South Africa: a nation on edge

By Moira Schneider, August 14, 2014

South Africa's Jews are under severe pressure - and not just because they live in an aggressively anti-Zionist country. They are also being buffeted by a powerful internal debate over how to relate to Israel over its war with Hamas.


Africa: Safari hunt

By Sharron Livingston, March 29, 2013

There is no more spectacular image than a parade of elephants on a mission to find a watering hole within a seemingly infinite landscape. Almost as impressive is the sight of giraffes around acacia trees reaching for the highest, freshest twigs and leaves to snack on.


Morocco: A land of charmers

By Jenni Frazer, March 1, 2012

If ever there were proof that you can't always believe what you read in the travel guides, it's Conde Nast Traveller's assertion that "there are 12 times as many cows in Morocco as humans".

Disappointingly, I have to report that the cow population of Morocco does not seem to reside in Marrakech.


The Seychelles: nature's Eden project

By Sharron Livingston, December 8, 2011

Nothing unearths that feeling of being at one with the world more than a beautiful view, especially if that view has Jurassic origins.


Tanzania: combining safari and tropical beaches.

By Judith Baker, May 5, 2011

Serengeti, and Zanzibar in the east African country of Tanzania conjure images of explorers, traders and old civilizations. These days Tanzania is a destination for a different kind of explorer - those looking for a different holiday experience.


How I tried to get the most out of Africa

By Sharron Livingston, January 20, 2011

'I'm afraid I can't land the plane," announced the pilot. "Because there are animals on the runway."

We had left Nairobi's Wilson airport 45 minutes earlier on a 13-seat Safari Link plane but no one minded the short delay circling the skies before touchdown at Kenya's Masai Mara because we were enjoying the floor show below.

The runway was a strip of mown field and we had a bird's eye view of the loitering zebras and giraffes who were being shooed away.

Landing was smooth and we were met by the drivers of the waiting trucks from our hosts from a tour company called &Beyond.


South Africa: After the games, a country that's hard to match

By Daralyn Danns, August 12, 2010

The only sound was the waves crashing on the white sands as we gazed up at the Milky Way and the Southern Cross twinkling in the night sky over Lambert's Bay. It was a magical end to our stay in the Cederberg.

This dramatic setting has turned Muisbosskerm, an unpretentious beach restaurant, south of Lambert's Bay on South Africa's West Coast, into a hot spot for locals and tourists visiting the Cederberg region.

The Cederberg wilderness, a two-hour drive north of Cape Town, is a favourite destination with Capetonians wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. 


What a Carrie on: Marrakesh just got hotter

By Anthea Gerrie, May 21, 2010

It's no surprise to hear that Sarah Jessica Parker and her co-stars were spotted running riot with their wallets in Marrakesh recently while filming scenes for Sex and the City2. This most exotic of Moroccan cities is one of the great shopping meccas of the world, as well as a great place to dine, to steam in a hammam, to enjoy the local entertainment or to just generally hang out.


Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

By Natalie Amos, June 10, 2009

It is not only celebrities who can tackle Africa’s highest peak. Last autumn, I reached great heights on Mount Kilimanjaro, with the aid of photographer Paul Goldstein, and the Africa Walking Company – the group who helped the Comic Relief celebrities with their climb.

Kilimanjaro is affectionately called the ‘Roof of Africa’ for one reason. Her highest point, Uhuru Peak sits in splendid isolation, bathed in clouds at some 5,895 meters above sea-level - three miles above the level generally associated with holidays.


In a lava over Lanzarote, Playa Blanca

By Kate Wickers, May 7, 2009

There can’t be that many two year olds who have burned their feet on a volcano. But my youngest son, Freddie, who is always kicking his shoes off and running at speed in places he shouldn’t be, is one. I’m glad to report his gorgeous little tootsies were fine, just the colour of a ripe Canarian tomato for a few hours after their close encounter with Timanfaya, Lanzarote’s largest and still smouldering volcano. And the episode has already become part of Freddie’s traveller’s tales.