African travel wonders

Travel Destinations — By on April 18, 2009 at 7:17 am

Here is a slightly older but intriguing piece that I recently came across: Africa’s top 10 travel wonders. You can guess some of the spots on the list – the Egyptian pyramids, the Nile River, the East African wildlife. But there is much, much more to see in Africa, despite the fact that the continent always lags far behind on the lists of popular tourist destinations. Here is a sampling of a few other African travel wonders:

Moroccan Cities of Marrakesh and Fes – With their labyrinthine souks, Marrakesh and Fes both boast remarkable medinas which challenge every human sense. With many craft shops (including leatherworks, metal workers, carpet weavers),food stalls and teashops, the enchanting aromas of spices clash with the evil odors of the dye pits. Marrakesh’s immense Djemaa el Fna square becomes a nightly showcase of snake charmers, soothsayers, jugglers, entertainers and magicians as you enjoy dinner from the variety of fresh food stalls and fresh juice bars.

Dogon Villages of Mali – The Dogon people live in small simple villages along the 120 mile Bandiagara Cliff. Their unusual mud-brick houses are built along the cliff edge providing places to sleep, common areas for meetings and for grain storage.

Zanzibar – The Spice Islands are a relaxing break from African travel and the game parks with its Arabic heritage, the old Stone Town and exotic palm-fringed beaches. The honeycomb of ancient alleyways are lined with whitewashed houses adorned with superbly carved doors. Culturally separate from Tanzania, quaint bazaars and stunning mosques provide a treasure trove of opportunities, between relaxing sessions on the beach.

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