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Top Holiday Destinations across the East Africa

Volcanoes-National-Park

East Africa, with its stunning landscape, wonderful wildlife, warm tropical climate and cultural riches, makes for one of the finest places to enjoy an exciting holiday. Below listed are some of major tourist destinations across East Africa, promising you all thrilling adventures.

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Kenya

A large game reserve in southwestern Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve remains an incredibly popular wildlife destination, tempting enthusiasts from far and wide. Located along the Tanzanian border, this national park is famed for its large population of lions, cheetahs and leopards. The sweeping Savannah plains, incredible waterways and rolling hills here promise a delightful time to the travellers who hope to explore more than just the wildlife. For accommodation, there are lots options around the park.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Rwanda

Snuggled deep within the Virunga Mountains, Volcanoes National Park is the oldest national park of Africa and is one of the continent’s best places to spot the endangered mountain gorilla. Bordering Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the park is loved by people for its trekking safaris. Spot golden monkeys and a variety of reptiles, birds, insects and amphibians besides gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Lying at the junction of the plain and mountain forests, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an adventurer’s paradise in south-western Uganda. Home to half of the world’s population of gorillas, this park promises exciting trekking tours and safaris. Spot African golden cats, chimpanzees, bushbucks and forest elephants. Also, it is a biodiversity hotspot with a variety of tree species and endemic butterflies and one of Africa’s richest mammalian assemblages.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Tanzania

A Tanzanian national park renowned for its spectacular annual migration of zebra and wildebeest, Serengeti National Park promises a terrific experience to wildlife enthusiasts. The open plains, scattered with acacia trees, and grazing game as well as predators like lion and cheetah invite wildlife lovers for an experience of a lifetime. You can combine your trip to Maasai Mara with a visit to Serengeti National Park for a truly unique safari experience.

Omo River Region, Ethiopia

Known all over the world for its decorated tribes, Omo River Region is the largest river in Ethiopia outside the Nile Basin. Situated in the southern Ethiopia, it is one of the remotest areas of East Africa appealing to holidaymakers with its incredible scenery. It is part of the famous Great Rift Valley of Africa where you would love to make a cultural visit along with enjoying white-water rafting on the famous rapids of the area. Besides, this is a perfect gateway to different villages and towns, all teaching you about the distinctive culture and diversity of Africa.

6 Souvenirs to Take Back Home from Morocco

A visit to Morocco is an experience of a lifetime! Be it Tangier in the north, Casablanca in the centre or Marrakesh in the south, there is a lot to explore and take delight here in the country, amidst long beaches, high mountains and sweeping deserts.

Morocco

Morocco is rather famous for offering tourists a wide range of traditional souvenirs, be it the hand-made pottery or colourful lanterns. Read on and find out about some of the most amazing souvenirs that you can buy during your visit to Morocco.

Djellabas

Djelleba is a Moroccan dress for both men and women that can easily be bought in different parts of the country. It is an attractive, long, loose-fitting outer robe which originated in Morocco and is majorly worn in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Djellabas usually come in a wide range of material, colours and patterns for both men and women. Locals choose to wear them in neutral colours such as such as black, grey or olive.

Pottery

Moroccan art is influenced by a variety of cultures which is reflected, among other things, through its souvenirs including pottery. Covered with complex Arabesque and geometric patterns, Moroccan pottery are hand-made ceramics and an amazing piece of art used to decorate homes. You can pick a few in different shapes, sizes, forms and colours and gift them to your loved ones back home.

Moroccan Leather

Highly unique and renowned all over the world, the leather in Morocco is tanned in Gothic style and still seems to have a fascinating allure like it used to have centuries ago. From slippers, jackets and bags to belts and wallets, anything and everything made from Moroccan leather appeals to the tourists. The traditional colour of the leather is red or black, but it is available in all colours these days.

Lanterns

There is something about the beauty of Moroccan lighting that appeals to a majority of people from far and wide. Be it the chandeliers, lamps or lanterns, the unique and eye-catching designs make them a real exotic treat for homes. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours, and are available in most of the markets across the country.

