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6 reasons to stay in Nairobi before you head off on safari
6 reasons to stay in Nairobi before you head off on safari

Most people coming into Kenya will arrive in Nairobi, but head straight for the country’s vast national parks and beautiful coastline. Stay a little longer in the capital, though, and you’ll get to know the real Kenya. The city is full of vitality and buzz, with some excellent food and a host of fun and fascinating…

Off the tourist trail: the best little-visited African national parks
Off the tourist trail: the best little-visited African national parks

Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Kruger – everyone who’s ever dreamt of going to Africa will know these safari big-hitters. Famous for their wildlife, they’re also famous for hordes of visitors that flock to them in convoys of Land Cruisers. If you want to get away from the masses, these are the best little-visited African national parks,…

The Democratic Republic of Congo: is it safe to visit?
The Democratic Republic of Congo: is it safe to visit?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been known for too long as the ‘heart of darkness’, but it rewards intrepid travellers with beautiful countryside and some of the continent’s most exciting trekking. Here, Harriet Constable explores how and why you should visit this central African country. Why should I go? There is something magical…

14 things you need to know before backpacking Africa
14 things you need to know before backpacking Africa

For intrepid and adventurous backpackers, the enigmatic African continent will always possess a particular allure. But Africa is not for the faint-hearted, and even more seasoned travellers will undoubtedly face a steep learning curve during their time here. From dealing with deadly fauna to falling foul of dodgy juice, here are some of the things you need…

A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Marrakesh
A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Marrakesh

The last few years have seen Marrakesh well and truly established as Morocco’s capital of chic, attracting the rich and famous from Europe and beyond. Yet the city has always had a mystique about it. It’s a place of immense beauty, sitting beneath the dramatic peaks of the High Atlas mountains – its narrow alleys beg discovery while its…

7 Amazing African Journeys
7 Amazing African Journeys

Africa is a continent of wild open savannahs, terracotta sunsets, thousands of vibrant green hills and rugged coastlines. Here, you can be chugging along on a rickety old railway one day and standing atop a crescent-shaped, rust-coloured sand dune the next. As American author John Hemingway once said, “If I have ever seen magic, it…

Aiming high: 6 of Africa’s most epic mountain climbs
Aiming high: 6 of Africa’s most epic mountain climbs

It might be better known for bush and beach holidays, but Africa also has its fair share of magical, high-altitude mountains that deserve a place at the top of every hardy trekker’s wish list. They can be tough, torturous and knee-trembling, often involving mud-drenched trails in hot and humid rainforests, snow right on the equator and…

27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia
27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia

Namibia has some of the world’s most astonishing landscapes. It’s home to the world’s oldest desert, a long and undeveloped coastline and national parks that teem with wildlife. After spending ten days exploring this vast land, Lottie Gross shares some of her favourite photos from Namibia. Namibia is such a pleasure to view through a lens,…

17 striking portraits of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley tribes
17 striking portraits of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley tribes

Renowned the world over for its decorated tribes, the Omo Valley is a stop on many a tourist route in Ethiopia. But visits to the area can cross ethical boundaries, and few tourists are allowed the pleasure of a genuine experience with local people. Here, Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper tells us about his experience photographing…

23 incredible pictures of Kenya
23 incredible pictures of Kenya

Beyond the wildlife, Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper took an intrepid trip through Kenya to visit remote tribes and see stunning landscapes. Here, he shares his favourite pictures of Kenya with us.  Like Kenya itself, the country’s capital is a place of absolute contrast. It’s hard to believe that just a short drive from Nairobi’s…

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