Africans love their alcohol. From the locally made brews to the imported spirits and stout from Russia and Ireland.
While sparkling wine, refined spirits and triple filtered beers make their way into the markets however, the thirst for locally brewed alcoholic drinks still remain, with it being the drink of choice for most of the locals.
In this article we attempt to highlight the ‘National Alcoholic Drink’ of Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.
Ghana’s traditional liquor and national drink is called akpeteshie. Akpeteshie is made from distilling palm wine or sugar cane. A moonshine concoction, akpeteshie means ‘hide’ in the Ga language of Ghana which was derived from the British colonial masters banning the drink in their day, but not effectively stopping Ghanaians from distilling and drinking the drink. For decades the drink has been looked down on as a drink for the lower class, but it is recently gaining a rehabilitation and you can sometimes find it in growing upscale bars that offer it as a cocktail.
Dawa, the most beloved drink in Kenya is a mixture of honey, lime, white sugar, ice, and vodka. It’s popularity is such that virtualy every restaurant and bar in Kenya has it on its menu. Dawa means medicine in Swahili, but unlike many local drinks and brews that lay claim to medicinal and healing properties, Dawa makes no such bold assertion. The Canivore, one of Kenya’s most famous restaurants is credited for inventing the drink.
Palmwine is made from the sap of the palm tree, coconut palms and date palms. Popular worldwide and across various cultures, the Palm Wine is not indigenous to Nigeria but is the most popular and commonly accepted alcoholic beverage across the country. During the process of extracting the sap, knowing as tapping, the beverage is sweet and not alcoholic but is then put through a fermentation process where it becomes Palmwine.
South Africa: Amarula
Amarula is synonymous with South Africa. It is a cream liqueur made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African Marula tree. The taste of Amarula is that of a sweet, fruity caramel.
Known by several aliases including ‘tears of the lion’, ‘fire water’ among others, Konyagi, Tanzania’s most popular drink is made from molasses, spices and flavoured rum. It is popularly touted as an aphrodisiac. The drink is a clear liquid which makes it marketed with the lines ‘it is now vodka, it is not gin.’
What is the national alcoholic beverage in the country where you are from? Share with us in the comment section.
Jumia Group in celebration of its 7th year anniversary on the African Continent is offering amazing deals to its customers via its different ventures notably Jumia Mall, Jumia Food, and Jumia Travel.
To celebrate the occasion of its anniversary, Jumia Travel is giving amazing discount on room rates on a wide selection of hotels courtesy of its hotel partners with some discounts as high as 60%.
Not only this, there’s an additional 30% off on hotel bookings when you use the code JTA30 when you book on Jumia Travel for all customers. Usually, Jumia Travel has promos exclusive to only new customers but this time around new and existing customers all get a piece of the cake in this anniversary bonanza.
To be a part of this, check out some of the exciting offers on hotels by country.
Christmas celebrations are all about merry making, attending church and exchanging gifts with your loved ones. When we think about Christmas, we think about Santa Claus, some great tasting turkey and pudding and a beautiful Christmas tree.
However, Christmas celebrations are not same in all parts of the world, in some countries people follow some very strange and wacky customs and traditions. We have compiled an exciting list of some of the strangest Christmas traditions:
Some of the most exciting Christmas traditions are followed in the Philippines. The Midnight Mass, also known as Simbang Gabi starts exactly at 04 00 on 16th December and continues till the midnight of 24th December. The belief held by many in the country is that when you complete the nine days Novena, your heartfelt wish will come true. Once the dawn mass concludes, everyone enjoys great tasting food including puto bumbong, sticky rice cakes and delicious bibingkang kanin.
Norwegians are people known for believing in the old myths of evil spirits and witches that wander at night to find brooms for riding, thus on the Eve of Christmas they hide all the brooms in safer spaces. It is interesting to note that many traditional women in the country believe in this folklore and hence they hide all the brushes, mops and brooms before they go to sleep at night.
