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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – Adventure of a Lifetime

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The Thrill of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Were you glued to the TV as British celebs struggled up Africa’s highest mountain for Comic Relief? Did you cheer when Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole reached the summit just before dawn?

Did you look at the breathtaking scenery and the dawn over Africa and think, “Wow, I’d like some of that?” If the answer’s “Yes,” and the brave Comic Relief team inspired you, then you too can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Choose from two excellent treks: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – 5 Days/4 Nights or Mount Kilimanjaro Tours – 6 Days/5 Nights, each taking a different route. Both show you the best this great mountain has to offer. And both are guaranteed to be spectacular!

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Get into Good Food and Wine in Cape Town

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Visitors to South Africa will be able to see what the country’s food and wine scenes have to offer this year when a major event is held in Cape Town.

The Good Food and Wine Show will be held at the Cape Town Convention Centre from May 28th to 31st this year and will feature demonstrations from experts including the British-based chefs Marcos Georgiou and Reza Mahammad.

Reportedly the largest food and beverage show in South Africa, the event will feature exhibitors ranging from small producers to big brands selling all manner of tasty products.

There will be a number of different sections of the show focusing on different topics, including one area dedicated to natural, seasonal produce and how visitors can grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Other parts of the event will showcase premium local and imported ciders and beers available in South Africa and the best wines from all over the country.

As well as attending the regular public events that are held in the city, people on Cape Town tours can take in some of the stunning local sights, such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Cape Town – From the wine route to the game parks there is so much to see and do in Cape Town.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19067142-ADNFCR

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Visit Essaouira to enjoy world music

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People who enjoy discovering world music can visit Essaouira in Morocco this summer for the Gnaoua and World Music Festival.

Set to take place between June 25th and 28th, the festival has become one of the most significant and popular fixtures in Morocco’s cultural calendar.

It provides a meeting point for representatives of all forms of music, from jazz, pop and rock to contemporary world music.

The festival is named after the gnaoua people, slaves originating from black populations in Africa who formed brotherhoods and played music with spiritual and religious connotations.

Instruments traditionally played by gnaoua musicians include the three-stringed percussive lute, large metal castanets and drums.

As well as attending the Gnaoua and World Music Festival, travellers on Essaouira tours can explore the city and visit its numerous traditional houses or head to the beach to try some windsurfing or kitesurfing.

The Essaouira medina is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.

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Visit Marrakech to check out Moroccan fashion

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People with an interest in fashion will be able to see the latest styles and trends emerging in Morocco during Marrakech tours this year.

The Caftan 2009 Moroccan Fashion Show will be held at the Palmeraie Golf Palace at Marrakech’s Palais des Congres on May 2nd.

According to the organisers of the show, Caftan is "where glamour and elegance reign".

The occasion provides an opportunity for experienced designers and young talents alike to meet and showcase the best that Moroccan and African haute couture have to offer.

Every year, the show is given a particular theme, with last year’s event based on the concept of ‘glam rock’ and consequently showing off a host of dazzling colours, bold designs and striking accessories.

Caftan 2009 is one of many events that people taking Marrakech tours will be able to attend this year, with alternative options including the 44th Festival of Popular Arts in July.

This cultural celebration will feature more than 36 folk groups from all over Morocco and over 550 artists in total.

Why not book a Full Day visit of Marrakech in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19047794-ADNFCR

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Take an Ouarzazate tour to see the Sand Marathon

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Visitors to Marrakech will be able to book Ouarzazate tours at the end of March to be spectators at the 24th Sand Marathon.

Known as the Marathon des Sables in French, this gruelling event sees competitors embark on a 150-mile race through the desert outside Ouarzazate.

The contest includes a full marathon on one day as well as a 50-mile race and other events of varying lengths on different terrains.

Set to take place between March 27th and April 6th this year, the Sand Marathon will see more than 850 competitors on the starting blocks ranging in age from 16 right up to 71.

This will break the record of 801 runners that was set last year, all but 50 of whom completed the race despite its length and difficulty.

Visitors on tours of Ouarzazate and the nearby Ait Ben Haddou can see sights including the valley of the Draa river and the oasis town of Zagora, which is surrounded by palm tree plantations.

Why not book the Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19045151-ADNFCR

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Check out the Riad Art Expo in Marrakech

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Travellers who have an interest in modern culture and arts will be able to attend the Riad Art Expo during Marrakech tours in March.

