by Gift/February 23 03:23 PMLast updated on Who does not like a holiday, weekend getaway, a vacation or some kind of opportunity to relax and unwind? With the level of stress in our present-day Nigeria, no one would pass on an opportunity to travel out for a while. The good news is that there are some countries that Nigerians can visit for tourism without having to break their bank. The majority of these countries, however, are largely African based as it is cheaper to travel to fellow African countries because they do not require a visa. We all know that getting a visa is a huge expense on its own before you then think about the flight or bus ticket and then money for you to have fun in the country you are visiting. Do not feel sad though as these African countries are really beautiful and you would definitely get value for your money during your trip. Read on to explore these amazing countries that Nigerians can visit for tourism. Kenya If you are a lover of wildlife then Kenya is your go-to country. Kenya houses animals such as buffalos, crocodiles, giraffes, lions, elephants, baboons, hyenas, rhinoceros, various species of monkeys and lots more. Most of these animals cannot be found in Nigeria and they tend to sound like a myth. Why not go to Kenya on your next holiday and debunk the myth. Kenya is a country that Nigerians can visit for tourism without a visa as you get an entry pass on arrival. This pass is usually valid for 90 days during which you can explore the entire country. Comoros Comoros is one of the world?s least-visited countries. It is a volcanic island located off Africa?s east coast in the warm Indian Ocean waters. Despite it being one of the least visited countries due to its location, it is actually very safe and quite famous for its great scenic beauty. Comoros is another one of the countries that Nigerians can visit for tourism. The government of the country also issues a visa on arrival which is valid for 45 days. If you are one who seeks island adventures on a not too crowded island, then try visiting Comoros. Ghana Due to its closeness to Nigeria, the beauty of Ghana is usually highly underestimated. The country has a rich history and a very diverse culture. If you visit Ghana during any of its festivals, you would be awestruck by how colorful and exquisite it can be. Ghana also has lots of white beaches, parks, and wildlife conservation centers. It is among the cheapest countries Nigerians can visit for tourism because it is even easily accessible by road! Mauritius Mauritius is another wonderful country that Nigerians can tour for up to 14 days with a visa on arrival. It is an Indian Ocean Island nation and is famous for its rainforests, Black River Gorges National park, mountains, and natural beauties. The climate of Mauritius is generally pleasing all year round so regardless of when you visit, you are sure to have fun. The best part is that Mauritius is considered the best wedding and honeymoon destination. If you are looking for where to spice up your romance, what are you waiting for? Just ensure you travel between September to October to avoid the end of the year tourist rush. Seychelles Seychelles is called a paradise on earth. It is a very peaceful and beautiful country that some regard as a dream. The country is blessed with the world?s oldest ocean islands, deep blue oceans, exotic sea life and a world of surprises waiting to be discovered. Another of the countries Nigerians can visit for tourism, Seychelles must be on every Nigerian?s bucket list. They allow visitors from Nigeria to travel for 90 days with just a tourist registration. Cool right? Cape Verde Fans of marine life are set to be wowed on a trip to Cape Verde. Many of the marine species found in Cape Verde do not exist anywhere else in the world. Even if you are not so much into the marine world and you just want to relax, Cape Verde offers great options. You are set to find some of the most delicious cuisines, stunning black and white beaches, and great music. Many visitors particularly enjoy climbing the Pico, Cape Verde?s highest peak. You could try it out too. Remember, you do not need a visa to visit Cape Verde, so make the most of your stay. If you need an extensive list on how to get the most of your trip to Cape Verde, read the top things to do in Cape Verde. Haiti A Caribbean country on the island of Hispaniola, Haiti is another one of the low-cost countries Nigerians can visit for tourism. Nigerians are allowed unrestricted entry into the country to explore for as long as 90 days. Haiti makes most of its money from tourism because the country offers lots of breath-taking sceneries and is totally worth a visit. Why not make plans to visit Haiti for your next vacation and experience its beauty first hand. ?Maldives The citizens of Maldives are people who enjoy luxury. They believe in relaxation to the optimum, so if you are looking for a perfect place to strictly have fun and relax, pay the Maldives a visit. Some of what Nigerians can enjoy on a trip to the Maldives is deep water diving sessions to explore its amazing and vibrant coral reefs, neat and serene beaches, kayaking, sea bobbing, jet-skiing, Maldivian folk dance, champagne, and mouth-watering dishes. Nigerians travelling to the Maldives also get a visa on arrival which allows 30 days of pure bliss. Do all these sound too good to be true? Read Nigeria to the Maldives: a tourist?s experience. Cotonou A neighboring country to Nigeria located in Benin Republic, Cotonou is another great destination to tour. Despite its closeness to Nigeria, several Nigerians have not paid the country a visit and I can assure you that they are missing out on a lot of goodies. If you do not have all the money to travel far, why not start from Cotonou. Some of the best things to do in Cotonou are visit the floating village of Ganvie, explore the Dantokpa market, visit historical centers and of course, go to the beach. It is also possible that you discover a personal way to have fun during your trip to Cotonou. You get 90 days to stay in the country visa-free so just explore! Dubai Dubai is the first visa required country on our list! It is a very popular tourist destination for Nigerians. Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates and is the country?s center for tourism. Travellers to UAE can explore the Dubai Mall, The Dubai Fountain, underwater aquarium, the 160-story skyscraper (Burj Khalifa) or even UAE?s capital city Abu-Dhabi. For more on Abu-Dhabi, read why Abu-Dhabi deserves more than a stopover. The good news is that a visa to Dubai is a visa to allow entry into any other city in UAE and there are several visa options to choose from. There is the 48-hour visa, 96-hour visa, 14 days visa, 30 days visa and 90 days visa. So depending on your purse, you can apply for any of these visas and still enjoy your tour of Dubai and UAE as a whole. Would you like to know how to get a Dubai visa? Check out Dubai visa requirements for Nigerians. It is quite obvious that travelling on vacation is not for the rich and fat-pocketed individuals only. You can also explore other countries and rest from your usual hustle and bustle. As they say, if you don?t learn to rest, you would be laid to rest. Go ahead make plans to visit one of the countries Nigerians can visit for tourism! Interested in other countries Nigerians can travel to without a visa? Check out the full list here.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/February 21 03:58 PMLast updated on ?A Holiday in The Maldives would be perfect for you
and Nadu?, said Bella one cool evening. I had just spoken to her about how lost
Nadu, my husband was in deciding on what country to pick for our honeymoon. We
got married a week before but had to push our honeymoon a bit further due to
work deadlines and all. I did not really buy the idea because I wanted a place
that was closer to Nigeria. ?Stop having second thoughts, tell Nadu about it and
thank me later. I want to spend a night in one of the top hotels in Lagos. See
it as your appreciation gift to me? She smirked. ?How do I know I?d enjoy my
stay in The Maldives and secondly, how on earth would I know top hotels in
Lagos?? I queried her. ?Are you living in the ?70s? Aunty, visit hotels.ng to view top hotels in Lagos and book one for me when you return plus forget about your first question, you?d definitely enjoy your stay? She replied. Bella is my best friend and most times I trust her judgment. I decided to tell my husband and surprisingly, he agreed to it. I feel it?s because the Maldives is one of the countries that offer tourist visa on arrival for a period of 30 days. Meaning, you do not have to go through the hassle of visiting an embassy and going for interviews. Click here to read on visa-free countries Nigerians can visit. We fixed our travel for the first week in March,
which is one of the best months to visit the country. Where is the Maldives? Before we go in-depth into my experience of the Maldives, I?d love to share basic information that gives you a better understanding of this awesome city. The Maldives is a small island country in South Asia, located next to India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Republic of Maldives. This beautiful country consists of about 1192 coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean-only 200 islands are inhabited, the others are majorly used for tourism and agriculture. It is a tropical paradise having immaculate beaches, blue-green lagoons and the most amazing beach resorts, making it the perfect honeymoon for me and my husband. Although Islam is the official religion of The Maldives, tourists are not restricted to practicing it. The capital and largest city of the country is Male. After my research on the Maldives archipelago, I discovered that there are about 90 resorts in the Maldives. We settled for Anantara Kihavah Villas located in Kihavah Huravalhi Island, not just because it is one of the best resorts for a romantic getaway but it is also about 35 minutes from the Male International Airport, Male by speedboat. The 2 days spent in the beautiful archipelago were literally the best 2 days of my life. Getting
to the Maldives Travelling from Nigeria to the Maldives was easier than I imagined. All we needed were valid passports, proof of sufficient funds, and valid health certificates. That sounds super easy yeah? We packed our bags, headed for the airport, paid our flight tickets and boarded our flight from Muritala Mohammed Airport, Lagos and off we went to the beautiful country of Maldives. We spent about 17 hours in the air (all to go on
this beautiful journey to the other side of the world) after which we landed at
the Male International Airport. On getting to the airport, the resort we booked
to stay sent a representative with a boat to escort us there. The boat ride
from the airport to the resort lasted for about 35 minutes. Things to do in the Maldives Anantara Kihavah Villas Traveling to the Maldives was very pivotal to my peace of mind as it helped me disconnect from the hustle and bustle of Lagos and reconnect with myself by getting completely immersed in the beautiful and exotic island we stayed in. On our first day, we did not do much as we were totally exhausted from the flight. So, we had dinner and slept. The next morning, I felt rejuvenated and was surprised to wake up to the beautiful soothing sound of water below the villa-we chose the overwater villa. The staff was friendly. I realized that the bathroom in the overwater villa is next to the private swimming pool which means from your bathtub, you could swim out into the pool!! Dolphin
Watching One of the best things to do on your holiday in the Maldives is to watch wildlife and I love Dolphins so why not? This was the first thing we did in the morning of the second day. We saw spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins seemed to like us and stayed around for a while. Bike
Around The resort Islands in the Maldives may be small but
are not too small for driving a bike. The piers and sand paths offer the best
biking experience. Riding a bike on these piers gave me a feeling of riding to
Snorkeling Snorkelling while on a holiday in the Maldives is something you shouldn?t miss. I missed it though as there are certain places in the country that are perfect for Snorkeling. I was not in that part of the archipelago. However, if you plan to have a holiday in the Maldives, Baros Maldives and ?Bandos Maldives have the best snorkelling reefs. Underwater Dining at Anantara Kihavah Underwater Restaurant in Anantara Kihavah Villas On the 3rd day, I had the memorable
experience of dining underwater with Nadu. Anantara Kihavah Villas has the
first underwater wine cellar and offers the best romantic experience for
couples. I fell in love over again when I saw big fishes swim past as I was
enjoying my delicious meal and sipping wine. Trust me; It is a beautiful sight
to behold. Cinemas under the Sky Movies under the sky in the Maldives I really do not enjoy going to see movies in a cinema but the idea of having it under the sky, while listening to the gentle sounds of waves lapping the beach was something I had to experience. It was undoubtedly surreal. Sinking into oversized bean bags while enjoying popcorns and beverages, I watched Crazy Rich Asians for the one-millionth time. Sunset
Cocktails In the evening, we had cocktails at the rooftop of
the restaurant. We watched the sunset in the most amazing setting. Trust me;
this is a perfect way to end the day. I really wished we could stay for longer but our
flight back to Lagos was scheduled for the next day. Ohh and yes, I booked Bella
a room in Golden Tulip hotels as my experience in the Maldives was incredible
and I absolutely had the time of my life. Since a holiday in the Maldives is uncomplicated and relaxed-the complete definition of a stress-free life, I plan to go back to the country, on solo travel though. Read more: Luxury Hotels To Visit in Lagos Note: This article is not the writer's personal experience
by Gift/February 19 03:20 PMLast updated on Every day when we turn on the news, it is filled with one negative report or another bordering on killings, kidnapping, rape and other forms of violence in the country. This has given foreigners and even some Nigerians the impression that the country is highly unsafe and horrible to live in. While some parts of the country are indeed unsafe, there are certain places still considered as the safest cities to live in Nigeria. These cities have maximum security provided by the state
government, low levels of violent crimes and religious crisis etc. In fact,
these cities welcome thousands of tourists and foreign investors yearly. So, if
you are thinking of settling down, visiting or working in Nigeria, in no
particular order, these are the top 15 safest cities to live in Nigeria: Lagos Lagos state, although maintaining the position of the most
populated city in Nigeria for well over 10 years is actually one of the safest
cities to live in Nigeria. Due to the population of the state, the government
has authorised several security agents to protect the inhabitants of the state.
