Discover Africa Theatre

Dedicated to one of the world’s most beguiling continents, Discover Africa 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!

 

SATURDAY

Expedition First Aid & Medicine

Time: 10:15 – 10:45

Speaker: Dr Ross Anderson (World Expeditions)

doctor giving a vaccination shot to a young woman

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.

Skiing – In Africa!

Time: 11:00 – 11:30

Speaker: Sarah Hennessy (African Star Tours)

couple sitting in snow on ski vacation

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.

Malawi: Africa’s Most Complete Destination?

Time: 11:45 – 12:15

Speaker: Kelly White (Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium)

Africa Malawi Lake Malawi Canoe

Malawi always had stunning landscapes, amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world. It’s now undergoing an amazing wildlife transformation, including re-introductions of lion, cheetah, leopard, rhino and elephant, amongst many others. The country is emerging as one of the most complete destinations in Africa – Lake, Landscape, Culture and now Wildlife experiences of the highest quality!

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Time: 13:15 – 13:45

Speaker: Rosanna Neophytou (Tucan Travel)

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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)

A group of hikers walking up Kikimanjaro

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 in Zimbabwe

Time: 14:45 – 15:00

Speakers: Alistair Pole & Craig Sholley (Africa Wildlife Federation)

The magnificent Angel Falls as seen from the river bed at its feet

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.

SUNDAY

How to conserve Africa’s wildlife through your travel choices

Time: 10:45 – 11:15

Speaker: Dr. Louisa Richmond-Coggan (LRC Wildlife Conservation)

Family of Warthogs surrounded by African Elephants

As a conservationist with over 15 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)

Marathon Somalia

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.

Eswatini: Africa in a Nutshell

Time: 13:00 – 13:30

Speaker: Jenny Bowen (Sense Africa)

Scenic View Of Field Against Clear Sky During Sunset

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: 13:00 – 13:30

Speaker: Laurenne Mansbridge (Pioneer Expeditions)

Marine iguana on rock at beach against sky

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!