This large fair dedicated to traditional Moroccan art and craftwork will be open to the public at the Palais des Congres in Marrakech on March 28th and 29th.

Representatives of many crafts and art-forms will attend the exposition, including ceramics, leather work, interior design, landscaping and brassware.

In total, more than 100 exhibitors will showcase their various products and services at the Riad Art Expo, which is recognised as one of the leading art, craft and lifestyle events in Morocco.

One of the highlights of the event will be an awards ceremony recognising the work of local artists and craftsmen, focusing on the contribution they make to the tourism industry.

People on Marrakech tours who would like to find out more about the city’s local trades can head to one of its famous souks, where just about everything is sold from food and drink to clothes and souvenirs.

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Touring cars to roar into Marrakech

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Marrakech will be the place to be for petrolheads and motorsport obsessives in May when it hosts the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

This year’s competition will get underway with two rounds in Brazil between March 6th and 8th before heading to Mexico on March 20th.

People on Marrakech tours will have their chance to get in on the action when the WTCC comes to the Moroccan city between May 1st and 3rd.

The race will be held on a street circuit in Marrakech, construction of which is currently underway and progressing on schedule, according to Aly Horma, president of the event promoter MGP.

Mr Horma revealed that half of the concrete blocks that will serve as impact walls for the race are already in place, while the 12-hectare paddock area is also taking shape.

This year’s WTCC season will see the world’s best touring car drivers competing for the title currently held by Yvan Muller of France, who won last year’s competition by a comfortable margin.

After its visit to Marrakech, the championship will head to destinations including Valencia in Spain, Porto in Portugal and Imola in Italy.

Why not book a Full Day visit of Marrakech in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19038987-ADNFCR

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Rackets flying at the Hurghada International Squash Tournament

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The world’s top male and female squash players will descend on the beautiful Red Sea coast for the annual Hurghada International Squash Tournament, which takes place from March 28th to April 4th.

With thousands of dollars of prize money on offer this event sees action of the highest calibre with the upper echelons of the game looking to gain crucial cash and ranking points.

Last year’s event saw home players dominate proceedings, with second seed Ramy Ashour beating favourite Amr Shabana in the final of the men’s competition, as well as Omneya Abdel Kawy vanquishing English player Jenny Duncalf.

Competition at this year’s event promises to be fierce as players from around the world look to break the seemingly vice-like grip that Egyptian players can exert while on home soil.

For the spectacle of a fantastic sporting event will all the stunning recreational activities they could possibly need on their doorstep, this should be a priority for anyone on Egypt tours.

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Mozart evoked at the Cairo Opera House

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An oasis of calm and high culture in Egypt’s bustling capital will host one of Mozart’s most famous operas this spring.

The Cairo Opera House will stage Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) from April 14th to 17th.

Written by the Austrian composer in 1786, the opera follows on directly from the events of the Barber of Seville and takes place in the court of Countess Rosina, where the Count’s valet, Figaro, is set to be married to his beloved Susanna.

The Cairo Opera House should be a key stop for visitors on Egypt tours as it is one of the most impressive cultural venues in the entire country.

In addition to its rich and varied performance schedule it also co-ordinates educational programmes and workshops under the auspices of the National Cultural Centre.

As a unique opportunity to see a production of this classic work against the backdrop of one of the most richly historic and culturally unique countries in the world, this should not be missed.

Why not book the Full day Museum, Citadel & Bazaar tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19024435-ADNFCR

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St Patrick’s Night at the Camel Bar

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While Egypt is a land rich with its own culture spanning thousands of years it, like most others, isn’t immune to the odd import.

With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that there will be a little corner of Sharm El Sheikh celebrating St Patrick’s Night on March 17th.

Quite how the Guinness will taste is anybody’s guess but there’s no doubt that the place to be for visitors on Egypt tours is the Camel Bar, a key nightspot in this popular tourist destination and part of the Camel Hotel which boasts its own dive school.

In keeping with the season the bar will become a repository for all things Irish. A good time can be had on any night of the year but on Paddy’s Day there’s an extra special party mood, replete with the obligatory shamrocks, fiddle music and ill-conceived over-sized headgear.

Dressing up is pretty much de rigueur so those planning to pay a visit on this particular night had better pack a few extra items in their suitcases.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19022543-ADNFCR

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