Africa

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.

6 days 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.

7 days 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.

2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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?

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

3 months ago

Botswana Tries to Appease Both Sightseers and Elephant Hunters

Botswana Tries to Appease Both Sightseers and Elephant Hunters

Mbongeni Mguni, Bloomberg

Despite lifting a ban on hunting elephants, Botswana says the animals won’t be killed in areas popular with photographers. However, the country risks harming its tourism industry and conservation efforts with the move.

4 months ago

Cape Town Hopes Muslim Travelers Can Stave Off Winter Woes

Cape Town Hopes Muslim Travelers Can Stave Off Winter Woes

Richard Holmes, Skift

Touting the city’s attractiveness for Muslim travelers — particularly in markets that are already strong drivers of tourism — is a savvy move by tourism authorities and operators in Cape Town.

4 months ago