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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’.
29 May, 2014, 16:09|
Day ‘whatever’ on the Marathon des Sables
The grueling Marathon des Sables crosses 150 miles of the Sahara desert, a run few of us would survive. Mark Roe’s vivid account of a day on the piste let’s us taste the sand, heat and effort, all without leaving home.
18 May, 2014, 23:26|
Trusting a stranger in downtown Djibouti
With an almost reckless abandon, Tom Allen entrusts his cherished bicycle, with all its rtw equipment, to a penniless harbour tout in a dodgy port in East Africa – and finds it’s all kept safe.
13 May, 2014, 12:37|
A fast pedal through Namibia’s deserts
On his endless round-the-world cycle marathon Charlie Walker passes through Namibia. There’s plenty of wildlife but also the peace of his surroundings.
30 Apr, 2014, 11:59|
Elephant rule the road in South Africa’s Kruger
On safari in Africa David Marcus is brought face-to-face with an elephant in must. It’s a situation fraught with danger but his driver’s calm reaction saves the day.
21 Apr, 2014, 19:03|
The ‘Ark of the Covenant’ found, in suburban Harare
Spielberg and Dan Brown have built thrillers on the search for Christianity’s greatest relic. But Benjamin Mack finds the Ark of the Covenant easily, in a university museum in Zimbabwe’s rundown capital. Sad to report, however, it doesn’t really change his life.
18 Apr, 2014, 20:05|
Getting stoned in Ethiopia’s highlands
Amhara might be one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, but long-distance cyclist Tom Allan finds his journey plagued by children – who aren’t at all easy to ignore.
11 Apr, 2014, 21:59|
Heavy going on poor tarmac: south from Kasane
The road south of Kasane isn’t just bad: it’s like a badly-made cake. David Fletcher’s Brian makes heavy weather of Botstwana’s very poor driving surface, but then arrives at Planet Baobab – which serves beer.
18 Mar, 2014, 13:54|
Crossing the Nile to discover a whole new Sudan
On his cycle-ride down Sudan Tom Allen steps well off the beaten trail when he crosses the Nile. According to the map – and most of the people he asks – there’s nothing there.
11 Mar, 2014, 13:47|
Stirrings of war in a quiet Mozambique
A 60-mile stretch of road was closed to all traffic, except for army convoys that sped through once a day, bristling with guns. But Charlie Walker, on his bicycle, is just waved through. Gulp.
1 Mar, 2014, 17:55|
Into Sudan on the Wadi Haifa ferry
Andy McGinlay has an eventful journey heading south down Africa, crashing into dunes in Egypt and finding the last train left for Karthoum two years before. But in the small town of Karima he finds peace amongst ancient Kushite pyramids.
7 Feb, 2014, 13:58|
Crossing the ‘Vet Fence’ into northern Namibia
Travelling along the arrow-straight roads of Namibia’s teutonic planners, David Fletcher reflects on the history that gave birth to such a strangely-shaped country.
18 Jan, 2014, 13:24|
A wealth of hospitality in a Sudanese village
Sudan is a country best known for conflict and death. But when round-the-world cyclist Tom Allen finds his health fails on a long pedal south he finds peace and tranquility amongst the kindness of strangers.
18 Jan, 2014, 13:08|
Getting the best experience from your Kenyan safari
The highlands of East Africa contain the world’s greatest concentration of game, roaming unchecked in a spectacular wilderness. Paul Woollacombe has some tips for making the most of your journey.
26 Dec, 2013, 11:25|
All at sea on the shores of Lake Malawi
Charlie Walker’s epic cycle ride runs into soft sand (of the beachy kind) on the shores of Lake Malawi. An overdue chance for some R & R.
17 Dec, 2013, 13:20|
Another day in the African bush
Kenya’s Masai Mara puts on it’s usual day of wildlife drama for Pippa Strong, treating her to a pretty gruesome murder scene before sending her back to school for an insight into everyday life for the locals.
