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Common myths and stereotypes about Africa and Africans

By Evelyn Masaba Africa is a beautiful continent full of warm, receptive people from the many different, easily accessible countries. And most countries, unlike what you see in the media, are very safe — apart from the very few turbulent regions. Yet, unless you have been to or were raised in Africa, you will not realise how wonderful the continent ...

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Impressions of Nyanza

By Gilbert Mwijuke Nyanza is a town with colourful history. It became Rwanda’s first capital city in 1889 during King Huyi V Musinga’s reign and was home to the monarchy for many years until 1959 when an uprising deposed the king and brought the epoch of the Nyiginya Dynasty to an end. It is as well that today, the town ...

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When you’re bitten by the wanderlust bug

By Evelyn Masaba Hello, my name is Cecile and I am addicted to travelling. Well, it does sound silly when you say it out loud, “addicted to travelling”; one might think that you’re just acting like a millennial trying to catch the attention of people who ‘live’ on the internet. But it is as real as it gets. To be ...

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Machu Picchu: What’s the big deal?

By Mitch Vandell When anyone sees Machu Picchu for the first time, the question that begs to be asked is: ‘what’s the big deal?’ At first glance, Machu Picchu is no more impressive than many European churches or universities built around the same time. However, most people refrain from verbalizing this observation and instead join the choir of tourists who ...

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Top birds for birdwatchers in Uganda

By Evelyn Masaba From the savannahs of the Kidepo to the deep forests of the Mabira right through the impenetrable Bwindi forest and to the top of Wagagai, the variety of bird species in Uganda is undeniable. Located within the tropics, Uganda has one of the most conducive weather for bird habitation, making it easy for several species to thrive ...

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Istanbul named the world’s most affordable shopping city

A new research from Marbles reveals the world’s most affordable shopping cities for shopaholics and holidaymakers. The research finds the world’s top 30 cities for a shopping weekend from a British perspective. Istanbul has been selected as the number 1 city for affordable shopping. Marbles found the top 30 cities by number of overnight international visitors and then research on ...

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Rwanda increases price of gorilla permit from $750 to $1,500

The Rwanda Development Board has announced an increase in the price of gorilla permits from $750 to $1,500 for all visitors effective immediately. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at $15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services. The price increase will not affect tourists who had ...

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Rhinos return to Rwanda after 10-year absence

Eastern black rhinos are coming back to Rwanda after the last individual was documented in the country 10 years ago – a historic move for the nation and the species. African Parks, a conservation non-profit that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across the continent, in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board and with funding provided ...

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How one week stay at Red Rocks inspired my writing muse

By Joseph Ondiek As a writer, sometimes you need to escape from your so-called comfort zone, disappear under the earth and just write. After all, that is what writers are best at: writing under no influence. So when I headed to the Red Rocks Cultural Centre some few weeks ago, I wanted to escape to my world of writing. And ...

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New survey: Uganda is world’s friendliest country for expat families

A new survey tries to find out the most welcoming countries for families. Just about half of expats around the world (46 percent) have children of their own, but only 21 percent of all expatriates are currently raising their children abroad. So which countries are most friendly for families? Based on the insights of more than 3,000 expat families given ...

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