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COMESA 2018 Special Report

COMESA 2018 Special Report

The Nile, one of the most thrilling and moving rivers in the world, commences her journey from Lake Victoria in Uganda.

With the framework of promoting intra-trade in the region, tourism stands out as an under-exploited and, yet, profitable sector that directly contributes to the economic diversification and structural transformation of COMESA countries. Despite the global economic shocks in the market that the world has been experiencing in recent years, the general outlook for the growth of the tourism sector in the coming years has been positive.

Across Africa, tourism remains one of the most promising sectors, especially with regard to the impact it has on agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and complimentary services industries. Tourism greatly contributes to the socio-economic welfare of countries and is seen as a key instrument to poverty alleviation. The sector has the potential to create jobs for millions of citizens of the continent and provide significant revenue for cultural and ecological conservation.

Burundi: A Place with Rising Mountains and Beaches

The Republic of Burundi is a small country with rising mountains and lovely beaches which makes it a beautiful place which can be visited by tourists. If you are thinking about relaxing on the beaches of the enormous Lake Tanganyika, or bird viewing in one of the country’s many national parks, Burundi just might be your ideal holiday spot. Burundi is getting a drip of travellers, and the country is safer now than it has been in years past. Its humid capital, Bujumbura, is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, with the outer parts of the city possessing some of the finest inland beaches on the continent.

From the lakeside to the mountainside, Burundi does not disappoint adventurous travellers looking for active fun. The geographical position of Bujumbura makes it a strategic jumping off point for exploring the rest of the country’s attractions.

French cuisine can be found at various restaurants in the city, occupying a wide range of prices and quality. Sights in the city include the University, which is the only such institution in Burundi, and the Independence Monument, which commemorates the hard fought struggle of Burundians for independence from French, Belgian and German rulers. The Living Museum is also located in Bujumbura and is arguably one of the best museums of its kind in Africa. It shows ancient and modern crafts used in Burundi.

Comoros: The Perfumed Islands

Comoros is a group of four islands off the African coast, on the eastern side, situated between the historic Mozambique and Madagascar in the Indian ocean. Comoros islands are made up of Ngazidja (Grande Comoro), Mwali (Moheli), Nzwani (Anjouan), and Mayotte, the oldest of the islands.

The grandeur of Comoros’ natural attractions is enough to make you want to stay for a few days. Its shores are laden with fine sand and fringed by palm trees, typical of an untouched beach paradise with unrivalled opportunities to see diverse sea life. Located inland are quaint towns and cultural discoveries, plus beautiful mountains, lakes, and vegetation that unfold each step of the way. From stunning rock formations shaped and reshaped by the volcanic Mount Karthala to the diving bays, laid-back villages, and the distinct Arabian glamour of Moroni, Comoros will never run out of pleasant surprises.

Mount Karthala is the most notable feature of Grande Comore, not just because of its “largest in the world” title but also because of its undeniable beauty. The largest of the islands, Grande Comore is also home to the nation’s capital, Moroni, which exudes an intoxicating Arabian charm.

Mohéli is the smallest of the four main islands in the Comoros archipelago. It offers an interesting array of attractions, including the crater lake and the quaint fishing village of Fomboni.

If you have time to spare, the stunning French Mayotte Island is also worth a visit for more beaches and good diving facilities. Mayotte is also home to what is supposedly the largest lagoon in the world, which may be explored via a dugout canoe. The gem of the island is the Sulu waterfall which drops straight into the sea.

The Magical World of Egypt

Entering the magical world of Egypt, a tourist can witness the striking monuments illustrating the rich history of ancient Egypt, beautiful beaches and magnificent deserts. Egypt offers tourists a great opportunity to experience its rich culture which portray the country's glorified history and ancient traditions. One can get lost in the temples, tombs, museums, and monuments that exhibit ancient artifacts such as coins, ceramic art, ancient emperors, mosaics, sarcophagi, and mummies. The famous sound and light show at the Temple of Philae, or Abu-Simbel, is one of the most renowned things to see in Egypt.

