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Travel AfricaTravel Africa

Travel Africa Winter 2016

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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4 Issues


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this is africa

Daily catch The largest artisanal fishing village on the Gambian coast, Tanji abuts a wide sandy beach that explodes into life upon the arrival of the daily catch. Dozens of brightly painted wooden pirogues set anchor in the shallow waves and start unloading the freshly netted fish into plastic buckets that are carried to shore on the heads of local tradeswomen. Many of the fish are taken to the beachside market and sold on to local families or to traders from nearby coastal communities. Others are sundried, or find their way to the smoking huts that line the beach, or are stored in a recently constructed ice plant. It’s all rather chaotic, and the beach quickly becomes strewn with discarded marine life, such as small fish, crabs and severed heads of…

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new adventures

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” These stirring words, by American author Mark Twain, have always made me want to pack my trusty backpack immediately and set off on another journey — particularly when it’s the start of a new year and I’m busy fending off the January blues by plotting adventures. To help you with your plans for 2016, we have compiled the first adventurethemed issue of Travel Africa, which we hope will inspire you to do something new and challenging this year, such as paddling the Zambezi (page 74), cycling in Malawi (page…

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Ideas bank There is a whole host of things to consider before you explore ‘the world’s most exciting continent’. So we sought the opinion of some of our friends in the trade who know African travel best. Their suggestions include what to pack, hidden gems to look out for and how to make the most of your time. From the team Travel Africa’s Financial Controller Amanda Gaydon recently returned from a family holiday in Marrakech, Essaouira and the Atlas Mountains. Full of tales of donkey riding, souks and child-friendly riads, she tells us why Morocco is such a fabulous place to take your kids. Extra layers We’re always striving to give you as much value as possible, so we are embracing new technology. Whenever you see the logo below, it means that there is a…

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1 Malee Oot Ethiopia, page 122 “On my first night in the Simiens I felt an intestinal pang that will be familiar to many travellers, and spent the night with my head in a plastic bag. By morning I was so sick that I had to rent a mule to ride for the day, which cost £8. My steed’s name was Samun and we all became so attached to her that we kept her for the entire trek.” Malee Oot is a freelance writer living near Washington dc: She has contributed to Adventure Travel, Go Nomad and The Washington Post. 2 Mike Dexter Zambia, page 82 “Oil drums and driftwood were the primary components of the pontoon upon which we were thoroughly stuck, grounded in the centre of the crocodile-rich Luangwa River. The driver climbed…

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own a part of your own private game reserve

A CO-OWNER’S STORY Our main reason for investing in this reserve was the freedom and flexibilit y it offered, together with the opportunity to be involved in a conservation project in Africa. Safaris have become very expensive and most of them too luxurious. They tend to follow the same regimented format and those that are less so are usually more remote and difficult to get to. This reserve is comfortable and flexible in its accommodation, catering and game viewing facilities. The rangers are terrific but the option to drive oneself is very special – you can be a game ranger too! The ability to bring family and friends and to self-cater, if one wants to, is also ver y appealing. Above all, it was exciting to think that we could be…

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MY BUCKET LIST Horse riding in Namibia Alice Gully “Seeing Africa on horseback is one of the most thrilling experiences on Earth. You become part of the ecosystem, you react to your horse’s reactions, and watching wildlife becomes increasingly exciting as you read each situation. I worked on a riding safari eighteen years ago and I have ridden in Africa every year since. Nothing beats it, and galloping along with the wildebeest migration will remain very firmly a huge tick on my bucket list. The only ride that has escaped me thus far is a horseback adventure in Namibia. Namibia Horse Safari Company’s trips are challenging and you sleep out in the open — but this would make it all the more rewarding.” ALICE GULLY IS ONE OF THE OWNERS OF AARDVARK SAFARIS…