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Issue 79 (July-September 2017) Editorial highlights

With 88% of readers actively planning a trip to Africa in the next two years, we always try and combine Africa’s most sought-after attractions with some of its lesser-known destinations, to create a magazine full of inspiration and advice.

ZAMBIA: Kafue National Park
An 8-page natural history of this spectacular and diverse reserve – its geology, landscape, ecology and wildlife – as well as plenty of useful tips to help you plan your next trip.

BOTSWANA: Travelling with a conscience
In the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Carrie Hampton examines how to give back to wildlife and the community when you travel to this southern African country, and how to ensure that your funds are going into the right hands.

NAMIBIA: The Himba
Tony Park meets members of the Himba tribe on a canoe adventure along the Kunene River. Here he reflects on these people’s way of life, survival skills, beliefs and how they are coping in a modern world.

SOUTH AFRICA: Madikwe, Waterberg and Lapalala
Following a trip to Madikwe Game Reserve and the Waterberg Biosphere, Justin Fox reveals why we should travel to this remote northern corner of South Africa, describing its stunning scenery, glorious landscapes, great wildlife and diverse activities.

TANZANIA: Tarangire National Park
Laura Griffith-Jones sets out on a thrilling walking safari in this beautiful, less-visited park, coming face to face with herds of elephant on foot and fly-camping under the stars.

KENYA: Mara North Conservancy
Sue Watt spends a week with the award-winning guiding team at Alex Walker’s Serian on their annual Pyramids of Life refresher course. She learns about animal behaviour and what it takes to be guide.

UGANDA: Budongo Forest
A 2000-word essay by Emma Gregg examining this biodiverse area’s ecosystem, conservation and chimpanzee research projects, people and, at times, bloody past.

ZIMBABWE: Self-drive
Mike Unwin takes his family on a road trip in Zimbabwe. Starting at Victoria Falls, he travels south through Hwange National Park to Bulawayo, explores the otherworldly Matobo Hills, then continues east to the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, ending his journey in Harare.

MALAWI: Tea and coffee
Nick Redmayne travels to Satemwa Tea Estate in the Shire Highlands to learn about the production of tea and coffee in this southern African country and to taste the results. He also lists other places to enjoy a good cuppa in Malawi.

ETHIOPIA: The Danakil Depression
Dale Morris goes on a journey to the hottest place on Earth – a place of harsh beauty and ancient cultures – where volcanoes, crystals and salt create a landscape like no other.

MOROCCO: A creative revolution
Sarah Gilbert meets some of the new wave of artists and designers that are reinventing Marrakech’s artisanal heritage and checks out the coolest creative hubs in the Medina and beyond.

PORTFOLIO: Leopards
A stunning portfolio of photographs of this beautiful and elusive big cat by Greg du Toit.

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