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Family travel ‘easy in Morocco’

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Morocco is becoming an increasingly accessible destination for family travel.

The country appeals to families as it offers home comforts and advanced facilities alongside alternative sights and experiences.

Jane Folliott, Morocco specialist at Orion Trek Voyages, has explained that Moroccan cities such as Marrakech and Fez can make an interesting Christmas destination.

"It’s becoming a lot easier for families to travel in Morocco and people are feeling a bit more confident about taking children to Morocco because it has developed a lot in terms of facilities," she commented.

"At Christmas it’s a very popular destination – it’s short haul from the UK, it’s exotic, it’s for people that don’t want the full on Christmas kind of thing in their face."

However, she added that the European influences mean that visitors can still experience the traditional elements of Christmas.

"You can find a Christmas turkey and have a Christmas dinner," Ms Folliott says, and those dreaming of a white Christmas may also enjoy Marrakech.

"Weather wise it’s pretty good – it’s cold, we had snow on the mountains, it gets cold in Marrakech in the winter time, but generally its pretty good weather.

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One week holiday in Egypt – land of pharaohs and ancient pyramids

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2 weeks into my new job at Isango, I jumped at the opportunity to try out the experiences offered by my company as I had booked to go for a one week holiday in Egypt prior to taking up my role. Been a solo traveller most of the time, I usually plan my activities at the very last minute where possible, and most of the time, just packing my backpack and going on the plane with an address to the hostel and a lonely planet guide in hand. As a few family members were joining me for the trip, I had to suppress my procrastination and did some pre-trip planning on the sights to visit and things to do in Egypt. Browsing our website for the Egyptian experiences was fairly straight forward using the quick search and filtering out the various type of tours which did not interest me. One of the things that irritated me slightly was the lack of a price sorting option to view the cheapest options available – that’s me, I am a typical backpacker, costs counts for everything!!! On the other hand, I was able to make use of some very clever slider filters to display only experiences within my budget – nifty!

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Distance specialists brave the heat of the Marrakesh Marathon

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In light of its considerable high temperatures, the North African kingdom of Morocco is not an obvious choice for a long-distance running event but the Marrakesh Marathon has challenged that view time and time again.

Now in its twentieth year, the event takes place on January 25th and looks set to attract 5,000 runners from across the world to challenge themselves and each other in this test of mental conditioning and physical endurance.

Visitors who have experienced Marrakesh before know all about the city’s unique characters and vibrant culture, from the stunning architecture to the bustling, noisy souks.

This event is a chance to experience the thrill of competing in a long-distance race in very an unusual setting – or just spectating from the sidelines with a cold drink and a hookah pipe, perhaps.

Morocco has become a popular destination for tourists in recent year, attracting visitors from across the world who come to sample its renowned hospitality, delicious food and unforgettable atmosphere.

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Morocco “popular” for walking tours

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Morocco has become very popular for walking tours among holidaymakers, one expert has claimed.

Peter Sheard, senior associate at architectural network Gensler, claims that the coastline near to cities such as Rabat are particularly good for walks and are renowned for being "very beautiful".

More than seven million tourists visited Morocco in 2007, according to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, rising by 13 per cent compared to the previous year.

Mr Sheard suggests that Morocco’s growing popularity is due to its natural environment.

He said: "Morocco has been associated with trading and history for a long time but it is popular for walking activities and fishing.

"The coastline is dominated by the environment and it does have a certain relationship with its waterfront," he said.

Marrakech is currently preparing to host the 8th Marrakech International Film Festival, which takes place between November 14th and 22nd.

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Swaziland makes the world sit up and take notice

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The Southern African nation of Swaziland doesn”t register too highly with the wider world for most of the year.

However, during the Festival of First Fruits the country demonstrates its unique culture and language for all to see.

From late December to early January, the festival – known as Ncwala in the indigenous Swazi language – highlights the esteem in which the nation holds its ruling King with a series of ceremonies.

The celebration opens with the new moon toward the end of the year, when many people swarm to the beaches to daub themselves with sea foam which they believe has health-giving properties.

Throughout the event, the towns and villages of Swaziland come alive with traditional dancing, colourful costumes and the evocation of the ancient warrior tribes of the country”s rich history.

Visitors to this part of the continent should not miss the chance to experience Ncwala, one of the most unique and colourful festivals in this oft-overlooked nation.

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Powerboat rally to leave excitement in its wake

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Racing across the open water, barely in contact with the surface and risking life and limb all for sporting glory used to be the preserve of a select band of foolhardy thrill-seekers.

