What's On
Ready for action?
This year Victoria Falls’ reputation as an adventure destination steps up a notch.
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April - June 2014
Here are our picks from the African calendar this quarter.
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Edition 60 UK Listings
WILDLIFE
SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER
BREEDING SEASON FOR CARMINE BEE-EATERS, ZAMBIA
During September the annual breeding season begins for the carmine bee-eaters. For three to four months vibrant colonies of these beautiful little birds can be seen along vertical sandbanks across southern Africa. Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is a prime location for viewing the highly sociable flocks.
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Edition 57 UK Listings
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
Until 11 March 2012, entry 10am-5pm daily, National History Museum, London. £9, senior/child £4.50.
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African events January - April 2012
It's time to enjoy... here are our picks from the African calendar this quarter.
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Events in Africa October - December 2011
Here are our picks from the African calendar this quarter.
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A celebration of Painted Wolves
Join us for the Conservation event of the year - "A Safari Soiree"
19 November 2011
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Edition 54 UK Listings
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
13 April, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. £15-£20
Son of the legendary Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti performs with his father’s band Egypt 80. 
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It's time to enjoy Spring 2011
WILDLIFE
MAY-JULY:  SARDINE RUN, EASTERN CAPE & KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
This annual migration run sees millions of silvery sardines travelling north from the cold waters off Cape Point to the coastlines of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Amalgamating into seething black shoals that stretch up to 15km in length and 4km in width, the sardine run is visible even from space. The spectacle is made even more special by the predators – whales, dolphins, sharks and other fish that plunder the shoals from below, while diving (and often swimming) birds attack from above. The spiralling bait balls caught in the middle of the feeding frenzy have to be seen to be believed.
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Edition 52: UK listings
Sadio Cissokho
13 October – 30 November, various venues. £4-14.
Sadio Cissokho delivers his music straight from the Casamance region of Senegal, exporting fierce sabar drum patterns and the national dance style of mballax.
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Edition 51: Summer 2010 Its time to enjoy!

Here are our picks from the African calendar this quarter.

 

History

27 SEPTEMBER:  MESKEL, ETHIOPIA
Join Ethiopians in the centuries-old commemoration of the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Eleni (Saint Helena). Reflecting the belief that she found the cross in the 4th century by following the smoke of a massive bonfire, this celebration sees a pyre, or demera, erected in most cities. After being topped with a cross and laden with Meskel daisies, the demera is blessed before being lit. Crowds then dance and sing around the rising flames. Afterwards, the faithful take charcoal from the fire’s remains and mark their foreheads with the shape of a cross. These celebrations are particularly grand in Addis Ababa, Gonder and Aksum. 

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It’s time to enjoy...

Edition 52: Autumn 2010

Here are our picks from the African calendar this quarter -sport, activity, culture, wildlife, music

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July - September 2010 UK Listings
Youssou N’Dour
Sunday 18 July, Barbican Hall, London. £15-30.
In an exhilarating live show, the Senegalese superstar’s exciting new project celebrates the relationship between Reggae and the Motherland. Together with Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, a legendary guitarist who has earned a place as one of the central figures in the evolution of Reggae, Youssou N’Dour will explore the intertwined musical history of African and Caribbean music.  

More information and tickets are available online at www.barbican.org.uk
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Third Concert for Peace and Youth - African Sanctus

A celebration of music in aid of Footballs for Fun at one of London's great historic churches... an emotive evening to be cherished.

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, 7.30pm, Tuesday 15 June, 2010

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The Call of the Wild

An exhibition and sale of works by seven selected wildlife artists: Paul Apps, Kim Brooks, Odile Kidd, Annabel Pope, Justin Prigmore, Henry MacHale, and Dominique Salm.

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March - June 2010 UK Listings
The Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa
4 March – 6 June 2010
10am-5.30pm daily (until 8.30pm Thursday and Friday), The British Museum, London.
This major exhibition presents exquisite examples of sculpture from West Africa. The Kingdom of Ife (pronounced ee-fay) was a powerful, cosmopolitan and wealthy city-state in West Africa, in what is now modern southern Nigeria.
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Edition 50: Spring 2010 African calendar

Sport

11 June – 11 July: FIFA World Cup, South Africa
Taking place on African soil for the first time, the FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa this June. There are nine South Africa host cities: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg. Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg hosts the tournament’s first game – South Africa versus Mexico – on 11 June, as well as the final exactly one month later.

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January - April 2010 UK Listings
Adventure Travel Live
29-31 January 2010, 6-10pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday, Royal Horticultural Halls, London SW1P. £10 at door, £6 in advance.
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Edition 49 Winter 2009/10 African calendar

History

18-20 January

Timkat Festival, Feast of Epiphany, Ethiopia

Dating back some 1000 years, the Feast of Epiphany is Ethiopia’s biggest festival. Celebrating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, Timkat is best known for its ritual re-enactment of that famous occasion. During the ceremony, the Tabot – a model of the Ark of the Covenant – is reverently wrapped in rich cloth and borne in procession on the head of the priest. Once the ceremonies are over it’s time to join in the revelry and some vigorous dancing.

