Monday, 24 September 2012

30 Life Principles

30 Life Principles

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1. Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact of our lives.
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2. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
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3. God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm. 
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4. The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work. 
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5. God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable. 
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6. You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow. 
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7. The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.
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8. Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time. 
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9. Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees. 
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10. If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will. 
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11. God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. 
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12. Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God. 
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13. Listening to God is essential to walking with God. 
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14. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. 
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15. Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness. 
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16. Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes. 
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17. We stand tallest and strongest on our knees. 
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18. As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances.
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19. Anything you hold too tightly, you will lose. 
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20. Disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice. 
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21. Obedience always brings blessing. 
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22. To walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial promptings of the Spirit. 
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23. You can never outgive God. 
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24. To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us. 
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25. God blesses us so that we might bless others. 
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26. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.
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27. Prayer is life’s greatest time saver.
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28. No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith.
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29. We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops. 
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30. An eager anticipation of the Lord’s return keeps us living productively. 
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Source: In Touch Ministries

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Top 10 places to visit in South Africa

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Top 10 places to visit in South Africa – South Africa is a beautiful and exciting country. It’s home to a wonderful mix of beaches, mountains, wildlife and 2500km of incredible coastline. Famous for its gold and diamonds and also for its fondness for sport – especially rugby. If you get a chance to see the Springboks in action, it will give you a real understanding of passion. Like any country of South Africa’s size, travelling in South Africa can be tricky. To avoid any potential problems make sure you plan your trip well. Here is my personal Top 10 places to visit in South Africa:

1. Table Mountain

Table mountain on GlobalGrasshopper.comPhoto: pet r
This flat topped mountain overlooking Cape Town is a key tourist attraction for all visitors to South Africa and when here you’re probably going to want to get to the top. There are a couple options, you can take a cable car or if you are more of an adventurous type you can hike to the top. The climb is definitely worth it, once you reach the summit the views are spectacular. Table Mountain is also home to rock hyrax (which looks a like a mix between a squirrel and a mouse), porcupines, mongooses, snakes and tortoises and some playful monkeys who are always on the hunt for food.

2. Robben Island

Robben Island on GlobalGrasshopper.comPhoto: ixtla
Robben Island is located 7km off the coast of South Africa, it’s 3.3km long and 1.9km wide. The notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner for 18 years (1964-1982) is located on Robben Island. The prison is a poignant and moving visitor attraction and a tour here will allow you to see how the prisoners lived. When you arrive at Nelson Mandela’s 7ft by 7ft cell you find a replica chair, mat, bowl and blanket. Outside the cell you will see a list of the food once served in the prison and also the separate menus for black South Africans, mixed race/Asians and white South Africans. Ferries leave for Robben Island from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town six times a day. Although be sure to book your ferry early as visitors to the island are restricted to 1800 people per day and waiting lists can get long.

3. Garden Route

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The Garden Route is a very scenic stretch on the south-eastern coast of South Africa, starting at Mossel Bay and finishing at Storms River. There are various excellent stop offs along the way including two towns on this list – Knysna and Oudtshoorn. The Garden route has ten different nature reserves which is home to dolphins, seals and the endangered Southern Right Whale. In addition to the marine life there are almost 300 species of beautiful multi-coloured birds living here. To see the area you can hire a car or travel on Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. Although the train doesn’t stretch the entire length of the Garden Route it’s still worth checking out. The Baz Bus is a also good budget option.

4. Knysna

Knysna on GlobalGrasshopper.comPhoto: slack12
Knsyna is a charming town in the middle of the Garden Route which deserves a special mention. It’s definitely worth stopping here because it’s such a great place to have fun, relax and enjoy some great food. Kynsna attracts many artists due to the lovely views and relaxing atmosphere giving the whole town a bohemian feel. An area that appeals to both artists and water sport fanatics is Knysna Heads. Here you can find a lagoon which is perfect for the fun pastime ‘wave jumping’ and it’s also known for its incredible sunsets. I found Knysna as a perfect place to stop off and relax for a few days, whenever I meet South Africans I always tell them how much I liked Knysna and they all agree it’s definitely one of the country’s true gems.

5. Stellenbosch

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Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town having been established in 1679. The town’s highlight is the incredible wine route which boasts 44 cellars. A vast range of wines are produced in the area and whilst it is classed as ’Cabernet country’ my personal favourite is Pinotage (but each to their own!) As you travel from cellar to cellar you will find the area very visitor friendly. Each cellar’s entrance is clearly signposted and many of the cellars offer tours as well as fantastic lunches in beautiful gardens or restaurants. Naturally you will have the chance to enjoy one or two bottles of locally produced wine!

6. Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn on GlobalGrasshopper.comPhoto: Astrid Walter
Oudtshoorn maybe an unusual choice but I still think it’s worth a stop when travelling in South Africa. If you’ve ever fancied riding an ostrich then Oudtshoorn is the place to visit. It’s known as the Ostrich Capital of South Africa and here you can actually ride one or just sample their eggs. Many hotels serve ostrich eggs for breakfast and the eggs are naturally rather large and very rich in flavour. Meat-eaters might fancy trying the ostrich sausages and steaks which are also readily available. Although Oudtshoorn isn’t just about ostriches. Its great scenery makes it popular with cyclists and people looking to wind down after the madness of Cape Town.

7. Durban

Durban beach on GlobalGrasshopper.comPhoto: Rouzeh
Durban is South Africa’s third largest city but it’s also the friendliest. Durban is famous for its “Golden Mile” which is a string of beaches filled with surfers. It’s also a shark free zone which is always a bonus. After a relaxing time at the beach, head to Durban’s promenade where you can find various hotels, pubs, restaurants, shops and the Marine World Aquarium. Durban has a large Indian community and the Victoria Indian Street Market is very popular. Here you can see mosques, temples, exotic shops and restaurants where you can try some delicious Indian cuisine.

8. Kruger National Park

Kruger Park on GlobalGrasshopper.comPhoto: Arno & Louise
No trip to South Africa would be complete without visiting the Kruger National Park. The Park is Africa’s oldest national park and was originally founded in 1898. The Kruger is located five hours north of Johannesburg and is home to a huge variety of wildlife including the famous “Big Five” (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino). When visiting you can hire a 4×4 to explore the park and choose to stay in either a bungalow, caravan, chalet, cottage or campsite. Personally I opted to go on a tour. This allowed me to be taken around by professionals who knew every aspect of the park and the resident wildlife (as opposed to me heading into the park on my own-where I could potentially be eaten by a lion!)

9. Soweto

Soweto on GlobalGrasshopper.comPhoto: ironmanixs
Whilst Soweto is not the best looking location it’s classed as one of the most important and educating sites in the country. Soweto is a huge township where 3.5 million people call the 90 square mile sprawl home. The area is broken into three different areas – the rich, middle class and the poor. There are vast areas covered by shanty huts, most of which have been made by the people who occupy them. A tour of Soweto is very humbling and is the safest way to visit a township. On my tour I was introduced to one of the residents in his own home and taken to a shebeen (once an illegal drinking hole in South Africa) where I sat and chatted with the locals. I was also taken to Nelson Mandela’s old residence and to the Hector Pieterson Memorial.

10. The Drakensberg Mountains

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The Drakensberg Mountains stretches for approximately 600 miles along the entire length of KwaZulu-Natal’s western boundary. It’s an incredible location where you can hike, bird/wildlife watch, horse ride or go on a safari. There is also the opportunity to follow 4×4 trails, go quad biking, rock climbing or white water rafting. I also recommend the Royal Natal National Park which is rated as one of the most beautiful parts of the Drakensberg. It is home to Mont-aux-Sources (one of the highest mountains in the Drakensberg) and the stunning Tugela Falls. There are many eco-tours on offer including the Karkloof Canopy who offer a steel cable tour located 30metres above the forest floor. This allows you to witness the incredible scenery and bird-life.
South Africa is an incredible and diverse country and there are many great places to visit. Hopefully my top ten will help you plan your trip. After I left I remembered how true the Big Five Safari website description of the South Africa experience is. In it’s opening paragraph is states: “Be warned – once you have visited our country, you WILL spend the rest of your life longing to return!”

Three places to visit in South Africa

There are many ways to answer this Q, depending upon what you like to do and want to get out of the trip.

Many travel to South Africa as part of an African roots experience, which might also include visits to other sights in West Africa. Others travel for the natural beauty of the place and for its wildlife. Yet others seek cultural and historical perspectives from a land that has recently abolished apartheid.

So, I don't know what you seek; but, I will answer this giving you a blend of options.

1. Capetown/Table Mountain/the Winelands

Table Mountain, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa  Winelands, South Africa
"The natural beauty of Cape Town makes it one of the most attractive cities in the world. Cape Town boasts beautiful beaches as well as the impressive Table Mountain right in the heart of the city. The restaurants are world class, and so are the wines. Cape Town is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in Africa and has reputation for social tolerance."

"The Winelands are situated east of Cape Town among beautiful mountains creating some stunning vistas. The region is steeped in culture and history with some excellent examples of typical Dutch architecture dating back to the 17th century. The Winelands encompass several regions each with their own wine tasting tours."

2. Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, South Africa

"Kruger National Park is Africa's oldest established wildlife park (1898) and offers one of the best safari experiences in Africa. It's situated north of Johannesburg and takes about 5 hours to get to by car. It boasts the highest variety of wildlife in Africa which includes the "Big Five" [lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, cape buffalo], hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, cheetah and much more. Kruger is also one of the best maintained parks in Africa. The roads are all good quality and there's no need to rent a 4x4 vehicle."

