Issue 44 (Autumn 2008)
Autumn 2008
Meerkats - lords of the Kalahari • Guide to Africa's best music festivals • Kids in Kenya • Cruising Caprivi • Ugandan adventure activities • Tarangire - Tanzania's other treasure • Guide to Madagascar • Zambia's Liuwa Plains • Self-drive Ethiopia • Cycling the Makgadikgadi.... and much more!


Meerkats - lords of the manor
Are they the new penguins? With a successful television show and a feature-length movie in the wings, these charming creatures are riding an ever-growing wave of widespread popularity. Ann and Steve Toon head into the Kalahari to meet the stars. Will you join the march of the meerkats?
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Finding your groove
Africa is drenched in music – it flows out of car windows, floods through open doorways and drowns out the gossip in bars and clubs. By far the best way to enjoy it, of course, is live. To dip a toe in the water, time your African travels to coincide with one of the continent’s signature festivals, where you’ll be guaranteed some prime performances. Better still, plan an extended trip encompassing several events, and just dive right in. Where to start? Here, Emma Gregg provides you with the lowdown on the best music festivals in Africa.
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Family affairs
Africa is undoubtedly one of the world’s best classrooms – it’s exciting, enthralling and full of educational potential, with both cultures and the natural environment at the fore. For families planning a Kenyan safari, Christopher Vourlias learns that the biggest thrills and life lessons come from looking beyond the Big Five.
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A mouthful - SA's subaqueous splendour
While the natural bounty beneath South Africa’s waters is as rich as any found on shore, only a fraction of tourists focus their attention away from the famed safari parks and reserves for a look into the deep blue. As Helen Turnbull explains, the rewards of doing so are vast.
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Liuwa looms
It hosts the world’s second largest wildebeest migration, has an astounding array of birdlife and healthy populations of zebra, hyena and various antelope species, and yet only 436 tourists visited last year. What in the world is holding Liuwa Plain National Park back? The answer? Nothing anymore. Follow Dale Morris into this remote jewel on a new self-drive guided safari.
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Makgadikgadi madness
What did reporter Charlie Norton think he’d be taking part in when he flew to Botswana to join a group of cyclists crossing Africa to raise money for charity? Certainly not the Makgadikgadi Pans – a harsh, expansive landscape that had never before been crossed by bike – as it wasn’t in any of the expedition’s plans. Or so he thought…
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A slow boat to Caprivi
Namibia is known for many things, but lush riverine forests and watery environments are not among them. These habitats, found in the Caprivi Strip, host growing populations of wildlife and are the site of novel safaris for adventurous travellers. Follow Genevieve Swart as she rides the waters of this wet wonderland. 
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In the shadow of giants
Despite being slap bang in the middle of Tanzania’s famed northern safari circuit, Tarangire National Park feels anything but famous, receiving a mere fraction of the region’s visitors. Matthew Covarr travels inside to find out why and discovers a wealth of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. So what is holding Tarangire back?
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Dead silence
With his love of Saharan solitude still outweighing his fear of being stranded, starved and scorched, Anthony Ham travelled to Jebel al-Uweinat, one of the desert’s most remote outposts. Will its beauty win the day? Or will a dead engine cause all to be lost?
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Natural Highs
If you thought it was all monkey business in Uganda, then it’s time to think again, as the ‘Pearl of Africa’  emerges as a world-class adventure centre, says Nick Ray.
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Interview - It's a dog's life
Matt Phillips talks with Greg Rasmussen, founder of the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.
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