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Travel Africa April-June 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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this is africa

Starlight Many have written about the majesty of an African sky at night and yet this photo captures what words could never express. Taken from Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi, this image shows the magic that takes place when electric lights are few and far between and the vast expanse of the universe becomes tangible in the moonlight. This is such a special spot in the world, where the Milky Way flows like a river of stars above the lake; it is truly unmissable and quintessentially African.…

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travelafricamag.com

This January, we launched our new digital mini-mag Travel Africa Extra, bringing great stories, photographs, opinion and expert advice direct to your inbox every month. Sign up now on travelafricamag.com and share it with other Africa lovers. SAVE THE CRANES Jean Afadhali interviews Dr Olivier Nsengimana, a vet on a one-man mission to save Rwanda’s endangered grey crowned cranes, which are often stolen from the wild and kept in captivity. Read his inspiring story on travelafricamag.com. IN THE WILD Do you want to catch a glimpse of the rare African wild dog on your next safari? Or spot the Big Five? Guy Mavor reveals the best places to see Africa’s most iconic wildlife. NATURE OR NURTURE? The quote “Let us be guardians, not gardeners”, by revolutionary wildlife biologist Adolph Murie , raises the question of whether…

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road less travelled

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.” I have borrowed these pearls of wisdom from one of my favourite poems by one of my favourite poets: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. The verse’s closing lines sum it up eloquently for me: the truth is that we all need to broaden our horizons and embrace the unknown. When we founded Travel Africa, nearly 20 years ago, many people’s perception of Africa was limited, shaped in part by exposure to only a few big name attractions such as Kruger, the Mara-Serengeti, Zanzibar or Cape Town. But the continent is huge and, unsurprisingly, enormously varied. The opportunities for travellers of all genders and nationalities — whatever…

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storytellers

1 Trevor Jenner Ethiopia, page 130 “Before setting out to uncover the mysteries of Axum, I indulged in the heart-warming Ethiopian coffee ceremony — where you enjoy fine Arabica coffee made with the hand-crushed beans and served by an Ethiopian girl in traditional dress. What better way to start a day solving the riddle of the Ark of the Covenant?” The author of Ethiopia: Travellers’ Handbook, Trevor is a London-based writer and photographer with a special interest in Ethiopia. 2 Lizzie Williams Uganda, page 100 “When I first went to Bujagali Falls 25 years ago, there was only a simple campsite; enterprising villagers delivered beer and fish by bike, and daredevil boys rode through the rapids on plastic jerry cans for our entertainment. Much has changed and it’s now East Africa’s premier adventure centre.” Lizzie…

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indaba

Up in the air “It’s the Cadillac of aviation,” says Will Craig, proud owner of a Waco Classic, a buttercup-yellow biplane designed in 1935 for the likes of Denys Finch Hatton and rebuilt in 2007 for Out of Africa joyrides over Samburu. This is where the green highlands around Mount Kenya fall away into an arid wilderness the size of Britain, and to fly with him is to see Africa as it appears to the spiralling vultures. Below us, the morning sunlight falls like a blessing, touching everything with gold as we soar at 180m over the plains. Marooned in endless seas of bush, stark granite inselbergs rise like tombstones, measuring the yawning distance. Volcanic mountains quiver on the skyline and through it all runs a precious ribbon of life —…

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falling in love

THE MAP THAT TELLS A STORY The top of Uganda’s Murchison Falls BELOW LEFT: Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Falls GHANA WLI FALLS WITH A HEIGHT OF APPROXIMATELY 60M, THIS IS THE TALLEST CASCADE IN WEST AFRICA. THE PATH TO THE FALLS IS VERY SCENIC, PASSING THROUGH TROPICAL RAINFOREST INHABITED BY COLONIES OF FRUIT BATS. MOROCCO OUZOUD FALLS AT 100M HIGH, THIS IS THE SECOND-TALLEST WATERFALL IN AFRICA. IT’S A PEACEFUL GETAWAY FROM THE BUSTLE OF MARRAKECH, AND VISITORS ARE ABLE TO BATHE BENEATH THE CASCADE. MALI GOUINA FALLS THE ‘NIAGARA FALLS OF MALI’ IS A MERE 16M TALL BUT AN IMPRESSIVE 500M WIDE. WATER PLUNGES DOWN IN A MULTITUDE OF CASCADES, AND VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE ABOUND. NAMIBIA EPUPA FALLS THESE WATERS ARE A STARK CONTRAST TO THE DESERT LANDSCAPE OF KAOKOLAND. THE TRAIL FROM OPUWO IS PICTURESQUE, WITH BAOBABS AND BIRDWATCHING OPPORTUNITIES, AND VISITORS CAN…

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