King of the castles They’re the seat of government as well as a hangover from colonial rule, and a humbling draw for presidents and genealogists alike. Kate Thomas visits Ghana’s coastal forts and discovers a country that’s accepting its past to embrace a brighter future When President Obama toured Ghana’s Cape Coast […]

King of the Castles

Life boats European scientists have ventured along the Congo River once more, but this time they’re leaving their findings with the locals Boatloads of pith-helmeted Europeans venturing into Africa’s interior sounds like a colonial relic rather than a means for modern scientific enquiry. Yet in April, to mark both the […]

Life boats

Reinventing the wheel The problem: in Rwanda, fuel costs are high, roads are hilly and only one person in 50 owns a bicycle. The solution? Founded in 2005 by American pro-cyclist and designer, Tom Ritchey, this scheme promotes a national cycling team, hosts bike tours, organises bike events and offers […]

Reinventing the wheel

It’s a matter of opinion Kenyan sci-fi director Wanuri Kahiu sees her high-tech filmmaking as a continuation of an ancient, tribal storytelling tradition “In Kikuyu culture there’s a role for a seer; someone who interprets the future, but is also a keeper of memories. We draw inspiration from nature to tell stories, […]

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Made in Luanda With a fashion-conscious and moneyed young elite rising through the ranks in the Angolan capital, Cécile de Comarmond finds that Luanda is very much in vogue Africa’s fashion scene has found its footing in recent years, with the internet opening doors to audiences and influences from around the globe. […]

Made in Luanda

Getting away from it all If you want to step off the tourist trail for an altogether different type of holiday, with as little eco-guilt as possible, you need look no further than Africa, says Frank Bures You might call it a branding problem: Africa, the destination? It doesn’t exactly roll […]

Getting away from it all

Rising up the scale From soukous to Kigali Boyz Group and the internet to mobile operators, Peter Griffiths tracks the rise of East Africa’s urban music The days of African city boys plucking tunes on their box guitars and radio-phonographs playing the latest ‘international’ fare are long gone. Today it […]

Rising up the scale

Hip Hideaways As the holiday trend for African safaris and beach breaks becomes more mainstream, regular visitors keep their ears to the ground for news of the destinations of the moment. Richard Trillo spotlights five corners of a continent that never fails to surprise The Gambia Tropical forests, sandy beaches, bustling markets, […]

Hip Hideaways

La fièvre de la jungle La région de Virunga abrite une richesse incomparable de biodiversité, avec 414 espèces endémiques qui peuplent des écosystèmes variés, depuis les montagnes et les forêts jusqu’aux steppes et aux marécages des plaines. En marge des frontières du Rwanda, de l’Ouganda et de la République Démocratique […]

Jungle fever

What’s on: Dates for your diary, hotel and museum news, Gola Forest update and Uganda’s rising tennis champ. NEW OPENINGS Sandele Bay Eco-Retreat, Kartong Village, Western Division, The Gambia Catering for the discerning eco-traveller, the sumptuous Sandele Eco-Retreat is already garnering rave reviews from all who stay there. Easily accessed […]

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