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Travel Africa October-December 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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United Kingdom
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English
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Gecko Publishing Ltd
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our appreciation for africa

Working on this, our 20th anniversary issue, got us thinking about the origins of Travel Africa and the travel context at the time. Our heads were too full of dreams to pay much attention to the workings of the travel industry. We were simply on a mission to encourage people to visit our homeland that we love so much.That was 1997, before the Internet arrived, when people used to phone their local travel agent (on a landline) to request a brochure. There was a chronic lack of coverage on Africa in the travel media, and we hoped that a magazine offering reassurance, inspiration and advice to prospective safari-goers would get people flocking to the world’s most exciting continent.Today, of course, there is so much content available to us in an…

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travelafricamag.com

(NICK BUYS)BIRDING IN NAMIBIANick Buys goes birdwatching in the Erongo area of central Namibia — one of the country’s most biodiverse areas—and captures some stunning shots.WHICH NATIONAL PARK?Overwhelmed by the number of parks in Africa? You’re not alone. The continent has more than 100 reserves to choose from, so Jackie Edwards has whittled it down to the 10 most alluring options to help you solve your destination dilemma.We are constantly inundated with amazing stories that we simply can’t fit in the quarterly print magazine, so earlier this year, we launched Travel Africa Extra, a monthly online minimagazine packed with exciting articles, image galleries, interviews, profiles, blogs and opinion columns. Subscribe to our mailing list on travelafricamag.com to receive Travel Africa Extra in your inbox at the end of every month.(BOATING…

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change over time

(DAVID SHEPHERD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION)(WILL BIRTLES)Since the launch of Travel Africa in 1997, the continent has evolved dramatically. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we present you with a themed edition which reflects on the changing nature of the safari experience. It has been fun and fascinating to compile. In order to achieve a balance of past, present and future, I have had the great pleasure of talking to some truly inspirational people, from tour operators and lodge owners to conservationists and rangers. Something that has consistently shone through has been their mutual determination to conserve Africa’s amazing wildlife, habitats, landscapes and communities—which was also the aspiration on which the magazine was founded.There are innumerable remarkable individuals working their socks off every day to achieve this—people with the great reserves of passion,…

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storytellers

1 Mike UnwinZimbabwe, page 90“Africa exposes you to a sensory feast beyond anything elsewhere. It takes only tiny details to carry me back: the keyboard error tone on my laptop, for instance, sounds like a scops owl, evoking a night in the bush. The tourism industry has conditioned us to thinking of Africa in images, but when I return, I find it is the sounds, smells and textures that make the deepest impact.” Mike Unwin has been contributing to Travel Africa for more than a decade.2 Philip BriggsWest Africa, page 158“Africa has been the setting for so many adventures over the past 20 years, it’s difficult to know where to start. A multi-day trek through Mali’s Dogon Country, the ascent of Ethiopia’s Erta Ale volcano and its Congolese counterpart Nyiragongo,…

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celebrating 35 years of creating exceptional safaris

D esert & Delta Safaris has been offering discerning travelers the opportunity to experience the wonders and excitement of a Botswana safari for over 35 years.The company’s journey began from humble beginnings in 1980 when Jessie Neil built Camp Okavango, a rustic tented bush camp offering guests the rare opportunity to experience the tranquility of the Okavango Delta. After the immediate success of Camp Okavango, Jesse expanded her business in 1982 by opening Camp Moremi, another intimate tented camp, in the Xakanaxa region of the Moremi Game Reserve.While Jesse was developing her small delta camps, further north Jonathan Gibson and his business partner purchased Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana’s first Five Star safari lodge, with the vision of returning it to its former glory after it had closed in 1977. In…

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the hide, hwange national park

(THE HIDE)The changing nature of holiday planning Page 20Growing up in Zimbabwe, my appreciation for wildlife and Africa’s wilderness areas developed from regular excursions to the Matobo Hills and on holidays to Hwange National Park, where there seemed to be drama and excitement around each corner. The Hide safari camp has become a firm favourite, both personally and professionally. It is a place where serenity surrounds you, where wildlife and birdlife abound, and where you feel instantly at home — for me, it resonates with memories of special family reunions. Professionally, The Hide has supported Travel Africa since issue 1 (in 1997), and is the only company still advertising that exists in its same form: a familyrun enterprise born from a passion for Hwange’s enduring appeal. The roots of our…

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