Thought to be a difficult country for vegetarians and vegans due to its diet consisting heavily of meat and fish, Croatia is a little country with a big impact on the football stage. Finalists at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Croatia has produced plenty of world class football players such as Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić and Mateo Kovačić.
Eswatini, formerly officially known as Swaziland, is one of the last countries to have an absolute monarchy, where the royal family holds absolute power of the government in the country. Not only that, but Eswatini is home to the longest reigning monarch, where King Sobhuza II reigned for a record 82 years.
Having taken part in the South African Takeover, I was on frequency at Cape Town. A city with gorgeous views out to the ocean as well as the bonus that the airport had 3D buildings, the airport was a charm to work with. Not to mention the mountains that lay just to the east of the city.
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (FBSK/GBE)
Botswana is well known as being one of the four countries that meet at the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, but alongside that, Botswana itself is 40% national parks, so if you’re there for a wildlife trip, you’d be sure to find something that interests you. Not to mention, Botswana is a major diamond mining country, so if you’re looking for gems, Botswana has got you covered.
Known to be one of the most colourful and architecturally unique country, with heritage from all over America and Europe, Cuba is the melting pot of colonial architecture. While it is predominantly Spanish influence, there are plenty of subtle hints of Greek and Roman traits as well. Not to mention the recent circumstances of the country has led to plenty of antiques to still play a big part of the country’s economy.
Being a geographically diverse country, with desert, mountains, canyons, and savannas throughout the country, Namibia has been a welcomed destination for those looking for a true wildlife experience. To add to that, the Namib and Kalahari deserts are home to plenty of exotic and fragile flora and fauna which are absolutely out of this world.
Having gorgeous tropical islands, Mozambique is a popular honeymoon destination. Not to mention, islands means coastlines, and over 2500KM of coastlines lines Mozambique. Being a well known tropical diving site, with marine life such as the rare Dugong and over 1,200 species to Mozambique, its safe to say that it’ll see more tourists come when restriction start to be relaxed.
Friday Night Flight this week brings us to Russia, featuring Moscow Domodedovo airport with 3D buildings. With traffic being high, I’ve opted to try and open a secondary hub, in Moldova. Oddly enough, a diplomatic dispute some 15 years ago led to Russia banning the imports of Moldavian wine, although this has not affected Moldova, being one of the top wine producing countries to this day.
Angola has always had Portuguese influence, for over 500 years, being a colony of the once ever conquering empire. Despite being the wealthiest Portuguese speaking country on the African continent, wars in the 21st century caused malnutrition and remnants of the war are still found with undetonated land mines. Nonetheless, being in the intertropical convergence zone, Angola sees weather from dry and hot to wet and cold throughout the year.
Saint Helena as an island is not only remote, but holds significant part of history in being the place of Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile. This island was where Napoleon remained until his eventual death, which, of all causes, is thought to have been from arsenic poisoning from copper arsenite which could be found in the walls.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries on the African continent, and in the world too. However, it doesn’t stop it from being preserved naturally. With a lake with more species of fishes than any other in the world, as well as two UNESCO world heritage sites, Malawi is being preserved in more ways than one. It’ll be interesting to see how this progresses as it would take up a large part of the country, however, promoting its culture and boosting tourism looks to be a beneficial way for this to happen.
Grand Cayman is a popular diving island. With the ocean merely steps away from you, the island sees tens of thousands of tourists every year, barring this year and the last for obvious reasons. Even then, the rich population of turtles as well as numerous scenic dive sites makes it a highly popular place to visit. Not to mention that this is a British Overseas Territory, making Queen Elizabeth II the official head of state for this island.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country on the African continent, bordering a massive nine countries, including Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Furthermore, being such a large country, it has an abundance of natural resources. However, violent conflicts continue to affect the country from time to time, meaning that it remains as one of the poorest countries in the region
Confusingly named the Republic of the Congo, north of its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is split by the Congo River, lays awkwardly in the middle of Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has a shape that leads to the Atlantic Ocean. It came about after the its independence from their coloniser, Belgium. However, contrary to many instances where borders were drawn from conflicts, this border was drawn as a result of colonial influence, where the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a French colony.
Unmistakably industrial and progressive, Germany is the home to plenty of developments in the scientific community. Having been the first to identify the meiotic cycle, as well as the Krebs Cycle, created paraffin wax, the Bunsen burner and the birthplace of scientists such as Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg and Albert Einstein, Germany is one of the best places to pursue studies and development on the scientific front.
The highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania. Not to mention, the three largest lakes on the continent is also located in Tanzania, that being the Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nysa and Lake Victoria. Not to mention, Tanzania borders Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, so if you’re looking for options, Tanzania is the best place to go.
Gabon is a country that we still continue to learn to this day. With 80-85% of the country being rainforests, and approximately 11% of it being nature reserves, it provides plenty of learning opportunities for those looking to learn about the nature. Not to mention, there are plenty of dolomite and limestone caves which are still being explored to this day. In addition, being the home to over 80% of the gorilla population in Africa, Gabon is really the best place to go, if you’re a nature conservationist or working in similar areas.
Bujumbura International Airport Airport (HBBA/BJM)
Burundi is one of the few countries on the African continent where its borders aren’t determined by colonial rulers. However, the presence of German was significant until after its defeat in the first World War. Since then, the country has been ravaged by corruption, domestic violence and uprisings. Nonetheless, the country continues to earn most of its income through export of crops such as maize, coffee and bananas, while it also exports plenty of rare earth minerals such as nickel, cobalt, uranium and platinum.