3. Soweto

Soweto, South Africa

"Soweto may not be the most beautiful place you visit in South Africa, but it certainly ranks among one of the most important and interesting sights in the country. Soweto is a sprawling township situated just outside of Johannesburg and over 3.5 million people call it home. Much of the struggle against Apartheid played out in the slums of Soweto, and the township was in a virtual state of war during the 1970's and 80's. Nowadays, Soweto is a mixture of rich suburbs and poor shanty dwellings where crime is rife. But Soweto is also home to some of the most vibrant music and theatre South Africa has to offer.

When you visit Soweto it's certainly worth taking a tour. Not just because it may be the safest way to see the township, but because the history of Soweto is what makes it so interesting. Soweto also covers a huge swath of land, over 90 square miles, so it's easy to get lost."

Many who travel to South Africa and who are interested in nature, make a special trip north to Botswana and Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is located where Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe meet. I didn't include this in my top 3, as this is not in South Africa. But, depending upon how frequently you plan to make the trip to this part of Africa, you may find it rewarding to add a couple days to your trip and take a flight and tour of Victoria Falls. I refer you to the Frommer's link below if you are interested.

Places to Visit in Kenya

Mombasa, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Watamu, Kenya
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Diani, Kenya
Kisumu, Kenya
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
Ukunda, Kenya
5 6 7 8

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Tsavo National Park West, Kenya
Kikambala, Kenya
Lamu Island, Kenya
9 10 11 12

Kilifi, Kenya
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Kitale, Kenya
Nakuru, Kenya
13 14 15 16

Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Funzi Island, Kenya
Wasini Island, Kenya
Karen, Kenya
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Kenya Places to go - Top Ten Places to go in Kenya

1. Masai Mara
People come to the Mara to see the amazing variety of animals roaming free in the wild. The big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) are all here, as are a whole host of incredible creatures including giraffe, zebra, antelopes of all shapes and sizes, aardvark, hyena, ostrich, hyrax,wild dog, warthog and so many more. The Maasai Mara is also famous for the beautiful nomadic tribes people. Here you will see the Masai people in their traditional bright red blankets and multicoloured beaded jewellery. You can see inside their traditional homes and learn what it’s like to live in harmony with nature. Between July and October, don’t miss one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world, when over a million wildebeest, migrate into the Maasai Mara as from Tanzania as they leap and swim across the Mara river desperately trying to avoid the snapping jaws of crocodiles who lay in wait!

2. The Coast
The Kenya Coast is a perfect place to relax in style; with palm fringed beaches and the warm Indian ocean lapping against the shore. This is an exotic location and an exciting place to be, perfect for diving, snorkeling, big game fishing and a whole host of water sports, or if you need to unwind this tropical paradise is just for a place to relax and sunbathe. The coral reefs and marine parks are home to colourful fish and dolphins, even whales are sometimes seen. A vibrant historical past, also makes the Swalhili culture and architecture of the region an interesting place to visit. 

3. Samburu
Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves are found in the north of Kenya. This is a hot, arid region with acacia woodland reserves. Here you can see different varieties of rare and endangered animals not seen in other parks, such as the long necked gerenuk (an antelope which stands on two legs to eat) reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, and Beisa Oryx. There are also many elephant, cheetah and leopard. Birdlife is plentiful with large flocks of guinea fowl seen and the pygmy falcon and sandgrouse frequently seen. Traditional Samburu homesteads are interesting to visit with these tall, regal people dressed in colourful attire. 

4. Lake Nakuru
This is a rewarding place to do game-viewing as it’s the place to see large numbers of Rhino and the thousands of flamingos who congregate at the alkaline lake here all year round. Other animals such as pelicans, leopard (commonly seen) giraffe, lion, bat-eared fox, hippo, hyena etc are all there too. The lake is picturesque and has varied terrain with acacia forest, cliff top views, open savannah and the lake where you can get out and walk and see the flamingos and pelicans close up. 

5. Lake Naivasha
Only an hours drive from Nairobi, NaivashaNaivasha conjures up images of the 1940’s Happy Valley set ("White Mischief") where the colonial upper classes became famous for their decadent lifestyle. The yellow fever trees, line the shoreline of the lake, and this attractive part of Kenya is a good place to be close to nature. There are various outings and things to do, including a visit to Crescent Island where you can walk in safety among wild but non dangerous animals, climb Mount Longanot (2886m), visit the geothermal Project In Hells Gate National Park or have tea at Elsamere which was the home of Elsa the lion. Boat rides on the lake will let you take in the fresh air and semi submerged hippos and soaring fish eagles. The range of accommodation in and around Naivasha ranges from swanky 5 star hotels to self catering cottages or even a private ranch with it’s own airstrip. 
6. Amboseli
Amboseli is famous for its dramatic scenery and breathtaking views of the African grasslands. The snow capped mountain – Kilimanjaro, creates a spectacular setting for gam e viewing and with a third of the park taken up by Lake Amboseli it’s swampy areas and riverine forest, contrast beautifully with the dry desert areas in the rest of the national park. You should expect to see plenty of elephant (some of the largest elephants in Africa are seen here) They make great photos in front of a backdrop of snow-capped Kilimanjaro with a dark tropical rainstorm, a colourful sunset or just a clear blue African sky. You will also have a good chance of seeing hippos, crocodiles, and lion well as the other antelopes, birds and small mammals commonly seen elsewhere.

7. Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is t he second highest mountain in Africa standing at (5199m). Fewer people climb here than Kilimanjaro, but those who do, usually rate it as a more interesting climb. It’s has tremendously varied zones of vegetation and scenery as you climb; from the acacia studied plains, lush moorlands, moving up to a barren alpine zone covered in snow and finally the craggy summit. It’s toughness and beauty have gripped the imagination of adventurers for more than a century. Even for climbers with experience in mountaineering, Mount Kenya offers a challenge and a natural beauty that is difficult to beat.

8. Lamu
Lamu and it’s surrounding villages and islands, have an appeal that many find irresistible! This picturesque Swahili town with it’s quaint narrow streets and absence of cars, epitomizes the slow, gentle way of life in this part of the world. It’s relaxed rhythm and charm, makes other quiet places on the east coast seem like sizzling metropolises! After flying in, the usual way to arrive is to sail across to Lamu by dhow (a locally made sailing boat). There are various places to stay from lovely Swahili houses with rooftop patios overlooking the sea, to hotels with pools and all mod cons. The Lamu Archipelago includes some very beautiful uninhabited islands and exclusive very upmarket destinations visited by rockstars and royalty.

9. Tsavo
Tsavo  is the largest Gamepark in Kenya and it’s close proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination. It’s diverse landscapes range from mountains, plains, lakes, wooded g rasslands, scrubland with enormous baobab trees to river forest. The vast openness, make it easy to imagine that this unspoiled wilderness was probably how all of East Africa once looked. You’ll see many elephant, the big 5 and a whole host of other animals and birds. Mzima Springs is an oasis in Tsavo West, and has nature walks, an underwater viewing chamber, hippo pools and rapids making this an interesting place to visit. Black lava outcrops at Shetani are also interesting as are the caves and Chaimu crater nearby

10. The Aberdares
This highland area will give you a slightly cooler experience in one of Kenya’s only virgin forest reserves. Dramatic waterfalls and deep valleys, contrast with the undulating moorlands and volcanic outcrops. The birdlife is rich, and although there aren’t as many anim als to see in comparison to some of the other game-parks, there is still plenty to see. A stay at the treehouse hotels – "Treetops" or "The Ark" will let you see a fair number of animals wandering down to the adjacent waterholes and perhaps you’ll see bushbabies and civit and genet cats which are baited each night and come within meters from guests at the bar!

The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Nigeria

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 The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Nigeria
If you are planning to visit Nigeria soon, there are so many beautiful places to visit.
Nigeria is blessed with natural beauty which is often overlooked by her citizens.
So next time you are going on a visit to Nigeria, be sure to visit the places listed below

Yankari Game Reserve

Yankari Game Reserve Nigeria The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Nigeria
It is a national park located in Bauchi.

Obudu Cattle Ranch

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Obudu Hills also know as Obudu Mountain Resort
By the way President Jonathan took his vacation here recently. It is located in the Obaniku Local Government area of the northern part of Cross River State.It is an area where the wonderful work of nature can be appreciated with its awesome and almost indescribable views

Erin Ijesha Water Falls

erin ijesha water fall The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Nigeria

If you want to experience wonders of Nature, you need to visit this natural sauna.

Ikogosi Warm Springs

Ikogosi warm spring The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Nigeria

People visit this beautiful place from all over the world. If you need a natural sauna, don’t go anywhere except this place.

Agbokim Falls in Nigeria

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Agbokim waterfall is actually on the Cross River, where it descends in terraces, through the tropical rainforest. It is not far from Nigeria-Cameron Boarder. The fall is surrounded by lush greenery, valleys and steep hills which are enveloped in a rainbow-like aura. Its freshness is captivating and has an aluring serenity.

Olumo Rock in Abeokuta

olumo rock abeokuta The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Nigeria

This is a very beautiful place to see. You will be forced to appreciate the wonders of nature if you visit. The rock is a protective edge for the indigenes of those days.
It has been modernized with elevator, eateries, and many more

Other Tourist Attractions in Nigeria

Lagos National Theatre
Takwa Bay Beach Lagos
Zuma Rock – Abuja- Said to have a human face
zuma rock The Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Nigeria