Ghana as Africa Travel Destination

Visit Ghana, a beautiful African country, using the services of professional travel agents who possess a good knowledge of the local conditions and skills to organize your tour in the best and most inexpensive way.

Ghana is one of the most unique countries on the African continent. The ancient history of this land shows the world a great many unique cultures and peoples.

Faces of Ghanaian Children, Kabile, Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana

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The Empire of Ghana flourished here in the Middle Ages. The medieval Kingdom of Mali helped one of the most colorful African ethnic groups, Ashanti, to foster their culture that can now be studied by tourists.

The modern Republic of Ghana was formed from the former British colonies of Gold Coast and Togoland and became the first country in the region that gained independence in 1957. Colonial history has left the strongest imprint on modern Ghana.

Ghana is an African ‘castle country’. The two coastal forts, the British Usher Fort and the Danish Kristianborg castle, were the place where the capital of Ghana, Accra, was founded. Up to this day, it has preserved these historic neighborhoods. Near the center of the capital, one will find Makola Market, the best place to buy batik and glass-art products made by local craftsmen.

Jamestown is a small peninsula on the south-west of the capital. It is an area of picturesque ruins of the past which are neighboured by the settlements of the city’s poorest people. Independence Square in Accra is considered by many to be the copy of the Red Square in Moscow; it is a very picturesque place of regular festive military parades.

Accra Arts Center is located between Independence Square and the city center. It hosts a museum and a permanent exhibition, where the products of local artisans are sold. The Arts Center is also a good venue for regular song festivals, dance performances and theatrical troupes. Nearby is one of the few in Africa full-fledged dance clubs, Nkrumah Circle. From the south, the capital city is bordered by beautiful beaches, some of which coreespond to the world standards: Coco Beach, Nungu and others.

To the north of the capital, there is quite an interesting Aburi Botanical Garden, which was opened in 1890. To the west of the capital, there lies the town of Kokrobit, the location of a unique African institution, the African Academy of Music and Art with numerous schools of vocal and dance skills, exhibition halls and art studios. There is also a beautiful hotel, a restaurant and a well-groomed beach area. The number of exhibitions, concerts and festivals held here is huge.

Along the coast, there are old European fortresses, reaching 15 in number. Hundreds of fishing villages give you an insight into the local traditions. One of the most visited villages is Senja Beraku. It is populated by very friendly people and has a magnificent beach, the cleanest one in the region, which is a kind of Mecca for surfers. Apamea, another small fishing village, is famous for its Fort Patience, reconstructed as a hotel.

The main town of the region, Cape Coast, is famous for its Castle of Cape Coast and a few nearby castles. Some of the local Dutch castles were literally brought from Holland and rebuilt in Ghana. The very popular among tourists Kakuma National Park is created for the protection of the coastal populations of antelope, monkeys, elephants and more than 200 species of birds.

Kumasi is the ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom, which still retains a reputation as one of the leading cultural centers in West Africa. The local National Cultural Center is a charming museum of the history of the Ashanti people with a library and a trade center. In Kumasi, you can also visit an original Zoo, organized so well that in fact it is an exact copy of a piece of local nature, grown with vegetation and looking even more like a botanical garden. Be sure to visit a lot of colorful celebrations and festivals, so admired by the people of this country.

Travel agencies in Ghana are ready to answer your online requests and provide a good tour estimate. Ghana tour operators will send you offers with best rates for flights, hotels and tours.

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Hippo Making Waves in Threat Display

Hippo breaching surface

Caption: Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) breaches the surface in a threat display to show who’s the boss, Santawani area, Botswana.

The picture above is of a bull or male hippo. He, together with a female and youngster, share one of the pools in the Santawani area adjacent to Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve.

Although the photographer was parked some way from the water's edge, the hippo made it clear this was his territory, warning intruders to keep their distance.

Adult hippos are dangerous animals, particularly when threatened, and should not be underestimated because of their clumsy and lumbering appearance. They can outrun a human on land, so should never be approached when they're sunbathing on riverbanks or near the water's edge.

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Colorful Meyer’s Parrot

Meyer's Parrot

Caption: Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) perched on a branch, Masuma Pan, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D; Lens: Canon 70-300 IS Zoom; Focal Length: 250mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 200.

