Press articles about Expert Africa
Our trips are frequently featured by the press. Many of the best journalists contact us when they need help and advice on Africa, some also ask us to arrange travel trips to Africa. A few of the resultant articles are online, and some of these are listed here. Click on the titles below:
First time in Namibia
The Sunday Times - 4 Dec 2016
Chris Haslam knows Africa exceedingly well, backed up by a lot of experience. It's a while since we've helped him with African arrangements, but in this piece he gives a superb over-view of the highlights of Namibia for a first-time self-drive visitor. He covers a route from Windhoek to Luderitz, the dunes of Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Etosha and Okonjima. Best of all, it gets across the overwhelming ease of such a trip, as well as its many highlights. It just makes us want to go again! Note that you need to subscribe to The Sunday Times to read this whole piece.
Will the real Zanzibar please stand up?
National Geographic Traveller - 28 Nov 2016
Journalist Chris Leadbeater recently travelled with us to Zanzibar where he uncovered some of the fascinating history and culture of Stone Town and the spice island.
Why Malawi is poised to be the next big safari destination
The Telegraph - 18 Jul 2016
Visiting a host of Malawi's main parks, Gavin Bell delves into some of the country's history whilst taking a look at pioneering conservation work that is bringing animals back to Malawi.
Primate trekking in Rwanda: How do gorilla and chimpanzee experiences compare?
The Independent - 29 Aug 2015
Emma Thompson, passionate freelance travel writer, journeys with Expert Africa into the depths of Rwanda's atmospheric and mist-soaked rainforest to get to grips with its rich primate life. Rwanda is famous for its iconic mountain gorillas, but go a little further off the beaten track and you'll discover plenty of other primate tracking opportunities. Emma's article offers a helpful comparison of these experiences including the level of interaction, quality of guiding, and required fitness levels (using her father as a guinea pig!).
Lions in the wild and a herd of elephants in the swimming pool: The soul of the real Zimbabwe is a safari made in heaven
The Mail on Sunday - 29 Aug 2015
Graham Boynton returns to his beloved Zimbabwe where he reports on this beautiful country, its varied wildlife and why it makes an excellent choice for a safari. He starts his trip in the lively town of Victoria Falls at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Travelling south to Hwange National Park, notable for its large herds of elephants and healthy lion population, he drops in on a favourite old haunt - Little Makololo Camp and visits some new ones including Linkwasha Camp, Ivory Lodge, and Khulu Ivory Lodge. His journey winds further south to Bulawayo and the nearby Matobo Hills, which are renowned for their rock art, before returning to the charm of the old Victoria Falls Hotel and the magnificent Falls.
Kenya safaris: face to face with the elephants of Tsavo
The Telegraph - 12 Aug 2015
Brian Jackman, award-winning journalist and patron of the Tusk Trust, takes a trip to Tsavo with Expert Africa for World Elephant Day. This evocative article describes the magical wilderness of Kenya's largest National Park and the story of its elephants. With the help of his guide Alex Hunter, whose connection to the park goes back generations, Brian tracked down some of Tsavo's awe-inspiring and legendary big tuskers. His article is an inspiration for the adventurous-minded safari purist. During his visit, Brian stayed at Campi ya Kanzi, Galdessa Lodge, and Satao Camp.
Namibia: 'the land God made in anger'
The Telegraph - 21 Mar 2015
Gavin Bell reports on his self-drive trip around Namibia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the vast country's independence. Gavin visited the iconic and un-missable dunes at Sossusvlei; a highlight of many first trips to Namibia. He also visited some more offbeat destinations; the NamibRand Nature Reserve on a three-day hiking trail, the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop close to Luderitz, and the central highlands - where he was lucky enough to see a passing leopard from Erongo Wilderness Lodge.
5 Reasons to Go to Kenya 2015
Kenya Airways Magazine - 1 Jan 2015
Visit Kaya Kinondo, on Kenya's south coast; see big tuskers and black and white rhinos: the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival; private wildlife conservancies run with local communities; and another kind of urban jungle - Nairobi.
A different kind of safari: Walk with the animals in Botswana
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - 7 Nov 2014
Journalist Tim Johnson headed to Botswana to explore the Okavango Delta on foot. Guided by one of Botswana's top walking safari guides, he got much more than he bargained for with an unusual sighting - while on foot - of a leopard with her cub at Kanana Camp, as well as a close encounter with two male lions.
