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INZORA Rooftop Café
17
Aug
2018
KIGALI KOOL: HOW RWANDA’S CAPITAL IS CHANGING PERCEPTIONS

5 -min. read From speciality coffee to empowered local artisans, James Davidson unpacks up-and-coming Rwanda’s capital and tells us how it is exceeding the expectations of all who encounter it.

Zeitz MOCAA atrium – by Iwan Ban
15
Aug
2018
GERMAN HERITAGE: DOES IT MATTER THAT ZEITZ MOCAA WAS FOUNDED BY A NON-AFRICAN?

4 -min. read As Africa’s first major museum of contemporary African art, Zeitz MOCAA was making headlines way before its opening in September 2017. Does it matter than such empowering moment for the continent was conceived by a German, asks Heather Richardson? Its namesake certainly doesn’t think so.

Suzanne Bayly-Coupe – courtesy of Classic Portfolio
08
Aug
2018
MEET 3 WOMEN MAKING THEIR MARK ON SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM

5 -min. read In honour of National Women’s Day in South Africa, hear the stories of three special ladies making a big splash in South African tourism.

Sun Ra
06
Aug
2018
VIRTUAL REALITY

8 -min. read When even maps are biased, James Davidson discovers how a rebellious historian, Afrofuturists and a Marvel superhero can cut through propaganda and prejudice to expose a lie in the name of equality and empowerment.

Magashi Camp
27
Jul
2018
INTRODUCING MAGASHI CAMP, RWANDA’S NEXT BIG THING

4 -min. read Come December 2018, prepare to say hello to Magashi Camp – a conservation-driven project spearheaded by the combined efforts Wilderness Safaris, the Rwanda Development Board and African Parks. Find out how this high-end masterpiece will be blazing a new safari trail around Akagera National Park.

African airline opportunities
25
Jul
2018
OPPORTUNITY IS IN THE AIR

4 -min. read Despite being inhabited by 12 per cent of the world’s population, Africa accounts for just three per cent of its airline traffic. Richard Holmes investigates why Africa’s skies are comparatively empty – and what the travel industry can do about it.

Chef Christian Campbell at Boschendal Farm
20
Jul
2018
BOSCHENDAL: HOW TO DO FIVE-STAR FARM GETAWAYS THE RIGHT WAY

4 -min. read The perfect mélange of a family-friendly escape and winelands luxury, Boschendal Farm is raising the bar for guest experience for both locals and foreigners alike. Richard Holmes fills us in on their recipe for success.

19
Jul
2018
IT ALL STARTS WITH A SPARK: 4 MINUTES TO TRANSFORM TRAVEL

1 -min. read From the art of turning waste food into five-star food to what really lies beneath an island holiday, each of this year’s SPARK speakers held the FUSE crowd spellbound, sparking discussions that lasted far longer than their presentation. Watch them back here…

Maame Adjei from Girl Going Places
18
Jul
2018
TRAVEL TO FIND YOURSELF

6 -min. read Soul-searching needn’t be reserved for epic, faraway adventures, argues Kate Hamilton – getting to know yourself starts much closer to home. But what does that mean for people who historically view all travel as a non-essential luxury, and how can the travel industry empower Africans to explore their own continent?

13
Jul
2018
AN UPDATE ON AIR: INTRA-AFRICAN FLIGHTS ARE ON THE ASCENT

3 -min. read African airline connectivity has increased in the last year as more and more African flights are spreading their wings across the continent. Get the latest on the air block from Richard Holmes.

Photo by Edgar Castrejon
11
Jul
2018
FEEDING CHANGE

5 -min. read South Africa is leading the charge with the trend for locally sourced, culturally relevant dishes, writes Melissa Twigg; but when educating and delighting diners has the added benefit of empowering local producers and alleviating pressure on the environment, it’s no wonder the rest of the world isn’t far behind.

Photo by Mario Purisic
04
Jul
2018
THE POWER OF UBUNTU

6 -min. read The word Ubuntu translates as ‘humanity’ – a sense of belonging, consideration, trust and respect for one another. Juliet Kinsman examines how we should consider this a cornerstone when creating life-enhancing environments — both for those who work in travel, and the people taking trips.

Vegetable garden at Neptune Ngorongoro
03
Jul
2018
GROWING YOUR OWN GREENS: THE SPROUTING OF LODGE GARDENS IN THE AFRICAN BUSH

4 -min. read Richard Holmes reports on the lodges in the far-flung corners of Africa who’re bringing the fun and sustainable factor to gobbling your greens by growing their own produce in the African bush.

28
Jun
2018
WHY THE US MARKET IS KEY FOR AFRICAN TOURISM

4 -min. read News of Africa is spreading stateside, and US travellers are now more important for the Motherland’s tourism industry than ever before. But how can Africa engage this evolving target market? Richard Holmes investigates.

