Abuja, Nigeria

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Abuja, Nigeria

Strategically located at the crossroads of Nigeria’s ethnic and religious groups, Abuja is home to the country’s Presidential Branch, National Assembly and Supreme Court. The impressive Aso Rock rises majestically over the city’s central government district. The diverse architecture of the city is reflected in notable sites like the National Mosque, the National Christian Centre and the National Stadium. Daily markets throughout the city offer everything from pottery to local fruits and breads.

Port Elizabeth, Easter Cape, South Africa

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Port Elizabeth, Easter Cape

It is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and lies 770km east of Cape Town, where it forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which links the city with the inland industrial towns of Uitenhage and Despatch. Historical and cultural icons worth visiting in Port Elizabeth include the Red Location Museum, a museum in New Brighton township. While in the Windy City, you cannot pass the opportunity to visit the city’s multipurpose, multi-tiered Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, an impressive legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The city is a outdoor-lover’s paradise, so don’t miss out on boat cruises; diving opportunities; a visit to the Seaview Predator Park; an excursion to Bayworld (which incorporates an oceanarium, museum and snake park); or a trip to the lush forests of the Kragga Kamma Game Park, where white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, nyala, bontebok, lechwe and other animals roams freely. Topping the fun stakes is the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex, where shops, eateries, an amphitheatre and casino keep patrons entertained for hours.

Cairo, Egypt

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is a vibrant, exhilarating, exotic, fascinating and welcoming city. Home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sights in Egypt. Enjoy the Nile view from your hotel room balcony, visit the capital’s medieval markets by Khan El-Khalili, or walk down the Nile promenade. There are also plenty of cinemas, theatres and modern malls. Go for an opera or enjoy oriental music dance shows. Good for short breaks and long stays; you’ll get to see the Giza Pyramids, thousands of ancient artifacts in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and much more.

Antanarivo, Madagascar

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Antanarivo, Madagascar

Built on a narrow, rocky ridge, Antananarivo occupies a strategic point at the center of the island of Madagascar. Two forts watch over the city from the east and southwest, while within the city limits lay royal palaces, embassies, some fifty churches and a mosque. The city’s most distinguishing feature may be the burnt out remains of the Rova, or Queen’s Palace, situated on a prominent hill. Its steep alleys and stairways make Antananarivo a challenging but rewarding city to explore on foot.

Masvingo, Zimbabwe

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Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. Known as Fort Victoria until 1982, when its name was briefly changed to Nyanda. Within a few months its name was again changed to Masvingo. It is the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe, and grew up around the encampment established in 1890 by the Pioneer Column en route to their eventual destination, Salisbury.

Port Elizabeth Coast, South Africa