Experiences

Experiences make a destination come alive. These are our favourite experiences in Africa.

A first for large African mammals: DNA used to count Gabon’s endangered forest elephants

Across the African continent the populations of both species of African elephants – forest and savanna – have been declining due to habitat loss, poaching and human-wildlife conflict. Maybe a key to their salvation lies in their dung?

2 months ago

Why Lamu is one of the Indian Ocean’s best-kept secrets

Lamu soared to fame after Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, and his then-wife Jerry Hall, visited in the 1970s. Yet this Kenyan island has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century and offers more than just an idyllic getaway.

3 months ago

Hike up (then sleep beside) the world’s largest lava lake

Adventure awaits those willing to trek the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile Mount Nyiragongo.

4 months ago

What the heck is a carbon-neutral safari anyway?

Emboo River Camp is seriously sustainable and we're obsessed.

4 months ago

Senegal is decolonising its heritage, and in the process reclaiming its future

On the morning of 5 September 2017, the inhabitants of Saint-Louis, a regional capital on Senegal’s northwest coast, woke to a strange scene. The statue of Louis Faidherbe that had formed the focal point of the Square Faidherbe since 1887 had fallen.

4 months ago

Rwanda’s passionate female conservationist on Kigali’s best

Conservation and Community Program Manager at Singita’s lodges in Rwanda, Claudine Tuyishime, shares where to walk, rest and grab a bite in the capital.

4 months ago

Margot Raggett on Compiling Conservation Book Remembering African Wild Dogs

African Wild Dogs are misunderstood, persecuted and now critically endangered — acclaimed photographer Margot Raggett sheds light on this unique species.

4 months ago

Exploring Mount Mulanje: Malawi’s Island in the Sky

An unusual mountain in Malawi offers one of Africa's best hiking experiences.

5 months ago

Discover Africa’s last old-growth forests, the earth’s second green lung

While a rainforest once spanned the continent, Africa is now home to just 8% of the world’s ancient woodlands.

5 months ago

The mysterious lives of Mafia Island’s whale sharks

Cousin to cultured Zanzibar, Mafia Island is Tanzania's smaller and lesser-known island destination. Lying some 160km to the south, it’s also the domain of ocean giants.

5 months ago

Sudan has twice as many pyramids as Egypt – this is their little-told story

200 pyramids populate desert sands near the ancient city of Meroë, standing testament to a largely untold chapter of African history.

5 months ago

Africa’s Top 9 Conservation-led Safaris

Travelling to Africa is more meaningful than you think. These conservation-led safaris make all the difference for a wilder world

6 months ago

Explained: The A – Z of going on an African safari

From aardvark to mozzies to Zululand, we have you covered.

7 months ago

Zimbabwe’s brilliant female environmental lawyer (and urban farmer) shares her Harare

Boasting a long list of accolades, Takudzwa Mutezo tells us about the best museums, bars and markets to visit in her guide to Harare.

7 months ago

So, what exactly is the story of Great Zimbabwe?

Great Zimbabwe is the largest ancient structure in Africa south of the Sahara, and one of the most culturally important archaeological sites on the continent.

8 months ago

Swapping a successful conservancy for the classroom – and why it matters for African conservation

The founder of Kenya's Ol Pejeta conservancy talks about Tinder for endangered species and the word 'conservation'.

8 months ago

A behind-the-scenes safari with Governors’ Mugie House

A Kenyan lodge promises crowd-free game viewing and a safari model changing the nature of conservation tourism as we know it.

8 months ago

Top 10 things to know when planning your first African safari

Before you go, get in the know.

8 months ago

Mapping the Makgadikgadi motherland: a quad bike cruise to Kubu Island

People tend to call these bright white salt-scapes otherworldly, martian or moon-like but there is nowhere more African than the Makgadikgadi.

9 months ago

Climbing Mt. Kenya: A guide to The Mountain of God

“A sunrise on Mt. Kenya is like watching God paint.”

10 months ago

The Day May Break: Nick Brandt’s powerful take on climate change

Nick Brandt has been capturing East Africa since 2002 and has published four critically acclaimed books over the last two decades. His latest book tackles climate change and might be his most hopeful project yet.

12 months ago

Klein JAN and the Kalahari: Michelin-star magic in the middle of nowhere

Africa’s first Michelin-star chef has brought the spirit of his award-winning restaurant in Nice to the opulently secluded Tswalu Kalahari.

12 months ago

Have you heard of the lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls?

Nature's spellbinding nocturnal phenomenon. ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ is one of the few places on earth where you can see moonbow.

12 months ago

Why the Magoroto Forest is described as Africa’s ‘Bali’

Magoroto Forest has been described as ‘Africa’s Bali’. So what makes this place special?

