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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.

1. NAMIBIA
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.

2. SENEGAL
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.

3. COTE D’IVOIRE
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.

4. MOZAMBIQUE
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.

5. KENYA
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.

6. SOUTH AFRICA
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.

7. MOROCCO
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.

8. SOUTH AFRICA
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.

9. KENYA
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.

10. NIGERIA
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.

11. SOUTH AFRICA
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.

12. SEYCHELLES
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.

13. MOROCCO
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.

14. SEYCHELLES
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.

15. TANZANIA
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.

 

Happy Africa Day 2022!

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Every May 25th, Africa and the world celebrates Africa Day. Learn more about this holiday commemorating the founding of the African Union.

Every May 25th, Africa and the world commemorates the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity, the precursor to the African Union (AU). Africa Day also celebrates African unity and allows us to reflect on the continent’s achievements and common challenges. The AU has themed this year’s celebration 2022: The Year of Nutrition, with a goal of increasing food and nutrition security across the continent.

YouTube’s Africa Day Concert is back for its 3rd year with host Idris Elba and some of Africa’s finest music artists, like Davido and Yemi Alade. The concert will stream live on Wednesday, May 25th starting at 1:00pm EST/6:00pm WAT/7:00pm CAT/8:00pm EAT.

Also in celebration of Africa Day, for the entire month of May Netflix is featuring a special collection of African stories from across the continent called “From Cape to Cairo“. This collection includes titles like “Our Music, Our Culture, Our History,” “Award-Winners & Critics’ Favourites,” “African Women Behind the Camera,” “Love Across the Continent,” “Stories From The African Diaspora,” and more. Apple has several podcast replays which highlight the holiday, including Why Is Africa Day Important? and Celebrating Africa Day. And organizations around the globe will hold symposiums and other gatherings on May 25th. To find more Africa Day information and events, search the hashtags #AfricaDay, #AfricaDay2022, and #AfricanUnion on Twitter and Instagram.

Africa Day is May 25th

Lastly, the Travel Africa Movement is celebrating Africa Day with 15% off all merchandise in our online store. This discount is valid thru May 31st with code AFRICADAY. Visit our store today and show Africa some love!

Top 12 Dos and Don’ts When Visiting Africa

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We break down everything you need to know for a great trip. Here is our list of the top 12 Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Africa.

1. DO Verify Whether You Need a Visa and Vaccinations

A visa is an endorsement placed within your passport that grants you official permission to enter, leave, or stay in a country for a specified time period. US citizens can visit 14 African countries visa free, but most require a visa and they’ll cost you anywhere from $20.00 to $275.00. It varies by country, but visas can be obtained in advance, either online or from an embassy or consulate your home country, or upon arrival at the airport or at a land border crossing. Similarly, some countries, primarily in West and Central Africa, require all visitors to be vaccinated for the yellow fever vaccine and to present a “Yellow Card” as proof. The lack of a visa and/or evidence of vaccination can result in you being denied entry, so you should always verify the visa and vaccination requirements of the country you’re visiting. The CDC Traveler’s Health site is the best source of information about required and recommended vaccines and medications.

2. DO Respect the Local Culture and Customs

You will be immersing yourself in a culture likely different from your own and it is important to observe the local customs and traditions. You should study some of the local traditions and taboos before travel. Greetings are important in African culture and it is considered rude and disrespectful not to greet when meeting someone or engaging in any transaction. Likewise, respect is very important, particularly for elders and chiefs who hold positions of honor and status. Elders and dignitaries should always be greeted first and in some instances, you may be expected to genuflect before them. Finally, African societies tend to be more traditional and conservative than Western ones (though it can vary by country and region based on religion and culture). Most local men wear pants and shirts or traditional wear. Most local women wear dresses or skirts that fall below the knee and tops that don’t expose shoulders or cleavage. Tight and revealing clothes will stand out and may be frowned upon. Out of respect, you may want to leave the low-cut tops, midriffs, spaghetti straps, short shorts, and miniskirts at home.

3. DO Carry Tissues and/or Wipes

On occasion, you might find that some public restrooms lack toilet paper or there is a nominal fee for a small ration of paper. You should always carry tissue or wipes in case the restroom doesn’t have them. Hand sanitizer is also useful.

