Find inspiration, information and practical advice on all aspects of travel to this unique continent and form the ideal starting platform for planning your African adventure. From expert advice to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, camel trekking in the Sahara, safari and wildlife in the Serengeti and more.
Saturday 09:15 – 09:45
Conservation Safaris – Experience the Gold Standard in Sustainable Travel
Dr Kirstin R Johnson, African Wildlife Foundation
African Wildlife Foundation is the oldest and largest conservation organisation focused on Africa, and runs the ultimate in sustainable travel: safaris to Africa’s most spectacular landscapes and iconic wildlife that benefit endangered species and local communities. Led by experts who have worked with the greats like Dian Fossey, AWF safaris include exclusive visits to important conservation sites and provide insights that will determine the future of Africa’s unique wildlife and wild lands.
Saturday 10:00 – 10:30
Madagascar – The Do’s and Don’ts of Travel In Madagascar
Laurenne Mansbridge, Pioneer Expeditions
Pioneer Director Laurenne has a wealth of experience in Madagascar and this is one of her favourite countries in the world. That is not to say it isn’t without its challenges so is not for everyone. This talk aims to offer an overall insight into Madagascar, put some of its challenges into perspective as well as exploring some of the little visited but hidden gems within this stunning country.
Saturday 10:45 – 11:15
On foot through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco
Alan Palmer, Trailblazers Guides
The High Atlas Mountains, the tallest in all North Africa, include more than 400 peaks above 3000m. Alan has been visiting them for over 30 years. In this talk he describes the popular ascents both to their very highest point, Jbel Toubkal (4167m), and to the third, the summit of the glacier-carved massif of Ighil Mgoun (4068m). His tour, however, also extends to some lesser known stretches of the Western High Atlas Mountains, as well as to the more southerly, desolate Anti-Atlas Mountains, dominated by the impressive volcanic plug of Jbel Sirwa (3305m), and the magnificent wilderness of Jbel Sahro.
Saturday 11:30 – 12:00
Celebrate Swaziland’s 50/50 in 2018
Jenny Bowen, Swaziland Tourism Authority
Swaziland is a nation that knows how to party! With ancient ceremonies involving tens of thousands in traditional dress still celebrated and modern-day arts festivals that rank amongst the best in the world, this is one of the best countries in Africa for true cultural experiences. 2018 looks set to top them all as the country celebrates 50 years of independence at the same time as the King celebrates his 50th birthday. Swaziland embodies the essence of Africa in a small yet diverse destination. As well as its rich culture, it has stunning scenery, and thrilling wildlife experiences.
Saturday 12:15 – 12:45
Get off the beaten track with a 2 wheeled African Adventure
Andy Jennings, Moto Aventures
Would you like to take a journey on a GS1200 through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, see wild animals roaming free, meet some of the friendliest people, and bike some of the best roads and tracks, while travelling through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe; or spend 15 days on road discovering the best sights and places in Morocco? Alternatively, off-roading in Morocco on a KTM450, experiencing fast Dakar tracks across vast dried lake beds, winding rocky trails up through the beautiful Jebel Saghro Mountains, sandy riverbeds, a night in a desert bivouac and learning how to conquer 150m high dunes? Moto Aventures will share with you the exhilarating reasons why, with them, an adventure by motorcycle is the best way to get off the beaten track.
Sunday 09:45 – 10:15
Adventures in Sudan
Simon Grove, Explore Worldwide
Simon takes you on a journey exploring this offbeat destination with a twist, taking you through the many highlights together with sharing the more unusual and quirky elements of this fascinating region.
Sunday 10:30 – 11:00
Into the Valley: a photographer’s guide to South Luangwa
Andy Skillen, Andy Skillen Photography
As a globally published, multi-award winning fine art wildlife photographer who has specialised in taking photos on foot for over 20 years, Andy cites Zambia as one of his “must do” destinations for any aspirant wildlife watcher and picture taker. Join him on a journey through its most exciting valley – South Luangwa – as he discusses the options for getting that once in a lifetime shot…
Sunday 11:15 – 11:45
Dig Deep: Challenges that change lives
Rachael Marshall, Dig Deep Challenges
Dig Deep are a water and sanitation charity who work in southwest Kenya to give children and communities access to clean water and sanitation. Come along to their talk to here about what they do and how you can take on an incredible and unique challenge in support of their work. By taking on one of Dig Deep’s challenges you could get at least 75 children access to clean water.
Sunday 12:00 – 12:30
Malawi: Africa’s Most Complete Destination
Mr Kelly White, Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium
Malawi has long been home to stunning landscapes, amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world, offering a wide variety of activities, experience and cultural interaction. It is now in the midst of an amazing project of wildlife transformation, including the world’s largest elephant translocation completed in 2017. These efforts to improve Malawi’s safaris will see the country emerge as one of the most complete destinations in Africa – Lake, Landscape, Culture and now Wildlife experiences of the very highest quality.