1 year ago

This has to be Namibia’s most romantic honeymoon pod

With its open plains, endless gravel tracks, and diverse landscapes, where better to renew your romance with the enormous outside? Take a soul-soothing trip to the sands of the Sossusvlei region.

1 year ago

The 17 best wildlife-focused experiences in Africa

Africa is the continent that makes you feel most alive. And these are its most exhilarating experiences…

1 year ago

Two astonishing new UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa

Only rare and exceptional places grace this esteemed catalogue. The two newest additions in Gabon and Côte d'Ivoire have refuelled our desire to venture to more underrated corners of the continent.

1 year ago

The 7 most famous baobabs in Africa

More than the lion, Serengeti or Kilimanjaro, we think that the baobab tree best represents Africa.

1 year ago

How one rally is helping combat climate change in Senegal

The world of motorsport is shifting gears towards electric alternatives and with conservation in mind. One such race aims to combat rising sea levels and desertification.

1 year ago

Crypto-conservation: can blockchain save our birds – and other beasts?

The Seychelles magpie-robin was once one of the rarest birds in the world. Now you can own one? And it's being called conservation? Let's break down the mind-bending potential of blockchain.

1 year ago

Why Prints for Wildlife is a story of hope

Two photographers used their networks to raise funds for conservation, leading to one of the most inspiring stories in 2020.

1 year ago

New paths, old roads: how conservationists are restoring traditional migratory routes

In the 19th-century, European powers defined borders across Africa, with little thought for the communities and wildlife that called the landscape home. Today, conservationists are forging new paths through old wildlife corridors.

1 year ago

The movie-star qualities of Aït Benhaddou

Along a former caravan route, between the Sahara and Marrakech, there lies an ancient city that has appeared in Game of Thrones, Laurence of Arabia and Gladiator.

1 year ago

Safari Rally: The Greatest Show on Earth

The Safari Rally was one of the most brutal and highly publicised rallies in the world. After a 19-year absence, it's coming back to Kenya this weekend.

1 year ago

What is World Female Ranger Day?

Less than 11% of the global wildlife ranger workforce is female. World Female Ranger Day is hoping to change that.

1 year ago

The forgotten mountains of the Sahara

A mystic's hermitage, a queen's tomb, and more discoveries in this extinct volcanic plateau.

1 year ago

Is Kahuzi-Biéga National Park Congo’s best-kept secret?

One of the last refuges of the endangered eastern lowland gorilla.

1 year ago

The Legend of Notch, King of the Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is famous for the wildebeest migration but one lion and his sons notoriously dominated the landscape for a decade.

1 year ago

The Kruger Shalati Hotel is putting community back on track with local style

Kruger Shalati is not only a refreshingly swanky hotel offering, but a stay with upliftment at its heart.

1 year ago

Operation Noah’s Ark: the largest animal relocation in history

To some, Noah’s Ark is a story from the bible. To others, a failed WWII plan. For a group of conservationists, it was a daring conservation dream put into practice.

1 year ago

How hot air ballooning over Sossusvlei marked the start of Namibia’s desert tourism

Floating high over the sprawling dunes of the Namib sand sea on a crisp morning is not only a bucket list adventure. It also tells the story of desert tourism.

1 year ago

Discover Africa’s Heavenly Dark Sky Places

Africa is home to just two Dark Sky Places, both in Southern Africa. These two destinations offer unmatched stargazing opportunities, especially to see the Milky Way.

1 year ago

The 6 best peaks to summit in Africa

These six summits offer accessible mountaineering experiences, unique challenges and incomparable vistas in remote corners of Africa, from Malawi up to Morocco.

1 year ago

This man wants to reclaim Africa’s lost art

It's estimated that 90-95% of Africa’s known heritage is housed outside of the continent. There's now a growing movement to address this.

1 year ago

The remarkable reimagining of Zakouma National Park

The story of Zakouma is an unlikely tale of a park rising from the ashes and one of the most spectacular transformations in all of Africa.

1 year ago

Why the road to Die Hel is an off-road explorer’s dream

A semi-desert oasis awaits in an isolated kloof known as South Africa’s lost valley. Locals call it Gamkaskloof. Outsiders call it Die Hel.

1 year ago

A culinary guide to Kenya’s land of trees and honey

Watamu is not your typical foodie destination, but it’s a favourite among Italians who are rarely wrong about gourmet goodness.

1 year ago

Who are the Hyena Men of Nigeria?

One of the world’s most extraordinary street gangs, this travelling circus uses an intoxicating mix of voodoo and dangerous animals to make a living.