3. Czech Republic
No christmas celebration is complete in Czech Republic without the shoe tossing ceremony where all the single ladies toss their shoe on the Christmas Eve to know whether they will get married the next year. They turn around and toss the shoe over their shoulders, if the shoe faces the door, it is implied that the woman will get married in the coming year.
As we are on the topic of strangest Christmas traditions around the world, in Caracas a city in Venezuela people follow a very strange tradition. People go to the Christmas Mass on roller skates. Everyone beats the drums and once the clock strikes 12 midnight, everyone starts to chant ‘Jesus is born’ and they light up the night sky with bright firecrackers.
In Germany children leave one of their shoe outside the home on the 5th December, the shoe is filled with delicious candies and sweets. However, for naughty children a great surprise awaits, when they wake up and rush to get their hands on all the delightful sweets, they only find a branch of a tree in their shoe.
6. Great Britain
When it comes to Christmas traditions, the British are very old-fashioned and have a firm belief in long standing traditions. It is customary for every family member to stir the pudding in a clockwise direction before it is cooked and while they do so, they also make a wish.
When in Japan, do as the Japanese do. This will help you in developing cordial relations with the people of the country. In Japan people only send white Christmas cards to their loved ones. One should avoid sending a red card under all circumstances, as Japanese associate the color red with funeral announcements. Sending a red Christmas card is looked down upon in Japan.
A wacky Christmas tradition followed throughout the Spain is Caga Tia. It is basically a hollowed log with cheery face that is fed from December 8th till Christmas Eve. All the children gather and beat the log and throw it in the fire and sing traditional songs so that the log would pop out all the presents including garlic bulb and onions.
No one can beat Slovakia when it comes to weird Christmas traditions, the eldest member of the household takes a spoonful of the delicious traditional pudding made of water, bread and poppy seed filling and tosses it at the ceiling. It is believed that the more the pudding sticks to the ceiling the better will be the harvest. It is a really strange and messy yet a fun Christmas tradition.
If you want to know where Santa Claus lives and want to send him a letter, then keep reading this space. Canada is the only country that recognizes the address Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO. If anyone sends a letter to Santa at this address, they definitely get a rep
So I recently stumbled upon a very random fact – that Hamburgers originated from Hamburg. Yea, I was mind blown. And I thought, what other popular food facts are there that people do not know about. And so I combed the edges of the internet and brought out these amazing facts and information about food that we stuff ourselves with and take for granted the stories behind them.
While helping yourself to a serving of your favourite food in your family or office Christmas gathering, don’t forget to share these facts. Doesn’t quite make you the chef, but at least you are bringing something aside your appetite to the table. And if it is a gathering that requires you to bring food such as a potluck, do not hesitate to order meals online from Jumia Food.
While being a staple food in Italy, Pasta did not originate from Italy. Pasta originates from China and was brought to Italy by the famous Italian explorer Marco Polo.
2. Apple Pies
Of course you thought it was American, especially with the way Americans go on about it like it was their gift to the World. But apparently Apple Pies are originally from England and at the height of its popularity in medieval England were know as ‘pyes’ and had a meat filling.
3. French Fries
What is in a name? In the case of the French Fries, deceit. Despite it’s name proclaiming it as French, the French Fries actually originate from Belgium.
4. Cheese Cake
This delicious savoury dessert believed by many to be from the great city of New York was actually introduced to the world by the Greeks. Thank you Ambrosia.
Sushi is undoubtedly synonymous with Japan. While that may be the case, Sushi originated from South East Asia before it made its way to Southern China and then Japan where it has made its home.
6. Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter originated from Canada and not America as many are primed to believe. So no, George Washington did not create the Peanut Butter.
This one knocked me out. I thought they originated from Belgium, apparently others thought they originated from America, but then the history of Waffles go as far back as the ancient Greeks.
Recipe’s for doughnuts are found in records as far back as the 19th Century in Dutch cooking books. However, a certain Englishman’s account, Hanson Gregory, takes the credit for inventing the familiar ring shaped doughnuts we all know today.