It is not unusual to find the local police, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC),
and the likes patrolling around the same area at the same time. Smaller communities/estates also have security guards who
monitor people who enter or exit the environment. They also occasionally patrol
the area to ensure that peace is being maintained. All these security personnel
work hand in hand to protect citizens and tourists alike. Do you want to tour Lagos but have nowhere to stay? See this for hotels in Lagos Enugu The city of Enugu which shares the same name with its
capital is another of the safest cities to live in Nigeria, if not Africa as a
whole. According to a research conducted mid-2019, Enugu ranked as the safest
state in Nigeria. The city, located at the Eastern part of the country
comprises majorly of the Ibos who are business people. It is also known to be calm, peaceful, filled with brotherly
love and people who enjoy minding their businesses. Apart from being safe, the
city is also filled with beauty and tourist attractions. Calabar Located in Cross-River state, Calabar is the average
Nigerian tourist?s dream city. The city is filled with tourist attractions,
very neat, traffic is almost non-existent and is a huge supporter of nature.
Calabar also has a low crime rate as the government of the state has put
excellent security measures in place. This is especially important because the
city attracts millions of tourists regularly. Ibadan The city of Ibadan is popularly known as the ?brown roof city? and centre of the Pan Yoruba race. It is called the brown roof city because of the number of old houses in the city. When viewed from the top of a hill, the city looks like it is covered with brown roofs. Ibadan is one of the oldest cities in Nigeria and among the safest to live in. It also has a rich history and cultural heritage, some of which have become sources of tourist attractions. Although the inhabitants of the city are traditional, they are very friendly and welcoming. Abuja Abuja, the capital city of The Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria is another one of the safest cities to live in Nigeria. It belongs to the middle belt states in Nigeria. The city is the seat of power as it houses the president of the Federal Republic and several other ministers and senators. Of course, wherever the president resides has to be super safe therefore, it is safe to say Abuja is safe. There are security personnel all around the city and street CCTVs. The city is also beautiful and highly conducive for its inhabitants. Have you decided to visit Abuja? Check out the top 10 places you must see in Abuja Jos Contrary to the belief of most people, Jos is in fact a safe place to live, work or visit. The city is the capital of Plateau state which has the slogan ?home of peace and tourism?. There?s nothing less to be expected as the city and state live up to its slogan. Jos is referred to as the ?melting pot? of race and religion as you would find people from different tribes and of different religions living in harmony in Jos. The city also has a number of tourist centres which attracts visitors worldwide. Ilorin Though the security in the city is not as tight as some
other cities, it is still safer than most cities in Nigeria. Ilorin is located
in the Northern Area of Nigeria but up to 90% of its inhabitants are of the
Yoruba tribe. The city enjoys a very central location receives lots of tourists
and business people. It is also well serviced by road, rail and air transportation.
Ilorin is also home to the world acclaimed University of Ilorin Uyo The Akwa-Ibom state government sets aside a huge amount for
security yearly to keep the state safe. Uyo is the capital city of the state
and holds lots of tourist attractions and delightful cuisines. The inhabitants
of the city are friendly and visitors would always feel at peace and relaxed. Owerri Owerri is the capital of Imo of state. It is known as the ?heartland?
as it sits in the middle of the industrial cities. Owerri is one of the safest
cities to live in Nigeria. The state government regularly puts a lot into
maintaining security in the state. This makes it a perfect getaway when you
need to unwind and relax. There are also good roads, higher institutions of
learning and even nightlife is usually busy. Benin Benin City is another of the nation?s historical cities. It
is the capital of Edo state and is located in the Southern part of the country.
Benin City?s slogan is the city of peace and hope. Its indigenes are warm and friendly
and the city is safe. It is not unusual to find various co-ordinated security
patrol units across the state. Ekiti (Ado-Ekiti) Ado-Ekiti is another one of the safest cities to live in
Nigeria. Apart from being safe, the city is also blessed with natural resources
such as gold, limestone, gemstone. Etc. It is also filled with tourist
attractions and water resources. Ekiti state is also known to have the highest
number of professors in Nigeria. The indigenes of the city are also quite
traditional yet educated and the cost of living in the city is low. Akure The Ondo state capital, Akure is home to diverse religions
comprising of the traditional worshippers, Muslims and Christians yet there
co-exist peacefully. The city is also secured with little to no incidence of
kidnapping or other forms of violent crimes. Akure is also less crowded so
issues of traffic are unheard of. If you are not a fan of crowded places then
Akure is for you! Kebbi Kebbi state is one of the safest Northern states in Nigeria. Its capital city is Birnin Kebbi is dominated by farmers and cattle rearers. Although the civilization level in Kebbi is low, visitors and tourists can still enjoy peace and serenity in the state. Niger Niger is another one of the safest states in Northern
Nigeria. It is known as the power state as it houses the four major hydroelectric
dams in Nigeria. Niger offers extremely safe and secure neighbourhoods. Osogbo The city of Osogbo is in Osun state. It is another of the safest cities to live in Nigeria. Unlike most other cities in Nigeria, Osogbo has near-constant power supply so you do not have to worry about that. The residents of the state are also warm and welcoming, visitors would definitely not feel left out. Having examined the top 15 cities that are safe to live in
Nigeria, you can be convinced that the country is not as unsafe as we see in
News reports. You might also be interested in Major destinations to tick off your 2020 bucket list.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/February 17 11:23 PMLast updated on Cape Verde also known as Cabo Verde is an island
country that is not so famous, therefore undermining its beauty. The country
consists of nine inhabited islands and one uninhabited island making it an
archipelago. This beautiful archipelago is known for its volcanic islands and
warm tropical climate. The islands include Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau, Brava, Santa Luzia, Maio, Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago, Fogo and Sao Vicente. Cape Verde islands are places of striking differences, with each of the islands offering unique experiences to visitors. Its picturesque beaches, mouth-watering delicacies and attractive villages all make it a perfect holiday destination. Holidays in Cape Verde are full of fun, sand and sun. Where
is Cape Verde? Shaped like a horseshoe, Cape Verde lies off the West
Coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Senegal, Guinea, The
Gambia and Guinea Bissau. The archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th
century when explorers from Portuguese discovered and took over the islands.
This is why Portuguese is the official language used in formal settings in the
country. However, Cape Verdean Creole is also widely spoken. Due to its strategic location, Cape Verde is quite
difficult to spot on the map of Africa; this does not mean the country does not
have a lot to offer. Cape Verdeans have a unique sense of belonging-being
partly European and partly African with about 70% of the population being of
mixed race. Requirements
for Travelling to Cape Verde from Nigeria As a Nigerian travelling to Cape Verde for tourism, you do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Click here to view visa-free countries for Nigerians. All you need
is; Your Nigerian Passport that would be valid for the duration of your trip.A valid return ticket.Proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses throughout your trip.Proof of accommodation which could be in the form of hotel receipts.Health Certificate. Visitors
under the age of eighteen, travelling without a parent or guardian are required
to have a letter of authorization from a parent/guardian. Things
to Do In Cape Verde Cape Verde is a destination for all groups of people. If you are a nightlife person seeking to enjoy loud music scenes or you are looking to simply relax by the sea or you are an outdoor enthusiast, Cape Verde will definitely captivate you. Let?s explore things to do while in the country. Enjoy the Nightlife Nightlife in Cape Verde Nightlife in Cape Verde is characterized by live music and dance. The music is a combination of sounds from Africa and Europe resulting in the appealing upbeat Creole music that is popular in the archipelago. During weekends, you could join the locals at the
resort areas and enjoy the lively spirit sprouting from all angles as you dance
to local beats. However, some islands are livelier than others-Sal and Sao
Vicente are livelier than the rest of the islands at night while Boa Vista is
the quietest of the islands. Go Quad Biking on Sand Dunes Quad Biking in Cape Verde There are Quad biking tour guides available across the islands that direct tourists from site to site and around the impressive sand dunes of the various islands especially Sal and Boa Vista. Go Fishing Engage in Fishing in Cape Verde Fishing is a highly popular sport in Cape Verde. It is more or less a way of life in the archipelago. Various types of fishing are available, from deep-sea fishing and rock fishing to big game fishing. On most of the islands, you do not have to start looking far before you find a wide range of fishing boats lined up along the coasts. Diving and Snorkelling Since the islands in the archipelago boast of awesome wind conditions from November to June, you can enjoy water sports on their beaches. Sal Island is one of the best places to enjoy diving and snorkelling. Explore Santa Maria Santa Maria, located on the island of Sal is a beautiful place to stroll around. It is a relatively large city that offers an amazing number of things to get involved in. After a day or two of enjoying the sand dunes of Cape Verde, Santa Maria should be your next stop to help you soak yourself in the richness of the archipelago. Relax at the Beach A day at the beach in Cape Verde If you want to have quiet fun while in the country, there are a number of beaches to choose from. Santa Maria Beach on Sal, Santa Monica and Praia de Chaves ?both on Boa Vista are some of Cape Verde?s finest beaches. The beaches boast of turquoise waters that look like they came straight out of heaven. So for all the beach lovers, you can sit back, and soak up the warm African Sunshine of Cape Verde. Hike to a Volcano Pico do Fogo Volcano in Cape Verde For visitors who would love to get very active and adventurous, the Island of Fogo is a perfect place to go hiking. Here you can hike to the summit of Pico Do Fogo-the highest point in the country. For the hike, you will need to wear protective but comfortable items of clothing. Do not worry about a volcano eruption, there hasn?t
been any in about 400 years and there is serious monitoring for signs of any
volcanic activity. Surf at Kite Beach Kite-surfing in Cape Verde Kite Beach is the perfect place to go kite-surfing in the country. It is located on Sal Island. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a humble beginner, there is a wide range of facilities to enable everyone to engage in the sport. Read this article to know why you should visit Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai Whale and Turtle Spotting Boa Vista is one of the world?s most important breeding sites for Loggerhead turtles and Humpback Whales. If you visit Cape Verde between February and May, you will be able to see the Whales in their natural habitat. If you also go around July and September, you?ll be thrilled by the sight of these turtles coming to lay their eggs in the sand. Tour guides are usually available to offer direction to visitors.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/February 11 12:04 AMLast updated on The United Arab Emirates is a popular travel destination for foreigners especially Nigerians with Dubai being the major city of attraction. The best part of travelling to the UAE is the quality of life the country has to offer and the opportunities available in the country. Most people when booking a trip to the UAE immediately pick Dubai as their chosen destination. However, about a one and half-hour drive away is Abu Dhabi and tourists should consider exploring this awesome city. While a holiday in Dubai is characterized by shopping, the city vibe and all, Abu Dhabi is much calmer being the governmental centre of the UAE. Dubai serves as the country's international hub for business and tourism. The city houses the tallest buildings, hottest clubs and the most popular attractions in the UAE making it a world-class tourism infrastructure. However, Abu Dhabi is a far more conservative city. People who are interested in having a quiet time in the country and who also want to experience the country?s rich Islamic culture would prefer the option of Abu Dhabi. The city is also usually less crowded with foreign tourists. As a result, it is a great place to escape the unsettling crowds in Dubai. What
Makes Abu Dhabi Special? Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and sits comfortably on an island in the Persian Gulf. It is not only the country?s capital, but it also occupies about 80% of the country?s landmass. Abu Dhabi is also home to the UAE?s president, Sheik Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyen. In short, all presidents of the country must be from the Al Nahyen family in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi at Night Thinking of a trip to France? Read this article Tourist
Attractions in Abu Dhabi Nigerians travelling to Dubai can attest to the fact that the city is usually packed especially during the peak months of October- March. Tourists from all over the world fly to Dubai during these months. As a result, Airports are packed and hotels are super expensive. The beautiful truth is that Abu Dhabi has tourist attractions that are just as fun and exciting as Dubai, with much less hassle, therefore making the city a much better tourist destination. In the city, visitors will be more in touch with the local culture because it is the best place to see the Emirati costumes, the garments and also have a feel of the country?s tradition. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Some of the tourist attractions include: The Yas Marina Circuit.Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.Yas Waterworld.Ferrari World.Sir Bani Yas Island.Emirates Palace.Louvre Abu Dhabi.Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.Manarat Al Saadiyat.Alain Museum.Heritage Village.Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Louvre
Abu Dhabi The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel is a civilized art museum merging different cultures together to share stories of humanity. It illustrates the similarities from various human experiences that go beyond nationality, history and geography. Opened on the 11th November 2017, the museum came to be as a result of the partnership formed between the UAE and France. The partnership aimed at combining the UAE?s bold vision of cultural progression and openness with France?s expertise in museums and art. The Louvre Abu Dhabi Louvre Abu Dhabi shows
the rich Arabic heritage alongside the incredible French architectural design.
