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10 Amazing Countries in Africa Every Tourist Should Visit

10 Amazing Countries in Africa Every Tourist Should Visit

Africa’s travel and tourism industry have grown substantially in the last few years. Accounting for nearly 9% of the continent’s GDP, the industry has a remarkable potential to increase growth and development in its countries. With its beautiful sights, rich forests, and crystal blue beaches, Africa has drawn tourists looking for wild adventures. Its untouched, remote lands offer travelers a lot to explore.

Looking for an unforgettable African experience? The following are top country destinations you should visit:

1. South Africa

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    Lions in Kruger National Park. Image source : www.krugerpark.co.za

    South Africa tops the tourism industry in the African Region. It has better infrastructure compared to its neighboring countries and has the means to host global entertainment events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa is the best place to have a family African adventure, the country is known for having the most beautiful beaches which are flocked between the months of September and February.

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    A South Africa vacation wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Knysna for a ferry ride through the scenic neighborhood, a trip to Kruger National Park, which is the largest game reserve in Africa, and to Table Mountain in Cape Town, to experience scenic cable car rides along the Cape Town beaches.

    2. Tanzania

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      Manta Resort at Pemba Island. Image Source: TripAdvisor

      For a wild Safari experience, visit Tanzania. Here you can experience the “Great Migration” during late November or December, climb Africa’s highest mountain in Mt. Kilimanjaro, and visit the famous Serengeti National Park.

      Tanzania also boasts some of the best paradise-like beaches like the ones located in Pemba Island. Pemba Island is a gorgeous coastal sanctuary with amazing diving spots filled with coral reefs, mangroves, and fishes.

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      3. Namibia

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        Sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Image Source: Siyabona Africa

        Namibia is known for its natural attractions and extraordinary landscapes, some of which are the Skeleton Coast (a splendid place for surfing) and Namib, a huge coastal desert which occupies three African countries. Tourists in Namibia can enjoy breathtaking safari tours, horseback riding, and scenic hot air balloon flights over the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

        4. Egypt

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          The Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Image Source: Shutterstock

          Colossal temples and pyramids make your visit in Egypt. Main attractions include the Sphinx, Great Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and the Nile. No trip to Egypt will be complete without a visit to Dahab, a scuba diving site, and Siwa, a beautiful oasis near the Libyan border. Experiencing Modern Cairo is also a good tourist activity. Here you can see the rich culture of Modern Egypt and buy souvenirs for loved ones at home.

          5. Zambia

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            Picture of hikers looking out onto Victoria Falls. Image Source: National Geographic

            A landlocked country located in southern Africa, Zambia offers exciting safari adventures and a trip to the world’s most coveted Victoria Falls. Any trip to Zambia wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the traditional festivals in the country. Festivals in Zambia are almost year-round with ceremonials full of music, dance, and ancient practices. Zambia is also a great place for canoeing where you can have a gorgeous view of elephants, hippos, and other wildlife living by the Zambia river.

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            6. Kenya

              The Massai People in Diani Beach. Image Source : Villasdiani.com

              If you like meeting people and experiencing Africa’s culture, go to Kenya. Kenya is always welcome to visitors who like to document their cities, culture, and way of life. Here you can find Hando-dressed Agiriama women, bullfighting communities, and tribes with fascinating ways of living.

              If you’re looking for a beach escape, Kenya also has great white sand beaches. An hour south of Mombasa, travelers can find Diani Beach, a great place to relax, have a camel ride and see the life of local villagers. No trip to Kenya will also be complete without experiencing a road trip to the northern cities. Here you can visit the Merille, Moralle, and Marasabit road which is great for sightseeing.

              7. Botswana

                Safari sightseeing at Botswana. Image Source: Fodor’s Travel Guide

                Bordered by Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa, Botswana is known for luxury travels and awesome safari holidays. It has many safari camps located in the heart of the region. With a naturally rich fauna and flora, Botswana is sought after by nature explorers.

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                8. Morocco

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                  Marrakesh, Morroco. Image Source: Sensational Color

                  A picturesque country in North Africa, Morocco is filled with bustling markets, beautiful mosques, and towering minarets. It’s a great place for historical sightseeing. Walking the streets of Marrakech, also called “The Red City” is a magical experience. The town square comes alive during the late afternoon where you can find snake charmers, henna tattoo artists, and date-sellers. As night falls, the market is filled with tribal drummers and mobile food carts selling grilled meat and salads.

                  Morocco is Africa’s cultural hub of Arab, North African, and European influences. It is home to some of the best traditional restaurants, ancient cities, and temples. If you love looking at medieval temples and Moorish castles, Morocco is the country to go. (Important: You can’t go inside mosques if you aren’t Muslim.)

                  9. Rwanda

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                    Rwanda Gorilla Trekking. Image Source: Safari Gorilla Trekking

                    Visit the largest tropical forest in Africa found in Nyungwe, Rwanda. Rwanda, known as “the land of a thousand hills” has the best mountain ranges in all of Africa. Here you can visit the popular Volcanoes National Park where you can have the best trekking experiences while encountering mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

                    10. Mozambique

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                      Azura Retreats in Mozambique. Image Source: www.azura-retreats.com

                      The best trip in Mozambique is a 10-minute helicopter ride to Azura Retreats, located in the Bazaruto Archipelago on Benguerra Island. Here you can find a boutique hotel on a remote island within the Marine National Park. There are lots of things to do, including diving and sightseeing around the archipelago where you can find dolphins, various types of fish, and even dugongs in the isolated marine park.

                      For experiencing the best wildlife experience, Africa is definitely the way to go. So now that you know where to visit, don’t forget to bring your family in your next African Trip!

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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