Active tours to Africa
Mystical Egypt. Author’s tour.
- Cost: $ 950
- Instructors: Lev Viktorov
Active research tour in the footsteps of ancient civilization.
Great trip to Africa
- Cost: 115500 r.
- Instructors: Maria Urbanavichute
Having conquered the highest point of Africa along the route Lemoshaw, we deservedly rest on a safari in the national parks and on the island of Zanzibar.
Spring in Sinai
- Cost: 24300 r.
- Instructors: Anna Ovcharova
Ethnographic tourism and hiking to the keepers of the heart of the Sinai Peninsula
- Cost: 42000 r.
Ascent to the highest point of the island. And national parks for dessert.
Mountains, canyons and barchans of Sinai
- Cost: 24500 r.
- Instructors: Maria Urbanavichute
Hiking in the mountains, climbing away from the crowd of tourists, somersaults in the dunes, hot Bedouin bread and a magical night sky. All this awaits you in non-pop Egypt!
Lalibela and the mountains in the style of fantasy
- Cost: 45500 r.
- Instructors: Maria Urbanavichute
Having passed an active hiking route you can stay in the usual role of a mountain tourist, but surrounded by amazing and unique landscapes Simein – mountains in the style of fantasy.
Active tour to Africa: extreme for experienced explorers of uncharted paths
In life, you lack the thrill, so extreme tourism is your favorite way to paint your life with incredible colors? Club “Direction” offers you a special tourist “treat” – author tours to the most exotic corners of our planet, namely, an active tour to Africa, including exciting active tours to Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and
- Africa is one of the most mysterious continents on the planet, where impassable jungles give way to endless deserts, scorched hot land with cool flowering oases, and the species diversity of animals, plants and birds living in their natural environment amazes not only tourists but also scientists;
- Africa is the second largest continent of the globe after Eurasia. The territory of Africa with the islands has more than 30 million square meters. km, which is home to about 1 billion people. This is 20% of the total land area and about 13% of the population of the Earth;
- as modern scientists assume, having data of recent studies, Africa is the ancestral home of modern man, since it is here that the remains of the most ancient descendants of man were found;
- crossing the equator, Africa is the only continent located from the northern subtropical to the southern subtropical climate zone;
- Africa is the hottest continent on the planet. The world temperature record – +58.4 ° C was also recorded in Africa, in the Dallol area in northern Ethiopia. The settlement of the same name, according to statistics from Ethiopia, is currently uninhabited. He holds the record for the highest average annual temperature, which in Dallol was + 34ºC;
- The longest river in the world, the Nile, begins its journey almost from the south of the continent, from the foothills of Tanzania and ends in the north, falling into the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. Its total length is 6,650 km, and the Nile Valley is the main agricultural zone on the African continent;
- The world’s second largest freshwater lake, Victoria, is also on the African continent. The area of its water surface is 69.5 thousand.
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Climbing Kilimanjaro or safari on the African savanna? An active tour to Africa will satisfy any interests.
On our planet there are many places that are not enough to explore and a lifetime. But Africa is a special continent. It can not be studied even for several lives, but you can try to touch its mysterious charm and at least lift the veil of secrets of the “black continent”. An active tour to Africa provides such an opportunity.
Let’s start with the main thing – what attracts you as an active tourism supporter:
- the mysteries of the Arab East, the Mediterranean, deserts, camels, Berbers, the 1000 and One Nights stories;
- impassable thickets of tropical jungles, teeming with wild animals and reptiles, meetings with the most amazing representatives of African flora and fauna;
- or mountain hikes to the most dizzying peaks of the African continent, sparkling under the bright snow-white glaciers of the African sun, burning in the sun?
If the first, then your choice is active tours in Morocco, during which you will be able to touch the history and culture of two great civilizations at once – Arab and African.
But those whose elements are extreme rest and challenging mountain hikes, Africa will give incredible adventures – climbing Kilimanjaro or the extinct volcano of the island of Madagascar Marumukutra.
The main thing in choosing a route is to correctly calculate the capabilities of your own body and the level of your physical fitness., since many active tours to Africa are designed not for beginners of sports tourism, but for experienced travelers who have experience of successful mountain climbing and long expeditions.
If you feel your own strength and are confident in successfully overcoming long-distance travel, then Africa will reveal to you many of its secrets hiding in the sands of deserts, jungle bushes, behind mountain passes or in craters of extinct volcanoes.
The most interesting regions of the African continent: from Ceuta to the Cape of Good Hope
Africa is one of the most diverse regions of the planet, where the usual European bustle is side by side with virgin nature, and Christian traditions and way of life – with primitive habits of African tribes hiding in the jungle, wizards, cannibals and other exotic representatives of human civilization. If you are ready for such contrasts, moreover – you are looking for them in your travels, welcome to Africa!
