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Travel Africa Extra Magazine

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Luangwa in pictures

David Rogers has been visiting and photographing this region since 1995

Zambia, month by month

The birds, the wild flowers, the bullfrogs and the rutting

Swahili time

A mutual love of football overrides cultural differences in Pingwe, Zanzibar

The Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

In game reserves, midday is prime action time

You light up my life

If you know what your flashlight takes like, then you need a headlamp

On foot in Kruger

Walking the Olifants River Back Pack Trail offered by SANParks

Meet Sophie Walbeoffe

Painting elephants, ostriches and, of course, camels

Partner Profile

African Bush Camps CEO Beks Ndlovu developed his love for remote areas at a young age, accompanying his mother, a nurse, to rural outposts in Zimbabwe.

Multilingual Ian Batchelor

We talked to the co-founder of Upmarket Safaris about growing up in Zimbabwe, his favourite safari activity and what it’s like to have your wife as your business partner…

Africa is extraordinary. Its people are some of the most peaceable, friendly and welcoming in the world. Its natural beauty and heritage breathtaking and abundant. They say you never visit Africa once; that it touches you in a way that is hard to explain. If you’ve enjoyed these articles, and they’ve been helpful to you, why not subscribe to Travel Africa magazine, and encourage your friends to subscribe as well, and together we’ll explore the world’s most exciting continent!

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Lillian Gaitho’s thoughts at the start of the new weeks focus on Travel Apps

Shopping for a travel app? Quick fives to focus on.

From the golden years of face to face communication, and human contact to the advent of wireless internet, and new age robotics; tourism and travel has no doubt grown to be one of the leading sectors in technological advancement. This has truly given way to a new dawn; that of connected and seamless DIY planning, as well as paving way for global accessibility and ease of travel. Leading on the lists of travel enhancing gadgets is the smartphone, the multi-utility invention that can now literally open doors, control temperatures and track luggage. However, no one size fits all-if you are looking to buy or build a travel app that will cut across all aspects of travel, here are the basics to focus on.


By Katsiaryna Pleshakova

Minimalist and clean interface

Remember an app is supposed to provide a quick-fix solution to a pressing issue, thus should not leave room for distraction and unnecessary clutter. The first page/interface should link directly to well outlined solutions. Well controlled use of white for both aesthetic and functional reasons as well as overall design appeal is just as important. For great user experience (UX) loading speed and the ease of navigation must be accorded priority.

Travel itinerary generator

This will help you create and visualize the plan and outline of your trip ahead of your chosen travel date. For maximum benefits, the element should be well developed to pick locations with minimal input, match dates as instructed and also give proper estimates in terms of distance, time and possible detractors.

Language translator tool

For efficiency and to aid your stay in a foreign land; an in-app language translator tool will go a long way in helping you conquer the anxieties and suspicions that can arise on grounds of language barrier. On top of this, basic knowledge of local languages also helps in boosting confidence as people tend to be more attracted to those speaking their tongue, even in destinations without any hints or history of hostility or harassment.

Currency converters

Another important aspect for travelers crossing borders to a different currency. Whether converting to dollars, dirhams, yen, yuan, or rupees; accuracy is the most vital function. Additional information such as local exchange rates, projected short term performance and nearby exchange bureaus will also come in handy.


Travel apps have ceased to be a reserve of the tech-savvy, to be a key facilitator to seamless travel and discovery. Whether for hotel booking applications, flight reservations or simple tax pick-up, a scroll down your smartphone should be able to connect you to the desired service. These quick fives should give you a good perspective on what to look for when shopping, as you consider other aspects such as weather forecast, restaurant finders, and taxi-share.

Qatar Airways ends Arabian Travel Market participation on a high


(Posted 01st May 2017)

Qatar Airways brought its participation in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s largest travel show, to a successful conclusion by revealing a host of new destinations, showcasing product innovations and displaying the airline’s new Business Class Qsuite for the first time in the Middle East.

A number of exciting announcements were made by Qatar Airways at ATM, including the launch of the new high-speed broadband partnership with Inmarsat (GX Aviation), as well as plans to introduce a fifth daily non-stop service from Doha to Bangkok, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) signed to boost tourism between both nations, and the launch of the airline’s redesigned website set to go live in May.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: ‘The Arabian Travel Market has always been one of our most anticipated events of the year for the opportunities it brings, and 2017 proved to be no exception. We are delighted with the outcome of our participation at the Arabian Travel Market, where we demonstrated our continued commitment to innovation and growth, and showcased our ground-breaking Business Class Qsuite, reinforcing Qatar Airways’ leading position to the global travel, tourism and hospitality industries‘.

Significantly, H.E Mr. Al Baker also revealed a host of new destinations the airline will launch in 2018 including three more destinations in Africa: San Francisco, U.S; Cardiff, United Kingdom; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh; Mykonos, Greece; Málaga, Spain; Accra, Ghana; Lisbon, Portugal; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Prague, Czech Republic; Kiev, Ukraine, and Mombasa, Kenya.

On day one of ATM, Mr. Al Baker hosted a packed press conference followed by an unveiling ceremony that revealed the highly-acclaimed new Business Class Qsuite for the first time in the Middle East before international media, travel trade leaders, industry representatives and VIP guests.

Mr. Al Baker welcomed and gave a tour of the Qsuite to industry leaders and dignitaries including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Thousands of visitors experienced Qatar Airways’ renowned hospitality at its impressive two-storey stand, while exploring the potential to travel the world through the airline’s network of more than 150 destinations.

Qatar Airways was named ‘Airline with the Best Business Class’, and the ‘Airline with the Best Cabin Crew’ on the eve of Arabian Travel Market at the prestigious Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2017. The awards are based on votes submitted by the readers of Business Traveller Middle East, and add to the international recognition and the growing list of accolades the carrier has received.

The airline currently holds the title of World’s Best Business Class as awarded by Skytrax in 2016, and its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) was also recently honoured with five stars at the Skytrax World Airport Awards and was ranked Sixth Best Airport in the World.

In Eastern Africa does Qatar Airways serve Entebbe and Kigali daily with an Airbus A320, flies double daily to Nairobi – the first East African destination to see wide body aircraft deployed on the route from October onwards – and also connects Doha with Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, again using Airbus A320 aircraft.

Kenya Airways adds Victoria Falls stop as Cape Town flights rise to six a week


(Posted 01st May 2017)

Tourism to Zimbabwe is set to benefit from the latest addition of flight routes to Victoria Falls as Kenya Airways will today launch a nonstop service from and to Nairobi.
The Embraer E190 service will operate three times a week, offering a two class cabin configuration of Kenya Airways’ award winning business class and economy class.
All three flights will then continue to Cape Town joining three existing flights operating since last year via the Zambian city of Livingstone.
This now covers both sides of the iconic Victoria Falls and combine this leading African destination with an equally iconic Cape Town where the Table Mountain and many other attractions await tourists.

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