4. DO Get Over Your Fear of Bugs and Critters

Many of these countries have tropical and subtropical climates where bugs and critters thrive (especially flies, mosquitos, lizards, and roaches). There’s a chance that you may see a critter in your lodging or at a restaurant and it doesn’t necessarily mean the place is unclean. Most facilities have bug spray available, so ask if needed.

5. DO Visit Both the City and the Village

Contrary to some media portrayals, Africa is about more than poverty and safaris. African cities have gleaming skyscrapers, modern malls, museums, and fancy hotels and restaurants. They’re vibrant and fast-paced with many people selling goods and going about their daily business. The streets stay busy day and night, and the sounds, activity, bright clothes, and strong food aromas will thrill and entice you. By contrast, the rural villages are typically quieter and slower-paced, and the people live in more modest housing. But it is here where traditional customs, dance, and religions shine and you’ll have the best opportunity to immerse in the culture and interact with various ethnic groups. Be sure to spend time in both the city and the village to see the diversity and experience the contrasting lifestyles and cultures.

6. DO Be Open and Willing to Learn a New Way of Life

Africa’s countries are developing and you should not expect everything to operate like at home. Infrastructure for transportation, electricity, water, phone service, or internet might not be up to your country’s standards. Sanitation and waste disposal may be poor. Food may be prepared unlike you’re accustomed and people may eat with their hands. You will likely need to avoid tap water and drink bottled water instead. You may have to pay a small fee to use public restrooms. You may find that there are no set prices and you have to haggle and negotiate for the best deals. You may see street vendors dashing thru traffic and selling everything from snacks to phone chargers and pillows. Addresses aren’t common, so you may encounter difficulty finding a building and need to use nearby landmarks. Weather, power outages, loss of hot water, traffic jams, or other conditions may cause inconveniences or unanticipated delays. Don’t be rude or disrespectful if you encounter any of these circumstances, as they are a part of everyday life on the continent. Embrace the experience and learn from your new environment.

7. DON’T Wear Camouflage Clothing

It is illegal for civilians to wear camouflage clothing in at least 12 African countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. If you decide to wear it, make sure to verify it’s legal in the country you’re visiting. When in doubt, leave it at home.

8. DON’T Photograph Children or Adults Without Their Consent

Not only is it rude to snap a person’s photo and share it on social media without their permission, it may also be culturally inconsiderate or even illegal in some countries. In Senegal, it is against the law to photograph children without their parents’ permission. In Ethiopia, consent is required to publish a photo of a person in a public place. Culturally, some consider photos taboo because it is believed that capturing a person’s image is stealing their soul. Similarly, some strict Muslims believe that photography is forbidden by Islam and would take great offense to being photographed. Even still, certain tribal customs require you to ask first and provide money or a small gift for taking photos. For all these reasons, it is best to ask first and respect the answer given.

9. DON’T Photograph Police Officers, Military Installations, Airports or Government Buildings

Most countries prohibit civilians from photographing police officers, military installations, or airports. Some even prohibit photographs of government buildings. If you’re caught, a uniformed officer may demand that you erase your photos or surrender your memory card. In the worst-case scenario, you may be fined or arrested. When in doubt, ask first or forgo the photo.

10. DON’T Use Your Left Hand

Because the left hand is used for personal hygiene and bathroom functions, it is considered rude and dirty to use your left hand in interactions with others. To be respectful, you should always shake hands, handle money, pick up or pass items, and eat food with your right hand.

11. DON’T Expect Everyone to Speak English

Africa is a huge and incredibly diverse continent. But while it has 54 countries, there are only 25 in which English is spoken as a primary, secondary or official language. And only about 240 million of its 1.2 billion people speak English. Thus, while you will find some English speakers in the major cities of non-Anglophone countries, most will not speak English especially in rural areas. The majority of Africa’s population speak one or more of 2,000 traditional and other languages, with Swahili being the most widely spoken language. To better interact and communicate, you may want to learn a few words of the primary language in your host country.

12. DON’T Stress About Time

Africans generally lead a more relaxed and less rigorously scheduled lifestyle than Westerners. You may find that service is slower than you’re used to and events may start later than scheduled. Stores may open later or close earlier than listed hours of operation. This laxity about time is jokingly called “African Time” and you will almost surely experience it during your time in Africa. Know that everything runs at a slower pace, so just chill and enjoy your time out of the rat race.

