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BOTSWANA   -   1.   Okavango Delta

With annual flooding between June and August, this astounding delta is formed as the Okavango River meets with the basin of Botswana's Kalahari - the water eventually evaporating or draining into the surrounding areas. As the delta fills up during what are the driest months across the rest of Botswana, animals from far and wide congregate in the area, resulting in one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. As well as being made the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta has justifiably been named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Careful conservation of the habitat means that there are only a select few lodges and camps to stay at, from where you can explore the delta's waterways while seeking out creatures both large and small.

KENYA   -  2.   The Kenyan Lake System of the Great Rift Valley

In the Great Rift Valley that stretches across Kenya, the three lakes Bogoria, Nakuruand Elementaita, make up Kenya's lake system, covering an area of over 32,000 hectares. This area of outstanding beauty is an important habitat for birdlife, with many endangered species among the abundance of birdlife that's known as one of the world's most diverse populations. The lakes are perhaps best known for their flocks of pink flamingoes, as the number one site worldwide for foraging lesser flamingoes, but they are also a nesting and breeding site for great white pelicans, and mammals like black rhino, Rothschild's giraffe and lions roam the land. Stay at a safari lodge to explore the volcanic land and experience its diversity of both birdlife and mammals.

NAMIBIA  -    3.    Namib Sand Sea

This immense coastal fog desert in Namibia encompasses large shifting sand dunes, covering over three million hectares of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The harsh environment's many endemic plant and animal species are fascinating proof of the natural world's ability to evolve and adapt to extreme conditions. See oryx, zebra and desert giraffe, as well as smaller animals like meerkats. The Namibrand Reserve, within the Namib Sand Sea, is an ideal area to base yourself, with sand dunes, canyons and savanna to explore. Flying safaris are a popular way to experience Namibia's desert too, enabling you to travel across the vast expanse of land and see the spectacular golden sand dunes from above.

SOUTH AFRICA -   4.    Cape Floristic Region

Near the southern tip of South Africa, this region around the eastern and western Capes is one of just six designated floral kingdoms worldwide, due to its incredible diversity of flowering plant species - some of which are endemic - that make up 20 percent of all of Africa's flora. Officially recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, the UNESCO World Heritage Site includes eight nature reserves and wilderness areas, with Table Mountain National Park among them. Base yourself in Cape Town for exploration of the coastal region, and if you go in Spring - from August to mid-October - you'll see areas that are carpeted in flowers.

TANZANIA  -   5.   Kilimanjaro National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is Africa's highest peak at 5,895 metres, while the surrounding savanna and forest of the national park stretch across a staggering 75,575 hectares, creating a striking contrast between the snow-capped peak and African plains. Such a unique landscape affords unique zones of vegetation, which along with its population of endangered species has given the national park its global status. Take on the challenge of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and trek through each of the environmental zones it encompasses. January, February and September are the optimum times to go, with warmer and drier days than the rest of the year.

6.   Ngorongoro Conservation Area

As another of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a vast volcanic caldera in the crater highlands, west of Arusha. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is protected with both its landscape and wildlife in mind, while also taking into account the indigenous Maasai community. Montane forest, grassland and bushland, as well as the Magadi salt lake and Ngoitokitok Spring, are home to black rhino, hippopotamus, wildebeest and zebra, and a healthy population of lions. Stay at a lodge in Ngorongoro Crater to discover the region for yourself.

7.   Serengeti National Park

This vast expanse of land is the setting for Africa's Great Migration, a natural phenomenon in which the wildlife population moves through the land with the seasons - named another of Africa's Seven Wonders. Serengeti National Park crosses over between the Mara and Simiyu regions with a habitat of grassland, woodland, riverine forest, swamps and kopjes, and great numbers of wildebeest, gazelles, zebra and buffalo, plus a remarkably large population of lions. In fact, the national park originates from a game reserve that was established to protect its lion population.Visit the north or south Serengeti to witness the annual migration.

THE SEYCHELLES  -  8. Aldabra Atoll

As the world's largest coral atoll, Aldabra consists of four large coral islands and a lagoon, surrounded by coral reef. And, in its remote location amongst the Seychelles' outer islands, the atoll is uninhabited, remaining incredibly untouched to this day. The coral islands have become known across the globe for having as many as 100,000 giant tortoises, making it the world's largest population of these creatures. Plus, large seabird colonies and the world's largest arthropod, the coconut crab, add to the atoll's natural importance. Visitor numbers are strictly controlled, so permission needs to be obtained before arranging a boat charter out to the atoll.