9. Jollof Rice
Ghanaians and Nigerians are forever in a war over who has the better Jollof Rice. Jollof Rice however does not have it’s roots in either of both countries. Jollof Rice originated from the region of Sene-Gambia now divided into the two post-colonial countries of Senegal and Gambia.
10. Ice Cream
Wherever you thought Ice Cream originated from discard that from your head. When next a delicious scoop of ice cream melts in your mouth thank the Japanese who first made the Ice Cream in 618 AD.
Globally, the sports tourism market is a fast-growing sector of the travel industry and equates to Ksh. 60.7 trillion a year. Closer home, the tourism, travel and hospitality sector directly contributed Ksh. 294.6 billion to the Kenyan economy in 2017, which is approximately 3.7% of the GDP; according to the Kenya Hospitality Report.
The emphasis on sports as one of the potentially key tourism products was clearly demonstrated by the Brand Kenya Board, the state agency mandated to coordinate marketing initiatives for the country. This was through a recent social media campaign dubbed “Think Tourism”, that highlighted the various sports in Kenya which contribute to travel and tourism in the country. In one of its posts, Brand Kenya appreciated the potential of sports in providing enthusiasts with adrenaline filled adventures, while also acknowledging the lack of adequate publicization of sports tourism as a travel package.
Vipingo Ridge – North Coast
Shifting focus to the game that is Golf, Kenya provides well developed golf courses, favorable weather conditions, and conducive business environment for Golf Tourism to thrive. With 62% of direct travel and tourism GDP generated from domestic travel spending in 2017 (38% from foreign spending), it is high time golf administrators in Kenya paid closer attention to initiatives that will attract more domestic golf tourists in the coming years. Besides, the country hosts the only PGA-approved golf course in East Africa – the Vipingo Ridge Baobab Course. Kenyans expressed avid sentiments about Golf Tourism in Kenya, during the earlier discussed ‘Think Sports’ campaign.
A clear major contribution to the growth of golf tourism all round, is the golfers’ willingness to part with their banknotes for the love of the game. This not only covers the courses but also the hospitality services pertaining to the game; including accommodation and sumptuous meals to spice up the placid disposition ahead of the exotic game. With the growing popularity of golf tourism particularly as a form of recreational sport, Golf Clubs doubling up as accommodation facilities across the country are literally capitalizing on this sleeping revenue giant.
The Game of Golf is also reputable for the networking platform it provides participants, while keeping tabs of their scorecards. It attracts deluxe tourists, senior managers, company owners, government officials, reputable states people, politicians, and business investors among others; many of whom are repeaters. This improves the organizational, marketing and bidding capabilities of a people looking to enhance their network. Furthermore, some who have played together for years end up creating close knit friendships and families.
Golf is key in job creation and nature conservation
From caddies, and maintenance workers, training and instruction managers, equipment maintenance crew, to the entire club management team; the game provides employment for thousands of people across the country. In addition, there are also the employees at onsite restaurants, hotels and other related amenities and services, who are all part of the 1.1 million jobs (9% of total employment) supported by the travel and tourism sector in Kenya in 2017.
Sigona Golf Course
Is there anything as breathtakingly exquisite as the view of a well pruned golf course? The efforts put towards the maintenance and care go a long way in nature conservation. For instance, the Sigona Golf Club in Kikuyu has 80-years of history, carved out of a wattle tree plantation in 1938. The natural forest is preserved within the 300-acre golf course. Such a concept enables the Club to increase its competitive edge in the international arena, attracting tourists who are keen on getting in touch with nature, and on interacting with the community to enjoy a healthier and interactive holiday.
Both sides of the fairway are lined with trees which make the Sigona Golf Course an ideal nature walk to be explored in 4 hours by guests and non-golf enthusiasts. Flowering trees and bushes make it a picturesque course and a very pleasant place to walk.
Our generation; tech savvy, mobile first, a middle corporate class etcetera. The titles go on and on and so are the high pressures of the life that comes with the labels. Unfortunately, such a vast percentage among us has become inherently predisposed to depression and all the burnouts that are brought about by the gravities of this fast-paced life. A life characterized by extreme high levels of competition in the workplace, a negative work environment that include harassment and bullying, family and financial instabilities among others.
