New York Times sug­gests places to visit this year

The East African - - DISCOVERY -

The city holds many charms. Among them are the ru­ins of the an­cient city of Carthage, from which Han­ni­bal’s ele­phants once threat­ened Rome. The care­fully pre­served old me­d­ina — with its ra­di­ant tiles, his­toric mosques and war­ren of al­leys — dates from the 12th to the 16th cen­tury, when Tu­nis was a ma­jor cen­tre of the Is­lamic world. The tree-lined Av­enue Habib Bour­guiba down­town bears the un­mis­tak­able in­flu­ence of decades of French rule. And the cafes, art gal­leries and blue­and-white hues of the neigh­bour­hood of Sidi Bou Said, over­look­ing the Mediter­ranean, have long lured Eu­ro­pean pain­ters, writ­ers and thinkers. A short taxi ride away are the beguiling beaches and night­clubs of La Marsa.

This month, a new bridge over the Gam­bia River, three decades in the mak­ing, will be in­au­gu­rated with a nearly 320km re­lay run to Dakar, Senegal. Pere­grine Ad­ven­tures launches its first cruise up the 1,200km river, with a stop at Ba­boon Is­land, home to hip­pos, croc­o­diles and chim­panzees, part of Africa’s long­est-run­ning cen­tre for re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing chim­panzees into the wild. New and com­ing ho­tels, in­clud­ing the African Princess Beach Ho­tel, and two prop­er­ties by the Bri­tish hol­i­day com­pany Thomas Cook, will serve as stylish bases. And new, di­rect flights from Europe make get­ting to this West African coun­try eas­ier than ever.

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