TK makes the crowd crack up at FUSE 2018
27
Jun
2018
FUSE 2018: ENERGISING THE FUTURE WITH TSHEKEDI KHAMA

1 -min. read There’s no one in African politics quite like Tshekedi ‘TK’ Khama – which is why he made for a sensational speaker at FUSE 2018. We caught up with the man himself after his roof-raising keynote for a fascinating discussion on conservation models and the future of travel in Africa.

Crosswaters Bamboo Bridge – by Munir Virani
27
Jun
2018
BUILDING THE FUTURE

4 -min. read Working to a ‘quadruple bottom line’ that takes into consideration financial, social, environmental and spiritual aspects, HM Design promotes eco-design with a difference. Heather Richardson finds out why founder Hitesh Mehta believes community empowerment is the key to long-term architectural sustainability.

TK makes the crowd crack up at FUSE 2018
26
Jun
2018
WATCH TSHEKEDI KHAMA’S KEYNOTE SPEECH AT FUSE 2018

1 -min. read Relive the magic of FUSE 2018 and press play on Tshekedi ‘TK’ Khama’s rapturous keynote speech.

22
Jun
2018
TUNE IN: WE ARE AFRICA COOL-DOWN

1 -min. read Got the post-show blues? Keep the fun, fierce and fantastical vibes alive with a #flashbackfriday tribute to the banging musical tunes that brought the house down at We Are Africa 2018.

Okavango Delta
20
Jun
2018
ENVIRONMENTAL RICHES

6 -min. read With its high-value, low-volume policy, Botswana is a ‘jewel of Africa’ in more ways than one; but with the government working closely with the tourism industry and reinvesting a third of profits to empower conservation, its model is one other countries could afford to follow, says Melissa Twigg.

A fictional interpretation of Vogue Africa – by Mario Epanya / via Business of Fashion
18
Jun
2018
IT’S OFFICIAL: VOGUE IS FINALLY COMING TO THE MOTHERLAND

5 -min. read Yup, you heard us right: Vogue Africa is on the way, and now Condé Nast are talking logistics. Get the latest from Melissa Twigg.

Photo is courtesy of Wilderness Safaris
14
Jun
2018
STAYING FIT ON SAFARI

4 -min. read Wellness and fitness are dominating the world over – and now they’ve reached the African safari scene. Richard Holmes gives us the low-down on how the industry’s pioneers are bringing wellbeing to the bush.

13
Jun
2018
A NEW LODGE FOR THE SKELETON COAST

4 -min. read Introducing Shipwreck Lodge: the first five-star lodge to lay claim to the harsh, yet utterly beguiling landscape of the Skeleton Coast. Take the grand tour with Richard Holmes for the latest on this new African treasure.

Illustration is by Charlotte Butcher
12
Jun
2018
#AFRICATOO

8 -min. read The #MeToo movement is empowering females the world over… Or is it? Lisa Davidson investigates the unique set of challenges faced by women in Africa – and discovers a host of everyday heroes fighting their own personal battles on the continent.

26
May
2018
HOW SOUTH AFRICAN WHISKIES HAVE BECOME A GLOBAL FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

4 -min. read Richard Holmes caught up with Andy Watts, the newly award-winning master whiskey distiller at The James Sedgwick Distillery, to find out what his achievement means for SA’s whisky scene, and why a wee dram of this top-notch African spirit is making waves worldwide.

25
May
2018
FUN, FIERCE AND FRIVOLOUS: MEET WANURI KAHUI, FOUNDER OF AFROBUBBLEGUM

5 -min. read Wanuri Kahui founded AFROBUBBLEGUM to empower an altogether more fun, fierce and frivolous view of Africa. Katie Palmer finds out what’s really important from the woman herself.

24
May
2018
DIRECT TO DURBAN

4 -min. read As British Airways launches direct flights to Durban from Heathrow, Heather Richardson investigates how local tourism businesses in Durban can best jump on board this opportunity, and how this new development will enable tourists to discover a whole new side to South Africa.

18
May
2018
THE TOP 10 TRIBE MOMENTS FROM WE ARE AFRICA 2018

3 -min. read From sensational debates to the most epic of closing parties, our 2018 tribe were our most fun, fierce and fantastical yet – even joining the circus along the way. Here’s how it all went down in Cape Town…

18
May
2018
5 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE 2018 CONSERVATION LAB

3 -min. read This year’s Conservation Lab was the biggest yet. Whether you couldn’t be there, or just want to reflect on an inspiring few days, here are our top takeaways from across the weekend…

18
May
2018
ENERGISING IDEAS AT FUSE

3 -min. read On Monday the We Are Africa tribe journey to Spier Wine Farm to energise ideas at FUSE, African travel’s first un-conference in partnership with RISE, the rebirth of Zimbabwe. Here’s how the day went down…

16
May
2018
AWARD-WINNING AFRICA: THE WINNERS OF THE INNOVATION AWARDS

4 -min. read With dozens of entries, six categories and a five-strong judging panel, here are the worthy winners of the Innovation Awards 2018 – as also voted for by their peers, the We Are Africa tribe…

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