be back why it s time to return to Upper Egypt On a cruise from Luxor to Aswan along a stretch of the Nile lined by some of the world s most impressive ancient monuments Keith Drew makes the most of Egypt s greatest sights while they re still crowd free Come closer my dear family says Addy our Orbital guide you need to see this We gather round like wide eyed school Keith Drew 12 12 2014 Cairo through the ages As visitors slowly return to Egypt after years of political instability and unrest Keith Drew traces the history of Cairo the largest city in the Arab world Midan Tahrir was strangely peaceful A handful of tourists milled around waiting for the Egyptian Museum to open its doors for the day Taxis trucks and donkey carts Keith Drew 27 11 2014 The world s most spooky haunted places Gallery Steve Vickers 29 10 2014 20 places to get utterly lost Gallery Keith Drew 23 10 2014 Twenty places to make you feel insignificant French novelist Gustave Flaubert

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  • Continent & Country Kenya Travel Features | Rough Guides
    Probably not but it s possible your flowers are better travelled than you Sitting just below the horn of Africa Kenya is the largest exporter of flowers to the European Union meaning your pretty petals may have crossed equators and oceans Kiki Deere 10 02 2016 Dhow boats and dawas it s time to come back to Kilifi Kenya With the recent lifting of the British High Commission s travel ban on parts of the Kenyan coastline you should once again think about Kilifi when planning your trip to Kenya At this lesser known resort around two hours north of Mombasa you can still sail on dhows in the pristine Indian Ocean and soak up the golden sun on Harriet Constable 03 12 2015 Discover Nairobi s flourishing foodie scene Compile a list of the world s top foodie destinations and it s a pretty safe bet that Kenya wouldn t make the cut Up until now the country has failed to gain any kind of glamorous status for its food culture predominantly because traditional eats are created to be filling and inexpensive Staple meals like ugali Harriet Constable 27 04 2015 In pictures traditional dress around the world Gallery Alice Park 02 02 2015 The best aerial views in the world Gallery Olivia Rawes 17 12 2014 15 things not to miss in Kenya From gorgeous Indian Ocean lapped beaches to the wildlife filled Maasai Mara here are fifteen things you shouldn t miss on a trip to Kenya EXPLORE MORE OF THE WORLD WITH THE ROUGH GUIDES YOUTUBE CHANNEL Explore more of Kenya with the Rough Guide to Kenya Book hostels for your trip and don t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go Site Editor 15 12 2014 Travel news Moscow to Beijing in just two

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  • Continent & Country Morocco Travel Features | Rough Guides
    Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Morocco Sort by Date Popularity Fez Morocco s new culinary capital Morocco s third largest city tends to go overlooked and it certainly isn t shouted about as a culinary hotspot Even getting here with limited flight connections and rail services requires some effort And once you re inside the largest medina in Africa a colossal walled labyrinth of around ten thousand lanes things get even trickier It s a Olivia Rawes 24 06 2015 Video of the week Vive le Maroc YouTube and Vimeo are a treasure trove of stunning travel video From round the world epics to underwater exploration you can visit almost anywhere in the world at the click of a button Each week we re going to highlight one of our favourite videos from the moving image ether First up we ve been whisked away to Morocco Lottie Gross 21 04 2015 Chefchaouen Morocco s best kept secret Morocco s tourist track isn t well beaten it s been thumped flat Ask anyone who has been and the chances are they ll have visited some combination of Marrakesh the Sahara Desert the Atlas Mountains and Essaouira and they ll probably have a small stuffed camel and a leather purse to prove it These are all worthwhile destinations in Greg Dickinson 15 04 2015 7 unforgettable places to go trekking in Morocco Few countries boast such impressive natural diversity as Morocco From its balmy coastline to the remote landscapes of its interior the country offers visitors everything from relaxed beach breaks through to mountain escapes Yet trekking in Morocco remains the highlight for many Beginners will enjoy gentle forays into the Atlas Mountains in summer while tacking some of Africa s toughest terrain in the Robin McKelvie 25 02 2015 Video things not to miss in Morocco Trekking in the Atlas Mountains traversing the Sahara on camel back or surfing along the Atlantic Coast Morocco offers a plethora of things to do and places to explore Here are 26 of our favourites Subscribe to Rough Guides on YouTube for more inspirational travel videos Explore more of Morocco with the Rough Guide to Site Editor 29 01 2015 11 pictures of Morocco at its most magical Our roaming author and photographer Anthon Jackson has travelled to over eighty countries from journeying across Iran and Egypt to researching for Rough Guides in Indonesia and India Here he shares some of his favourite images of Morocco a country with plenty of dreamy spots to wander around with a camera On my first visit to Morocco it Anthon Jackson 12 01 2015 The best aerial views in the world Gallery Olivia Rawes 17 12 2014 Incredible forests of the world Gallery