1 year ago

Let’s discuss a legendary mountain range called the Mountains of the Moon

This collection of peaks was whispered about for decades during the exploration era, often in the same breath as the source of the Nile. Today, there is one mountain range on the continent most often celebrated as antiquity’s Mountains of the Moon.

2 years ago

Explore Angola’s vibrant Luanda – and venture beyond the capital – when travel resumes

Angola implemented a more welcoming visa policy in 2020 to position itself as a new-frontier travel destination. A year later, we’re curious – where does this rising tourism star stand now?

2 years ago

Will Burrard-Lucas on photographing Laikipia’s mythical Black Leopards

Is it a panther? A dog? Pure legend? Laikipia's black leopards have been steeped in mystery and rumour until Will Burrard-Lucas got the world talking with stunning photos of this elusive cat.

2 years ago

An expert lists 6 of South Africa’s best, most wonderfully wild, walking safaris

From the Cape to Kruger, this walking safari expert selects her favourite multi-day wilderness adventures.

2 years ago

Wildly Romantic: 6 dreamy destinations to spend your African honeymoon

More than just a Big Five safari destination, Africa boasts some of the world’s most romantic holiday escapes; perfect for couples on their honeymoon.

2 years ago

The 10 Best Safari Destinations for First-timers to Africa

There are close to 300 national parks in Africa, each offering something extraordinary, but which one should you go to first?

2 years ago

5 African cats you probably haven’t heard about

Sure, you’ve heard about the BIG cats and they’re probably all on your safari bucket-list – but there are more curious felines to the African continent than the lion, leopard and cheetah.

2 years ago

The life aquatic: mythbusting Botswana’s iconic mokoro

In a country dominated by the Kalahari Desert, the very different Okavango Delta has long captivated travellers to Botswana. We discover this watery world via one of its oldest traditions: riding aboard a mokoro canoe.

2 years ago

Saving Kenya’s last Super Tuskers

Fewer than 20 of these incredible beasts walk the earth.

2 years ago

6 reasons why Rubondo Island in Tanzania is unlike any island you’ve ever been on

Travellers with a sense of adventure and appreciation for destinations far from Tanzania’s well-worn tourist circuits will love this freshwater island paradise.

2 years ago

In Photos: venture through Uganda’s riveting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

In 1981, 250 mountain gorillas roamed the world. That number has soared to 1060, making gorilla trekking one of Africa's greatest conservation success stories.

2 years ago

From Cape Town to the cups of royals, writers and revolutionaries: the wine that put South Africa’s vineyards on the map

Loved by Napoleon, immortalised by Austen, and requested in royal courts across Europe and by America's founding fathers, a Constantia wine's unlikely origins brought global acclaim to South Africa's vineyards and continues to do so today.

2 years ago

12 Enthralling African destinations to add to your wander-list for 2021

2020 taught us many lessons. Chief among them? Never take travel for granted ever again.

2 years ago

These bush stories explain why Mana Pools is considered one of Africa’s best parks

Maybe no other reserve is spoken of with as much reverence as Mana Pools. It’s the park-lover’s park, what guides dream of and where hard-core campers often return. We spoke to local experts and lifelong visitors to find out why.

2 years ago

Have you heard of Africa’s ‘other’ great wildebeest migration?

East Africa’s iconic Great Migration has been called ‘The greatest show on earth’, but there’s a Zambian version that some say is even better.

2 years ago

You can now sleep in a ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Laikipia

A Kenyan reserve now boasts one of the world's most unusual lodge experiences

2 years ago

The story of South Africa’s last forest elephant

Local lore has long whispered of the presence of the Knysna elephants, even though sightings were nothing but hearsay for decades.

2 years ago

Ngorongoro Crater: a Garden of Eden in the remnants of a volcano

There is one safari destination that is a world of its own - a truly unique microcosm encased within towering natural walls crafted by Mother Nature’s own hand.

2 years ago

In Photos: Benin Voodoo Festival

Benin’s famous Voodoo Festival is celebrated in the city of Ouidah every year in January, involving animal sacrifice, traditional masks and worshippers dressed as clan spirits.

2 years ago

What’s so special about Baines’ Baobabs anyway?

In arid Botswana, a bevvy of Baobabs stand sentinel over an ancient inland sea. Now void of water for most of the year, these rugged trees owe their notoriety to a watercolour painting some 160 years old. 

2 years ago

Guide: The 15 types of African safaris

When it comes to choosing an African safari, the options can seem endless and rather confusing, so we decided to show you the lay of the land

2 years ago

8 Matrilineal African tribes worth knowing about

Ever heard the phrase ‘it’s a man’s world’? We've honed in on eight fascinating tribes where it pays - sometimes literally - to be a woman.

2 years ago