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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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Nigerian music star, Skales, storms Uganda for Jameson & Friends event

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Nigerian music star, Skales, is currently in Uganda where he is billed to perform on Sunday evening at the first edition of the Jameson & Friends event at Motiv.

The event hosted by Talent Africa, will also feature performances from Ugandan fast-rising multi-talented RnB and afro-pop artiste Joshua Baraka who recently released his EP dubbed Watershed alongside DJ Kas Baby, DJ Vee, and DJ Tony, according to a programme of event released by the organisers.

“There will also be games and a live world cup screening on giant screens,” the organisers said.

“Listed to be a monthly event, this is a lifestyle experience, where friends meet, make new friends enjoy good music, tasty BBQ, and smooth whiskey.

“This is, however, not the first time Skales is performing in Uganda. His debut concert was back in 2017 at the Silver Springs poolside before headlining the 23rd edition of Blankets and Wine held at Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala on August 25, 2019.

“His love for Uganda does not stop there, he also has several songs with Ugandan artistes including ‘One by One’ with Cindy, ‘Olina Work’ Rmx, Bomblast with Beenie Gunter), ‘Pon Mi’ Rmx with Beenie Gunter, Roja and SlickStuart as well as ‘You Know Why’ alongside Zulitums,” they added.

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Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby, arrested for possession of drugs

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Popular Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby was on Friday, arrested at the Cairo International Airport for allegedly being in possession of drugs.

Local news outlet, Shourouk TV, reports that Shalaby was arrested after security agents found 12 bags of sweets stuffed with marijuana in her possession as she returned to Egypt from New York.

The news outlet added that after her arrest, Shalaby was then referred to the El Nozha Public Prosecution and that an investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Egyptian customs officials say a report has been filed against the actress while she will remain at the airport until investigations are finalised.

Shalaby who is one of Egypt’s biggest actresses, started her acting career in 2001 and has starred in several movies and TV productions.

She was the first Egyptian Actress to be nominated for the Emmy Awards and with over three million followers on Instagram, Shalaby enjoys large popularity among Egypt’s top TV stars.

According Egyptian narcotic laws, cannabis possession is punishable with a minimum of one year in prison plus a fine of at least 1,000 Egyptian pounds or both.

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