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Travel Africa July-September 2017

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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this is africa

Forgotten calderaDriving through the undulating emerald landscape of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we pass Maasai herders, bedecked in ruby-red, guiding their animals to fresh grazing. At last the spiritual Ol Doinyo Lengai, or ‘Mountain of God’, appears in the distance. The faded-blue active volcano is shrouded in mystique; it blends seamlessly with its hazy surroundings like a painting. Continuing on foot, we set off towards the Empakaai Crater, an ancient caldera — and suddenly, there it lies. The deep saline lake sparkles like a sapphire, and is rimmed with white salt and pink greater and lesser flamingos. We begin our vertiginous descent through lush greenery, along a trail lined with yellow lion’s claw flowers and purple morning glory. As we approach the water’s edge, flamingos start to soar and circle…

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travelafricamag.com

(AFRICAN BUSH CAMPS)MEET BEKS NDLOVUGet to know the life and work of the African Bush Camps CEO and founder, whose work on guiding, conservation and sustainability is leading the way in the future of African tourism. Read other interviews on travelafricamag.com.DUNE DAREDEVILSThe intrepid Phil Clisby writes about his hairraising escapades through the Western Sahara and Mauritania in 1992. For more gripping tales, read his blog on travelafrica mag.com.(CARRIE HAMPTON)THE WILD WESTCarrie Hampton travels the length of South Africa’s west coast, revealing the lives of the quirky locals, the hidden treasures and all the best places to visit in this barren but wonderful part of the country.(DD KINGSCOTE)RIDING IN KENYADD Kingscote recounts her horseback adventure in Laikipia, falling asleep to the sound of lions and seeing both black and white rhino…

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karibu

(LAURA GRIFFITH-JONES)Power of nature“A man sits on a bench considering his woeful burden. He looks up at the stars and compares the distance from here to his house and here to the furthest visible star Deneb. Suddenly his problems seem pitifully faint and untroubling. He laughs and relaxes in his seat, staring at the ducks. Look again at that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”These are the evocative words of the American astronomer and author Carl Sagan. As humans, we often feel we are the masters of this world; yet when we step foot in the African wilderness, we are struck by nature’s power compared to our vulnerability.For one, its landscapes can be harsh. Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, for example,…

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storytellers

1 Sue WattKenya, page 114“For all the wonderful wildlife around Mara North Conservancy, one of my favourite animals at Serian was their dog, a gorgeous labrador/ Rhodesian ridgeback who loved chasing monkeys. His name was Wi-Fi, so called because managers Rosh and Adrian Allen could then tell guests he was ‘the only Wi-Fi in the camp’.” Sue is a London-based travel writer. She is a regular contributor to Travel Africa and also writes for The Telegraph and The Times.2 Justin FoxSouth Africa, page 60“One afternoon at Mosetlha Bush Camp in Madikwe, I joined a team of birders. The group had already ticked off an impressive list. ‘Better get myself a whisky to soothe the nerves,’ said one chap. ‘This birdwatching lark is getting way too exciting. When I was a…

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indaba

FIRST IMPRESSIONTHE EMOTIVE IMPACT OF AFRICA10 breathtaking beaches Page 24Up in the airShy, solitary, largely nocturnal, leopards are the most elusive of Africa’s big cats, the most sought-after and by far the most beautiful. By day, if you are lucky, you may find one asleep in a tree, stretched out on a branch with all four legs and long tail dangling. That rich saffron coat with its black rosettes keeps it safe from prying eyes until darkness falls. That’s when the leopard comes into its own; the shadow-stepper, the moonlight hunter whose ripsaw cough causes the roosting baboons to bark in alarm and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck if you are fortunate enough to hear it.TURN TO PAGE 40 FOR A STUNNING PORTFOLIO OF…

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hope for the future

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE STORIES(NDEITHI KARIUKI)We must remember that economic development and all life depend on ecosystems. Without viable and ecologically functional wildlife populations and natural habitats, Africa’s advancement will slow and ultimately failYOU WERE BORN IN CAMEROON. WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP THERE?I was born into a family of six, but I never remember our house with fewer than 15 people living in it. My father was a civil servant based in Douala. Most of his siblings’ and relatives’ children stayed at our home. That situation taught me to be open, to share and respect others.WHAT DOES THE AWF DO?The AWF finds ways to make conservation in Africa work for people. Without buy-in from local communities, governments and stakeholders, conservation won’t succeed. It partners with protected area authorities…

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