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15 of Africa’s Most Luxurious Vacation Rentals

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The African continent boasts some of the world’s most beautiful luxury vacation homes. Here are 15 of the best vacation rentals found on Airbnb.

If you think you can’t find luxury in Africa, you better think again. The African continent boasts some of the world’s most beautiful luxury vacation homes, often at prices that can’t be beat. Here are some of the most luxurious rentals found on Airbnb.

This fabulous beachfront villa located is located near Swakopmund, Namibia. It offers 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a private pool, sauna, and gym offering ocean views.

This incredible beachfront home on Senegal’s Petite Coast features 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, private swimming pool and a large terrace overlooking the sea. And it’s only located 45 minutes from the international airport.

This stunning villa home is located Abidjan and accommodates up to 18 people in 8 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. With a private swimming pool and jacuzzi, small gym, and huge living room, it is a perfect space for large groups.

This spectacular villa home in Vilanculos offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury. It features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, with indoor/outdoor dining, a sunken outdoor firepit lounge, a jacuzzi, and a beautiful rooftop terrace with stunning panoramic views over Vilanculos Bay and the Bazaruto islands. A private chef and selection of private boats for hire also available.

If you ever wanted to stay on a wildlife game reserve, here’s your place. This modern and private home in the Mara Conservancy in Kenya offers guests an exclusive safari experience away from the crowds. You’ll have views of the Mara river and its hippo residents from your bedroom and see a variety of wildlife in the surrounding area. It features a main house and 5 separate cottage bedroom units, as well as a private housekeeper and chef.

This elite Residence offers guests 5 star luxury in the award-winning N’Wambu Safari Lodge in Mjejane Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga South Africa. This 10 sleeper retreat is ideal for families, friends or corporate events seeking exclusivity and privacy. A private pool and terrace with firepit features alluring views of the bush.

Villa Zin, near Marrakesh, is guaranteed to leave you in a zin-like state. It sleeps 16 in 10 en suite bedrooms situated among the main house and 3 stand-alone guest apartments. Amenities include a private outdoor pool, 2 al fresco dining areas, a spa with a traditional hammam, massage room and gym, and 2 housekeepers.

This serene lakefront wine retreat is located on the Vrede en Lust wine estate in Franschhoek, South Africa. It sleeps 12 in 6 en suite bedrooms and boasts a private pool with outdoor seating area and gorgeous mountain views.

This exquisite beachfront villa sits on 5 acres of land in Diani Beach, Kenya. It features 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, a massive 82 foot (25 m) pool, and even comes with a private chef.

This exquisite 4-bedroom house with private pool is perfect for a group getaway in Lagos, Nigeria. It provides plenty of sunlight with floor to ceiling windows and features modern finishings throughout.

Go to Hollywood in Cape Town South Africa. This contemporary California-style home boasts breathtaking mountain and ocean views and offers amenities which include a private outdoor pool, terrace, jacuzzi, gym, bar and game room, library, home theater, a housekeeper and a butler. It sleeps up to 12 people in 6 en suite bedrooms.

Experience island living at its best at this luxury private villa on Eden Island in the Seychelles. Offering breathtaking views of the inner islands and Indian ocean, this waterfront home sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. Amenities include a private pool, use of 2 golf carts, kayaks, as well as access to the nearby resort facilities.

This palatial mansion in Marrakesh is the perfect setting for weddings, receptions, or intimate gatherings with family or friends. It sleeps 10 people in 5 en suite bedrooms and even has its own traditional hammam. While enjoying the 82 foot (25m) pool and palm tree lined outdoor terrace, you’ll be treated with 5 star service by the on-site housekeeper, chef, 2 kitchen clerks and waiter/butler.

Explore the 115 islands of Seychelles by private charter yacht. This 51 foot Leopard power catamaran boasts 4 guest cabins each with en suite bathroom, a large saloon and kitchen, and a large flybridge lounge. Guest charters include an experienced skipper, crew member, and a chef to prepare delectable meals while you relax.

Enjoy your private deck and sunsets on the water with this all-inclusive yacht charter in Zanzibar Tanzania. Featuring 4 en suite bedrooms, two sun terraces, and a professional chef and crew, this yacht has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. There’s no better way to explore the Zanzibar archipelago.


20 of Africa's Best Views: Farafra Desert, Egypt

20 of Africa’s Best Natural Views

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Need some travel inspiration? Well look no further. Here are 20 of the best natural views in Africa.

