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The Cities of Africa
Wild creatures and wide-open spaces have drawn travellers to Africa for centuries —the mountains, savannahs and adventurous spirit of this land simply have no equal. But there also bustling cities brimming with opportunities for exploration. From fine dining and entertainment to history and culture, Africa has become much more than just wilderness destination. Here are just a few you might visit as part of a Micato safari:
The budding sophistication of Nairobi has made it, as the New York Times stated, "a destination in itself." This "New Nairobi" still bears the genteel luster of colonial times, but it has developed a personality all its own including excellent restaurants, vibrant nightlife and fascinating museums. Plus, you can get close to wildlife before you even go out in the bush: seeing the baby elephants play at Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, feeding the rare Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Center, or exploring Nairobi National Park.
Mombasa is a coastal escape with African flair. This is a laid-back city with a fascinating history, and a showcase of intertwining influences. There is an Arabic feel to the fashion and architecture here, and historic Fort Jesus still bears the hallmarks of 16th century Portuguese dominance in the region. And of course Mombasa draws sun-worshippers as well—the white-sand beaches of this area embody the relaxed way of life. Add a varied marine life, friendly people and first-rate resorts, and this Indian Ocean gem becomes a must-see.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Africa, Cape Town is a mesmerizing mix of natural and man-made pleasures. Nestled between mountains and ocean and suffused with cosmopolitan style, this "Mother City" of South Africa offers something for everyone. Whether it is fine dining on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, catching a glimpse of the penguins on Boulders Beach, admiring Cape Dutch architecture or looking out over the city from iconic Table Mountain, the allure here is legendary.