Dubai International Airport is an international airport serving Dubai. It is a major airline hub in the Middle East, and is the main airport of Dubai. It is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 2.5 nautical miles east of Dubai. The airport is connected by the road D 89. One of the longest intra-city roads, D 89 begins at the Deira Corniche and runs perpendicular to D 85 (Baniyas Road). From Deira, the road progresses south-eastward towards Dubai International Airport, intersecting with E 311 (Emirates Road) past the airport.
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Break away from the city’s fast-paced momentum as you go on a retreat to Magaliesberg! Reconnect with nature while hiking in the Mountain Sanctuary Park. Get your adrenaline pumping as you make a climb up the Shelter Rock and abseil down the Magaliesberg cliff face. Or, zip-line from platforms to platforms across the top of Ysterhout Kloof, while stopping at each platform to admire the surrounding environment. For a more laid-back weekend, take to the skies in hot air balloon and immerse yourself in the breathtaking view of the Magaliesberg Mountains.
Another ideal location for a nature retreat is Magoebaskloof, a lush forested area also known as “The Land of the Silver Mist”. Experience the otherworldly charm first hand as you take a hike through the Woodbush Forest Reserve. Cool off in the icy waters of the plunge pools at the Debengeni Waterfall and take in the natural sweetness of the fresh water streams. Visit the historic Cheerio Halt Gardens famous for its spring flower displays, when hundreds of azaleas, cherry trees, camellias, hydrangea, irises and foxgloves begin to flower and bloom, forming an impressionistic painting of pinks, lavenders and scarlets.
Animal lovers should not miss out on an adventure in the Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve before departing from Johannesburg! The Pilanesberg safaris are brimming with a diversity wildlife and vegetation. Go on a game drive as you get up close with the hyenas, zebras, leopards and elephants. Take off on a hot air balloon as you view herds of antelopes and buffalos roaming the savannahs and if in luck, you may get glimpse of the predators in action. Photography fanatics may want to camp at the bird hides and capture illusive malachite kingfisher in flight.
Depart from Johannesburg to one of Africa’s up-and-coming hotspot Mozambique! Go island hopping in the Bazaruto Archipelago and dive into the clear turquoise waters brimming with colorful marine life. Or, soak up some sun as you laze on the long stretches of sand of Tofo beach. Nature seekers should find some time to explore the Gorongosa National Park’s unique mix of ecological terrains as you step through lush forests, dry savannahs and dense woodlands.
Known as Southern Africa’s ‘kingdom in the sky’ because of its lofty altitude, Lesotho is another popular outbound destination among South African locals. A sight not to be missed in Lesotho is the Semonkong Falls, the highest single drop in southern Africa. Witness the rushing waters cascade 204 meters down into a tranquil pool, where you can enjoy a cooling dip. For some thrilling adventure, hop onto a 4-wheel drive vehicle and charge up the Sani Pass. At the summit, reward yourself to a few drinks at Africa’s highest pub.
Switch up your itinerary with a visit to the other end of Africa, Morocco. Fez, Morocco’s third largest city is a favourite among tourists. Go on a shopping expedition at the Souk el Attarine (spice and perfume market) where you will find an array of shops displaying spices, herbs, cosmetics and traditional Moroccan craft. Visit the richly decorated Medersa el-Attarine, a religious educational institution, and marvel at the exquisite artisanship of the tiles inlaid in the building.
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