Category: Africa

Customized Travel – Safaga, Nemo Dive

Customized Travel – Safaga, Nemo Dive

The best dive sites in the Red Sea – Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone!

Brothers Islands are two peaks of an underwater mountain (Small and Big Brother) that rise to the surface of the Red Sea about 100 kilometers off the coast of Egypt. The Brothers Islands offer world-class wall diving with top visibility. The walls are covered with soft corals and angel wing corals, creating a stunning color spectrum. The remote location of the area attracts a lot of marine animals such as big tuna, horse mackerel and snappers, followed by bigger predators such as hammerhead, whitefish and fox sharks. Reef sharks are almost certainly seen on Small Brother. Devilishness is also a very common sight in Brotheres. There is also something to see at the Brothere for the wreck diver. The Egyptian connecting boat AIDA II and the cargo ship Numidia are resting on Big Brother. Both wrecks are covered in coral throughout.

The Daedelus Reef is also part of a marine protected area. Daedelus is a large reef with a lighthouse. It is the furthest reef from the continent in the Red Sea. Hard corals, hammer sharks and reef sharks are common sightings at Daedelus.

The northern tip of Elphinstone ’s reef is covered in soft coral and its colors in the morning circle are unique. The white-tailed shark is also a common sight on Elphinstone. At the southern tip of the Elphinstone Reef is the famous arch, located at a depth of 45-56 meters.

We operate the route with four liveaboard boats: Emperor Asmaa 30 / 7m 20 people, Emperor Echo 30 / 7.8m 24 people, Emperor Elite 38 / 8m 26 people and Emperor Superior 37 / 8.3m 25 people. From October 2018 to April 2019, direct flights to Hurghada on Thursday departures from Emperor Asma.

Liveaboard departures from Hurghada or Marsa Galip.



Arrival at the airport and transfer to the boat (Hurghada / Marsa Galip) or to the hotel. Boat stay at 6 p.m.




We leave the port at about 09:00. Venebriefing, which reviews important safety issues and general issues related to diving. 2-3 dives on the reefs of Hurghada. Opportunity to check the emphasis and refine your skills in peace before going to the conservation area. Possible night diving. (UNDER)




3 dives with Big Brother. A briefing before the dives, which goes through the diving conditions. Sailing can affect diving and the route. Night dives are not allowed in the reserve. (UNDER)




3 dives with Small Brother. A briefing before the dives, which goes through the diving conditions. Sailing can affect diving and the route. Night diving is not allowed in the Marine Park. (UNDER)




3 dives on the Daedelus Reef. A briefing before the dives, which goes through the diving conditions. Sailing can affect diving and the route. Night diving is not allowed in the Marine Park. (UNDER)




3 dives on the Daedelus Reef. A briefing before the dives, which goes through the diving conditions. Sailing can affect diving and the route. Night diving is not allowed in the Marine park. (UNDER)




2 dives on the Elphinstone Reef. A briefing before the dives, which goes through the diving conditions. Sailing can affect diving and the route. Drive to the port (Hurghada / Marsa Galip). Overnight in a boat or hotel. (UNDER)




Departure from the boat at 09:00 in the morning and transfer to the airport or hotel at 09:30. (A)


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Republic of the Congo Economy

Republic of the Congo Economy

Republic of the Congo borders Cameroon and the Central African Republic to the north, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Angolan exclave Cabinda to the east and south, the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest and Gabon to the west.

As a country located in central Africa according to COUNTRYAAH.COM, Republic of the Congo stretches on both sides of the equator north and west of the border rivers Congo and Ubangi in the area of ​​the Congo Basin and its marginal thresholds. Flat layers of the extensive basin landscape and the heavily eroded threshold areas determine the surface forms; vast areas and hilly areas predominate. The highest peaks are in the area of ​​the Lower Guinea Sill (in the west of the country) in the mountainous region of Mayombe (Mont Nabemba: 1,020 m above sea level), which is in front of a flat coastal land on the Atlantic Ocean (40 km) in the south-west. Extensive swamps occur in the northeast of the country, in the basin of the lower Ubangi and Sanga.


Measured in terms of gross national income (GNI) of (2017) US $ 1,360 per resident, the Congo is one of the African low-income countries. The dominant branch of the economy since the mid-1970s has been the oil industry with a contribution of (2014) 95% of export earnings, 70% of state income and 59% of gross domestic product (GDP). As a result of the drop in oil prices on the world market and high foreign debt (2015: US $ 4.77 billion), the Republic of the Congo slipped into recession (GDP fell by 2.8% in 2016). The agricultural sector, which only generates 8.7% of GDP, has long been neglected in favor of – less successful – industrialization, but today it still employs around 30% of the workforce. Services and trade account for 41.1% of the generation of GDP.

Foreign trade: The country’s foreign trade balance is positive due to oil exports, but varies depending on the development of world market prices (import value in 2014: US $ 3.3 billion; export value US $ 6.6 billion). In addition to crude oil, mainly forestry products are exported. The main trading partners are China, France, Italy and Turkey.


