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  • Swinging through the Tsitsikamma forest canopy

    Swinging through the Tsitsikamma forest canopy

    December 27th, 2013Emma Gregg
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    Skip back a few millennia and we were all arboreal primates. We’ll never know for sure what those ancestors of ours looked like. But in Tsitsikamma National Park, you can discover the primate within by swinging through the canopy – 30m up. In fact, whizzing is a better word, for instead of bombing through the…

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  • Climbing Table Mountain, South Africa

    Climbing Table Mountain, South Africa

    December 24th, 2013Emma Gregg
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    If the skies are clear on your first day in Cape Town, drop everything and head straight for Table Mountain. It’s an ecological marvel, and a powerful icon for the entire African continent. What’s more, the views from the top are unmissable – as long as the celebrated “tablecloth” of cloud stays away. For Capetonians,…

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  • Listening to Gnawa music in Essaouira, Morocco

    Listening to Gnawa music in Essaouira, Morocco

    November 1st, 2013Emma Gregg
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    It’s midnight in Essaouira, and a castanet-like rhythm is drifting over the ramparts on the steely Atlantic breeze. Tucked into a courtyard is a group of robed musicians playing bass drums, reed pipes and qaraqebs, metal chimes which are clacked together in the fingers. Their leader, the maalem, plucks a three-stringed gimbri lute. Singers in…

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  • Five top holidays for music fans

    Five top holidays for music fans

    February 1st, 2013Emma Gregg
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    If you’re feeling tired of your local concert hall, or you fancy combining a trip with some world-class music, you may want to consider one of these truly memorable music holidays, from Rough Guides’ Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth. Checking out the Kinshasa music scene, Democratic Republic of Congo The young François…

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