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The capital city of Ethiopia was listed among 52 places to be visited in 2014. This is according to the New York Times.  The travel section of one of the biggest daily newspapers in the US labeled Addis Ababa as an ambitious art scene that is heading toward the international stage.

Building on a strong historical legacy (Addis boasts one of East Africa's oldest art schools) are a host of events scheduled for 2014: a photography festival, two film festivals and a jazz and world music festival. Thanks to the city's diverse art institutions and galleries, including the artist-in-residence village Zoma Contemporary Art Center and the Asni Gallery (really more an art collective than a gallery), there is an art opening at least once a week. Even the local Sheraton puts on "Art of Ethiopia," an annual show of new talent. But it's the National Museum that, in May and June, will host this year's blockbuster exhibit, "Ras Tafari: The Majesty and the Movement," devoted to Emperor Haile-Selassie I and Rastafarianism," The New York Times stated.

Apart from Addis, other African countries and specific cities and locations like Cape Town, South Africa, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania are also picked by the newspaper. It is also important to note that, Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo should not also be left out as they host one of the world’s tourist attractions known as mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking takes place in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park (Uganda), Volcanoes National park (Rwanda), Virunga National park in Democratic republic of Congo.

It was unfortunate that many passengers including tourists got stark after the train they were to travel in got a hitch at Mackinnon road in Taru.  The Rift valley passengers train did not reach Mombasa after another cargo train derailed near Mackinnon blocking the main Mombasa-Nairobi railway line.

It is disappointing that, railway transport in East Africa is still unreliable as it is not even used in most area while in some area where it used to operate; it is no longer operating due to mismanagement and financial crisis.

According to Liz Gathoni, a travel agent based in Mombasa said, her clients were forced to cancel their trips following the hiccup. She complained of poor services offered by the RVR because of the monopoly it enjoys in offering train services.  One of the Norway tourists known as Marius stenby expressed his dispointment at how the RVR management handled the whole problem.  He said the management was not open with the passengers on what was happening.

Transport system in some of the African countries is not reliable hence making tourism sector of the affected countries rag behind.  A bus with passengers had earlier been stopped by police at Makupa because the driver did not have the temporary license allowing him to travel at night. At around 11pm all passengers were refunded their money to look for other means of transport.  Since the government introduced the night travel ban on Passengers Service Van, many people who were in Mombasa for holiday have opted to travel by train. However, many have complained the trains are slow because some of the engines are very old. Trains are charging lower fare after bus companies raised theirs to about Sh2,000. Trains charge around 4,405 for first class, 3,385 (second class), and Sh680 for third class.

Kenya has many tourist destinations which are highly liked by many tourists but likely to be hindered by poor transport, insecurity- the attack of westgate and so on.

The western routes, which almost everyone uses, are through pleasant grassland and light mountain scrub. Yet straying from the path can be dangerous. The tourist path up the western side of the mountain follows the Nyamuziwa River, and is a very attractive walk, with the little river and its waterfalls to the north of the path.  But as anyone who has strayed to refill a water bottle or just to have a look can tell you, there are a lot of very deep narrow cuts in the ground near this river.

Even in daylight it can be dangerous if the rock is wet from the spray from the falls. And at night, or when that fog suddenly descends as a cloud collides with the mountain, it is easy to understand how people can disappear, swallowed up by the ground. National Parks do a lot.  People are warned, and warned repeatedly, not to stray from the path and not to try and rush down if they cannot see. There are notices telling you not to ascend after certain times, because you cannot get down in daylight.

There is a proposal to fence off the path so that walkers are kept away from all danger but the worry is, the fencing would destroy the joy of the climb to the plateau.

Generally, it should be noted that, tourists can only climb Nyangani safely only if they sensibly follow the rules and escorted by the experts. Most do, sticking to the well-marked path and, if they want to move off for a rest and a sit-down, simply having company and keeping a good look-out where they are going.

Mountain climbing is a wonderful activity and high level of fitness is needed and it should be led by experts as it is challenging.  Therefore, however is hoping to climb mountains need adequate preparation and should be ready to follow the instructions.

More confirmation that Uganda is the pearl of Africa came after the rank of Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary Island by Jane Goodall which is the United Nations ambassador of peace.  A power house primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist, Goodall is also the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.