Around 31% of the state’s land is used for agricultural purposes (around 2% arable land, 29% meadows and pastures). Manioc, maize, peanuts, yams, plantains are grown for self-sufficiency, while small amounts of coffee, cocoa and sugar cane ( cash crops ) are grown for export. Smallholders cultivate more than 90% of the area under cultivation. Due to the low fertility of the soil and the lack of traffic in rural areas, the country is dependent on the importation of agricultural products, especially wheat, rice and maize. Because of the lack of fertile pastureland and the spread of the tsetse fly, livestock farming is also not of great importance.

Forestry: Congo has large forests, around 65% of the country is designated as forest areas. Tropical precious woods such as okoumé and limba wood are exported. The timber industry is increasingly in the hands of foreign corporations.

Fisheries: Inshore and river fisheries are only important to meet the needs of the population.

Natural resources

The first oil deposits were discovered near Pointe-Noire as early as 1957; Since 1968, the production in the shelf area has taken a clear upswing. The oil reserves are 200 million t. The natural gas reserves (reserves: 90 billion m 3) are now also being used commercially. Other mineral resources include: Potash salts, diamonds, zinc, gold, phosphate, bauxite, iron ore, copper and magnesium.


In addition to the oil processing in Pointe-Noire (oil refinery), the food, textile, cement and chemical industries as well as wood processing are the most important branches of industry. Important industrial locations are Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.


Thanks to the favorable climate, beautiful sandy beaches and lagoons as well as the savannahs and tropical rainforests, tourism has gained in importance and the number of foreign visitors (2014: 252,000) has risen sharply.


The transport network is concentrated in the southern parts of the country. The dense tropical forests and impassable swamp areas in the north are hardly developed. River navigation is the most important and often the only mode of transport here. The railway network consists of a 510 km east-west link from Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire. The most important road connection of the 17,300 km long road network runs parallel to this railway line. The south-north axis from Brazzaville via Owando to Ouesso on the border with Cameroon is also of great importance. The rather dense river network (Congo, Ubangi and the tributaries) favors inland navigation. The main axis of the inland waterway network with a length of 1,120 km is the connection from Brazzaville to Bangui (Central African Republic). The country’s only overseas port is Pointe-Noire. Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire and Oyo have international airports. There are also numerous airfields and landing strips.


The entire north and large parts of the Lower Guinea Sill are covered with tropical rainforest, which turns into wet forest on the flanks of the Lower Guinea Sill. Mangrove is widespread on the coast, followed by wet savannah.

Republic of the Congo Economy

Cost of Living in Denmark

Cost of Living in Denmark

The cost of living is around a quarter to a third higher than in Germany. Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Smaller cities and rural areas are much cheaper.

You would need around € 5,130.05 in Copenhagen to maintain the same standard of living that you could have in Berlin with € 3,700.00 (assuming you rent in both cities).

  • Consumer prices in Copenhagen are 34.74% higher than in Berlin (excluding rent)
  • Consumer prices including rent in Copenhagen are 38.65% higher than in Berlin
  • Rental prices in Copenhagen are 47.25% higher than in Berlin
  • Restaurant prices in Copenhagen are 75.07% higher than in Berlin
  • Food prices in Copenhagen are 28.93% higher than in Berlin
  • The local purchasing power in Copenhagen is 8.70% lower than in Berlin

Average cost of living in Copenhagen (from 06/2020 – 05/2021)

Restaurant Ø € Price € Price from / to
Food, price w. restaurant 17.82 12.10-26.90
Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people. 94.14 65.69-161.38
Local beer, 0.5 l 6.72 4.11 – 8.07
Imported beer, 0.33 l 5.44 5.37-8.07
cappuccino 5.21 3.28 – 6.72
Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l) 3.27 2.00-5.38
Water (0.33 l) 2.60 1.61-4.00
Food Ø € Price € Price from / to
Milk (1 L) 1.33 1.14-1.75
White bread (500g) 2.81 1.34-5.38
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.18 0.94-3.36
Eggs (12) 3.58 2.39-4.84
Local cheese (1kg) 13.00 6.72-34.97
Chicken breast fillet (1kg) 8.52 4.71-12.28
Beef (1kg) 13.27 7.40-22.06
Apples (1kg) 2.63 1.34-4.03
Bananas (1kg) 2.59 1.34-4.03
Oranges (1kg) 2.69 1.34-4.03
Tomatoes (1kg) 4.22 2.62 – 6.72
Potatoes (1kg) 1.89 1.08-2.69
Onions (1kg) 1.44 1.08-2.69
Lettuce (1 head) 1.57 1.34-2.42
Water (1.5 l) 1.16 0.47-2.69
Bottle of wine (middle class) 8.07 5.38-13.45
Local beer (0.5 l) 1.60 0.82-2.69
Imported beer (0.33 l) 2.17 1.34-3.36

Average costs for local transport, utilities, clothing, leisure, education in Copenhagen (from 06/2020 – 05/2021)

