4 -min. read Addis Ababa has undergone a serious makeover overnight: the growth of its buildings, transport system, culture and tourism are off-the-chain. Find out how the Chinese government has contributed to Ethiopian capital’s economic breakthrough.
3 -min. read Today the 100,000-square-foot Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opens its doors to the public. As the biggest public art space to launch on the continent for more than a century, it looks set to change the contemporary art market as we know it.
3 -min. read The continent’s top boutiques, hotel gift shops and department stores can swap their European and American lines for clothes by the plethora of talented local designers: African fashion is finally in the global spotlight.
7 -min. read In response to the modern traveller’s desire for true immersion in a destination, African safaris are stepping up their game. Melissa Twigg looks at a few of the experiences going beyond mere observation to allow participants intimate access to the most extraordinary wildlife and terrain on the planet.
3 -min. read At the 41st annual World Heritage Committee session in Krakow, Poland, earlier this year, Unesco voted to add three more African sites.
4 -min. read andBeyond and Great Plains Conservation’s new rhino notching project is an entirely new experience of giving, as well as a wonderful example of putting competition aside to achieve conservation success.
4 -min. read Now home to two of the most important literary festivals in Africa, Cape Town is fast becoming the publishing hub of the continent.
3 -min. read Namibia Exclusive is taking the safari focus away from the animals and directing it towards the talents of local chefs, waiters and lodge managers.
4 -min. read Melissa Twigg reflects on how Lion Sands today is an altogether sleeker affair than it was back in 2004 when she was a receptionist for the lodge.
3 -min. read Celebrating diversity, Burkina Faso’s FESPACO film festival aims to bring together the brightest and best from Africa’s fast-growing film industry.
4 -min. read We talk to Colin Bell about his latest venture, Sable Alley, located in an extraordinary, and completely uninhabited, part of Botswana.
5 -min. read Any visitors to Mauritius, an island nation about 2,000 miles off the coast of Africa, need to explore further afield than piña coladas and infinity pools.
5 -min. read Afrophiles are in luck, with five highly-anticipated African hotel openings pencilled in on our calendar over the next eight months.
5 -min. read The gastronomic transformation of the countryside around Cape Town means many foodie tourists are heading to the Cape Winelands.
4 -min. read An island apart, Madagascar provides a gentler version of life by comparison to its African neighbours and an opportunity to marvel at otherworldly wildlife.
4 -min. read Cape Town bars are including South African-made gins on their menus: no surprise as the world wakes up to the juniper-based delights of the Cape.
4 -min. read Launched in 2010, LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, taking place until 21 November. Melissa Twigg investigates.
4 -min. read Melissa Twigg gets stuck into heaving plates of seafood, strong cocktails, interesting art work and pulsing markets in Mozambique’s alluring, oft-forgotten capital: Maputo.
3 -min. read Swakopmund is a scenic, whitewashed town in the heart of luxuriously empty Namibia – and walking around it not only feels like you are stepping back in time, but also like you are stepping over 5,000 miles of African earth to get your feet firmly on European soil.