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Places to Go With Your Tanzanian Visa: Tarangire National Park

April 30th, 2011
The Serengeti gets all the glory, but if you're visiting Tanzania, make sure you carve some time out for Tarangire National Park as well. Frommer's, who recently named Tarangire one of the best parks in Tanzania, says that "While the focus for most travelers to Tanzania is nearby Serengeti, many come away claiming lesser-known Tarangire as the real highlight of their trip." What makes Tarangire so special? At only 2,850 square kilometers, it may not be the largest park in Africa, but it has one of the densest wildlife populations - proof that sometimes good things do come in small packages. Here, you'll see elephants, zebra, wildebeest and scores of antelope, including the fabled oryx, often thought to have inspired the legend of the unicorn. Look up in the ancient baobab trees, an


Get a Kenyan Visa for a Safari in Masai Mara

April 22nd, 2011
If you're in Kenya looking for wildlife, you have a lot of national parks and reserves to choose from.  However, Masai Mara National Park is quite possibly the best place to go. The reserve is huge in and of itself, with 938 square miles of protected area. It's also contiguous with the Serengeti Reserve in Tanzania, giving the animals even more space and allowing for a diverse population of wildlife. The "Big Five "-- lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants -- get top billing, but you can also see a staggering number of smaller but equally interesting creatures, including wildebeest, baboons, giraffe, zebra, hyena and many different types of antelopes.  Plus, there are multitudes of birds including ostriches, cranes and hornbills. The park is well-developed for tourism, with


Qatar Visa Requirements to See the Rock Carvings of Al Jassasiya

April 17th, 2011
Qatar is one of the safest Middle Eastern countries to visit, especially at the moment. While it's not as famous of a destination as, say, Jordan, there are still plenty of interesting things to see and do. For example, if you travel into the desert northeast of the capital city of Doha, you'll find some gorgeous and astonishingly well-preserved petroglyphs. The rock carvings of Al Jassasiya are a true mystery. Very little is known about the people who carved them or what the carvings themselves mean. Nonetheless, they are a spectacular sight. Here's how Kirstin Amro described them for Vagabondish: "After initially finding the rock carvings, it was thereafter impossible to miss them. Dozens of dhows (ancient Qatari boats) sailed across the limestone rock in their numbers, their thin oa


Things You Can Do With A Nepal Visa: Hike Everest in Solitude

April 16th, 2011
Nepal is a backpacker's paradise, but while it's known for its absolutely stunning scenery, it's not known for providing solitude. Most backpackers look at the heavily-trafficked main trails as an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. But some of us are a little more misanthropic. We prefer to walk alone. Now, my fellow misanthropes can have their cake and eat it, too, so to speak: A relatively new loop trail, the Three Passes Trek, takes you around the Himalayas and through Everest Base Camp, while avoiding the crowds for most of the route. New York Times travel writer Alex Hutchinson recently hiked the route with his wife, and from his description it sounds just as spectacular as any trail in Nepal. Check it out: "Behind us, looming above a turquoise glacial lake, was


Get a Brazil Visa to See the Church of our Lord of Bonfim

April 15th, 2011
Salvador de Bahia is the largest city on the northeastern coast of Brazil.  It is known as the "City of All Saints" and "Brazil's capital of happiness." It's also home to the celebrated and unusual Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (that's "Church of our Lord of the Good End" in Portuguese.) The church is believed to be especially sacred, and every year thousands of pilgrims come here to pray. The Church is the site of an important annual festival that incorporates both Catholic and Candomble traditions. The Festa do Bonfim happens every year in early January.  People from all over Brazil gather at the Church of Conceição da Praia, then walk in a procession to the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. Once there, a group of women in traditional white dresses and bonnets wash the steps of


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