Location: The above Meyer’s Parrot photo was taken in Hwange National Park, situated in the north-western corner of Zimbabwe. It is the country’s largest wildlife reserve, covering an area of 14 540 sq km (1,462, 000 ha). This massive expanse of wilderness, roughly the size of Belgium, is home to the greatest diversity of animal and bird species in Zimbabwe.

Hwange was declared a game reserve in 1928, largely because the area was regarded as useless for farming or other purposes. Comprising expanses of woodland and Kalahari sands that lack surface water for most of the year, it is only the provision of artificial water supplies that has allowed Hwange’s inhabitants to form stable breeding populations.

Today the park has huge herds of elephants, while large herds of buffalo, eland, wildebeest, zebra and impala can be seen congregating at the waterholes. Visitors can also expect to see the rare sable and roan antelope and, with luck, big cats like lion, leopard and cheetah.

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Martial Eagle on the Lookout

Martial eagle atop dead tree

Caption: Martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) keeps a lookout from its perch high up in a dead tree, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm USM IS telephoto zoom; Focal Length: 300mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f8; ISO: 200.

The martial eagle is the largest eagle in Africa, with a wingspan of 190-260 cm (6.25-8.5 ft). The female is considerably larger than the male. Both males and females have a dark head and throat, combined with a white, lightly spotted breast and belly and dark underwings. The legs are long and fully feathered.

The martial eagle flies very high — so high it can’t be seen with the naked eye. From such a lofty altitude this regal bird is able to scan a wide area for prey and then dive at devastating speed onto the victim. Martials are carnivores and their prey includes mammals like small antelope, hares, rabbits, hyraxes and warthog, reptiles as large as leguans, plus a variety of birds.

The above martial eagle picture was taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s flagship game reserve that offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.

Established in 1898, the park covers nearly 2 million hectares. As such, it is home to an impressive diversity of flora and fauna, including 507 different birds and 147 types of mammal. In addition to the “Big Five” – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino – there are also large numbers of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, antelope, and hyena. Less common but also seen by visitors on safari are cheetah and wild dog.

Kruger Park is mainly a self-drive destination with a good infrastructure of roads, waterholes, picnic sites, and restcamps. Accommodation options include chalets, cottages, bungalows, tents, caravan and camp sites or bushveld camps, bush lodges and private safari lodges. The official website is

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Adventure Travel in Russia

Exterior of Winter Palace on Neva River, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Russia used to be a mysterious country that few international travelers would visit for vacations. Today, it is open to everyone and its tour industry is seeing an upward trend. It has so much to offer regardless of whether you are interested in taking an historical trip around its imperial past or you want to do something a little more adventurous. Go to Sports Holidays for more information.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago, more and more foreigners are traveling to Russia now for business and leisure. However, it can still be a difficult place if you are unable to speak their language. Fortunately, you will find that the Russians are incredibly warm and inviting hosts most of the time. If you are looking for some where that takes you away from the normal holiday routes then you should consider Russia as one of your must visit place.

What kind of adventure travel can a person expect to be able to do when visiting Russia? Let us take a look at a couple of adventurous types of travel that you can do in Russia. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago, more and more foreigners are traveling to Russia now for business and leisure.

It has so much to offer regardless you are interested in taking an historical trip around its imperial past or you want to do something a little more adventurous

1. Trans Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway or Trans-Siberian Railroad is a network of railways connecting Moscow and European Russia with the Russian Far East provinces, Mongolia, China and the Sea of Japan. During this journey, you will travel from Vladivostok Moscow to the wilds of Khabarovsk in the heart of Mongolia.
You will also get to visit Lake Baikal and the snowcapped mountains of the Urals.

This journey is a total of 6,135 miles in distance and you will pass through 8 different time zones during the journey. The trains are very comfortable, but it is the beauty of the country as you pass through the various areas that really gets an adventurer excited!

However, if you think this a bit staid for an adventurous journey in Russia, you could try the following instead.Refer to Tailor Made Holidays for more information.

2. Journey to the North Pole

With this type of adventure travel, you are given a chance to add your name to the very small list of people who have already made this epic journey in the past. This is certainly the more challenging of any types of adventure travel that you may find, but it will be worth it when you reach the top of the world. When traveling through the Arctic you will notice that everything seems bigger, the icebergs are massive and the horizon just seems to go on forever.

