You can be Hadrian, virtually

This long distance footpath is unique because it follows a World Heritage Site. Hadrian built the Wall to separate the Roman Empire from the barbarians. It is a complex structure with curtain wall, milecastles, turrets, ditches and forts. Walking the Path is logistically easier if the east-west route is followed. The Path that mainly follows the Wall has cityscape, farmland,…

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Scarlet Johannesburg

This South African city has so many claims to fame, it’s no wonder the best things to do in Johannseburg are all so exciting. A few fun fact: it’s the biggest city in the world not built on a water source—it was actually built on a goldmine—and the second biggest on the entire continent of Africa (after Cairo, obvs). For all its success on paper,…

Dear volunteers in Africa . . .

…. please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions. Recently,  research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend voluntourism. But if you’re…

Mozambique in 3D

Sustainable tourism is the new buzzword – one that is religiously being followed by hospitality brands across the globe. However, taking it to a whole new level is the Kisawa Sanctuary on Benguerra Island, Mozambique which is all set to debut as the world’s first 3-D printed luxury resort! Yes, that’s right! Read more courtesy of LuxuryLaunches.com  

Redistribution is the way

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought “in from the cold”. Since then there have been many examples of inequality worldwide: the pan-banging cacerolazos demonstrators of Argentina’s financial crisis in 2001-2002, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, Spain’s “los indignados”, the “gilets jaunes” protests…

Algeria awaits you

On paper, Algeria has it all: postcard-perfect Mediterranean beaches along 1600km of coastline, evocative ruins of the ancient Roman empire, neverending Saharan desert dunes and labyrinthine medinas to rival those of neighbouring Morocco and Tunisia. But the reality is that it’s one of the most challenging countries to visit in the Middle East and North Africa: getting an Algerian visa…

Luxury travel and Africa

Connecting luxury travelers to the local community and fostering a better understanding of a destination is hard to do well. Here are two examples that the industry can draw inspiration from. Read more courtesy of Skift.com 

You can, Uganda

If you think that the typical Africa countryside doesn’t offer you rolling emerald hills, snow capped mountains, misty forests and deep, crystal clear lakes then you haven’t been to Uganda. Even though Uganda is a small country, it offers all of this and a lot more – white water rafting, gorilla tracking, game viewing and some of the best trekking…

Mozamb”eco”

With its grand colonial architecture and opulent rooms, how Polana Serena in Mozambique embraces sustainability. Sustainability is – thankfully – becoming better understood by many travellers who are, in turn, demanding better responsible practices from the hotels they visit. As a result, hotels are placing more importance on sustainability and working hard to improve their eco-credentials. For new properties with…

When thou art at Tunis, do as they do at Tunis.

Tunis is bursting with the creative energy of a generation taking full advantage of its newfound freedom of expression and fervour for preserving its heritage in unexpected ways. Tunisia has suffered a crisis of reputation over the past decade after the revolution that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 threw the country into turmoil and began the broader…

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