Unlikely (and amazing!) travel destinations

CARE works in over 94 countries around the world, which makes for some very knowledgeable and well-traveled staff! We asked colleagues from our local offices to recommend some must-see places in the countries they work in, and to maybe even inspire you when you’re planning your next trip.

For the adventure seeker: KENYA

Philippa manages CARE's country office in Kenya and is incredibly proud of and passionate about this breathtaking country:

"Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We have fantastic game parks where you can see amazing animals, birds and reptiles—the Masai Mara is the most famous. We have the coast, which is lined with white, sandy beaches and dotted with coconut palms. We have Mount Kenya which you can climb if you are relatively fit and can cope with the altitude. We have a national park right here in Nairobi, which has lions, rhinos, giraffes, crocodiles and a host of other animals all set against the city skyline. If you are adventurous, you can go to Lake Turkana, which used to be called the jade lake and is beautiful in a barren sort of way, set as it is in the arid land of the north of Kenya. Then of course there are the string of soda lakes that go up the rift valley, the most famous being Lake Nakuru which is also a national park and where there are often vast flocks of flamingos as well as the normal range of animals."

Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photo: Andre Abreu

For the nature lover: TANZANIA

Sure, you've heard of Mount Kilimanjaro, but what about Tanziania's other attractions? Waleed is CARE's country director in Tanzania and shares his travel recommendations if you are lucky enough to visit this East African country:

"Zanzibar (Unguja/Pemba) is a top tourist destination and is famous for its beautiful beaches, exotic spice plantations, history and unique and diverse culture. You can visit the incredible Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in the country and in fact in East Africa! More than 571 species of birds have been identified in the park, making it a must-see for animal and nature lovers."

Western Wall, Jerusalem. Photo: Sander Crombach

For the history lover: Palestine

Palestine is an incredible place filled with ancient history and some of the most well-known places in the world. Our country director in Palestine, Salam, recommends that you visit:

"Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Nablus. While many of these places are very well-known and visited by tourists, Nablus, a beautiful ancient city, is less so. You can also see Jericho, considered to be the world's oldest city and rests 250 metres below sea level with an incredible moon-like landscape."

Lalibela, Ethiopia. Photo: Stéphane Hermellin

For the culture lover: ETHIOPIA

You may not consider Ethiopia when thinking of a holiday, but our country director, Esther, has many recommendations for places to visit in this beautiful, culturally-rich country:

"Ethiopia has 28 endemic species of birds. There is amazing hiking in the rift valley highlands with incredible vistas. Seeing the ancient culture all around is incredible. Lalibela for instance has rock-cut churches that are centuries old). Traditional coffee ceremonies are also a great thing to experience. Ethiopia is the birth place of humanity. It's where “Lucy”—one of the oldest humanoids—was found."

Alamada, Philippines. Photo: Crizaldy Diverson

For the environmentalist: The Philippines

"The Philippines is now one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and disasters but this country is also home to the world’s best islands and beaches," says Dennis who works with CARE Philppines. "An archipelago with more than 7,000 islands, there is so much more to discover in this Southeast Asian country. The island of Siargao in the northern tip of Mindanao is starting to get attention for its stunning landscape, exotic wildlife, pristine white sand beaches, mesmerizing lagoons, great food and friendly locals. The island is also becoming the country’s prime destination for surfing. If you are looking for a relaxing, laid-back vacation, this island should be at the top of your list."

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Photo: Henning Borgersen

For the person who wants a bit everything: ZAMBIA

Zambia's most iconic attraction is likely Victoria Falls (which is also partly located in neighbouring Zimbabwe), but our country director in Zambia, Geraldine, shared a few other gems:

"We have national parks and safaris, the famous ones being South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks. Also, the Kasanka national park in the northern part of the country where between October and December each year there is the biggest mammal migration in the world. This is the mass fruit bat migration when 10 million bats from many parts of Africa come and feed for 2 months. It is weird and spectacular.

In Luapula province, there is the lovely Samfyr and lake. Luapula is also home to some of the largest termite mounds in the world!

Our Latitude 15 hotel and restaurant in Lusaka is an amazing place to come and eat, chill, listen to live music, or just enjoy the décor."

Are you inspired to visit one (or all!) of these amazing destinations? We’d love to hear what your travel plans are this summer and what you have. Be sure to follow and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Happy travels!