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La Grande Île. Die groot eiland. Madagaskar. Eenduisend kilometer van kontraste – woestyn én reënwoud, rysland én koraalrif – uitgestrek in die Indiese Oseaan langs Afrika.
Morocco. Just hearing the name evokes vibrant images of an ancient culture, romantic Moorish architecture, delicately spiced North African cuisine and wildly desolate landscapes. Morocco’s diverse natural splendour often surprises even the most seasoned traveller. Travelling through the hauntingly beautiful Sahara Desert dotted with Berbers towns and oases, the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and the endless plains fringed by the sandy coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean makes for an utterly wonderful bucket-list journey.
Peru is the third largest country in South America. It consists of a variety of landscapes, including the world’s second highest mountain range, the Andes, deserts, beaches and of course the Amazon rainforest. Most people live along the coast of the Pacific Ocean where the capital, Lima, is located. Peru shares borders with five countries – Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile. It is a fascinating country sure to be on every intrepid traveller’s bucket list.
People said: “Don’t go, it is not safe”. Human instinct tells you not to travel to unsafe places. Jordan’s geographical location strengthen this type of assumption. It is in die Middle East surrounded by neighbouring countries that are always making international news headlines: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Israel. Naturally, people assume Jordan is an unsafe, dangerous place to visit. From the moment I stepped foot into Jordan I was greeted by warm and hospitable people, good infrastructure, excellent food and wonderful places to visit. Educate yourself, read more and dig deeper than international news reports that only looks at the downside of the Middle East, not telling the stories of thriving countries like Jordan. I found Jordan to be a safe, fascinating spiritual destinations.
Once upon a time in a country far, far away, there lived a beautiful queen. She rained over a kingdom that was prosperous and covered an area that forms part of modern day northern Ethiopia. She was known as the Queen of Sheba. Her subjects were renowned for their distinct craftsmanship and skills. Evidence of this fine workmanship can still be seen today … the Stelae of Axum … monolithic madness! The obelisks were carved out of one piece of rock and stands 82 feet tall.