Babouche

Called Babouche in French and Belgha in Moroccan, they are traditional, oriental style heelless slippers worn by men, women and children through the centuries. Most of the locals in the country are seen wearing them in different styles. If you are a shoe lover, do not forget to purchase Babouche on your next trip to Morocco. They come in a variety of colours, shapes, patterns and materials.

Rugs and carpets

Handmade Moroccan rugs and carpets in bright tinges are woven by the indigenous people of Morocco. Red and black-white rugs designed with sequins are popular here and can be seen adorning homes all over the world. There are a number of rug shops here selling them at cheaper rates. You can also get them customised them as per your choice and can even watch the process of their designing.

Five Places to Eat at in the Vegetarians’ Paradise, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

With Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi being done to dust, travellers are seeking unexplored locations that still retain the original charm of Thailand. The laid-back Chiang Mai, with its stunning architecture, lush countryside and ancient temples fits the bill perfectly. What is even more exciting about Chiang Mai is that the city is taking active steps towards sustainable tourism, including the opening of a great variety of vegetarian restaurants serving a range of local and international delicacies in an environment-friendly way.

Here are our top picks for places to eat at in Chiang Mai, if you are a vegetarian:

Pun Pun

Its name translating to ‘Thousand Varieties’ , the Pun Pun restaurant serves organic fare aimed towards sustainability. Owned by Jon Jondai of the eponymous organic farm, the restaurant serves an array of popular Thai dishes, including some of the classics that you won’t find elsewhere in the town. Featuring a huge courtyard underneath a Boddhi tree and set against the stunning backdrop of Wat Suan Dok temple, the ambiance of Pun Pun restaurant  impresses as much as the food. Patrons visiting the restaurant will shell out between £O.84-1 for most dishes.

Beetroot Stories

Sitting in the busy courtyard of the Kad Klang Wiang Plaza, Beetroot Stories has perfected a range of popular vegetarian Thai dishes, western cuisine, breakfasts, fresh salads and sandwiches. The restaurant’s name owes inspiration to ample representation of beetroot on its menu, especially amongst salads and juices. Trying to make patrons eat healthy, the restaurant ensures that all its rice dishes are served with brown rice. Don’t go missing the sumptuous smoothies on offer especially the chocolate banana coconut or peanut butter banana chocolate smoothies.

AUM

One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai, AUM has a base of loyal followers who keep coming back here for its home-style fare. The feeling of eating at home is emphasised by floor seating arrangements for which you will have to remove your shoes and sit on cushions on the floor. The restaurant has an extensive menu featuring some great Thai dishes as well as western fare. Fried pumpkin with mushrooms and tempeh is a must-try as is vegan and vegetarian sushi. Those looking forward to eating healthy can consider sweet potato or steamed tofu.

Dada Kafe

Erring on the right side of healthy, the Dada Kafe serves a plethora of local delicacies along with a range of western dishes. You will only have to walk a few steps from the popular Tha Pae Gate on Ratmakka Road to reach to a stunning site –flowers hanging from baskets and reaching the road and a row of colourful lights, making the restaurant stand-out. If you are susceptible to hot weather, please know that the restaurant is not air-conditioned. Some of the dishes that you can’t leave the restaurant without trying include ‘Carpaccio’ of pineapple, basil and ice cream, fried potato & cheese balls, avocado on toast or fried breaded tofu balls. The smoothie selection of the restaurant is massive and has a match to all kinds of temperaments and moods.

Khun Churn

Khun Churn brings the food dreams of ardent vegetarians alive by offering a delectable all-you-can eat buffet. The buffet features a range of soups, a huge salad bar, Khao Soi, tofu and grilled vegetables, various rice and noodles dishes and a large selection of herbal teas and fresh fruit water. Savour mixed mushrooms and coloured bell peppers stir fried in a light chili-based prik pao, with the side of authentic brown rice as well as kanom jeen gaeng het, or soft rice noodles covered in mushroom curry to have a burst of flavours in your mouth.