Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The New Luxury Hotel Opened In Kenya

A new hotel Lake Elmenteita Serena had been opened in Kenya. It is located on the shore of a salty lake Elmenteita, which live flamingos and pelicans, and is a luxury tented camp.

Lake Elmenteita Serena is located at 135 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, and just 30 kilometers from Lake Nakuru National Park, reported at the hotel. The hotel has a swimming pool, massage services, restaurant, bar, gift shop and more. The rooms, tent - a mini-bar and wireless internet. The main advantage of the new hotel - its location in a picturesque corner of nature, where you can see rare animals and birds.

The cost of living in Lake Elmenteita Serena depends on season and range from $ 305 to $ 456 per day.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Congo Hippos Face Extinction

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) is rapidly shrinking the population of hippos. Long-term armed conflicts have caused irreparable harm to the wildlife of this country. According to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund, WWF), the hunting of hippos doing almost everything here, without limitation, soldiers and rebels and poachers. The carcass of the herbivore and can be purchased today for just $ 50, and his teeth are the subject of illegal trade and are valued on a par with ivory. To reduce the population affected by the fact that on the shores of Lake Edward, which is located inside the reserve, had settled thousands of fishermen. The lake is very attractive for Congolese: it is teeming with fish owing to hippos, saturating the water with nutrients.

Aerial view of the Virunga National Park has shown that once the world's largest population of these animals is on the verge of extinction. Virunga park covers an area of ​​about 790 000 hectares and is characterized by an exceptional variety of habitats - from the swamps and steppes to the plains to the savannas and valleys of lava on the slopes of volcanoes. In the tropical forests of the park inhabited by mountain gorillas and Siberian birds come here to winter. In a special study, organized by WWF, the European Union and the Congolese conservation institute, found that in the park there are only 887 hippos, despite the fact that two years ago, there were 1309 individuals. And in 1974, in the rivers in the reserve 29 000 hippos lived.

These animals have long been included in the Red Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, but not cut it does not help. Poachers do not stop even the risk of never returning from the hunt - a wounded hippo becomes very aggressive, attacking his pursuers, and can easily bite a person in half.

Reserves and National Parks - Virunga, Upemba, Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga North, South Salonga and others - account for nearly 15% of the Congo. The humid climate of the country's lush jungles to keep alive - the latest in the world of vast tropical forests, inhabited by a variety of wildlife. Only in the Congo, for example, are found okapi - a small forest animals of the family of giraffes, which became a national symbol of the country. In savannas south of the country inhabited by lions, leopards and antelope. Destruction of hippos cause irreparable damage to the local ecological balance of nature.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rwanda - the most popular country in East Africa

According to research experts from the World Economic Forum in Rwanda - the only country in the whole of East Africa receiving the highest marks among tourists. This is the result of hard work, tourist authorities of the state. Besides the natural attractions of particular value to travellers, Rwanda stands out neighbours infrastructure. It has expanded and improved road network, constantly opening up new national parks.

Program for the Protection of Forests conducted in Rwanda was also useful. Now tourists are attracted to the country not only an opportunity to see the gorillas, but also visit the national parks in general. The most popular nature reserve today is open a few years ago, Nyungwe Park. In addition, the country has visa-free relations with many countries in the world. Accordingly, the tourists do not need to spend time getting visas, and they begin to feel the hospitality of Rwanda still at the planning journey.

In the second place in popularity in the region is Kenya. 2010 became its "best of all time in the tourism sector." Its success with the tourists Kenya owes a massive advertising campaigns for a long time as both existing and emerging tourism markets in the world.

Not as stable and comfortable in the position of Uganda in the field of tourism in East Africa. While national parks and attractions in it than in Rwanda, a country can not boast of a developed tourist infrastructure.

The government does not work to improve their tourism offices and does not invest enough money in the sector. The crisis has touched and the Society for the Protection of Wildlife of Uganda (UWA). Several years ago, the government invested in a massive advertising campaign on CNN, which lasted 6 months and has been quite successful. But the effect of the campaign is long over, and Uganda are still in dire need of tourists.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Congo Travelling

The westerly capital city of Kinshasa is amongst the safest parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and offers modern hotels, a burgeoning tourism scene and some basic tourist information, with its Ministry of Tourism being located on the Avenue Batetela in the Gombe district. The cities of Goma and Kisangani are also appealing in their own way, with Goma being home to Lake Kivu, and Kisangani being an important river port.

Nearly 15% of the Congo territory is occupied by forests and national parks - Virunga, Upemba, Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga and the North South Salonga and other humid climate supports the life of the country's lush jungles - the latest in the world of vast tropical forests, inhabited by a variety of wildlife. Only in Zaire, for example, are found okapi - a small forest animals giraffe family, which became a national symbol of the country.

In savannas south of the country inhabited by lions, leopards and antelope. The main attraction of the country - the Congo River. Although the river is officially called Zaire from 1971, its wild appearance is inextricably linked with the mysterious, full of secrets in history, during which the country was known as the Congo - the Portuguese corruption of the West African word meaning "river, the river swallowed everything." On the shores of this fantastic river, and actually feel the awe of the power of nature: more than 4370 km. in length, with a swimming pool area of ​​3.9 million square meters. km., it is inferior to water flow only Amazon, spilling into the Atlantic Ocean almost 42.5 thousand cubic meters. meters of water per second.

In the equatorial humid tropical forest, there are some of the most dense and impenetrable thickets in the world, oak, mahogany, ebony and Hevea exceed a height of 60 meters and under their crowns interlocking reigns eternal twilight. Under this colossal canopy is a genuine ad from an extremely dense thickets, stifling humid heat, dangerous animals - crocodiles, pythons, cobras, hairy wild pigs and poisonous spiders - and debilitating, including even deadly diseases - malaria, and other . And finally, the mysterious labyrinth lies between the river and fabulous lunar mountains - the backbone of the Rwenzori, which is a watershed for eastern Zaire.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dogon Plateau In Mali

Earth of Dogon (Bandiagara plateau) are in the area of ​​the city Duentsa. Dogon tribes, believed to have been original inhabitants of the Niger river valley during the time of the Great Pharaohs of Egypt. For thousands of years Dogon live in the villages, built of red sandstone, built their granaries, destroying them directly in the surrounding rocks and collect the meager yields on very small plots, in the form of terraces cut in hard rocks on ledges.

Their homeland, Dogon Plateau, has been included by UNESCO among the world cultural heritage sites because of its unique living conditions and the level of safety in the beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of ideological representations of people. While most of the Dogon have moved from well-protected shelter in the cliffs on the plain below the hill, the ancient villages still inhabited, and the cliffs are still building new villages.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mount Kilimanjaro

After several years of drought on the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro volcano is again in the snow. This gives hope for ecologists and tourists, perhaps, in the coming years, that the glacier on top will not melt, as predicted by scientists. Covered in mist most of the day, the volcano is the most popular destination among travelers in Tanzania. Tens of thousands of people come here every year.

In recent years, snow in some parts of the mountains began to melt. This is due primarily to climate change and global warming. Today experts are worried that the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro will lose its glaciers. The volcano is located just 330 kilometers from the equator.

The Mount represents three detached peaks: Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi. Together they occupy an area of ​​over 4,000 square kilometers. The highest of the peaks is Kibo. Its height - 5895 meters. Scientists predict that unless urgent measures are not taken, the snow would melt on the Kibo at 2018.