Travel Blogs

Recommend Reading

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…

Recommend Reading

Read More »

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…

Regional Recipes

Read More »

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…

Read More »

A spicy ending to a safari

Zanzibar beach
As marvelous as safaris are, they do start very early in the morning! Before you jet back home, the team at Africa Answers recommends heading to an exotic beach where sleeping in and leisurely walks before breakfast are the order of the day. And, we have just the place … Zanzibar! If having some of the world’s best beaches were not enough to attract visitors, Zanzibar is also steeped in history, rich in marine life, a cultural melting pot of Africa, Arabia, India and Europe, and very easy…

Read More »

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…

Agent Blog

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Random thoughts

Read More »

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…

Regional Recipes

Read More »

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…

Agent Blog

Read More »

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…

Recommend Reading

Read More »