She says she based her ranking on the kind of attention and care accorded to the primates, which are highly threatened by extinction. In Africa, there are 29 chimpanzee sanctuaries of which, two were founded by Goodall under her Jane Goodall Institute. She has been supporting the other 27 through funding. Some of the African countries with chimp sanctuary include Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Speaking at her 80th birthday which was held at Lake Victoria Island, Goodall said she observed that the 47 chimpanzees on Ngamba Island were loved and treated with so much care like no other on the planet.  Goodall says the chimpanzees at Ngamba are well taken care of like no other in Africa.

Goodall added that for the last couple of years; he has visiting each sanctuary across the continent, but concluded that Ngamba is by far than any other. “They have fully acknowledged the fact that chimpanzees are man’s closest relatives and treat them with so much love and attention. I am overwhelmed,” she the delighted octogenarian.

The sanctuary’s top ranking is seen as potential pull for the local tourism industry.  According to Lilly Ajarova, the sanctuary’s executive director, Goodall’s recognition of Ngamba as the top sanctuary in the continent could be a positive turning point, which could attract more tourists.

“Owing to the fact that Goodall is an inspirational figure who commands over 10 millionfollowers worldwide inclusive of tourists and conservationists, her credit of Ngamba is destined to fire up its annual tourists turn-up from its annual 4000 to 5000 to nothing short of an impressive influx,” she says.

It should be noted that Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary is located on Ngamba Island found on Lake Victoria. The trip to this sanctuary stars from Entebbe at Nakiwogo landing site and it is approximately 45 minutes cruise on a special boat. This makes it easily accessed by tourists from different parts of the world. This is because Entebbe international airport is nearly accessed for the international Visitors.

The all world is giving negative comments to the genocide acts as it leads to loss of lives of innocent people. That is why in countries where this has happens, most of the affected strongly condemn and vow to fight against it never to happen again.

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As Rwanda marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, this year’s Walks to remember will take place in 15 countries around the world, organizers announced that.

The walk will take place in affected nations like Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Rwanda.  Initiated in 2009 by members of Peace and Love Proclaimers (PLP), Walk to Remember is a yearly event designed to empower the youth of Rwanda and around the world to fight against genocide.  As usual, this year’s genocide walk will characterize candle lighting as a sign of mourning.

Preparatory memorial activities ahead of the April 7 commemoration event are ongoing, with a Remembrance Flame already on a tour of the country. The walks are aimed at showing the entire world that genocide acts are bad and should be strongly condemned. During the move, people are expected to remember the spirits of their relatives, friend or beloved ones who lost their lives in genocide movements. It is unfortunate that such acts are still prevailing in some nations as currently in South Sudan. So far hundred of people have lost their lives.

Officials in Zimbabwe and Mozambique are determined to boost tourism and infrastructure development in the two countries.  The director of Tourism in Mozambique, Fredson Bacar last week said his country had a lot to learn from Zimbabwe's tourism, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Mr Fredson suggested that Mozambique would take advantage of the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed by the two countries in November last year. The agreement was aimed at promoting tourism co-operation.

He said Mozambique wanted Zimbabweans to help develop infrastructure destroyed by years of civil war in the 1980s. "As a government, we are putting a lot of effort but we need people with expertise to develop our country. Mozambican laws are very liberal and we will not impose projects on our foreign investors," said the Mozambican official.

Bacar added that Mozambique was a safe tourist and investment destination despite threats posed by Renamo fighters. "Mozambique has no war. We are surprised to read in the papers of this so-called war. It is just in Mushungwe district where soldiers of Renamo and Frelimo had a clash some 200km to Save River. This area is currently the centre of controversy and government is negotiating with Renamo to end the conflict."

The Mozambican official was on a follow-up visit following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on November 29. The Memorandum of Understanding seeks to create and enhance tourism relations between the two countries to boost economic growth through the development of the tourism sectors.  In the Memorandum of Understanding, the two countries seek to further market and promote research and planning tourism investment promotion among others. Mozambique has already set the ball rolling, with a six-member delegation touring some of the facilities in Manicaland province.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Manicaland area manager Daniel Mupande said Mozambique was set to benefit from Zimbabwean tourism and travel expertise. "During discussions we noted that our counterparts do not have institutions like publicity associations. This joint effort is expected to produce a lot of yields in such a way that tourists will be moving from each member country with out any restriction.

