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28 Jul, 2015, 05:03
Things to do on safari in South Africa  
Paul Woollacombe

South Africa’s first-world infrastructure opens up a whole range of options to see African wildlife at its best, says Paul Woolllacombe.

12 May, 2015, 10:30
A brief flirtation with the edge of the Sahara  
James Sinclair

James Sinclair hires a 4×4 in Marrakech and crosses the Atlas to meet Saharan sands. Where, appropriately, he swaps his car for a camel.

28 Apr, 2015, 08:46
Mugged by monkeys and burgled by baboons  
Amy Shaw

A trip to Kenya’s Hell’s Gate National Park starts off smoothly for Amy Shaw. But then some monkeys take a liking to her lunch.

14 Apr, 2015, 08:45
In Kenya forks become bracelets, teaspoons rings  
Amy Shaw

Nothing is wasted in East Africa. But at Nairobi’s Masai Market Amy Shaw finds recycling taken to new artistic levels by an inspired Kenyan jeweller working with cutlery.

18 Mar, 2015, 08:08
Hout Bay’s finest fish are found on plates  
Davison Matanga

Davison Matanga heads to Hout Bay in search of whales. What he finds instead are the finest fish and chips in Africa. Delicious, but so delicious they bring his explorations of the Western Cape to a sudden halt.

18 Feb, 2015, 07:53
A day out with Johannesburg’s white lions  
Davison Matanga

It’s not necessary to book an expensive safari to see Africa’s iconic ‘King of the Animals’. On a slow day in South Africa’s greatest city Davison Matanga drives over to Johannesburg’s Lion Park.

29 Dec, 2014, 12:21
Humans, not animals are Mozambique’s greatest asset  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins doesn’t find any wildlife on his safari south of Maputo. But he does find great beaches, fantastic people and a fascinating history.

29 Nov, 2014, 11:45
Mauritania’s desert city now drowning in sand  
David Jenkins

Chinguetti is Mauritania’s number one tourist attraction, an ancient city that thrived in the era of caravanserais. David Jenkins, however, finds he’s the only tourist in a rising sea of sand.

16 Nov, 2014, 19:29
Assaulted by South Africa – but in a good way  
Jemilla Russell-Clough

Jemilla Russell-Clough finds Durban a challenging, exciting place. Even when she heads out of town in a borrowed bucky (think ute, pickup)and then, in a remote part of rural KwaZulu-Natal, find it leaks petrol faster than she can fill it.

29 Oct, 2014, 11:24
In search of nightlife in not-so-wild Nouakchott  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins tries – and fails – to find excitement in Mauritania’s sandy capital. Too late now to tell him that had he asked a taxi driver to take him to a ‘Zaire Consulate’ alcohol could have been found.

15 Oct, 2014, 15:19
Hunting permits shooting Namibia’s wildlife off its ledge  
David Marcus

Southwest Africa’s wildlife has enough problems. The place is a desert and rain rarely falls. But David Marcus finds a new rash of hunting permits poses a new and deadly threat.

29 Sep, 2014, 14:26
Cruising the Loza River in north-western Madagascar  
Donal Conlon

Donal Conlon takes a break from his work in Mozambique to hitch a lift down a Madagascan river. A local boat proceeds at a very local pace.

23 Sep, 2014, 16:43
Casablanca – “Here’s looking at you kid”  
Eric Whitehead

A lot of travellers go to Casablanca by mistake. They’ve seen the movie and are surprised to find it’s a modern city with little period charm. Eric Whitehead takes things further. He’s surprised it’s full of Arabs.

14 Sep, 2014, 14:51
Lazy days on La Digue, the Seychelles’ third island  
David Jenkins

Most visitors to the Seychelles stay on the two largest islands, Mahé and Praslin. David Jenkins, on the other hand, slips back a gear on the tiny sleepy third island, of La Digue.

13 Sep, 2014, 20:38
Praise to the lord – and now please pay. Amen  
Charlie Walker

On his bike through the DRC, Charlie Walker drops in to an emotional church service in Lubumbashi. Religious ecstasy rules but the ministers carefully shepherd their payment.

8 Sep, 2014, 09:30
The hypochondriac traveller’s guide to Ebola  
Scott Masson

There were never many tourists in West Africa – and since Ebola there are almost none. Scott Masson, however, is little deterred and says the chances of catching the killer virus are, for most travellers, low.

28 Aug, 2014, 20:38
Dodgy village campouts in rural DRC  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker finds his cycle through the Democratic Republic of the Congo sometimes helped – but often hindered – by the rarity of foreigners in one of the world’s most troubled states.

15 Jul, 2014, 15:59
Somali refugees bring geopolitics to a dusty road in Yemen  
Tom Allen

Tom Allen escapes his military escort in Yemen’s southern deserts but soon meets a group of refugees, fresh from a boat from Somalia. And when they ask for his help he has little to offer.

28 Jun, 2014, 15:47
Cycling through Yemen’s kidnap-happy badlands  
Tom Allen

Tom Allen is woefully unprepared for his cycle ride out of Aden, passing as it does some of the world’s most dangerous insurgent areas. So when the army comes to his help it seems natural to accept a lift.