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7 Unique Restaurants in Africa That You Must Visit

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If food experiences matter to you, here are 7 unique restaurants in Africa that you must visit.

Dining out is about more than just staving off hunger. It’s also a way to enjoy culture, nourish our souls and our bellies, share intimate moments with family and friends, and create lasting memories. If food experiences matter to you, Africa boasts some of the most scenic and out-of-the-ordinary restaurants in the world. Here are 7 unique restaurants in Africa that you must visit.

The Rock ~ Zanzibar Tanzania

The Rock is one of Africa’s most famous restaurants, situated on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It offers stunning panoramic ocean views, a variety of seafood dishes, and a unique experience that can’t be missed. When the tide is low you can walk to the restaurant by foot, but during high tide the restaurant shuttles guests back and forth by boat. The Rock is open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks and reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.

Akemi ~ Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Akemi is one of Tanzania’s premier fine dining establishments and its only revolving restaurant. It’s located on the 21st floor in one of Dar es Salaam’s tallest buildings and offers breathtaking 360° city and ocean views. Akemi is open daily for lunch, dinner and cocktails and has a grand buffet with a live band on Sundays. The cuisine features Continental, African and Asian dishes.

Cargo Hold Restaurant ~ Durban, South Africa

Have you ever wanted to dine with sharks? If so, visit the Cargo Hold for the ultimate aquatic culinary experience. Built in a replica phantom ship, this restaurant offers seating next to a wall-sized shark aquarium (book those tables well in advance) or by windows that overlook the ocean. The cuisine is high-end international and South African fare. It’s open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only.

Carnivore ~ Nairobi, Kenya

Carnivore is a meat lover’s dream and a must-do for first-time visitors to Kenya. As soon as you enter, you’ll know you’re in for a treat as you’re greeted by a huge charcoal pit and the wafting aroma of meats roasting on traditional Maasai swords. This all-you-can-eat meat buffet features a menu that changes daily, with a wide variety of classic meats from lamb, chicken, and sirloin to exotic meats like crocodile, ostrich balls, and zebra. The meat feast is accompanied by a selection of salads, vegetable side dishes, and sauces. If you indulge, be sure to try the house cocktail, the Dawa (means medicine in Swahili), which is delivered on a hand tray by Dr. Dawa, the resident “medicine man”. Carnivore is open daily for lunch and dinner.

La Tante DC10 Restaurant ~ Accra, Ghana

La Tante DC10 is a restaurant located inside a converted DC-10 airplane near Accra’s international airport. Guests enter and exit the plane via a covered staircase and are greeted in the former first class seating area, which has been converted into a waiting area. The restaurant seats more than 100 people and is air-conditioned throughout. The cuisine is local Ghanaian fare.

Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant ~ Diani Beach, Kenya

Ali Barbour’s offers fine dining in a coral cave 33 feet underground. Don’t fret if you’re claustrophobic because the “roof” is open for star gazing. This magical restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner only and reservations are required. The menu is international, but their specialty is seafood.

9 Pyramids Lounge ~ Cairo, Egypt

Africa’s latest unique restaurant is 9 Pyramids Lounge, opened in October 2020 on the southern side of the Giza Plateau. Visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch or drinks at their choice of table seating or Bedouin-style seating on floor pillows, all while enjoying expansive views of the Giza Pyramid complex. Reservations are highly recommended because they are usually booked months in advance.

Why Now Is a Great Time To Visit Africa for Heritage Tourism

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If you’re looking to reconnect with your ancestral culture and homeland, there’s never been a better time to visit Africa for heritage tourism.

In 2019, Ghana issued a clarion call to Black people across the African diaspora to return to Africa and to specifically visit the West African country. Ghana’s Year of Return campaign, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans in Jamestown Virginia in 1619, was nothing short of a major success. While Ghana anticipated about 500,000 diasporans, more than one million people answered the call, coming from as far away as Brazil, Jamaica, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom for the yearlong series of events and cultural activities.

Other African countries have taken note of Ghana’s success and are instituting diaspora initiatives of their own hoping to see a similar tourism boom. If you’re looking to reconnect with your ancestral culture and homeland, there’s never been a better time to go to Africa for heritage travel.

