Indaba Snippets

In the Indaba section of Travel Africa magazine we include guest columns, feedback from our readers and mini-features. Its a melting pot of fun, creative ideas and information. In this section of our online Indaba we include some of these mini-features.



Wheels of change
David Bristow takes to the saddle to see how a cycling initiative is helping African communities...
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Zambezi Valley, Zambia
Anton Crone recently drove from Cape Town to the Serengeti (and back!) in a Smart car. Here is a snippet from his story:
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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Amar Grover tracks some of South Africa’s great game and discovers there is fun in the finding.

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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Lauraine Jordan writes of the place where she thinks heaven meets earth...

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Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Michael K Malunga of the Zambia Wildlife Authority writes of an amazing scenario in the Zambezi Valley.
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Zanzibar, Tanzania
Lorna Handley describes an idyllic return to an island she first visited nearly 20 years ago.
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Earning their stripes
A new study suggests another possible reason for zebra’s unique coat.
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Botswana
Edition 56 (Autumn 2011)
Douglas Bunce tells us about a rather radical run-in with a Cape buffalo.
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Rwanda
Edition 56 (Autumn 2011)
Seana Whitfield writes of her recent trip to visit Rwanda’s gorillas and genocide memorials.
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My Africa: David Shepherd, CBE, Dale Morris, Alex Tweedie
Edition 54: Spring 2011
David Shepherd, CBE, Artist and conservationist
My first footstep in Africa: Growing up in the 1930s, I made the arrogant assumption that I would be God’s gift to Kenya’s national parks, so in 1949 I went to Kenya and asked to be a game warden. They said no.
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Cape Town and Namibia
Edition 54: Spring 2011
Paul Knight admits, “he told me so.”
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Lake Jipe, Kenya
Edition 54: Spring 2011
Jayne Lister tells us of her little secret.
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Serengeti, Tanzania
Edition 54: Spring 2011
Tom Yule
of Lemala Mara writes in with a heroic hippo story.
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Wildlife Artist of the Year

Edition 52: Autumn 2010

A stunning bronze of a polar bear entitled Sinking Feeling has won sculptor Adam Binder the prestigious title of Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010.

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Caught on camera

Edition 52: Autumn 2010

by Jo-Anne Croft
Estimating populations of nocturnal species is extremely difficult, and for that reason many reserves have started using camera trapping to tackle this problem in a non-invasive manner.

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News in brief

Edition 52: Autumn 2010

Wings over Zanzibar
Visitors to Zanzibar now have the opportunity to get a new perspective on this famous spice island

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Hats off to SANParks

Edition 50: Spring 2010

Samantha Pinnell of KwaZulu-Natal writes in to tell us about a unique experience at Kruger, and to give credit where credit it is due.

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My Africa: Simon Reeve, Hilary Bradt, Ann Johnson

Edition 49: Winter 2009/10

Simon Reeve, adventurer, author and TV presenter

My first footstep in Africa... Mogadishu, Somalia (if you ignore an overnight stopover in Nairobi). We had a warm welcome in the world’s most dangerous city, but it was still terrifying.

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Lesson in life

Edition 49: Winter 2009/10

Sarah du Plessis of The County High School, Leftwich, writes to tell us of her tour to South Africa and Swaziland with her students.

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My Africa: Eric Taylor, Travel Africa subscriber

Edition 48: Autumn 2009

My first footstep in Africa... Arriving in Alexandria by ferry from Greece. All I could think of was that song by Toto – “I bless the rains down in Africa”. Very cheesy on reflection, but it was a real thrill when I was 18, many years ago…

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My Africa: Rob Fynn, Rob Fynn Private Guided Safaris

Edition 48: Autumn 2009

My first footsep in Africa... This would really go back to my great-great-great-great-grandfather arriving in Cape Town and having his British ship captured by the Dutch in 1803. My first steps in Africa were my first anywhere – they took place in (then) Rhodesia.

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My Africa: Tom Hall, Travel Editor at Lonely Planet

Edition 48: Autumn 2009

My first footstep in Africa... Stepping onto the tarmac in Addis Ababa. I was excited, nervous and geared up for a fight with immigration and bus drivers, but I found it a friendly, frenetic city.

