Issue 32 (Autumn 2005)
Autumn 2005

Record-breaking African birds - fascinating facts at your fingertips · Bush & Beach Chic - 6 seriously hip holidays in Kenya and Tanzania · Try Kwando - Botswana's wild frontier · Secret World of the Central African rainforest · Apres-safari spa treatments · Win a fabulous week in South Africa · Kate Humble's Namibia · Wangari Maathai talks trees · Kayaking in South Africa with Sir Steve Redgrave..... and much more!

Record-breaking African birds
Over 2,300 species of bird are found in Africa almost a quarter of all those on the planet. To survive, they have evolved an impressive variety of specialist adaptations, from bizarre bills and natty nests to canny hunting tricks. Mike Unwin introduces some well-known avian quirks and a few which may surprise you.
Going for African Gold
Five times Olympic gold medal rower, Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, recently took his family on holiday to South Africa. William Gray caught up with him to find out whether Cape Town plus a Kruger safari made a winning combination.
Bush & Beach Chic
Bush tracks, or ocean breezes? Elephants, zebras and wild dogs, or pods of dolphins and shoals of irridescent fish? Sundowners under a sacred mountain, or cocktails in a softly swinging hammock? Finding it impossible to choose? In Kenya and Tanzania, you don’t have to. On a bespoke bush-and-beach safari, you really can get the best of both worlds, says Brian Jackman.
Secret World
American ecologist Mike Fay knew from his lengthy explorations of the forests of Central Africa that there was much to be discovered in this challenging wilderness, but its natural riches were vanishing fast. In 1999 he set himself a task he called the Megatransect Expedition, a walk that would take him from Bomassa in Congo to Loango in Gabon, collecting data on flora and fauna and monitoring human impact on the environment along the way. Accompanying him on the expedition was National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols.
Treat Yourself
Could this be the perfect way to relax after a morning spent charging around the southern African bush? More and more luxury lodges now offer glorious spa treatments, so go on, indulge, says Melissa Shales – you know you deserve it.
Just drop me off in the Delta
Could northern Botswana be the ultimate all-season safari destination for the adventurous, well-heeled traveller? Iain Wallace visits one of the country’s pristine private concessions to find out.
Back on the kokerboom road
Television presenter Kate Humble fell in love with Namibia’s spectacular vistas and intriguing flora and fauna when she first travelled there over a decade ago. Last year she returned, to front the first series of Wild in Africa for the BBC. As she prepares for a second round of filming she reveals how it felt to revisit this extraordinary country, ten years on.
Talking to the tree woman - Wangari Maathai
Kenya’s Tree Woman, Wangari Maathai, has not been resting on her laurels. Since becoming the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she has been travelling around the world to give lectures and share her triumph with the environmental activists and peace groups who have supported her life’s work. She continues to serve in the Kenyan government, and was recently named by Forbes magazine in the US as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world today. Judy van der Walt tracked her down in South Africa.
Unlocking the Walled City
For Melanie McGrath, a visit to the annual Festival of World Sacred Music in Fez offered the perfect opportunity to explore this intricate Moroccan city. Pictures by Victoria Upton.
Essay: I'll drink to that!
All over Africa, enterprising traders are busily refreshing the parts of the continent that others seldom reach, says Hamilton Wende.
Essential Africa: Ghana
With fabulous tropical beaches, bird-rich forests and an impressive cultural heritage, Ghana is one of Africa’s most colourful and appealing destinations. Philip Briggs, author of Ghana: the Bradt Travel Guide, shortlists the country’s unmissable attractions and puts together three itineraries to excite the interest of visitors with anything between a week and a month to explore.
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