It is also, indeed, the best destination for adventure lovers. Egypt awards tourists with superb sports like quad biking in the Eastern Desert, rambling the Sinai Mountains and camping in the White Desert. Another magnificent adventure sport to explore in Egypt is diving. Diving through the coasts of Egypt, an individual can experience the underwater wealth of undersea life. The fascinating life underwater can be discovered by means of a German submarine. Besides this, kite surfing in Safaga also promises to be immense fun.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most eminent structures of ancient Egypt, and is also considered one of the seven wonders of the world. One of the greatest architectural structures made by man, it was build around 5000 years ago. It is the only wonder amongst the Seven Wonders of the World present in Egypt. The pyramids in Giza mainly include 3 pyramids - the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), the Pyramid of Kafhre, and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each pyramid is dedicated to a past King of Egypt.

Kenya: The Air-Conditioned Country

If you are crazy about safari or beautiful beaches, then you should go to Kenya. The weather is always pleasant, which allows you to partake in many outdoor activities. Hence, you do not need an air conditioner while in the country. It is a medium-sized country by continental standards, covering an area of about 586,600 sq. km. Kenya is bordered by Somalia and the Indian Ocean to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south.

The country has been blessed with 90 percent of the wildlife population in the world. No doubt, it is one of the best sites in the world to view a range of wild animals in their own forest. With its well-earned status as a classic big game country, Kenya is a wonderful safari destination.

The thrill of evening drinks all around a campfire and nights beneath a canvas with the distant roar of a lion in the African night can be enjoyed in Kenya. A safari in Kenya means more than just seeing wild animals. It provides tourists a chance to witness the wild world where the appealing natural environment, and contact between the species keeps you hypnotised. Kenya is well-known for inhabiting Africa’s Big Five - Lion. Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo, and this is the finest place in the whole continent to watch these five wonderful species.

There is such a vast pick of national park and private concession areas in Kenya that it is feasible for visitors to experience incredible sceneries and dense game populations in a calm ambiance. Some of the most well-known national parks of Kenya are Masai Mara, Mount Kenya, Meru National Park, Sibiloi National Park, and Amboseli National Park. Each location is unique and there are tailored tours to help you make the most of your visit.

Purity at the heart of Malawi

Malawi is known as the “Heart of Africa”, thanks to its attractiveness and diversity of lifestyles, cultures, and sceneries. Here, visitors will find one of the African Great Lake's, Lake Malawi, in the Great Rift Valley system. While Lake Malawi is one of the foremost features of Malawi, this is not a country of a singular charm.

The country shares borders with Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique, and is one of Africa’s smallest nations. It is the combination of gorgeous landscapes, captivating wildlife, the fascinating Lake Malawi, and a rich culture that make this small country such a delightful place to visit.

The Malawian people are, without doubt, its best asset - friendly and hospitable. Every visitor is met with a smile and the warmth of the welcome is honest and long-lasting. Tourists can visit a number of places of specific cultural and historical interest, and all travel will include some part of cultural understanding as communication with local people is very much part of any travel experience.

The jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist charm is Lake Malawi. Though totally landlocked, Malawi is not deprived of its “inland sea”. This massive body of freshwater, fringed by beaches of golden sand, is not only a picturesque paradise but also presents numerous water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond the sun, sand, and swimming.

One can see baboons, antelopes and hyrax, as well as an exotic birdlife, and the lake offers countless prospects for sporting activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba-diving. The lake contains a number of small islands, all located in “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” and although preserved in their natural state, some of them have been developed for eco-tourism.

Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills

There is an old Rwandan saying, “God roams the world but comes to rest in Rwanda”. Rwanda has been called the “Land of a Thousand Hills” because much of the country is enclosed by rolling, grassy hills.

