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The Unheard Cry of Africa Elephants

To all generation that have lived in Africa nothing seems to be as gigantic as the elephants. Inside the parks of Africa the beautiful beast has existed for many years. From the era of slave trade in 18th century upto now the animal has faced numerous challenges. The Unheard Cry of Africa Elephants.

A family of 12 Elephants killed in Tsavo on Jan 3, 2013
A family of 12 Elephants killed in Tsavo on Jan 3, 2013
According to some estimates, sixty elephants are killed daily in Tanzania, where 50 percent of global ivory originates. Cameroon saw 300 elephants cut down in a single bloody month in 2012. And in tourist-friendly Kenya, where 384 elephants were slain in 2012, expectations are that in 2013 there will be even worse: 92 elephants and 17 rhino were poached in the first 10 weeks of this year – 12 of which were killed in one go, in Tsavo East national park.
A vital question lingers in the mind of many people who love wildlife. Who will save the elephants from the hands of the poachers? To the blood thirsty poachers, elephants are a wonderful goldmine that should be wiped out of the universe just to give them extra coin.
The real king of the jungle is crying to the world. No thought is painful as that of a helpless elephant watching its whole family being gunned down and every single ivory being hacked out. The elephants that escape this ordeal become traumatized and rarely live for long.
In 1979, Africa had an estimated population of 1.3 million elephants. By 1989, the population was estimated to be 609,000.Recently the estimated number is estimated to be 300,000 in sub Saharan region.
The small minded and ego-centric poachers forget that the surviving elephants supports the Africa’s economy far more than the few thousand they gain through ivory trade. With continued poaching rate, Africa will soon face its rudest shock-Extinction of the Elephant. No more shall the tourist come from a far to see the wonder of the elephant’s ear or its trunk because all we’ll have are the dried carcasses.
While the elephants cries silently, all those who love wildlife and treasure their beauty should unanimously come together to fight the menace of poaching .The African leadership through the different countries should lay out strict penalties to all those found with a single kilogram of ivory.

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Africa and Its Most Outstanding Tourist Attractions

Africa and Its Most Outstanding Tourist Attractions

The Egypt Pyramids

Egypt Pyramid
Egypt Pyramid
Egypt is a land of many secrets and hidden treasures. This country holds 80 most recognizable pyramids that have been in existence for the last 5000 years. These amazing buildings have been among the ancient seven wonder of the world. They were basically built to hold the remains of Kings or Queens. A visit to this exotic place will reveal the beauty of the three and a half mile tall pyramids. The many tunnels inside the Pyramids’ will surely require that the visiting tourist be guided by a well informed tour guide.
The Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
On the boarder of Zambia and Zimbabwe lies the amazing Victoria Falls. The Zambezi river forms one the largest falls in the world. The falls are within many gorges, with an attractive bridge joining the Second Gorge and Third Gorge. The naturally formed “Devil’s Pool”, is a pool of still water on the edge fall. Although a very dangerous place, some tourists swim despite the risk of plunging over the edge.
The Sossusvlei in Namibia
The Sossusvlei in Namibia
There are some places in Africa where many people doubt whether they existence Sossusvlei is possibly one of this place. It’s the foremost attraction of Namibia because the desert has astounding landscape characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange color, a consequence of a high percentage of iron. The amazing thing about the sand dunes is that they constantly change their shape due to the strong winds. Hiking and climbing is a very enjoyable activity
The Masai Mara In Kenya
Mara
Masai Mara is park that is inhabited by nearly all the wildlife that is found in sub-Saharan region. From the big 5 to buffalos, hyenas, giraffe and the numerous wildebeest that migrate yearly form July to October. This park is also a second home to BBC documentary on the Big cat diary.
Zanzibar Coastline
Zanzibar CoastlineThe beauty and serenity of Zanzibar beaches is yet to be competitively compared to any other coastline in Africa. The beaches are totally unpolluted and the Ocean around has hundred of sea animals. The attractively built hotels are uniquely designed in Swahili and Zanzibar architecture providing modern comforts with unspoilt natural beauty.
The Virunga Mountains
Virunga mountain gorillas
Virunga mountain gorillas

The Virunga Mountains are a chain of in East Africa, along the northern border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. The mountains are the home of to over 880 mountain gorillas. No words can describe the first hand experience of seeing these gorillas.

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AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION IN MAASAI MARA

FACTS ABOUT THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION IN MASAI MARA
World recognition: It’s one of “Seven New Wonders of the World”
Major players: Wildebeest- 1.6 million
Thomson’s gazelle 350,000
Zebras- 180,000
Eland- 12,500
Period : July-October
Reason for migration: To search for greener pastures in Mara reserves
Migration route: Ngorongoro-Serengeti park-Maswa Game Reserve-Masai Game Reserve.
Major predator Lions, Hyenas, Leopards, Crocodiles, Cheetah and other on migration route: Carnivorous
Notable activity:
Seeing the water terrified wildebeest cross the Mbalangeti, Grumeti and Mara River is hilarious activity but it’s also a sad scenery because some are eaten by the crocodile. Wildebeest arrive at the Mara River in thousands and gather along the Mara River waiting to cross. For days their number grows but many times they turn and wander away from the water’s edge. Eventually the courageous wildebeest will choose a crossing point. Although the point may vary from year to year, each year the over a million wildebeest will use the specific spot chosen by their first wildebeest. Usually the chosen point will be a fairly calm stretch of water without too much predator-concealing vegetation in the far side, although occasionally they will choose seemingly suicidal places and drown in their hundreds.
Physical ability of Wildebeest
The animals have physical ability to travel for long distances. A newborn wildebeest gains co-ordination faster than any other animal and is usually on its feet two to three minutes after birth. It can run with the herd at the age of five minutes and is able to outrun a lioness soon thereafter

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The Unforgettable Lamu Festivals

Lamu town is one of the unique heritage places where modernity and ancient practices come to balances. The Lamu Island has a mystical history that is portrayed by is medieval structures. Previously the island was a trading centre where slaves and other trading goods were exchanged.
With over 700 years of continues settlement Lamu has withstand the change that come with Modernity. The old town was first settled in 14 century by Swahili and over the years the Portuguese, Turkish and Arabs have their cultural influence. Although these settlers have left their mark, the town has gained its own culture and heritages. In 2001 the town was named as one of the World heritage. The most amazing thing is that there is no vehicle in the town. Donkeys are the major form of transport in the town and dhow are used for external transport from the island.
Each year the town comes to light with the festivals. The celebration is an inception of the past and the present practices. The beat of the Africa drum is heard from every corner. The Swahili flute and the shakers provide a wonderful rhythm. The best competitors prepare for different races.
Some of the competitions include
1. Donkey race
2. Dhow races
3. Cart pulling race
4. Swimming
5. Dancing
The most outstanding is the donkey and dhow races. The donkey race though not easy involves races around the town. The Lamu Cultural festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the island’s unspoiled beaches, medieval ambiance, architecturally magnificent Old Town, gracious population, and traditions of an enchanted island where history continues to live.
Although the southern wind creates the tide in different time of the year, the Trade winds from the north are less fierce in the month of September. As a result the wonderful beach become so approachable that even a number of dolphins can be seen.
A visit to the Lamu Archipelago will make your experience memorable, especially the Unforgettable Lamu Festivals