Opinion
For the better
Edition 53 Winter 2010/11
Peter Slowe
, former economic advisor to Tony Blair and founder of Projects Abroad, responds to a recent report by the South Africa-based Human Sciences Research Council that says gap year volunteers are doing more harm than good.
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Progress vs Inertia

Edition 52: Autumn 2010

Rombout Swanborn, CEO of Africa's Eden, the company that has spent much of the past decade linking the travelling world with Gabon, speaks out about being forced to turn his back on the nation he loves.

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Looking for trouble

Edition 51: Summer 2010

Considering malaria is completely preventable, it’s surprising that so many travellers are returning with it to the UK each year. Who is dropping the ball – tourists or the tourism industry? Emma Gregg weighs in.

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A costly exercise

Edition 50: Spring 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is on the horizon, as are towering costs for transportation and accommodation in South Africa. Could inflated prices in the quest of big profits be blinding those in tourism to the long-term damage they are doing to their industry? Matt Phillips thinks so.

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Sierra Leone is calling

Edition 49: Winter 2009/10

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma was recently in London to attend the Sierra Leone Trade and Investment Forum 2009. Here are some of his thoughts on the changes he’s seeing in his nation.

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Back on the map

Edition 48: Autumn 2009

Frank Glettenberg, Executive Director of Kuoni’s Destination Management unit, recently decided to visit Zimbabwe and see if the nation as a whole was ready
to be placed back in his company’s portfolio of premier African destinations. What he found may surprise you.

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More than a mountain to climb

Edition 47: Summer 2009

With over 40 Kilimanjaro climbs to his name, Gavin Bate has more than a love for the mountain – he has a special bond with the Tanzanians who help him reach the top. Sadly, he sees many companies who are more intent on maximising profits than on looking after the welfare of the locals they employ.

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Gifts that give

Edition 46: Spring 2009

For decades travellers have distributed pens, candies or notebooks to hordes of excited children across Africa. While each visitor’s heart was in the right place, their actions were often harmful to the fabric of local communities. TV presenter Kate Humble believes there is a way to harness the continued good will of the travelling public, and to make use of empty space in their luggage, to provide meaningful help to the poor in Africa and around the world. It’s called stuffyourrucksack.com.

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At a crossroads

Edition 45: Winter 2008/9

Justin Francis, managing director of responsibletravel.com, believes Madagascar must embrace its people and culture as much as it does its endemic wildlife if tourism and – more importantly – conservation is to succeed.

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Deserting desert elephants

Edition 44: Autumn 2008

Johannes Haasbroek, operations director of Elephant-Human Relations Aid (EHRA), raises a warning about new permits issued for the hunting of desert elephants.

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Travel advisories: necessary evil or evil necessity

Edition 43: Summer 2008

The fact that trip insurance is now tied to government travel advisories has left many people high and dry when blanket bans have been cast over their impending destinations. Is our government playing fair, or are they truly dropping the ball? Paul Goldstein, who has witnessed the fallout of such bans on Kenya, weighs in…

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Visas: raising the stakes

Edition 42: Spring 2008

The recent move by Zambia to raise the price of its visas radically has led many Britons to travel elsewhere. Will the government’s decision reduce their tourist income in the long run? Probably. Will the tourists’ choice to avoid Zambia cause them to pay more money elsewhere? Possibly. Matt Phillips explores the issues.

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Protecting the Mara

Edition 40: Autumn 2007

With Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear cohorts recently zooming across its surface – for the entire world to see – the Makgadikgadi pan’s potential plight has come into focus. Pan expert Graham McCulloch discusses the path to its protection.

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Are we messing with the Mara?

Edition 39: Summer 2007

While undoubtedly still one of the world’s most spectacular places to view wildlife, the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is clearly under threat from modern pressures. Here, Brian Jackman reflects on the transitions he’s witnessed over the past three decades and ponders how to protect the sweeping savannah’s glory for future generations.

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More than good intentions

Edition 38: Spring 2007

With more people yearning to do something positive with their vacations, the business of volunteering has bloomed. However, unless managed correctly, even good intentions can have disastrous consequences. Judith Brodie, director of VSO UK, explains how to ensure your efforts are ethical ones.

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How will climate change affect Africa?

Edition 37: Winter 2006/7

If global warming continues to play havoc with rainfall patterns, Africans and visitors to Africa may be forced to adapt, says Bob Henson, author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change.