You will board an icebreaker at Murmansk, Russia and sail into the Barents Sea before breaking into the dense Arctic ice. You will experience an ever-changing panorama of wind-polished ice up to five meters thick and enjoy the immense polar landscapes from the Bridge or deck of the ship. And along the way, you can expect to encounter a variety of Arctic wildlife such as polar bears and walrus. Certainly many people have found this particular adventure travel to be a very humbling experience and have put life into proper perspective for them.

As you can see, Russia has so much more to offer the adventurous traveler than just visiting the many historical cities. You will likely find yourself back to Russia for adventure travel and other amazing journey over and over again. Visit Group Sport Holidays for further information.
The Kamchatka Peninsula in Siberia, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
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Choosing a Digital Camera for Travel

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If you’re looking for a digital camera to take on your travels, here are three important considerations to help you select the most appropriate one for your needs.

1. Nature of Travel

a) Fully organized tour — you can safely carry a larger, more costly camera, or camera bag, as you will be with a group, providing greater security.

Suggested: high-quality digital compact camera with at least a 3x zoom lens, but preferably a 10x zoom for greater flexibility. For more serious photographers, a digital SLR with a couple of lenses.

b) Independent traveler, using trains and buses — security is a consideration plus you need to travel light, carrying as little as possible.

Suggested: small, compact digital camera with 3x zoom lens that can safely be kept in a pocket or hand-bag.

c) Back-packing, staying in hostels — you’ll be carrying the bare minimum, with theft a risk.

Suggested: small, inexpensive, compact camera you can carry in a pocket or fanny pack together other valuables. No need for the more exotic features, but should have 3x zoom for some flexibility.

2. Type of Trip:

a) Holiday to a seaside or resort hotel — security should not be a concern, so can carry a larger camera or a camera bag with your gear.

Suggested: majority of pictures likely to be on the beach or at the pool, plus photos of people, so a big camera with 10x zoom not essential. Better to opt for a 3x or 5x zoom that covers a wide focal length for scenic shots. If within your budget, a digital SLR with a wide angle or standard zoom lens — although this set-up can be a hassle to carry around.

b) Focus on sightseeing and historical sites — flexibility important, so need a big zoom range offering wide angle to telephoto.

Suggested: digital camera with 10x or 12x zoom so can zoom out for more expansive pictures of large buildings and zoom in on smaller details. Would also be suitable for street photography, where you can take pictures using a range of focal lengths without having to move around.

c) Great outdoors — if mainly hiking, then weight is crucial, but less so if going on an African safari.

Suggested: for walking or hiking, a light, showerproof compact with a 3x or 5x zoom lens for scenic pictures plus informal people shots. For a safari vacation, if you want to photograph the resident wildlife you’ll need a compact superzoom (10x zoom or more). For more serious photographers, a digital SLR is the preferred option — but try to limit your lens selection because of space/weight constraints.

3. Your Interests:

a) Historical sites, architecture — need wide angle capability for exteriors of bigger buildings and for interiors where space is tight.

Suggested: digital compact with built-in flash, plus capability to shoot at higher ISO for available light pictures. Image stabilization will be a plus, allowing slow shutter speeds in low light conditions. Must have a 3x zoom at the minimum, as wide as possible on the wide end.

b) People, candids, reportage — need good telephoto so can shoot unnoticed from a distance.

Suggested: compact digital camera with 10x to12x zoom or compact digital SLR with one or two lenses that cover from wide angle to tele.

c) General countryside, landscapes — wide angle will be more important than telephoto.

Suggested: digital compact with 3x to 5x zoom should be adequate.

Of course, whatever digital camera you buy for your travels will ultimately be governed by price and your budget. However, if you’re going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a far-off destination, then push that budget to the limit and get the best you can, as you may never have the opportunity to capture those special events, scenes, and situations again.

My preferred travel gear is a Canon EOS 450D as it’s a light and compact for a digital SLR, plus one or two Canon EF-S lenses, including a Canon wide angle lens for landscapes and scenic shots.

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Night View of Albert Dock and the "Three Graces," Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, once the second city of the British Empire, has since World War II been in decline. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in investment with the centre of the city witnessing regeneration.

In 2008 Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture; throughout the year there were countless events ranging from world class music concerts to unique art exhibitions.