Built on a man-made peninsula, the museum forms the shape of a dome having
thousand of stars layered on top of each other to let sunlight filter through
to the galleries below and is open to water on three sides. The museum is quiet- except for the sound of
water and birds. The overall effect is like walking through a place of worship.
Some of the world?s finest works are housed here such as the likes of Van Gogh
and Da Vinci. The Museum is usually open by10am to 8 pm from Saturdays to Wednesdays and by 10 am to 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. However, it is usually closed on Mondays. Yas
Island Yas Island is an island
in Abu Dhabi. It is an emerging entertainment destination. It houses the Yas
Marina Circuit, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Yas Mall, Yas
Beach, Warner Bros World and the Yas Links Abu Dhabi. The island is a short
drive from Louvre Abu Dhabi making it an excellent holiday destination. Be prepared to experience
a world of fun at the Island as each park has a wide range of fun activities
and shopping options for everyone. From the splashing experience at Yas
Waterworld to the thrills at Ferrari Abu Dhabi, from the live characters at
Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi to the other rides and attractions, Yas Island is
an adventure playground for everyone. Yas Waterworld The Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi As Nigerians, we love to have fun. Yas Waterworld offers non-stop fun to quench your thirst. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a quiet fun lover, Yas Waterworld would leave you wanting for more. The water park covers an area of about 15 football pitches, having 43 rides and slides. Visitors could also try the 238-metre long hydromagnetic-powered waterslide. It is the first of its kind in the world. Yas
Mall Yas Mall houses the UAE?s second-largest shopping centre and is located at the heart of the Island. It has about 400 of the world?s top fashion and food brands and also houses the region?s largest family entertainment zone. Ferrari World Ferrari World, located in Yas Island has the world?s
fastest roller coaster. This Ferrari-branded theme park offers ?fast and
furious? fun to visitors of all ages. Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi Warner Bros. World Warner Bros World is UAE?s Disneyland. It is a climate-controlled theme park divided into 6 immersive lands for exploration. The lands which were inspired by the Warner Bros. characters are expertly designed such that each one is cooler than the last. The park also has the Batman: Knight Flight that allows visitors to experience flying in Batwings. With its state of the art attractions, top-class restaurants, awesome beaches and many other natural and man-made attractions, Abu Dhabi is a perfect destination for your next holiday. You could also view: How to get a Dubai visa
by Rebecca/January 21 10:41 PMLast updated on Travel agencies were nothing that people found neither interesting nor exciting in times past. Now, they are the best option for people due to the various connections they have built for themselves in the travel industry. It is always nice and comforting for people to know that they are handing their options over to people who are very experienced and knowledgeable in a particular field. Travel agents are useful and important to serve various important purposes as well. They help to save time as well as cut costs in most cases, they also ensure they proper coverage of all angles and aspects that people outside the field would normally not think to cover, and as such they also help to save time and a whole lot of energy. You should try to read this article about amazing things you should know about travel agents to help you understand the purpose they hope to serve better. https://hotels.ng/guides/i-never-would-have-used-travel-agencies-in-lagos-till-i-found-this/ In no particular order, this article lists out travel agencies in Nigeria, the unique services they render, and the various means by which you can reach out to them. Most of these travel agencies are accredited by the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) and IATA, thus making them as reliable and efficient as they come. 1. Wakanow Wakanow is an online travel agency that aims to provide various affordable travel services to people through a one-stop booking portal. They render various affordable services ranging from flights, hotels, visa assistance, holiday packages, airport transfers, international travel SIM, prepaid travel cards, loyalty programs, and a whole lot of other great services. Not only that, they also offer various choices from travel deals, research, plan, and booking of local and domestic travel from their homes and everywhere else. They have a physical center located at international airports for the benefit of their customers, across the country they also have interactive call centers. They have offices in Ghana, Dubai, UK and Kenya with an aggressive plan that will help to expand into several African countries and the rest of the world. They help offer the best travel deals to their customers. Their aim is to make planning, payment and travel simple and enjoyable by building a world-class, secure travel system manned by experienced, Customer-friendly, travel experts. Head office address: Plot 8, Elegushi Beach Road, Ikate Roundabout, Lekki, Lagos Call: 07030095727 07028413705. Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.wakanow.com 2. Gadeshire Travels and Tours Limited Gadshire aims to provide a wide range of quality, effective and efficient travel and tour services to clients of esteemed value worldwide. They offer services ranging from tour operation, tourism promotion, global destination management organization, travels and tour consultation, servicing international and local markets, etc. They purchase grounds, hotels, attractions, and airfares to create exciting holiday and vacation packages that will appeal to her esteem travel consumers. They offer services like Inbound/Outbound Group Tours, Educational Tours & Student Excursion, Honeymoon Vacation, Medical Tourism, Sport Tourism, Worldwide Hotel Reservation, Domestic & International Air Ticketing, Aircraft Charter and Lease Services, Holidays Packaging, Pilgrimage Tours, Cruises, Transfers, Conference / Delegate Sightseeing and Meetings, Incentives, Convention, Official Visit & meeting, Local & International Events. They have an enviable reputation within and out of the travels, tourism and hospitality industry. An also with global partners in the industry in all our destinations, as well as strong links with various national tourism offices and tourism official bodies, ensure unrivaled standards of service at the destination. They offer activities from city sightseeing to in-depth discoveries at every destination. Attention to details and extensive research are involved in planning all of our holiday packages to ensure that wherever the destination or whatever the activity, our clients can be sure they will be able to make the very best of their well-deserved vacation. They also offer after-hours emergency contact details for the purpose of communication. They are able to consult in major foreign languages, cultural activities, educational programs, major international conferences, exhibitions, events and trade fairs. Gadeshire Tours manages over 100 destinations across the six continents of the World (Africa, Address; 28, Covina Street, Sun City Estate Galadimawa District Abuja, (F.C.T) NIGERIA Contact address: 11 Atinuke Olabanji Street, Off John Olugbo Street, Off Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja, Lagos. Phone Numbers: 08053756464 / 08033734944 E-MAIL: [email protected] Website:www.gadeshire.com 3. Rewards Travels And Tours Limited The agency is accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since the year 2000. The company network of branches covers major cities in Nigeria, and several established partners in the global market, jointly investing in integrated tourism, technology, and world-class business relationship. The company?s goals are to render full travel management services, travel consultancy services, tourism and other allied aviation services designed to meet the requirements of individuals, corporate organizations. They have access to all Airlines, Hotels, Car hire services, and cruises in the world Their IATA code is 59-211386 while their incorporation license is RC:361148. Contact address: 4 Bashiru Street, Opposite Lagos City Computer College, Off Medical Road, Ikeja, Lagos. Phone Numbers: 08057098293, 08057098294. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Website: http://www.rewardstravels.com/ 4. Empire Travel Services Ltd Empire Travel Services Ltd belongs to several hotel organizations that specialize in hotel bookings the world over, such as the Unitravel group, Accor hotels group, Marriot group, Booking.com, Travelodge group, Choice privilege, Grupo Transhotel, Javago . This makes it easy for them to provide only the best hotel deals. Contact Address: No. 3, Bompai Road, Opposite Central Hotel, Kano, Kano state. Phone Numbers: (234)-8053281901, (234)-8023091703, (234)-8185189311 Email Address: [email protected], [email protected] Website: www.empiretravelkano.com.ng 5. Business Travel Management Limited This is a member of the GHI Assets Ltd group. This group is made up of great names such as Emirates holidays, Sky logistics ltd, Rwandair, and HRG Nigeria. It was incorporated in 1998 and it was also accredited by IATA. It specializes in comprehensive travel management, logistics for business, corporate service and corporate travel management. They provide managed travel solutions for their clients not only locally, but also globally. They offer services ranging from travel consultation and advice, meet and greet services, hotel, and car hire, visa assistance, and consultation, leisure and tour destination, airport transfers, executive jet charter, flight clearance service, group travel management security, destination management, to mention just a few. Contact Address: 45, Oduduwa Way, Gra Ikeja Lagos Phone Number: + 234 1 2702690 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://btmlimited.net/ 6. Ambassador Travels And Tours Limited This agency was built to provide standard and superior services to customers to ensure they have and enjoy the best vacation at the best value possible. They have experienced consultants that have visited many countries and can help you enjoy your stay. They use experts to save time and offer exclusive value for dream vacations anywhere in the world. They provide consultants who provide travel experience with personal visits to most areas of the world and help you use that knowledge to plan the best vacation possible. Contact Address: Suite 82, Hq NAF Shopping Plaza Legico Opp.Bonny Camp Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos Phone Numbers: 08056681931, 01-7302539 Website: https://www.myambassadortravel.com 7. Aeronat Travel And Resorts LTD This is one of the top travel agencies in Nigeria. It offers a range of travel-related services in their standard ways. It is a tour-operation service that allows the making of tailor-made tours and holiday packages of your vacation and/or business adventures. They work in collaboration with tourism agencies to ensure the provision of only the best services. Contact address: Stanbic IBTC Bank House, 14 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna. Phone Numbers: +234 8036250513, +234 8035033626, +234 8072380600, +234 8086512499 Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Website: http://www.aeronat.biz 8. Now Travel and Tours Limited This is a relatively new agency compared to others. They became agents of IATA on August 31st, 2007. They offer standard travel services and management at good rates too. They offer amazing and memorable tour destinations at affordable rates for individuals, families and corporate bodies. They also offer the most affordable fares in the industry, Contact Address: 6, Tombia Street Phase 2 Gra Port Harcourt. Phone Numbers: 08063822152, 08137844319, 08034548245, 08183959047, 08182902621 Website: https://flynowtravels.com 9. MayFair Travel Nigeria Limited This agency is one of the leading travel agencies in Nigeria. They offer various services like Travel consultation, itinerary planning, reservations on most IATA airlines worldwide, prepaid ticket advice, facilitation of ticket refunds, airline sales promotion, frequent flyer programs, and other services. Airline Ticketing / Holiday Packages / Hotel Reservations / Airport Transfers / Visa (selective) Assistance Contact Address: B1 LSDPC flats, 24 Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Phone Numbers: + 234 1 774 7777, + 234 1 775 2277, + 234 1 776 9900, + 234 1 776 4688 Email: [email protected] Website: http://mayfairtravel.net/ 10. Ashton & Dave travels and holidays limited Ashton & Dave travels and holidays limited is a professional travel, holiday and Logistics services organization. They provide clients with services that include travel, tour packaging, hotel, fleet management, protocol services. They specialize in business/leisure travel services management and provide best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. Address: 7 Saka Tinubu, 101001 Victoria Island Phone number: 07044987102-10, 07044987104 E-mail: [email protected] Is your favorite travel agency missing from the list? Ensure you inform us in the comment section and do well to tell why you love them.
