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7 Tips on Traveling to Johannesburg

Posted by Elisa Lam, Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 @ 11:02pm


  • Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa, and it is the capital of the Gauteng province. The city is very popular because it was home to the first South African president Nelson Mandela. South Africa is unbelievably charming because it is the most developed country in Africa.

    The landscape in South Africa is unmistakably blessed with scenic landscapes which attract tourists from all over the world. 


    Before you start processing your documents to visit Johannesburg, here are a few things you need to know:

    1. Visa requirement

    A visa is a required before you visit the country but there are some countries whose citizens can visit without a visa provided, they have valid passports and are going to stay in the country for 30 days or less. It is good to find out whether you will need a visa or not.

    2. Local Currency

    The official currency in South Africa is the Rand. You can exchange your currency to South Africa Rand for your expenses and small tips.

    There are many outlets in Johannesburg that accept US dollars and you can also use your international debit card if you have some cash balance in your bank account.

    3. Best mobile network and internet

    Once you arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport, you can buy a local SIM card to enable you to communicate effectively. But to make your trip even more hassle-free, you can have your phone activated for international roaming so you can easily call people back at home. SIM cards and mobile internet are quite cheap in South Africa.

    4. Local transport in South Africa

    Johannesburg has a good road network with proper signboards. This means you can rent a GPS enabled car and get around without any worries. You can also use the taxis to move around or use the public transport system which is also very efficient.

    Many tourists also like the Gautrain of the Gauteng Rail System which is new in South Africa but is a convenient mode of transport in Johannesburg.

    5. Talk to Your Doctor

    Before you leave for South Africa, discuss with your doctor about which medications and shots you may need. South Africa is prone to malaria and you may need some protection. You may also need some shots for flu and hepatitis. Such protection is necessary for you to fully enjoy, your Johannesburg holiday tour.

    6. Accommodation

    Johannesburg is a very big city and tourists are usually spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation. There are many low-end and high-end hotels and the place where you choose to stay will depend on your budget.

    Many Johannesburg tour packages specify the accommodation places and the services you expect to receive.

    7. Learn a Little Zulu

    South Africans speak eleven different languages, but Zulu is the most popular language here. Learning a little Zulu will help you socialize easily with the local residents. It is also good that many South Africans can also speak English.

    Conclusion

    Johannesburg has all the facilities and services you expect in a big city. There are many hotels with free Wi-Fi and the nightlife is always packed with many activities. It is good to visit in either July or August. That’s when the weather is good with cool nights and mild days.

Top 7 Things to Do in Dar es Salaam

Posted by Elisa Lam, Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 @ 10:44pm


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    Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. It boasts the second largest port in the Eastern Africa region and is the economic hub of the country. It is the transit town to the many tourist destinations in the country and it is leading in film, media, music, art, and fashion industries.

    When visiting the country, you will most likely land at the Julius Nyerere International Airport where you can exchange your currency to Tanzania shillings before you head to your hotel. Here are the top 7 things you need to do in Dar es Salaam before you leave.

    1. Visit Azam Marine and Coastal Fast Ferries

    Once in Das es Salaam, just take a ferry ride to the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar to observe the wonderful coastal side of the city. This is an amazing way to begin your holiday.

    The ferry ride is an experience you would never want to miss while in Dar es Salaam, and you can enjoy it more if you purchase a Royale ticket that will land you onto a VIP seat. 

    2.    Go into the Village Museum

    The Village Museum will give you an opportunity to experience traditional and cultural life in Tanzania. It is an open-air museum which showcases the local culture and the different types of houses that Tanzanians build.

    3. Take a Walk along the Coco Beach

    Coco Beach is in the Oysterbay area. It is a public beach worth a visit once you are in Das es Salaam. Though the beach can be dirty and overcrowded at times, it is the best place to spend your weekend if you like to relax by the seashore.

    At the beach, there are several restaurants and cafes where you can have a taste of the local cuisine while viewing the sea. 

    4. Visit the Slipway Shopping Center

    This center is a favorite destination for exploring and shopping. You can take a casual stroll around the mall, moving from one store to another to see what they have on offer.