Need some travel inspiration? Africa will wow you like no other with its million dollar views. Here are 20 of the best natural views in Africa.

Oceans, Lakes and Waterfalls

1. Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. It’s located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

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2. Lake Retba

Lake Retba (aka Lac Rose or Pink Lake) is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas. It’s located in Senegal.

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3. Mosi Oa Tunya Falls

Mosi Oa Tunya Falls (aka Victoria Falls) is a waterfall on the Zambezi River, located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the 7 Natural Wonders in the World and is considered the world’s largest waterfall.

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4. Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls (aka Kabalega Falls) is a waterfall on the lower Victoria Nile River in Uganda.

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5. Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d’Ouzoud (aka Ouzoud Waterfalls) is the name for a collection of waterfalls in the High Atlas Mountains. The falls tumble 361 feet (110 meters) through a red rock gorge of the El Abid River. They are Morocco‘s highest and Africa’s second highest waterfalls.

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6. Chutes de Kambadaga

The Chutes de Kambadaga (aka Kambadaga Falls) are made up of three successive waterfalls on the Kokulo River, in the Fouta-Djalon highland region of Guinea.

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7. Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the world’s third largest major ocean, touching the continents of Asia, Australia, and Africa and offering spectacular views of turquoise waters for miles on end. It runs along Africa’s southern and eastern coastline, in South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, and surrounds the island nations of Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

Deserts, Canyons and Caves

8. Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon and third largest canyon in the world. It is part of the Panoramic Route, a scenic road connecting several natural points of interest, and is located in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

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9. Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon is the world’s second largest canyon. It consists of an upper and lower canyon formed by erosion of the Fish River and is located in southern Namibia.

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10. Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert, spanning primarily across Namibia, as well as parts of Angola and South Africa. Its massive red sand dunes are some of the largest on earth.

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11. Sudwala Caves

The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world, believed to be more than 240 million years old. They are located in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

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Depressions and Geological Formations

12. Farafra Depression

The Farafra Depression is located in the White Desert National Park in Egypt. The park is the site of cliffs, sand dunes, oases, and large white chalk rock formations, created through erosion by wind and sand.

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13. Danakil Depression

The Danakil Depression, known as the hottest place on earth, is a geological depression caused by the continent drift of three tectonic plates. Its alien-like environment is home to salt lakes, lava lakes, volcanoes and colorful acid springs. It’s located in northern Ethiopia.

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14. Seven Colored Earths

The Seven Colored Earths are a small area of striped sand dunes comprised of seven distinct colors (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). It is located in Chamarel in southwestern Mauritius.

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Jungles and Forests

15. Congo Rainforest

The Congo Rainforest is the world’s second largest tropical forest, known for its high levels of biodiversity which includes more than 600 tree species and 10,000 animal species. It spans six countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Kahuzi-Biege National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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16. Upper Guinea Forest

The Upper Guinea Forest is a tropical forest region of West Africa, extending from Guinea and Sierra Leone through Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

Tai National Park, Ivory Coast
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17. Avenue of the Baobabs

The Avenue of Baobabs is a group of baobab trees lining the dirt road linking Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. The trees are more than 800 years old, reaching heights of up to 100 feet (30 m) with trunks as big as 10 feet (3 m) in diameter. They are a legacy of the dense tropical forests that once thrived on the island.

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Mountains and Volcanos

18. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world.

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19. Mount Nyiragongo

Mount Nyiragongo is stratovolcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located near Lake Kivu at the eastern border of Rwanda. Its summit caldera contains the world’s largest and most active lava lake.

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20. Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a flat topped mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town, South Africa. It is the country’s most iconic and photographed landmark.

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Country Highlight: UGANDA

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Uganda is the 33rd largest country in Africa and home to 6 of its 10 highest mountain peaks. Learn more fun facts about this spectacular country.

Fast Facts:

1. It’s a landlocked country located in East Africa and it’s the 33rd largest country in Africa.

2. Its capital and largest city is Kampala.

3. Major languages: English (official), Swahili (official), Ganda, and 30+ indigenous languages

4. Major ethnic groups: Ganda, Nkole, Soga, Kiga, Teso, Lango, Gisu, Acholi

5. Major religions: Christianity (84%), Islam (14%), Other and none (2%)

6. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in October 1962.

