STORIES FROM WE ARE AFRICA, THE AFRICAN CONTINENT & AROUND THE GLOBE
3 -min. read Delicate filigree jewellery handcrafted in a centuries-old tradition is perhaps the last thing you’d expect to find on a far-flung Mozambican island… Richard Holmes discovers the famous silversmiths of Ibo.
3 -min. read Shout-out to the unsung heroes going above and beyond to conserve their ecosystems who are joining the We Are Africa tribe this year.
4 -min. read Get acquainted with four of our newest tribe members who are offering a secluded, private-island experience with a difference that’s guaranteed to call out to travellers as the ultimate opportunity to reboot this festive season.
5 -min. read 2018 may still be young, but its calendar is already jam-packed with new openings across our continent. From the lush forests of Rwanda to the sparkling sands of the Seychelles, there’s no shortage of exciting new destinations to entice visitors to Africa. Here are five of our favourites…
3 -min. read Wilderness Safaris is ending 2017 on a high note with the opening of a brand-new camp, Qorokwe, in Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta.
4 -min. read It’s time to introduce you all to three more new tribe members: allow us to introduce We Are Africa’s new, nature-loving exhibitors who allow their guests to unleash their wonderlust for the elements.
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.
6 -min. read Fired up on a disdain for the establishment and a spirit of resilience, African creativity has embraced DIY ethics and trodden its own radical path. James Davidson dives into modern Africa’s punk rock rebellion.
4 -min. read Richard Holmes reports on the winners of 2017’s Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, which took place in Cape Town on 20 November. Get the low-down on the winners plus a list of the top 20 restaurants from the Awards… ¥ou’re welcome.
3 -min. read After years upon years of slow, non-sensical restrictions on air traffic in Africa, Mozambique has become the first to to loosen the reigns on their air policy –
and Fastjet was the first in line to cross over the border: a change which will, with luck, help pave the way towards a brighter, more convenient future for African travel.
4 -min. read High-end travel in Africa might be fabulous, but without venturing outside of their hotel, travellers can be left none-the-wiser to the cool happenings around and about in today’s contemporary Africa. For the real deal, get them to lace their boots and book their spot on one of these top-notch urban street tours across Africa.
3 -min. read New to the tribe are three secret hideaways that stand as proof that some of Africa’s coolest corners may still lie camouflaged under the surface.
3 -min. read Richard Holmes spoke to Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, a thought leader in destination marketing, about the importance – and impact – of millennial travellers in Africa.
4 -min. read 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.
4 -min. read The evocative approach of multimedia-talented Angolan artist, Kiluanji Kia Henda, may well be the key to the moving Africa’s image away from the colonial and towards the contemporary: it’s all about spreading word of the past without letting it cloud the now.
4 -min. read Sommeliers have emerged as the new rock stars of the African F&B industry: Richard Holmes picks the brains of a few rising stars for their take on wine and the vital place it holds alongside meals at the dinner table.
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.
3 -min. read 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.
4 -min. read Presenting you with five African animals worthy of a mention to pay tribute to the undiscovered natural beauties frolicking around the continent.
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 The first plane flying to St Helena, promising to be the next worst-kept-secret in the middle of the Pacific, has officially landed. Richard Holmes reports on the exciting preparation taking place on the island to welcome the tourists waiting in line to take their first steps on the island’s shore.
4 -min. read 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.
< 1 -min. read We Are Africa’s fellow pioneers at the Conservation Lab have released their Yearbook for 2017, which profiles each and every one of the innovators and visionaries who made the Conservation Lab happen; plus, find video links to the talks, DISCUSS concepts, reflections from participants and more.
5 -min. read Unexpected, unconventional and unfamiliar: Beyond Luxury Media’s Founder & CEO, Serge Dive, on why he’s betting on the ‘un-conference’ being the format of the future.
2 -min. read Our fellow pioneers at the 2017 Conservation Lab gathered a panel of leading thinkers in the African conservation sector to discuss the funding shortfall in conservation, identifying five areas worthy of exploration for conservationists, travel brands and the two working in tandem – read the full report here.
4 -min. read Addis Ababa has undergone a serious makeover overnight: the growth of its buildings, transport system, culture and tourism are off-the-chain. Find out how the Chinese government has contributed to Ethiopian capital’s economic breakthrough.
4 -min. read Art has linked arms with wine on the manicured estates of the Cape Winelands so that two of the greatest pleasures in life can be enjoyed side-by-side. Take a guided tour of the spellbinding collections to be found amongst the grapes.
5 -min. read Do old notions of ‘Africanness’ and ‘African authenticity’ do justice to the contemporary art forms brewing throughout the Motherland today? Discover the African artists who are challenging the status-quo.
3 -min. read Musa Nxumalo’s photography is raw and beautiful and free from geographical boundaries. But how are we to move beyond stereotypes and vilification if forward-thinking voices in his own country continue to resist the potency of youth culture?