But not any more, as the Red Sea RIB Rally 2008 proves, set against the backdrop of the beautiful destination of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

Competitors looking to pit their powerboating skills against a field of all comers can assemble a team of four and book a package that includes flights, accommodation and fully-supported use of a top of the range boat.

Each craft is identical to those used by the other teams, irrespective of whether competitors are professionals or amateurs, so as to keep as even a playing field as possible.

The best part is that the top prize is the boat that the winning team used in the race, meaning that the victorious team will get their hands on thousands of pounds worth of aquatic technology.

The F1 Powerboating Championship is a professional powerboating competition, with a structure modelled on that of the F1 motor racing equivalent, which began in 1981 and has been dominated by a number of top racers from Italy for over the last decade.

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Sunrise festivals highlights architectural inspiration

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The engineering feats of ancient Egypt are something to behold and few are more spectacular than the 3,000 year-old temple at Abu Simbel, built by Ramses the Great.

Egypt”s pharaohs were not known for their modesty and Ramses the Great was perhaps the most egotistical of all. He commissioned the temple at Abu Simbel to be so aligned that the inner sanctum of the temple would only be illuminated by sunlight twice a year: once on his birthday and once on the anniversary of his accession to power.

As if this wasn”t a sufficient demonstration of the skill of ancient Egyptian architects, the statue of the god of darkness Ptah is so positioned as to be left in the shade during the illumination.

The Abu Simbel Festival sees thousands of people gather in and around the temple at sunrise to see this incredible congregation of natural beauty, human precision and royal pomposity, before joining in the celebrations that take place throughout the event.

Were he alive today, Ramses himself might be more than a little dismayed in seeing that the temple has been moved from its original site after the area was flooded to make way the waters of Lake Nasser, meaning the sun now works its unique magic over the temple slightly later in the day than in ancient times.

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Culture comes alive at Cape Town festival

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As the northern hemisphere gears up for the chills of midwinter, its easy to forget that elsewhere in the world people are enjoying less inclement weather.

Every year over the first weekend of December, the Observatory suburb of Cape Town enjoys OBZfestival, a spectacular street event that heralds the coming summer.

A diverse range of cultures are covered, with live music, film screenings, local crafts, food, street art and plenty to keep younger guests interested too.

With many musical genres including hip-hop, ska, funk, reggae, soul and rock all catered for around the different music venues, South Africa”s up and coming talents are given a chance to shine. Jazz fans won”t be found wanting either, with a rich and varied programme providing something for everyone.

Anyone who”s been to the festival in its history will attest to how diverse and eclectic a crowd it attracts. In a country with such a troubled history, many have looked to events such as OBZfestival as providing some much-needed unity for so many in a country once troubled by deep social divides.

Cape Town is home to 3.5 million people and is the most popular tourist destination in the whole of South Africa.

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Cherry festival hoping to leave a sweet taste in the mouth

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One of the most unusual celebrations in the agricultural world, the Ficksburg Cherry Festival in South Africa celebrates the crop for which the region is known.

From November 20th–22nd, up to 30,000 thousand people are expected to descend upon the town of Ficksburg, in the Eastern Free State.

Ficksburg and the surrounding areas produces 95 per cent of the country”s cherry harvest, which amounts to some 5,000 tons grown from more than 500 hectares of orchards.

German missionaries introduced cherries to South Africa in 1905. This is the festival”s 40th year and the area has long-since established itself among the major fruit-growing regions of the world.

As might be expected for a town that has thrived on this particularly industry for more than a century, Ficksburg”s tourist attractions have a cherry theme. Visitors can take a trip along the Cherry Trail and large numbers of people visit in the Autumn to see the beautiful trees in full bloom.

The region is also know for growing asparagus, but since it doesn”t lend itself to deserts, pies, puddings and sodas the idea of a festival devoted to the green vegetable seems not to have caught on.

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Kenya unites at the Mombasa Cultural Carnival

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Each November every part of Kenyan society is represented at the Cultural Carnival, held in the capital Mombasa.

The focus of the celebration is a street parade with incredible floats and beautiful processions drawing on the culture of Kenya”s rich mix of tribes and ethnicities.

From the modern rhythms of young Kenyan musicians to the traditional Swahili sounds of times past, music is a key part of the carnival with live performance scattered all over the city.

In the beginning two parades proceed through the city, meeting in central Moi Avenue for the climax of the event.

Mombasa is also one of Africa”s oldest coastal settlements and its maritime heritage is celebrated in a regatta held by the waterfront.

Kenya has long had a reputation as a destination popular among wealthy westerners travelling there on safari, a remnant of colonial times. But the Mombasa Carnival celebrates the real Kenya and its rich diversity of people and culture.

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