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October - December 2009 UK Listings

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
From Friday 23 October, entry 10am-5pm daily, National History Museum, London SW7. £9, senior/child £4.50.


Come and see the winning and commended images from the 2009 competition when the stunning exhibition opens at the Natural History Museum on 23 October. This year’s exhibition is housed in a bigger gallery and features larger format images. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife magazine. The exhibition will run until 11 April 2010. More information and tickets are available online at www.nhm.ac.uk

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Edition 48: Autumn 2009 African calendar

History

22 October
Sun Festival, Abu Simbel, Egypt
Be one of the privileged few to witness the sun’s first rays piercing the inner sanctum of Abu Simbel, lighting up the statues of the gods Amun-Ra, Ra-Herakhte and Ramses. Fittingly, the adjacent statue of Ptah (the god of darkness) is never illuminated. A feat of ancient engineering ensured this phenomenon occurred only on 21 February (the alleged date of Ramses II’s coronation) and 21 October (Ramses II’s supposed birthday). The painstaking UNESCO project to relocate Ramses II’s greatest monument in 1972 has led to both the Sun Festivals taking place here a day later, on the 22nd day of the respective months.

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Edition 47: Summer 2009 African calendar

July

Film fest
Celebrate African and world cinema in South Africa at the Durban International Film Festival. Over 300 screenings in 22 venues. 22 July – 2 August

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Go ape for the day

Saturday 26th September 2009

Slide into an ape suit and join a thousand others as they run through the streets of London in the annual Great Gorilla Charity Run. The 7km City of London route takes in sights such as Tower Bridge and The Tate Modern.

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African art in London

Edition 46: Spring 2009

Renowned Zimbabwean sculptor Patrick Mavros will host glass engraver Philip Lawson Johnson and painter Annabel Pope at his eponymous gallery in London (Fulham Road, SW3 6HS) for a five-day exhibition of wildlife in art this May. 

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Edition 46: Spring 2009 African calendar
April
Race pace
Dust flies at the Safari Rally Kenya, part of the FIA African Rally Championships. Watch the opening spectator stage at Uhuru Park, Nairobi. 3-5 April
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Edition 45: Winter 2008/9 African calendar

January

Desert date
Mali’s Le Festival au Désert is a unique event modelled on traditional gatherings and celebrations of the Tuareg people. Great people. Great music

8-10 January

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From behind the camera: Andy on show

Edition 44: Autumn 2008

The vivid images of award-winning photographer Andy Rouse have long been leaping from the pages of Travel Africa magazine, notably in his regular Photoschool column.

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Edition 44: Autumn 2008 African Calendar

October

Got a date?
The annual three-day date festival in Morocco’s Erfoud region hosts musical celebrations, Berber tents and a whole lot of dates.
Early October

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Conflict and conservation

Edition 44: Autumn 2008

Ian Craig, founder of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and Jonathan Kipkorir Nteere, a Maasai from The Mukogodo Forest, will speak at the Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday 19 November as part of the 15th American Express Conservation Lecture in aid of Tusk. Their talk, Conflict in Northern Kenya: A Conservation Opportunity, will explain how the foundation of the unique Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) organisation is allowing historical land-based conflict to be mitigated through conservation.

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Mulanje matters

Edition 44: Autumn 2008

Carl Bruessow, executive director of the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust and Founder Trustee of the Nyika-Vwaza (UK) Trust, will be giving a lecture on the conservation challenge facing Mount Mulanje and the Nyika Plateau 60 years after Laurens van der Post.

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Edition 43: Summer 2008 African calendar
Which of Africa’s unique events are you off to next? Choices, choices…
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Edition 42: Spring 2008 African calendar
Which of Africa’s unique events are you off to next? Choices, choices…
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Edition 42: Spring 2008 UK Listings

Exhibitions and Talks

Round the world by bike
Monday 12 May, 6.30pm, RGS, London SW7. RGS and IBG Members and guests only.
Alastair Humphreys talks of his four-year journey across five continents, 60 countries and 46,000 miles. A low-budget, spontaneous expedition by bicycle that ranged from the Dead Sea to AndeanPeaks, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, and from the desert of Sudan to a Siberian winter.

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Afrika! Afrika!

by Kate Eshelby

Gravity-defying human totem poles thrust high up into the tent; dressed in animal skins, swirls of raffia on their feet and defiantly painted faces, they balance confidently one on top of the other to form lofty pyramid structures. Then the tempo heightens, the stage seamlessly transforms to the frenzy of a team of basketball players darting around on unicycles, blowing whistles, dressed in bright hooded tops and trainers, moving to pulsating hip-hop beats, nets of light pirouetting out as the bicycle wheels spin at full speed.

