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Wellness Travel in Africa

Marrakech Hammam
Wellness in the wilderness aptly describes Africa’s most compelling wellness experiences.  A report in the Global Spa and Wellness Monitor puts Sub-Saharan Africa as the world’s fastest growing region for wellness tourism. Even safaris, once indulgent vacations punctuated by gin and tonics and buffets, are taking a two-pronged approach in introducing wellness.  Any of these can be included in a customized itinerary. Here are Africa Answers favorites: Bushman’s Kloof, South…

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Low density travel in Africa

A safari in East Africa is made to order for low density travelers. Traveling in their own open vehicle with just a driver/ranger, and staying in stand-alone tents or villas in remote properties which host a maximum of 18 guests and offer private dining and sleep under the stars sky beds, is both wildly romantic, and extremely sensible.  Here are Africa Answers’ top three low density recommendations.  Botswana fly-in safari   Botswana eschews mass tourism and offers utterly…

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The Secret Lives of Tour Operators

No travel advisor could be expected to know everything about everywhere; successful travel advisors know which tour operator to work with for each destination they sell. A good tour operator is a travel advisor’s secret weapon.  Want to know what your favorite Asia or Africa Answers team member does during a day (when they are not on the phone with you)?  We train  Hardly a day goes by without the following email reminder arriving in our inbox at least once: product training…

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Recommended Recipe – Hummus

Judging by the run on chickpeas at the grocery store, it must be well known that these little gems, also known as garbanzo beans, are great to have on hand in uncertain times.  Delicious home-made hummus is easy to make, and, in many middle eastern countries, the hallmark of a good cook. Ingredients: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon) 1/4 cup well-stirred tahini, (optional, use more olive oil if you don’t a tahini) 1…

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Active Travel Options in Africa

Kilimanjaro summit sign
While Mt. Kilimanjaro treks top the list of popular active options in Africa, there are many more ideas your raring to go clients might not have considered. Here are our recommended options in Africa: Mt Kilimanjaro Trek, Tanzania Tanzania is a life-changing endeavor that anyone in good fitness can undertake. Summit success has more to do with the body’s ability to acclimate to ‘thin air’ than its ability to run a marathon. Several of the Africa Answers team members have summited Kili…

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Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

A Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.  At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. While at college, he traveled to East Africa—a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination…

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Low Carbon recipe - Skillet-Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

Skillet-Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Basil
Skillet-Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Basil Ingredients: 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup small basil leaves or chopped basil Salt and freshly ground pepper Directions: Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until smoking, about 5 minutes. Add the olive oil, and tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are lightly charred and about to burst, about 3 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the basil. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away.

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Traveling Lightly

Save Our Planet in 2020
Africa Answers is headquartered in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. As the old adage attributed to Chief Sealth, after whom Seattle was named, advocated: “take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” Little did wise Chief Sealth know that the foot prints we are now most concerned about are carbon.  A carbon footprint is defined as the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent. Here are some…

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Zambezi River Cruises, Botswana

Zambezi Queen
The banks of the Chobe River, which borders Namibia and Botswana, teem with wildlife.  A unique and supremely comfortable way to see elephant, buffalo, lion, zebra and more that are drawn there is by water-based game viewing from your luxury river cruise ship, the Zambezi Queen. Zambezi Queen offers luxury accommodation in the form of 14 tasteful and luxurious suites, all with outer decks so you can soak up the revitalizing Chobe River breeze and appreciate uninterrupted views of the…

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Recommended Reading - Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier by Alexandra Fuller

Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
When Alexandra Fuller was home in Zambia visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a “tough bugger.” Her father’s response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: “Curiosity scribbled the cat.” Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war. With the same fiercely beautiful prose that won her acclaim for…

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