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16 Jun, 2021, 21:12
How many days in Kenya is enough?  
Paul Woollacombe

Wondering how much time to spend in Kenya? Paul Woollacombe is your guide to Africa’s favourite safari destination.

17 Jan, 2021, 21:56
A surreal drive across Madagascar’s highlands  
John Gimlette

Jetlagged and confused, John Gimlette finds himself slipping in and out of reality on a – very slightly dangerous – drive across Madagascar’s highlands, now a deforested, landslipping plain.

6 Nov, 2020, 13:00
Top South African holiday resorts  
Paul Woollacombe

It’s a long time since Sun City was the only option for South Africans who want a gambling holiday. These days South Africa has some pretty compelling casinos: Paul Woollacombe looks through the options.

17 Oct, 2020, 21:29
A bad day in Fez for one slightly skinny chicken  
Michael Edwards

On a cooking course in the Medina of Fez, Morocco, Michael Edwards has to face mortality, culture, and the soul of North Africa.

1 Jul, 2020, 20:54
It used to be ‘Mzungu!’ Now ‘Corona’ is a Nairobi greeting  
Lee Ruddin

On a visit to Kenya, Lee Ruddin finds that the children of Kibera, one of Nairobi’s most infamous slums, have a new reason to respect visitors from a now toxic West.

5 May, 2020, 16:34
A journey through Angola, with contrasts and surprises  
Lesley Pritt

Lesley Pritt takes a tribal safari through Angola, a country with little experience of tourists. Her interest in tribal traditions is met by a lofty indifference as to what makes her tick, as long as she makes the ‘traditional’ donation.

24 Apr, 2020, 17:55
On safari in the Central African Republic  
Lesley Pritt

Leslie Pritt manages to skirt coups, civil wars and general unrest to take a wildlife safari in the Central African Republic.

30 Jan, 2020, 14:03
Horned zebu cattle and potholes: motorbike Madagascar  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon finds obstacles and attractions aplenty on the road to Madagascar’s northern tip.

15 Jan, 2020, 13:56
Fishing with Daz off Madagascar’s coast  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon finds himself paddling a leaky outrigger pirogue into the Indian Ocean in the hope of catching lunch.

1 Jan, 2020, 13:49
A motorbike ride through rural Madagascar  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon finds a motorcycle is ideal for passing through the rural regions of Madagascar

25 Dec, 2019, 13:20
Smiles and flirts on Maputo’s best beach  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon relaxes on Mozambique’s best beach – and finds there’s plenty going on.

16 Dec, 2019, 13:13
An unreliable train links Madagascar’s highlands to the coast  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon takes the train that still – usually – links Fianarasoa to the east-coast town of Manakara. It takes a while.

30 Nov, 2019, 13:05
Taking a taxi-brousse across Madagascar  
Donal Conlon

There’s nothing routine about overland travel in Madagascar. Donal Conlon has to wade rivers and rent canoes to complete a one-day journey to Diego Suarez that takes him three.

16 Nov, 2019, 13:01
Pissed on a plane on the flight to Beira  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon finds he has some very drunk company on his night flight across a sleeping Mozambique.

30 Oct, 2019, 12:53
Fishing for prawns off the Mozambique coast  
Donal Conlon

For most visitors to Maputo prawns are a treat that you find on your plate. Donal Colon joins the fishermen to experience the thrill of catching them in the wild.

27 Oct, 2019, 18:36
On roads that echo: bicycling too far. Part 1: Asia  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker cycles far too far – though not fast – as he pedals across India on his way to Africa. Here there’s a river in the way.

16 Oct, 2019, 12:51
Lost – and then found – on the way to Lalibela  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon loses his bus in a small truckstop on the way to Ethiopia’s buried churches. With no Amharic he has little alternative but to (try to) hitch.

2 Mar, 2019, 14:50
Turning blue in Morocco’s Western Sahara  
Blaine Bonham

Blaine Bonham meets the ‘Blue Men’, the ancient Berber tribe that inhabits the Sahara Desert. He meets them amongst the dunes of Morocco’s Erg Chebbi region.

1 Mar, 2019, 13:20
Morocco’s Red City’s hidden green heritage  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin finds oases of calm in Morocco’s most visited city. Along with the locals he takes refuge in the many public gardens that are part-hidden in Marrackesh.

8 Jan, 2019, 16:44
A thoughtful stay in the not-so-Democratic Republic of Congo  
Ben Cooke

The DRC is a strikingly mis-named country, finds Ben Cooke. It’s undemocratic, for a start, and a republic only in name. He starts in Lubumbashi, heads into the hinterlands of small-town Kipushi and then braves the capital, Kinshasa. He finds the Congo’s reputation for being dangerous has been superseded by its capacity to relentlessly hassle any visitor – especially if carrying a camera – and he finds the unremitting focus on a lone white traveller forces his mind into solitary reflection.

