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Egypt: The U.S. Department of State Reissues Travel Alert

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel alert for Egypt Dec. 18, just days before a car bomb killed 14 people at a police compound in Mansoura, 80 miles north of Cairo. The Dec. 24 bombing appears to have targeted police, but reports indicated that several civilians were also killed or injured in [read more]

South Africa: New E-tolls Cause Traffic Jams Near Johannesburg and Pretoria

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

The introduction of e-tolls has caused major traffic congestion around Johannesburg and Pretoria, as drivers attempt to use alternate routes. The new toll program uses license plate scans to bill drivers who have not prepaid, and collected fees will be used to make necessary improvements to roads. Several groups, including trade unions and churches, are [read more]

East Africa: Common Tourist Visa Delayed

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

A common tourist visa covering visits to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi is being delayed while officials finalize requirements. The visa, which would allow entry into all five countries, was proposed earlier this year by by the East African Community (EAC). Though some East African nations provide entry visas free of charge upon arrival [read more]

Zanzibar: Tourist Police Introduced

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

A tourist police force has been introduced to Zanzibar, in a move that officials hope will ease the concerns of travelers to the island. The patrol unit is nation wide and tourist committees have been established in all districts, with additional police stations planned for the future. The safety of travel in Zanzibar has [read more]

Madagascar: Tourists Killed by Local Mob

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Two French travelers were killed Oct. 3 after a local boy was found murdered on Nosy Be, a small island just off of Madagascar’s northwest shore. The two men were accused of killing the boy and harvesting his organs and were hunted down by a mob of nearly 100 locals before being tortured and burned [read more]

Kenya: Wildebeest Migration Early this Season

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

A drought in Tanzania has caused the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara to happen early this season, with thousands of the animals currently returning to Kenya. This leg of the 1,800-mile migration wasn’t expected until April. Tourists are beginning to arrive at lodges and camps near the Maasai Mara Game Reserve [read more]

Mozambique:Travel Alert Issued as Elections Approach

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert Nov. 8 cautioning tourists to avoid various parts of the country as the Nov. 20 elections approach. Clashes between government security forces and the armed opposition, Renamo, have intensified in recent weeks, turning violent in Sofala and Nampula provinces. An increase in kidnappings has been reported and [read more]

Uganda: Thousands to View Solar Eclipse

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

The Nov. 3 hybrid solar eclipse is expected to draw nearly 30,000 scientists and tourists to Uganda in the coming week. The rare eclipse will be viewable from areas in Arua, Gulu, Masindi and Soroti districts, though the best vantage point is reported to be in Pakwach district. Authorities continue to assure potential visitors of [read more]

Egypt: Nuclear Power Plant Under Construction as Violence Continues

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Interim-President Adly Mansour announced plans to resume construction on a nuclear power plant in al-Dabaa, 180 miles north of Cairo. Construction on the plant began under ousted-president Hosni Mubarak, but was suspended when locals accused the state of taking their land by force and without payment. Local residents recently abandoned a months-long occupation of the [read more]

Zanzibar: Power Rationing Could Last Throughout October

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Technical issues with a newly-installed power cable have led to power rationing throughout the island. Officials established an energy usage schedule that will result in reduced electricity supply for many households, businesses, restaurants and resorts. Those affected will need generators or solar power as backup while the power company develops a sufficient plan to bring [read more]






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