Newsletters  | Mobile

Things to do in Africa + Middle East

Marrakesh is alluring. Founded in 1062 by the Almoravid dynasty, the mosques and medersas became a cultural and intellectual center of North Africa. Marrakech became a trading and resting place on the ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu and has been a bustling epicenter ever since. Although the Almohads destroyed much of the city, they rebuilt it using Andalusian artisans who imparted a Spanish flavor to the city. Today, Marrakech is busy marketplace of scents and sounds, mysticism and modernity.

Since its established independence in 1966, Botswana has enjoyed economic and political stability. Though Africa is landlocked, two big rivers penetrate the country. This makes Botswana an ideal safari destination. Lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros, zebras and other mammals dominate the landscape. Botswana’s landscape is the ideal setting for Alexander McCall Smith’s books about Precious Ramotswe. The Atlantic islands of Cape Verde emanate soulful music that sways the landscape to life. Though impoverished like the majority of the continent, European influences that impact the architecture, language and religion breathe a richness into the atmosphere of Cape Verde. The dialects reflect Portuguese, German, French, Dutch and Italian cultural influences. The warm climate and diverse landscapes also serve as a perfect backdrop to the diverse wildlife which populates the country. Cairo’s city streets and grand 19th-century boulevards unveil ancient mosques, Coptic churches, and Arab settlements. The 10th-century palace-city, Saladin's imposing Citadel, and the minarets of Sultan Hassan's 13th-century gem of a mosque also fill the city. Visit the desert on the outskirts of Cairo to catch a glimpse of the legendary pyramids and the mystical sunset over the Nile.

  • Overview
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Things to do
  • Trips
  • Articles
  • 44 Stanley

    The complex, in Milpark, has the area’s best shopping, thanks to its many boutiques that showcase creative young talent. Be sure to check out the b... More
  • Abercrombie & Kent

    The Abercrombie & Kent travel agency began as an African safari company, founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962. Today, the company organ... More
  • Abercrombie & Kent Sun Boat IV

    A&K has new, comfortable boats, with internet access, lounge pools, and private docks (which means faster, more accessible loading). More
  • Abercrombie & Kent's Israel

    Follow in the steps of Mary Magdalene, Miriam, and Queen Helena. Other itineraries highlight Holy Land favorites: the Garden of Gethsemane and the ... More
  • Abulafia Bakery

  • Africa Adventure Consultants

  • Africa Nova

      Modern African design is showcased beautifully at this high-end gallery, which fills its well-lit split-level space with an eclectic collection ... More
  • Africa’s Eden

    The fledgling Africa’s Eden (formerly Operation Loango) gives amateur naturalists the opportunity to see Gabon’s lush rainforests, unspoiled savann... More
  • African Chic

  • Agate Gallery

  • Agnon House

    The residence of the late Nobel Prize-winning writer Shmuel Yosef Agnon in Talpiot. More
  • Airdelsur

    Though the showroom is sequestered on the ninth floor, it is in fact open to retail customers. Prices are in dollars, and its wares are a very good... More
  • Al Diwan

    Cairo’s most famous bookseller, Al Diwan, will open at Cairo International in late 2009. At the shop you’ll find Egyptian titles including No One S... More
  • Al Majlis

    One of the best places to escape the maddening airport crowds is this expensive and lavish reception and service center for VIPs—or those willing t... More
  • Al Nassma

    You’ll find camel’s-milk chocolate (that’s right, camel’s milk) with dates, spices, and half the fat of your standard cow’s-milk variety. More

Tips on Africa + Middle East Things to do from Our Local Experts


Sign Up

Connect With Travel + Leisure
  • Travel+Leisure
  • Tablet
  • Available devices

Already a subscriber?
Get FREE ACCESS to the digital edition