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Travel Africa October-December 2018

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Gecko Publishing Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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first light

Is there a more magical time in the bush? Waking in the irst grey light of dawn to the last tremulous cries of a iery-necked nightjar before Africa’s diurnal soundtrack opens up with the sweet-throated song of a robin chat and a rising crescendo of Cape turtle doves. And then the most thrilling sound of all as the air begins to shiver to the rumble of lion. Time for a quick coffee beside the remains of the campire. Then it’s out onto the cold bright plains among the graceful antelope to ind the pride camped on a kill in the long wet grass as the sun, a red quivering bubble, inally breaks free of the far horizon. ■…

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daytime on safari

On the high plains of Africa, the light is dazzling. Too soon the morning coolness is forgotten as heat pours across the land. Distant hills dissolve into quivering mirages and animals seek the shade. By midday, every umbrella acacia and desert date tree has a huddle of wildebeest beneath it. Wood doves call along the luggas, their drowsy voices lulling the day to rest. The lion have long since gone lat, lying up in the croton thickets or sometimes climbing into an acacia to escape the biting lies. But in late afternoon, as the golden hour approaches and the granite kopjes stand out clear and sharp on the skyline, cheetah stir and stretch themselves before setting out to hunt down the leet-footed gazelle that are their favourite prey.WILDVETPHOTOGRAPHY.COM ■…

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night watch

Protected by nothing more than a limsy mosquito net, ly-camping is a sleep-out like no other. In the darkness, the net itself becomes invisible. All you can see is the Southern Cross, dangling overhead like a pendant in a torrent of stars while all around you the sounds of the night watch ill your ears: frogs and crickets, the trill of scops owls, the eerie war-whoop of marauding hyena and the hacksaw cough of a hungry leopard. Until the lion begin to roar, and you feel for the irst time what it must be like for the zebra whose alarm calls now echo from the black and silver shadows. ■…

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welcome

(WILL BIRTLES)“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on Earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths?”These lyrical, emotive words by esteemed travel writer Brian Jackman seem perfect to introduce our Wildlife Issue, in which we endeavour to celebrate the “magic” of African fauna. Compiling this edition has been one of our most ambitious and fun projects in Travel Africa’s 20-year history.Wildlife is arguably the main reason people travel to the world’s most exciting continent. Africa is second to none in terms of its diversity, volume and the sheer ease with which you can…

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contributors

1 PHILIP BRIGGSAll creatures great and small, page 92“It’s always a thrill to see the Big Five, or track gorillas or chimpanzees, but many of my personal highlights have been more low-key: walking with a hundredstrong troop of gelada monkeys in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains, photographing the psychedelic Rwenzori threehorned chameleon in Bwindi, spotted hyena greeting us right outside the perimeter fence of a camp in Kruger — the list is endless!”• PHILIP IS THE AUTHOR OF MORE THAN A DOZEN BRADT GUIDEBOOKS COVERING THE LIKES OF MOZAMBIQUE, MALAWI, TANZANIA, UGANDA, RWANDA, KENYA, ETHIOPIA, GHANA AND THE GAMBIA.2 NICK GARBUTTMadagascar, page 116“A snuffling and scratching outside the tent tweaked my curiosity. I unzipped the flap and poked my head out into the cool forest air. One of my own boots confronted…

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what’s new online?

(PHIL CLISBY)Tales and tribulationsGo online and allow Phil Clisby to mesmerise you with his entertaining and witty recounts of Malawi. His new weekly blog tells stories of everything from encounters with leopards to curing nosebleeds with a porcupine.(ARCO DE MAN)What lies beneath?Read Struan Douglas’s piece on the wonders of the Indian Ocean off Mozambique and the conservation efforts being undertaken to combat the ever-increasing threats marine life faces at the mercy of mankind.Gain and giveAmazon has set up a new service where you can contribute a percentage of your purchases to a charity of your choice. Log in through the domain smile.amazon. co.uk to turn your orders into donations. Many non-profit organisations are taking part, making it hard to choose. Our current pick is the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, which…

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