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What is it really like on the ground in Zimbabwe?

What is it really like on the ground in Zimbabwe?

Anyone with half an eye on the news will know the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe is unsettled. If you are thinking about visiting Zimbabwe soon, or have a trip planned, you may be wondering whether it is safe to travel and how your travel experience might be affected. In these situations we always advocate seeking local input...

The best rooms with a view in Kenya

The best rooms with a view in Kenya

12 lodges that you won’t want to leave Who doesn’t love the romance of waking up to the sun reaching across a sweeping vista, or having sundowners surveying a seemingly endless horizon? With the Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara and so many dramatic landscapes in Kenya, it is no surprise that the majority of camps and lodges...

The quick-and-easy guide to birding in Ethiopia

The quick-and-easy guide to birding in Ethiopia

Arguably the most diverse country in Africa, Ethiopia offers some of the best birding on the continent. With a formidable list of endemic and regional specialties, the country’s bird list exceeds 860 species. So, whether you’re a serious twitcher or have a more general interest, you’re going to love it here. Use the expert insight of Trevor Jenner to...

Deep into Senegal’s Bassari country

Deep into Senegal’s Bassari country

Erik Heinrich heads into the hinterland to learn about one of Africa’s most captivating rituals Three brilliantly decorated Bassari warriors thrust fly whisks made from the tails of roan antelope in front of their solemn faces. They punch the hot air as they dance in sync to an ancient rhythmic chant that these green hills of West Africa have...

Nigeria on a plate

Nigeria on a plate

When you think of this West African country, food might not be the first thing to come to mind. However, cuisine plays a major role in its culture, and there’s rarely a social gathering not accompanied by culinary delights. Lizzie Williams gives us a taste of some of the nation’s traditional dishes The variety of peoples and cultures within...

The Democratic Republic of Congo Unwrapped

The Democratic Republic of Congo Unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel. Why visit? They say that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the country around which all other African countries revolve and that you can only truly know Africa if you know the DRC. Two-thirds the size of Western Europe and home to nearly 300 different languages and tribes, the...

Beyond a Thousand Hills

Beyond a Thousand Hills

John Gunn lives in London, spending much of his time working with social start-ups and entrepreneurs. Fascinated by the unique culture of entrepreneurship he has seen in Rwanda, he partnered up with his sister Cate (a professional photographer) and a Kigali-based social business accelerator (African Entrepreneur Collective) to create a coffee table book that shines a light on Rwanda’s...

Namibia travel guide

Namibia travel guide

Namibia has always been a favourite with Travel Africa readers. It is unlike any other destination on the continent, offering first-time and experienced safari-goers alike something new and interesting. We can’t get enough of it either, which is why we’ve run an article on Namibia in nearly every one of our 75 issues. Because it is so vast, it...

Tanzania unwrapped

Tanzania unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel Why visit? A land of grassy plains, rift-formed lakes and pinnacle-like volcanoes, Tanzania’s exciting landscape is carpeted with wildlife to match. The Serengeti — with its iconic migration — and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater capture most attention. But Tanzania’s appeal extends far beyond these, with baobab-strewn Tarangire, wild Selous and...

Self-drive Murchison Falls

Self-drive Murchison Falls

For inexperienced visitor Steuart Laing, being independent made his Uganda adventure all the more memorable The road to Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park might not be paved with gold, but it is paved with fresh tar. China recently funded the highway and supervised its construction. Today tourists flock to the Murchison Falls National Park to see wildlife that, over...

Essential Windhoek

Essential Windhoek

Nick Buys of Nature Travel Namibia gives his insight into the Namibian capital Day trip If you have a spare day in Windhoek and love being in the bush, why not visit the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, about 45 minutes from the city? Book a tour to learn more about their ongoing effort to protect Namibian big cats....

Congo creates new park

Congo creates new park

The Republic of Congo has officially created its fifth national park, lending protection to great apes, forest elephants and other threatened wildlife. The new Ogooué-Leketi National Park spans 3,500 sq km, and forms a transboundary protected area of more than 5,500 sq km with Batéké Plateau National Park in neighbouring Gabon. The area is a unique patchwork of large...

Lodge review

Lodge review

Verney’s Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe In a remote, private concession in the central south-eastern part of Hwange, Verney’s Camp opened in May 2018 with ten spacious tents set around a waterhole, surrounded by teak trees. With all the comforts expected at a high-end, all-inclusive safari camp — a pool deck overlooking the waterhole, bedtime hot-water bottles, warm and...

Walking in the wilderness

Walking in the wilderness

Oh, to be on foot in the bush! Brian Jackman describes the joy of a walking safari Lions were roaring when the first grey light of dawn seeped over the Chindeni Hills. But when the sun appeared, casting long shadows through the trees, the cats fell silent as the day came alive, their distant voices drowned out by the...

Singing in the rain

Singing in the rain

Some say that the end of the rainy season — March and April — is the very best time to visit Namibia. Here’s why: Fresh grasses and flowers burst into bloom, transforming landscapes which at other times of year appear barren. The display peaks in April. The clouds that you’ll see at this time add an extra dimension to...

Zambia unwrapped

Zambia unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel Why visit? With a feeling of untamed nature, Zambia is a country that draws people back, time and time again. To many, a Zambian safari represents the ‘real Africa’ – a still undiscovered wilderness where exploration on foot reaps the greatest rewards. From the plains of Liuwa and the savannah...

The alternative Garden Route

The alternative Garden Route

Instead of driving South Africa's coastal Garden Route, try the alternative Route 62, which takes you through immense stretches of Karoo farmland interspersed by delightful country towns and roadside stores. Here, as Cindy-Lou Dale finds on a stopover in Cradock, you will get a feel for the pulse of the country's rural heart. When I tell my petrol pump attendant...

Beating the drums in Burundi

Beating the drums in Burundi

Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson recently returned from a week-long visit to this small East African nation. Here’s what she made of it. (All images by Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson). Why Burundi? It is little known and little visited; and there’s no guide book. “Where’s that?” asked the lady on the other end of the telephone when I applied for travel insurance. I explained:...

Botswana itinerary ideas to whet your appetite

Botswana itinerary ideas to whet your appetite

With unparalleled landscapes, wildlife and historical treasures, the only difficult thing about planning a trip to Botswana is figuring out what you’re going to have to put off until next time. Here are some suggestions for possible itineraries to enable you to maximise your time. Watery classic  (10 days) Maun >> Okavango Delta >> Chobe National Park Day 1...

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