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The safari was born in Kenya, a land of diverse habitats and abundant wildlife. Richard Trillo explores the rich appeal of its parks and conservancies. Illustrations by Karen Laurence-Rowe
Kenya straddles the equator and has complicated seasonal variations. While most areas — except the far north and the dry south-east interior — receive some rain every month, in an average year most areas have several weeks of heavy rain between late March and early June (‘the long rains’) and a shorter spell of heavy rain in November and December (the ‘short rains’).
Looking for an ideal beach and bush combo? That’s easier than you might think, says Julia D’Orazio, as she discovers the best park you’ve never heard of. And finds she’s pretty much the only person there
Despite Uganda’s relatively small size, its unique position means a rich portfolio of habitats and thus a profusion of species. What’s more, you don’t need to be on a specialist safari to see countless feathered delights, from the great blue turaco to the famed shoebill. Words and photographs by Mike Unwin
Many people probably don’t know where this country lies on the map, let alone why one might wish to visit a place so heavily impacted by civil war and Ebola. Yet earlier this year, following the election of George Weah as president, Mark Stratton sensed that change was nigh and went to discover its unexpected appeal. Photographs by the writer
Lake Malawi is not only exceptionally beautiful but also offers a far wider variety of activities than any other part of the country, both in the water and on shore — from diving and snorkelling to birding and visiting fishing villages with a local guide. Sophie Ibbotson tells you everything you need to know about this varied holiday destination
It’s now been 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s greatest peacemakers, and over time a string of heritage centres, exhibitions, art trails, homestays and other cultural attractions have opened in celebration of his legacy. Emma Gregg lists the best places to learn about contemporary South African culture through the lens of history
Contrary to many misconceptions, Africa is an eye-opening, stimulating and educational playground for children. Will Gray tells us why the continent is the place to take your family
Why should you visit this revitalised southern African country and how can you make the most of your trip? Shelley Cox tells you everything you need to know
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