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

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

    July 11th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    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... Read more »

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  • 7 amazing African journeys

    7 amazing African journeys

    July 6th, 2016Harriet Constable
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    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... Read more »

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

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

    June 27th, 2016Sue Watt
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    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... Read more »

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  • 27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia

    27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia

    May 31st, 2016Lottie Gross
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    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,... Read more »

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  • 17 striking portraits of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley tribes

    17 striking portraits of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley tribes

    May 20th, 2016Tim Draper
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    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... Read more »

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  • 23 incredible pictures of Kenya

    23 incredible pictures of Kenya

    April 4th, 2016Tim Draper
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    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... Read more »

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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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    Today Ethiopia is celebrating Christmas. Following the Julian calendar, this East African, Orthodox Christian nation celebrates Christmas on the 7th January each year. In Lalibela, one of the holiest sites in Ethiopia, tens of thousands of pilgrims gather for mass in the town’s 12 rock-hewn churches. All through the night there’s chanting, singing, swaying and praying... Read more »

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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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