Floods which occurred in Western Cape have led to the temporary closure of Sanbona lodge located in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The closure of the Lodge was folloed by the floods, Sanbona announced last week.  The lodges have been closed to complete a full assessment of all buildings and access roads throughout the reserve.

According to the reserve, Gondwana Family Lodge and Tilney Manor are expected to reopen from February 3. Dwyka Tented Lodge is expected to be operational from April 15, subject to weather conditions. Explorer Camp is fully operational.  Industry and guests who are booked to stay at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the coming weeks are being notified by the reservations department.

“The flood caused damage mainly to access roads and therefore it was not possible to offer game drives or access to the individual lodges howeverm, the spokesperson said that daily repairs and inspections are taking place around the clock to ensure the reserve and lodges are fully operational as soon as possible.

Due to floods, tourism activities in the Western Cape have been put to stand still as few tourists access the area. Fortunately the government in conjunction with the tourism officials are working hand in hand to ensure that the situation  stablises to create room for normal tourism to resume.

A total of 150 females comprising new staff members of the Ministry of Tourism who have been attending a training course in Tourism and Hotel Management graduated with Certificate. This was aimed at promoting tourism sector in Eritrea. It should also be noted that tourism is one of the most income generating economic activities in the country.

At tha graduation ceremony, the Minister of Tourism, Ms. Askalu Menkerios, was present, Mr.Tekle Firezgi, Head of Human Resource Development in the Ministry, pointed out that the training was organised with a view to giving impetus to the process of tourism services standardisation. He further disclosed that it involved aspects dealing with crime and danger prevention such as that of fire extinction, as well as prevention of narcotic drugs, besides immigration regulations.

The one who represented graduates said that they would step up efforts towards furthering National tourism development. In conclusion, the Tourism Minister emphasized the trainees to demonstrate commitment in the sector to the satisfaction of their customers’ in order to promote the nation’s image.

gorilla-family-rwandaIn the event that you have ever been on a gorilla safari in Rwanda, you will unquestionably come back to this place. You will want to return and repeat the experience because of the amazing setting of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park is like nowhere else on the planet and is the national park that provided the scenery for the famous movie, Gorillas in the Mist. After spending a maximum of one hour with the mountain gorillas, these huge, energetic, amazing animals, gives such a sense of unity with nature that you will be longing to feel its peacefulness and excitement again.

In terms of gorilla trekking, Rwanda does not offer the same density of Gorillas as Uganda, actually there are only around 900 gorillas left in the region - yet gorilla trekking here is just as amazing as it is in Uganda, as the spotting of these rare creators are generally as frequent, and the spotting sites are much easier to find than in Uganda. The wildlife reserves offer tremendous game watching chance besides gorillas as well and the flora of the region is also interesting.

Getting In, Starting Your Gorilla Trekking
Rwanda has regulations so you will need to acquire a gorilla permit to go on a safari to see mountain gorillas. There are three distinct tracks you can choose to get to gorilla spotting points, and each of them can be accessed with different gorilla permits.

Your safari will begin in Kigali which is an exceptionally interesting city, as well, just the right backdrop to set you in the right mood for seeing the mountain gorillas, one of main attractions is the crafts museum. While this historical center shows the amazing antiques created by the Rwandan people, the other gallery frequented by travelers is a much sadder place: the Genocide Museum.

The Gorilla Safari, Rwanda National Parks and Their Attractions
The gorilla safari can last from last from two days to more than a week. Organized trips usually start from Kigali. The trekkers also go to Akagera National Park, a place that is known for swamps, famous for game watching drives to sport different animals more especially the hippos and elephants. The safari then usually continues towards Nyungwe Forest, the home of the giant lobelia, some astonishing bird species unique to the area, and orchids.

The actual gorilla trekking usually is done on the 6th or 7th day of the safari, in the Volcanoes National Park, followed by the return to takeoffs on the next day.

Gorilla Expeditions Ltd has an extraordinary experience in organizing gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and we have earned a magnificent reputation as a dependable and reliable tour company.