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TURKEY AS A TOP TOURIST DESTINATION

Turkey offers a wealth of different kinds of destinations to travelers. From the dome and minaret filled skyline of Istanbul to the Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts, from the beaches of Antalya and the Mediterranean seaside resorts to the misty mountains of Eastern Black Sea. It’s also packed to the brim with ancient monuments left over from a parade of empires, and endowed with showcase scenery that never fails to impress. So whether you want to lap up the Byzantine and Ottoman glories of Istanbul on a city break, laze on the beach, delve into history wandering through ruins such as Ephesus, or see some of the world’s most surreal panoramas in Pamukkale and Cappadocia, this country offers visitors a wide range of things to do. Simply put, Turkey is a dazzling destination of many marvels, that’s worth consideration.

The nation’s capital is Ankara, a modern city of skyscrapers and distinguished cultural venues such as the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. However, Turkey’s largest city is Istanbul and is widely known for its Grand Bazaar, vibrant nightlife and historic treasures like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The stunning Turkish Riviera boasts the Mediterranean seaside resort cities of Marmaris and Antalya, while in the Central Anatolia Region, Konya is noted for its striking Seljuk architecture and the Whirling Dervishes. Other popular destinations include the ancient city of Ephesus, Cappadocia dotted with its fairy chimneys, and the natural cascading rock terraces at Pamukkale.

For lovers of nature and adrenaline junkies, Turkey offers more than historical sights and beautiful scenery and below are some of the most exciting experiences you can try out.

Hot-Air ballooning over Cappadocia

First thing in the morning, the skies above Cappadocia fill with hot-air balloons that take visitors floating above the area’s canyons, fairy chimneys and other fantastical rock formations. Cappadocia is known as one of the world’s top ballooning destinations. Flight conditions allow for year-round flights, and due to a lack of wildlife, balloons here are allowed to fly close to the ground, so ballooners get both up-close and far-above aerial views.

A photo showing Hot Air ballooning

Cruise turquoise waters on a gület

Few vacations are more relaxing than a multi-day cruise aboard a gület (traditional wooden yacht) plying sections of Turkey’s southwestern coastline between Bodrum and Antalya. While away the long, sunny days swimming in secluded coves, reading or playing tavla (backgammon) on deck, eating fresh-caught fish, drinking rakı as the sun sets and sleeping out under the stars.

A photo showing a cruise on turquoise waters

Hike the Lycian Way

Scenery along the Lycian Way swoops from craggy Taurus Mountain vistas to rocky pine-forest-clad coves lapped by the Mediterranean Sea. And walking the entire 540km trail takes 29 days although most people walk just a few sections of the trail or opt for a section a day hike. The good destinations for starting a shorter Lycian Way hike are however Fethiye, Patara, Kalkan, and Kaş.

A photo showing visitors hiking

Yacht Cruising from Fethiye

Fethiye is the number one base for travelers who want to cast off for yachting trips along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. The high season for yacht trip departures is July and August, though trips are possible from April through to October.

A photo showing a yacht cruise

Paragliding in Ölüdeniz & Pamukkale

Paragliding takes place at several destinations in Turkey but for tourists, the two best places to visit for this adventure sport are Ölüdeniz and Pamukkale. For scenery, as you descend, you really can’t beat Ölüdeniz, with a backdrop of craggy pine-tree-clad mountains swooping down to the famed azure blue lagoon and Mediterranean Sea beyond. While tandem paragliding at Pamukkale offers aerial views over both one of Turkey’s best known Roman city ruins and most famous natural wonders.

A photo of visitors paragliding

Kayaking at Kekova

The main center for organized sea kayaking activities along Turkey’s rugged coastline is Kaş. The nearby Kekova Island area, with its underwater Sunken City ruins, is best seen from a kayak. These kayaking trips are considered suitable for complete beginners and are the only way to see the ruins up close, as swimming isn’t allowed in the area.

