Photo by Edgar Castrejon
11
Jul
2018
FEEDING CHANGE

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.

Okavango Delta
20
Jun
2018
ENVIRONMENTAL RICHES

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

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

15
May
2018
HOW MANDELA’S LEGACY IS MAKING TOURISTS COME FLOCKING TO SOUTH AFRICA

From offerings of tours inspired by Mandela’s life story to a chance to stay in the suite where the iconic man put pen to paper, Melissa Twigg finds out how Madiba’s legacy is driving tourism to South Africa.

02
May
2018
THE DAWN OF ‘A CYRIL SPRING’: WHAT THE RISE OF RAMAPHOSA MEANS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM INDUSTRY

Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment as President of South Africa has been met with much relief and hopefulness for the future. The big question on all of our lips? Will he be good for South African tourism? Melissa Twigg investigates.

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?

Aida Muluneh, Dinkenesh Part One (2016) at David Krut Projects – courtesy of 1:54 / via artnet News
23
Jan
2018
HOW AFRICAN ART FAIRS ARE BRINGING MORE TOURISM TO THE CONTINENT

When just 0.05 per cent of the works shown at Art Basel or the Frieze Art Fair are of African origin, the African-centric 1:54 Art Fair has proved revolutionary in raising the profile of African art outside of the continent, and consequently, in bringing more tourism to Africa. But are region-specific shows excluding Africa from art’s central stage?

22
Dec
2017
TOURISM AFTER TERROR: HOW DESTINATIONS CAN RECOVER WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS

Over the past two years we have seen many of the world’s most iconic travel destinations suffer from terrorist attacks. In the wake of such public assaults, how has tourism been affected – and how can it recover?

23
Nov
2017
UNEXPECTED VICTIMS: THE POACHING PROBLEM WITH HIPPOS

We’ve covered the killing of elephants for their ivory and rhinos for their horn, but it seems there is a new animal under threat: the hippo, the unexpected victim of a most barbaric practice.

02
Nov
2017
EXPLORING BEYOND BEAUTIFUL BEACHES: ART IN MOZAMBIQUE

There’s more to Mozambique than its beautiful beaches: poignant, historic, audacious and awe-inspiring are all words that describe the contemporary art scene in this underrated creative hub that has been somewhat overlooked by the avid sun-bathers visiting these parts.

26
Oct
2017
TUNE IN: THREE EMERGING AFRICAN MUSIC GENRES TO WATCH

African music is becoming a force to be reckoned with: with its reach no longer confined to the shores of the Motherland, get better acquainted with three up-and-coming contemporary African music genres that have the power to infiltrate the globe.

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