The weather in the country is enjoyable throughout the year. Home to a combination of rainy and dry weather, Rwanda has a high altitude, averaging 1800 m above the sea level. The landscapes in this green country are truly breath-taking. Mighty volcanoes and dense tropical forests dominate the north of the country, while gentle hills and valleys, calm lakes and turbulent rivers in both Savannahs, and dense tropical vegetation dominate the rest of the country.

The country has been doing many things right, and is even looked to as a model of sustainable tourism development. Its travel and tourism industry has tremendous potential to drive growth in its vivacious economy, thanks to its bounty of natural beauty and wildlife attractions. With continued investments by the Rwandan government, growth in the travel and tourism industry is predicted to remain constructive throughout the forecast period.

The country is blessed with a very positive climate, fine food, top lodging facilities, and a rich cultural heritage of arts and crafts. Tourists can relish in an electrifying vacation trip to Rwanda and its adjoining countries. The Rwandan tourism industry is fast booming, and more and more tourists are ready to discover this comparatively quieter and peaceful country of the African continent.

Rwanda, in a nutshell, is a nature lover's paradise. It is also one of the friendliest countries in the world. A warm welcome is accompanied by comfortable facilities, fine food, and a rich cultural heritage.

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Uganda offers a basket full of abundant activities for tourists and visitors to gain pleasure from. Wonder why it is called 'The Pearl of Africa'? Where else can you discover lions lurching across the open savanna as day breaks before white water rafting down the Nile, and then the next day set off into the foggy mountains in search of the royal mountain gorillas before settling in to watch a local cultural evening around the campfire?

With 500 different species of mammals, Uganda has incredible multiplicity; and with the opening of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the big five animals are there. On top of this, Uganda has a good number of chimpanzees, and there are several places where one can track them. With well over a 1000 species registered inside its borders, Uganda is also one of the best bird-watching destinations in the world.

With more mammal and bird species than any park in Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth national park bestows the greatest variety; however, Murchison Falls offers the larger mammals in greater concentration and also giraffes, which aren't found at Queen Elizabeth. At both parks, you're very likely to see elephants, buffaloes, hippos, bushbucks, and kobs and, with a bit of luck, you'll also see lions and leopards. Gorilla trekking is one of the main attractions for travellers in Uganda. These gentle giants live in two national parks - Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla.

The Nile, one of the most thrilling and magnificent rivers in the world, commences her journey from Lake Victoria in Uganda. The River is incredibly capricious and placid like a great sheet of water in some places, and frothy and frenetic in others. Her puzzling ways have given rise to a whole industry of adventure tourism in Uganda. From white river rafting to gentle fishing, the Nile offers a great deal for tourists on the lookout for a little zing to spice up their holidays.

Zambia: Curtain of Falling Water

Zambia, along with its neighbor Zimbabwe, is home to the splendid Victoria Falls, styled as “The Smoke that Thunders” and, more lately, known as a curtain of falling water. The falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, flowing from the Zambezi River.

Its columns of spray billowing into the air can be seen from far away, and on the other side of the falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height and enclosed in a mist-soaked rainforest. A track along the edge of this forest provides one with an almighty view to last a lifetime.

Some of the best moments can be enjoyed at Livingstone Island where visitors can take an exciting swim in a natural rock pool on the edge of the falls' Devil’s Pool. Other events at the falls comprise of scenic flights above the waterfalls; water activities such as white-water rafting, river boarding, kayaking, and jet boating; abseiling and high-wire; river cruises and canoeing; as well as elephant rides, walking with lions, horse riding, and game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

The country is also home to a few striking parks that are must-visits; travellers are recommended to embrace the South Luangwa National Park that some doyens have christened one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River, and its lagoons are among the highest found anywhere in Africa, and the park is well-known for its seclusion and natural exquisiteness.

The now illustrious “walking safari” initiated here in the early 1950s and is still one of the premium means by which to experience this pristine wilderness first-hand. And the beauty of the Lower Zambezi National Park lies in its state of absolute wilderness. Situated opposite the Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, the entire area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary.

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