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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 -min. read In the second of our series spotlighting this year’s FUSE un-conference speakers, artist and adventurer Holly Budge explains how her passion for conservation led her to the top of Mount Everest, and how luxury travel can play a vital role.
3 -min. read From urban safaris and artisan experiences to gorilla treks and luxury casinos, discover three new exhibitors who are are blazing an experiential trail across the continent.
3 -min. read Introducing our keynote speaker for FUSE 2018: Tshekedi Khama, dedicated conservationist and Botswana Government Minister. Read how his pioneering work has helped light the fuse for high-end ecotourism.
4 -min. read 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.
8 -min. read With a few exceptions, conservation has traditionally been seen as a man’s world. However, an emerging generation of determined African women are flipping the script and bringing new solutions to Africa’s conservation challenges. Diana Odero and Olivia Squire meet a few of these pioneers.
7 -min. read Body-scarring, lip plates, mating dances and goat-value: Stanley Stewart finds that romance along the Omo River is a world away from overused chat-up lines…
3 -min. read From buzzing urban marketplaces and extreme sport destinations, to sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and deserted stretches of pearl-white sand, Emma Gregg explores Africa’s best beaches.
6 -min. read In the run-up to We Are Africa 2017, Katie Palmer introduced the latest inspiring projects to feature in the Untold Stories initiative: Township Art Tours and Sangha Lodge.
< 1 -min. read Relive the magic of We Are Africa 2017, where we turned up the colour and asked the tribe to bring their vibe for four days of innovative thinking, creative inspiration and meaningful connections.
4 -min. read Africa’s beaches offer everything from urban marketplaces and extreme sports to sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and deserted stretches of sand.
3 -min. read From vegetable- dyed textiles and charmingly wonky ceramics to sleek lighting and avant-garde sculpture, Emma Love looks to Africa’s homegrown designers for her interior inspiration.