Independence Arch at Accra Ghana

Ghana

During the Year of Return (YOR), the Chiefs of Asebu Traditional Area and Elders created the Pan African Village project and offered free plots of land to qualified African diasporans. On the heels of YOR, Ghana initiated Beyond the Return, a decade-long initiative which it hopes will spur more tourism, investment, and collaboration between Ghana and the diaspora. Under the theme “A Decade of African Renaissance”, the project is built on 7 pillars supported by periodic cultural events, tourism drives, investment programs and diaspora pathway programs. Ghana recently hosted Tulsa Massacre survivors Viola Fletcher (age 107) and Hughes Van Ellis (age 100) and is purportedly formulating a plan for dual citizenship for Black diasporans. The African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI) is hosting the Wakanda One City of Return Expo in Cape Coast from December 2 to December 13, 2021. 

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone made a splash in January 2021 when it gave citizenship to 22 diasporans who traced their roots to the country through DNA testing. Since then, the Sierra Leone government has partnered with the Black-owned DNA company African Ancestry to help more diasporans discover their ancestral roots and obtain Sierra Leonean citizenship. Under a newly created formal program, diasporans who can prove maternal or paternal lineage through DNA testing (solely with African Ancestry) AND who visit the country through a certified tour company can apply for citizenship. The goal of the program is to increase tourism, business opportunities, investments, and construction projects in the peaceful country also known as Salone. The next citizenship conferment ceremony will be held November 20 to December 4, 2021 in Freetown.

Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau has joined Ghana and Sierra Leone in recognizing the ancestral roots of diasporans and welcoming them to the continent. In February 2021, Guinea Bissau launched its own Decade of Return initiative in conjunction with the US-based Balanta B’urassa History and Genealogy Society. The program seeks to increase public knowledge of the country’s historical connection to the transatlantic slave trade and Afro-liberation struggle and set up a new model of development and cultural tourism for small, underdeveloped African countries. Free visas and the opportunity to apply for citizenship are being offered to diasporans whose lineage to the country is verified by DNA testing. The goal is to spur the diaspora’s reintegration into Guinea Bissau’s varied ethnic groups, as well as increase tourism and investment. The next Decade of Return event will occur November 23 to November 30, 2021.

Cameroon

Though Cameroon was a significant source of slaves during the transatlantic slave trade, this central African country has not been on the radar of most diasporans. One Tikar One People, a community of Cameroonians and DNA-tested diasporan descendants of the Tikar and Bamileke ethnic groups, hopes to change that. For 2021, they are holding a special edition of their annual Festival for the Returned for diasporans, to be held from November 26, 2021 through January 7, 2022. The festival will feature cultural events, community tourism, volunteer opportunities and ancestral/naming ceremonies. Additionally, the Tikar and Bamileke Kings have decided to adopt all DNA-tested descendants of Cameroon and give them the opportunity to own a piece of land in Tikar and Bamileke villages.

Senegal

The House of Slaves on Goree Island is one of the most famous memorials of the slave trade. Today, the island is the site of the Goree Island Diaspora Festival, an annual art and culture celebration created to promote the island and reunite the African diaspora. Held in November, the festival has a dual role as a meeting place for cultures and a space for reconciliation. Countries invited to past festivals include Martinique, Cape Verde, Guadeloupe, Brazil and Venezuela.

Statue of freed slaves at Goree Island, Senegal

We anticipate that more African countries will offer heritage tourism, land and investment initiatives, and citizenship opportunities in the coming years. African Ancestry is working to expand their DNA testing partnership to more than 30 countries in Africa where they trace ancestry. Stay tuned for more developments.

African Independence Days by Month

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Independence Day is celebrated across Africa to symbolize the determination and liberation of African people. Here’s a list of African independence days by country and month.

At the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, the leaders of 13 European nations and the United States met to discuss the partitioning of Africa and control of its resources. The “Scramble for Africa”, as it is called, led to the colonization of nearly the whole of Africa and the country borders that we know today. This period of European aggression and occupation would last nearly 100 years, until widespread African liberation movements wrestled control from the colonial rulers.

Today, Independence Day is celebrated across the continent to symbolize the determination of African people to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. The official date of independence is a national holiday in most countries, commemorated by military parades, fireworks, cultural and musical performances, and unofficial concerts, parties, and other events. If you happen to be traveling during this time, you’ll find the mood festive and jovial….in other words, LIT! So you don’t miss out on the fun, here’s a monthly list of African Independence Days.

