AFRICA

Best sustainable adventures beyond the beach in Mauritius

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Tourism in Mauritius is an overwhelmingly commercial beast, but there are some incredible low-impact experiences to be had across the island. Mauritius Conscious – the country’s first dedicated sustainable travel agency – kindly hooked me up with some of the…

The ultimate low-impact guide to exploring Mauritius

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It’s best known for its turquoise seas and crystalline beaches, but Mauritius has so much more to offer travellers looking for an authentic, sustainable travel experience on the island. And I’m not just talking about waterfall lookouts. Whether you’re planning…

Check in: Zanzibar’s original eco-retreat

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Zanzibar has experienced something of a boutique hotel boom in recent years, yet Matemwe Lodge – the island’s original eco-chic beach hotel – remains right up there with the best of ’em. Overlooking a coral-fringed lagoon on the quiet northeastern…

Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro? Here’s how to do it responsibly

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Topped with its iconic dome of ice and snow, Mt Kilimanjaro has beckoned hikers since its 5895m peak was first summited over a century ago. Last month, I made the journey myself. While ascending Kili alongside British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis…

5 of the most amazing eco-hotels opening in 2017

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I admit I’m always a little wary of the term ‘eco-hotel’. As there is nothing to stop any ol’ hotel owner from whacking this label on their property – and many do – travellers can easily be duped into supporting…

How to plan a gorilla-spotting trip

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Brought back from the brink of extinction following a catastrophic decline in numbers since the species was classified in 1902, mountain gorillas are one of the world’s rare conservation success stories. Numbering less than 900 in the wild, however, these…