    When you get tired, you can go into one of the restaurants found here and enjoy a cold drink with some sumptuous lunch. 

    5. Nyama Choma

    Nyama choma is a Swahili word which means barbecued meat. There’s no better place to enjoy this than the city’s local restaurants. Your Dar es Salaam holidays tour can never be complete without a taste of nyama choma at Kwa Mfojo Nyama Choma or Mamboz Corner BBQ.

    6. Visit Bongoyo Island and Indulge in water activities

    Many Dar es Salaam safari tour packages include a visit to the Bongoyo Island. The island isn’t far from the city center and you will have to connect via a ferry boarded at the Slipway.

    There are several water activities you can indulge in here including snorkeling and many more. If you feel hungry, you can enjoy grilled fish and chips at the shack on the beach. 

    7. High Spirit Lounge Bar

    Dar es Salaam offers a pulsating nightlife. It boasts several clubs and bars where you can dance and drink throughout the night.

    If you like to be the center of attraction, you can step onto the dance floor at the High Spirit Lounge Bar where disco lights will be shining on you as you while away the night.

    To Wrap It Up

    Dar es Salaam is one of the leading cities in Africa. The restaurants in this city offer delicious intercontinental and traditional dishes.

    You can get around the city using trains, buses, and minibuses. It is best to visit the city from June to October because that is the dry season.

Don't Miss These Things in Nairobi (Ultimate Travel Guide)

Posted by Elisa Lam, Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 @ 10:40pm


  • Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and is among the best cities in Africa. It has many tourist attraction sites including the Nairobi National Park which is home to lions, zebras, and black rhinos.

    Nairobi is a gathering place for Kenyans and people from all over the world including a large population of expats.

    When you’ve chosen Nairobi as your next city to visit, here are a few things you need to know:

    Kenya Visa

    Depending on which country you are coming from, a visa may be a requirement when you travel to Nairobi. The visa types available include Kenya transit visa, multiple entry tourist visa, and single-entry tourist visa.

    Flying into Nairobi

    When flying to Nairobi, you will most probably land in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This is the largest airport in East Africa.

    You can exchange your currency here to obtain the Kenya Shillings which will help with many of your transactions - though there are some outlets that accept US dollars.

    The airport is about 30 minutes’ drive from the city center so you will have to take a taxi to take you to your hotel.

    Accommodation in Nairobi

    There are many places you can stay in Nairobi and your choice will depend on how much you are willing to spend. The cheapest places the dorm rooms and camping but these may not be good in terms of cleanliness and security.

    The best options are the Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfast style of the accommodation offered in many Nairobi safari tour packages.

    Attractions in Nairobi

    Nairobi boasts a one-of-a-kind blend of colorful culture and natural wonders which captivate the hearts tourists. Choosing where to tour actually depends on your own taste but you wouldn’t want to miss these things while in Nairobi.

    Nairobi National Park

    Your Nairobi holidays tour can never be complete without a visit to the Nairobi National Park. It is just a few minutes’ drives from the city center but provides a memorable experience for many tourists. You will observe giraffes, hippos, lion, and cheetahs in their natural habitat, the grasslands.

    Nairobi Elephant Orphanage

    There are no elephants in the Nairobi National Park so the best place to observe them is the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage. It is really incredible to observe them playing with each other, feeding, and running around.

    Kibera Slum Guided Tour

    This will need a guided tour for security purposes, though it is the friendliest slum in the world. Visit here and observe the most impoverished area in Nairobi but is home to thousands of people.

    Museums

    Nairobi has two leading museums. The Nairobi National Museum and the Kenya National Archives. The former has a display of culture from around the country while the latter houses memorabilia from colonial Kenya.

    To Wrap It Up

    Nairobi is a beautiful city. Even walking around the city, itself will provide a very refreshing experience. As you walk around, you will see how Nairobians conduct their business and sample some of the best foods Nairobi can offer.

    The city also offers a very rich nightlife.  There are lots of bars and night clubs where you can have a great time throughout the night.

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