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Réunion

Oh la la! After a long haul flight, you step off the plane and you’re greeted with bonjour. Then breakfast croissants and chocolate Chaud (hot chocolate). At first glance, the island of Reunion is like a piece of France teleported to the tropics. But beyond the Gallic style, you’ll soon realize it is a resplendent tapestry, which also combines influences Indigenous, African and Chinese.

Protruding from the sea as a basaltic shield wrapped in green, Réunion is a mini-Hawaii, with an impressive geographic diversity. Within an hour or two, transforms the landscape of lava fields in lush primary forest, from the jagged peaks of the extensive coastal cities. The West is the Riviera of Reunion, a long series of suburban beaches and resort towns, including dazzling Canota Boucan. The piece de resistance is Les Hautes and the volcano. Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes active and depending on the whims of nature, you might even witness fiery red molten lava. When the volcano has finished working its magic on you, there are horses to ride, majestic mountains to walk in circuses, or glider in Saint-Leu, slopes to dive, great waves for surfing, extinct volcanoes to fly again and canyons to explore. But not everything is about the nature, landscapes and adrenaline – Reunion has its cultural gems as well, with brave Creole style architecture-as-can-be villages and religious buildings and colorful festivals.

Let’s be honest, though. The Meeting is a tropical island, but that does not fit the cliché of an Edenic paradise bathed by the sun. Sure, you will find attractive palm ruffled stretches of sand, but none that rivals super sexy beaches that are de rigueur in the Seychelles and Mauritius. All the best for you: the mega-resorts are nonexistent. Open the Pandora’s box, and you leave the island proclaiming to the world that The Rénion lé gadiamb (‘The Meeting is wonderful, “in Creole).

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Mauritania

Wild Coast dunes of the Sahara is. That should be enough to lure you in Mauritania. If you still shy of a limited amount of hyperbole can have an echo to the dunes, magnificent ancient cities swept by sandstorms, deep canyons and plateaus rapidly amazing, seas of sand over more than a small European country and a phalanx of the oasis of charm.

Sure, you can find similar landscapes elsewhere in West Africa, but few are on the same scale as those of Mauritania. And few are as varied. Where else can you find an amazing game of the dunes and the ocean? If it is tranquility you are looking for, do not worry: unlike Senegal, Mauritania’s coast is completely unspoilt – There are kilometers of sandy beaches, without recourse to the eye. It will remain for ever: a vast expanse of ocean is protected, meeting National Park Banc d’Arguin as one of the best birding spots in the world – Nouadhibou, a fishing port on the Atlantic coast, is a good gateway to this region. Nouakchott will get you out after a season in the desert with abundant fresh seafood. For the types of outdoor adventure-, Mauritania offers a complete list of hiking options and exciting camel rides amidst surreal landscapes, not to mention balloons in the Adrar.

But not everything is about the nature, landscapes and adrenaline: Mauritania is also a strong historical interest, with a pinch of Heritage caravan cities, all evidence of ancient civilizations. Culturally, Mauritania is a place apart, people are divided about equally between Muslims of Arab and black African. It is a Muslim country with a touch of black African. This amazing combination is part of its appeal.
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If you’re more inclined to ecotourism to mass tourism, Mauritania is the Shangri-la.