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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...

A whirlwind weekend in South Africa: is it feasible?

A whirlwind weekend in South Africa: is it feasible?

Let’s face it, Africa is not often considered for a short-break by most winter-weary Europeans, who traditionally seek some sun within a three-or four-hour flight. Yet, with a new generation of aircraft now servicing many African destinations, and barely any time difference to worry about, we reckon there’s little reason why you shouldn’t head on safari for a long...

A new dawn at Erg Chebbi

A new dawn at Erg Chebbi

Many visitors head to Morocco dreaming of riding a camel across the “Moroccan Sahara”, some for just an hour or two, others for several days, and to this end set off on a hurried round trip from Marrakech. However, it’s important not to rush these things and to ensure sufficient time to pause and savour some rather special jewels...

What lies beneath

What lies beneath

The Indian Ocean off Mozambique is a fantastic place to explore the marine world but the ecosystem and its inhabitants are under pressure. The Inhambane Province, in the south, is a good example of the challenges faced and what is being done to tackle them. Struan Douglas reports Mozambique has one of the longest coastlines of any country in...

For the love of birds

For the love of birds

Despite Uganda’s relatively small size, its unique position means a rich portfolio of habitats and thus a profusion of species. What’s more, you don’t need to be on a specialist safari to see countless feathered delights, from the great blue turaco to the famed shoebill. Words and photographs by Mike Unwin Silence. Suddenly. The maniacal shrieking that has ripped...

Avoiding the honeypot

Avoiding the honeypot

Alan Palmer reflects on his short trek across the high summer pastures of Morocco’s Yagour Plateau “If you’re happy, I’m happy!” beamed Mohammed, my mountain guide. Sitting on a large boulder in the shade of a copse of proud walnut trees, we were soothing our feet in the tumbling waters of the roaring Zat River. We had just reached...

Big Read: Discover the Tuli Block

Big Read: Discover the Tuli Block

In south-eastern Botswana, hugging the Limpopo River, lies a rugged landscape unlike anywhere else in the region. The Tuli Block has drawn Mike Main back many times over decades. Here he explains his fascination and discusses why you should look at this mysterious corner for your next safari. (Images courtesy Tuli Safari Lodge) One of the brightest stars on...

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