Travel Africa 96

April-May 2022

Seeking space? The lure of finding somewhere quiet to escape to is very appealing. And there’s few places more spacious than Namibia, perhaps Africa’s most beguiling destination. Our 27-page practical guide will help you plan your best adventure. Also, in South Africa, Fiona McIntosh reveals 20 amazing places for you to clear your head without breaking the bank, while Mike Unwin has a productive time in the open plains of the Serengeti and Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson takes it even further, venturing into the deserts in Niger. If you’re visiting the Victoria Falls, our accommodation guide will help you choose the ideal place to stay, and we couldn’t resist showcasing the wildlife of the Maasai Mara with a stunning photo gallery. Brian Jackman has once again weaved his magic: check out his evocative essay on the sounds of Africa that’ll have you yearning to get back to the bush!

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Namibia – a practical guide

  • Why I love Namibia – Will Gray reflects on the magic
  • Starting point – Thinking of visiting? There’s a few things you need to consider, says Phil Clisby
  • Getting around – Experienced self-driver Charles Norwood helps you get road-ready
  • Highlights – Lizzie Williams gives a brief overview of what to include in your itinerary, based on whether you are a wildlife lover, seeking solitude, favour the coast, are active, into culture or conservation
  • The fifth C – At Wolwedans, they’re taking a more mindful approach to tourism. Could the AridEden philosophy catch on?
  • Hot property – Aulden Harlech-Jones gives a brief overview of accommodation options and what to look for
  • Route planners – We asked four specialist operators to suggest an itinerary to get your planning underway


Tuning in – Brian Jackman reflects on the sounds of Africa he misses most

Zimbabwe/Zambia: Where to stay near the Victoria Falls – Visitors to the Falls are spoiled for choice for places to stay. So we pulled together an overview to help you identify the best options for you

South Africa: Clear your head – Fiona McIntosh shares 20 of her favourite places to go to immerse herself in nature, without breaking the bank

Botswana: The objects of my attention – Spending time investigating the artifacts displayed in camp reveal more than you might imagine, discovers Melanie van Zyl

Niger: Between a rock and a hard place – Exploring uncharted territories can be intimidating — and hugely rewarding. Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson ventures into the Sahara in search of giant giraffes

Where art thou? – Expert David Coulson identifies the best places to appreciate Africa’s rich heritage of rock art

Tanzania: Scene but not herd – The Great Migration fully justifies the Serengeti’s reputation as one of the world’s finest. But visitors can enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters in any season, finds Mike Unwin

Kenya: Life and death in the Mara – The circle of life is revealed more vividly in the Maasai Mara than perhaps anywhere else, as demonstrated by this dramatic photo portfolio

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