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All Aboard Africa’s First High-speed Train

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Morocco’s coastal city of Tangiers and economic capital, Casablanca, would soon be connected via France’s famed TGV trains. These trains have the capacity to travel up to 200 mph and will be able to reduce current journey times by 50%.

Tangiers and Casablanca are 215-miles apart and currently it takes approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes to travel the distance. With the introduction of the high-speed train, travellers will be able to get from point to point within 2 hours and 10 minutes.

There are trains scheduled to depart every hour and it is projected to carry approximately six million passengers within the first three years. There are 14 trains at the moment, and each train is able to carry up to 533 passengers.

The high-speed train project is titled LGV and state officials hope to attract more foreign visitors with its inauguration, and at the same time hope that the train will also be regularly used by locals. The cost of the high-speed train will be about 30% more than the current train route, which costs between $14 and $27.

The $2 billion LGV project was initiated in 2011 by both Mohammed VI, the Moroccan King, and also then-president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. This initiative also included several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The train will be inaugurated on 23rd November, and it is expected that French president Emmanuel Macron will be present at the ceremony.

South Africa in Autumn

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South Africa, popular on almost every traveller’s bucket list, is a great place to visit at any time of the year but this September promises to be particularly special. Beyond iconic experiences like the Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, and the Durban beaches, there’s a whole lot more going on this time of the year.

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Of Cirques and Adventure: Reunion Island

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Mention France, and images like the Eiffel Tower, berets, and baguettes come to mind. But did you know that France also consists of several islands scattered around the world? These French overseas regions are part of the EU, and adopt French as their official language.

One of the most interesting of these is undoubtedly Réunion Island.

Set adrift in the vast Indian Ocean, it’s actually closer to Madagascar (and Mauritius) than it is to anywhere in Europe. And as an island destination, its selling point is not about sandy beaches or stilted chalets above the water – this is because Reunion has what other islands lack: adventure.

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Rwanda doubles the price of Gorilla Permits

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Effective immediately, the Rwandan government has raised the per-day tariff for gorilla trekking from USD$750/person/day, to USD$1,500/person/day, with 30% discounts for anyone visiting either of the Rwanda’s other national parks (Akagera and Nyungwe), along with 15% discounts for MICE attendees doing pre-/post- tours.

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Africa’s Best Walking Safaris

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A walking safari is one of the best and most authentic ways to experience Africa’s diverse range of wildlife. From a herd of elephants walking mere metres in front of you, to tracking a lion through the bush, they are hardly ever short of great experiences. Here are some of Africa’s best.

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Travel Destinations Based on Feng Shui Elements

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With Chinese New Year comes the re-emergence of frenzied zodiac readings and auspicious Feng Shui guides for luck and happiness. Looking to travel to get away from it all? Why not match your destinations to Chinese elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wood, and Metal) – who knows, it may bring some good luck!

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Mauritius: Sugar Island

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Mauritius seems to be entirely built on sugar – there’s a sugar museum, colonial bungalows that were built for sugar barons, rum distilleries, and even a safari park that’s built on the back of a sugar empire. Just look around, and you’ll find most of the island swathed in sugar cane plantations.

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Women of the Tuareg Tribe

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For centuries the nomadic Tuareg tribe have crossed the Sahara desert, their men famously known as the ‘blue men of the Sahara’ due to their blue faces dyed by their distinctive indigo scarves that wrap around their faces. But behind this ancient way of life is a culture that surprises most people.

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Watch ’10 Days in Rwanda’

“10 Days in Rwanda” is Sports+Travel’s short film about our adventurous 10-day sojourn in Rwanda in October 2014, sharing stories of people we met, the wildlife we encountered, and the incredible journey–and success–this tiny nation has been through in the 20 years since the genocide of 1994.

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Rwanda’s Wild Ambassadors: Mountain Gorillas (Part 2)

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Continued from Part 1

With Jerome and our four trackers, our group proceeded––with much trepidation––into the “gorilla’s den”.

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