Mode of Transport Ø € Price € Price from / to
One-time ticket 3.23 2.02-4.84
Monthly pass 80.69 58.50-107.59
Taxi base amount 6.72 4.71-10.09
Taxi 1 km 1.87 1.21-2.69
Ancillary housing costs Ø € Price € Price from / to
for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc. 179.33 105.52-403.46
1 minute prepaid mobile tariff 0.15 0.05-0.16
Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL) 33.60 20.17-53.79
Clothes, shoes Ø € Price € Price from / to
Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 103.32 53.79-134.49
Summer dress (Zara, H&M,… 42.94 17.35-67.24
Nike sports shoes, middle class 111.30 67.24-161.38
Leather business shoes 163.09 107.59-201.73
leisure time Ø € Price € Price from / to
Fitness center, month / adult 38.60 20.17-53.79
Tennis, 1 hour on weekends 30.15 20.15-45.72
a movie ticket 16.14 13.45-20.17
training Ø € Price € Price from / to
Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child 417.63 309.32-511.04
International primary school per year and child 11,930.71 4,034.56-20,172.78

Average rental prices / purchase and salaries in Copenhagen (from 06/2020 – 05/2021)

Monthly rental price Ø € Price € Price from / to
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center 1,426.62 941.40-1882.79
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center 1..120.30 672.43-1,546.58
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center 2,425.06 1,990.38-3,362.13
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center 1,910.59 1,479.34 – 2,420.73
Purchase price of apartments Ø € Price € Price from / to
Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase 6,717.06 5,648.38-8,069.11
Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase 4,668.41 3,765.59-5,782.86
wages Ø € Price € Price from / to
Average monthly salary (after taxes) 3,215.38

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Emigration and Living Denmark – Conclusion

High standard of living, proximity to Germany, many opportunities to find a job, high immigrant satisfaction, peaceful, relatively safe from natural disasters, free of nuclear power, many speak German in North Schleswig. However, one should have a good command of DanishThis is about an experience of a German student who emigrated to Denmark to study.

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

If you are German, Austrian or Swiss, you can stay in Denmark for up to 90 days without a visa. You can enter the country with your identity card or with a passport. Please note that the travel documents are valid for at least 3 months longer than the planned departure time if you continue your journey to Greenland or the Faroe Islands. Children need their own travel documents.

If your stay is not just about vacation, but you would like to explore Denmark as your future adopted home, there is the possibility to initially stay cheaply in a holiday home or holiday apartment (Denmark in a holiday home). A recommended address for a holiday home in Lökken is Interhome. This saves you unnecessarily high costs for a house or a rental apartment. In order to extend your stay to 6 months, you need to register with the residents’ registration office.

You will be granted a residence permit for more than 6 months if you can provide evidence of an employment contract or – in the case of self-employed work – corresponding evidence of this. You can apply for a Danish residence or work permit online at

Speaking Danish is an advantage when immigrating to Denmark. Take enough time to learn Danish at home. You can find more information about Danish courses on the website of the Danish Embassy.

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If you are looking for a suitable apartment to rent, you will surely find it on the BoligPortal. It has existed for 20 years and is Denmark’s largest rental property platform. A special service of the portal is that it calls every landlord personally, which means that there are no spam or fake ads.

Cost of Living in Denmark

Ghana As a Tourism Country

Ghana As a Tourism Country

Ghana is in many ways a warm tourist destination. The heat of more than 30 degrees does not compare to the warm kindness of the locals.

Ghana in Western Africa is not one of the most traditional tourist destinations, but Ghana has a lot to offer for those interested in wildlife bonga, the tropics and fiery food, among other things. In Ghana, you can also go on a cruise to the world’s largest dam lake.

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Versatile Ghana

According to countryaah, the Republic of Ghana is a former British colony in West Africa on the Atlantic coast. The country is home to about 24 million people and is bordered by Togo, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. The main exports of Ghana, which became independent in 1957, are gold and cocoa, and tourism plays only a small role in the country’s economy.

Ghana is especially known as a cultural and nature tourism destination. Ghana is diverse in its terrain, with deserts and savannas as well as river landscapes and rainforests. Ghana is located in more than one natural park, of which the most significant are Molen and Kakumin national parks.

There are also cultural attractions in Ghana. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country: Ghana’s castles and fortresses and the Ashanti buildings. Many tourists start exploring Ghana from the country’s capital, Accra.

Ghana’s climate

Ghana has a tropical warm climate. Daytime temperatures in the country often rise to around 30 degrees and there is little seasonal variation in temperatures.

There are some regional differences in Ghana’s climate. There are two rainy seasons on the coast of the country, spring and autumn. The spring rainy season falls in April-June and the autumn rainy season in September-October. The shorter autumn rainy season does not extend to the central parts of the country. During the rainy seasons, it can rain a lot, especially in the interior of the country.

Friendly Ghana

Short for GH by abbreviationfinder, Ghana is a very friendly country and locals often greet tourists on the street and in the shops. It is very rude not to respond to people’s happy greetings. For example, in the marketplace of the city of Kumas, which is very diverse in terms of population, where goods and food change hands, happy greetings are heard from the right and the left.

In addition to its friendly atmosphere, Ghana is known for its nature. In the country, for example, there is a large dam lake Volta, which is led by a river of the same name. On the Volta River and the islands of Lake Volta, such as Dod, Dwarf and Kporve, tourists can also visit by cruise ship.