by Esther Obaseoyi/November 27 07:06 AMLast updated on Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is one of the most popular and most gorgeous tourist destinations in Europe with attention-grabbing research institutes, universities, museums, theatres, entertainment venues and leading cultural centres. It was originally founded in the 12th century as a fishing village. The city received its name from the Amstel River and the dam that was built to avoid flood from the south sea. The country is also famous for its historic homes, laid out in concentric segments in the shape of a fan and built on piles driven through an upper layer of mud into the firm, sandy bottom up to 18 metres below. Amsterdam?s tourism contributes largely to its wealth today. People come to this city to see exquisite streets decorated with flowers in the most alluring manner. Renowned for its tolerance and welcoming attitude, Amsterdam is one of those few cities that has a coalition government, where everyone?s views are represented and respected. Discover some of the best places to visit in Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum The Rijksmuseum is the most important art repository founded in 1809 to house the country?s huge collection of art band antiquities which includes over 7 million works of art, among them are important paintings spread across 250 rooms of this incredible building. In addition to these paintings, the museum boasts a well stocked library of more than 35,000 books and manuscripts as well as several displays dealing with the development of art and culture in the Netherlands. Many of these collections of traditional handcrafts and sculptures are now in modern art styles; a variety of themed English-guided tours are also available. For a special experience, try the fun art history canal cruise taking in many of the sites represented in the Rijksmuseum?s collections. The Anne Frank Museum The Anne Frank Museum building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk in central Amsterdam. It is dedicated to the short life of one of the world?s best known Holocaust victims, Anne Frank. The museum is the actual home of Anne?s family for much of WWII. It was in this house, at the time of a great calamity, that Anne wrote a diary. This piece of writing became a best-seller after the war, a few years after Anne's death at age 15. Much of the home has been kept as it were, now serving as a poignant monument to a tragic period of history. The Museum opened on May 30, 1960, and is now the most visited museum in the Netherlands, after the Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh Museum This is a must-visit for fans of arts and history. The amazing Van Gogh Museum has been one of Amsterdam?s top attractions since it opened in 1972. Dedicated to the troubled life and extraordinary artistry of one of the country?s revered painters, the museum is home to the world?s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, much of which has been donated to his brother Theo and other family members. The collection is split between the artist's life and his works. The Jordaan (Neighborhood) The Jordaan is known for its mix of residential areas with garden courtyards, boutiques, eateries, and lively markets. Tourists could easily spend a day wandering the picturesque streets. The area is home to many attractions. It was formerly a working-class neighborhood, but in recent years has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is a perfect opportunity for tourists to witness Amsterdam's main attractions. Vondelpark This is the largest and the most visited park in Amsterdam. It occupies 116 acres which contains many things to do and see. The park is home to a rose garden featuring more than 70 types of flowers including purple hibiscuses for Nigerians who have read Chimamanda Adichie?s famous novel "Purple Hibiscus" but don?t know what it looks like. It has a variety of sculptures and statues, playgrounds and other recreational facilities including the Vondelpark open-air theatre which serves as a venue for musical and stage productions. The park is also a perfect place for picnics with friends and families. It is full of cafes where you can get drinks and snacks while you enjoy yourself. Dam Square Dam Square is one of the tourists-packed areas of Amsterdam, and for a good reason. Its most prominent feature is the 17th century Royal Palace( Koninklijk Palace), the former home of the Dutch royal family and present-day venue for royal functions. Dam square is also home to top tourist attractions dedicated to Dutch soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. This huge public square is naturally lined with cafes and shops and full of vendors selling food and souvenirs. Begijnhof The Beguines Courtyard otherwise known as the District of Begijnhof occupies the center circle of land in Amsterdam?s circular canal system. In the 14th century, the area was an enclosed courtyard that served as a residence for the sisterhood of Catholic Beguines. The Begijnhof wasn?t a convent in the traditional sense because women were free to leave the order if they choose to marry. When the sisterhood chapel was confiscated during the reformation, they began to worship secretly at the Begijnhof Chapel, a charming structure filled with marble columns and stained-glass windows. Begijnhof is also home to the English Reformed Church, built in 1392, the city?s oldest preserved wooden house. Red Light District This is the world?s most famous red-light district, a product of the Dutch tradition of tolerance. Although a little difficult to describe because of its many brothels, peep shows, sex shops and theatres that carter for most urges, everything is still regulated here. There is a rigid code about taking photos or making videos. There is also the Red Light Secret Museum, where the area?s prostitutes tell their own stories. The Amsterdam?s West Church Amsterdam?s West Church became one of the most famous Amsterdam tourist attractions after the wedding of Queen Beatrix in 1966. The church serves as a reflection of Renaissance architecture as well as certain elements of Gothic design. The tower is the highest in the city with a height of 85 metres. The tip of the tower has a copy of Austria?s emperor Maximillian's crown. The Museum of the Tropics This museum is one of Amsterdam's hidden treasures. Located off the city center in a beautiful old building in East Amsterdam (Amsterdam Oost), The Museum of the Tropics (Tropenmuseum) often remains forgotten, like an old collection of post stamps. However, if you are interested in other cultures, other countries and distant lands, you shouldn't miss coming here. Amsterdam Tropenmuseum exhibits are modern and fascinating on many levels. Moreover, it is a great museum to visit with kids, as it is less dark than the others. Acquiring Your Visa to Netherlands Visit this link for a step-by-step guide on how to acquire a short-stay Schengen visa (90 days or less) to the Netherlands. Interested in touring Amsterdam on an affordable budget? Kindly fill this form ? we?ve got you covered! 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by Esther Obaseoyi/November 26 04:08 PMLast updated on Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands, lies on both banks of the Nieuwe Maas, the tidal southern arm of the Rhine, where it's joined by the little River Rotte. The city is the world's largest port, home to the massive Europoort facility through which so much freight passes to and from the continent. Although almost completely destroyed by German air attacks in 1940, central Rotterdam was strongly rebuilt after the war and re-planned with modern shopping streets, residential districts, and high-rises, making it one of the most modern and architecturally interesting cities in Europe now. Despite its modernity, the city dates back to medieval times and was already prosperous by the 13th century, when a dam was built to separate the Rotte from the Nieuwe Maas (hence the city's name - Rotterdam). Rotterdam has also long been important as a cultural hub, its early prosperity leading to the birth of Rotterdam's most celebrated citizen, the humanist Erasmus, born here in 1467. Today, the city is as popular for its vibrant entertainment options as it is for its many fine museums, splendid architecture, and maritime tourist attractions. See the places to visit in Rotterdam if you are a Nigerian traveling for the first time: The Old Harbor and Marine Museums The Old Harbor (Oude Haven) is a boat basin filled with restored historic boats, many of which are houseboats where their owners live. In good weather, you can sit outside in one of the many caf?s or stroll around and watch the boats being painted or repaired. Signs identify the ages of the boats and show pictures of this area in its heyday as a commercial port and shipyard. A short walk from here is the Maritime Museum Rotterdam which was established in 1873 and provides a fascinating look into the city's connection to the sea and its many waterways. The large collections cover the history of shipping and seafaring, including ship models, a reconstruction of a 2,000-year-old vessel, and numerous seafaring paintings. Another marine-related tourist attraction is the adjoining Harbor Museum, an open-air facility that's home to the wonderfully preserved 19th-century, ironclad ram ship, as well as an old lightship (all told, more than 20 historic vessels are on display). Both facilities offer English-language guided tours. A recent addition to Rotterdam's roster of important old vessels is the SS Rotterdam, launched in 1958 and considered the finest Dutch-built passenger vessel of all time. This sumptuously decorated vessel is now a hotel and museum, and one of the favorite things to do here is to have lunch or dinner in its dining room. Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, one of the Netherlands' (and Europe's) most important art centers, is known for its superb collections of paintings, sculptures, and applied and decorative arts from across Europe. Painters of the 14th to 16th centuries are particularly well represented, with works by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder all on display. The 17th century is represented by Rembrandt and Rubens (26 of the latter's works can be viewed), while later centuries are represented by Monet, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Modern painters represented include Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall. Another museum of note is the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, an ethnographic museum established in 1883, with excellent displays of artifacts from ancient and modern cultures from around the world. The Euromast One of Rotterdam's most distinctive landmarks, the Euromast lies at the north entrance to the Maas Tunnel. Erected in 1960, this 185-meter-high tower houses two restaurants with superb views over Rotterdam, each at the 92-meter mark. For thrill-seekers looking for more than just great views, there's the chance to abseil down the building, while those looking for a unique overnight stay can book one of two stunning suites located at the 100-meter point. English-language-guided tours are available. Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk (Great St. Lawrence Church in English) is all that's left of Rotterdam's medieval buildings, most of which were destroyed during WWII. In Grote Kerkplein, the late Gothic church dates from the 15th century and was built on once marshy ground giving the building a peculiar lean that was only halted after its foundation was rebuilt in 1650. It was heavily damaged by bombings, but was fully restored at the end of the war. Upon entering the church, you'll be struck by the beauty of the bright interior, an effect heightened by the colored glass of its windows. The church is famous for its three Danish organs, the largest of which stands on a marble base on the inside wall of the tower. The bronze doors of the main entrance, on the theme of war and peace, are by the Italian artist Giacomo Manzu, and in front of the church is a statue of Rotterdam's most famous son, Erasmus. Guided tours are available, and the small admission fee includes a very informative audio guide as well. The Cube Houses Rotterdam is home to many fine examples of modern architecture, much of it inspired by the city's waterside setting as well as a response to the devastation of WWII. Pushing the architectural envelope to the max is the city's famous Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen). Designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, this block of houses, with their unique cube-shaped upper stories, are clearly visible from a walk through the Old Harbor, and one of them, the Show Cube, is open to visitors and contains displays on the design and history of the buildings. Another architectural gem is the White House (Witte Huis). Once Europe's tallest building, this stunning ten-story Art Nouveau structure was built in 1898 and is now a National Heritage Site with superb views from its rooftop. Finally, those with an interest in the design of buildings should visit the Netherlands Architecture Institute, home to a superb museum outlining the development of various architectural movements over the decades. The Market Hall One of the most popular gathering points in Rotterdam is the impressive Market Hall, which opened in 2014. Its soaring arched ceiling is covered in larger-than-life murals of vegetables, fish, and other food subjects, and the market itself is a kaleidoscope of fresh and prepared foods. You'll find fast food of every sort and restaurants serving everything from traditional Dutch favorites, like Stroopwafels, to Balkan foods, Spanish tapas, and exotic Indonesian dishes. Kinderdijk's Windmills On the River Noord, just 23 kilometers east of Rotterdam, is the beautiful little village of Kinderdijk (the "children's dyke"). Taking its name from a famous legend that describes a baby's cradle being stranded here during the St. Elizabeth's Day flood of 1421, this has become one of the most visited places in the Netherlands. Each of its 19 perfectly preserved 18th-century windmills is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 1722 and 1761, together they comprise the largest surviving concentration of windmills in the country, a history that's celebrated during special Mill Days, when their sails are once again set in motion. Boat Tours of the Europoort Rotterdam's massive port occupies half the city's total area of 247 square kilometers, much of it in turn occupied by Europoort, a huge complex known as the Gateway to Europe. In addition to