Melissa Shales looks back through history. At a time before we could go on safari or see photos, what must a giraffe have looked like in the streets of Europe?
Rwanda isn’t just about mountain gorillas. Sue Watt explores Akagera and discovers a fascinating story of recovery behind one of Africa’s prettiest parks. Surprisingly few people have heard of Akagera National Park, on Rwanda’s eastern border...
I can remember howling with laughter the first time I met a flush toilet surrounded by a grass enclosure in a bush camp and a tent neatly shaded by a thatched roof to stop the canvas rotting. After a childhood spent wandering National Park campsites in our tatty old family tent, the world of the upmarket safari camp seemed inexpressibly funny.
Everyone knows the name David Livingstone. There’s a town named after him in Zambia, a museum dedicated to him in Scotland. His house in Zanzibar is a tourist site, as is his grave in Westminster Abbey, and the place where his heart was buried under a tree at Ilala in Zambia.
Lying between the inhospitable dunes of the Namib Desert and the vast iciness of the Atlantic Ocean is the tiny time-warped German colonial town of Lüderitz and its fascinating diamond ghost town of Kolmanskop.
One of the most extraordinary manmade remains in Africa, Great Zimbabwe is a mystical city built of granite stones and was thought to be built by the ancestors of modern Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe, after which the country was named, means ‘houses of stone’ in the...
The people might have been safe but it was fast becoming clear that many thousands of animals were about to perish as they sought refuge on islands that were shrinking and sinking under the rising waters. And so Operation Noah was born.