Ghana’s Natural Parks offer plenty to see for tourists interested in savannas and rainforests. Ghana is the largest natural park in Mole National Park, but the country also found in numerous other, smaller parks. Many local tour operators and park guides organize nature excursions and sightseeing tours.

Cheap shopping and hot food

Ghana is an affordable country, so shopping is worth it, and especially the food is worth enjoying to the fullest. In Ghana’s shops, you can buy, for example, beautifully patterned local fabric and beautiful handicrafts. The best shopping and the biggest shopping can be found in the capital Accra.

Ghana has plenty of dining options, from hotel restaurants and expensive sophistication to small cupboards and food carts across the street. Ghanaian food is quite hot, so you should taste the snacks carefully at first. In Ghana, you should also try a homemade pit drink.

The busiest nightlife in Ghana is Accra, which has sports bars and Irish pubs along the streets and around the hotel. There are also a few trendy nightclubs in the city.

Good to know about Ghana

Ghana is a peaceful country and its administration is stable. Ghana also has a high standard of living in Africa. As a tourist destination, Ghana is relatively safe, but common sense is always good to follow.

Ghana is fluent in English, whose official language status dates back to British colonial times.

Before traveling to Ghana, it is advisable to visit a doctor to discuss the necessary vaccinations. For example, anti-malarial medication and yellow fever vaccine should be treated before traveling to Ghana.



Flights to Ghana

There are no direct flights to Ghana from Finland, but you can fly to the country via a major European city, such as Brussels or Frankfurt.

Ghana has several airports, but the country is usually reached via Kotoka International Airport. Kotoka Airport is located about ten kilometers from Accra.

Flights to Ghana cost around € 800-100.

Hotels and accommodation in Ghana

Ghana has a lot of good-value and mid-range hotels, especially in major population centers like Accra. The city also has luxury accommodation and five-star hotels. Luxury hotels often have a swimming pool and good facilities.

On average, a hotel night in Ghana costs about 60-80 euros and at its cheapest you stay in the country for 10-40 euros. The level of the cheapest accommodation can be really modest.

Getting around in Ghana

Buses are the most convenient and reliable way to get around Ghana. The bus company Vanef-STC provides connections between major cities and other bus companies operating in the country include OSA, Kingdom Transport Services (KTS), City Express and GPRTU.

If you want to travel to smaller destinations and have good nerves, you should hop on a minibus aboard the tro-tron. The tro-trot does not move according to schedules but on demand, so the cars are packed full of passengers before departure. Finding a tro-tron to the right destination can be difficult for a traveler, so it’s worth asking locals which route takes you anywhere. Tro-trot are a really affordable ride and the shortest trips cost just a few cents. Tro-trots also run in local urban traffic.


The capital of Accra

The capital of Ghana, Accra, is the largest city in the country with a population of a couple of million people. Accra is located on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. In the city you can visit, for example, the National Museum of Ghana and Christianborg Castle, originally built by the Swedes.

Mole National Park

Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest natural park and it is located in the northwestern part of the country about 670 kilometers from Accra. The park is home to numerous exotic animal species such as elephants and lions. Mole National Park is a popular ekoturismikohde Ghana.

Kakumi National Park

Mole National Park considerably less Kakum is located approximately 170 kilometers from Accra. The park is known for its long suspension bridge, from the heights of which you can observe the animals of the rainforest. The park is home to many species of animals such as monkeys and parrots.

Ghana Fortress

Ghana’s colonial forts were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. There are several forts around Ghana. The oldest of the fortresses is the 15th century Elmina Castle, located in Elmina. The most famous of the castles are the castles of Cape Coast and Christianborg.


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The best attractions in Ghana

  1. Mole National Park
  2. Cape Coast
  3. Kumas
  4. Christianborg Castle
  5. Kakumi National Park
Namibia – Known for its Safari Destinations

Namibia – Known for its Safari Destinations

Situated on the edge of two deserts, Namibia charms the traveler with dramatic scenery. There are more than enough popular nature hiking destinations in the country. In addition to wildlife, a tourist interested in culture can also get to know the millennia-old culture.

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A classic of safari destinations

According to countryaah, Namibia is located in southern Africa, bordering Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. Located on the southwest corner of the continent, the country borders on the western edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Namibia’s long and multi-stage history is still evident today. The country’s population is ethnically diverse and the influences of German colonization, for example, are particularly evident in the country’s capital, Windhoek. Namibia gained independence from South Africa in 1990.

The landscapes of Namibia are considered by many to be unparalleled and the country is especially known as a destination for safaris and nature trips. Namibia is home to several nature parks and protected areas, including Fisher River Canyon and the prestigious Etosha National Park.

In Namibia which is short for NA by abbreviationfinder, you can also learn about ancient cultures, for example in the petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein.

Heat and drought

Namibia has a predominantly hot and dry climate, with an average daytime temperature of 30 degrees. Indeed, there are two desert areas in the country: the Namib and Kalahari deserts.

The hot rainy season lasts from January to March. The driest, on the other hand, is from July to September. The most pleasant travel time is often between these periods. The best travel time for safari tourism is during the dry season from May to September.