According to 2017 statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people suffer from depression and anxiety globally, causing significant economic impact; with an estimated US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity. And yet, if only we can give ourselves a chance to unplug and reconnect with nature away from our daily routine, then we will have made the first step towards self-discovery and recovery. Here are some of the best accommodations from across the world, where one can begin the journey of unplugging towards a more stable mental life.
The Elegant Finch Hattons Camp in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
Finch Hattons Camp in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
Situated in the heart of Tsavo West, one of Kenya’s largest national parks, the Finch Hattons camp is surrounded by pure untouched wilderness with amazing views of the magnificent Chyulu Hills and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. This is possibly one of the best destinations in Africa, where we can all disconnect from the day to day stressful life. Glampers get to enjoy infinite indulgence in the wild, as there is a large outdoor decking area with panoramic views across the diverse wilderness of Tsavo West.
This is a dream location for families and friends in search of a Kenyan safari experience which offers both elegance and luxury. Take a bath in the copper bath tubs located in both the indoor and outdoor showers, after which you indulge in an African cuisine under the empty hazy sky. One way to keep unplugged is by reading or writing, and you can do so on the beautiful hardwood writing tables beneath the intricate chandeliers, and ornately carved chests that maintain a rustic yet luxurious ambiance. Dip in the infinity pool which overlooks Mount Kilimanjaro and treat yourself to a massage at the on-site spa.
Besides, the park covers a huge variety of landscapes: from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks; from extinct volcanic cones to rolling plains. Tsavo West is enshrined in legend, due to its famous man-eating lions in the late-nineteenth century, and as the place where Denys Finch Hatton (lover of Karen Von Blixen) called home. The park is home to an exceptionally diverse variety of wildlife, including Red Elephants, Giraffes, Leopards, and Impala to name but a few. Why would you not unplug with all this luxury and nature around you?
Peaceful Cedar Green House near Silverton, Oregon
Cedar Green House near Silverton, Oregon
Remember, when unplugging, peace is fundamental, and if in North America, this is the one place you will want to be. It is a peaceful luxury and delightfully converted cedar green-house near Silverton, Oregon; with a comfortable living room and a natural cedar hot tub. Upstairs features one-bedroom in a sleeping loft with a full-size bed. It has a gravel floor, and there is a water faucet inside.
The cedar green house is beautifully constructed using minimal wood and large glass windows to allow plenty of natural sunlight seep into the accommodation at any time of day. Dine outside at the picnic table while making use of the BBQ, or roast marshmallows over an open fire. The back patio looks out onto green foliage, providing a serene ambiance for drinking a glass of wine, reading a book or enjoying a blazing campfire as guests relax after having an exhausting, action-packed day.
Luxury Dome Getaway near Round Swamp, New South Wales
Luxury Dome Getaway near Round Swamp in New South Wales
This luxury dome getaway is nestled in the Capertree Valley near Round Swamp in New South Wales, Australia and can accommodate two guests. The unique dome features transparent walls and a spherical shape, enabling guests to take in awe-inspiring views of their surroundings and feel a sense of total immersion in their natural environment. The bathroom, with a private hot tub, is also spherical, but unlike the bedroom, it is not transparent.
Bring out the best of your cookery skills in the outdoor kitchenette on the lower deck and birdwatch some of the 235 species of birds in the valley. Binoculars and an iPad loaded with a birdwatching app will be provided. Later, enjoy a glass of wine and take in the majestic surroundings of the valley’s unparalleled beauty; nothing can be so therapeutic.
Extraordinary Tree House near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Tree House near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Situated near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – South America, this unique two-story tree house by Glamping Hub can accommodate up to four guests. It is supported by massive eucalyptus trunks and curved wood ceilings from sustainable timber. There are two incredible bedrooms and two full bathrooms, including a kitchen equipped with an array of cooking and serving utensils to ensure a homely stay.
