Controversy at UN Summit

Controversy at UN Summit

It’s a funny old world. At the end of August, the UN World Tourism Organisation held its bi-annual general assembly at the Victoria Falls, the border between hosts Zambia and Zimbabwe. More than 120 delegations attended with a stated objective of...

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Fair trade in tourism, Africa

Fair trade in tourism, Africa

In this video, we interview Lisa Scriven. This Canadian native was the Certification Manager for Fair Trade In Tourism, the NGO which acts as a regulator and incubator for sustainable tourism practises in South Africa (and Africa as a whole). We ask her what...

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Rise of adventure Tourism and Voluntourism

Rise of adventure Tourism and Voluntourism

The face of tourism is changing. There is still a big market for the packaged beach holiday or the Disney extravaganza but younger people are pushing the boundaries and into new directions. This is the generation of Facebook and National Geographic TV. The images of...

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Beat the winter blues-Mozambique style

Beat the winter blues-Mozambique style

Many Europeans and Americans forget that it can get quite cold in Africa. Whilst the northern hemisphere is basking in summer sunshine, we in Cape Town have dug out our coats, rainjackets and thick pullovers and are focusing our energies on making fires and eating...

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Tourism to North Africa suffers

Tourism to North Africa suffers

Tourism to Egypt represents about 10% of the economy. The recent and current state of unrest in the country is having a terrible effect on employment in a country which badly needs it. Whilst tourists have almost completely disappeared from Cairo and Luxor (and the...

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Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek

Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek

Continuing our series of dining in Africa, we look at the Namibian capital, Windhoek. More and more visitors are becoming aware of the unique attractions of Namibia as a safari destination. Coupled (as with many other African cities) with an increase in economic...

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Horse Riding in Cape Town

Horse Riding in Cape Town

New Zealand has taken over the mantle as the adventure capital of the world. From bungy jumping to rafting, from mountain biking to hiking. What people sometimes forget is that you can do all these activities and more, right here in Cape Town. We just don’t...

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Is Mozambique safe?

Is Mozambique safe?

For many people living in southern Africa, Mozambique was a sought after holiday destination until independence in 1975. It then entered a period of decline prompted by the creation of a communist state and a civil war. The two protagonists in that war, the ruling...

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Top 5 restaurants in Maputo

Top 5 restaurants in Maputo

Maputo, also known as the “city of Acacias” or the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” At the beginning of the 1990s, this would have been considered a bad joke. Two decades of hardcore communist rule and then a civil war had left its mark....

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Samara Cheetah Cub

Samara Cheetah Cub

In the Samara Private Game Reserve,  a tiny little Samara Cheetah Cub was born to Bellini on Friday the 14th of June, one of the wild cheetah females at Samara. Unlike Sibella, none of her previous cubs had survived. So, it seemed pertinent that she hid the cub under...

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