Africa

UK Lifts Flight Ban to Popular Egypt Resort

UK Lifts Flight Ban to Popular Egypt Resort

Salma El Wardany, Bloomberg

This is very good news for Egypt, which has taken steps to tighten security not just at airports but at tourist places. Hopefully Russia will follow soon in resuming flights.

3 weeks ago

Cape Town’s Conundrum: Sharks Gone and Now the Whales Too

Cape Town’s Conundrum: Sharks Gone and Now the Whales Too

Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg

This year Cape Town's coast had the fewest whale sightings in a couple of decades. If climate change is to blame, that poses a long-term problem for South African Tourism, the government's official promotion agency.

4 weeks ago

Perfect Starry Skies: A New Draw for Travelers to Southern Africa

Perfect Starry Skies: A New Draw for Travelers to Southern Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

The luxury safari market in southern Africa is a competitive space, and it pays to leverage any unique selling points. Now savvy lodge operators are trading on the darkness of the night skies to encourage bookings.

2 months ago

In-Flight Wellness Now Means Yoga on the Plane

In-Flight Wellness Now Means Yoga on the Plane

Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

Free diver and conservationist Hanli Prinsloo shares her tricks for packing the most useful clothes you’ll ever wear, taking care of your ears while traveling, and the importance of matching underwear. Most of the travel advice here is sound stuff, but a sarong? Well, that won't be for everyone, even if it's useful.

2 months ago

Cape Town’s Great White Sharks Have Disappeared and No One Knows Why

Cape Town’s Great White Sharks Have Disappeared and No One Knows Why

Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg

This is bizarre. Where did all the great white sharks go? No one knows. Perhaps an enterprising scientist can track down the answer.

3 months ago

Airlines and Astronomers Grapple to Share Africa’s Skies

Airlines and Astronomers Grapple to Share Africa’s Skies

Richard Holmes, Skift

There’s a dark irony in the fact that, when planning the world’s largest radio telescope, nobody thought to look up. Now, astronomers and airlines in South Africa are battling to find a way to keep the skies quiet and air traffic flowing smoothly.

3 months ago

Mozambique’s Higher Visa Fees Stymie Tourism’s Post-Cyclone Recovery

Mozambique’s Higher Visa Fees Stymie Tourism’s Post-Cyclone Recovery

Richard Holmes, Skift

Already reeling from a spate of natural disasters, a steep hike in visa fees for foreign visitors is the last thing Mozambique’s tourism industry needs right now.

3 months ago

Kenya Tourism Shows Its Resilience After January’s Nairobi Attack

Kenya Tourism Shows Its Resilience After January’s Nairobi Attack

Richard Holmes, Skift

Kenya has felt little long-term impact from the terrorist attacks that shook the city’s dusitD2 Nairobi hotel in January. That’s good news for the city’s hoteliers and the country’s all-important tourism industry. Are travelers simply becoming immune to the threat of terror?

3 months ago

What This Tanzanian Preserve Can Teach Africa About True Conservation

What This Tanzanian Preserve Can Teach Africa About True Conservation

Colin Nagy, Skift

Conservation is too soft a word to describe the measures being taken to address the crisis facing land and wildlife in Africa. But the Grumeti Fund is an example of best-in-class anti-poaching. This, coupled with large-scale systemic change, education, and community empowerment, is the one-two punch that can counter the imminent dangers facing wildlife and ecology in Africa.

3 months ago

Saudi Travelers to the Rescue of Mauritius as Chinese Turn Away

Saudi Travelers to the Rescue of Mauritius as Chinese Turn Away

Kamlesh Bhuckory and Pauline Bax, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia is an unexpected bonus for Mauritius as the China and UK markets soften, but it will do well for the island to look at itself for the slowdown instead of blaming external factors. Issues such as pollution, traffic jams and a lack of experiences will eventually turn off Saudi Arabians too.

3 months ago

Namibia Lures New Travelers Seeking Desert Solitude

Namibia Lures New Travelers Seeking Desert Solitude

Colin Nagy, Skift

It would be easy to see Namibia's ascent as a run of great PR, but the country has been playing a long game to attract visitors from around the world. And now there's both more access and new product to match rising demand from travelers who crave isolation — not to mention social media cred.

3 months ago

Twin Bombings Roil Tunisia’s Tourism Rebound

Twin Bombings Roil Tunisia’s Tourism Rebound

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, The Associated Press

Tourism to Tunisia is on the rebound after 2015’s deadly extremist attacks. Thursday’s twin bombings are a setback to the progress made.

5 months ago