23
Apr
2018
FROM THE RURAL TO THE RUNWAY: ABI JAMES ON THE SHIFT IN SAFARI-LODGE INTERIORS

From working Africa’s signature animal prints to the pure practicalities, renowned African safari-lodge designer Abi James gives us the low-down on the safari lodges with the most up-to-the-minute interiors, and the secrets behind their success.

Seliot, a waiter at Wilderness Safaris' Little Makalolo, practises his wine recommendations with Allister – via Wildnerness Safaris
13
Apr
2018
WHY WINE BUFFS AND THE BUSH ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

Wine lovers in Africa? Send them to the Cape, many will say. But what about the bush? Melissa talks to Allister Kreft, CEO of Under the Influence – a management and wine-based company out of Cape Town. Find out more about his work, and why he thinks that wine buffs and the bush are made for each other.

10
Apr
2018
EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSERVATIONISTS

Education: it’s what the future of conservation depends on. Melissa Twigg investigates how African hotels and lodge owners have taken it upon themselves to educate children about protecting our planet – and by extension, their communities – in order to bring in the next generation of conservationists.

Chebera Churchura Park in Ethiopia – via Chebera Churchura Park
07
Apr
2018
WHY PARKS IN ETHIOPIA WILL MAKE TOURISTS COME FLOCKING

Find out why the parks in Ethiopia have the offerings that should be pushing the country on to the front of travellers’ bucklet lists and the fronts of our glossy mag covers.

Landscape around Qorokwe – courtesy of Wilderness Safaris
21
Mar
2018
WHY CAMPS IN BOTSWANA HAVE GONE GREEN

Find out why – and how – camps and lodges in Botswana are barely leaving footprints behind them in the building and maintenance of their properties.

18
Mar
2018
BUCKLE UP: AFRICAN AIR TRAVEL COULD BE ABOUT TO TAKE OFF

Africa, fasten your seatbelts: tourism prospects may well be on the up. The Single African Air Travel Market has arrived, and could well be the game-changer that puts the continent on the global air map. Hold tight as Melissa Twigg gives us the low-down before African air travel takes off.

17
Mar
2018
WHAT’S NEXT FOR AFRICA’S THRIVING ART MUSEUMS?

Since Zeitz MOCAA made its entrance to Cape Town’s Waterfront in September 2017, Africa’s contemporary art scene has blossomed. But as an attraction that’s now arguably as alluring as the Motherland’s great landscapes, what’s next for the African art world? Melissa Twigg investigates.

Luanda skyline – via African Business Magazine
03
Mar
2018
WHY ANGOLA WILL BE NEXT

First came Mozambique; then Rwanda; Ethiopia, then Zimbabwe – and Angola is next. Melissa Twigg tells us why this African hotspot is the next in line to see a tourism boom.

Toka Leya – courtesy of Toka Leya
21
Feb
2018
ZAMBIA OR ZIMBABWE?: HOW TO PICK A SIDE OF THE ZAMBEZI RIVER

Melissa Twigg contemplates the wonders and woes of a hotelier’s choice between setting up shop in Zambia and Zimbabwe on the edge of the Zambezi River.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – by Michael Buckner / via Variety
01
Feb
2018
CONSERVATIONIST PIN-UPS: HOW EFFECTIVE IS CELEBRITY-DRIVEN CONSERVATION MARKETING?

Conservation is the “sexy cause of the moment”: countless celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon to help rescue animal kingdoms – but even with their international reach, are their efforts beneficial – or even appropriate – to the cause at hand?