countless massive ships, you'll see mile after mile of quays and storage facilities were built to service the world's busiest port. One of the most popular excursions begins at Maeslantkering in Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland) and includes a close-up look at the city's massive surge barrier. Evening tours are also fun, especially with Rotterdam's most famous landmarks, including the superb Erasmus Bridge, being spectacularly illuminated. Kunsthal: Rotterdam's Art Hall Another example of Rotterdam's modern-yet-functional architecture is the Kunsthal, or Art Hall. This trendy gallery opened in 1992 and hosts a variety of constantly changing exhibits of visual arts, design, architecture, and culture from across the globe. Another gallery of note is the Chabot Museum featuring the works of Dutch painter and sculptor Henk Chabot, housed in a superb white villa built in 1938. Those with an interest in photography should visit the Netherlands Photo Museum (Nederlands Fotomuseum), where the highlights include a broad collection of historical images by a number of Dutch photographers. Delfshaven and the Pilgrims The old district of Delfshaven, which unlike much of Rotterdam survived WWII largely unscathed, is consequently one of the most popular spots in this big bustling city. It is revered by the Dutch as the birthplace of Admiral Piet Hein, a 16th-century hero of the country's long war against Spain For Americans. It is notable for the Old Church (Oude Kerk), where the last service was held in 1620 by the pilgrims before sailing for the New World. This is commemorated with a memorial and bronze tablet. Also worth visiting is the Dubbelde Palmboom Museum, housed in a 19th-century warehouse containing a large collection of material on the history of Rotterdam, including archaeological findings, implements, and equipment. Acquiring Your Visa To Rotterdam, Netherlands Visit this link for a step-by-step guide on how to acquire a short-stay Schengen visa (90 days or less). Interested in touring Rotterdam on an affordable budget? Kindly fill?this form?? we?ve got you covered! You might also enjoy reading: https://hotels.ng/guides/tours/miami-tour-for-nigerians-traveling-to-united-states/ https://hotels.ng/guides/tours/mombasa-tour-for-nigerians-traveling-to-kenya/
by Esther Obaseoyi/November 26 03:10 PMLast updated on The city of Orlando is located in one of the world's most visited tourist regions, which brings thousands and millions of visitors every year. Many Nigerians love to tour Orlando especially our celebrities. Ever gone to their pages on Instagram and Twitter to see their vacation pictures? I won?t mention names but your guess is as good as mine. Among Orlando's principal tourist attractions are Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando. Within easy reach, too, is the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The establishment of these mega-amusement parks has encouraged other investors for business reasons, and there are nearly limitless hotel and motel beds in the Orlando area, lots of fancy restaurants, dozens of golf coasts and courses, beaches, amusement parks, national parks, array of unique tourists venues and numerous other attractions and things to do that makes Florida one of the most visited cities in America. Orlando has a subtropical climate, with hot and rainy weather from May to October and cooler temperatures from November to April. Intending visitors should know that there is a risk of hurricanes in this city due to its location. For a taste of great island life, Orlando Florida is the place. Take a look at the amazing places you can tour in Orlando, Florida: WALT DISNEY WORLD For a unique amusement park experience, there's no place like Disney World in Orlando. The magic of Disney has not worn off over the decades as millions of visitors still flock here each year to enjoy the Magic Kingdom and many other attractions of this mega amusement park. The number of things to do and see here has grown over the years and now includes an extensive list that reaches far beyond the traditional theme parks. Walt Disney World is Florida's most popular family attraction and has been for many years. While here, you should expect an around-the-world experience that gives visitors a chance to peek at different cultures and meet popular international Disney characters like Mulan, Belle, and Mary Poppins. The Hollywood Studios park gives visitors the opportunity to see into the world of movie magic, that brings beautiful childhood memories to kids and teenagers with exciting stunts and special effects shows and even tours through actual studio space. The Kilimanjaro Safari experience at Animal Kingdom is an amazing way to see African animals run free in a natural habitat, and the massive Tree of Life makes the perfect backdrop for family photos. Fireworks and parades are nightly events throughout the parks, and there are special events year-round. Although lines for the top attractions and rides are notoriously long, there are Fast Pass options that can help you get the most out of your visit. If you are going to be visiting multiple parks, leave a minimum of one day for each and be sure to use a park map to plan ahead. UNIVERSAL THEME PARK Universal Studios in Orlando is a fantastic experience, and for many visitors, it often tops a visit to Walt Disney World. This huge amusement park offers all kinds of fantastic rides and recreated sets based on popular movies and shows. While there, be ready to enjoy 3D and 4D simulator rides, thrill rides, and wet and wild rides at the newest theme park, Universal's Volcano Bay. You can also find tamer rides for younger children to enjoy. One of the most popular and impressive attractions is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can board the Hogwarts Express and wander through Hogsmeade Village. Universal's Islands of Adventure has seven themed island parks that are each dedicated to a film franchise. These include Seuss Island, The Lost Continent, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, Skull Island, and Marvel Superhero Island. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the park's newest addition, complete with Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade. Diagon Alley extends into the Universal Studios park, where visitors can join Harry's escape from Gringotts bank. Universal Studios also has regular events and celebrations for the whole family. City Walk, also part of Universal, is a huge entertainment complex, featuring dining, shopping, movies, and other day and night entertainment. SEA WORLD Orlando's SeaWorld is known for its massive aquariums, dolphin and whale shows, touch pools, and many exciting rides. Although guests may no longer feed the dolphins, you are still able to reach into the interactive dolphin pool and pet these beautiful, intelligent creatures. Those who want to get even more hands-on can sign up for an up-close tour with the dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, penguins, or sharks. Other special tours include a behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld operations and tours of the Manatee Rehabilitation Center or the Dolphin Nursery, where the park's youngest dolphins are cared for. In addition to the plethora of sea life, the park has many exciting rides for all ages, including several water rides that are refreshing on a hot Florida day. The park's most popular thrill rides are its rollercoasters, including the Mako hypercoaster, the Manta Coaster, and the Kraken Virtual Reality Coaster. Much like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando is a mega amusement park that has long been an important part of family vacations to Florida. Other highlights include Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin display and a host of other aquarium exhibits offering opportunities to see all kinds of marine life. THE ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTRE The Orlando Science Center displays several branches of science from mechanics to biology and applied technology. There are a variety of themed exhibits. Among the top favorites is "Kids Town". Kids Town is available to children under 48 inches tall with stimulating interactive exhibits. There are also laser shows and large format films at the Dr. Phillips CineDome. The gallery exhibits showcases all its exhibitions to tourists from different parts of the world. TYPHOON LAGOON Typhoon Lagoon is Disney's biggest and most popular water park. There are a wide variety of attractions for all ages, including kiddie rides and swimming and splash areas, like the Ketchakiddee Creek, a play area designed for young children. Surfers will love the huge wave pool, and those who want to give it a shot can sign up for surfing lessons. Other attractions include a peaceful ride down the lazy river, whitewater adventures on Miss Adventure Falls, and thrill rides like Humunga Kowabunga. There are also multiple waterslides throughout the park for various age levels, and even a sandy beach where kids can play while parents relax. An alternative water park is Disney's Blizzard Beach, which has a ski-resort theme and features a long, winding river that circles that park, as well as a variety of water rides for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy a family picnic while swimming as well. DISCOVERY COVE Located next to SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove is one of the area's premier attractions. Visitors to the park can interact with the natural ocean life, including snorkeling along a coral reef, exploring underwater with a full dive helmet, wading among stingrays, and swimming with the dolphins. There is also a large enclosure where you can interact with exotic birds, a relaxing river that you can explore and snorkel in, and a tropical swim area where you can splash in the pools or relax in a lounge chair on the sandy beach. Visitors can purchase an all-inclusive, one day pass, and due to the extreme popularity of Discovery Cove, it is best to book a reservation well in advance during the peak season. EXOTIC ANIMAL EXPERIENCE Orlando's Exotic Animal Experience offers visitors the chance to have personal encounters with some of the world's most interesting animals. Residents at the park include several species of kangaroos and lemurs, owl monkeys, kinkajou, deer, and two-toed sloths. All visits are by reservation only, and guests have the choice of a group experience, private visit, and special packages that allow you to spend extra time with the animals. There is also a "Simply Sloths" option for those who want to spend all their time hanging out with the world's most adorable animals. WET ?N? WILD This is one of Florida's first water parks. Wet 'N Wild contains a whole lot of fun and thrill rides to entertain people all day long. On-site are a wave pool, water slides, chutes, raft rides, and flumes. There are both individual and multi-person rides. Some of the highlights include "The Surge", a six-story speed slide, and "Bomb Bay," where the rider is dropped in a capsule from a great height. For those looking for a little less adventurous but just as much fun, there is a Lazy River where you can drift down a man-made river in an inner tube, especially if you don?t know how to swim. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE VISITOR COMPLEX This complex is about an hour drive. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is one of the most popular day-trip locations in Orlando. It gives tourists the unique opportunity to see one of NASA's best-known operation centers. Here, you will find the Heroes and Legends exhibits, which introduce guests to the lives and careers of those who made the space program possible, from engineers to early space explorers. This also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, as well as the Rocket Garden where you can see the rockets from some of NASA's most famous flights, including the Apollo and Gemini programs. Other exhibits include lunar explorations, mock astronaut training, the shuttle launch experience, and an IMAX theater. If you time your visit right, you can even watch launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is an educative and informative space centre to visit especially for engineers who have a career path. THE RINGLING This outstanding, Venetian-inspired property, built mainly in the mid-1920s, consists of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, and the Ca' d'Zan and Gardens. The art museum, housed in a stunning pink palace, is a true centerpiece, showcasing the Ringling's extensive art collection, which includes pieces by Velazquez, El Greco, Van Dyke, Veronese, and Rubens, among others. Added much later, the Circus Museum came about in the late 1940s to celebrate the history of this unique form of performance. It displays all kinds of circus costumes, props, posters, and other memorabilia, and features exhibits on the history of the famous Ringling Bros. Finally, the Ca' d'Zan was the residence of John and Mable Ringling. Their inspiration for this Venetian-style mansion came from their travels in Europe and the great palaces of Venice. The 36,000-square-foot home was completed in 1926 and is an architectural masterpiece in southern Florida. 