6 Dec, 2018, 13:02
The boredom is broken defending Algeria’s colonial border  
Colin Wallace

In the Seventies while the Foreign Legion tries to suppress the resistance to French colonial rule, Colin Wallace finds a way to help at least one Algerian.

16 Nov, 2018, 12:52
Joining the Foreign Legion soon leads to violence  
Colin Wallace

Perhaps it’s bad luck that when Colin Wallace joins the Foreign Legion they happen to be fighting the Algerian War. He starts to realise he’s on the wrong side.

7 Nov, 2018, 15:28
Five convincing reasons to sponsor a Zambian child  
Karen Beattie

Karen Beattie introduces Project Luangwa, a ground-breaking charity working in one of Zambia’s most beautiful parks. This is a way to sponsor a child through school – and know there’s an actual child at the end of it. Click through and remember it’s Christmas.

16 Oct, 2018, 12:17
The moment a drugs mule realises he’s bust  
Colin Wallace

It’s also the moment Colin Wallace discovered his car had been stuffed with hash to smuggle from Morocco into Europe.

6 Oct, 2018, 12:36
Warning signs missed in a North African bar  
Colin Wallace

On a bar-crawl through Tangiers in the seventies, Colin Wallace misses some big warning signs that he’s out of his depth and being soft-soaped by drug smugglers.

6 Sep, 2018, 16:43
Thanks for the memories: a night in Morocco  
Bonnie Lynn

Travelling with friends, Bonnie Lynn finds a moment of tranquility in Morocco’s desert spaces.

2 Jul, 2018, 11:50
The ultimate packing list for a Tanzania safari  
Lucy Barker

If you’re heading off on an African safari, it’s worth putting some thought into what you need to pack. Lucy Barker has a handy guide.

2 Feb, 2018, 15:07
Vic Falls comes to London’s ‘Destinations’ show  
Paul Woollacombe

In a shrewd marketing move for the selfie generation Zambia’s recreated the Victoria Falls in central London. Paul Woollacombe reports.

31 Jan, 2018, 18:43
A new National Park comes to Benin, West Africa  
Jack Barker

Some American foreign adventures are actually useful. Jack Barker reports on a new initiative to preserve West Africa’s critically endangered wildlife.

17 Oct, 2017, 09:24
In the bush in Zimbabwe: Safari so good  
David Markus

David Markus finds a visit to Africa defied the norm, exceeded expectations, and opened the door to a whole new world of travel and discovery.

9 Oct, 2017, 14:41
When rangers come to the rescue of a hyena in distress  
Emily Haynes

When a ranger in the Southern Luangwa Valley spots a hyena that’s picked up a snare he sends for the Zambian Carnivore Programme, who dart to the rescue. Emily Hayes tells to the fairytale ending.

26 Sep, 2017, 21:59
Carnivores on steroids on a safari in Botswana  
Lesley Pritt

The daily drama of Africa’s wildlife is on open display when Lesley Pritt heads out into the wilds of Botswana.

14 Aug, 2017, 10:34
The coastal serenity of Atlantic Essaouira  
Eric Whitehead

Following his son’s advice, Eric Whitehead quits Marrakesh for the coastal town of Essaouira, a former Portuguese enclave on the Atlantic coast.

8 Aug, 2017, 10:39
7 ways the Rwenzori Mountains trump Kilimanjaro  
Adele Cutler

Anyone wanting to trek East Africa’s great mountains should look beyond the obvious peaks. Adele Cutler says Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains have far more to offer.

30 May, 2017, 15:18
A series of luxurious events: Mauritius with money  
Adam Jacot de Boinod

Adam Jacot de Boinod tours the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, discovering plenty of luxurious hotels but – strangely – not much else.

20 Apr, 2017, 10:22
Inexpensive and interesting: Uganda’s fast food  
Adele Cutler

Ugandan cuisine is something of a revelation. Bananas are at the heart of most meals, but Adele Cutler turns up some more unusual dishes.

5 Apr, 2017, 15:00
The Roman Empire’s African arm: Volubilis in Morocco  
Sankar Chatterjee

In its prime, the Roman Empire stretched across all Europe and deep into Africa. Sankar Chatterjee visits Volubilis, the great Roman city built in Morocco.

27 Mar, 2017, 14:45
A field guide to Africa’s little-climbed mountains  
Adele Cutler

Trails of visitors labour up Kilimanjaro, but look at Africa’s other mountains and you’ll almost always have them to yourself. Adele Cutler has some suggestions for high-altitude adventures.

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