UGANDA  -   9.    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Stretching across 331 square kilometres of jungle, montane and lowland forest, this national park in Uganda is an extraordinary section of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The national park is most famous for its population of endangered mountain gorillas - with half of the world's mountain gorilla population - but the area has an abundance of other species and is recognised as one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. As many as 120 mammal species, 348 types of birds and 220 butterflies are among the fauna of more than 1000 flowering plant species, 163 tree species and over 100 different ferns. Base yourself at one of the forest's lodges or camps to trek through this wildlife-rich environment, before coming face-to-face with the gorillas.

ZAMBIA / ZIMBABWE   - 10.     Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

As the two-kilometre wide Zambezi River tumbles down a series of gorges, thundering into the waters below, the spectacular falls send up spray and mist that can be seen from as far as 30 kilometres away. Gorges and islands around the falls are an important breeding site for endangered bird species too, but the UNESCO World Heritage Site also comprises the 3,779 hectares of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 2,340 hectares of Victoria Falls National Park and 741 hectares of Zambezi National Park where herds of elephants can be seen. See Victoria Falls and explore the surrounding national parks by staying at one of the nearby lodges.

ZIMBABWE -   11.     Mana Pools National Park

In northern Zimbabwe, this area of islands, sandbars, pools and forest - named Mana, meaning four, after the four permanent pools there - lies on the banks of the lower Zambezi River where floodplain turns into a series of lakes after the rainy season has come to an end. With the dry season, wildlife is drawn to these lakes, so as well as the park's population of hippos and crocodiles, elephant and buffalo are often seen. While on safari in Mana Pools National Park, explore the scrubland on foot or navigate the pools by canoe. 

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The total list includes 981 sites from 160 different countries. The vast majority of these (759) are cultural sites, while 193 are purely natural. Twenty nine sites have both qualities.UNESCO has added nineteen new global sites to its esteemed World Heritage list, according to a story on CNN. The list celebrates structures or natural sites “of outstanding universal value,” and often boosts desirability for tourism. Thirty four total sites were considered.
1. Xinjiang Tianshan (China)
2. Mount Etna (Italy)
3. El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
4. Namib Sand Sea (Namibia)
5. Tajik National Park (Tajikistan)
6. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (Canada)
7. Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (China)
8. Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (North Korea)
9. Levuka Historical Port Town (Fiji)
10. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany)
11. Hill Forts of Rajashtan (India)
12. Golestan Palace (Iran)
13. Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Italy)
14. Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (Japan)
15. Historic Centre of Agadez (Niger)
16. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (Poland / Ukraine)
17. University of Coimbra — Alta and Sofia (Portugal)
18. Al Zubarah Archaeological Site (Qatar)
19. Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (Ukraine)

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How is the real estate market?

How is the real estate market? Is it hot, cold, dead or getting worst?  Ask some agents and they will tell you it is slow, too much inventory and not enough qualified buyers.

The "Market" they are referring to is the conventional home market.  That segment of the market is slow for agents and sellers, but not for buyers or investors.

The general public is conditioned to think that there is only one market.  Savvy buyers and investors understand that there are many markets where profitable transactions can be found.

To mention a few; foreclosures, tax sales, short sales, vacant properties, commercial, apartments, hybrids, non-conforming and real estate auctions.

The "Auction Method" of marketing and buying real estate is a great profit center.  Recently Steve Payne was paid $153,000 by controlling a commercial property and assigning his contract within 3 weeks using the auction method of marketing.

Lorraine found and purchased a pending tax sale foreclosure house in Butchers Hill for under $1,000 and sold it for $50,000.  The tax sale method of finding transactions is a great market with very little competition.

Mark W. who is an attorney representing banks is at the court house steps selling foreclosed properties at a forced auction sale almost daily. He has seen offers for properties being accepted by banks at deep discounts.  He commented to me last week that there was only one qualified bidder at the auction, and that the property was sold for a $75,000 profit.

While many lament the bad market, others are making thousands of dollars. Last year, my company Auction Brokers had 644 transactions.  While the conventional methods of selling have slowed, the auction method of marketing and profiting at auctions has accelerated.

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