A photo showing tourists kayaking

Hop aboard an Istanbul Ferry Tour

Istanbul’s ferry tours are a popular way to see the city’s famed shoreline cityscapes on a ride up the Bosphorus Strait. Depending on how much time one has up their sleeve; there’s the Long Bosphorus Tour that chugs the entire length of the Bosphorus up to the pretty village of Anadolu Kavağı, overlooked by a Byzantine castle, in around 90 minutes and the Short Bosphorus Tour heads up the strait to the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

A photo showing a ferry tour

Horse Riding in Cappadocia

The valleys of Cappadocia, with their fairy chimney rock formations, make for Turkey’s best horse riding destination. Sunset tours, taking in some of the most famous valley panoramas, particularly the vistas over Red Valley, are the most popular option and are a good choice for novice riders looking for a short riding option.

A photo showing a couple horse riding

Take a Scenic Cable Car Ride

Turkey has several cable cars, but two to definitely add onto your itinerary for the panoramic views they provide are; Bursa Teleferik up Uludağ (Mount Ulu), on the outskirts of Bursa, and the Olympos Teleferik in Kemer.

A photo showing cable car rides

River Cruising at Dalyan

Dalyan is a little riverside town, roughly halfway between the big resort towns of Marmaris and Fethiye. It’s a laid-back place that’s highly popular for summer breaks because of its location, with the ruins of Kaunos on the opposite shore, and just 12 kilometers north from Iztuzu Beach.

A photo showing cruising at Daylan

There’s a lot Turkey has to offer to all kinds of tourists, that can’t be fully exhausted in one blog or one visit however, should you like to visit Turkey, we are here for you. Contact us on info@swanairtravel.com, 0776515014 or visit swanairtravel.com to buy a package.

A photo of the Shores of Lake Victoria

TOP 10 BUDGET TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN UGANDA

Uganda, popularly known as the Pearl of Africa, is an ultimate travel destination for travellers. With its deep green jungles, vast lakes and rivers, abundant wildlife and breathtaking terrains, Uganda is in all her corners effortlessly beautiful. In Uganda, there is a travel experience for everyone, and the hospitality of her people is unmatched.

Here are some of the top budget tourist attractions with travel experiences that’ll nourish your soul, with minimal expense.

  1. Lake Victoria

If you really want to experience the heart of Uganda, the story begins with Lake Victoria, which is the birthplace of the Nile River. Not only is it Africa’s largest lake and the world’s largest tropical lake, but Lake Victoria also boasts one of the world’s largest ecosystems. There is so much natural beauty and wildlife to see here – from scenic high hills views to islands, beaches, fishing boats, and various bird and animal species.

A photo of the Shores of Lake Victoria
A photo of Lake Victoria shores.

Some of the key travel experiences in order to have the best of Lake Victoria include fishing, a sunset boat cruise, birding in Mabamba, beach outings, and island visits.

  1. Jinja and the Nile River

While you are touring Lake Victoria, you may want to check out Jinja, the colonial town that is positioned at the start of the Nile River. The town is regarded as East Africa’s adrenaline capital and among the most scenic places in Uganda. If you are an adrenaline junky, Jinja is an ideal destination for all the adventure-filled travel experiences to get your blood pumping.

A photo of the Source of the Nile
Source of the Nile

Some of the key travel experiences that everyone should try out while in Jinja include a boat cruise on the Nile River, whitewater rafting, jet boating, bungee jumping, quad biking, horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing, tubing and so much more.

  1. Mabira Forest

Mabira forest is the largest natural lowland tropical forest in central Uganda and is considered the favorite destination for Eco Tourism. Mabira forest is a favorite destination for Eco Tourist. Mabira is home to 219 butterfly species, 316 bird species and 97 of moths. The forest also has blue duikers, fruit bats, baboons, Bush pigs, the Tree Hyrax, Red Tailed Monkeys, Squirrels, Bushbuck, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Bush Babies, Leopards (very rare), and various species of snakes.

The key travel experiences in the forest are nature walks, cycling, birding, wildlife viewing, zip lining and hiking at Griffin falls lugazi, cultural encounters or simple relaxation and camping/picnics.

  1. Itanda Falls

Itanda falls is a steep cascade roaring waterfall on the majestic River Nile with water estimated at 100 meters deep. It is characterized by all the six whitewater rafting levels and rightly known as the Paradise of Kayakers and Rafters. Itanda falls is one of the most spectacular and beautiful hidden treasures of Uganda, that is a must see. The falls are such a magnificent and almost equally scary sight.

