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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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  • A Rough Guide to: safariing in Tanzania

    A Rough Guide to: safariing in Tanzania

    May 30th, 2017Richard Mellor
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    Thanks to the presence of some of Africa’s biggest and best national parks, Tanzania is a safari tour de force. It’s also a dauntingly large place, though, so a trip here requires much advance decision-making. Here’s everything you need to plan a trip. Which region should I choose? This is the first thing to settle.... Read more »

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  • 7 places to get off the tourist trail in Morocco

    7 places to get off the tourist trail in Morocco

    May 25th, 2017Keith Drew
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    Marrakesh? Check. The souks of Fez? Been there, bought that. Jebel Toubkal? Climbed it, twice. So what else does Morocco have in store once you’ve ticked off its most popular sights? Plenty, according to Keith Drew, who selects seven places that are far from the madding crowds. 1. Uncover the Roman ruins of Lixus Think of... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons your next trip should be to Durban, South Africa

    6 reasons your next trip should be to Durban, South Africa

    April 25th, 2017Andy Turner
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    Subtropical heat, golden beaches, craft distilleries and spicy curries: Durban is an intriguing mix of urban South Africa and the Indian subcontinent, with a generous sprinkling of hipster culture thrown in. From surf to spirits, we reveal six reasons you should make time for this sunny city. 1. Durban is probably South Africa’s coolest city “Durbs” has... Read more »

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  • 12 of our favourite stories of the year

    12 of our favourite stories of the year

    December 22nd, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    As the year comes to a close, we’ve been looking back over our favourite features of 2016. We published around five hundred articles and photo stories this year, working with contributors from around the world. Here, we’ve collected our favourites. A huge thanks to our brilliant team of writers, photographers and editors and – of... Read more »

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  • Meknes: the Moroccan city you’ve never heard of but need to visit 

    Meknes: the Moroccan city you’ve never heard of but need to visit 

    December 8th, 2016Kirsten Henton
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    With the title of Imperial City and a UNESCO-stamped ancient medina, Meknes can rival the likes of Marrakesh, Rabat, and Fez, yet it struggles to attract the same loyal following of travellers. But this scenic hilltop city has plenty to offer the curious visitor, from intricate gates to marvellous museums and mausoleums. Meknes is made up of the old (medina)... Read more »

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