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  • 23 incredible pictures of Kenya

    23 incredible pictures of Kenya

    April 4th, 2016Tim Draper
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  • Exploring Zimbabwe’s most accessible highlights

    Exploring Zimbabwe’s most accessible highlights

    March 11th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    With the arrival of a new airport at Victoria Falls, Stuart Butler explores the area and its offering to the influx of tourists Zimbabwe’s government is hoping to see. Carefully I turned it over in my hands. It was heavier than I expected and larger. It was also kind of drab to look at. I... Read more »

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  • Nanyuki: the Kenyan town where your Valentine’s roses are grown

    Nanyuki: the Kenyan town where your Valentine’s roses are grown

    February 10th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    When you receive your Valentine’s bouquet this year, will you wonder where it came from? Probably not, but it’s possible your flowers are better travelled than you. Sitting just below the horn of Africa, Kenya is the largest exporter of flowers to the European Union, meaning your pretty petals may have crossed equators and oceans... Read more »

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  • Beneath the Mountain of God: Tanzania’s Lake Natron

    Beneath the Mountain of God: Tanzania’s Lake Natron

    January 29th, 2016Chris Clark
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    Just a stone’s throw from some of Africa’s most celebrated safari destinations, the astonishing Lake Natron remains irresistibly isolated and under-explored. But with so much to offer and with the world outside drawing ever nearer, Christopher Clark is left wondering what the future holds for this hidden highlight. The air seems hotter and drier with... Read more »

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  • Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

    Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

    January 7th, 2016Karoki Lewis
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  • Why the Northern Cape is one of South Africa’s must-see destinations

    Why the Northern Cape is one of South Africa’s must-see destinations

    January 6th, 2016Meera Dattani
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    The Northern Cape, home to diamond mining capital Kimberley and wilderness of the Kalahari Desert, remains South Africa’s least visited province. But it just doesn’t make sense, according to writer Meera Dattani. Here she tells us why it’s one of South Africa’s top destinations. So why should I go? If empty roads flanked by saltpans, sand dunes,... Read more »

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  • Cape Town’s irrepressible township revolution

    Cape Town’s irrepressible township revolution

    December 24th, 2015Chris Clark
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    Many visitors to Cape Town leave with a fairly limited view of the Mother City. They see the whitewashed beachfront restaurants and hotels, take the cable car up Table Mountain and top up their tan before heading home with a suitcase full of overpriced carved wooden animals that were actually made in China. The overwhelming... Read more »

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  • Dhow boats and dawas: it’s time to come back to Kilifi, Kenya

    Dhow boats and dawas: it’s time to come back to Kilifi, Kenya

    December 3rd, 2015Harriet Constable
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    With the recent lifting of the British High Commission’s travel ban on parts of the Kenyan coastline, you should once again think about Kilifi when planning your trip to Kenya. At this lesser-known resort around two hours north of Mombasa, you can still sail on dhows in the pristine Indian Ocean and soak up the golden sun on... Read more »

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  • 15 beguiling pictures of Uganda

    15 beguiling pictures of Uganda

    November 19th, 2015Clare Wise de Wet
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  • 12 beautiful Kiswahili proverbs from Tanzania

    12 beautiful Kiswahili proverbs from Tanzania

    October 15th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Kiswahili is the glue that binds Tanzania together. It’s essentially a Bantu tongue, enriched by thousands of loan words, primarily Persian and Arabic, but also Hindi, Portuguese, German and English. Kiswahili is pronounced exactly as it’s written, with the stress nearly always on the penultimate syllable. Where an apostrophe precedes a vowel (eg ng’ombe; cattle), the... Read more »

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  • 7 things you probably didn’t know about Senegal

    7 things you probably didn’t know about Senegal

    August 18th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Say Senegal or mention West Africa and misinformed mutterings of ebola start to spread quicker than the virus itself. Sitting on the western shoulder of Africa, Senegal is frequently overlooked by travellers – but for little good reason. While the excellent birding and beaching in The Gambia – the country that slices Senegal’s coastline in two... Read more »

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  • Passport to write: the runners-up!

    Passport to write: the runners-up!

    July 3rd, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    After weeks of deliberation, we’re thrilled to announce the results of the Rough Guides and Journeys are made @gapyear.com writing competition. The winning piece can be read here, but we’ve also picked two fantastic runners-up.  Kyle Cunningham chose the theme “my greatest adventure”, writing about several days of searching for the rare silky sifaka in the lemur-filled jungles... Read more »

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