The Seychelles: Zen and the Art of Desert Island Living
The Daily Telegraph - 20 Sep 2014
The ultimate hedonistic hideaway in the Indian Ocean.
A Namibia Road Trip
The Telegraph - 11 Jul 2013
Richard and Sarah Madden write about their self-drive trip around the stunning and diverse country of Namibia. Covering a vast amount of ground and taking in everything from canyons, deserts, wildlife, indigenous cultures and conservation projects, their trip was a fascinating adventure. The accompanying video really captures the essence of what a self-drive in Namibia is all about - it makes for great viewing.
A Stay at Giraffe Manor
The Times - 15 Jun 2013
Jane Knight, Travel Editor at The Times, visited Giraffe Manor with her son in May 2013. NB: The Times online is only available on subscription.
Kenya: Roughly Speaking
Msafiri, Kenya Airways In-flight Magazine, p.50-58 - 1 May 2013
With the 10th edition of the Rough Guide to Kenya published this month, author Richard Trillo (Expert Africa's Kenya Programme Manager) picks his 10 all-time favourite experiences while researching the definitive guidebook. Camps and lodges covered in the article include Nairobi Tented Camp and The Emakoko in Nairobi National Park, Naboisho Camp in the stunning Mara Naboisho Conservancy on the fringes of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Sosian Ranch House in the beautiful Laikipia area, the remote, mountain-top Desert Rose Lodge, perched on a sacred mountain rising out of the nothern deserts, and a luxury, boutique lodge Kinondo Kwetu on a remote beach on the Indian Ocean south of Diani Beach.
Kenya by Design
Travel Kenya, Travel Africa Magazine, p.8-21 - 1 May 2013
To ring in the year of Kenya's 50th anniversary of independence, Travel Africa magazine celebrates the diversity of the country's remarkable destinations. Richard Trillo, author of the Rough Guide to Kenya and Expert Africa's Kenya Programme Manager, paints a portrait of the country by theme, with sections on Kenya for First-Timers, Kenya for Animal Lovers, Kenya for Families, Kenya for Experienced Safari-Goers, Kenya on Honeymoon, Kenya for Adventurers and Kenya on a Budget. Along the way, Richard visits many lodges and camps in Expert Africa's Kenya programme, including Nairobi Tented Camp and The Emakoko in Nairobi National Park and the nearby Giraffe Manor; in the Maasai Mara region Kicheche Mara Camp, Kicheche Valley Camp, Leleshwa Camp and Cottars 1920s Camp; in Laikipia El Karama Eco-Lodge and Sosian Ranch House; in southern Kenya Satao Camp, Severin Safari Camp and Ol Donyo Lodge; in the far north Marsabit Lodge and Desert Rose Lodge; and on the Indian Ocean coast Shimba Lodge, Kutazama, Tijara Beach, the Driftwood Beach Club and Kinondo Kwetu.
Why safari in Zimbabwe? Its got the best-trained guides
The Globe & Mail (Canada) - 6 Apr 2013
Published under the original title "Game on", Tim Johnson's article concentrates on his time at Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park, whilst also talking about Zimbabwe's recent political troubles and the prospects for its future.
Follow in Livingstone's footsteps in Africa
The Independent - 16 Mar 2013
Jonathan Lorie marks Dr Livingstone's bicentenary with a trip to Zambia, where the renowned explorer's heart is buried. His journey begins with a breath-taking visit to Livingstone Island in the centre of Victoria Falls, Livingstone's most famous geographical discovery. After a short sojourn on the banks of the Zambezi at the splendid Royal Livingstone Hotel and Tongabezi Lodge, and a muse around the town's delightful museum that houses some of the Doctor's personal possessions, Jonathan heads east to the Luangwa valley. Based at Kapani Lodge, he explores the game rich South Luangwa National Park, an area traversed by Livingstone in 1856, and still a part of the country more reminiscent of Africa before the modern world.
The Miracle of Majete
The Telegraph - 2 Mar 2013
On the eve of the bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone, Nigel Richardson followed just a few of his footsteps to Mkulamadzi Lodge, in Malawi's newly resurgent Majete Wildlife Reserve and also to Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. It's a well written piece that looks far beyond the reserves and the animals at the communities.