Active tours in Morocco: Arabian exotic on the African continent
Morocco, or the mysterious Maghreb, which translated from Arabic means “west” – one of the most interesting countries not only in the Mediterranean basin, but throughout the world. In the north of Morocco washes the Mediterranean Sea, in the west – the Atlantic Ocean, and the southern borders of the country envelop the sands of the mysterious Sahara.
The territory of the country is geographically divided into four regions:
- northern Al Reef (mountainous region), parallel to the Mediterranean coast, where the main resorts of Morocco are located;
- The Atlas Mountains occupy a large territory of Morocco and stretched from the northeast to the southwest. They are located on the territory of three countries – Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and are a natural barrier separating the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Morocco from the Sahara desert. The name of the mountains comes from the name of the legendary Greek Atlas of the Atlas, and the first mentions of them by the Phoenicians date back to the 5th – 4th centuries. before
Adventure tours in Morocco will become for you a real guide to ancient Mauritania, where it is so easy to imagine slave bazaars on the site of ancient squares, and pirate ships and galleys with slaves next to the moorings covered with seashells. Ceuta, Tangier, Melilla, Marrakesh – only at the mere mention of the names of these cities, the imagination draws exciting pictures from the past, and the legs themselves are rushing towards uncharted lands.
Active tours in Morocco are an opportunity to combine many destinations in one hike – hiking (including hiking in the mountains), ecotourism and unusual tours to the most interesting places on our planet.
The history of Morocco begins from the time of Carthage, and the name Mauritania given by the Romans of its African province came to medieval Europe in the form of centuries-long dominion of the Moors on the Iberian Peninsula, giving the history of Spain some of its most striking pages. But the history of Morocco is no less fascinating. There were wars of independence, great empires (such as the Arab state during the Almohad and Almoravid dynasty in the 11th and 12th centuries, whose territory occupied modern Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and part of Spain with Portugal), powerful sultanates and much more.
Active tours in Morocco are at the same time full educational and excursion tours. In memory of the turbulent past, many monuments of ancient and medieval Arab culture and architecture have been preserved in Morocco, many of which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, such as the historic center of the ancient city of Essueyra (or Essaouira, formerly called Mogador) on coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
As a fishing port, Mogador was known to Phoenicians in the 7th century, and then to the Romans. Over time, it became an important point of maritime trade, and then – and one of the most famous marinas for sea pirates. In the 17th century, under the Sultan Mohammed III of the Saadite dynasty, it was turned into the largest seaport of Morocco at that time. Today, the ancient slave market, the former residence of the pasha, the ancient port and two sea bastions, which has preserved its appearance, are of great historical and cultural interest.
The ancient city of Fez, founded in the 8th century and becoming the capital of the Idrisid state, keeps no less historical treasures. At the end of the XII century, Fez became the largest city of the Islamic world, and in the XIV – the capital of Morocco. The historic center of Fez – the old medina of Fez el-Bali is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the largest pedestrian areas in the world.
We study the natural wealth of Africa: hiking, flying and jeep safari
Contrary to the prevailing stereotype, Africa is a green continent with a huge amount of forests and savannahs densely populated with exotic animals, birds and reptiles. If you love eco-tourism, then visiting famous African national parks will be a real event for you..
The most extensive and famous protected natural parks are located on the territory of Tanzania, Kenya, Gabon, Congo, Ghana and South Africa. The greatest interest for active travelers are:
- Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania and occupying an area of 14.8 thousand
If we rest actively, then meeting with the amazing should not frighten us. Numerous African tribes have an amazing identity, among which are the Maasai, the most famous representatives of East African tribes. The territory of their habitat – Kenya and Tanzania. They lead a semi-nomadic way of life, and became famous largely because of their bright, unusual appearance and way of life that has been preserved from ancient times. Masai – the tallest people on the planet, their average height is 2 meters.
The indigenous population of the islands in the X century assimilated with the Persian settlers, and so successfully, that to this day 88% of the population professes Islam. In the Middle Ages, Zanzibar became the largest slave market, supplying “live goods” throughout the world.
Mountain Africa: Kilimanjaro Climbing and Other Famous Peaks
Africa has everything, and even snow. True, in order to reach it, you need to go hiking in the mountains. It should be immediately warned that mountain hikes in Africa are not easy, therefore, mainly intended for experienced travelers.
The most famous peak of Africa and one of the symbols of the African continent is the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point of which is Uhuru Peak located at 5895 m above sea level. Among the names of the mountains there is such as the “roof of Africa.” Indeed, the snow-white Kilimanjaro hat rising above the Masai Plateau is a magnificent and unusual sight, a tour to Africa will prove it to you.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is not only an exciting adventure, but also an opportunity to test your own strength. Since the first conquest of Kilimanjaro, many climbing routes were laid, but after Kilimanjaro was declared a national park of Tanzania in 1972, the park administration approved 6 ascent routes:
- tourist Marangu (the only one equipped with huts) and Mashame;
- Camping Lemoshaw, Shira, Umbwe and the only one starting from the territory of Kenya Rongai.