Sit back and relax in the buttery leather sofas in the living area or on the decks that feature cushioned outdoor furniture, a barbecue grill, a hammock, and an outdoor shower for complete unplugging. Plunge into the pool just a short walk from the front door and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the jungle surroundings while still enjoying access to fabulous amenities and conveniences.
Unique Eco-Friendly Vacation Rental near Maribor, Slovenia
Unique Eco-Friendly Vacation Rental near Maribor, Slovenia
Modern simplicity is just what you get at this unique vacation rental in the rolling hills of Slovenska Bistrica near Maribor, Slovenia in Europe. Designed like no other, the intimate hut can accommodate two guests on a romantic getaway. The hut has been designed to blend seamlessly with the natural setting and to draw the eye outward from the large, floor-to-ceiling windows.
It provides guests with everything they need to disconnect from the strains of daily life and reconnect with nature. Delight in your romantic getaway while taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, hills, and valleys. The sunny and airy feeling of the rental will renew your energy and leave you feeling refreshed.
Wooden Bungalow Rental in Rural Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Wooden Bungalow Rental in Rural Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Are you looking for an authentic rural experience in Asia? Then this bungalow rental in Vietnam offers an unforgettable countrified adventure all year round. Glampers enjoy magnificent views across the lake and steep mountain ridges of Ninh Binh province. The bungalows can accommodate between two to four persons with each room’s interior meticulously designed with a delicate, functional romanticism to generate a harmonious ambiance perfect for an unplugged rustic experience.
The balcony is furnished with a hammock, making it an ideal place to take in the natural surroundings over a calming up of local tea. The geography of the region affords fantastic cave exploration, mountainous hiking, and, of course, photography.
Jumia Travel Black Friday is coming! This is the annual premier league of hotel deals and off the roof discounts. As such it can get very confusing to know which link to click, which destination to choose and when to book.
However, not to worry, we got your back with this Jumia Travel Black Friday cheat sheet!
When to Shop
Resist the urge to book for your holiday before the Jumia Travel Black Friday on the 2nd of November. This year, all the 3 East African countries will synchronize their watches to start on the same day.
Thursday evening – bookmark all the hotel deals that you’d be interested in booking. The more the merrier so as to avoid disappointment in the case where one gets fully booked.
Friday all day – book your hotel stay and flight as early as 5am. Be on the look out for treasure hunts and vouchers on our social media platforms.
Saturday morning – double check your hotel stay is still available as well as the flight requirements.
Sunday evening – do research on top things to do at your destination on Jumia Travel’s free online travel guide. The key to enjoying your vacation is creating anticipation.
Monday – buy all your travel equipment on Jumia and have them delivered to your home or office or home. The best way to save on shipping cost is to buy Jumia Express items.
Where to Stay
The gold deals for Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda will be in the top 4 destinations in each country. Whether you’re looking for a laid back holiday on the beach, or adventure packed vacation, you’ll be spoiled for choice during Jumia Travel Black Friday.
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What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is a popular shopping festival that comes after Thanksgiving in the US. On November 2nd to 30th , Jumia Travel will have special Black Friday deals to mark the festival. Get ready for the biggest Black Friday discounts ever on hotels in Nairobi, Kampala, Zanzibar and Diani Beach among other top destinations.
Preparing for Jumia Travel Black Friday 2018
Jumia Black Friday 2017, which was on 13th November all the way to 13th December 2017, saw the customers enjoy upto 80% discount on their hotel booking. As expected, early birds will enjoy great deals on their bookings this year.
Here are tips to get you ready for Jumia Travel Black Friday 2018:
1.Decide on your destination
Jumia Travel features top tourist destinations all over Africa. All you need to do is decide where you want to go, search our site and get information on nearby attractions as well as top hotels. Whether you want to experience sandy beaches of Zanzibar or see the big five of Masai Mara, we’ve got you covered.
2.Prepare a travel budget
A travel budget for Black Friday will keep your spending in check. In that way, you will have enough money to enjoy travel during Christmas holidays. Your budget will depend on your desired destination and hotel type. Check our full hotels list ranging from luxury 4 & 5 star hotels, to 3 star and budget hotels. Regardless of your budget, you can afford luxury hotels with Jumia Black Friday offers. Simply book a hotel as soon as the clock strikes November 25.
