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
Malawi: Africa’s Warm Heart
Kelly White, Malawi Tourism
Malawi is Africa’s warm heart. View the big five, sail on a luxury yacht, snorkel and dive in a natural freshwater aquarium, relax on remote white sand beaches, go mountain biking, kayaking, horse riding or trek a 10,000ft mountain. Best of all, be warmly welcomed into the lives of the friendliest people in Africa.
Saturday 10:00 – 10:30
Wildlife Photography Safari in Africa
Toby Jermyn, Pangolin Photo Safaris
Everyone is a photographer these days which means everyone has the capacity to be a great wildlife photographer too! Toby’s talk will advise and prepare anyone for their first wildlife photo safari in Africa. Where to go, when to go and what to take to get the best results and images!
Saturday 10:45 – 11:15
Swaziland: Africa in a Nutshell
Jenny Bowen, Swaziland Tourism
Discover Swaziland, a nation which embodies the essence of Africa in a small yet diverse destination. This unique kingdom has stunning scenery; the people rejoice in its exhilarating culture and its wildlife experiences are up close and personal. Get away from the hubbub of mass tourism and have a genuine African experience.
Saturday 11:30 – 12:00
The Alternative Way to Discover Africa
Henry Blanchard, Uganda Marathon
True adventure involves exploration and integration with far off communities. The Uganda Marathon not only explores an African community, but meets them, lives with them and runs with them. Discover how the Uganda International Marathon has become a part of the fabric of a Ugandan district, a point of local pride and an event that is looked forward to all year-round. Participants are as much a part of the community as the shopkeepers, taxi drivers and street sweepers, and every year, each participant leaves an impact that can be seen for decades to come.
Saturday 12:15 – 12:45
Saddle Sores and Sand Flies: What’s it Really Like Travelling in the Sahara?
From herding cattle on the plains of Mali to riding camels across the dunes outside Timbuktu, from vomiting at the back of a Berber campsite to playing camp croquet with Berabish nomads; this talk will show what the 21st century traveller can expect to find in the Sahara. Accompanied with photographs and video footage, Nick will show the real desert world that exists behind the news headlines, a world of nomads and agro-pastoralists playing phone footage round the camp fire, gossiping at the wells, tending their animals, celebrating festivals and fighting for survival in the shadow of war.
Sunday 09:45 – 10:15
Botswana Safaris – Do they Have to Cost £1000’s a Night?
Jonny May, EXPLORE!
Recently returned from Botswana, Africa specialist Jonny May takes us on a journey through the premier game reserves in Botswana – Moremi, Chobe and the Central Kalahari. Botswana is well known for its high end and luxurious lodges but Jonny finds inspiring experiences at affordable prices.
Sunday 10:30 – 11:00
Africa´s Active Lava Lakes
Ingrid Smet, Volcano Adventures
Two out of the world´s five active lava lakes are located in eastern Africa´s Great Rift Valley: Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia and Mt Nyiragongo in the DR Congo. During this talk Ingrid will introduce both pools of boiling hot, molten rock and show their unique volcanic features amidst very different climates, vegetation and topography!
Sunday 11:15 – 11:45
DIY Kilimanjaro – A Practical Guide to Climbing Africa’s Highest Mountain
Henry Stedman, Trailblazer Guides
At 5895m (19,341ft) Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain. Yet with no mountaineering skills necessary to reach the summit, even non-climbers can experience the thrill of climbing one of the world’s greatest peaks. Taking you from the dusty plains of East Africa through jungle and moorland to the glacier-clad summit, this is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks there is. Henry Stedman has been writing practical guidebooks for more than a decade now and is the author of Trailblazer’s guide to Kilimanjaro. In this popular talk he will tell you everything you need to know about, how to organise your trip and what to expect.
Sunday 12:00 – 12:30
The Hidden Treasures of Madagascar
Laurenne Mansbridge, Pioneer Borneo and Madagascar
Pioneer Director Laurenne has a wealth of experience in Madagascar – from regularly exploring the country to designing thousands of tailor-made adventures to Madagascar for their clients. This talk aims to offer an overall insight into Madagascar as well as exploring some of the little visited but hidden gems within this stunning country.