Many of my friends and colleagues look at me surprisingly whenever I share with them that I am planning a vacation to South Africa. I had come to realize that for some, vacation is always connected to taking time off and going to a developed country with established infrastructure while for others a vacation is going to a place where one would have all the leisure facilities and enjoy good sceneries, food and accommodations. In both cases, South Africa does not sound like the perfect or quite correct destination. I tell anyone who thinks this way… my friend you better do your homework first before judging and making up your mind because South Africa has it all! The country has some of the world-class facilities and whether you opt for Afro-Chic or authentic Africa, you will easily find your way around and get a comfortable place to stay with a bonus of a great meal.
Johannesburg – South Africa
The Lion Park in Johannesburg has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. It is a home to more than 85 Lions including rare White Lions, and many other carnivores such as Cheetah, Wild dog, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope indigenous to Africa. The park is neither a game reserve nor a zoo. It has been split into two areas – one area for the herbivores such as zebra, giraffe, and various plains antelope and other grass-eating animals, and the other area for the carnivores.
Sun City – South Africa
Sun City is a luxury casino and resort, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. It is located between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg, about two hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Sun City has continued to flourish since Bophutatswana was re-incorporated in the new South Africa in 1994. The resort has four hotels: Sun City Hotel; Cascades Hotel; The Cabanas; The Palace of the Lost City. In addition, the complex includes time-share facilities called “The Sun City Vacation Club” which is a popular self-catering facility.
Beidha – Jordan
The Neolithic village of Beidha, located next to Siq al-Barid (few kilometers north of Petra), was occupied from 7200 BC to 6500 BC, in the first half of Pre-Pottery Neolithic era. It is well known among archaeologists as a site that displays many of the most important attributes of settled village life at a very early time. Diana Kirkbride excavated Beidha in the late 50s and early 60s, with a final field season in 1983. Her findings at the site have been used to define the cultural period known as the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B.
Alexandria – Egypt
Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, is the second largest city in Egypt after Cairo, extending about 32 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is Egypt’s largest seaport, serving approximately 80% of Egypt’s imports and exports. The city is an important industrial center but also is a main summer resort and tourist attraction, due to its public and private beaches and ancient history and Museums, especially the Bibliotheca Alexandria, based on reviving the ancient Library of Alexandria.
Lisan Peninsula – Jordan
The Lisan Peninsula is a massive salt layer accumulated in the inner part of the Dead Sea’s precursory lakes. This tongue-shaped, emergent land results in a salt diapir uplifted in the Dead Sea strike-slip regional stress field and modified by the water level fluctuations of the last lake during the Holocene. Today this is an eery and desolate world, but during the early Byzantine period Christian monks settled in the Lisan, where they built monasteries and hermitages, often making use of the natural caves.
Since the days of yore, Sri Lanka has marveled travelers with its ethereal beauty and rich culture. No wonder Marco Polo termed it as ‘the finest island in the whole world’. Today, centuries after the first tourists landed on the island, the amazing biodiversity, picturesque landscapes and interesting culture continues to lure people from across the globe, all hungry to soak up the wonder that is Sri Lanka.
Alexandria – Egypt
The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD. It was established by the sultan Al Ashraf Abou Alnasr Seif Eldin Qaitbay Alzahiry and situated at the entrance of the eastern harbor on the eastern point of the Pharos Island.
Alexandria – Egypt
The Ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt. With collections of works, lecture halls, meeting rooms, and gardens, the library was part of a larger research institution called the Musaeum of Alexandria, where many of the most famous thinkers of the ancient world studied.
Travel. Is there anything better? Discovering new locations is an absolute joy, and with travel being incredibly easy to access, there are very few excuses not to explore planet earth. As there are 196 countries in the world today that hold numerous must see destinations, it’s easy to be spoilt for choice.