On safari in Zimbabwe: a country in search of tourism
The Guardian - 2 Nov 2012
Well-known author and The Guardian Travel's 'Explorer in Residence', Kevin Rushby, headed to Zimbabwe to ask some fundamental questions about whether visiting the country is ethical and if so, is it worth going? He begins the article at Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park followed by a visit to the brand-new Camp Hwange. This article was written as part of a wider trip we organised for Kevin which also took in Victoria Falls, Matobo Hills National Park and Bulawayo. It's a great feature which not only highlights the amazing experiences to be had in one of Africa's premier national parks but also reinforces some of the many reasons why we at Expert Africa have continued to support high-quality, owner-run Zimbabwean operations throughout the recent tough times, and why we are optimistic about the future.
Zambia: a walk in the wilderness
The Telegraph - 10 Mar 2012
The best-selling novelist, Margaret Drabble, heads back to Zambia; her first visit there was in 1981 when Norman Carr was still alive. She flies into Wasa Lodge, in Kasanka, and then to Chikoko and Tafika in South Luangwa. It's a very well-written piece, as you'd expect. Margaret talked to us to book this holiday with her friends like any other traveller; if she was planning to write a piece as the result of her trip, she didn't tell us at the time!
This African encounter is up close and personal
The Independent on Suday (cover story) - 19 Feb 2012
On a safari in Zambia with Robin Pope Safaris, Sue Watt takes a close look at an impressive partnership with the community at Kawaza Village.
Roar talent time
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - 11 Feb 2012
24-hour room service: Sanctuary Zebra Plains, Zambia
The Independent - 28 Jan 2012
A close look at the Zebra Plains Bushcamp in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park - which was excellent - but sadly it closed a few years after this price was written.
The expert selection: Alternative African Safaris
The Financial Times - 1 Jul 2011
Expert Africa's MD, Chris McIntyre, was invited into this 'expert' slot to write about five favourite offbeat safaris and here they are!
You should see some of the guests they've got very sharp teeth
The Independent - 8 May 2011
In this well-written piece, Jeremy Laurance uses a spare week after working in Nairobi to explore Southern Tanzania. He spots a variety of game in Ruaha National Park while enjoying the luxury of Mwagusi Safari Camp and makes a stop at the peaceful beachside lodge Ras Kutani.
Cocktails amid the cloud forests
Financial Times - 29 Apr 2011
While exploring Rwanda's forests and lakes, Antonia Windsor sees how new high-end lodges with low environmental impact are encouraging more people to visit this intriguing country and see its thousand hills for themselves. On this trip she stayed at Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Nyungwe Forest Lodge and at Lake Kivu's Serena Hotel.
Selous Game Reserve: A safari above all others
The Independent - 29 Jan 2011
Harriet O'Brien writes for many top publications. She visited the Selous with Expert Africa in order to seek out the giraffe which are famously numerous in this area. This detailed and beautifully written article gives a great sense of the park, and type of experience that's possible there. On this trip, she stayed at Lake Manze Camp, Impala Fly-camp and Sand Rivers.
The 10 best safaris in Africa
The Telegraph - 13 Aug 2010
For this 'Top 10' piece, the Telegraph's Zimbabwean-born travel editor, Graham Boynton, asked five Old Africa hands to shortlist their top safaris. Expert Africa's own Chris McIntyre was honoured to be included in what was a 'roll call' of the UK's most experienced writers on travel in Africa. Chris wrote about Mundulea, in Namibia, and a trip to the Gorillas in Rwanda.
Rhino-spotting on a fly-drive safari
The Telegraph - 27 Jul 2010
Gill's a very experienced travel journalist, but she's never driven around Namibia before. Here she explores the country with a friend and paints a very engaging picture of the trip, including a rare leopard sighting at Erongo Wilderness, rhino-tracking at Desert Rhino Camp and a fascinating stay at Mundulea.
Girls gone wild in Namibia
The National (of UAE) - 27 Nov 2009
Here's a different piece about the same trip which also makes fascinating reading.
A Zambian safari in the sky
The Guardian - 9 Aug 2009
We now realise that Matt isn't that keen on the previous safaris that he's done but then he's never travelled with Expert Africa before! In this one, he concentrated his short piece on a microlight safari, based out of Tafika, in Zambia's South Luangwa Park. The online version comes with a short video about the flights, although you have to watch an advert first before the microlight video plays!
Doing absolutely nothing in Malawi
The Times - 18 Jul 2009
Will is a very relaxed observer as he wanders around some of Lake Malawi's main highlights, including the island lodge of Kaya Mawa camp, and slightly simpler charms of Mumbo Island. Madonna fans - click this way...
