Issue 43 (Summer 2008)
Summer 2008
Zambia's 10 greatest safari experiences • South Africa's greater Kruger • Kenya's eco-tourism • Okavango's birds • Etosha's evolution • Tigrai's ancient churches • Volunteering - walking with purpose • Exploring Angola • Self-drive Malawi • Great African adventures • Beginner's photography..... and much more!

South Africa - the Crux of Kruger
South Africa’s most famous park divides opinion like no other. Although undoubtedly one of the greatest wildlife parks on the continent, Kruger is dismissed by many as being too managed and developed. So, is it a splendid safari dream or a nightmare in waiting? By Mike Unwin
Zambia - The 10 Greatest Safari Experiences
Is it the justified flood of praise for South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi National Parks that drowns out any word of Zambia’s other wilderness areas? Or is it simply the fact that few visitors venture out of the great ‘big three’ and thus have nothing else to extol? Here, Stephen Cunliffe looks across Zambia to find the best safari experiences available today, finding the country is one of the continent’s most rewarding wildlife destinations.
Kenya - A question of conscience
Tourism’s importance to Kenya’s economy is clear. The absence of visitors due to the political turmoil earlier this year cost the nation millions of pounds in much-needed income. With stability again ruling the day, and visitor numbers on the rise, we thought we’d ask a crucial question: what does the tourist industry contribute to the wellbeing and culture of traditional communities? We sent Mark Stratton to find some examples of eco-tourism at its best.
Volunteering - Walking with purpose
Its one thing to go to Africa and learn about the amazing creatures and their habitat, it’s another thing entirely to play a part in the very understanding of the environment. Huw Williams tries to do just that as he joins scientists and volunteers on Earthwatch’s Brown Hyena project in South Africa. Photography by Niall Riddell.
Ethiopia - a tall order
There is no denying the allure of the remote Ethiopian rock-hewn churches in Tigrai – they are set in stunning surroundings and many of their interiors are lined with vibrant artwork dating back the better part of a millennium. Most enchanting is the fact many of them are still in use today. However, some of their precarious positions on lofty cliff faces make visiting them a testing experience. Will you make the grade? By Philip Briggs. Photography by Ariadne van Zandbergen.
Namibia - Etosha's evolution
The safari experience at Namibia’s flagship national park has undergone many changes since the run-up to its centenary last year – animals are no longer the only creatures on the prowl at night, nor are they the only thing worth writing home about. Matt Phillips visits to discover the latest.
Angola - to boldly go
With stability returning after a protracted civil war, and a few pioneering safari operators entering the mix, Angola is once again a destination of choice for those intrepid souls seeking unique cultural experiences. Here, Mark Stratton rubs shoulders with the people of the Namib Desert in the nation’s southwest.
The Hadza - the Endangered Hunters
The string of political powers that have unsuccessfully tried to remove the Hadza tribe from their traditional stomping grounds has been an impressive one: the British colonists, the Tanzanian government and, most recently, the Royal Family of the United Arab Emirates. While their land rights, remarkably, live on today, their traditional culture is under threat. Does tourism hold the key to their survival? Emma Thomson investigates.
Okavango - Gone to the Birds
Feathered flocks of many varieties are the last thing on most people’s minds when they think of reasons to visit the Okavango Delta. John Malathronas is clearly not like most people. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. The diverse habitats of the delta host a prolific population of intriguing avifauna. Here, he explores the Okavango in search of its brightest characters. Photography by Dale Morris.
Tunisia - Red tape and white knuckles
Never afraid of a challenge, Lois Pryce decided to do what few other thirty-something women have ever contemplated: ride alone on a motorbike from London to Cape Town. To take it a step further, she decided on a route south that included Algeria, Nigeria, Congo, the DRC and Angola. Here is an exclusive excerpt from her new book.
Essay: Cracking the Kola
Some nuts are harder to crack than others. Here, Adama and Naomi Doumbia look into the complex world of the kola, a nut that plays a vital cultural role across much of Africa.
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