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Bird Nest – courtesy of Wilderness Safaris/by Jimmy Nelson
19
Mar
2018
THESE 5 ‘FLOATING’ HOTELS ARE WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

5 -min. read Introducing Africa’s five ‘floating’ hotels whose dreamlike allure will leave travellers bewitched and beguiled as they discover yet another unforgettable corner of Africa.

Toka Leya – courtesy of Toka Leya
19
Mar
2018
ZAMBIA OR ZIMBABWE?: HOW TO PICK A SIDE OF THE ZAMBEZI RIVER

3 -min. read 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.

18
Mar
2018
THE TOP 5 PLACES IN AFRICA TO CAST A LINE

4 -min. read Deep-sea game fishing is the pinnacle of the piscatorial world – and Africa boasts some of the richest waters on the planet. Here’s where to cast a line…

13
Mar
2018
DARK SKIES IN AFRICA

3 -min. read Richard Holmes explores the stargazing opportunities in the remote corner of southwestern Namibia, the home to one of just 11 internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserves.

Baby pangolin – via Rainforest Rescue
07
Mar
2018
PROTECTING PANGOLINS, SCALES N ALL

3 -min. read As the world’s most trafficked mammal, the unassuming pangolin might not fit the title ‘endangered – but valid concern for this mammal’s survival has hit now the fan. Heather Richardson fills us in on how tourism and the travel community can protect our scaly friend.

Business has never felt so good
07
Mar
2018
HUMAN CONNECTIONS: WHY BLEISURE TRIPS CAN TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS

5 -min. read ‘Holidays’ are no longer a tick-box affair. Travellers are looking for human connections on their adventures for the full, transformative experience. Richard Holmes shows us how bleisure trips can allow us to practise what the industry preaches, and transform your business by making connections and getting your intel first hand.

06
Mar
2018
AWARD-WINNING AFRICA: TIME + TIDE & THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

4 -min. read For one tiny community in Zambia, disabilities were a source of shame and confusion; until the Time + Tide foundation broke down barriers, winning hearts, minds – and the ENGAGE Africa Award 2017. We caught up with them one year on.

06
Mar
2018
SAVING LIKE A LOCAL: TAKEAWAYS FROM CAPE TOWN’S WATER SHORTAGE

3 -min. read It’s been a little drier over in Cape Town recently – too dry. Thankfully, the water shortage is looking up, thanks to everyone’s efforts to save, save, save! Heather Richardson reflects on the crisis to conjure up some takeaways for Cape Town and the world at large.

FATHER COFFEE
06
Mar
2018
AFRI-CAFF: THE BEAN COMES HOME

4 -min. read After decades of being overshadowed by espresso rivals, Africa – birthplace of the coffee bean – is finally enjoying a renaissance. Lisa Davidson explores how a new generation of java junkies are fuelling fresh hope for the continent.

Luanda skyline – via African Business Magazine
05
Mar
2018
WHY ANGOLA WILL BE NEXT

3 -min. read 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.

05
Mar
2018
MEET THE AFRICAN PIONEERS SAYING BYE BYE TO PLASTIC

5 -min. read Plastic: it’s no small fish to fry. Richard Holmes introduces us to the African travel pioneers who’re leading the way by cutting down their single-use plastic consumption.

26
Feb
2018
AWARD-WINNING AFRICA: HOW BEKS NDLOVU CROSSES BORDERS TO FIND MAGIC

3 -min. read Social entrepreneur, philanthropist, project manager: Beks Ndlovu’s list of accomplishments prove doing well by doing good is the way forward for the African travel industry. A year after his Innovation Awards win, we caught up with him to see how it has impacted his work.

26
Feb
2018
AWARD-WINNING AFRICA: ROYAL PORTFOLIO’S THE SILO HOTEL

3 -min. read It’s less than a year old, but we already can’t imagine Cape Town without MOCAA – or The Silo Hotel. Designed by Royal Portfolio, their masterwork won them the 2017 DESIGN Africa award. In the run-up to this year’s Innovation Awards, we caught up with them to talk African identity and how destinations should steer designs.

26
Feb
2018
AWARD-WINNING AFRICA: HOW ULTIMATE SAFARIS FUEL CONSERVATION THROUGH EXPERIENCES

3 -min. read Innovation Awards season is well underway – so ahead of this year’s ceremony in May, we’re catching up with last year’s victors. First up: Ultimate Safaris, creators of wonderful Namibian itineraries (and worthy winners of the Experience AFRICA award).

Photo by Pierre Debusschere and styling by Robbie Spencer – via Dazed
07
Feb
2018
HOW DIE ANTWOORD’S ABRASIVE OBSTINANCE CAN SHAPE SUCCESS

3 -min. read Sweary and tenacious, relentless and vexing, South Africa has much to learn from hip hop–music duo Antwoord. While enraging as much as they enrapture, they are pioneers in setting your own path and being comfortable in your skin – a sort of cultural originality that should be celebrated, not hidden.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge campfire – courtesy of Tintswalo Safari Lodge
06
Feb
2018
TINTSWALO SAFARI LODGE IS THE PLACE OF STARS

3 -min. read Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s spectacular revamp responds directly to the growing demand for luxury exclusive-use safari properties. Richard Holmes provides the goss on and pretty pics of our hotspot of the week.