7. It’s named after the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of central Uganda, including Kampala.

8. It is home to the source of the Nile River, the world’s longest river.

9. It is home to Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria.

10. It is one of 13 countries that the equator passes through.

11. It is one of only 3 places in the world to see mountain gorillas in the wild.

12. The Rwenzori Mountains, in southwest Uganda on the border with DRC, are home to 6 of the 10 tallest peaks in Africa.

13. Tourism centers around wildlife, nature, cultural, and adventure activities. Popular attractions include: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (the primary gorilla trekking location), Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park (home to tree climbing lions), Lake Bunyonyi, Crater Lakes region, Rwenzori Mountains, Ssese Islands, and white water rafting, tubing, bungee jumping, and quad biking in Jinja.

14. Things to do in Kampala include: Uganda National Cultural Centre, Uganda National Museum, National Botanical Gardens, Kabaka’s Palace, Idi Amin Torture Chambers, Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Owino Market, Kampala Craft Market, the Old Taxi Park, Uganda National Mosque, and Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

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Country Highlight: TANZANIA

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Tanzania is Africa’s 13th largest country and home to its highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Learn more fun facts about this fascinating country.

Fast Facts:

1. It’s located in East Africa and is the 13th largest country on the continent. It’s comprised of the mainland and the Zanzibar archipelago.

2. The capital is Dodoma and the largest city is Dar es Salaam.

3. In 1964, the mainland, formerly known as Tanganyika, merged with Zanzibar island, and became known as Tanzania.

4. There are more than 120 ethnic groups, the largest being the Sukuma.

5. Major languages: Swahili, Arabic, English

6. Major religions: Christianity (61%), Islam (35%), Traditional and other religions (4%)

7. It is surrounded by three great lakes of Africa – Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Malawi.

8. Tourism is a major industry and centers around wildlife, beaches, history, culture, nature, and adventure activities.

9. It has 7 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Kondoa Rock Art sites, Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara, Stone Town of Zanzibar, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Selous Game Reserve, Kilimanjaro National Park, and Serengeti National Park.

10. Its most famous national park is the Serengeti, where each year more than one million wildebeests make their great migration to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.

11. It’s home to the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera (volcanic depression).

12. Mount Kilimanjaro, located in northeast Tanzania, is the highest peak in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

13. Zanzibar is known for its fabulous beaches and some of the most popular are Nungwi, Kendwa, Paje, Jambiani, Matemwe, and Kiwengwa.

14.  Things to see and do in Zanzibar include: Darajani Market and historic buildings of Stone Town, Forodhani Gardens night market, the Rock restaurant, Kuumbi Caves, Jozani Forest, Seaweed Center, Prison Island, Slave Market Memorial, and spice farms.

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Country Highlight: SOUTH SUDAN

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South Sudan is Africa’s newest country and the 19th largest on the continent. Learn more fun facts about this young country.

Fast Facts:

1. It is a landlocked country located in East Africa and is the 19th largest country on the continent.

2. Its capital and largest city is Juba.

3. It gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after a long civil war and is the newest sovereign African country.

4. Its flag is older than the country itself and has significant meaning. The black stripe represents the people, the red stripe represents the blood that was spilled to help achieve independence, the green stripe represents the lush lands of the country, the blue triangle represents the Nile River, and the golden star represents the states that have united for South Sudan.

5. Major languages: English (official) and more than 60 indigenous languages, including Utuho, Acholi, Dinka, Jur, Nuer, Zande, and Murle

6. Major ethnic groups: Dinka, Nuer, Zande, Bari, Shilluk

7. Major religions: Christianity (60%), Traditional and other religions (33%), Islam (6%)

8. It has the third-largest oil reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa.

9. The majority of South Sudanese live in Tukels, circular-shaped houses generally constructed from sticks and mud with a thatched roof.

10. Cows are often used as a form of currency and wealth is measured by the number of cattle that a family owns.

11. The White Nile, a main tributary of the Nile River, passes through the country and is one of its principal physical features.

12. Tourism centers around its beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife. Attractions include St. Theresa Cathedral, Mount Kinyeti, Imatung Mountains, Nimule National Park, Boma National Park, Fola Falls, Sudd Wetlands, Opekoloe Island and Nile River rafting. Travel remains risky and caution is advised.

13. Boma National Park is home to Africa’s second largest wildlife migration.

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Country Highlight: SOMALIA

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Somalia is the 20th largest African country and it has the longest coastline in mainland Africa. Learn more fun facts about this interesting country.

Fast Facts:

1. It is located in the Horn of Africa in East Africa and it’s the 20th largest country on the continent.

2, Its capital and largest city is Mogadishu.