Country

Sudan

Cameroon

Gambia

Egypt

Western Sahara

Morocco

Tunisia

Ghana

Mauritius

Namibia

Senegal

Togo

Sierra Leone

Zimbabwe

South Africa *

Ethiopia **

Eritrea

Madagascar

Dem. Rep. of the Congo

Mozambique

Seychelles

Djibouti

Somalia

Burundi

Rwanda

Algeria

Cape Verde

Comoros

São Tomé and Principe

South Sudan

Benin

Niger

Burkina Faso

Côte d’Ivoire

Chad

Central African Republic

Republic of the Congo

Gabon

Mali

Botswana

eSwatini (Swaziland)

Guinea-Bissau ***

Guinea

Nigeria

Uganda

Zambia

Lesotho

Equatorial Guinea

Angola

Libya

Tanzania

Kenya

Independence Date

Jan. 1, 1956   

Jan. 1, 1960   

Feb. 18, 1965 

Feb. 28, 1922

Feb. 28, 1976

March 2, 1956

March 20, 1956

March 6, 1957            

March 12, 1968

March 21, 1990

April 4, 1960

April 27, 1960

April 27, 1961 

April 18, 1980 

April 27, 1994

May 5, 1941

May 24, 1993

June 26, 1960

June 30, 1960

June 25. 1975

June 29, 1976

June 27, 1977

July 1, 1960

July 1, 1962

July 1, 1962   

July 3, 1962

July 5, 1975

July 6, 1975

July 12, 1975 

July 9, 2011

Aug. 1, 1960

Aug. 3, 1960  

Aug. 5, 1960

Aug. 7, 1960

Aug. 11, 1960

Aug. 13, 1960

Aug. 15, 1960

Aug. 16, 1960

Sept. 22, 1960

Sept. 30, 1966

Sept. 6, 1968 

Sept. 24, 1973

Oct. 2, 1958   

Oct. 1, 1960

Oct. 9, 1962   

Oct. 24, 1964 

Oct. 4, 1966   

Oct. 12, 1968 

Nov. 11, 1975

Dec. 24, 1951

Dec. 9, 1961

Dec. 12, 1963

Colonial Ruler

Britain/Egypt

France

Britain

Britain

Spain

France

France

Britain

Britain

South Africa

France

France

Britain

Britain

Britain

Italy

Ethiopia

France

Belgium

Portugal

Britain

France

Britain

Belgium

Belgium

France

Portugal

France

Portugal

Republic of the Sudan

France

France

France

France

France

France

France

France

France

Britain

Britain

Portugal

France

Britain

Britain

Britain

Britain

Spain

Portugal

Britain

Britain

Britain

* South Africa formally achieved its independence from Britain on May 31, 1910. However, it celebrates the end of apartheid and the day the first democratic elections were held on April 27, 1994. The Day is known as Freedom Day.

** Ethiopia is generally considered to have never been colonized. After it was invaded by Italy in 1935, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed and went into exile in the United Kingdom. He regained his throne on May 5, 1941 and Ethiopia was completely liberated from Italian occupation on November 27, 1941.

*** Guinea-Bissau made a Unilateral Declaration of Independence on September 24, 1973, which is celebrated as Independence Day. However, Portugal recognizes independence as September 10, 1974, as a result of the Algiers Accord.

Ghana Independence Day, March 6, 2020
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Nigeria Independence Day, October 1, 2020
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Zimbabwe’s 1st Independence Day celebration in April 1960
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Happy Africa Day 2021

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Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25, both across the African continent and around the globe. Learn more about this historical holiday.

Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25 to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) (now the African Union) and Africa’s independence, freedom and liberation from colonial rule. It was inspired by Ghana becoming the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence on March 6, 1957, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. This year’s theme is Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.

For the second year in a row, MTV Base Africa and YouTube are sponsoring the Africa Day Concert, hosted by actor Idris Elba. This year’s virtual concert is a Pan African event featuring trailblazing African stars from across the continent, from Lagos Nigeria to Johannesburg South Africa. If you didn’t catch the show live, be sure to watch the replay here:

Finally, if you need more inspiration to celebrate the life, culture and rich history of the 2nd largest continent, here are 12 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day. Let this day be a reminder of our common destiny and vision for Africa.