A fabulous safari destination

Nature tourists thrive in Namibia, as the country is especially known for its magnificent safari destinations. There are several nature parks in the country, such as the deserted Namib-Naukluft National Park and the Waterberg National Park, known for its animals.

However, Namibia’s most famous natural park is Etosha National Park, which is over a hundred years old. The large park is one of the most important protected areas in Africa and a popular nature tourist destination.

A popular destination is also the 160-kilometer-long and up to 550-meter-deep Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world.

Getting to know Namibia and its natural wonders is advantageous for Finns.

The spectrum of cultures

Surrounded by mountains, the town of Windhoek is the center of Namibia – both geographically and culturally. Namibia is home to 11 ethnic groups whose cultural influences are reflected in the street scene in Windhoek. The special features of the cultures can be explored by visiting the National Museum of Namibia.

Those interested in history can also go hiking in the petroglyph area of ​​Twyfelfontein. The petroglyph area is one of Namibia’s most famous attractions, located in the Kunene region of northwestern Namibia. Among other things, the drawings depicting wild animals are thousands of years old. The area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007.


By plane to Windhoek

Most tourists arrive in the country via Hosea Kutako International Airport. The airport is located about 45 km east of Windhoek.

There are no direct flights from Finland to Namibia, but you can fly to the country via Frankfurt, for example. Round-trip flights usually cost just over 1,000 euros.

Accommodation in a hotel and tent

Tourists are offered a reasonable range of accommodation options of different levels, especially in the most popular tourist cities in Namibia. The level of infrastructure in the countryside is not high and finding a quality hotel can be challenging at times.

On safari trips, for example, in Etosha National Park, overnight stays take place in camps. Some of the camps can be used for lodging, while some are for camping. Accommodation in the National Parks area must be booked in advance.

By bus, train or plane

Getting around by bus is affordable in Namibia. Buses run especially between large cities and the capitals of neighboring countries. For example, Intercape Mainilener also offers trips to neighboring countries.

You can also explore Namibia with a rental car, for example. The country’s road network is in fairly good condition. However, when driving in an urban area, it is good to remember to keep the doors locked and use headlights even during the day. In rural areas, especially at dusk, special care must be taken, as wildlife may run down the road.

In Namibia, you can also travel by train. Trans-Namib Railways operates between major cities and stops along the way at numerous small stations. The Desert Express luxury train for tourists runs between the cities of Swakopmund and Windhoek.

Air Namibia offers many domestic flights. Cities in the route network include Tsumeb, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Luderitz, Swakopmund, Oshakati and Ondangwa.


Namibia Travel Destinations

Namibia Travel Destinations

The capital is Windhoek

The Namibian capital, Windhoek, is located in the central part of the country. The city is still strongly influenced by German colonial rule. Signs of the stages of history can be seen especially in architecture, but also in food culture and language.

In Windhoek you can spend your time visiting various museums. The National Museum of Namibia is housed in Windhoek’s oldest building. Built in the 1890s, the house comprehensively displays material related to the country’s independence aspirations. Another place worth visiting is the Owela Museum, which provides access to Namibia’s natural history.

In addition to local delicacies, the capital also serves international food experiences for the hungry tourist. The most special restaurant is probably Joe´s Beer House, where you have the opportunity to taste some of the animals living in the nature parks. At least ostrich, zebra, antelope and crocodile are available.

Windhoek also has good shopping. There is a wealth of local crafts from leather goods to jewelery. Safari equipment is also easy to replenish in Windhoek’s malls.

Windhoek is a generally safe city. However, tourists are advised to avoid moving alone at night.

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Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is the most famous nature park in Namibia which is short for NAM by abbreviationfinder. The specialty of the area is a large lake that fills with water during the rainy season and dries for most of the year into a sparkling salt desert.

There are dozens of drinking places in Etosha that are great places to play and photograph animals. The nature park is home to numerous species of animals from flamingos and other birds to elephants and giraffes. In the nature park you can also see a rare tapered lip rhino.

There are five camps in the park area. They offer accommodation options from luxury lodges to camping. In some camps you will also find other services such as restaurants. Accommodations should be booked in advance.

More information: Etosha National Park

Fisher River Canyon

Fisher River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. It is also one of the most popular nature destinations in Namibia.

There is an 85-kilometer hiking trail in the canyon, which can be traversed during the winter months, from April to September. It takes about five days to hike the route and it is only recommended for those in good condition. It should be noted that you must register in advance when going to the park. In addition, hiking is only allowed in groups of at least three people, due to poor emergency rescue facilities.

The canyon can also be admired from the vantage points where you can enjoy a picnic. The most popular Lookout is about 10 miles from the main entrance to the park, Hobas. It offers incredible views of the canyon and Hell´s Bend, the most photographed spot in the area.

At the southern end of the canyon are the hot springs of Ai-Ais, whose 60-degree water is believed to have therapeutic effects. It is good for the tourist to note that the Ai-Ais area is closed during the summer months, ie from November to the end of February.


Namibia’s largest coastal city, Swakopmund is a popular travel destination especially among adrenaline-hungry people. In addition to the sea, you can head to the nearby desert with a surfboard. You can also go downhill on the sand dunes and ride an ATV. Parachuting over the desert is also popular.

