Get up close and personal with the African wildlife while enjoying the comforts of these luxurious safari camps:
And Beyond Bateleur Camp in Kenya
This safari camp lies on the edge of the game reserve of Masai Mara and is the perfect spot to see the great mammal migration that you just see on the TV. There are two lodges with elegant suites. The rooms are perfectly located to see the herds of zebras and wildebeest try to cross the Mara. Things such as hunting or just a great cookout over a wood burning campfire can be some of the most fun camping activities for you to enjoy in your outdoor excursion.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa
This is a private reserve cover 13,500 hectares owned by adventurous billionaire Richard Branson. It is located at the Sabi Sand near the Kruger National Park. You can choose between the Rock Lodge carved out of the rocks above the Sabi Sand or the Safari Lodge tucked away amid the bush. The camp hosts photography safaris where you can learn to capture magazine worthy images.
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa
This is the biggest reserve in that is privately owned in South Africa. The Moose Lodge offers an authentic legal experience for couples. There is also the bigger Tarkuni lodge that is fit to accommodate the whole family. Aside from getting the chance to see the wildest creatures of the land in this 100,000-hectare property like the meerkats, black rhinos, aardwolfs, and cheetahs, you will also be able to hunt for Kalahari truffles which will be used for your meals.
Kings Pool Camp in Botswana
The camp is a private concession next to the Kings Pool Lagoon and the Linyanti River in Botswana. It has nine luxury tents on elevated platforms each with a pool and a sala where you can enjoy a really relaxing massage. During the winter months, you might be lucky enough to see hundreds of elephants in the area.
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There used to be a time when Iraq was accessible in the travel world. There are some people who get to travel to Iraq and they come home perfectly safe but as Americans, is it safe? It is not safe for anyone to travel to Iraq but it is especially not safe for Americans. There are constant high threats of terror attacks and a high risk of becoming a kidnap victim or a murder victim.
A misconception is that terrorists are only after military personnel in Iraq, but it is simply not true. Kidnappers and murders are always looking for ways to make the Iraqi government fail as well as wanting to force United States Troops and Coalition forces out of the country. There are security teams available for hire in Iraq but it is costly and they cannot guarantee your 100% safety.
The conditions are unsafe on the ground, but any civilian aircrafts are also at risk for being shot down by missiles. The road from Baghdad and the Baghdad International Airport is unsafe as well. There are car bombs and hijackings there on a weekly basis. In addition to the many terrorist threats that happen everyday, Americans and others should not travel to Iraq, the water is not safe, the food is not safe and even the hotels that you choose to stay at are not safe.
Iraq is an active earthquake zone and sand and dust storms happen there on a daily basis. Based on these facts alone, Iraq is a risk on a good day. All government officials warn against tourist traveling to Iraq especially Americans. The Middle East is not a place for Westerners to begin with.
You will have to obtain a Visa in order to get into the country. This is not an easy task especially if you are an American. The only place to get these Visas are at the Iraqi Embassies in Paris, London and Washington DC.
There are just so many things that can wrong in Iraq that at the current time, it is not recommended that anyone travel there. Iraq has some interesting history and Baghdad is a historical city but for the time being, it is not feasible for Americans to travel there. Make a few phone calls and see what the risks are and see if you are willing to tak
There are no shortages of things to see in Iraq. The country that was once and still is known as the Earth’s First Civilization has plenty of historic and cultural things to see. One site you must see when traveling to Iraq is the National Museum of Iraq. Located inside this museum are priceless collections of artifacts and the hands of Victory Arches. Currently there are talks by some vested Iraqi parties as to whether or not the arches should stay as an historical site or if they should be taken down.
A landmark worth seeing is the Two Level Bridge in Jadriya. This bridge was in the making since before Saddam Hussein took over in 1979. But as part of the reconstruction of the city, the bridge was built and now connects to Al-Doura and Baghdad. Most of the sites that you see today have been in some part affected by the conflict. The Baghdad Zoo was one of the largest zoos in the Middle East but during the invasion in 2003 only about 35 of the 650 animals survived.
The Zoo was ordered to be placed under protection and soon the American Engineers helped to reopen the facility. Some of the other interesting sites to see are the Baghdad Train Station, The Ctesiphon. The Monument of the Unknown Soldier.
If you want to see more culture, visit the Sacred City of Shiites, Najaf. There are a few mosques located in that area, if you search enough you will find the sacred tomb of the Ali ibn Abi Talib who was the founder of the Shiites. The city of Mosul was built in a maze formation; if you walk around the city’s narrow streets you will see where Muslin Cotton started.
If you are looking for some true history, visit the oldest city in Iraq, the Arbil. This city dates back to 10,000 years ago. The city is still inhabited, you can really learn a lot about how the city started and how it has progressed throughout the years.
Iraq has some really great tourists spots and they are fun to see and you really can learn a lot about the country that there are hundreds of misconceptions about. Iraq really has a great history and it is worth seeing. Though some of these sites we mentioned may have some damage to them from the war but it only adds to the history of the site.
Iraq is a land of many beauties but its landscape has been bloodies by years of incessant warring and violence. While the hope of peace and revival of Iraq does warm the hearts of its people, it is still not very safe to travel to Iraq, unless essential.
In fact, very few visas do get approved and only a group of professional and others are granted travel documents to enter Iraq. These include the wives or husbands and families of personnel working in Iraq, aid workers and businessmen. The reason of their visit notwithstanding, all tourists entering the country are advised to maintain caution and follow the safety rules for their own good.
The following are a few tips while traveling to Iraq:
- A valid passport and visa is necessary, in addition to a return ticket. Theses documents need to be furnished while entering the county. Also while traveling within the country, you may be asked to furnish them.
- Booking for accommodation should be done well in advance. Options for accommodation are not many and it is safe to make your plans in advance. You may be required to show your travel documents when booking your accommodation as well.
- Be prepared to carry some cash around. There are no ATMs and traveler’s cheques are also not encouraged. Some establishments may accept and prefer international currency too.
- Do not carry too much cash, though, for it is unsafe to be traveling with money in the country. Looting is common and rogues infest the cities
- Do not travel on the highways or even within the city past sundown.
- If possible, get a local guide to take you around
- Westerners and even non western foreigners have been the target of recent violence and kidnappings. Be safe and find security in groups
- Get in touch with the embassy as soon as you reach Iraq and submit a copy of your travel plans with them as well.
- A lot of cities and regions are still under curfew for security reasons. Follow the rules and be responsible for your own safety
- Follow the social dictates of the country. Cover the head while entering any place of worship. Women should be modestly dresses at all times covering their legs, shoulders and midriff.
- Alcohol is prohibited at a lot of places and the few places it is available, it should be consumed discreetly.
- Pork is completely taboo and should be avoided
- Certain provinces and regions of the country have reported the spread fatal diseases like cholera and avian flu or the bird flu. To be safe from these diseases make sure you do not have untreated water. It is best to carry the supply of water for consumption, procured from a reliable source. It is also advisable to avoid contact with caged animals or birds and make sure that eggs or poultry meat is well cooked before eaten.
While establishing that travel to Iraq is essential for you, it is very important that proper guidelines are followed in course of your travel. This is the only way to ensure that your travel will be safe in Iraq.