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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Hunting Safari to South Africa

The seasons of hunting comes to when it is wet and when it is dry, this makes a big difference in hunting because of the watering hole aspect. Different styles for hunting can be used for both. Some hunters would like rather to use a bow but that would cut out the possibility of hunting thick skinned large animals such as elephant, white and black rhino, crocodile and so forth. Although some provinces do not allow bow hunting, the northern cape is one of the ones that do. Bows are usually more used when animals are gathered around the watering hole as it is easier to shoot from close range where the bow is most effective.

There are no automatic rifles allowed for hunting in South Africa as well as no weapon using a rim fire.22 or smaller caliber ammunition. No air guns are permitted for hunting with shotguns except in the case of birds. The minimum legal caliber to hunt South African dangerous game is 375, you are also allowed in most cases of big (dangerous) game you are to use other calibers that are larger. Always remember to in all instances to always make use of premium grade ammunition.

Endangered: Tsessebe, Black Rhinoceros, Mountain Zebra, African wild dog, Oribi

Vulnerable: Cheetah, Samango monkey, Bontebok, Roan antelope, Suni, Leopard, Blue duiker

Protected: White Rhinoceros, Black Wildebeest, Spotted Hyaena, Black-footed cat, Brown Hyaena, Serval, Elephant, Sharpe’s grysbok, Reedbuck, Cape fox.

Connect With Locals On Next Trip

Stay with a Host

Instead of staying in a hotel, you can choose to stay with a host. This way, you will be able to see how the people of a place live and also get a closer look at their culture. You can also taste the local delicacies. This will also help you talk to the locals and become a part of their lifestyle, even if for a small amount of time.

Make Use of Public Transportation

When you want to know more about the local culture of a place, always make use of the public transportation. Perhaps, you will catch a conversation on the bus or train ride and get to understand how people of that place think or live their lives. Or, you might meet someone who might give you a few insights into their culture and lives. Also, when you use the public transportation, you will become a part of their everyday lives.

Have a Local Meal

When you are travelling to a new place, don’t go to an international chain of restaurants to have a meal. Instead, opt for a local eatery. Maybe, you can take a meal at shack on the beach or a small cafe on the hilltop. This way, you will be able to taste local delicacies. You can even enquire about the recipes so that you can recreate them once you are back home.

Fraud Free Holiday

Plan Your Holiday Securely – When booking your flight and accommodation online, make sure you use only websites you know, and trust, and via a secure browser – look for an “s” after the “https” in the web page address or URL.

Get In Touch With Your Bank – Tell them where and when you will be travelling – this can help ensure that your card isn’t flagged or blocked for unusual activity.

Know The Emergency Contacts For Lost/Stolen Cards – Keep a record of your card details and customer service telephone numbers for reporting lost or stolen cards. Visa cardholder can call the toll-free number for getting assistance in the country you are visiting.

Exchange A Small Sum Of Cash In Advance – It’s best that you bring some exchange cash in the local currency of that destination so that you can pay for small expenses like the taxi fares.

While You Are There

Keep Your Information Secret – Do not volunteer any personal information when using your payment card and never disclose your PIN to anyone – no one from a financial institution, the police or a merchant should ask for your PIN.

Check Your Sales Receipts – Always double-check the information on the slips, including the currency you are being charged, before you make payment. And make sure you keep a copy of all receipts.

Use The Hotel Safe Or Security Box – When sightseeing or going to the pool or beach, don’t take all your valuable with you. Also, never leave cards unattended.

Keep Your Credit Cards Safe – Avoid keeping all your cards in the same place – that way you won’t lose everything if lost or stolen. In crowded areas, hold bags or wallets close to your body and use a money belt to safeguard your possessions.

Contact Visa Immediately If Your Card Is Lost/ Stolen – Remember help is only a phone call away. Simply call the visa GCAS number provided in each country, and you will be linked to Visa customer care services that are available 24/7.

Hidden Treasures in Morocco

Built by the Marinid Dynasty in the middle of the 14th century, it was actually renovated by the Saadi Dynasty in 1565; the Ben Yusuf Islamic teaching school is one of the largest and most impressive in Morocco. The school or Madrassa is featured with its marvelous tiles’ decorations. it is considered one of the most wonderful examples of such constructions in Morocco.

The Museum of Marrakesh has a significant location situated near the Ibn Yusuf Madrassa and the Game’ El Fna Square. The building of the museum itself is quite remarkable. It was originally a palace that was built at the end of the 19th century before being transformed into a museum for the city in 1997.

The museum of Marrakesh is featured for displaying a large collection of exhibits including contemporary art portraits, ancient coins, historical books, traditional Moroccan pottery, and many more interesting collections. Many of the tourists who travel to Morocco would sometimes like to visit the different museums of the country.

Credited with the mission of establishing the city of Marrakesh, Almoravid constructed many notable Islamic structures in the city. The most ancient historical site in the city today is in fact the Almoravid Dome. Constructed in the beginning of the 12th century AD by Sultan Yusuf, the structure was actually established as an ablution area for the worshipers who are going to pray in the Yusuf Mosque.

The Dome is located at the ceiling of a large Sahn, open courtyard with 19 private places for ablution. The dome is 12 meters in height with a rectangle shaped dome that is 12 meters in length and 7 meters in width. The dome is one of the most impressive Almoravid monuments to be explored by travelers who spend their vacations in Morocco.