A photo of Itanda falls
Itanda falls

The key travel experiences while visiting Itanda falls is whitewater rafting, kayaking, and in the middle of the falls, are islands that make a beautiful relaxation spot along the Nile.

  1. Sipi Falls

Sipi Falls, the triple waterfall at the foothills of Mt Elgon, is arguably the most beautiful waterfall in Uganda. Besides these 3 powerful falls, the entire landscape is dotted with more than 300 other ‘smaller’ waterfalls. This series of three waterfalls offers spectacular views, both from the top after a hike and from the bottom. And the rainbow that forms as the falls are hit by the morning sun, that’s something everyone should look forward to.

A photo of Sipi Falls
Sipi Falls

While at Sipi Falls, some of the travel experiences to look forward to are abseiling, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and so much more

  1. Sezibwa Falls

The Ssezibwa Falls are a spectacular tourist attraction along the Kampala – Jinja highway. They are as a result of water squeezing through rocks and dropping at great speeds into a large pool. Tourists love the place because of the crystal clear water falling from a steep cliff into the nearby forest. Visiting the place isn’t all about the falls but also the beautiful scenery with lush green forests that act as sanctuaries to birds and small primates. While at the falls, do not forget to visit the local snake cave where people still perform rituals to appease their ancestors.

A photo of Sezibwa falls
Sezibwa falls

The top travel experiences at Sezibwa are rock climbing, nature walks and hiking, bird watching, camping, cultural experience and so much more.

  1. Ssese Islands

A major tourist attraction in Uganda, the Ssese Islands are a group of about 84 islands dotted along the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria. Each island differs in size, shape, and exotic flora and fauna. However, all the islands have white sand beaches, palm trees, flowers, rare plants, rare plants, lush forests and blue waters. These islands are amazing for photography and are perfect atmospheres for relaxation. The Ssese Islands are ideal for honeymooners and anyone in need of some private peace and quiet.

A photo of Victoria Forest Resort on Ssese Island
Victoria Forest Resort on Ssese Island

The top travel experience at Ssese Islands include sport fishing, swimming, beach games and cycling, nature walks, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and windsurfing, as well as cultural visits.

  1. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a private sanctuary aimkng at conservation of the endangered rhinos managed by the Rhino Fund Uganda. Located north of Kampala, in Nakasongola, this sanctuary is home to Uganda’s only population of wild rhinos alongside other animals.

A photo of Rhino at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Rhino Sanctuary

The key travel experiences to consider while at the sanctuary are rhino tracking, scenic nature walks, shoebill trek and canoe cruises, and so much more.

  1. Kazinga Channel

Kazinga Channel is a wide and long channel that links Lake George to Lake Edward. It is located within Queen Elizabeth NP and is the nearest and easy to reach waterbody in the park. Kazinga Channel is undoubtedly one of the natural impressive marvels in Uganda that is worth encountering while on a safaris. It is a habitat to one of the great hippo concentrations in the world hence dubbed the Hippos paradise.

A photo of the kazinga Channel
kazinga Channel

Taking a boat cruise on the scenic Kazinga Channel is a great way to see amazing wildlife and the gorgeous scenery of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. With the boat hugging the banks of the channel, youre bound to see a wide range of wildlife like African Cape buffalo, hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, and numerous bird species.

  1. Fort portal crater lakes.

These crater lakes are many and they vary in size and character. However, all offer such breathtaking views and are a beauty to behold. The crater lakes paint a dramatic landscape and offer one of the best hiking places in the area. The hikes lead you through several crater lakes, villages, tea plantations and waterfalls. In addition to the beautiful scenery of the crater lakes, one is able to catch a glimpse of Mt Rwenzori at a distance on a clear sunny day.

A photo of one of the Fort Portal Crater Lakes
Fort Portal Crater Lakes

The crater lakes atmosphere is ideal for hiking, long walks, cycling, bird watching, sport fishing and definitely for amazing instagrammable photography.