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  • Published: 17 days ago

Ski South Africa – South African ski resorts

Ski holidays in South Africa

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South Africa is a popular tourist destination boasting bustling cities, outstanding landscapes, sandy beaches and a stunning coastline. The weather here is great and the wildlife abundant. Table Mountain in Cape Town is without doubt the country’s most prominent landmark, while cosmopolitan Durban and the brilliant Kruger National Park are also must-sees. South Africa also boasts one or two ski resorts with great snow from July to September.

The main ski resort in South Africa is Tiffindell, located in the Ben Mac ski area. Having begun as a single-slope entity in the early 1990s, the slope has now grown three times in length and can accommodate both intermediate and beginner skiers and snowboarders. Tiffindell sometimes has favourable snow conditions, making off-piste and heli-skiing possible, while snowmaking machines provide back-up. Après-ski here is also active and the atmosphere is great.

Johannesburg International Airport is the main air hub of South Africa, receiving dozens of international carriers daily, while Cape Town and Durban also receive international flights.

There is a fairly extensive rail network in South Africa and bus routes are also good, with two major national operators. Minibuses are also a popular form of transport for the more budget conscious, while hiring a car is the best option if you want to explore the country. Car hire rates are reasonable and the road network is extensive, with roads being of a good quality.

Incidents of crime are fairly high in South African cities and car-jackings and muggings are not uncommon occurrences. While South Africa has good quality roads, care must be taken while negotiating mountain passes.

http://www.southafrica.net/

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  • Published: 36 days ago

Ski Namibia – Namibian ski resorts

Ski holidays in Namibia

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The Sossusvlei, Namibia’s famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 300 metres, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time.

The dunes of the Namib desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Alantic Ocean by the Orange river. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf.

The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Wind continuously reshapes the patterns of the huge dunes of the Namib desert. It timelessly forces the grains of sand on the flat windward slope upwards to the crest of the dune. Here they fall down in the wind shade. The leeward slope is therefore always considerably steeper than the windward side.

For an advanced skier the typical ski maneuvers on that unfamiliar element sand are possible even after a short time. The possibilities for dune skiing in the Namib (high dunes, breathtaking landscapes, long dune belt) are manifold. Not only the fast ski runs on the dunes bring the kick, but also the landscape and nature aspect are simply one-of-a-kind amidst the world’s oldest desert.

The sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Giant sand mountains like these will surely ecstasize every true skiers heart!

http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/

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  • Published: 50 days ago

Ski Morocco – Moroccan ski resorts

Ski holidays in Morocco

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Occupying the northwestern tip of North Africa, Morocco is steeped in history and is home to such famed cities as Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier and is also known for its open-air markets that are loaded with jewellery, rugs and quality leather. Morocco is chiefly associated with deserts and heat, yet there are one or two ski areas here that offer cool and quiet respite from the bustling cities and warm temperatures.

Morocco’s ski season generally extends from December to March, with the best snow appearing in January. Near the town of Ifrane and nearly 200 miles from Casablanca, Michlifen ski resort is situated at over 6,500 feet above sea level and receives a fair amount of snow on its four slopes, while two ski lifts provide access over the 656-foot vertical.

The top ski resort in Morocco is Oukaimeden, which happens to be North Africas largest ski resort, conveniently located near Marrakech. Oukaimeden has 20 slopes that traverse more than 10 miles of terrain, with the longest slope at two miles, while there are also plenty of alternative activities available. Views from the top slopes are stunning. Other resorts within proximity include Arzou, Djebel Bou Iblane, Hoher Atlas and Rif Gebirge.

There are four international airports in Morocco at Casablanca, Tangier, Marrakech and Agadir, with frequent connections with European and other major world cities. You can also bring your own car from southern Europe on one of the many ferry services. Internal flights are the only real way to cross the country, but they are relatively expensive. Rail travel is faster than the fairly reliable bus services in the country, while shared taxis are also very popular here. Car hire is expensive and police and customs road blocks are common.

http://www.visitmorocco.com/

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  • Published: 79 days ago

Ski Lesotho – Basotho ski resorts

Ski holidays in Lesotho

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Located in southern Africa and bordered and landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho is an independent entity. This mountainous country boasts a unique African culture far removed from its more aggressive neighbour. The capital of Maseru is a laid-back urban centre with some notable attractions; however, most people come to Lesotho mainly for the fantastic mountains and skiing on offer here.

