Visit Africa in 2020
Dedicated to one of the world’s most beguiling continents, Discover Africa Theatre Sponsored by Maloff Protect will provide you with all the information you need to plan the adventure of a lifetime. Featuring talks on Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Eswatini, Madagascar, Morocco and more!
Skiing – In Africa!
Time: 11:00 – 11:30
Speaker: Sarah Hennessy (African Star Tours)
Africa is probably the last place you think to book a ski adventure. However, June-Aug each year part of Lesotho turns into a thriving ski resort with a variety of slopes for skiers/snowboarders alike. Owing to its unique location you can easily combine with safari game drives, cultural visits and the Mandela Capture site – offering a really unique trip.
Trekking in Morocco
Time: 11:45 – 12:15
Speaker: Keith Crockford (Bucket List Company)
Keith Crockford will take you on a whirlwind journey trekking through Morocco, from the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert.
Expedition First Aid & Medicine
Time: 12:30 – 13:00
Speaker: Dr Ross Anderson (World Expeditions)
Dr Ross Anderson has advised and participated in adventures in most parts of the globe for the last 15 years. In his talk, he covers medical essentials for travellers to the more remote and extreme parts of the globe. His talk will help you prepare better for wherever your next adventure takes you.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Time: 13:15 – 13:45
Speaker: Rosanna Neophytou (Tucan Travel)
Trekking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the search of endangered mountain gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They are an endangered species and the permits to trek go back into the protection and conservation of these wild animals. This talk will also focus on other activities in the Lake Bunyonyi area and the importance of responsible travel.
Kilimanjaro DIY – a practical guide to organising a trek to the top of Africa’s highest mountain
Time: 14:00 – 14:30
Speaker: Henry Stedman (Trailblazer)
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 climbing Kilimanjaro since 2001 is the author of Trailblazer’s guide to Kilimanjaro. He now spends part of each year on the slopes of Kilimanjaro running a trekking company and tells you everything you need to know about how to choose and organise your trip and what to expect.
On Conservation Safari
Time: 14:45 – 15:15
Speaker: Craig Sholley (African Wildlife Foundation)
The African Wildlife Foundation explains the powerful role tourism can play in conservation – from high-end conservation safari’s to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Zimbabwe and Zambia – covering Save Conservancy, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls.
Bug Bites and Belly Aches
Time: 15:30 – 16:00
Speaker: Jane Wilson – Howarth
Wanderlust’s Dr Jane aka the Sh*t Doctor will condense the essential tips to allow safe fulfilling travel. She’ll focus on African hazards, especially malaria prevention. Jane Wilson-Howarth is a GP and author of nine books; she’s spent about 13 years working in remote parts of the globe including Nigeria and Madagascar.
The Wildest Journey
Time: 10:00 – 10:30
Speaker: Chaz Powell
The Wildest Journey. Is all about my wildest journeys by foot through Africa’s remotest and most hostile regions, with an aim to raise awareness for wildlife conservation and anti-poaching. In 2016/17 I spent 137 days walking over 3000km from source to sea along the Zambezi River, and in 2019 I spent 47 days walking 1120km from source to sea along the Gambia river and 29 days walking 800km from east to west across Madagascar whilst walking source to sea along the country’s longest river, The Mangoky. All world-first expeditions.
How to conserve Africa’s wildlife through your travel choices
Time: 10:45 – 11:15
Speaker: Dr. Louisa Richmond-Coggan (LRC Wildlife Conservation)
As a conservationist with over 19 years’ experience in Africa, Louisa will discuss the crucial relationship between conservation and tourism. Understanding the part you play in the future of wildlife conservation across this great continent will enable you to make travel plans which are wildlife-friendly without compromising your adventure.
The Somaliland Marathon
Time: 11:30 – 12:00
Speaker: Oliver Sills (The Somaliland Marathon)
The Somaliland Marathon is the first marathon event to be held in this internationally unrecognised country. This year will be the third year and it remains the only mixed-gender sports event to be held in the whole of Somalia. A talk full of tales on this unique and challenging event.
Elephant Ignite Expedition
Time: 12:15 – 12:45
Speaker: Carla Geyser (Blue Sky Expeditions)
In 2016, spurred on by the alarming rate of poaching that is decimating Africa’s elephant population, Blue Sky Society founder, Carla Geyser, travelled 16 000km across 10 countries with a group of women who shared a passion for wildlife conservation. The Journeys with Purpose: Elephant Ignite Expedition saw the team visiting 37 conservation organisations, engaging with communities along the way and distributing 20 000 educational booklets. It was an epic expedition that connected localised communities with conservation champions with the purpose of saving Africa’s majestic beasts and raised funds for 10 remarkable organisations dedicated to protecting wildlife. So began the Journeys with Purpose legacy.
Eswatini: Africa in a Nutshell
Time: 13:00 – 13:30
Speaker: Jenny Bowen (Sense Africa)
Discover Eswatini, 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.
Madagascar V The Galapagos – the Ultimate Wildlife destinations
Time: 13:45 – 14:15
Speaker: Laurenne Mansbridge (Pioneer Expedition)
For most wildlife enthusiasts, Madagascar and Galapagos have to be at the top of any travel bucket list. In fact, it is often said that Madagascar is the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. On this talk, Pioneer Expeditions director Laurenne aims to offer some insight into both of these destinations –highlights & hidden gems to be discovered, realities of travelling and an insider guide on how best to plan your holiday to one or both!
The Mountain That Keeps On Giving: Lesson’s I’ve Learned From Over 200 Summits of Mount Kilimanjaro
Time: 14:30 – 15:00
Speaker: Julius John White (Bucket List Company)
Go to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and you will likely hear of one name. Julius John White, or “Whitey” as he is more often known, is the world’s favourite Kilimanjaro guide. He has been voted Best Guide by Exodus and, in 2012, was the first Tanzanian ever to win the Explore Tour Leader of the World award. As the official guide representative for the Kilimanjaro National Park authority, he has summitted Kilimanjaro hundreds of times. But it’s not the recognition that keeps him coming back to the “Roof of Africa”. In this talk, Whitey will reflect on the lessons he’s learned over a lifetime of climbing Kili. Ultimately, he explores how mountain climbing and adventure travel can lead to extraordinary and healing in our daily lives.
Yellow Fever – What is it and How Can You Protect Yourself
Time: 15:45 – 16:15
Speaker: Dr. Richard Darwood (Fleet Street Clinic)
Dr Richard Dawood, is a travel specialist and was one of the first doctors in the UK to establish travel medicine as a distinct speciality. In his talk, he will discuss Yellow Fever, a dangerous viral infection spread by mosquitoes in Africa and South America. In many countries, it poses a high-risk to travellers and vaccination is required. Find out everything you need to know about Yellow Fever, from the latest Yellow Fever recommendations and high-risk locations to certificate restrictions and where currently have active outbreaks.