Rwanda: The hairy 31-stone beast of a bloke my wife fell in love with
The Daily Mail - 22 Mar 2009
Jeremy Thompson is Sky News's Africa Correspondent, and this was a special trip for his wife's 50th birthday. They visited the Gorillas in Rwanda, seeing how the country continues to move of from the troubles of its past; then flew to Tanzania, to visit the Serengeti under Canvas camp, and the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Quite a trip, and Jeremy's account includes some interesting insights, as you'd expect.
Zimbabwe: A beautiful land in need of a change of fortune
The Independent - 28 Feb 2009
It is over ten years since the travel section of The Independent carried any feature on Zimbabwe. To change this, we arranged a trip for Jeremy Lawrence, so he could see for himself what was happening. He visited Victoria Falls and Hwange and came back understanding that tourism is vital for Zimbabwe's wildlife and its ordinary people.
Rocky Point, Namibia
The Observer - 1 Feb 2009
In this short piece the Observer's editor, Allan Jenkins, recounts a part of his trip to Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast including his efforts at fishing which we helped to organise!
The smart guide to Zanzibar
Sunday Times - 1 Sep 2008
We planned and organised a trip to Zanzibar for one of the Sunday Times' team, Chris Haslam and here he gives a useful overview of the island.
Scotland On Sunday - 22 Jun 2008
Okavango - Gone to the Birds
Travel Africa - 1 Jun 2008
Lessons from Africa
Horse Connection magazine - 1 Dec 2007
Evalyn is one of our travellers based in the US; she visited Zambia and Botswana with us on a holiday and then wrote this piece about the experience.
Trunk and disorderly
The Sunday Mirror - 30 Sep 2007
Jill travelled around Namibia with us, learning that getting away from it all on a fly-drive 'couldn't have been easier' as well as why how to keep very quiet when you're in the middle of a heard of elephants. It's an excellent companion piece to Tom's, mentioned below, written after they travelled together with us to Namibia.
Road to nowhere
The Observer - 16 Sep 2007
We sent Tom Robbins, the Observer's Deputy Travel Editor, on an epic 2,000-mile fly-drive across the Namib Desert to Swakopmund and Etosha. His superb piece paints an excellent picture of the whole experience and he includes stops at Windhoek's Olive Grove, the Naukluft's Zebra River Lodge and Kulala Wilderness Camp - and in Etosha National Park. Don't miss this piece if you're thinking of a self-drive trip to Namibia!
Red wine and rainbows on the Cape
Daily Mail - 1 Aug 2007
Bel travelled to the Cape with us, and has returned with a personal overview of a trip to Cape Town and along the Garden Route.
Namibia: Kalahari with kids
The Sunday Times - 3 Jun 2007
We sent Will Gray and his young family to Namibia's Northern Kalahari, to Tsumkwe and the remote Nhoma Village, to spend time with a group of hunter-gatherer people: the San/Bushmen. It's a very rather alternative family holiday but can't be beaten for insights into what seems to be a vanishing way of living.
Wet and wild
The Sunday Times - 18 Mar 2007
We sent Mark Hodson out to Zambia's Luangwa Valley during the 'emerald season' when the rain is falling, the grass is high and the park is, in some ways, at its most amazing. His trip consisted of a river safari with Remote Africa Safaris based at Tafika, and a stay at Robin Pope's excellent Nkwali Camp.
Namibia: Having a sand blast
The Independent - 25 Nov 2006
Expert Africa helped award-winning journalist Ed Caesar to get the best out of Swakopmund and its adventurous activities whilst staying at the idiosyncratic Sam's Giardino.
Wanderlust - 1 Nov 2006
Another piece (See 'Kalahari with kids', above) by Will about his family trip to one of Namibia's bushman communities in the Northern Kalahari; it's particularly interesting to be able to read a different piece by the same author on the same trip, with a slightly different perspective and style.
Salvation safari to Zambia
The Times - 10 Jun 2006
Jo Pope, a Responsible Tourism Award winner last year, tells Cath Urquhart what it takes.
Here be monsters
The Sunday Times - 9 Apr 2006
We sent Brian Schofield out to Tanzania's Mafia Island for its great colony of huge fruit bats and some seriously deserted beaches. He found some whale sharks and the small, environmentally-sensitive lodges of Pole Pole and Chole Mjini.
