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Travel Africa

Travel Africa January-March 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.

United Kingdom
Gecko Publishing Ltd
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R 92,97
R 204,72
4 Issues

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this is africa

Song and dance In this picture, the beautiful Turkana are gathered at Kenya’s Marsabit-Lake Turkana Cultural Festival. The event was started as a way to unite people throughout the region and promote peace between them. Once a year, as many as 14 tribes and ethnic groups assemble along the lakeshores in a kaleidoscope of colour, dressed in their most elaborate clothing, beading, head ornaments and paint made from red ochre. Everyone comes together to play traditional instruments, sing and dance for hours at a time. It is a magical experience. Piper Mackay organises tours and workshops in various African destinations, including Lake Turkana. For further information, visit pipermackayphotography.com/programs.…

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PIONEERS Muchenje Safari Lodge, in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Shaun Metcalfe looks back at its foundation and how it has evolved. Since its opening in 1996, much has changed in and around the property, but the owners are determined to preserve local tradition and ensure that the area is conserved for generations to come. SAFARI REFLECTION Renowned safari guide Lex Hes has begun a new blog series on travelafricamag.com. In one of hopefully many such reflections, entitled The Joy of Walking, he discusses how the unique experience of taking a guided amble in the bush can be good for the soul. ALL ABOARD Join Tamsin Oxford as she floats down the Vaal River, the largest tributary of the Orange River in South Africa, in a houseboat — which, despite…

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Seasons greetings As I roll into 2017, still feeling full from too much Christmas turkey, I set my mind to the new year. Where might the path ahead lead? What are my personal hopes and dreams? And what should our resolutions be for African tourism? Well, the personal part is easy: drink less, exercise more, travel often, seize the day — nothing unusual. But the latter is more difficult. With 2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, ‘sustainability’ instantly leaps to mind. It is currently the industry buzzword; and rightly so. For what is the point of a quick fix? None whatsoever. We need to strive together to develop long-term strategies to preserve the continent’s culture, environment and wildlife for many generations to come. As Peter Borchert explains in his…

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1 Emma Gregg Zimbabwe, page 82 “Mana Pools’ elephants are magnificent. Once, while we were canoeing, a family group crossed the Zambezi just a few metres away from us, snorkelling with their trunks. At last they reached the shallows and the water fell away from their huge, wet bodies, leaving their skin as dark and glossy as varnished wood. Watching them from the river was simply wonderful.” Emma is a former Editor of Travel Africa and has written several Rough Guides. 2 Gabriella Mulligan Kenya, page 126 “We scoured the landscape for the lions with binoculars for over an hour, but eventually gave up. Just down the road we passed another car whose passengers told us the pride had been metres behind us. They had tried to tell us, but we were too intent on staring…

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THE EMOTIVE IMPACT OF AFRICA Smell of the storm The lions sensed the rains were coming. Lying sphinx-like in the late afternoon they watched the cloud castles drawing closer. The wind sighed across the plains as if the land itself could feel the drought was about to end. Lightning flickered along the horizon, and when the first spots of rain fell, big as Kenya shillings, it released the glorious smell of earth freshly slaked. In minutes the rain had redoubled its intensity, an impenetrable curtain that filled every lugga and gasping waterhole, almost drowning the thunder that had reached a crescendo as the eye of the storm passed overhead. But by nightfall the stars were out, and in the morning what had been dust and stubble was a miracle of green shoots…

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kick-start the year