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by Esther Obaseoyi/November 26 11:49 AMLast updated on Durban is South Africa's third-largest city and one of its leading vacation destinations. Durban has for a long time been known as a haven for surfers. Long beaches lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, a mild subtropical climate, and excellent infrastructure lure tourists by the millions every year. Located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), this vibrant city can be reached by air within an hour from Johannesburg and two hours, if flying from Cape Town. An important industrial center and port, Durban owes its cosmopolitan air to its rich ethnic diversity forged from a turbulent history. Clashes between the British traders, who settled here in 1823; the Zulus, on whose tribal land Durban lies; and the Boers, played a part in shaping Durban's modern character. In 1860, contract laborers who hailed from India worked on the sugar plantations but they remained after their contracts expired, making Durban the largest population of Indians in South Africa. On a trip to Durban, you can experience Durban's rich multi-cultural heritage in the Zulu and Indian markets and walk the beautifully manicured parks along the water, and also taste the delicious Indian-influenced cuisine. For more ideas on the best places to visit, see a list of the top-rated attractions in Durban: The Golden Miles A good starting point for a walking tour of Durban is the "Golden Mile." This bustling beachfront promenade is lined with high-rise hotels, entertainment complexes, shops, and restaurants. The broad, golden beaches are a magnet for water sports enthusiasts who come here to surf, swim, fish, or just bask in the sunshine. Lifeguards and shark nets protect most of the beaches year-round. Along the busy oceanfront path, pedestrians jostle with joggers, cyclists, Segways, and skateboarders, making the area feel a little like California. Other highlights along this coastal stretch include a pint-sized replica of Durban, complete with a miniature rail network, airport, and harbor scene. Durban Botanic Gardens The Durban Botanic Gardens is the oldest surviving botanic garden in Africa. Located on the slopes of Berea Hill, northwest of the city center, the gardens were established in 1849 for the trial of agricultural crops. Today, visitors can stroll along the indigenous and exotic subtropical plantings, including majestic heritage trees, some of which are more than one hundred years old. The main plant collections include cycads, orchids, bromeliads, and palms, and visitors can also experience the Garden of the Senses. In addition to the rich plant biodiversity, at least fifty different species of birds are permanent residents of the gardens. Umgeni River Bird Park In the Riverside district, on the north bank of the Umgeni River, the Umgeni River Bird Park features more than 200 species of birds, and some are the only living representatives of their kind in Africa. On a network of paths running through lush landscaping and waterfalls, visitors can observe a variety of indigenous species, as well as birds from Southeast Asia and Australia, including lories, cockatoos, and aras. One of the highlights of the park is the bird show, where visitors can learn more about the exotic species as they perform. Indian quarter Encompassing the Victoria Street Market and Juma Masjid Mosque, the largest in the southern hemisphere, Durban's Indian Quarter is now a multicultural mix of sights, sounds, and exotic aromas. Chinese, Pakistani, Indian, and Somali street vendors haggle along the narrow pavements, selling everything from spices and saris to beaded sandals, incense, and intricate handmade jewelry. Savvy shoppers will find bargains here, and the restaurants boast some of the most authentic Indian cuisines in Durban. Mitchell Park and Jameson Park Mitchell Park, in the upmarket suburb of Morningside, is one of Durban's oldest parks. This park is exceptionally popular for picnics and walks. Thanks to its shady lawns, mass plantings of colorful blooms, and wide wheelchair-friendly paths, great family visits happen here. Children will love the playground, mini zoo, and walk-through aviary, while those seeking well-made delicacies can dine at the Alfresco Cafe. Adjoining Mitchell Park is Jameson Park, which displays more than 200 species of roses. uShaka Marine World uShaka Marine World, one of the main attractions on Durban's Golden Mile, is a water-themed wonderland packed with attractions. Sea World, set on replicas of four shipwrecks, features the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere, where visitors can get up close to marine life through underground viewing galleries. Other attractions here include a Dolphin Stadium, Seal Stadium, and Penguin Rookery. Wet 'n' Wild is an extravaganza of splash pools, slides, and super tubes, while uShaka Kids' World is a paradise for two- to 12-year-olds. Little ones will love the playgrounds, treasure cave, and creative activities here. After a fun day enjoying all the sea-themed attractions, visitors can stroll among the outdoor shops and restaurants at Village Walk. Moses Mabhida Stadium Moses Mabhida Stadium is a world-class sporting and event venue on Durban's Golden Mile. The stadium hosted eight of the FIFA World Cup Games in 2010. It provides a spectacular 360-degree view of Durban from the top of the stadium's arch. The Sky Car whisks visitors to the top, or they can climb the 500 steps on foot. Thrill-seekers will love the 220-meter Big Rush Big Swing, the world's highest. Segway tours of the stadium are available, and visitors will also find a few restaurants on-site, as well as shops selling sporting merchandise. The Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple (Hare Krishna Temple) The Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple is the largest Hare Krishna temple in Africa. Surrounded by a beautiful lotus-shaped garden, the temple is an impressive confection of gold-tinged domes, gilded statues, chandeliers, marble tiles, and ceiling frescoes. Besides admiring the lavish architecture, a highlight of a visit here is enjoying a meal at the vegetarian restaurant, Govinda's. Hungry tourists can feast on a vast array of inexpensive Indian vegan dishes and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. The restaurant also provides food for the poor and destitute of the city. Valley of 1000 Hills & Phe-Zulu Inland from the popular resort area of Umhlanga Rocks lies the Valley of 1,000 Hills, a beautiful region of gently rounded hills sprinkled with scenic viewpoints, Zulu homesteads, and gorges. The hills rise up along the banks of the Umgeni River as it flows into the Indian Ocean from the distant Drakensberg mountains. The old road between Durban and Pietermaritzburg runs along the southern edge of the valley, an area with magnificent views. After passing Hillcrest and Botha's Hill, it comes to Phe-Zulu, a typical Zulu village where visitors can see traditional dance performances and witness the rituals of witch doctors. PheZulu Safari Park has an abundance of animals that can be spotted, and a Crocodile and Snake Park where visitors can go on a tour with knowledgeable guides. The park also offers accommodations for those who'd want to spend the night. Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks (pronounced Umhlanga), found 16 kilometers north of Durban, is a popular, upscale resort town. Long golden beaches, interrupted by a rocky coast, stretch for 200 kilometers north of Durban to the beautiful Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, containing eight interlinking ecosystems: three major lake systems and Africa's largest estuarine system, Lake St. Lucia. In Umhlanga Rocks, water sports enthusiasts will find plenty of things to do. Surfing, deep-sea fishing, whale watching, dolphin viewing, scuba diving, and kiteboarding are some of the aquatic pursuits on offer. Shopping is also a favorite pastime. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping here is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Other attractions in the region include championship golf courses, the KZN Sharks Board, nature reserves, and museums, including the former dwelling of Mahatma Gandhi. Acquiring Your Visa To Durban, South Africa. It can be some stress to get your visa but with a step by step guide, you will find out everything you need to know for your visa application. You will need to apply at a visa center in Abuja, Lagos or Port Harcourt. Always apply for your South Africa tourist visa at least 4 weeks before you travel to allow ample processing time and spare you some stress. This article will help you with everything you need about securing a visa to South Africa. Interested in touring Durban on an affordable budget? Kindly fill this form ? we?ve got you covered!
by Esther Obaseoyi/November 25 03:38 PMLast updated on Naples is the third-largest city in South Italy! This city has seen civilization rise and fall and has played a very important role in the history of Italy. Although usually overlooked by tourists, when it comes to travel, you shouldn?t believe everything you hear about Naples until you visit the city and see for yourself. This colorful, vibrant and exciting city is welcoming, with an intimidating mix of ancient and modern buildings. Known for having one of the best pizzas in the world, claimed to have been invented by the Neapolitans, the city is loved by many visitors. In Naples, the entire population seems to be in the streets that spread down to its harbor. For decades, Neapolitans have spent more attention on their churches, while several houses of Europe have designed and decorated its palaces. The city?s deep and wide history includes the French, Spanish, Austrian and Byzantine rule that left its footprints. Beyond these museums, churches, and palaces, you will also find great attractions Naples have, such as parks, streets broad promenades you can explore. Great places you can visit in Naples are: See The Pizza Del Plebiscito All your sightseeing starts here. This is a beautiful pedestrian square with views of the Basilica Royal and the Royal Palace. It?s the city?s central gathering, in the heart of Naples and a very short distance from many of the other tourist attractions. The piazza del Plebiscito is open all hours of the day. Naples is the birthplace of pizza, it is almost impossible to get a bad pizza in Naples! 2. Discover The Ruins Of Pompeii The dreaded Vesuvius? eruption gave rise to one of the famous sites around Naples today. The Ruins of Pompeii have so much to offer to its visitors. Explore this remarkable and well-preserved large theatre that has been restored, where if you stand at the center stage and speak, everyone in the seats can hear you. Visit the brothel that is famous for its unique paintings positioned above each doorway with detailing on what went on inside. Pompeii is famous for its preserved remains of people trying to escape the volcanic eruption, now frozen forever in a thick clot of ash. A trip to Pompeii is an unforgettable experience that is surreal, different from what you will see elsewhere. 3. Visit The San Gennaro Catacombs If you are looking for something adventurous to do in Naples, visiting the San Gennaro Catacombs is one. The home has over 3,000 burial sites, including celebrated patrons of Naples. The catacombs have two levels all carved out from stones with arched ceilings that reach up to 6 metres in height. The lower catacombs have a relaxing regularity like grid structure and would have housed the less wealthy members of the society. The upper catacombs are well known as a burial place for bishops and top officials. The building has undergone many changes and it is an early Christian architecture. 4. Explore Herculaneum Herculaneum is another town that was ruined by volcanic Vesuvius? eruption and offers more enriching culture with an even more tourist-friendly signage to help tourists understand what they are seeing. The small fishing village was wealthy in its time and the art-architecture of the city can relate to this. After the eruption of Vesuvius, the village was covered with ash, coated in such a way that organic matters like wooden features and fabrics were preserved that lasted through centuries. 5. Visit Castel Nuovo This is a must-see! Castel Nuovo is an excellent piece of the Naples skyline and a very important part of any Naples sightseeing. The castle features a marble central facade surrounded by thick brick towers and fortifications. There is a Museum inside where you can see an incredible collection of frescoes, sculptures and paintings from the 14th to the 19th centuries. A tour to the castle will take you through the towers and the central courtyard that lets you climb the ramparts to snap some amazing pictures of Naples and the harbour. 6. Climb Mountain Vesuvius Don?t worry though, eruptions no longer happen here. Volcanoes move on mass timelines and this one is currently dormant, in fact, Vesuvius is a popular tourist attraction and no trip to Naples is complete without climbing this iconic panoramic view of the surrounding area for you to take pictures. Famous for its eruption in 79AD that resulted in the destruction of both Pompeii and Herculaneum, it is still considered as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Europe. Climbing Vesusius takes about 20-30 minutes, you can get there on your own using a bus, but it's easier to get a tour agency who can assist you, to learn more about volcanoes and its history. 7. Explore The Capri Island Whether you are traveling with your family, heading on holiday with your friends, or just taking some alone time, Capri Island is a good choice. The island is easy to have access to by ferry. If you want to get off the mainland, take a long ride to the beautiful and stunning island of Capri surrounded by blue waters of the sea and covered with hills and trees that will capture your heart that you may never want to leave. You can also relax on the beach and ensure the sight of colorful, beautiful buildings and refreshing breeze that comes with it. You can also swim by the ruins of a Roman villa. 8. Visit The Royal Palace of Naples Also known as the Palazzo Reale, the palace is opened from 9 am to 8 pm every day except for Wednesdays. A ticket will grant you entry but you can get in for free on the first Sunday of every month. A tour through the Palace takes you back to history, through various significant events and people that have ruled Naples over the years. It?s a great way to step back from the hustle and bustle of the city. The rooms in the palace are full of beautiful furniture and lavish in colorful paintings, chandeliers and golden cabinets. 9. Check Out Naples National Museum The museum building has an interesting history. It was initially a cavalry barracks that became the seat of the city?s university. It became a museum in the late 18th century. To have a great time here, you should go to the Farnese collection on the ground floor and see the Toro Farnese statue carved from a single massive piece of marble. This amazing sculpture is referenced in the writings of the famous Roman author, Pliny the Elder. Also, note that the national archeological museum is one of the largest in the world known for its Roman collections as well as one of the largest Egyptian collections in Europe. Before You Go To Naples There?s a lot to see in Naples. Make sure you give yourself at least three days to explore it and take part in everything it has to offer. Be security conscious and be aware of your surroundings. Italians take riposo known as their nap time very seriously; plan your day with a midday break in mind. Finally, it is important to know that Naples have a history of being rougher than any city in Italy, but with an amazing tour package, you can have the best time. Acquiring Your Visa To Italy For Nigerian nationals to travel through Italy, they need a transit visa. This article has all the information you need about acquiring a visa to Italy.
