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The art of doggy paddle

The art of doggy paddle

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Phil Clisby breaks new ground. There’s something about travel that encourages me to try new activities – the sort I’d never contemplate having a crack at stuck at home. Having exhausted snorkelling and kayaking and...

Mind your own business

Mind your own business

In this new series of 12 conversations in Malawi, Phil Clisby meets an Ethiopian on his flight to Lilongwe and discusses business (and the weather) As I buckle in for the flight that will take me from Addis Ababa...

The world view

The world view

When it comes to the bigger picture, Africa is just a small player in global tourism. But why is this, and what can be done to change it, asks Graham Boynton How well is African tourism performing in this age...

How things have changed!

How things have changed!

Safari for Real guide and author Lex Hes reflects on the changing nature of guiding I’ve now been in the African safari tourism industry for over 40 years and, with Travel Africa celebrating 20 years of publication this year...

Flying the Okavango

Flying the Okavango

The Okavango is one of the world’s largest deltas and often referred to as “the river that never finds the sea”. It is a peaceful and isolated oasis set in Botswana’s harsh Kalahari Desert. A visit to Botswana, without...

Are zoos good or bad?

Are zoos good or bad?

Zoos are not a 19th-century phenomenon. As far back as 3500 BC, the rulers of the Egyptian capital Hierakonpolis kept hippo, elephant and wildcats. By 1070, William the Conqueror was keeping lion at Woodstock Manor in Oxfordshire. London Zoo...

Back to the drawing board

Back to the drawing board

At the 2018 We Are Africa Conservation Lab, some of the world’s top environmentalists, tour operators and journalists came together to find solutions for some of nature’s biggest challenges. Graham Boynton reports Does wildlife tourism have a significant role...

The imbalance of nature

The imbalance of nature

Safari for Real guide and author Lex Hes admires how nature copes with extreme climate shifts. For me, one of the real joys of working as a safari guide is the opportunity to observe nature at work. It is...

Green credentials

Green credentials

  2017 has been declared the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations. Graham Boynton reports on what this means for Africa Google ‘Sustainable Tourism Africa’ and you come up with 5,220,000 results. It’s big news...

Ask the trade

Ask the trade

Your questions answered by those who really know FAMILY I have young children and need to travel in the school holidays. Is there anywhere that you would recommend for around Easter time? Wouter Vergeer, SafariBookings South Africa is an...

Why are we waiting?

Why are we waiting?

There are many airports in the world that make you queue for your flight in great discomfort, but Graham Boynton finds South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport particularly suffocating I recently spent so much time in the immigration hall...

The joy of walking

The joy of walking

Reflections on life on safari, from Safari for Real guide and author Lex Hes (Image copyright Lex Hes) For me, one of the best things about going off into the wilderness is the sense of peace and quiet that...

Foreign invasion

Foreign invasion

There was a time when investors in tourism wouldn’t touch South Africa with a bargepole. But now you can’t keep them out, says Graham Boynton Two major international investors in South Africa are the Indian healthcare billionaire Analjit Singh and...

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