When it rains it roars in the Kalahari
The Sunday Times - 2 Apr 2006
Brian Jackman journeyed with us into the heart of the Kalahari during the heaviest rainy season for many years - visiting the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Deception Valley Lodge, the Boteti River area and Meno a Kwena tented camp, as well as Jack's Camp, on the great Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
Essential Africa: Namibia
Travel Africa Magazine Edition 34 - 1 Apr 2006
This edition Expert Africa's Chris McIntyre gives an overview of the best attractions for the visitor to Namibia.
The Sunday Times - 20 Nov 2005
We arranged for Anthony Sattin to canoe down the Zambezi River to Victoria Falls, following in the paddle-strokes of David Livingstone and seeing much on the way.
Going to the wild dogs
The Independent - 16 Jul 2005
Chris McIntyre (MD of Expert Africa) took a break from writing guidebooks to pen this piece for the Independent, which takes a closer look at Botswana's Okavango Delta - including visits to Jao Camp and Lebala, in the Kwando area.
Essential Africa: Botswana
Travel Africa Magazine Edition 31 - 1 Jun 2005
Chris McIntyre, Expert Africa's MD, takes an overview of Botswana's attractions.
When the going gets tough...
Travel Africa magazine - 30 Apr 2005
We also sent Mark Stratton on the same tough hike see Ian Belcher's piece, above and here's his account of the progress through Namibia's great Fish River Canyon; read with the articles mentioned above and below article for great comparisons!
A long walk through the canyon in Namibia
The Times - 30 Apr 2005
It's rare for us to send three journalists together on a trip, but a hike down the Fish River Canyon was a big undertaking! Here's Doug McKinley account of the same tough hike through Namibia's great Fish River Canyon.
The hottest walk on earth
The Guardian - 12 Mar 2005
We challenged Ian Belcher to take a seriously tough walk through Namibia's great Fish River Canyon. It's one of Africa's toughest hikes, and he rose to the challenge along with Mark Stratton and Doug McKinlay (see the articles below!).
The Independent - 27 Nov 2004
Watch the birdie
The Independent - 23 May 2004
Stephanie Debere travelled to the Bangweulu Wetlands with Chris McIntyre, of Expert Africa to learn about the area, and in search of the rare shoebill stork. They returned having had a great experience of an amazing area but sadly with no decent photographs of these very strange and elusive birds!
The Guardian - 7 Feb 2004
Will Hide travelled with us to Zambia's Luangwa Valley, where he enjoyed some close encounters of the furry kind from Tafika, Chikoko, Crocodile and Mwaleshi Bushcamps and left us with a piece that gives an excellent feel for the Luangwa Valley and a trip there.
Zambia: Kasanka National Park
Travel Africa Magazine Edition 14 - 1 Nov 2000
Chris McIntyre takes a look at the resurgence of Kasanka National Park, in Zambia, and its amazing bat migration.
Down in the Valley
The Guardian - 11 Sep 1999
Mozambique: Changing Times
Travel Africa Magazine Edition 9 - 1 Sep 1999
Helped by some of Bob Dylan's lyrics, Chris McIntyre reported from the Bazaruto Archipelago, in Mozambique, which was leading a resurgence in quality tourist facilities - after much of the infrastructure was abandoned during Mozambique's civil war.
Shiwa Ng'andu Zambia's Stately English Home
Travel Africa Magazine Edition 4 - 1 Jun 1998
Chris McIntyre backpacks to Shiwa Ng'andu and discovers the place's amazing history several years before it was taken over by Charlie & Jo Harvey the start of its resurrection!
Wanderlust Magazine - 1 Mar 1998
Before tour operating took up most of his waking hours, Expert Africa's MD, Chris McIntyre, used to write on Africa for magazines as well as guidebooks. Here's his broad overview of Southern Africa's best national parks and the game found therein.
Corridor of Colour
Travel Africa Magazine Edition 3 - 1 Jan 1998
Chris McIntyre takes a drive across Namibia's Caprivi Strip, from Grootfontein via Rundu; Mahango and Mudumu National Park; and to the Chobe River area. It includes comments on the history of the Caprivi, and the background of Lizauli Traditional Village, near Lianshulu.
Kafue National Park The Best Laid Plains
Travel Africa Magazine Edition 1 - 1 Sep 1997
Chris takes a close look at the Busanga Plains, in Zambia's Kafue National Park. It's interesting to contrast the park then and now as things have changed quite a lot!