On the beaches, in addition to worshiping the sun, you can try a paraglider. If lounging in the sun is not attractive, you can also rent a canoe from the beach or go on a cruise to admire the dolphins.

Swapkopumud also offers sightseeing for those who want culture. German influences are very strongly visible in both the architecture and the food supply. History can be explored in the Maritime Museum and in the museum bearing the city’s name.


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Try these in Namibia

  1. Photograph of wildlife in Etosha
  2. Hike in Fisher River Canyon
  3. Museum and shopping tour in Windhoek
  4. Sand surfing in Swakopmund

Cons of Namibia

  1. Remember vaccinations!
  2. No direct flights from Finland
Exotic Tunisia

Exotic Tunisia

Lively Tunisia has oriental exoticism spiced with a touch of African way of life and European culture.

The scents and colors of the old bazaar streets will fill your senses as you step into the oldest parts of the Tunisian city. Beautiful jewelry as gifts and a glass of tea in the shade of the shop sheds – a casual lifestyle suitable for the holidaymaker. Of other Mediterranean destinations, fabulous Tunisia stands out in terms of prices, golf and the Sahara.

A colorful blend of the past and modern times

Nearly 3,000 years ago, the Phoenicians built the mighty city of Carthage on the shores of the Mediterranean. Today, the area is filled with bustling bazaars, upscale golf courses and long sandy beaches. Tunisia is a mixture of modern and past.

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According to countryaah, Tunisia in North Africa is one of the most accessible countries on its continent. It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean between its major neighbors Algeria and Libya.

Due to its location, Tunisia not only mixes time periods but also cultures. The French rule that lasted until 1956 is still evident, especially on restaurant menus. The religion was brought to the country by the Arabs around the 6th century. However, the first residents of the area were Berbers, who still live in the southern parts of the country.

Best time to travel to Tunisia

Tunisia is a fairly small country, but the geographical variations within it are large. The northern coastal resorts have a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and often rainy winters. Once upon a time, the green coast of Tunisia served as a granary for the Roman Empire. In the more mountainous areas of the central part of the country rise peaceful olive groves, which in the south turn into the endless sandy sea of ​​the Sahara.

Finnish tour operators fly holidaymakers to Tunisian holiday paradises almost all year round. The best travel time is late spring and early fall, when the day’s highest temperatures remain at 30-degree splits. Even in the summer months, the degrees remain relatively tolerable thanks to the marine climate. In the autumn, the seawater stays at bathing temperature until November.

Bargaining saves in Tunisia

Tunisia’s price level is affordable compared to other Mediterranean destinations. In hotel restaurants, the price of a meal may rise almost to Finnish readings, but other places to eat are considerably cheaper.

In urban bazaars, avid traders offer stuff ranging from trinkets to valuables. Shopping at them is beneficial as long as you remember to bargain briskly. Popular souvenirs and souvenirs include handmade rugs, silver jewelry, pottery, and copper and brass items. You should also take a moment to admire the colorful and fragrant spice shops.

Experience a varied holiday in the warmth

The white sandy beaches and turquoise sea invite you to laze and relax, but even Tunisia, who is looking for a more active holiday, will not be left cold. The 1,300-kilometer coastline provides a functional setting for water sports, and the lush hinterland of the north attracts horseback riding trips. There are high-quality golf courses near the resorts, the price level of which is clearly lower than in Europe.

Short for TS by abbreviationfinder, Tunisia is also a paradise for the cultural holidaymaker. The country’s long history and unique cultural mix guarantee a diverse range of culturally significant destinations. The most notable of these are the ruins of the former flagship city of Carthage, the impressive amphitheater of El Jem and the old center of the capital, Tunis.

Islamic culture defines Tunisia

Tunisia is a Muslim state, and despite the increase in tourism, it is good for visitors to respect the local culture. Dress that is too revealing attracts unfavorable attention in the city, and religious sites such as mosques cannot be reached by tourists without covering clothing. In the hotel pool and on the beaches, bikinis and swimsuits are of course the right of the holidaymaker.

Alcoholic culture does not include alcohol, so its intake in the country is limited. Hotels and restaurants do serve local wine and beer, but alcoholic beverages are not always available on the shelves of small shops.

In addition to Arabia, French and English are widely spoken in Tunisia. Bazaar merchants are in a class of their own.


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Holiday flights to several destinations

Packed trips to Tunisian beach resorts are sold by many of Finland’s largest travel agencies. Destinations vary slightly between tour operators, but the most popular holiday destinations are Sousse, Hammamet, Monastir and Djerba. Flights and weekly accommodation at the beach resort tax the holiday fund at around 500-1000 euros per adult. By grabbing a sudden departure, the price of the trip drops by as much as half.

There are no scheduled flights from Finland to Tunisia, but by changing to Paris, for example, you can get to the capital Tunis for less than 500 euros.

Getting around Tunisia

Even though you are in a desert state, a camel is not the only travel option. Trains and buses run between the cities, smaller local buses run shorter distances. It is easy and inexpensive to get around by public transport, so if you have enough time, you should hop aboard and explore the neighboring town.