Courtesy of Zunaid Greed of the Visual Content Gang
06
Feb
2018
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT: WHAT LAST YEAR’S JUDGES WANT TO SEE AT THE 2018 INNOVATION AWARDS

6 -min. read To kick the We Are Africa Innovation Awards proceedings in 2018, we caught up with our last panel of expert judges to get the low-down on 2017’s entries: what impressed them; what moved them; and what they thought was missing… (Hint: now’s your chance to fill that void!)

Plane swooping in over Cape Town – via Travel Nation
06
Feb
2018
AIRLINES ARE QUEUING UP TO JET INTO SOUTH AFRICA

4 -min. read South Africa has just got that little bit closer: there’s been a slew of international carriers launching flights to Cape Town and South Africa and Johannesburg – which is just in time for We Are Africa 2018. To lower airfares and increased connectivity on the horizon…

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – by Michael Buckner / via Variety
06
Feb
2018
CONSERVATIONIST PIN-UPS: HOW EFFECTIVE IS CELEBRITY-DRIVEN CONSERVATION MARKETING?

5 -min. read 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?

05
Feb
2018
HOW NATURE TOURISM SAVED WALKER BAY’S EXTRAORDINARY FYNBOS

4 -min. read Heather Richardson tells the inspirational tale of how nature tourism revived the almost barren landscape surrounding Grootbos, a luxury lodge a few hours away from Cape Town. See what how conservation goals can be achieved with bucketloads of perseverance and collaboration…

View from Panorama Route offered at Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge – via Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge
05
Feb
2018
WELCOME TO THE TRIBE: 3 OF AFRICA’S MOST INSTA-READY HOTSPOTS

4 -min. read Africa, get ready for your close-up! With travellers snapping their way around the globe, looks may not be everything, but they sure do help. Check out just a few of our most Insta-ready new recruits who’re showcasing our continent from its finest angles…

Wyld Tea at Dandelyan
03
Feb
2018
TEAM SPIRITS: HOW FINE DINING’S NEW DAWN HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF MIXOLOGY

7 -min. read From theatrics to flavours of brandy with mushrooms and Oloroso with squash, mixology is reaching way beyond the bar. As fine dining pushes its creativity through the roof, the divide between bar and kitchen is growing ever narrower…

Doing well by doing good at Wolwedans – courtesy of the Wolwedans Foundation
03
Feb
2018
DOING WELL BY DOING GOOD

3 -min. read Richard Holmes introduces the Wolwedans Foundation Trust, a stellar example of how to walk the walk when it comes bringing tangible benefits to the local community.

31
Jan
2018
WELCOME TO THE TRIBE: THE ROVER’S AFRICAN DREAM

4 -min. read In the run-up to the much-awaited We Are Africa, we have decided to honour our fantastic new exhibitors for 2018 with a warm shout-out. Up first are the three companies who fulfil and delight every rover’s African fantasies…

24
Jan
2018
WELCOME TO THE TRIBE: 3 AFRICAN BEACH RETREATS FOR JANUARY BLUES

3 -min. read Truly secluded beach retreats are hard to come by, even in low season – but pockets of true tranquility can still be found; you just have to know where to look. Lucy Shave points you in the direction of a trio of new tribe members, from Zanzibar to Plettenberg Bay.

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

6 -min. read 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
Jan
2018
PRESERVE TRADITIONS AND EMBRACE CHANGE: SARA OUHADDOU’S BLUEPRINT FOR PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL IDENTITY

3 -min. read Introducing Sara Ouhaddou, the French-Moroccan artist combining the craft traditions of the Arab and Islamic world with international contemporary culture – an inspiration for African nations in an age of globalisation, showing them to move forward while keeping their own singular identities.

11
Jan
2018
WELCOME TO THE TRIBE: AFRICA ON TOUR

3 -min. read Forget tired tours and predictable routes – from Sideways-inspired wine excursions to immersive festival experiences, discover three new exhibitors who are are blazing an experiential trail across the continent.

Jana 'Babez' Terblanche – by Paul Ward
10
Jan
2018
JANA ‘BABEZ’ TERBLANCHE IS THE ARTIST FOR A NEW AFRICA, SERIOUSLY

3 -min. read Britney-Spears-obsessed performance artist Jana ‘Babez’ Terblanche deviates from Africa’s historical, same-old narrative, instead moving towards an outrageous feminist statement that unites Africa and the world at large.

10
Jan
2018
TOURISM AFTER TERROR: HOW DESTINATIONS CAN RECOVER WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS

4 -min. read 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?

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