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  • Continent & Country Sao Tome and Principe Travel Features | Rough Guides
    the Caribbean Bahamas Belize Bermuda Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Trinidad Tobago Europe Albania Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Sao Tome and Principe Sort by Date Popularity The world s least visited countries Gallery Tim Chester 08 04 2013 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels

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  • Continent & Country South Africa Travel Features | Rough Guides
    events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features South Africa Sort by Date Popularity Why the Northern Cape is one of South Africa s must see destinations The Northern Cape home to diamond mining capital Kimberley and wilderness of the Kalahari Desert remains South Africa s least visited province But it just doesn t make sense according to writer Meera Dattani Here she tells us why it s one of South Africa s top destinations So why should I go If empty roads flanked by saltpans sand dunes Meera Dattani 06 01 2016 Cape Town s irrepressible township revolution Many visitors to Cape Town leave with a fairly limited view of the Mother City They see the whitewashed beachfront restaurants and hotels take the cable car up Table Mountain and top up their tan before heading home with a suitcase full of overpriced carved wooden animals that were actually made in China The overwhelming Chris Clark 24 12 2015 7 places to sample Cape Town s hedonistic nightlife Whatever your scene from sweaty electronic music dancefloors to open air beer gardens Cape Town has it all Being a hedonistic city especially in the summer Cape Town has plenty of great bars where you can drink and party especially on Long and Bree Streets where it s safe and busy and there are taxis to Site Editor 30 01 2015 The world s most spooky haunted places Gallery Steve Vickers 29 10 2014 Around the world in 20 dances Gallery Neil McQuillian 16 10 2014 10 eye opening underwater videos The oceans cover over seventy percent of the Earth s surface yet when it comes to travelling most of us stick to dry land It s a shame as there are some amazing experiences to be had underwater from swimming with whale sharks to diving around World War II wrecks Thanks to advances in camera technology Eleanor Aldridge 14 10 2014 Video the world s friendliest cities Which cities are going to welcome you with open arms Where will the locals be likely to buy you a beer and who s going to invite you in for tea when it s cold We asked our social media followers to vote for the friendliest city in the world These are the results Explore more of Site Editor 10 10 2014 20 elusive animals to spot around the world Gallery Emma Gibbs 09 10 2014 The best beaches in Africa From Kenya s white sands to South Africa s penguin beach chosen from a selection of our Africa guidebooks these are some of the best beaches in Africa Jeffrey s Bay South Africa Some 75km west of Port Elizabeth Jeffrey s Bay known locally as J Bay is jammed during the holiday seasons when thousands of visitors

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  • Nanyuki: the Kenyan town where your Valentine’s roses are grown | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    and oceans to arrive at your door Kiki Deere visited an independent flower farm in Kenya to find out what it s like to be an African rose A young woman gingerly places a dozen white roses in yellow plastic buckets Behind her a man walks the rose beds painstakingly removing dead heads from each plant The flowers large heads have opened beautifully emanating a strong fruity smell that fills the greenhouse I am in Nanyuki a small market town 195km north of Nairobi by Kiki Deere With ten hours of sunshine a day and 800mm of annual rainfall the market town of Nanyuki has the perfect conditions for growing flowers Thanks to the area s cool climate Nanyuki is right on the equator at 1900m above sea level it has become a magnet for expats after an alternative base to the country s chaotic capital Large European style country homes are dotted throughout the verdant countryside surrounding the town and a smattering of restaurants have opened to cater for the growing expat community A busy matatu platform serves as the town s hub where Kenyans travelling north and south gather among a gaggle of hawkers and life goes on uninterrupted without much of the country s tourist trade passing through at all A landscape just like an English garden Sprinkled around Nanyuki are dozens of flower farms vital to the livelihood of many living in the area I am at Tambuzi a flower farm south of the town where unlike the mass produced varieties the roses here are big headed and full of scent Scent causes flowers to age more quickly explains owner Tim Hobbs so most producers grow non scented roses so they ll have a longer lifespan Tambuzi aims to grow real flowers with strong scent and a distinct shape with a just picked them from your garden look by Kiki Deere British expats Tim and Maggie Hobbs bought the 64 hectare farm in 1996 and developed it into the country s only supplier of traditional garden scented roses Sitting on the patio overlooking the farm cup of tea in hand I look around and feel I could be in the heart of the British countryside a leafy garden stretches out in front of me with a calm river meandering among the trees Rose snobs Rose breeding and production is a complex business it s like horse breeding says Tim Looks scents shapes and disease resistance must all be taken into consideration We stop occasionally to smell the roses Each has a different scent citrus vanilla honey fruits A bright pink rose a Greffe de Vie smells of grapefruit Our knowledge of roses is quickly developing Consumers are becoming more sophisticated rose snobs effectively just as over the years we have become wine snobs knowing our Malbecs from our Cabernets Maggie believes by Kiki Deere From the greenhouses we move on to the grading shed where employees carefully package the roses before placing them in the cold

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