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  • Zanzibar: why the time to visit is now

    Zanzibar: why the time to visit is now

    July 24th, 2018Sarah Reid
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    A necklace of tropical islands beaded along the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar has long been a popular spot to wind down after a safari holiday on mainland Tanzania. But there’s much more to this laid-back coral archipelago – anchored by Unguja, informally known as Zanzibar Island – than palm-fringed beaches and sunset cocktails. Awarded World... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Kruger National Park

    A first-timer’s guide to Kruger National Park

    July 12th, 2018Georgia Stephens
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    Kruger, South Africa‘s first national park, has been part of the national psyche for as long as anyone can remember. The name alone conjures images of crackling braais and campfire tales, of dog-eared maps and inviting dirt roads, and of elephants that are inevitably too close for comfort. For many, it’s one of the greatest... Read more »

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  • Podcast: meet the South African women battling against poaching

    Podcast: meet the South African women battling against poaching

    June 18th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    A safari without rhinos? That’s the sad future we may be facing. Right now South Africa is home to eighty percent of the world’s rhinos, but poaching is reducing their numbers every year – in 2017, three rhinos were killed every day on average. Anti-poaching units across the country are fighting to protect these and other... Read more »

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  • Middle East and North Africa: 10 spectacular sights off the beaten track

    Middle East and North Africa: 10 spectacular sights off the beaten track

    March 27th, 2018Gavin Thomas
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    The Middle East and North Africa have plenty of world-famous attractions – Petra and the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the souks of Marrakesh, the minarets of Istanbul and the skyscrapers of Dubai – but there are so many other spectacular sights, a little further off the beaten track, which still receive only a... Read more »

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  • 8 reasons why Madagascar should be on your radar

    8 reasons why Madagascar should be on your radar

    March 20th, 2018Kirsten Henton
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    Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is a giant wonderland of natural sights and experiences. It’s a place of diverse landscapes, climates and tribal systems, where traditional beliefs in taboo (fady) and animism remain strong alongside imported Christianity from 19th-century missionaries and European influences from colonial days gone by. Madagascar both delights and challenges travellers,... Read more »

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  • Podcast: how music gave a voice to a marginalised community

    Podcast: how music gave a voice to a marginalised community

    October 16th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    On the Tanzanian island of Ukerewe, and across sub-Saharan Africa, people with albinism are persecuted in devastating and unimaginable ways. In the summer of 2016, Grammy Award-winning producer Ian Brennan travelled to the island with the charity Standing Voice, armed with a load of microphones and musical instruments. People with albinism are not allowed to... Read more »

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  • Dhows, donkeys and sundowners: why it’s time to return to Lamu, Kenya

    Dhows, donkeys and sundowners: why it’s time to return to Lamu, Kenya

    October 9th, 2017Harriet Constable
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    Lamu was once an essential stop during any trip to Kenya. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this historic Swahili town is home to wandering donkeys and lazy dhow boats sailing by: it is magical, mystical, idyllic. Yet many tourists have avoided Lamu in recent years due to security concerns. But, with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifting... Read more »

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  • Travelling in Namibia – your questions answered

    Travelling in Namibia – your questions answered

    September 25th, 2017Sara Humphreys
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    Namibia has everything the adventurous traveller could want: bountiful wildlife, friendly locals and some of the most unique landscapes on Earth. But how easy is it to travel around the country? And which sights shouldn’t you miss? We asked our social media followers to share their burning questions about travel in Namibia. Here, The Rough Guide to Namibia... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Ethiopia

    A first-timer’s guide to Ethiopia

    September 4th, 2017Nellie Huang
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    Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world: its long archaeological history – which traces back to the first humans – has left behind a succession of ancient treasures. With nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a slew of national parks and mountain ranges, Ethiopia ticks all the boxes. But, for a long time,... Read more »

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  • Zimbabwe: is it time for tourists to return?

    Zimbabwe: is it time for tourists to return?

    August 2nd, 2017Keith Drew
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    Zimbabwe is back on the tourist map. But should you go? Rough Guides Managing Editor Keith Drew explains why this is one country that deserves another chance. Why should Zimbabwe be on my radar? Zimbabwe’s fall from grace has been spectacular. Once the pride of the Southern Africa safari circuit, the country has become better known... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons you need to visit Sierra Leone

    6 reasons you need to visit Sierra Leone

    July 19th, 2017Sue Watt
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    Sierra Leone has everything adventurous travellers could want – exquisite, empty beaches fringed by palms, rainforest jungles with monkeys swinging through the trees, a fascinating heritage and warm, welcoming people. But its troubled history of civil war and Ebola means that few visitors actually make it here. Now fully reconciled and recovered, this beautiful West... Read more »

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  • In pictures: the otherworldly landscapes of Namibia

    In pictures: the otherworldly landscapes of Namibia

    July 5th, 2017Sara Humphreys
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