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Licking your wounds

Edition 47: Summer 2009

Lyndal Brown of Brisbane, Australia had one experience in the Okavango Delta that she wanted to share with Travel Africa’s readers.

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Caracal on call

Edition 47: Summer 2009

Jarrod Kyte, manager of Kicheche’s Mara Camp, writes to us about his inspiring encounter with a caracal and her cub in the Masai Mara.

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All change in Ethiopia

Edition 46: Spring 2009

Sam Callanan is currently taking part in Down Right Kenya, an epic 10,000km charity bicycle ride from Cambridge to Kenya. After five months, they’ve now cycled over 8000km, visited twenty countries and raised £40,000.

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Problem solved: Hakuna Matata

Edition 44: Autumn 2008

With both their 80th birthdays looming and their golden anniversary on its way, Bryan and Iris Renshaw decided to take their family on a trip to celebrate. The only problem was where to go…

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Kilimanjaro revealed

Edition 43: Summer 2008

Stacey Wittig of Flagstaff, Arizona, writes to tell us of when she first laid eyes on mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Loving Lewa

Edition 43: Summer 2008

After reading our Kenyan Voices story in the last edition, Hilary Hann travelled to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with her husband in late April. She thought she’d send some of her recollections back to us.

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Pelican meets python

Edition 42: Spring 2008

During a visit back to her native Kenya, Jane Bwye of Eastbourne came across a rather unusual safari sight on the shores of Lake Nakuru.

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Child's play

Edition 42: Spring 2008

Carole Aveley arrived in Kenya as a teenager and has spent the last 50 years living in various parts of Africa, including Zimbabwe and South Africa. She and her husband have travelled widely across the continent, most of the time with their children in tow. After reading The perfect playground, our feature on travelling with children in edition 40, she wrote to tell us some of her best tips.

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Noah's Ark
Edition 40: Autumn 2007

The Seychelles white-eye may be a small, nondescript bird, but its worldwide population – a mere 350-400 individuals – highlights the necessity for its protection. Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red Data List, the bird is endemic to the Seychelles’ granitic islands.
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Phinda returns
Edition 40: Autumn 2007

Conservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa), one of Africa’s leading ecotourism organisations, has signed a mutually beneficial land deal for Phinda Private Game Reserve to restore ownership of the land back to the local communities. It’s thought to be a pioneering move for successful land negotiations in South Africa.
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The Great? Pyramids of Giza
Edition 40: Autumn 2007

Although they’ve weathered harsh desert conditions for almost 4500 years, the Great Pyramids of Giza did not stand up to the world’s vote. Yes, despite being the only member of the original Seven Wonders of the World remaining, these mighty monuments were not voted one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’.
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10 ways to say ‘Where is...’
Edition 40: Autumn 2007

You’re a savvy traveller, and you still want to make your parents proud by remembering your Ps and Qs. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
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A step into Zimbabwe

Edition 40: Autumn 2007

Sam Nicholls and Judi Evans, ladies of middling years (self-professed) and avid Travel Africa readers, recently visited Zimbabwe. They hoped their trip to small, locally-run camps would support local communities whose lives depend on the tourism industry. They also wanted to contribute to the well-being of the wonderful wildlife areas. Here’s Judi’s report.

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10 ways to say Please
You’re a savvy traveller, and you still want to make your parents proud by remembering your Ps and Qs. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
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Gone birding: Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Edition 35: Summer 2006

Africa’s richly varied habitats and magnificent avifauna attract interested visitors from around the globe. In this series, Duncan Butchart profiles some of the continent’s most exciting birdwatching destinations.
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How to choose a conservation-conscious South African wine
Edition 35: Summer 2006

In South Africa, winemakers and environmentalists are working together to preserve the Cape’s unique natural heritage. Emma Davis raises a glass to the guilt-free tipple.
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How to bring a little Zanzibar style to your table
Edition 34: Spring 2006

On a culinary tour of Zanzibar, Javed Jafferji and Gemma Pitcher discover a mouthwatering red snapper recipe and sample cocktails fit for a rock star.
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8 tips for the responsible traveller thinking of flying
It's a difficult and confusing time for those of us who who love to travel, but also care about the impact of our holidays on the environment and local people in tourism destinations.
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The Annual Kilimanjaro Marathon & The Kili(Man)jaro Adventure Challenge
We are pleased to announce the successful completion of these two events in Moshi, Tanzania, last weekend.