Renting a car is a great way to see Tunisia. Especially in the south, however, care must be taken, as sandy roads may be deceptively soft.

Taxis are cheap in Tunisia. A trip of about five kilometers to the resort costs less than three euros.

Child-friendly accommodation options

Beach resorts offer hotels for many tastes. The offer of Finnish tour operators varies from apartments to all inclusive hotels. There are accommodation for families with children, with pools suitable for the little ones, plenty of program and food for even the most picky tastes.


Tunisian beaches invite you to vacation

The most popular resorts are located on the green coast of the north of the country, offering an interesting combination of history and present. From the white sandy beaches and shiny hotels just a stone’s throw away are the ancient city squares with their fountains.

Of the beach resorts, Hammamet attracts with its long beach and diverse recreational opportunities. More than 3,000 years old, Sousse, on the other hand, enchants with its old town and miles of catacombs. Djerba is the southernmost island in the Mediterranean, with everything you could expect from a beach holiday: white beaches, turquoise sea, chalk-white houses and olive groves.

From a million cities to the desert

There is much more to see in Tunisia than the beaches and bazaars, so a holidaymaker looking to do something should take part in excursions with tour operators or take a trip on their own, for example to the mighty city of Carthage or a desert safari.

Watching the sunset at the end of a camel ride is perhaps one of the finest ways to crown your vacation in Tunisia. The trip also provides an opportunity to visit interesting desert landscapes familiar from, for example, Star Wars movies.

In southern Tunisia, it is not worth ignoring the unique architecture of the Berbers. Among other things, Matmatas’ attraction is the underground dwellings of the indigenous people. Still, some of the Berbers live in these villages, with residential caves engraved on the walls of crater-shaped pits.

The capital of Tunisia, Tunis, is at first glance a modernist city. In the middle of it, however, lies the Medina, an old town designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The Medina’s more than 700 monuments, among magnificent mosques and ornate fountains, exude history.


Zimbabwe Travel Guide

Zimbabwe Travel Guide

Zimbabwe’s unique nature is one of the most beautiful in eastern Africa. Despite the difficulties of the recent past, the country has much to offer the tourist.

A destination for the open-minded traveler

According to countryaah, Zimbabwe is located in Eastern Africa. The landlocked state has four neighbors. The country shares a border with Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.

Despite the economic and political difficulties, the culture lives rich and the Natural Attractions attract tourists. Mass tourism has not yet corrupted Zimbabwe, but to find a piece of genuine Africa in the country.

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The most famous natural site in the country is Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Dr. David Livingstone discovered and named the waterfalls according to Queen Victoria in 1855. About an hour’s drive from Victoria Falls is Zwabwe’s largest national park, Hwange. In the national park you can see The Big Five, the largest wildlife in Africa. A popular nature attraction is also Mana Pools National Park. This park in the north of the country is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pleasant climate all year round

Short for ZW by abbreviationfinder, Zimbabwe is located in a tropical zone, but due to the altitude, the country is not tropical hot.

The rainy season lasts from November to March. Rainfall usually comes as heavy afternoon drizzle, but sometimes it can last for a few days. Thunderstorms are common and temperatures rotate 25 degrees on either side. It may be 18 degrees in the morning, while in the afternoon the mercury may rise to 32 degrees. Humidity during the rainy season is remarkably high.

The dry season in Zimbabwe is from April to October. In this case, it does not rain at all and the temperatures drop. At night and in the morning, temperatures can drop to as much as five degrees. During the day, however, the sun heats, raising the mercury to 25 degrees.

The best travel time is April-May and August-September. In this case, the days are sunny and the nights bright but cool. Wild animals congregate in drinking places where they are easy to see.

Good to know about Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a suitable destination for the open-minded nature tourist. Due to the confusing political and economic history of the country, tourism is a nascent industry.

A Finnish tourist needs a visa to enter the country. It can be requested in advance from the Embassy of Zimbabwe, but it can also be obtained from the airport. It is a good idea to check the delegations for up-to-date price information and requirements well in advance of your trip.

Zimbabwe is at risk for malaria, so medication is recommended. Vaccinations should also be taken care of before the trip. Comprehensive travel insurance is also worth obtaining, as the level of local health care is not very high and serious cases are often taken to South Africa for treatment.

The security situation in Zimbabwe is moderate. Political protests occur and participation should be avoided. However, political violence rarely targets tourists. Pocket thefts occur, so normal vigilance is necessary. Driving alone in the dark should be avoided, as should driving in the dark. It is recommended to make a travel declaration. Up-to-date travel information is available in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ press release.


Long flight to your destination

There are no direct flights from Finland to Zimbabwe. You can fly to the capital Harare via the largest airports in Europe. The machine usually needs to be replaced twice. Travel time is about 20 hours depending on stopovers. Round-trip tickets cost 800-1100 euros.

Long-distance travel agencies can be inquired about package tours to Zimbabwe. Often the tours are tours that also visit other favorite destinations in southern Africa.

Accommodation for many tastes

Zimbabwe has accommodation to suit the needs of every traveler.

The budget traveler often has a few dorms to choose from and a host of affordable rooms to choose from. There are plenty of mid-range rooms on offer and they are often of good quality. For more demanding tastes, you can find both luxury hotels and cottages.

