In early 2023, in the run-up to elections, seasoned African traveller and guidebook writer Phillip Briggs and his photographer wife Ariadne van Zandbergen returned to Zimbabwe, spending six weeks driving the length and breadth of the country to see what it is really like to travel round right now. Here, he describes 10 personal highlights from this trip, and addresses some of the practical issues that may still concern potential visitors.
Tips & Tricks
Recognising the growing desire from travellers to connect with nature and to be more active, more and more lodges are offering guided walking options, ranging from a short few hours to longer expeditions. Sue Watt visited South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, and sent us these tips.
Whether you’re a first-time Africa traveller or an avowed safari addict, if you choose to book your next trip through a specialist company, consider these questions to ask. First published in Issue 95 of Travel Africa magazine.
1. Wait We started going on safari when our kids were toddlers and it was exhausting and stressful. The tension came from keeping our hectic children still and quiet during game drives, meals and midday siesta periods. Exhausting because the safari day up-ends little kids normal routines (early wake-ups, different meal times, late dinners) and our
Many people preparing for a trip to Africa, particularly for the first time, will feel a little anxious when it comes to packing. Any time you venture into the unknown, you’re bound to worry you haven’t thought of everything, but clearly the conditions and experiences you’ll face on safari will call for more considered planning.
There are several questions which you should consider first, which will help you get a clear idea of what you hope to derive from your trip. The continent is vast, and the range of experiences and opportunities is limitless, so understanding your hopes will help immensely with your planning. Start with these six questions to