by Esther Obaseoyi/November 20 11:03 AMLast updated on Berlin is the capital city of Germany and the country?s largest city. It is also Germany's major center of politics, media, science, and culture. Known for its cultural beauty, Berlin is home to the world-famous Berlin Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. Its popular art scene comprises hundreds of galleries, events, and museums, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Berlin offers a mix of new and classic architecture, dynamic entertainment, shopping and a wide range of sports and cultural institutions. Following decades of decay to the east of the infamous Berlin Wall, the city has been rebuilt in a way that celebrates successes while acknowledging a dark past. Whether you are going for a long weekend or staying up to a month, you will be excited by the mixture of history and modernity this posh city has to offer. Let?s take a look at some of the beautiful places in Berlin tourists from Nigeria can visit: The Brandenburg Gate Berlin?s most famous historic landmark is the Brandenburg Gate, formerly a symbol of a divided nation but now signifies peace and unity. This gate was commissioned by King Frederick Wilhelm II in 1788 and its design was inspired by the Propylaea in Athens? Acropolis. There are so many historical stories that surround this great building. If you are ever in Berlin and love history, this is a place you don't want to miss visiting. The Rebuilt Reichstag Originally completed in 1894, this is where the Neo-renaissance palace served as the home of the German Empire?s Imperial Diet until it burned in 1933. It was not used again after the reunification of Germany. At a point, it underwent a 10-year reconstruction and finally became the home of the German Parliament in 1999. The interesting part of this reconstruction is that it finally became the replacement dome, made of glass and offering views of the surrounding of the city. Museum Island This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will find many of the city?s oldest and most important museums, including the Altes Museum, built in 1830 to house the crown jewels and other treasures. The new museum (Neues Museum) destroyed during WWII was rebuilt and opened again in the year 2009 as the home of extensive collections from the Egyptian Museum, the Papyrus Collection and the Collection of Classical Antiquities. The Berlin Wall Memorial Checkpoint Charlie The Berlin Wall originated in 1961 when East Germany sealed off that half of the city to prevent citizens from fleeing West Germany. By the time it was torn down in 1989, the four-meter-high wall extended 155 kilometers, dissected 55 streets and possessed 293 observation towers and bunkers. Today, only small stretches of this graffiti-covered travesty remain, including a 1.4-kilometer stretch preserved as part of the Berlin Wall Memorial, a reminder of the animosity that once divided Europe. There are many ways to see the Berlin wall while in the city. From the viewing platform, you can see what was once a no-man?s land between East and West Berlin. Charlottenburg Palace and Park This is Berlin?s oldest and largest Prussian estate. The late 17th-century Chalotten Palace was for decades, the primary residence of German royalty. Beautifully restored, this big palace has amazing features, including a massive 50 meter-high central dome. A highlight of this property's tour program is a visit to the new wing with its state apartments and fine halls, built in 1946. Visitors can get a glimpse of the splendor and glory in which the Prussian kings and electors lived. The Gendarmenmarkt This is one of Berlin?s largest squares, dominated by three historic landmark buildings: the Konzerthaus, the French Cathedral and the German Cathedral. This picturesque 17th-century square is one of Berlin?s top tourist attractions, hosting numerous public events each year, including classical concerts on the step of Konzerthaus theatre in the summer. Visitors will be able to see the Deutscher Dom and the French Cathedral which was built by the Huguenots in the early 18th century. The Gendarmarkt is also a beautifully reconstructed Konzerthaus, where the Berlin Orchestra performs. During the winter, Christmas markets are a major highlight at the square. Topography of Terror One of the more poignant attractions in Berlin is the Topography of Terror. This is an outdoor and indoor museum located on the exact site of the former Nazi government?s Reich Main Security Office. Within the view of the Berlin Wall, former prison cells were excavated to showcase the tragedies and horrors of the Nazi regime. Here, visitors can explore the Jewish ghettos of Berlin, the criminals brought to justice at the Nuremberg Trials and a memorial to all those who died at the hands of the Nazis. Exhibits include documents, photographs, audio and films showing the persecution and extermination of victims. Visitors are also invited to tour the historic grounds which include remains of the Berlin Wall. It is emotionally tough to explore the Topography of Terror, except you lack empathy, but it is an essential history stop to make. Berlin Zoological Gardens Zoologischer Garten Berlin is the oldest zoo in Germany and remains Berlin?s most popular attractions that welcomes millions of guests each year. Established in the year 1844 and rebuilt after World War II, the zoo has earned a reputation for its successful breeding programs and known for providing authentic habitats for the animals it houses. The zoo is home to nearly 20,000 animals of different species. Berlin Cathedral Church There are wonderful churches to see in Berlin but the Berlin Cathedral is the largest and one of the most impressive. It was built at the start of the 20th century as a way to express the imperial power of Germany. The brick neo-renaissance cathedral is located in the area of Museum Island in the district of Mitte. The cathedral is built in three sections: The Memorial, Nuptial and Parish Church). If you visit the church, you can climb to the top of the dome and enjoy the views from the cathedral after touring the interior. Pergamon Museum The Pergamon is one of the most visited of the Museum Island attractions. It is also one of Berlin?s top tourist sites in general. It is home to three main galleries, each occupying the Middle East Museum, the Islamic Art Museum, and the Antiquity collection. The artifacts which narrowly escaped harm from WWII were collected by German archaeologists during the 19th and 20th centuries from excursions to Egypt, including ornate facades and the gates. Some of the museum?s most famous pieces are the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the Roman market of Miletus and the Mshatta facade. Acquiring Your Visa To Germany. Every visa applicant needs to get a valid international passport. This article will guide on how to easily get a Nigerian international passport, if you already don't have one. Getting a visa to Germany should not be so hard. This article has all the information you need about securing a visa to Germany from Nigeria. Interested in touring Berlin on an affordable budget? Kindly fill this form ? we?ve got you covered!
by Esther Obaseoyi/November 19 03:58 PMLast updated on Miami is an international city at Florida?s southeast in the United States. The colorful city is one of the most popular vacation spots and tourist destinations in the world. Though destinations are often said to offer something for everyone, this glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels, trendsetting nightclubs and multiple enticements. Miami is well known across the world for its glamour, beaches and sunny weather. A visit to this city will captivate your heart and hold you spell-bound. Spend a little time in Miami and dig a little deeper to see this glamorous city's true color and style. Visit The Iconic Miami South Beach When you think about Miami Beach, you think about a sandy beach fully bathed by the sun. Miami South Beach is renowned for being the most popular tourist section in Miami. In the summer, the beach is packed with locals and visitors from around the world. The beach is one of the best areas in Miami for soaking up gentle sun rays. Apart from the beach fun, the area is also known for its Art Deco district and the odd but beautiful buildings within. The beach?s oceanfront is quite popular and for a good reason -- the view is spectacular! Those who want to escape from the sun, the beach area also offers a number of museums, superstores for shopping opportunities and, after dark, a vibrant nightlife. Explore Jungle Island Jungle Island is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Miami. It is located on Watson Island and was formerly known as Parrot Jungle. Many prominent figures have visited this amazing place, including Winston Churchill in 1946. Another good news -- the jungle is only minutes away from South Beach and Downtown Miami. Jungle Island enthralls park visitors with a sense of adventure and discovery. Art Deco Historic District If you have no interest in the beach, the Art Deco Historic District is worth a trip to. This architectural style, popular in the 1930s and 1940, dominates the South Beach neighborhood. These uniquely designed buildings in a range pastel colour and displaying large neon signs were built following a devastating hurricane that struck in 1926. If you are interested in staying in one of these historic gems, many of the Art Deco buildings still function as hotels and have much more characters than modern hotels. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens This National Historic Landmark, set on 28 acres, was the luxurious winter home of 20-century industrialist James Deering. Recognized as one of Miami?s greatest treasures, the mansion (built in 1916) features 34 rooms arranged around a central courtyard. It took more than 1,100 workers and craftsmen to complete the Vizcaya project, many of whom were brought over from Europe to ensure the authenticity in design. This garden and museum with its stunning architecture, grounds, and artwork are certainly worth a visit. Everglades National Park Just a short drive from Miami Beach, you will find the magnificent Everglades National Park. The Everglades National Park covers over 1.5 million acres of swamplands, home to alligators, snakes, crocodiles and a host of exotic birds. Within the park is an informative visitors centre, as well as walking trails and boardwalks for wildlife viewing. One of the most enjoyable ways for tourists to experience the everglades is on an airboat tour. These are speed boat trips that take visitors into the mashes and streams to see alligators and other wildlife. Bayside Marketplace Bayside Marketplace is a large outdoor style mall with more than 150 specialty and tourists shop, numerous cafes and restaurants. The mall even features a daily live entertainment section. Visitors will find well-known stores, as well as many unique places like charming boutiques in the mall. The marketplace is so enthralling it not only attracts tourists but also locals. Because of its name, the market is located alongside Miami?s waterfront, looking out to docks and boats. Many people come here to soak up in the atmosphere and admire the bay with its daily live music, fun, and vibe. Tour boats also leave from here, to various locations around Biscayne Bay. Zoo Miami Zoo Miami houses more than 3,000 wild animals, including 40 endangered species. Unlike many traditional zoos, animals here are grouped with different species that coexist peacefully in the wild and kept in settings similar to their national habitats. This is the only zoo in the United States located in a subtropical climate. Zoo Miami visitors get the sensation of exploring a real safari. With lots of attractions with the animals, Zoo Miami is fantastic for family trips, especially with kids. Little Havana and Calle Ocho Well recognized for its cultural flavour, Little Havana offers a great deal of entertainment from open-air social areas to its many restaurants and specialty food shops with nonstop live Latin music drifting through the air. On the streets, you will be enthralled by bold artworks depicting important Cuban figures. You will feel completely immersed in the distinctive cultural atmosphere this place has to offer. Calle Ocho is the main thoroughfare running through the district and home to much of the activity, but Little Havana spreads well beyond into surrounding streets and avenues. If you are a lover of diverse cultural and entertainment, this is where you ought to be. Coral Castle The Coral Castle came as a result of one man?s 28 years of carving, using his own home-made tools. This incredible creation made of limestone was built by Edward Leedskalnin between 1923 and 1951. He kept his method private and would not allow anyone to watch him work, leaving many to wonder how he did it. Today, you can tour the property to see the most famous structure, a giant stone gate, which opens effortlessly with the touch of a finger, as well as carvings that include some tables and chairs and other unique figures. America Airlines Arena The American Airlines Arena is the home of the NBA?s Miami Heat. It is also the main venue for large concerts and other special events, especially those by top singers and entertainers. The arena is so spacious it can take more than 19,000 people. The structure was opened in 1999 and has been awarded the Leed Green Building Certification for being an energy effective building. The arena stands out prominently on Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami. Acquiring Your Visa To Miami, Florida. Nigerian passport holders require a tourist visa to visit the United States. Securing a tourist visa to the United States should not be too stressful. This article will guide you through the entire process. Interested in touring Miami on an affordable budget? Kindly fill this form ? we?ve got you covered!