3. Major languages: Somali, Arabic, English, Italian

4. Major ethnic groups: Somali, Bantu, Bajuni

5. Major religions: Islam (99.7%), Christianity (0.1%), Traditional and other religions (0.2%)

6. It gained independence from Britain and Italy in July 1960.

7. It is one of Africa’s most ethnically homogenous nations; 85% of the population are ethnic Somalis.

8. The Laas Geel cave paintings date between 9,000 and 3,000 years BC and are among the most ancient and famous in Africa.

9. It has the longest coastline in mainland Africa, with stunning beaches and protected coral reefs.

10. Before its 20-year civil war, Somalia used to be a popular tourist destination due to its numerous attractions and beautiful beaches. Tourism has slowly returned, but travel remains risky and caution is advised.

11. Tourism centers around historical sites, beaches, waterfalls, mountain ranges, wildlife, and national parks.

12. Its most popular attractions include Laas Geel caves, Hargesia, the Cal Madow, Golis Mountains and Ogo Mountains, the Iskushuban and Lamadaya waterfalls, Hargeisa National Park, Jilib National Park, Kismayo National Park and Lag Badana National Park.

13. Things to see and do in Mogadishu include Shanghai Old City, Union Mosque, Liido beach, Mogadishu Cathedral, Bakara Market, Mogadishu Fish Market, Black Hawk Down Crash Site Museum, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Governor’s House, National Museum, and Arch of Triumph.

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Country Highlight: RWANDA

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Rwanda is Africa’s 9th smallest country and has been dubbed the cleanest country in Africa. Learn more fun facts about this beautiful country.

Fast Facts:

1. It is a landlocked country located in East Africa and is the 9th smallest country on the continent.

2. Its capital and largest city is Kigali.

3. It is highly elevated, giving it the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills”.

4. Major ethnic groups: Hutu (85%), Tutsi (14%), Twa (1%)

5. Major languages: Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French, English

6. Major religions: Christianity (74%), Traditional and other religions (25%), Islam (1%)

7. It was colonized by Germany and Belgium and gained independence in July 1962.

8. Every last Saturday of the month, from 8 to 11 am, the entire country participates in Umuganda – mandatory community projects which involve street cleaning, grass cutting, and public clean up. This has led Rwanda to be called the cleanest country in Africa.

9. Plastic bags are banned and visitors are not allowed to bring them into the country.

10. 64% of its parliament members are female, the largest number in the world.

11. In 1994, nearly 1 million Tutsis and Hutus were killed in the Rwandan Genocide, which started over ethnic tensions. The history is detailed at the Kigali Genocide Museum and memorial site.

12. It has the world’s largest population of endangered mountain gorillas and is one of only 3 countries where they can be seen in the wild.

13. Tourism is rapidly increasing and centers around nature, wildlife, history, culture and adventure activities. Popular activities include gorilla trekking and hiking at Volcanoes National Park, the canopy walk at Nyungwe National Park, safari at Akagera Natinoal Park, Lake Kivu and the resort towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu, the Ethnographic Museum, and coffee and tea plantation tours.

14. Things to see and do in Kigali include: Nyamirambo (the Muslim quarter), Mount Kigali, a Milk Bar, Inema Arts Center, Ivuka Art Gallery, King’s Palace Museum, Rwanda Art Museum, Kimironko Market, Amahoro Stadium, Hotel de Mille Collines (the real life Hotel Rwanda), and the 1000 Hills Distillery.

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Country Highlight: KENYA

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Kenya is the 24th largest country in Africa and the only country with a national park located within a capital city. Learn more fun facts about this dynamic country.

Fast Facts:

1. It is located in East Africa and is the 24th largest country on the continent.  

2. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi.

3. The oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa.

4.  It is named after Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the 2nd highest in Africa.

5. Major languages: English (official), Swahili (official and national), and 68 traditional languages

6. Major ethnic groups: Kikuyu (17%), Luhya (14%), Kalenjin (13%), Luo (11%), Kamba (10%), Somalis (6%), Kisil (6%), Mijkenda (5%)

7. Major religions: Christianity (85%), Islam (11%), Traditional and other religions (4%)

8. It is home to the Maasai, a group of indigenous people who live in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and who are known for their jumping dance and warrior skills.

9. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in December 1963.

10. The current Kenyan flag, adopted at independence, is full of meaning. The black represents the Kenyan people, red represents blood, green represents natural wealth, white represents peace, and the Maasai shield and spear represent the defense of freedom.

11. It is the third largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa.         

12. It has 60 national parks and game reserves, including Nairobi National Park which is the only national park that exists within a capital city.  

