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Travel Africa April-June 2016

The only international magazine dedicated to exploring Africa's diverse attractions, national parks, wildlife, culture and history. Travel Africa draws on some of the world's top photographers, writers and experts to create an inspiring and practical resource for anyone interested in the world's most exciting continent.

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deserted

This is a fascinating and remote landscape in north-west Namibia, where the desert elephant roam. Here you’ll find dunes of golden sand that the wind has carried from the sea and laid on the slopes. There are vast areas of scree and gullies formed by gushing streams that swell in the rainy season and are forever changing their course. The main rivers are nearly always dry, filled with sediment that ranges from grey to brown. Iron deposits in the rocky banks have turned them rust-coloured and shadows emphasise the cracks and crevices. The sparse vegetation is mostly found along the riverbeds, where it has more chance of surviving the long periods without rain. The desert elephant has adapted to its environment. Compared to others, it has longer legs and wider…

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all things bright and beautiful

(NICO WILLS)“Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional,” actress Liz Vassey said. This couldn’t be truer than in the African bush. I often find myself frustrated when fellow safari-goers are fixated on one thing only: the Big Five. To reap the rewards of the wilderness, our focus should shift to the less outwardly impressive creatures, such as the scrub hare, mongoose or chameleon. The sight of a buffalo is enthralling in itself, yet it becomes more intriguing when we recognise the symbiotic relationship between it and the red-billed oxpeckers feeding on insects in its matted fur.Safari ignites in me an irrepressible desire to learn, and one of life’s great joys is to strive to understand wildlife behaviour. Every animal has a story. Where we may ogle at a…

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what’s online now

OUR LATEST STORIES, GALLERIES, IDEAS, BLOGS AND INTERVIEWS ONLINE NOWLondon to LagosTravelling from the UK capital to the heart of West Africa is certainly not something to be attempted by the faint-hearted. But a team of adventurous travellers from Vodoun Creations — a platform for cycling, Africa, politics and culture — are currently en route to Lagos by bicycle, passing through Spain, Portugal, Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin to get there. They’ll be blogging, filming and photographing en route, and you can read excerpts and view pictures and video clips of their journey at travelafricamag.com.Meet Map IvesThis Botswana-born-and-bred conservation legend is the National Rhino Coordinator for the government and Environmental Director for Wilderness Safaris. Responsible for the reintroduction…

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storytellers

1 Mike UnwinMadagascar, page 66“After a whole week in Madagascar’s rainforest, it still seemed that only our guide could spot the hidden wildlife. But finally I found my first leaftailed gecko. Eureka! I called everybody to look — except that it wasn’t a leaf-tailed gecko, it was just a gecko-tailed leaf. A beautiful one, though, and perfectly camouflaged.”Mike Unwin writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, and is author of 30 books, including the Bradt Guide to Southern African Wildlife.2 Geoffrey DeanTanzania, page 112“When I came back to my cottage at Fundu Lagoon on Pemba one night, I chanced upon two bushbabies feasting on some fruit that I had left on my balcony. I saw them only briefly but it was a good trade-off, as they are nocturnal and very shy.”Geoffrey…

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gabon erik van de ven

How to Pack for a Purpose Page 37“I have visited a dozen African countries, yet still have a long bucket list — of which Gabon is my number one. Why? Because of its wildlife. In Loango National Park you can find buffalo, hippo and elephant on the beach, beside an ocean filled with dolphins, whales and turtles. Minkébé National Park, in the northeast of the country, boasts pristine rainforest with bongos, giant pangolins and magnificent mandrills. Ivindo National Park, with its stunning Langoué Baï, is home to a sizeable population of western lowland gorillas (above), elephant, sitatunga, buffalo and leopards. You can also find lowland gorillas in Lopé National Park, as well as large numbers of mandrills, particularly in July and August. There are also countless bird and reptile species…

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africa’s forest loss

Tropical forests cover about 5.7 million sq km of Africa, with the Congo Basin being the second largest in the world. Over the past 14 years, deforestation — due to human encroachment and population increase — has accounted for a four per cent loss. Though lower than that of South America and South-East Asia, this deforestation rate is still significant (equating to the size of Uruguay), and has a vast impact on geology, biodiversity and wildlife.THE RED-CRESTED TURACO: Angola’s national bird has become an icon for avian and forest conservationTHIS MAP DEMONSTRATES THE CHANGE IN FOREST COVER BETWEEN 2000 AND 2014 IN VARIOUS AFRICAN COUNTRIES. IT WAS CREATED FROM THE DATA GENERATED BY THE ‘GLOBAL FOREST CHANGE 2000-2014’ STUDY UNDERTAKEN BY HANSEN/UMD/GOOGLE/USGS/NASA.…

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