3.Have steady internet connection
Ensure you have steady internet connection to complete your Black Friday discounted hotel booking. You do not want to be disconnected before making a booking on Jumia Travel. Steady internet will ensure you are among the early birds who get crazy Black Friday discounts.
Investment in new technology provides the tourism sector with opportunities for novelty, aimed at providing a platform for designing new and tangible tourism products. Emphasis goes to integrating innovative initiatives into tourism management; instrumental in enhancing full tourist satisfaction, based on destination value and quality of service.
In a statement by UNWTO about positioning tourism in the global innovation agenda, Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili noted that “this is only possible by bringing the private and public sectors together in a meaningful way and providing opportunities to share ideas”.
From governments to tourism entrepreneurs, investors and innovators, all stakeholders have a role and an opportunity to use technology with an aim to grow the sector. Kenya is for instance endowed with numerous tourism products. Traditional beach tourism, exotic safaris and the budding MICE business tourism etcetera, the package is diverse while still possessing room for enhancement. Tourism contributed 3.7% to the country’s GDP in 2017 and expected to reach about 8.9% by end of 2018. I believe that strategic use of technology will go a long way in enabling the realization of this forecast.
A case in point is the use of location apps to innovatively make destinations accessible, incorporating online food ordering and efficient delivery systems for the catering service providers. Not to forget the use of technologically cognizant OTAs (Online Travel Agents) by hoteliers and airlines to increase online visibility, provision of quick, comparative and seamless ticketing, booking, check-in and check-out processes. There exists numerous areas in the entire value chain where innovative technologies can and are already impacting the demand, and now is the opportune time for tourism stakeholders to invest in innovative solutions in order to reap big from the tourism gold mine.
The main objective is designing and implementing initiatives that support the growth of the tourism industry. Consider options such as the use of big data and digital services to market the diversity of the tourism products like promoting a destination’s culture, traditions, and history. This will ensure long term sustainability and profitability of the sector.
The use of technology to design diverse and innovative tourism products will no doubt play an imperative role in positioning Kenya as a leader in tourism not only in Africa but worldwide. International arrivals to the country will as a result keep growing to surpass the 1.4 million in 2017, and tourism expenditures will exceed the 1.2 billion US Dollars earned in 2017.
Tanzania is every tourist’s dream package in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since the country is well-endowed with idyllic beaches, mountain ranges, crystal-blue lakes, savannah plains teeming with wildlife, planning a trip to Tanzania can be overwhelming.
Here is a visual aid that can give you tips on where to start depending on your interest and budget when visiting Tanzania.
If you haven’t travelled to north of Tanzania yet, you remain the most envied person as you have so much to look forward to. The northern circuit in Tanzania remains the most popular tourist destination. As such, a trip there can be costly and hectic. It is therefore advised to travel in a group or engage the expertise of travel agents to get affordable packages.
Albeit the most popular island, Unguja, being commonly referred to as Zanzibar, there are other smaller islands in the Zanzibar Archipelago that have powdery white sandy beaches. Mafia and Pemba Islands can be quite intriguing to visit all the while having the whole beach to yourself. If you’re looking for an escapade that combines a beach, a forest and a city in one, https://travel.jumia.com/en-gb/hotels/tanzania/saadani-national-park/10000707 has all these and above all, without the crowds.
A day in the life of the Hadzabe will definitely blow your mind off. Their way of life and language closely resembles that of the Khoikhoi of Southwest Africa. They live in the Serengeti plains and as such can be combined with a tour of the Lake Eyasi and Ngorongoro crater. The other tribe that has guarded its tradition against civilisation is the Maasai.
Tanzania has become synonymous to Mount Kilimanjaro as it is the highest mountain in Africa. However, for short or less strenuous hiking trips, West Usambara Mountains via Lushoto have excellent vistas. At Mahale mountain ranges, you can interact close range with the chimpanzees and camp in the ever misty rain forest.