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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...

South Luangwa moments

South Luangwa moments

Few national parks offer better opportunities for wildlife photographers than Zambia's South Luangwa, either from a walking safari, an open vehicle or a photographic hide. The range of wildlife, the dense populations of many iconic species, and photogenic scenery combine to offer an abundance of good material. We bring you this selection of stunning images from Peter Geraerdts, who...

Making sense of Malawi

Making sense of Malawi

Phil Clisby gets nostalgic. After all, this is what we call the ‘Africa bug’. The alluring smell of herbs; music blaring from a house; goats bleating. The lap of the water on the shore; the long stretch of untouched sand. The splash of a paddle in the water; the freshness of the air. The heat of the sun, the...

What to take on a walking holiday

What to take on a walking holiday

Many of us love the idea of throwing our cares to one side and heading off into the mountains. Sometimes, however, we are a little less sure about what we should take and the often-simple precautions necessary to keep ourselves safe. Here, Alan Palmer, who has been trekking in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains for more than 30 years, passes on...

Rwanda unwrapped

Rwanda unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel Why visit? Rwanda is still, without a doubt, the best place in the world to go mountain gorilla trekking. Walking in the Virunga Mountains in the shadow of giant, prehistoric plants as the mists clear to reveal a family of gorillas is incomparable. Gorillas aside, Akagera Park and Nyungwe Forest...

Oh, Darling!

Oh, Darling!

Looking for a quiet weekend out of Cape Town, Janine Avery found herself drawn to a little rural town encouragingly called Darling. And if your curiosity has also been piqued, here are her top tips to help you make the most of it. Detour 15km off the popular West Coast Road that runs from Cape Town to Langebaan and...

The resonating sounds of silence

The resonating sounds of silence

Sandy Wood finds peace within the Namib desert It is early July. I am snuggled up in bed, cup of tea in hand, watching the sun rise over the cold hills of the Namib Rand Nature Reserve in Namibia. The interplay of colours shifts, changing by the minute. I reach for my camera, but, realising I cannot do the...

What it’s really like visiting chimpanzees

What it’s really like visiting chimpanzees

For many wildlife lovers, seeing wild chimpanzees is a dream. But what is the experience actually like? Kush Patel describes his visit to Mahale, in southern Tanzania. As I flipped through an article on human evolution, I wondered what Homo erectus would think about modern man. Apart from our obvious achievements (skyscrapers, medicine, moon landing), I was curious about...

What makes Sustainable Tourism sustainable?

What makes Sustainable Tourism sustainable?

In 2017 the South Luangwa in Zambia was declared the world’s first ‘Sustainable National Park’ by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). But what does this mean, exactly? We asked Adrian Coley, a lodge operator in the Luangwa Valley, to give us the inside track on the impact of tourism in this important wildlife region. More and more...

Aboard the Stimela Star

Aboard the Stimela Star

Sue Watt can’t resist a novel way of transferring from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park “She’s a bit of a faded lady, but she’s lots of fun,” Butch says of the new love in his life. And having spent the night with her, I have to say he’s summed her up pretty well. His new love is called...

Namibia unwrapped

Namibia unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel Why Visit? Namibia is an exciting place to visit: it is wild and inaccessible and, despite being the size of Spain and Germany combined, it has a population of just two million. Eighty per cent of Namibia is desert, and it is amazing to see how the wildlife (and people)...

Walking with migrants

Walking with migrants

This autumn, Morocco trekking expert Alan Palmer undertook a trek with a difference: walking with an Aït ‘Atta family on their annual transhumance migration trek from the Central High Atlas Mountains to the fringes of Jebel Sahro in the south The initial omens were inauspicious. As we sheltered at the end of a long track leading up to the...

Treasures of the Namib

Treasures of the Namib

The Namib Desert harbours some extraordinary creatures that have developed fascinating adaptations to cope with the challenges of desert life. We give you seven to look out for Desert lion Probably the single biggest difference between the desert lion of north-west Namibia and anywhere else is their use of space. They utilise home ranges 10 times bigger than any...

The magic of Odzala

The magic of Odzala

None of us here at Travel Africa have visited Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo. But, boy, do we want to! We've known about it for a long time, and met several people who have been and raved about it. By all accounts it's a long journey to get there, but it clearly doesn't disappoint as a...

Vanishing Kings, Lions of the Namib Desert

Vanishing Kings, Lions of the Namib Desert

If you're a fan of lions, brace yourself. For you are about to see lions like you've never seen them before, thanks to the astonishing work of Philip Stander, with Lianne and Will Steenkamp, who have produced a stunning new book called Vanishing Kings, Lions of the Namib Desert (HPH). The Namib is the only place on Earth where...

Botswana unwrapped

Botswana unwrapped

An insider’s overview, from the experts at Steppes Travel Why visit? Botswana offers the ultimate luxury safari experience. Its riches of wildlife include about 25 per cent of Africa’s elephants and is one of the few countries where you can regularly see vast herds. There is some of the most dramatic predator viewing anywhere, and the unique combination of...

Africa’s second largest migration

Africa’s second largest migration

From January to June at least half a million antelopes converge on a vast savannah east of the White Nile, an area including the Sudd wetlands of South Sudan and the western Ethiopian swamps of Gambella. This mass movement of tiang and white-eared kob is Africa’s second largest terrestrial wildlife migration, second only to the Serengeti’s teeming masses of...

Wildlife at the roof of Africa

Wildlife at the roof of Africa

Ethiopia’s ethereal Bale Mountains National Park is home to some of Africa’s rarest wildlife – including the elusive Ethiopian wolf. Lizzie Pook goes in search of the mysterious creature The air inside the tent is fuggy. Inky black and still. I’m cocooned in several layers inside my sleeping bag, but my teeth still chatter from the cold outside the...

Timeless Luangwa

Timeless Luangwa

Of all the many places across Africa that tug strongly on our affections here at Travel Africa, the South Luangwa is a particular favourite. There is something about this place that we connect strongly with. Perhaps it is that its abundant wildlife is not too easily found, thus anticipation and promise hang in the air, and never disappoints. We’re...

Guess where?

Guess where?

This has to be one of the most dramatic and rugged landscapes in Africa, captured so evocatively in this series of pics by Bad Rabbit Studios. Part of the ‘Afromontane archipelago’ which stretches from the Great Rift Valley in East Africa to the Cape, these mountains are formed by alternating strata of schists and quartzites, with habitats ranging from...

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