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Explore Africa 2007, with Stand Up For Africa
Explore Africa 2007, a week long educational tour to discover slavery past, and the opportunity to help end modern day child slavery.

On 18 April 2007, Stand Up For Africa (SUFA), a non-profit African-led organisation based in London, launches one of this year’s most inspiring charity projects ‐ a very special week-long visit to Benin, West Africa. In a week packed with fascinating and inspiring experiences, Project participants will learn about slavery past and present, and help foster cultural understanding and solidarity between their community and those they meet.
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Beathtaking Africa
Bradt Travel Guides and Travel Africa magazine are hosting an evening with two Africa experts, Philip Briggs (travel writer) and Ariadne Van Zandbergen (photographer).
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UK Listings: Music and Exhibitions
Edition 36: Autumn 2006

Exhibitions and talks



Wildlife photographer of the year 2006
From Saturday 21 October, Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum, London SW7. £6.
Stunning photographs revealing the splendour, drama and variety of life on earth, selected by an expert panel of judges.
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Art for Survival - Three Generations Exhibition
4-8 October 2006, London

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is proud to host the first ever exhibition of original paintings by three generations of the Shepherd family - David, his daughter Mandy and eldest grand-daughter Emily.
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African Calendar July - September 2006
Edition 35: Summer 2006

Which of Africa's big events are you off to next?
Choices, choices...
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UK Listings - Music and Exhibitions
Edition 35: Summer 2006

Music

Faaji Drummers and Funmi Olawumi plus Lekan Babalola
Sunday 23 July 2006, 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1. £15.00, £12.50.
The 15-piece Faaji Drummers provide an exciting backdrop for star vocalist Funmi Olawumi to bring her own recreation of Yoruba culture from Nigeria. The joyful atmosphere created by the Faaji Drummers is reminiscent of a Nigerian wedding ceremony. In addition, percussionist Lekan Babalola leads a seven-piece band.
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WOMAD Festival
Edition 35: Summer 2006

WOMAD 2006
Friday 28 July ‐ Sunday 30 July, Rivermead, Reading. Arena only Fri £35, Sat £45, Sun £45; Arena and camping Fri‐Mon £110, Thu‐Mon £120.
The line-up of African acts at this year’s UK World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival (WOMAD) is juicier than a ripe mango ready to drop. The last weekend in July sees artists from 30 countries converge on the banks of the River Thames, a strapping third of them African.
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The Victoria Falls Marathon 2006, Zimbabwe/Zambia
03 September 2006

The cascades at Victoria Falls are one of the natural wonders of the world, and you now have the opportunity to participate in the first ever Victoria Falls Marathon and explore this area fully.
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Charity Trips
Edition 34: Spring 2006

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is looking for people with an adventurous spirit to take part in its charity fund-raising challenges this year, including a Mt Kilimanjaro expedition in October.
www.cftrust.org.uk
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Get on yer bike!
Edition 34: Spring 2006

We’ve all seen coverage of the famous Paris-Dakar motor rally, but how do you fancy travelling this route by bicycle? Places are now available for this inaugural adventure, which starts on September 10 and lasts 10 weeks, covering 4,350 miles. Participants will traverse the Sahara along the Atlantic Route through Morocco and Mauritania, sleeping below breathtaking starry skies. 
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Big Cat Week is back!
Big Cat addicts who’ve been longing for news from the Masai Mara won’t have to wait much longer. The most entertaining and endearing felines ever to appear on British television will be back on the UK’s BBC One in June. Film-maker, photographer and presenter Jonathan Scott talks to Emma Gregg about what’s in store.
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UK Listings - Talks, Exhibitions, Music
Edition 34: Spring 2006

Exhibitions and talks

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005
Until Sunday 23 April, Natural History Museum, London SW7. £6.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, is the most prestigious and successful event of its kind in the world.
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African Calendar April - June 2006
Out of the water
Celebrate Kuomboka, traditional ceremony of the Lozi people, held at the peak of the Bulozi floods in Barotseland, Zambia. Early April 2006
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Extreme Dreams
Have you got what it takes to handle Africa’s toughest athletic challenges? We’ve picked out a few highlights.