The main areas for skiing in Lesotho are the ranges of Maluti and Oxbow, and the ski season typically runs from May to September. Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom offers some amazing skiing and snowboarding opportunities at a 10,000-foot altitude, with the terrain stretching across more than 1,000 acres. There are three slopes and two ski lifts altogether, while numerous alternative activities are available in the summer months.

The longest established resort in Lesotho is the mountain resort of Oxbow. Oxbow is situated at more than 8,000 feet above sea level and boasts a healthy vertical of over 2,000 feet. However, there is only one trail here, which is open to skiers and snowboarders as well as one ski lift. Alternatively, Eagle Rock ski resort offers even more sliding, but is also a small resort.

Getting to Lesotho by air involves flying to Moshoeshoe International Airport from Johannesburg aboard South African Airways. There are many connections to and from Johannesburg from international cities. There are no buses or trains into Lesotho from South Africa and the closing of Lesotho Airways means that getting about the country is difficult at best. Inconvenient and uncomfortable buses run throughout the country, but roads are often in bad condition.

Crime rates are fairly high in Lesotho, particularly in Maseru, and car-jackings are common, although not to the degree of other South African nations. The roads are rough and driving can be risky, especially up in the high mountains.

If you’re travelling here, we recommend that you take a good guidebook. We like the layout and content of the Lonely Planet book. It provides an excellent mix of travel information and practical advice. Click below to purchase. You won’t regret buying it!

  • Published: 291 days ago

Ski Algeria – Algerian ski resorts

Ski holidays in Algeria

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Both the small towns of Chrea and Blida are located approximately seventy kilometers outside of Algiers, Algeria. Not many visitors to Algeria are even aware of this magnificent part of the country. Even though Chrea is mostly known as a ski area and nature reserve, it has also played a role in the literary and revolutionary history of Algeria. Revolutionary author and essayist, Frantz Fanon, was extremely fond of Chrea. His writings and literary works were the inspiration behind anti-colonial liberation movements.

Fanon’s trips to the Chrea ski area were known to be sinister, as a FLN base was secretly located here. Although Frantz Fanon will always be remembered for his masterpiece, “Letter of Resignation to the Resident Minister”, Chrea is remembered and known as a small piece of skiing paradise in Africa.

The Chrea ski area has had a history of turbulence itself. Between the years 1992 and 2002, the slopes of Chrea lay barren and quiet. The stores and hotels that once flourished with visitors and tourists were demolished, and all the joy, excitement and family holiday fun that was synonymous with Chrea, was replaced by armed groups, military vehicles and the brutal leaders of the GIA (Armed Islamic Group). Most of the three thousand residents of Chrea fled the area. The armed groups have now been chased from Chrea, soldiers protect the area and keep a watchful eye on the ski area from towers and barracks that have been constructed on nearby hill tops.

Today the shrieks of laughter and snowball fighting children have returned to the mountain. Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts crowd the slopes, and sleighs come past every now and then. The ski area is located inside the Chrea National Park, which is one of the smallest national parks in Algeria. But its size is not what lures people to the park, it is the majestic mountain forest landscapes, the undisturbed beauty of nature and the vast variety of wildlife that remained isolated from the public eye for ten years that draws them.

The town of Chrea and the ski area are slowly picking up the pieces, and rebuilding this spectacular holiday hide-away. Locals are beginning to return to the town, good memories and days of happiness have been reunited with the mountain, and the people of Algeria have begun to live and plan for the future again. The Chrea ski area is a wonderful escape from city life, and a rare opportunity to go skiing in Africa.

If you’re travelling here, we recommend that you take a good guidebook. We like the layout and content of the Lonely Planet book. It provides an excellent mix of travel information and practical advice. Click below to purchase. You won’t regret buying it!

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