Tag Archives: West Africa

Togo

Once considered the pearl of West Africa for its quiet beaches, exotic markets and friendly people, Togo was overwhelmed by the unrest and human rights abuses in the 1990s. Unfortunately, the saga continues. When the despotic President Gnassingbe Eyadema died in February 2005, and his son Faure Gnassingbe came to power, hundreds of people died in street battles and thousands of people fled the country. But with the new president gradually make the Togolese population is a good time to review small mountain landscape of Togo, diverse cultures, the dishes of yam-based soccer team qualified for the 2006 World Cup .

Travel Ideal Road Trip

Lomé, the capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in West Africa, with great Blvd du 13 Janvier sweeping the beach and in the heart of a city obscene, crowded nightclubs. To the east, beyond the tourist resorts on Lake Togo and the Atlantic beaches, colonial charm exudes Aneha sinking, and has a fetish market. Voodoo is also practiced through Togoville lake, a fishing village with fetishes on the streets.

Inside, Kpalimé is the gateway to the triangle of coffee and cocoa, ruined palaces, butterflies and mountain villages are hidden in the woods. Northern cities are attractively Sokodé and Kara slowly taking points in rural Africa, with the road between them passes through national icon, the decision Aledjo. About Kara, centuries-old culture and traditions can be seen in the houses of adobe famous fortress in the valley of Tamberma and weekly markets in the region Kabye.

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Lomé, was once a city that said it was the Paris of West Africa, and is easy to see the appeal was in its heyday. There are still real charm to its wide boulevards, palm-fringed beaches, craft markets and nightlife full-on.

Benin

Benin. This country club-shaped, on the western edge of Nigeria, was one of the most powerful empires of Africa – the kingdom of Dahomey. The ruins of palaces and temples of Dahomeyans can be seen in Abomey, while Ouidah is a painful reminder that their wealth came from: the slave trade. The Slave Route of Ouidah was the last walk on African soil of slaves to Brazil and the Caribbean. Museums, here and in Porto Novo, near the capital of Benin lagoon, examine the resulting Afro-Brazilian culture and society. Cotonou, however, Africa is mostly urban and polluted frazzling – shopping, but not without its own charm, a lively nightlife and well a couple of them.

Despite the ill-gotten gains Dahomeyan bright at the Historical Museum of Abomey, there are plenty of treasures in the dusty streets of Benin and palm-fringed beaches. This is the birthplace of voodoo, the national religion of the country, exported by slaves and distorted by Hollywood. Voodoo is an important part of everyday life and most of the cities show signs of it, such as markets served fetish with the heads and skins of every animal imaginable.

Elephants, lions and crocodiles can be seen in animated form to the northern parks, including Pendjari, one of the best in West Africa. Then there are the stilt villages, home to thousands of people to the lakes of southern and northern Tata Sombre (fortlike mud huts) built by the Shadow insular people. Not only is a country rich historical and cultural Benin, this nation is politically stable one of the easiest parts of West Africa to travel in.

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Africa

Capturing the essence of Africa on paper without using all the topics in the book? No other continent comes close to her on the stairs, the variety and impact pure, raw. Africa offers a travel experience of a thousand miles of good backpack, air-conditioned tourist trails of Southeast Asia or the theme parks of the cash cow of Australia or Europe.

The natural history of Africa alone will make a dozen visits worthwhile – elsewhere in the world can fall asleep to the sound of roaring lions, or see a million flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake ? The parts of a landscape so spectacular display of time will condemn Africa near his mind, but the essence of this continent is not unbelievable in any desert, mountain or a lake. It is the spirit of the people – pushing, shoving, sweating, dancing, singing and laughing – that infects so many visitors with a travel bug so powerful that they will never come back, sometimes against all sense or reason.

Debate with venerable merchants among the cold and narrow streets of a medina Arabic dance hits of reggae beats that come from a market stall in West Africa, or chatting with the fishermen of India under the palm trees of the ocean, and he was beaten mostly good for honesty, effusive and vitality of African peoples.
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Africa is not always an easy place to travel, can be frustrating and difficult at times. The logistical difficulties and disasters can occur. But do not believe everything you see on TV: Africa is not a hell hole full of civil war, plague, famine and violent crime. It is a fantastic, enlightening continent, surprising and intriguing. Try it once, and we guarantee you will dream of returning for the rest of his life.

Niger

With the desert boasting some of the most beautiful sand dunes of the Sahara, hard splendor Mountain Air and Tenere desert is one of the most spectacular views of West Africa, and intriguing, the ancient trade route trans-cities of Agadez Zinder and being home to magnificent labyrinth of local adobe architecture and fascinating, the international appeal of Niger as a destination is undeniable.

Odd, then, that friends often ask ‘Why Niger future travelers?’. Click on Niger problems with localized food shortages dominate the headlines, and paint the entire nation to light the poor themselves. Some press reports would have you believe that locusts and drought periodically destroy the food supply from Niger. Niger is undoubtedly one of the world’s poorest countries, but taking the tourist dollars elsewhere only exacerbates the problem.

The lucky to make the visit will witness the permanent physical beauty and comply with a vibrant mix of people, some of the most stoic and resilient citizens of the planet. Whether getting into taxis Bush with local and travel between the peoples of color, slip into a 4WD and tackle the Ténéré or canter in the air aboard a camel, you will never forget your stay in Niger.

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