Kigali Peace Marathon 2006
High-altitude run through Rwanda’s hilly capital.
Where Kigali, Rwanda
When 14 May 2006
Info www.kigalimarathon.com
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Picture this
A stunning portfolio of sepia-tinted images of African landscapes has won Canadian photographer Lorne Resnick a top international accolade. On hearing that he had won the Travel Photographer of the Year competition, Resnick said: “I’m really thrilled. 
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First Wildlife Festival for South Africa
The count-down has started, in less than 7 weeks time, the first-ever Wild Talk Africa film festival and conference will be held in South Africa at the Durban’s International Conference Centre (ICC) from 24 - 27 April 2006.
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Wild at Art, 10 May 2006
“Wild at Art” ‐ A private view to support the Cheetah Conservation Fund

Wildlife community and conservation organisation, Friends of Conservation, has been a proud supporter of the Cheetah Conservation Fund for several years. Dr Laurie Marker, Executive Director and Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, has worked for over 30 years in an effort to try to save Africa’s most endangered cat from extinction. Laurie will be visiting the UK in May 2006 and FOC are organising a Reception and Private View on Wednesday, 10th to promote greater awareness of the work carried out by CCF and to raise funds.
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Keo Films
Keo Films is looking for contributors to take part in a documentary series about people planning to relocate with their family from the UK to Africa.
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Victoria Falls Marathon 3 Sept 2006
The inaugural official marathon in Victoria Falls, offering both a full marathon (42.2km) as well as a half marathon (21.1km) and fun run, will take place on Sunday 3 September 2006.
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2006 Afro Hair & Beauty Show
BEAUTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT!

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Maya Angelou

Beauty from top to bottom, head to toe, inside and out ‐ the 2006 Afro Hair & Beauty Show is a totally beautifying experience! Set in the prestigious surroundings of Alexandra Palace on May 28th and 29th, the Afro Hair & Beauty Show will be a dazzling weekend with the latest hair trends, make-up master-classes and jaw-dropping shows. It is a weekend not to be missed!
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21st Marathon des Sables, Apr 06
This marathon is a 6-day, 150-mile self-supported endurance foot-race that takes place every year in Morocco. It is renowned as one of the hardest existing, and consequently draws much fascination.
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Keep wildlife in the wild
Elephants - The Big Picture: Wednesday 15th March 2006 - 7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). 
A unique, illustrated talk with elephant experts - Cynthia Moss, Ian Redmond, Ed Stewart and Winnie Kiiru - about their active involvement with elephant conservation, conflict resolution and rescue worldwide.  
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One Life - Live It!
ImageOne New Year's resolution to keep - One Life 3-5 March 2006
A new survey commissioned by One Life suggests only 17% of UK adults aged between 25 and 54 are very satisfied with their lives.  The survey which highlights what New Year’s resolutions or dreams people have in store for 2006, show a number of alarming statistics for Tony Blair and employers.
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Kilimanjaro and Adventure Challenge
The Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge and the Kili Marathon, Tanzania, February 2006

Calling all Marathon, Half Marathon and Adventure Racers!!! Pit your stamina against the highest mountain in Africa - Kilimanjaro. These two events will be loads of fun, and of course challenging by nature..... read on for more info!
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UK Listings - Talks, Exhibitions, Music
Edition 33: Winter 2005/6

Talks

Conservation of southern Africa’s elephants: dealing with causes rather than symptoms
Wednesday 15 February, English Heritage Lecture Theatre, London W1

Professor Rudi van Aarde will speak on the various options that are available to conservationists in Southern Africa and will demonstrate how research indicates that ‘metapopulation dynamics’ may be a viable alternative to other management options, which include culling and contraception. Establishing a system of megaparks could encourage almost a quarter of a million elephants to disperse naturally across existing land designated as conservation areas, without fences or borders. If successful, it is hoped that this solution will greatly reduce local population pressures, including the impact on people and on vegetation. Proceeds to Friends of Conservation.
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Royal Geographic Society
The Born Free Foundation presents: ‘Elephants: The Big Picture’
13 -1 7 March 2006 at The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7
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African Calendar - Autumn 2005/6
Which of Africa’s big events are you off to next? Choices, choices…
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Save the Rhino Events 2006
Events for 2006 include:

Desert Rhino ‐ Bridges Wharf, Battersea, London, SW11.
Friday 10 March 7.30pm ‐ 4am

Dinner and riverside dancing in a wonderfully converted Victorian warehouse beside the River Thames. A typical Namibian feast prepared by Eclare Cuisine will be followed by an auction.
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Friends of Conservation
“Conservation of Southern Africa’s elephants: Dealing with causes rather than symptoms” Professor Rudi van Aarde
English Heritage Lecture Theatre, Savile Row, London W1
Wednesday 15th February 2006
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UK listings for films, music, exhibitions....Autumn 2005
Edition 32: Autumn 2005

Exhibitions

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Until Sunday 23 April, Natural History Museum, London SW7. £6.
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African Calendar- Autumn 2005
Which of Africa's big events are you off to in autumn this year?
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African Calendar- Summer 2005
Which of Africa’s big events are you off to this summer? Choices, choices…



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