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Travel Africa October-December 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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Gecko Publishing Ltd
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travelafricamag.com

Winners’ gallery At Travel Africa, we are proud to partner with the prestigious Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition, which celebrates the continent’s natural heritage and beauty. In this stunning online portfolio, we display the winning images. Carrie’s Cape Town Take a ride with Carrie Hampton and read her next blog post on cycling through the Constantia Winelands. The group begin their day excursion at Cape Town’s oldest wine estate, continue through the foothills of Table Mountain and finish with lunch at Uitsig vineyard. HAKUNA MATATA! In this feature, Carmen Alexander travels alone to Zanzibar and finds herself bewitched by the island. She tells us about the amazing experiences she had there and the interesting people she met, despite her initial reservations about travelling solo for the first time. MEET KIM WOLHUTER Acclaimed wildlife filmmaker and photographer Kim…

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seize the day

“If we look straight and deep into a chimpanzee’s eyes, an intelligent self-assured personality looks back at us. If they are animals, what must we be?” There is much truth in these astute words by primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal. For to come face to face with man’s closest cousin (apart from the bonobo) is life-affirming. At first you’re struck by its humanlike expression, a reflection of your own; then by the affinity you feel with this wild creature that has 98.7 per cent of the same DNA as you. Then you may begin to consider how modernity has changed us — how we are tossing and turning in a world of division caused by religion, colour and creed, ever striving for something more, and rushing around without taking the…

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storytellers

1 Justin Fox St Helena Island, page 146 “On our return voyage from St Helena, we experienced a proper gale off the Cape of Storms. Enormous rollers tossed the old ship about like a cork. Passengers seated in chairs travelled up and down the deck as though playing oceanic dodgems. One old duck clutched a pillar in one hand and a G&T in another with stoical British spirit.” Based in Cape Town, Justin is the author of more than a dozen books. 2 Eugene Yiga Mauritius, page 116 “There’s no such thing as a perfect holiday. The zip on your bag will break. (Twice.) You’ll cut your finger when you’re running late and you’ll come close to forgetting your passport in the hotel safe. Thank goodness for the garland of yellow flowers that…

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character building

There’s nothing ordinary about placing seven Airstream trailers onto the roof of an urban hotel and turning them into themed rooms. But then again, there’s nothing ordinary about The Grand Daddy. At the heart of downtown Cape Town, The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel doesn’t just ooze charm: in-your-face character bellows out of every cushion, every wall and every menu; from the vintage lift that takes you to the Skybar and Pink Flamingo Rooft op Cinema. It is bold, not brash; considered, not chaotic; tasteful, not tacky. But most of all, it is just downright fun. In many ways, it reflects Cape Town itself: vibrant, energetic, extraordinary, memorable. You can see why the team at African Secrets, led by tourism personalities Jan and Jaci van Heteren, invested so much of themselves in The Grand…

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walk this way

MOROCCO EXPLORE THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS THIS RANGE CAN BE TREKKED IN SUMMER OR WINTER FOR TWO VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES, USUALLY CULMINATING IN AN ASCENT OF JEBEL TOUBKAL. ETHIOPIA LOSE YOURSELF IN THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS TREK THROUGH THE EPIC PINNACLES OF THESE ANCIENT PEAKS IN SEARCH OF THE RARE WALIA IBEX AND GELADAS. TURN TO PAGE 136 FOR MORE. REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON CONQUER MOUNT CAMEROON SUMMITING THE MOUNTAIN OF THUNDER, WEST AFRICA’S HIGHEST PEAK, IS POSSIBLY THE MOST THRILLING THING TO DO IN THIS WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY. TANZANIA CLIMB KILIMANJARO THE MOST POPULAR TREK IN AFRICA, KILI IS ALSO ONE OF THE HARDEST BECAUSE OF THE STEEP GRADIENTS, ALTITUDE AND EXTREME COLD. NAMIBIA WALK THE FISH RIVER CANYON THIS STUNNING ROUTE RUNS ALONG THE BOTTOM OF ONE OF THE DEEPEST GORGES IN THE WORLD, THROUGH…

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film star

WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP IN AFRICA? There is an edge to growing up here. You get a sense that you are on the edge, very close to the heartbeat of this continent where we were all born. I was always aware of that as a kid. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A FILMMAKER AND WRITER? I wanted to understand the spirit of the place of my birth, and I had watched my brother enjoy adventures and I'd read about great explorers so I wanted to understand that allure. Once I started this journey, I wanted to use my creativity to speak to other people in the world about these discoveries and, more importantly, how to protect it all. WHY DID YOU SET UP WILDLIFE FILMS AND BECOME INVOLVED WITH GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION? Wildlife…

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