The Kilimanjaro Marathon, now in its fourth year, and sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premuim Lager, as well as the Half-Marathon and Fun Run, sponsored by Mulitichoice Tanzania and Celtel, attracted large numbers of entrants from around the world and the region.
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How to try your hand at Zulu cooking
Edition 33: Winter 2005/6

You don’t generally come across male celebrity chefs in traditional Zulu culture ‐ Zulus consider cooking a feminine preserve, and if a man were to get involved this would be outrageous. Typical recipes don’t use any spices, but use of plenty of flour and yeast, so when visiting a Zulu family you can look forward to warming stews, filling dumplings ‐ and potent homebrew.
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My kind of safari - Hilary Bradt's Madagascar
Edition 33: Winter 2005/6

If you could choose one figure from history to join you on safari, who would it be? For Hilary Bradt, author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Madagascar, there’s no contest.
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Why I love Africa
Edition 33 - Winter 2005/6

As 2005, the year of Africa, draws to a close, the people behind the BBC website have been collating contributions from all over the world in response to their open question: Why do you love Africa?

Here are some of the replies:
"I love Africa abundantly for her songs. When a child is born we sing chant and dance; when one of us dies, we sing chant and dance. Singing is life in our Africa." Nicholas Kawinga, Zambia
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How to prepare a Morrocan feast
Edition 32: Autumn 2005

Grilled sea bass with chermoula

No Moroccan cook could imagine fish without chermoula, the marinade of herbs and spices and garlic, all mixed with lemon juice and olive oil, with which it is always prepared and which is for me one of the trademarks of Moroccan cuisine. 
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Eid-al-Fitr: the day of feasting
Edition 32: Autumn 2005

Grand family feasts, feisty dancing and fabulous new outfits ‐ all these are crucial ingredients of the festival which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Great places to witness Eid-al-Fitr in Africa include Zanzibar, the East African Swahili coast, and Muslim-dominated West African countries such as Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea. The all-round broad grins and effusive greetings exchanged at this time are totally infectious ‐ and, for many visitors, come as a welcome change after the relative austerity of Ramadan.
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African Christmas
Edition 32: Autumn 2005

Tourist lodges usually lay on a lavish spread for their guests at Christmas, but for most African Christians the celebrations are private family affairs. People travel home to spend time with their relatives and eat well. In Kenya and Uganda this means nyama choma, roasted goat meat. In Ghana, which has a devoutly Christian population, well-off families gather for a slap-up meal of rice, meat and tropical fruit on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, wishing each other Afishapa, meaning Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Dream destinations
Edition 32: Autumn 2005

The verdict’s out. When we asked readers to name the African country they’d most like to visit if they had the chance to plan the trip of a lifetime (Books, ed 31, Summer 2005), Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia emerged as clear favourites.
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Rolf on African art
Edition 31: Summer 2005

Rolf Harris’ recent art tour of Africa has left the affable Aussie eager for more, as Emma Gregg discovers.


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Tie the knot in South Africa
Edition 30: Spring 2005

Join the trend for booking a South African wedding and honeymoon ‐ a lavish wedding in a beautiful African location can cost surprisingly little.

South Africa has plenty of dream venues  
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My Namibia
Edition 30: Spring 2005

Peter Sawyer of Namibia Travel Connection in Windhoek gives us the lowdown on the country he calls home.

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Wildfile: Location, location, location
Edition 30: Spring 2005

Property may seem like a peculiarly human obsession, but securing a ‘des res’ is a pressing concern for many African animals, too. Mike Unwin investigates the intricate art of home building in the natural world.
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Africa is for... getting married
Imagine saying "I do" in the heart of the bush or by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. AMANDA STATHAM reveals where and how to exchange your vows in Africa's most romantic settings.
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