Issue 57 (Winter 2011/12)
Issue 57 (Winter 2011/12)
Botswana - our insider's guide promises a wild ride • Zululand's parks - better than you ever imagined • Skeleton Coast - a walk like no other • Ol Doinyo Lengai - new mountain highs • Join a Saharan salt train for the ultimate journey • Bush, beach and culture in Mozambique • Carnivores of South Luangwa... and much more!

Botswana - an insider's guide
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the virtues of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park before, but do you know how to get the most out of these destinations? Has the brilliance of these two blinded you to the other equally rewarding places in this nation’s unique landscape. Are you aware of the diversity of safari options available to you? James Gifford is here to help.
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Zululand's top 10 parks and reserves
Although known more for its former king than its natural environment, Zululand is actually home to a wealth of wildlife. Here Philip Briggs explores its top 10 greatest parks and reserves.
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Loving the BBC (that's bush, beach and culture)
Sue Watt tries out a new bush-and-beach combo in Mozambique, first venturing into the rejuvenated Gorongosa National Park before descending to the coast for some sand, surf, culture and history.
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Mountain of God
The most difficult and rewarding challenges are not always the biggest ones. And as Marc Reading discovered, Ol Doinyo Lengai, a relatively petite volcano in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, is one such example.
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Top dogs (and cats)
Dr Matt Becker is the Programme Manager and CEO of the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP), a non-profit charitable trust which carries out research and conservation work in several Zambian national parks. As a wildlife ecology graduate Matt conducted a detailed study of the grey wolves of Yellowstone National Park. In 2008 he moved from the US to Zambia to lead African Wild Dog Conservation (AWDC), which later became ZCP. Under his direction the programme broadened its scope from wild dogs to cover all of Zambia’s large carnivore species in a number of its major ecosystems. Emma Gregg chatted to Matt in his field lab, tucked away in a quiet corner of South Luangwa National Park.
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Skeletons in the closet
Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is guarded by fierce surf on one side and by the searing dunes of the Namib Desert on the other. Over the years the combination has claimed the lives of countless sailors. In May 2011 nine novice explorers completed the world’s first unsupported trek along the coastline from Terrace Bay to the Angolan border, a journey of over 500km. Emma Thomson tells her tale.
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Salt train in the Sahara
Since the Middle Ages, camel caravans have headed north from the storied city of Timbuktu, in musical Mali, into the windswept Saharan sands in search of a most valuable mineral that could be traded for gold and even slaves. They were after salt, or ‘white gold’. Following this historic route is still possible, and it’s one of the 78 voyages covered inside lonely planet’s colourful new title Great Journeys. Here is an excerpt.
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