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South Africa named the world’s top adventure destination for 2018

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South Africa has been named the top adventure travel destination in the world for 2018, beating popular destinations like Iceland and New Zealand in Virtuoso International Luxury Travel’s annual rankings.

Global luxury travel network Virtuoso deemed South Africa the world’s number one adventure destination for 2018.

Advisors from Virtuoso-affiliated travel agencies in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East were polled, drawing on their expertise and client requests to offer insight into 2018’s biggest trends.

Along with top adventure destinations, travel tips and top emerging destinations the report also determined the five must-take trips for 2018:

Embracing the cold weather:

Seasoned travelers in search of fresh destinations are setting their sights on chillier climes. Iceland continues to surge in popularity, placing high in several Luxe Report categories this year. Cruisers are enthusiastic about Alaska, and adventurers about Antarctica and the Arctic. One trip of a lifetime mentioned by Virtuoso’s expert advisors includes seeing the Northern Lights.

New Destinations:

Exploring new destinations is the year’s top trip motivator, and travelers are embracing the opportunity to push beyond their comfort zone. Virtuoso advisors suggest that people check out at least one new place
a year, and challenge themselves to try something unexpected during their sojourn: swim with marine life like dolphins or mantas, go zip-lining or ballooning, or take a helicopter tour.

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Connecting with family through travel:

After topping the list of trends since 2010, multigenerational travel has firmly established itself as a travel niche. Following close behind is travel with immediate family, also a consistent trend that will carry forward in 2018. Whether renting a European villa for a celebration with loved ones, cruising to the Galapagos Islands, or snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, a family trip creates lifelong memories, strengthens bonds, and plays a pivotal role in childhood education.

Experiencing Africa:

From culturally rich South Africa, also 2018’s top adventure destination, to the wilds of Botswana and Kenya, to the souks of Morocco, Africa is one of the world’s most diverse continents. Virtuoso’s advisors say a safari is an integral part of the African experience, particularly with wildlife preservation a priority for today’s sustainably savvy travelers.

Be a traveler rather than a tourist:

Immersive experiences not found in a guidebook or brochure, opportunities to meet locals, wandering neighborhoods and making spontaneous discoveries are the best ways to experience a destination, according to Virtuoso advisors. Whether it is wine tasting, or learning a traditional craft or a new language, travelers will be seeking out the true culture of that area they are visiting.”

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Ghana’s Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomes first-ever cruise liner SH Vega

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The Ghanaian tourism industry got a big boost when the legendary Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first ever cruise liner, the SH Vega, a 280-capacity passenger vessel with a total of 115 persons, comprising 106 passengers and nine crew members.

The CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Àkwasi Agyeman, who recieved the vessel, said
nationalities of the tourists aboard the cruise vessel included Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, and Nigeria among others.

Agyeman who spoke with journalists on the historic visit, said the visitors were given the opportunity to explore the Elmina castle and township, the Batik making centre at global mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast castle.

“It’s another win and boost for Ghana’s tourism industry when the Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first-ever cruise liner, the SH Vega on Thursday, April 18,” Agyeman said.

“Ghana continues to fare well as a favourite destination of cruise passengers worldwide with Tema and Takoradi being the traditional Ports of call.

“The tourists toured Elmina castle and its township, the Batik making Centre at Global Mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape coast castle amidst traditional drumming and some dance lessons.

“The vessel, SH Vega, dropped its anchor in the Elmina waters, about 8.8 cables away from the port’s main breakwater. It then lowered its Zodiac (inflatable boats) into the water before carefully disembarking the 115 passengers and crew members into the zodiac in safe batches.

“The vessel had previously sailed to some ports including Angola, Benin, Congo, Gabon, Togo and São Tomé.

“This game-changing moment for the cruise liner business in Ghana showcases our limitless possibilities and the excellent potential for the tourism industry in the Central Region and Ghana.

“We stand proud of this historic moment,” Agyeman stated.

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Wife of Zambian music star Yo Maps sues businessman over alleged cyberbullying

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The wife of Zambian music sensation, Elton Mulenga, popularly known as Yo Maps, Kidist Kifle, has sued a Lusaka-based businessman over alleged cyberbullying and hate speech.

Kifle, who is a socialite in her own right, filed the case at the Lusaka Magistrates Court against the businessman, Elias Musyani, alleging that he had referred to her as a prostitute, and threatened to rape her.

In the lawsuit filed on her behalf by her lawyers, Nsapato & Co. Advocates, Kifle also alleged that Musyani had threatened to abduct their infant daughter in one of his Facebook postings.

The suit notes that Musyani is facing four counts of harassment utilizing electronic means contrary to Section 69 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021.

He is also charged with hate speech contrary to Section 65 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes, 2021.

An affidavit accompanying the lawsuit allege that Musyani, “between March 1 and April 16, by using electronic communications through his Facebook page in his name, intentionally intimidated, harassed or caused emotional distress to Kidist.”

The affidavit signed by the complainant lamented that the accused, in one of his Facebook postings, alleged that she was promiscuous and unfit to be a wife.

Part of the affidavit said:

“That I am aware that the accused has on several dates between March 1 and April 15, 2024, posted several social media posts on his Facebook using his personal account under his name, Elias Musyani, to the effect I am a prostitute, an evil step-mum.

“He has gone as far as threatening rape on me and abduction of my infant daughter.”

She added that the accused in one of his posts threatened her husband, Yo Maps and insulted her mother, actions which she said constituted cyber bullying and hate speech.

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