Travel Africa Edition 93

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.

United Kingdom
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6 minutos
nothing prepares you for the impact of africa.

Strange sights, new sounds, unfamiliar smells. It is a total assault on the senses, like being a child again and seeing the world afresh. Once you have been there, breathed its dry air, watched distant storms trailing across its immense horizons and been awakened by a million purring doves, you will never be the same. At least, despite everything I had read, that is how it was for me. My initiation took place in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. I had flown by light aircraft from Nairobi at the end of the rains and the land was still as green as Ireland as we bounced from one thermal to the next over endless plains on which herds of buffaloes stampeded away beneath our wings. Even before we touched down on the rough…

3 minutos

At some point, each of us has been inspired by a piece of great travel writing. So it is a real pleasure to open this edition with some excerpts from Brian Jackman’s newly-released autobiography, West with the Light, for Brian’s influence on Travel Africa runs deeper than he might realise. The seed for this magazine was sown when we were living in London in the early ‘90s and were struck by how people’s perceptions of Africa were different to the reality we knew, growing up in Zimbabwe. I found it really hard to find the right words to excite people about the Africa I loved. It was clear we would need writers who could evocatively capture the essence of the continent. Having struggled with my own writing, I knew how hard it…

1 minutos
guiding light

Meet Samuel Brown, guide, Elewana Loisaba, Kenya • Sighting you most hope to see? An elephant giving birth. • What do you never tire of? Elephants, particularly observing their social structure and feeding behaviour. • Most intriguing plant? The myrothamnus, commonly called ‘the resurrection bush’ for its ability to produce flowers after months of dormancy. It is one of approximately 70,000 plants that have medicinal qualities for either humans or animals. • Coolest small creature? The antlion. One of the ‘little five’, the antlion larvae trap their prey (usually ants) in a pit in the sand. They can survive for long periods without food and can take as long as two years to complete their lifecycle, from egg to winged adult. • Weirdest thing you like to show clients? Rock hyrax.…

12 minutos
what africa means to you

A REASON TO BE DENISE BROWN, USA Growing up, when I watched documentaries about Africa my heart would beat faster and I felt this incredibly strong yearning, as if the continent was reaching out to me. When I had finally saved up enough money to visit, nobody else could come along – so I went to Tanzania alone. From the moment I stepped off the plane, I felt like I was home. A sense of belonging rose in me, like part of my soul had reunited with a long lost other part. Every day going deeper into the wilderness, I felt more love for the country and its people. Nowhere else have I felt more energised, more at peace with myself and my surroundings – and with this sense of freedom. I lived…

5 minutos
catering for change

Q How have you had to adapt due to lockdown? We used to know how many people were going to be in camp quite a long time in advance, but now we sometimes only hear of guests coming the day before. We don’t have as long to plan, so being able to source good quality local produce at short notice is even more important. Locally-grown fruit and veg that can be ordered each morning is essential, such as fresh strawberries from Chipata. We grow salad leaves, herbs, cherry tomatoes and various other seasonal produce in our own garden. With our unique a la carte service, we can design our menu around what we have available on a daily basis. Q Have you had to cater for new dietary trends? We often get told that a…

7 minutos
talking in tongs

There can be few aspects of modern social life that are more fraught with pitfalls than South African barbecue etiquette. The braai (to use the local word) is far from a modern invention of course, but to many South Africans, the territorial right of the alpha male to rule the fireside is as inviolable as ever. Despite a childhood spent largely in rainy northern England, I’ve always enjoyed camping and gravitated early into a school of ‘bush tucker’ that often involved little more than a tin of steaming beans propped against a glowing log. Years later, in sunnier Spanish climes, I mastered the art of cooking a few low-key chargrilled specialties. Then, however, I fell in love with a woman who hails from a country where the humble braai has been…