by Esther Obaseoyi/November 18 04:35 PMLast updated on Situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, nestled between an array of mountains and the coastal point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, is the beautiful city of Cape Town. Affectionately known as the ?Mother City?, Cape Town is not only a popular international tourist destination in South Africa but Africa in general. This is because of its mild and friendly climatic conditions, natural setting and well developed and beautiful infrastructure. Cape Town has several natural features that attract tourists, most especially the Table Mountain which forms the Table Mountain National Park, at the back end of the city bowl. It also has a total number of nearly 4,000 enterprises, including different types of guest accommodations, restaurants, and side attractions to cater for both international and domestic visitors and conference venues for businesses and other events. Tourism in South Africa has grown strongly and steadily since the democratic transition in the country in 1994. If you want a beautiful destination wedding, honeymoon or planning a family trip, Cape Town should be part of your choices. Let?s take you on a journey to some of the beautiful places you can explore in Cape Town, South Africa. Take The Cable Car Up Table Mountain Of course, no mention of CapeTown would be complete without a reference to the magnificent Table Mountain. At a height of 1085m above sea level, the impressive table-shaped plateau is one of the 7 wonders of the natural world and is the true icon of the city of Cape Town. Fitting to its description is the fact that it is flanked on either side by two other peaks (Devil?s Peak and Lion?s Head) giving the impression of chairs set at the table. When conditions are right, a layer cloud can be seen formed at the top. Tourists are treated to a view of the entire city to and from the summit. Hike Up Lion?s Head A more adventurous and inexpensive way of exploring the Table Mountain structure would be to hike on foot. For this, we recommend Lion?s Head mountain peak. Although the main Table Mountain peak can also be hiked, the Lion?s Head peak is shorter hence less tiring to ascend. It also offers a better view of the city to one side and the ocean to the other, as well as some challenging trails that would definitely appeal to avid hikers and fitness aficionados. Visit The Beaches ?After the mountain comes the sea? -- the coastal areas of CapeTown offers access to a host of beautiful beaches. Explore the rocky and sandy shores of Camps Bay or frolic with other tourists by the seaside or head on over to Boulders Beach which has the only land-based colony of African penguins in the world. Get to experience and swim with these cute little guys. Paragliding Off Signal Hill One truly unique way to experience the seasides is flying on a paraglider. Get in touch with multiple agencies that offer paragliding ride, along with a trained instructor, off the top of Signal Hill, around the Camps Bay and onto the beach. Remember to take photos and video recordings of this unforgettable experience. Sunset Off Signal Hill Still on the topic of Signal Hill, this gentle sloping high point is located at the western end of the city, overlooking the green point and the Atlantic Ocean. Grab a couple of friends and some blanket along with your favorite bottle of wine and head on over there for an experience of one of the most beautiful sunsets to be seen anywhere in the world. Wine Tasting Speaking of wine, the Stellenbosch region close to Cape Town hosts a number of vineyards where grapes are grown and made into some of the world?s finest bottles of wine. Get in touch with relevant agencies to organize a tour of these wineries and some wine tasting experience. Shop and Dine at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area hosts a collection of residential and commercial establishments overlooking a waterfront dock. Here, you can find premium highstreet shops and stores to indulge yourself in some luxury purchases or you can simply window shop. Try some of the highly recommended restaurants in the area for some fine dining while you are at it. Visit Robben Island Connect with history by taking a tour of one of Africa?s most politically significant locations. Take a boat over to Robben Island and take a tour of the prison yard that, for the better part of 27 years, was home to the legendary freedom fighter and former president, Nelson Mandela. You can never get to visit Mandela?s exact prison cell though. Enjoy Nightlife on Long Street. Long Street, located within the Cape Town city center is famous for the many local and intercontinental restaurants that line up on either side. You would also find a host of steakhouses, seafood parlours and bars offering the best of craft beer, spirits and cocktails. However, the street really comes alive after dark with its many clubs and lounges. You can enjoy partying all night with the locals and other tourists from all around the world. Cage Diving With Great White Sharks Our final recommendation on this list is truly not for the faint of heart. The ice-cold waters surrounding Cape Town are home to the largest carnivorous fish we know, the fear-inspiring great white shark. Get in touch with the appropriate agencies and organize a cage diving tour. Experience these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat with nothing but scuba equipment and a steel cage to protect you if you dare. Acquiring Your Visa To CapeTown, South Africa Applying for any visa can be an anxious task but with a step by step guide, you will find out everything you need to know for your visa application. You will need to apply at a visa centre in Abuja, Lagos or Port Harcourt. Always apply for your South Africa tourist visa at least 4 weeks before you travel to allow ample processing time and spare you some stress. This article will help you with everything you need about securing a visa to South Africa. Interested in touring Cape Town on an affordable budget? Kindly fill?this form?? we?ve got you covered!
by Gift/November 13 02:07 PMLast updated on South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA) is located at the end of the southern part of Africa with Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe surrounding it. The country, rich in mineral resources is blessed with 90 percent of Platinum metal and 41 percent of gold found in the world. South Africa is also a multi-faceted country, popularly called the world in one country. With a very rich culture and about 11 official languages, it is definitely a destination for tourism. Here are some places you must visit on your next South African tour: Durban Durban, Kwazulu-Natal Durban is the third-most populous city in South Africa and largest in the Kwazulu-natal province. It is one of the country's most beautiful places and top tourist destination. Durban has everything from parks to stadiums, botanical gardens and even casinos. It is home to the popular uShaka marine world. The best part of it is that Durban is highly affordable. There are also hotels around so you do not have to worry about where to stay during your tour. Kruger National Park Kruger National Park Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in Africa and diverse species of animals can be found here. The park has lots of mountains and tropical forests so if you are a nature or animal lover, you should not travel to South Africa without adding a visit to this park to your schedule. iSimangaliso Wetland Park iSimangaliso Wetland Park iSimangaliso Wetland Park is in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. It was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Waterland Park and was later changed to iSimangaliso?meaning "a miracle" or "something wondrous". The park is made up of lakes, game, marine, nature reserves, and parks. Cape Town Bo Kaab, Cape Town Cape Town ''mother city'' is the city that gave birth to civilization in South Africa. Quite a number of tourist attractions in South Africa are in Capetown. It is one of the very few cities ever that packages some of life's greatest things in one. The city gives tourists a taste of color, class, culture, exquisite cuisines and real fun. Garden Route Garden Route If you are craving a break from the daily stress of life, Garden Route is the perfect go-to place for relaxation and meditation. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest in the world. Garden Route is an amazing campsite, picnic area and is great for skydiving too. In 2017, it was added to UNESCO's world network of biosphere reserves. Need a visa for your South African tour? Read this for information on South African Visa fee. Drakensburg Drakensburg Drakensberg Mountain Range of KwaZulu-Natal is a world heritage site with over 600 types of San rock paintings in caves around the mountain. It is also known as Ukhahlamba-Drakensburg Park. One visit to this park is sure to leave you overwhelmed, however, tourists tend to get more out of their visit here when they stay for more than a day. Addo Elephant Park Addo Elephant National Park Ever been to the Schengen area? Like a tour of the Netherlands? Click here for all you need to know about the Netherlands Tourist Visa. Addo Elephant Park is an extensive wildlife conservation area found in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Ever heard of the big 5? If you haven't, the big 5 is a group made up of the Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Asides from the big 5, Addo Elephant Park also has 22 species of Carnivore including the Cheetah and Hyena. This place will definitely leave you with a thrilling experience. Table Mountain Table Mountain Table mountain, like the name implies, is a flat-topped mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. It is another famous tourist destination with most people getting to the top of the mountain through hiking or cableway. There are about 2,200 species of plants found on Table Mountain and 1470 floral species. The mountain is a great spot for photography and the world just looks better from its top. Blyde River Canyon Blyde River Canyon Motlatse Canyon (Blyde River Canyon) is located in Mpumalanga forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. The canyon is the world's largest green canyon and the third largest canyon. Blyde river canyon offers loads of activities such as hiking, hot-air ballooning, boat rides and even fishing. Johannesburg Jo'burg Johannesburg popularly called Jo'burg or Josi by South African natives is the largest city in South Africa. It is known to be the city in which gold was discovered, earning it the name eGoli(city of gold). Just like the rest of South Africa, Johannesburg is breathtakingly beautiful, especially at night. The city, filled with diverse cultures and lifestyles is home to the tallest skyscraper in Africa. A visit to South Africa is not complete without a tour of Jo'burg. South African Embassy in Nigeria Address: South Africa Visa Application Centre. Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor, Plot 1083. Mohammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja. Telephone: (+234) 9 462 4200 E-mail Address: [email protected]m Website: www.dirco.gov.za/abuja Can't wait to begin your South African Tour? Click here to get started.