10 Dec, 2013, 14:04|
Rhinos get grumpy when crated and moved
As South Africa loses its fight against poachers, a leading conservation charity has relocated six rhino to much safer Botswana. Les Carlisle recounts how the new arrivals brusquely shunned their welcoming committee.
27 Nov, 2013, 21:54|
Pedaling through mud on a track through Tanzania
By car, Tanzania’s best know for serious, random speed bumps spread along the tarmac. On a bicycle Charlie Walker has a different set of problems – mainly ants and tsetse flies – as as he powers his way down East Africa along a long stretch of mud.
25 Nov, 2013, 21:15|
The game-park myth of ‘Timeless Afrika’
The Africa presented on safari, to clients tiered on the open backs of converted Landrovers, is very different to today’s reality and the historic truth. Shirley Brooks examines the romanticisation of a landscape.
19 Nov, 2013, 18:52|
Luxor’s little luxuries
Kerry-Ann Virgo and Nicholas Hussain
The ‘Arab Spring’ swept away not just Egypt’s leaders but also most of its tourists. Kerry-Ann Virgo and Nicholas Hussain, undeterred, are charmed by the Nile Valley’s tombs, temples, treasures – and people.
30 Oct, 2013, 20:25|
Gorillas in the .. er .. missed
Charlie Walker’s epic cycle ride climbs the hills of Uganda. Though his budget doesn’t stretch to tracking oversize primates, his slow pace of travel gives him far more penetrating insights into everyday Ugandan life.
30 Oct, 2013, 19:15|
Marrakech: get to know the basics
With a long and illustrious history and souks to suit all tastes, it’s hardly surprising that Marrakesh is the most visited city in Morocco. Let John Lloyd be your guide.
22 Oct, 2013, 15:55|
A wild dog baby-boom in Botswana’s Selinda Reserve
Everyone loves a puppy, but when they represent new hope for the world’s most endangered carnivore even I think they’re special. Alex Walters finds no less than three denning packs are active in a single Okavango reserve.
16 Oct, 2013, 10:16|
A taxing time on Toubkal in the middle of December
North Africa’s highest mountain is a major climbing challenge. But not one that daunts James Sinclair, who takes some time off work and flies to Morocco to summit the Atlas Mountains’ greatest peak – in winter.
11 Oct, 2013, 11:32|
Meeting the Maasai in Selenkay Conservancy
There’s more to Kenya than some of the world’s best wildlife. Don’t forget the residents, says Aleema Noormohamed. In a Maasai village she gets an authentic taste of village life.
4 Jul, 2013, 14:38|
A tribute to Boris, childhood pet – and hippo
Growing up on the banks of Lake Malawi could be expected to expose you to the unusual. But Alan Butterworth’s childhood friendship with one of Africa’s most dangerous animals would scare most parents witless.
2 Jul, 2013, 13:01|
Into West Africa and ‘The Heart of Darkness’
Andy McGinlay finds constant powercuts, petty corruption and roads in bad shape make the journey from Guinea to Sierra Leone something of a trial. But it’s the experience of summary justice on Bureh Beach that provides the final, most disturbing impression.
25 Jun, 2013, 11:42|
Hit the African open road
The best way to explore South Africa is with a self-drive car. Ian McAdams runs through some suggested itineraries for getting the best from the experience.
5 Jun, 2013, 13:51|
Overlanding West Africa: a driver’s tale
There’s a new travel company blazing a somewhat soggy trail through the least visited African states: Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Ivory Coast. David Oades’ chatty dispatch from an overlander’s cab brings the experience to life.
24 May, 2013, 18:54|
The freedom to explore on Africa holidays
Whether travelling on honeymoon or taking your family, as a conservation expert or safari virgin, there’s an African holiday that can be tailored to your needs. Dawit Mesfen says read on..
24 May, 2013, 14:53|
Driving through the Congo – in the 1970’s
In 1970’s England, newlywed Ross Dunn was offered a job in Zimbabwe. As the proud owner of a newish Hillman naturally, to get there, he drove – with his wife. Sara Dunn tells their tale.