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The Promise of Growth
Edition 36: Autumn 2006

As tourism across the continent continues to grow, African countries must ensure they harvest the benefits says Shaun Mann, African Region Tourism Development Specialist for the World Bank.
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Stamping out prejudice
Edition 35: Summer 2006

The media have a duty to treat tribal peoples with understanding and respect, says Stephen Corry, director of Survival International.
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Africa in a wheelchair
Edition 34: Spring 2006

What disabled travellers need most, says Gordon Rattray, who has been a wheelchair user since an accident left him paralysed from the shoulders down, is not sympathy, but understanding and common-sense communication.
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Captive Breeding: the dark side of wildlife management
Edition 33: Winter 2005/6

In mid-2005 the International Fund for Animal Welfare commissioned an investigation into the breeding of large predators in captivity in South Africa. It uncovered highly dubious practices in which animal welfare is compromised to provide prey for ‘canned hunting’ operators and merchandise for an indiscriminate local and international wildlife trade. Helen Dagut, a South African environmental lawyer currently working as IFAW’s Campaign Manager, reports.
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Healing Hands
Edition 32: Autumn 2005

It’s important to counter the negative assumptions about traditional African spirituality stirred up by sensationalist media reports, says investigative journalist Charlie Furniss. In many parts of the continent, spiritual healers are highly respected practitioners with a crucial, and very positive, role.
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Making the right choice
Edition 31: Summer 2005

In this edition of Travel Africa we publish an article about the stunning architectural heritage of one of Africa’s most troubled nations ‐ Sudan (see page 60). But should the fact that a country has grave problems ‐ be it violence, corruption or human rights abuse ‐ dissuade us from visiting as tourists? Veteran guidebook writer David Else weighs up the arguments.
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Time for change
Edition 30: Spring 2005

Susie Cox, Programme and Advocacy Manager of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Africa’s largest indigenous health organisation, explains why 2005 could be a turning point in the campaign for poverty reduction in Africa.
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Taking Responsibility
Edition 28: Summer 2004

More than ever, it is important for companies to have stated responsible travel guidlines. But what can we all do to ensure our safari has the most positive impact on local communities and the environment?
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Damming the Okavango River
Edition 27: Spring 2004

A new dam on the Okavango River could place a stranglehold on one of Africa's premier safari destinations. Carolyn Watt reports on the potentially disastrous implications of Namibia's proposed Popa Falls dam.
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Zimbabwe - To go, or not to go
Edition 26: Winter 2003/4

Travel Africa does not express political views. However, the political situation in Zimbabwe is a serious concern for potential travellers. So we decided to invite two contributors - who wished to remain anonymous - to present arguments for and against.
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The Dividing Line
Edition 25: Autumn 2003

Cattle on one side, wildlife on the other. Which side of the fence do you stand? Kristina Gubic reports on the dilemma surrounding the proposed veterinary fence around Botswana's Makgadikgadi Game Reserve.
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Tourism Reaches The Shanty Town
Edition 24: Summer 2003

What role should donations, tourism and Western charities play in South Africa's townships?
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What is the Future of Zambia's Parks?
Edition 23: Spring 2003

Travel writer and photographer John Warburton-Lee lauds Zambia's pioneering embrace of private-public partnerships in the management of national protected areas.
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To Go or Not To Go?
Edition 21: Autumn 2002

Should tourists visit African countries that are in the grip on a domestic crisis?
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Threats and Conservation
Edition 19: Spring 2002

Assessing the threat to Africa's rock art.
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Harnessing the Value of Wilderness Tourism
Edition 16: Summer 2001

The current malaise within Zimbabwe's tourism industry could benefit its long-term development by forcing it to examine its attitude towards fragile wilderness areas, argues Sally Wynn.
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Community Tourism in Africa
Edition 12 : Summer 2000

There can be no doubt that tourism plays a role in developing African economies. But can it actually improve the lot of impoverished rural villagers? And what role do you have in this process?

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Kenya - A Place Called Home
Edition 10: Winter 1999/2000

The preservation of Kenya's environment, and the tourism industry that utilises it, must be placed in the care of all of the country's citizens. For this to succeed, there needs to be a strong educational programme and fresh ideas to include local communities in the tourism industry. By Kuki Gallmann.
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Tourism Must Help Africans at Grassroots Level
Edition 8 : Summer 1999

Based in Arusha, Tanzania, Erwin Kinsey is the director of the Tanzanian operations for Heifer Project International, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Little Rock, USA.
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New Ideas Needed in West Africa
Edition 7: Spring 1999

West African countries have placed much on the success of Heritage Tours to revive tourism. But a broader view is needed if tourism to the region is going to be sustainable. Bob Burch comments.
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A Question of Numbers
Edition 6: Winter 1998/9

Should African tourism be revamped, with the numbers of visitors restriced and premium prices charged to sustain the environment?
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Uganda - What Next?
Edition 4 : Summer 1998

Uganda is recovering from decades of turmoil and taking its place as one of Africa's most promising countries, but industry in the capital is regulary without power.
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Ecotourism - Pain or Panacea?
Edition 2 : Winter 1997/8

By Steve Shelley
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Does Africa Offer Good Value?
Edition 1: Autumn 1997

Safari Consultant Bill Adams offers his thoughts.
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