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Africa Answers Gold List

With 54 countries to choose from, narrowing the field presents a challenge. After a lot of teeth gnashing and changing of minds, here are the places we love, in no particular order … Aswan, Egypt  Agatha Christie loved Aswan so much she set parts of Death on the Nile there and at Aswan’s magnificent Old Cataract Hotel.  Aswan is known for its beautiful Nile Valley scenery, significant archaeological sites and its peaceful aura; even the market is low key.  A day trip to…

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Recommended Reading:  Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Stephanie Thornton

For those who enjoy historical fiction, this is a must read.  Egypt, 1400s BC. The pharaoh’s pampered second daughter, lively, intelligent Hatshepsut, delights in racing her chariot through the marketplace and testing her archery skills in the Nile’s marshlands. But the death of her elder sister, Neferubity, in a gruesome accident arising from Hatshepsut’s games forces her to confront her guilt…and sets her on a profoundly changed course. Hatshepsut enters a loveless…

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Regional Recipe - Rolex

“Rolex” is Rwandan comfort food. The similarity to the luxury watch brand is coincidental: in days gone by, the street vendors who made this treat called out “Rolled Eggs” which, over time morphed into one word: Rolex. The basic Rolex is egg cooked with cabbage, onion, tomato, and sometimes peppers, which is then wrapped in a chapati.  INGREDIENTS FOR ONE  2 eggs  1/4 cup green cabbage (thinly sliced)  1/4 cup tomatoes (seeds removed and finely diced)  1 Tbsp red…

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Recommended Reading   Into Africa by Kerry McDonald

No one had heard from Janet Livingston’s brother in years. The world-famous missionary and explorer had captured the imagination of millions with his book about his travels through the Colonial British Empire… but then he simply vanished. So, when Janet received a cryptic message from Africa, along with a necklace their father gave him, she knew he was still alive and needed her help. But a woman traveling alone to the farthest corners of the Empire was simply out of the question. …

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Regional Recipe - Cranberry-Pomegranate Relish

The pomegranate originally hails from North Africa, India and Persia.  The cranberry is one of only three fruits native to North America. This Thanksgiving, try this healthy and delicious global relish to remind your taste buds that one of the best things about travel is discovering new cuisine, or how to put a twist on traditional fare.  INGREDIENTS • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (3 cups) • ⅓ cup honey, or to taste • ¾ cup chopped pistachios • ¾ cup pomegranate…

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121,000 FREE TICKETS?

Asia and Africa Answers is thankful to the airline which became the unsung hero of the pandemic with these heartwarming and generous gifts to those who needed our acknowledgement and gratitude the most.  On International Nurses Day in May 2020, Qatar Airways gave away 100,000 complimentary tickets to frontline healthcare professionals. The roundtrip tickets were for Qatar Airways operated flights and fully flexible on destinations and dates. By maintaining 24/7 operations in recent…

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The more the merrier in East Africa

Here is a conversation opener to kick off a Thanksgiving zoom gathering sure to get a response from even the most recalcitrant teenager: “who wants to go on safari; it’s cheaper if we all go” Private safaris are the solution to what ails us.  Chartering a safari vehicle and sharing the cost among 6 travelers brings the price down significantly, and provides a safe travel experience for all. Whereas an 8 day, deluxe Tanzania safari for 2 would cost $3989, the exact same safari costs…

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Recommended reading - Death in Zanzibar by M.M Kaye

Death in Zanzibar
From a beloved and renowned authors, this is a classic masterpiece of mystery and romance set in Zanzibar. Dany Ashton is invited to vacation at her stepfather’s house in Zanzibar, but even before her airplane takes off there is a stolen passport, a midnight intruder—and murder. In Zanizbar, the family house is Kivulimi, the mysterious “House of Shade”, where Dany and the rest of the guests learn that one of them is a desperate killer. The air of freedom and…

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Regional recipe - Tikka prawns with mango raita

Tikka prawns with mango raita
INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 small red chili, seeds removed 1 inch piece ginger, grated 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 teaspoons garam masala (Indian spice mix) 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 24 uncooked prawns, peeled (tails on) 1 cup Greek-style yoghurt 2 tablespoons chopped mint, plus extra to garnish 2 mangoes, flesh chopped METHOD 1/  Soak 24 bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Puree oil, lime, chili, ginger, garlic and spices in a blender. Place…

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The Maldives - unbridled romance

Aerial view of Lily Beach resort, Maldives
Fortunately for those planning a honeymoon, there are a handful of traditional honeymoon destinations that are open to US visitors.  Africa Answers pick is the Maldives, here are 1200 reasons why… The Maldives is an archipelago of about 1200 islands, over 100 of them boasting just one single resort – creating in effect a selection of private islands, all with stunning powdery white sand beaches, turquoise water and accommodation ranging from 4-star to super luxury. At the top end, the…

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