Now the year has passed, what is there to draw visitors to this wonderful city? Well there are definitely a number of new hotels in Liverpool to satisfy all tastes. In the text below I introduce 3 visitor attractions in Liverpool.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool is renowned for having two cathedrals: the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. When John Charles Rye was nominated Bishop of Liverpool in 1880, ironically there was no cathedral in Liverpool as that time. Eventually, after a lot of deliberation, the powers that be decided that a cathedral was required.

In 1902, they chose to hold an open competition for the design of the cathedral. The winning proposal was chosen in 1903, and surprisingly, was a proposal by student Giles Gilbert Scott, who had no preceding building experience. Another architect, George F. Bodley, was assigned to work with Scott, and oversee all designs and construction works.

King Edward VII laid the foundation stone in 1904, and in 1910, the first part of the cathedral, the Lady Chapel, was finished.

Albert Dock

Liverpool’s Albert Dock was named after Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, who opened the docks in 1846. The docks were very busy over the years, but regretably they eventually were forced to close to shipping in 1972. For many years the docks lay derelict and quiet, until the 1980’s when they were redeveloped with funding from the Merseyside Development Corporation.

The dock consisted of five warehouse buildings, all of which are Grade I listed, making the Albert Dock complex the largest set of Grade I listed building in the United Kingdom. The docks are now home to a variety of visitor attractions, including the Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Tate Liverpool

Standing on the Liverpool waterfront, as part of the Albert Dock complex, is Tate Liverpool. Since opening in 1988, the Tate, for a short time, was the largest gallery of contemporary and modern art in the United Kingdom, besides London.

The Tate is an extremely popular visitor attraction in Liverpool, catering for more than 600,000 visitors through its doors each 12 months.

The gallery is in one of the 5 converted warehouses originally converted by James Stirling. However, the building had to undergo further refurbishment in 1988 to create more gallery space. In 2007 the foyer was redesigned, giving the gallery a more modern appearance and better proportions in the reception area.

Besides the 3 visitor attractions discussed above Liverpool has a great many more. Not only this there are a great many more not too far away, perfect for a day visit. If you are planning to spend time in Liverpool you may wish to take a look at our web site which has a comprehensive list of Liverpool hotels as well as a selection of unserviced and services apartments in Liverpool.

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Travel the World

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Planning a trip? How to select travel guide books that are a fine investment?

You’ve been saving up all year long for your dream vacation . You go to sleep with visions of adventure, sightseeing and a new perspective of the world at large . You’ve taken care of your airfare, transportation, insurance and a common itinerary. If you’re going far afield from your home base, you know that travel direct books are a necessity.

If you’re not a seasoned traveler, you might be shortchanging yourself with the basic , all-around travel guide book. You need at least one all-purpose travel guide book which covers the basics .

Sightseeing must-do’s, getting around, a few restaurant and hotel recommendations, and a short recap of museum attractions are all you need , right? Not so fast! Let’s take a look at some of the specialized travel guide books that can make all the difference between a ho-hum experience and a truly enchanting and memorable trip.

Wouldn’t you love to stay in a medieval castle with modern plumbing, for the same price as a plain-Jane chain hotel? If your stay is extended , wouldn’t you like to know where you can stay in a fully-furnished apartment for the same price as a hotel? Take benefits of this type of travel guide book. If your route involves traveling from city to city, your hotel accommodations become more important.

Check your bookstore for travel books that review hundreds of hotels, residencies and B&B accommodations. Such books are written by devoted and regular travelers who find out those cheap sleeps and out of the way hotels, with an eye to value, charm and amenities. Such a travel guide is worth its weight in gold.

If you’re into museum hopping, make the most of your trip with a travel guide devoted to museums. Your trip time is limited. A museum guide can help you zero in on the ones you’d kick yourself for missing.

If you love shopping, or are on a business buying trip, investing in a shopping travel guide book pays you ten times over. This assortment of travel guide book is written by a shopaholic, experienced in those little out of the way shops you’d never find on your own, except perhaps by accident. Detailed descriptions of the type and quality of goods available in any given shop will save you lots of time and research, leading you by the hand to insider gems.

If you’re going to a non-English speaking country, a travel guide book of conversational phrases can be very useful! Such books cover many common foreign dilemmas. When are the banks and post offices open? What’s the present etiquette on tipping? How about ordering at a restaurant? Where do you do your laundry? This type of travel guide keeps you on the planet, so to speak, in a foreign country.

