Introduction to Uganda and Rwanda

What Uganda and Rwanda have to offer? A foreign traveler will be astonished by an "endemic" impression of a real African safari composed of various ecosystems formed by the great savannas, vast tropical rain forests, blue-eyed mountain gorillas, the highest mountain-range of Africa, African largest lake... more »

Symbols of Ethiopia

Teff is a species of lovegrass, which can be found in the northern Ethiopian Highlands of northeastern Africa. It contains dietary fiber, iron, protein and calcium. more »

Ethiopian National Parks

The Awash National Park is situated on the Awash River. The main dominant is 1800 m high semi-dormant Fantalle volcano. Park is characteristic by rocky blisters, which can be found else only in Hawai. more »

Ethnic Diversity in Ethiopia

Ethnic group in the Horn of Africa, which resides mainly in Ethiopia, as well as in Eritrea and Djibouti. Their environmentally friendly lifestyle (sharing resources with animals) led to the preservation of the critically endangered African wild ass on their territory more »

Cultural Heritage of Ethiopia

Cultural heritage of Ethiopia is closely linked to the findings of antique artifacts resulting today not only in a lively religious tradition but in intense scientific research on the evolution of man as well. Ethiopia's course during the colonization era led to an intense African identity. more »

Introduction to Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the country with the highest density of UNESCO world heritage sites in Africa. Most notable are ruins of Axum and remains of early Christian civilization. more »



Africa once a highly sought destination by Europeans (colonial times) looks nowadays left alone by Europe. In terms of a tourist infrastructure, Africa has few to offer comparing with attractive Asian and Latin American destinations. Most Europeans who visit Africa do it mostly for work purposes; some of them might be part of a UN mission, Red Cross or US Aid mission while others take part in the mission of one of the NGOs which operate in Africa. Yet another important cluster of Europeans are the people in diplomatic services.

Is the absence of visitors from Europe really a problem for Africa?

We believe that tourist presence of Europeans in Africa is crucial to its economic emancipation as:

  • Tourism is a key driver in the development of services in the third world countries, creating interesting jobs for locals.
  • Higher presence of visitors in Africa means increased visibility of African developmental problems. This can leverage the transparency and accountability of international developmental and humanitarian organizations, which operate in Africa and are largely financed from the money of European taxpayers.
  • Due to visa and freedom of movement restrictions, for most people in Africa Europe represents an unreachable fortress. Thus, if Europeans want to get involved in business and fair exchange of values with Africa they must come to Africa.

Is the absence of visitors from Europe in Africa really a problem for European general public?

We believe that the re-exploration of Africa by European visitors can help them to:

  • Make reflection of their own civilization values and development
  • Understand the dynamic of competitive globalization forces (increase of China influence in Africa)
  • Enrich their personal lives with alternative views on philosophy, culture, religion, art, music and society in a broader sense

We as WI team encourage you to join us in one of our expeditions to explore unknown face of Africa, the places, which people from your surroundings have never seen.

We are part of Walia Ibex Association, Slovak NGO.
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