Depending on the chosen route, the ascent to Kilimanjaro lasts 5-8 days.
In addition to Kilimanjaro, there are several other magnificent stratovolcanoes in Africa. Most of them (in
Conquer the African continent together with the “Destination” tourism club and open a new adventure tour to Africa on the most interesting corners of our planet!
Active recreation is possible even in Egypt. Here is a small overview of interesting things for lovers of active tourism. Dahab A small cozy town on the Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba), which grew out of an old Bedouin settlement. Beneficially differs from the popular resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada with its original, unobtrusive atmosphere, which is mostly created by Bedouins and foreigners who prefer active holidays in Egypt, who come to do free- and tech-diving, kiting and windsurfing and sometimes remain alive.
It is quiet, romantic and in a good sense of the word – provincial. Even in the high season there is no fuss. In the morning and in the afternoon the city sleeps, and in the evening, as soon as the heat subsides, it comes to life. The main street is lit with lights (it is the embankment, as usual), divers walk along it after their exploits, and someone else just crawls out of the sea, like sea aliens, shining with neoprene in the dark.
Swim in the gentle sea, eat until the mango and guava dump, drinking them cold karkade, and in the evening sit down in a cozy chill-out with a fish dinner and hookah. Dahab is the perfect place to come to life after an active desert tour. Mount St. Catherine. The highest peak of the Sinai Peninsula (2642 m). It is revered by pilgrims as a place where the relics of St. Catherine the Great Martyr were found, and are rarely visited by tourists. Trekking (i.e. active transition) from the nearby village to the top takes about 6-7 hours, and it is better to make it with a local guide.
The first part of the path passes through the gorge, along the fenced monastery gardens, the remains of abandoned churches and the ancient marble well with drinking water. On the isthmus between the mountain of St. Catherine and the mountain of Moses lies a small Bedouin settlement, and then the road takes steeply upwards. Climbing up the right side of the gorge, the path divides into two: the lower path goes to the stone platform, at the Mayan Esh-Shunnar spring or the Blueberry water.
According to legend, when the monks climbed to the top of the mountain, where they had to gain the power of St. Catherine, they felt an unbearable thirst. When they decided to turn back, they saw in front of them a wild pigeon drinking water between the stones, there was a source of delicious cold water. After the spring, the lower path connects to the main path.
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After a long climb on the right side of the gorge, the trail goes to the saddle on the wide ridge of Mount Hamr. From here there is a wonderful view of the mountain top.
White and Double White Canyons are famous for their delicate natural color, which is so rich in local sand and granite. The latter has the shape of a horseshoe, and you can go through it, rounding a small mountain range. In the middle of the canyon there is a high, narrow crevice, in which the air does not get so hot that, after sitting there for about fifteen minutes, it is easy to freeze! Local guides call it a chill-out or a fireplace room. The Moon Canyon is famous for its lunar landscapes, but here, unfortunately, there are already visible human traces in the form of abandoned plastic bottles and inscriptions scrawled on stones polished with water, often in Russian. Nomads of the desert Currently the term "Bedouin" they call all the inhabitants of the Arab world, who, unlike farmers, lead a nomadic way of life, although many of them have recently settled. For the Bedouins, the desert is a natural, native and familiar environment. All their simple life is built on survival in the harsh conditions of anhydrous land with a great contrast of day and night temperatures.
At first glance, a seemingly simple way of life, with closer acquaintance, turns into an awareness of the richness of their inner world, the culture of communication in their circle, the level of understanding of the desert and the laws by which it lives. The Bedouins are mostly above average height, well built and wiry, they crawl barefoot along canyons like cats, their legs, thanks to a special gait, do not drown in the sand during long transitions. Their clothes and some customs are traditionally Muslim, women cover the lower part of the face with a MILF, but at the same time they sit quietly next to the men by the fire, enter into conversation and have dinner with them.
Although the original purpose of clothing was to protect from the sun, dust and sand, these purely practical aspects became the tradition of Islam, and now the fully enclosed figure of a man or woman is a peculiar symbol of the way of life sanctified by religion. The Bedouins seem very self-sufficient. They drink strong black tea with lots of sugar, smoke every five minutes, have long conversations with friends and bake wonderful bread. They are excellent guides, they know the desert herbs well, and they determine their path by unknown signs on a hike. Desert. This is an amazing place where there is no hurry. Where there is nothing to think about. Where any European sooner or later falls out of the usual reality, the matrix of the bustling world, and plunges into inner silence. The desert is motionless. More precisely, her life flows quite differently than the life of the forest, reservoir or mountains. it is palpable only in complete silence.
The Sinai desert is very diverse in its landscape. There you can see high sand dunes from the finest white sand, and impressive mountain systems, intricately tied in knots, and colored layers of minerals, and canyons lost in gorges. The ancient petrified shells, now and then caught underfoot, remember the time when there was a sea.