The most expensive cottages in the national parks have been built with respect for nature and the environment. There is also a possibility to camp in the park area. Your own tent is convenient to carry, but not essential. There are a variety of restaurants in the national park areas, so you should check the situation in advance and prepare for your own snacks according to the situation.

Getting around Zimbabwe

In large cities, taxis are the most convenient way to get around. Taxis can be conveniently ordered from the hotel reception and are inexpensive. Cars have gauges and most drivers use them. At night, taxis are also the safest way to get around.

Renting a car in Zimbabwe is also possible but expensive. Most who want to rent a car rent it from South Africa and drive across the border. When renting a car, it is advisable to check the condition of the car and the necessary paperwork. Obtaining an international driving license before the trip makes sense, because even if you can drive with a Finnish driving license in principle, the police may fine or demand bribes for the lack of a local card in the event of a stop. It should also be noted that several roads are in poor condition. In addition, the local driving culture may cause hazards.

You can travel between major cities by bus or train. The buses operate according to schedules. There is a choice of local buses as well as luxury buses. Trains mainly run at night, so it makes sense to invest in first class and sleeping space.


Zimbabwe Top Destinations

Zimbabwe Top Destinations


The capital is Harare

The capital of Zimbabwe, Harare, is a more diverse destination. Most tourists stop in town just to continue their journey on safaris. The city offers tourists history and culture as well as a wide range of restaurant experiences.

The city’s specialties include a house where farmers sell tobacco from one broker to another. Tobacco was once one of Zimbabwe’s largest exports, and still from February to August the layers are filled in the mornings with a hustle and bustle described as a stock exchange-like auction.

There is a protected area for injured and orphaned wildlife near the airport, where you can enjoy afternoon coffee or champagne while exploring the animals. The specialty of the place is that children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the area. Advance booking is also desirable.

There are also a few museums in Harare, which store especially art objects and photographs.

Fashion weeks are also held in Zimbabwe. The ex-model from the country, Pricilla Chigariro, has set up an event where African designers will showcase their creations. The event takes place annually at the turn of August-September.

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Lake Kariba

One of the largest artificial lakes in the world serves as a diverse recreation area. The best way to relax on the lake is to rent a houseboat. Fishing is also a popular pastime on the lake. Swimming is not recommended as the lake is home to large crocodiles. Other wildlife such as elephants and buffalo can also be seen on the shores of the lake, as it is adjacent to Matusadona National Park.

Lake Kariba also offers a water route to neighboring Zambia and Victoria Falls. If you are traveling by water to a neighboring country and want to return to Zimbabwe, make sure your visa allows for more entry.

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers the traveler a holistic experience of wildlife. What makes the park special is that it is not fenced. So elephants may wander past you as you enjoy breakfast.

The park can also be explored on foot. There live a large number of zebras, hippos and crocodiles, as well as lions. When hiking in the park and admiring the animals, it is good to remember that the animals are not only wild but also really fast. Although they rarely attack a person, the danger still exists. Because of this, moving around with a guide is highly recommended.

You can stay in a tent or cottage in the park area. Cottage accommodation is available on many levels, so there is an option for every budget. Some prices include food and accommodation, so it is a good idea to check the booking to make what is included in the price. It is also worth noting that some of the campsites close during the rainy season.

Victoria Falls

The waterfalls, named after Dr. Victoria by Dr. David Livingstone in 1855, are Zimbabwe’s most famous travel destination. The waterfalls are located on the border with Zambia and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The waterfalls are 108 meters high and 1.7 kilometers wide. The traveler experiences a different experience at the waterfalls, depending on the time of year when the waterfalls visit. The best time to visit the waterfalls is from June to September, when there is still plenty of water in the waterfalls, but the water mist does not obscure the visibility. Before the rainy season in early November, the amount of water in the waterfalls decreases and in some places there is no water at all.

On the Zimbabwean side, a Victoria Falls Marathon will be held in the immediate vicinity of the waterfalls. In addition to the full marathon, there is a choice of a half marathon and a distance of five kilometers. The route is relatively flat and the scenery is stunning. The marathon is held annually in June.

Hwange National Park

An hour’s drive from Victoria Falls is Hwange National Park. Founded in 1929, the park is the largest in Zimbabwe. About 100 mammal species live in the area. Elephants and buffaloes are found in exceptionally large herds. The area is also a birdwatcher’s dream, with about 400 different species living there.

You can stay at the campsite in the park. You can choose between tent or cottage accommodation. The main camp also has a restaurant and a grocery store selling basic necessities.

The best time to visit the park is during the dry season, when the animals gather at the drinking spots and getting around the park is easy.


According to countryaah, Zimbabwe is a country located in southeastern part of African Continent. And Zimbabwe is abbreviated as ZI by abbreviationfinder.

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Experience these in Zimbabwe

  1. Admire Victoria Falls and test your endurance with a marathon
  2. Experience wildlife in Mana Pools
  3. Enjoy Harare’s restaurant offerings

The disadvantages of Zimbabwe

  1. No direct flights from Finland
  2. Belongs to the malaria risk area
  3. Pocket thefts are common