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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...

People of the thorns

People of the thorns

Gillian McLaren introduces us to the Antandroy people of Madagascar. (Images by the author) Arid and harsh, the far south of Madagascar is home to the Antandroy people. One of eighteen ethnic groups on the island, these hardy pioneers, traditionally a nomadic tribe, dwell in a surreal landscape dominated by Didiereaceae and Euphorbiaceae. There is a lower diversity of...

Return to Lamu

Return to Lamu

With the Lamu archipelago once again considered safe to visit, Simon Marsh took his family to find out what it has to offer For several years the coastal area of Kenya, from Malindi up to the border with Somalia, was considered off limits to international tourists. Various embassies and high commissions had designated it too dangerous to travel to,...

Uganda unwrapped

Uganda unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel Why Visit? Congolese rainforest meets eastern savannah in this dramatic country. Troops of chimpanzees swing through the vines of Kibale and mountain gorilla families shelter within Bwindi’s dense forests. Although renowned for its iconic primates, Uganda possess a remarkable diversity of wildlife. Lions climb the trees of Queen Elizabeth National...

The Kilwa chronicles

The Kilwa chronicles

Intrepid travellers with an interest in African history, grab your maps: Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson is about to introduce you to the joy of Kilwa. On the southern reaches of Tanzania’s Swahili Coast, 300km south of Dar es Salaam and far from the famous national parks, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro, that attract tourists from across the globe, lie the settlements of Kilwa:...

Trekking in Morocco: where and when to go

Trekking in Morocco: where and when to go

Most people looking to trek in Morocco set their sights on Jebel Toubkal; indeed, there is much about this to recommend. However, the Atlas Mountains stretch over 2000km (1200 miles) from the Atlantic port of Agadir in the southwest of Morocco as far as Tunisia in the northeast. So we asked trekking expert Alan Palmer to set out the...

How to plan the ideal holiday to Zimbabwe

How to plan the ideal holiday to Zimbabwe

Why should you visit this revitalised southern African country and how can you make the most of your trip? Shelley Cox tells you everything you need to know: how long to go for; how many days to spend in each place; how to get from A to B; the best places for families, birdwatching and wildlife, and much more...

The Delta in focus

The Delta in focus

Taking wildlife photographs requires technical skill, practice and patience. In this stunning portfolio of images, Hannes Lochner shares his tips on how to capture the animals of the Okavango Delta on camera During more than five years in the Kalahari Desert, I developed a craving for water, and lots of it; and elephants, and lots of them. We wanted...

A wildlife lover’s guide to Kenya

A wildlife lover’s guide to Kenya

The safari was born in Kenya, a land of diverse habitats and abundant wildlife. Richard Trillo explores the rich appeal of its parks and conservancies. Illustrations by Karen Laurence-Rowe August 1981: We hitched a ride to the Masai Mara in the back of a pickup, and camped in our homemade tent by the Mara River. Above us, a billion...

Zambia – how to plan the perfect safari

Zambia – how to plan the perfect safari

Your guide to everything you need to know about planning your Zambian adventure — from where to go, to how long to spend in each place, and how to tie it all together — whatever your budget and interest. Compiled by Phil Clisby. Picture credit Phil Jeffery, Jeffery & McKeith Safaris Deep in the Luangwa Valley, we lie in...

10 amazing places to stay in Namibia

10 amazing places to stay in Namibia

We asked some of our experts to recommend their favourite spots Erongo Wilderness Lodge (above) “This special hideaway is situated in a secluded valley, encircled by the Erongo Mountains, where the desert, mountain and bushveld ecosystems meet. I have always loved this location; it is a place of beauty and quietness. Bear in mind it isn’t for everyone, as...

A moveable feast

A moveable feast

How do bush chefs produce such delectable food even in the remotest of camps? On a visit to Lower Zambezi National Park, Laura Griffith-Jones was determined to learn how the food is sourced and cooked — as well as enjoying the myriad culinary experiences on offer in this superb safari destination Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park lay to one...

Visit the tribes of the Omo Valley

Visit the tribes of the Omo Valley

Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet, a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful people. Ethiopia has all the essential elements that call travellers back time after time – wildlife you just don’t find elsewhere, epic landscapes of rare beauty, an endlessly fascinating historical tale that provides depth and...

Beyond Table Mountain

Beyond Table Mountain

Cape Town-based Heather Richardson reveals a few ideas of what to do within a two-hour drive of the Mother City. Images by Heather Richardson. Watch whales breaching from Hermanus For land-based whale watching, the little town of Hermanus is the place to be. At peak whale season, between June and November, you can spot dozens of southern right whales...

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