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19 Jan, 2017, 12:46|
Battlefield tourism: the reality behind the film ‘Zulu’
The rolling landscape of Isandlwana looks peaceful these days. But Jonathan Trollip discovers a bloodsoaked past as it’s where British colonialism suffered its first major setback, losing a major battle with South Africa’s Zulu warriors.
21 Nov, 2016, 22:02|
A blast from the bush and Zambia’s Luangwa Valley
The rains are coming to the Luangwa Valley and one of Africa’s finest safari destination is strewn with camps packing up and getting out while they still can. So there’s something autumnal about Emily Haynes. latest report from the Zambian bush,
14 Sep, 2016, 08:55|
Medinas, minarets and mountains in Morocco
Elizabeth von Pier
From the city of Marrakesh, Elizabeth von Pier takes a leisurely tour of the spectacular Atlas mountains, discovering a world of kasbahs and chasms and a taste of Arab culture.
8 Jul, 2016, 19:48|
Weaving hope and a future into African lives
The safari operators in Zambia aren’t all about luxury vacations for wealthy clients, or even about conservation for endangered wildlife. They also put a lot back into local communities. Karen Beattie tells about a South Luangwa project.
25 May, 2016, 14:09|
Exploring the medina in Tangiers, Morocco
If you’d ever wondered what Sankar Chatterjee got up to on his daytrip into Africa from nearby Spain, fear not: he tells you here. Photos by Shelley Chatterjee.
9 Apr, 2016, 10:56|
How to structure a safari, as adventure or honeymoon
A safari is not just for specialists. Charles Goodwin says they’re an appropriate celebration of any occasion, and can operate on a range of budgets. He shares some tips about planning the perfect African journey.
10 Mar, 2016, 16:54|
A truck to the rescue when bogged in Zaire
Peter Peeters and Claire van Velsen
The main road through Zaire nearly proves much for the overlanding duo of Peter Peeters and Claire van Velsen. Then a truck arrives. The driver finds problems aplenty – but solves them all.
10 Feb, 2016, 16:50|
A night of real danger in rural Zaire
Peter Peeters and Claire van Velsen
When Peter Peeters and Claire van Helsen drive their Landrover into a swamp in upcountry Zaire they merely think they’re stuck. They don’t discover the danger of their situation until the following day, when they’re lucky to have lived to tell their tale.
7 Jan, 2016, 19:26|
The big weekend: birding Ethiopia’s Rift Valley lakes
Few visitors make it to Ethiopia – and fewer still stray from the standard tourist routes. But Malee Oot has birds on her mind as she rents a Landrover to tour the Rift Valley lakes.
15 Oct, 2015, 14:26|
Some quiet advice for travellers in Africa
From a snug vantage-point in amiable Malawi, seasoned traveller Philip Perry runs over some dos and don’ts for visitors to sub-Saharan Africa. Don’t be put off, he says: the experience is unforgettable.
1 Sep, 2015, 12:03|
4 city breaks to try in 2015
The end of summer is citybreak time. Paul Woollacombe reviews four traditional favourites for the European market.
8 Aug, 2015, 15:10|
3 African escapes which are still safe
There’s plenty of bad news coming out of Africa, but Paul Woollacombe says there are many parts of the continent that remain perfectly safe, and outlines three great travel options.
28 Jul, 2015, 05:03|
Things to do on safari in South Africa
South Africa’s first-world infrastructure opens up a whole range of options to see African wildlife at its best, says Paul Woolllacombe.
14 Apr, 2015, 08:45|
In Kenya forks become bracelets, teaspoons rings
Nothing is wasted in East Africa. But at Nairobi’s Masai Market Amy Shaw finds recycling taken to new artistic levels by an inspired Kenyan jeweller working with cutlery.
18 Mar, 2015, 08:08|
Hout Bay’s finest fish are found on plates
Davison Matanga heads to Hout Bay in search of whales. What he finds instead are the finest fish and chips in Africa. Delicious, but so delicious they bring his explorations of the Western Cape to a sudden halt.
18 Feb, 2015, 07:53|
A day out with Johannesburg’s white lions
It’s not necessary to book an expensive safari to see Africa’s iconic ‘King of the Animals’. On a slow day in South Africa’s greatest city Davison Matanga drives over to Johannesburg’s Lion Park.
29 Nov, 2014, 11:45|
Mauritania’s desert city now drowning in sand
Chinguetti is Mauritania’s number one tourist attraction, an ancient city that thrived in the era of caravanserais. David Jenkins, however, finds he’s the only tourist in a rising sea of sand.
16 Nov, 2014, 19:29|
Assaulted by South Africa – but in a good way
Jemilla Russell-Clough finds Durban a challenging, exciting place. Even when she heads out of town in a borrowed bucky (think ute, pickup)and then, in a remote part of rural KwaZulu-Natal, find it leaks petrol faster than she can fill it.
29 Oct, 2014, 11:24|
In search of nightlife in not-so-wild Nouakchott
David Jenkins tries – and fails – to find excitement in Mauritania’s sandy capital. Too late now to tell him that had he asked a taxi driver to take him to a ‘Zaire Consulate’ alcohol could have been found.
23 Sep, 2014, 16:43|
Casablanca – “Here’s looking at you kid”
A lot of travellers go to Casablanca by mistake. They’ve seen the movie and are surprised to find it’s a modern city with little period charm. Eric Whitehead takes things further. He’s surprised it’s full of Arabs.
14 Sep, 2014, 14:51|
Lazy days on La Digue, the Seychelles’ third island
Most visitors to the Seychelles stay on the two largest islands, Mahé and Praslin. David Jenkins, on the other hand, slips back a gear on the tiny sleepy third island, of La Digue.
13 Sep, 2014, 20:38|
Praise to the lord – and now please pay. Amen
On his bike through the DRC, Charlie Walker drops in to an emotional church service in Lubumbashi. Religious ecstasy rules but the ministers carefully shepherd their payment.
8 Sep, 2014, 09:30|
The hypochondriac traveller’s guide to Ebola
There were never many tourists in West Africa – and since Ebola there are almost none. Scott Masson, however, is little deterred and says the chances of catching the killer virus are, for most travellers, low.
28 Aug, 2014, 20:38|
Dodgy village campouts in rural DRC
Charlie Walker finds his cycle through the Democratic Republic of the Congo sometimes helped – but often hindered – by the rarity of foreigners in one of the world’s most troubled states.
28 Jun, 2014, 15:47|
Cycling through Yemen’s kidnap-happy badlands
Tom Allen is woefully unprepared for his cycle ride out of Aden, passing as it does some of the world’s most dangerous insurgent areas. So when the army comes to his help it seems natural to accept a lift.
17 Jun, 2014, 15:33|
A reflective night out in Egypt’s endless desert
Round-the-world cyclist Tom Allen finds shelter for the night in a lonely outpost just north of Cairo. With time on his hands he reflects on his life on the road.
14 Jun, 2014, 21:48|
Dead monkeys in bins: Mauritius in the dock
Mauritius is the poster child of the holiday industry. But Michelle Thew points out that this Indian Ocean paradise is also at the heart of the research monkey trade.
12 Jun, 2014, 07:37|
Zimbabwe, land of happiness – and hurt
Kelly West was born in Zimbabwe but moved, at 16, to Australia. A return to her homeland proves a joyous – but also troubling – experience.
7 Jun, 2014, 11:14|
Even your trousers get stolen on the Rue Pompidou
Dakar is Senegal’s capital and a very scary place. When David Jenkins’ trousers are torn from his legs he realises that, until then, he hasn’t really understood what it meant to be ‘ripped off’.