17 Jun, 2014, 15:33
A reflective night out in Egypt’s endless desert  
Tom Allen

Round-the-world cyclist Tom Allen finds shelter for the night in a lonely outpost just north of Cairo. With time on his hands he reflects on his life on the road.

14 Jun, 2014, 21:48
Dead monkeys in bins: Mauritius in the dock  
Michelle Thew

Mauritius is the poster child of the holiday industry. But Michelle Thew points out that this Indian Ocean paradise is also at the heart of the research monkey trade.

12 Jun, 2014, 07:37
Zimbabwe, land of happiness – and hurt  
Kelly West

Kelly West was born in Zimbabwe but moved, at 16, to Australia. A return to her homeland proves a joyous – but also troubling – experience.

7 Jun, 2014, 11:14
Even your trousers get stolen on the Rue Pompidou  
David Jenkins

Dakar is Senegal’s capital and a very scary place. When David Jenkins’ trousers are torn from his legs he realises that, until then, he hasn’t really understood what it meant to be ‘ripped off’.

29 May, 2014, 16:09
Day ‘whatever’ on the Marathon des Sables  
Mark Roe

The grueling Marathon des Sables crosses 150 miles of the Sahara desert, a run few of us would survive. Mark Roe’s vivid account of a day on the piste let’s us taste the sand, heat and effort, all without leaving home.

18 May, 2014, 23:26
Trusting a stranger in downtown Djibouti  
Tom Allen

With an almost reckless abandon, Tom Allen entrusts his cherished bicycle, with all its rtw equipment, to a penniless harbour tout in a dodgy port in East Africa – and finds it’s all kept safe.

13 May, 2014, 12:37
A fast pedal through Namibia’s deserts  
Charlie Walker

On his endless round-the-world cycle marathon Charlie Walker passes through Namibia. There’s plenty of wildlife but also the peace of his surroundings.

30 Apr, 2014, 11:59
Elephant rule the road in South Africa’s Kruger  
David Marcus

On safari in Africa David Marcus is brought face-to-face with an elephant in must. It’s a situation fraught with danger but his driver’s calm reaction saves the day.

21 Apr, 2014, 19:03
The ‘Ark of the Covenant’ found, in suburban Harare  
Benjamin Mack

Spielberg and Dan Brown have built thrillers on the search for Christianity’s greatest relic. But Benjamin Mack finds the Ark of the Covenant easily, in a university museum in Zimbabwe’s rundown capital. Sad to report, however, it doesn’t really change his life.

18 Apr, 2014, 20:05
Getting stoned in Ethiopia’s highlands  
Tom Allen

Amhara might be one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, but long-distance cyclist Tom Allan finds his journey plagued by children – who aren’t at all easy to ignore.

11 Apr, 2014, 21:59
Heavy going on poor tarmac: south from Kasane  
David Fletcher

The road south of Kasane isn’t just bad: it’s like a badly-made cake. David Fletcher’s Brian makes heavy weather of Botstwana’s very poor driving surface, but then arrives at Planet Baobab – which serves beer.

18 Mar, 2014, 13:54
Crossing the Nile to discover a whole new Sudan  
Tom Allen

On his cycle-ride down Sudan Tom Allen steps well off the beaten trail when he crosses the Nile. According to the map – and most of the people he asks – there’s nothing there.

11 Mar, 2014, 13:47
Stirrings of war in a quiet Mozambique  
Charlie Walker

A 60-mile stretch of road was closed to all traffic, except for army convoys that sped through once a day, bristling with guns. But Charlie Walker, on his bicycle, is just waved through. Gulp.

1 Mar, 2014, 17:55
Into Sudan on the Wadi Haifa ferry  
Andy McGinlay

Andy McGinlay has an eventful journey heading south down Africa, crashing into dunes in Egypt and finding the last train left for Karthoum two years before. But in the small town of Karima he finds peace amongst ancient Kushite pyramids.

7 Feb, 2014, 13:58
Crossing the ‘Vet Fence’ into northern Namibia  
David Fletcher

Travelling along the arrow-straight roads of Namibia’s teutonic planners, David Fletcher reflects on the history that gave birth to such a strangely-shaped country.

18 Jan, 2014, 13:24
A wealth of hospitality in a Sudanese village  
Tom Allen

Sudan is a country best known for conflict and death. But when round-the-world cyclist Tom Allen finds his health fails on a long pedal south he finds peace and tranquility amongst the kindness of strangers.

18 Jan, 2014, 13:08
Getting the best experience from your Kenyan safari  
Paul Woollacombe

The highlands of East Africa contain the world’s greatest concentration of game, roaming unchecked in a spectacular wilderness. Paul Woollacombe has some tips for making the most of your journey.

26 Dec, 2013, 11:25
All at sea on the shores of Lake Malawi  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s epic cycle ride runs into soft sand (of the beachy kind) on the shores of Lake Malawi. An overdue chance for some R & R.

17 Dec, 2013, 13:20
Another day in the African bush  
Pippa Strong

Kenya’s Masai Mara puts on it’s usual day of wildlife drama for Pippa Strong, treating her to a pretty gruesome murder scene before sending her back to school for an insight into everyday life for the locals.

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