Happy Earth Day!

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Earth Day 2021 is a call to action to citizens worldwide to be part of the solution in attaining a resilient planet. Learn more about how you can help.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth” and is a call to action to citizens worldwide to be part of the solution in attaining a resilient planet. To commemorate the day, EARTHDAY.ORG will have its second Earth Day Live digital event, starting at 12 PM EST. Link here: https://youtu.be/kICYfJ0qdrE

Workshops, panel discussions, and special performances will focus on the 2021 Theme and will cover natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. Visit their website for more information.

In Africa, air pollution, improper waste management, deforestation, industrialization and urbanization, and illegal wildlife trafficking has lead to environmental degradation and climatic extreme events from floods, heatwaves, droughts, species endangerment, and deterioration of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. These crisis are threatening the availability of food, water and livelihoods of the people, species and ecosystems across the continent.  People from all over Africa are being challenged to unite and establish Earth Day programs and campaigns that best suit the needs of their communities. 

Likewise, we encourage you to join the Earth Day movement by doing some simple green acts, like turning off and unplugging items not in use, using eco-friendly house cleaners, or using re-usable water bottles.

Follow and tag us on IG at #travelafricamovement to let us know how you will help #RestoreTheEarth for #EarthDay2021.

Calling all Black Women! Are You Ready For Exodus Summit 2020?

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The Travel Africa Movement is proud to participate in the Exodus Summit 2020 for Black women travelers. If you haven’t grabbed your free ticket yet, there’s still time. Click here for more info…

The Travel Africa Movement (TAM) is a proud participant in Exodus Summit 2020, the travel summit For Black Women, By Black Women. The Summit kicks off in 2 days, with info about everything from Wellness While Traveling to Apartment Hunting Abroad to House Sitting For Free Accommodation and more! 

TAM‘s founder will be speaking on the Africa Regional Travel panel and sharing tips for traveling and living on the continent. Tune in on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for the best inside information about travel and life in Africa.

It’s not too late to join the fun! And don’t forget to invite your friends and family! Click here to get your FREE ticket! >>> https://tix.exodussummit.com/TMichelle

Get ready for 7 days of action-packed presentations and inspiration ~ September 21 – 27, 2020!!

#BlackoutDay2020 and #PullUpForTravel

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The Travel Africa Movement supports The Blackout Coalition and the Black Travel Alliance in their efforts to increase support of Black-owned businesses and inclusion of Black voices in the travel industry. Learn more….

As a 100% Black-owned company, the Travel Africa Movement supports The Blackout Coalition and the Black Travel Alliance in their efforts to increase support of Black-owned businesses and increase the inclusion of Black voices in travel marketing and story telling.

Blackout Day – July 7, 2020 – is a day of solidarity where Black Americans and their allies are urged not to shop, and if they do, to shop only at Black-Owned businesses. The goal is to be the start of a liberation movement and lifelong pursuit of economic empowerment for Black people.

Similarly, the Black Travel Alliance seeks to create a world where Black people are supported and accurately represented in the travel industry. One of their initiatives is the Black Travel Scorecard, which evaluates destinations and travel brands under five key areas: (1) Employment grades the current number and percentage of Black people in management and on staff; (2) Conferences & Tradeshows grades Black representation (number and percentage) on speaker panels, workshops, sessions, etc. in 2019; (3) Paid Advertising/Marketing Campaigns grades Black representation (number and percentage) in TV, radio, print and digital channels including social media in 2019; (4) Press grades Black representation (number and percentage) on media/press trips in 2019; and (5) Philanthropy grades charitable contributions and support (i.e. mentorship and intern programs, etc.) to Black charities and community groups.

We encourage you to learn more about their missions by visiting their websites at https://www.blackoutday.org/ and https://www.blacktravelalliance.com/ and to support their movements by using their hashtags #blackoutday2020, #blacktravelalliance and #pullupfortravel on social media.

As our way of saying Thank You for supporting our #BOB as we grow and change the narrative about Africa, we’re offering Free Shipping on all TAM clothing and $100 off all 2021 trips with promo code BLACKOUT. Discount valid thru 7/15/2020. #supportblackowned