Come to think of it, perusing the travel section in your local book store just adds to the excitement of your upcoming trip. A great way to stretch your travel dollar and your memories, once you’re back home.

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Top Ten Travel Destinations

The world has many fascinating things to offer, and putting together top ten travel destinations is pretty difficult give the geographical and cultural diversity. This article refers to the most popular locations identified or recognized starting from the statistics made with international travel agencies, and on the basis of travelers’ reviews posted on a number of web pages.

Top ten travel destinations

Latin America deserves a place on the list with Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Peru as favorite destinations but the remnants of the ancient Maya and Inca civilizations, or the modern and sunny Cancun are not to be overlooked either. The cultural charge, the leisure activities combined with some great weather conditions, make this part of the world become the holiday destination of millions of tourists from all over the world.

Europe deserves its good name for the great sights it offers to travelers: Paris, Rome, Venice, Spain’s Arab treasures and the misty lands of Ireland and Scotland, and these are just a few of the things that make the old continent one in the top ten travel destinations. Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza require a special mention here, as they complete the list of exotic resorts in the European part of the world.

Top ten travel destinations

The Egyptian Pyramids and Morocco mark any foreigner who visits them, and travel agencies sell thousands of touristic packages for holidays on the dark continent. One of the features of African resorts consists in the constant touristic push and a magic harmony in the mixture of cultures that mingle so thoroughly in the crowded North-African cities. No matter if you visit retreats in oases or famous resorts, this part of Africa will always rank among the top ten travel destinations.

Nepal, Bhutan and other countries on the Asian roof of the world fascinate and charm visitors alike. It is the Nepalese capital city, Kathmandu, with millennia of history that embraces most of the tourist crowds. As for the climbing of the Everest, very few courageous people dare to venture on the crests of Himalaya.

Top ten travel destinations

Last but not least, an impressive number of sunny islands can be included in a top ten travel destinations list: Bali, Jamaica, Crete, Hawaii and many others, which is why the list needs to be a lot more comprehensive, as so are the beauties man and God created. It goes without saying that the places closest to a person’s heart remain the ones to attract him/her for further exploration, and therefore, anyone can create a list of top ten travel destinations.

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Hawaii Travel Packages

All travel agencies worldwide have Hawaii as a favorite holiday destination. The reputation of these islands as a paradisaic location, the pleasantly warm weather, the spectacular ocean swell and lots of other local attractions keep Hawaii on the first position in the tops of most popular destinations.

Thus, with such a rich variety of Hawaii travel packages, the tourist needs to look carefully for the most advantageous choice. Hawaii represents a good destination throughout the year giving its beauties away to the visitor: there are palm-fringed beaches, storming rivers flowing through canyons, smoking volcanoes, blue lagoons, exotic rain forests and breath-taking water falls.

Hawaii travel packages

You can choose Hawaii travel packages for any of the six major islands: Molokai, Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Lanai. Each of them has distinct complex features that make them impossible to exhaust in terms of attractions this is actually the reason why people choose other Hawaii travel packages for next vacations.

Besides great tourist services, warm waters and sandy beaches, Hawaii gives one a first hand experience of what active volcanoes are like in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This could be the closest experience to red-hot lava in a lifetime, as you may never get the chance to repeat the experience.

If you think that the Hawaii from Hollywood films is just a beautiful or embellished story, you will pleasantly surprised to discover it is not. Some people even say this is paradise on earth, then, on a sun-drenched group of islands in the middle of the Pacific ocean, you could be living a dream.

The truth is that Hawaii travel packages don’t come cheap, but there is a trick about when to plan your vacation so as to save some hundreds of dollars. If you want to make the trip during the winter holidays you will most likely find very high prices for the services.

Hawaii travel packages

Another idea is not to pick the time of the year when the ocean swell is most favorable for surfing, otherwise you will also find the resorts pretty crowded. If you’ve found a reliable travel agency you will get advice in the direction of making a good deal and getting the most for your dollars.

High comfort levels are provided all throughout Hawaii, and sometimes it is preferable to pay for a trip in a retreated corner than to come in the middle of the most expensive resorts where the luxury strikes the eye. Moreover, anything too extravagant could also prove beyond your capacity to pay.

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