13. Things to do in Nairobi include: the Giraffe Centre, the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Uhuru Park, the National Museum, Bomas of Kenya, high tea, great restaurants, and nightlife.

14. Tourist attractions include the wildebeest migration at the Masaai Mara; historical mosques and colonial-era forts at Mombasa, Malindi, and Lamu; Mount Kenya; the Great Rift Valley; tea plantations at Kericho; coffee plantations at Thika; and the beaches along the Swahili Coast.

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Country Highlight: ETHIOPIA

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Ethiopia is the oldest and the 2nd most populous country in Africa. Learn more fun facts about this fascinating country.

Fast Facts:

1. It is a landlocked country located in the Horn of Africa in East Africa.

2. It’s the 10th largest country in Africa and the 26th largest in the world.

3. Its capital and largest city is Addis Ababa.

4. It’s the oldest independent country in Africa and the 2nd oldest official Christian nation in the world after Armenia.

5. It’s the second most populous country in Africa, home to 113 million people.

6. It has more than 80 ethnic groups. The four largest are: Oromo, Amhara, Somali and Tigrayans.

7. It has more than 80 languages. Major languages include: Amharic (official), Afar, Harari, Oromo, Tigrinya, Sidama, Somali.

8. Major religions: Christianity (63%), Islam (34%), Traditional and other faiths (3%)

9. It’s the only country in Africa never to be colonized.

10. It is the only country in the world with a 13-month year. It follows the Ethiopian calendar, which is about 7 years and 3 months behind the Gregorian calendar.

11. It is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ancient Aksum kingdom, Fasil Ghebbi and Gondar castles, the walled city of Harar, Konso Cultural Landscape, Lower Valley of the Omo, Lower Valley of the Awash, rock hewn churches of Lalibela, carved stelae of Tiya, and Simien National Park.

12. The Danakil Depression, in northeastern Ethiopia, is the hottest place on Earth, popular with tourists for its magical landscape with sulfurous hot springs, acid pools, steaming fissures and salt mountains.

13. Popular things to do in the capital include: the Addis market, Meskel Square, St. George’s Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, National Museum, Ethnological Museum, Derg monument, Lion of Judah, Entoto Hill, and enjoying traditional Ethiopian coffee.

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Country Highlight: ERITREA

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Eritrea is Africa’s 37th largest country, where you can experience 3 seasons in 2 hours. Learn more fun facts about this secretive country.

Fast Facts:

1. It is located in the Horn of Africa in East Africa and is the 37th largest country on the African continent.

2. Its capital and largest city is Asmara.

3. Eritrea means red and it was named after the Red Sea. It has a long coastline on the Red Sea that extends the length of the country.

4. Major languages: Tigrinya, Tigre, Afar, Beja, Bilen, Kunama, Nara, Saho, Italian, Arabic, English. Tigrinya, Arabic, and English serve as the three working languages.

5. Major ethnic groups: Tigrinya (55%), Tigre (30%), Saho (4%), Kunama (2%), Rashaida (2%), Bilen (2%), Other – Afar, Beni-Amer, Nara (5%)

6. Major religions: Christianity (63%), Islam (36%), other (1%)

7. In 1993, after a 30-year civil war, Eritrea succeeded from neighboring Ethiopia and became a sovereign nation. The border remains in dispute.

8. It is called Africa’s most secretive country and most of it is off-limits to tourists. Its land borders are closed to tourists so all visitors must fly into the country.

9. It is a former Italian colony and the Italian influence is still present. The capital city, Asmara, offers Italian colonial and modernist buildings, including the Saint Joseph Cathedral, Cinema Roma, Cinema Impero, Asmara Great Mosque, and Fiat Tagliero building, the unique Medeber market, the Tank Graveyard, and a variety of cafes and restaurants.

10. It is an off-the-beaten path location offering a unique blend of historical and cultural highlights, as well as tropical beaches, beautiful mountain ranges, and tranquil landscapes. Interesting locales include Massawa, home of the Imperial Palace which served as the winter residence of Haile Selassie; Foro, gateway to the Afar region and the ancient ruins of Adulis; and Keren, a traditional, predominantly Muslim city with a lively Monday animal market.

11. In order to visit any place outside of the capital, you must obtain a special permit for each place you visit.

12. Eritrea’s tourism motto is “3 seasons in 2 hours”, because in 2 hours it is possible to travel from Asmara, the cool ‘city in the clouds’ at 7,628 ft elevation, down to the sea level Danakil Depression to the hot coastal desert strip.

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