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Mulanje in legend

Author Philip Briggs discusses the myths and mysteries surrounding Mulanje Massif.


The coast of what is now Yemen and Somaliland has probably been the main global source of frankincense since the second millennium BC, author Philip Briggs writes.

Dual citizenship in 30 minutes

Almost anyone can wander downtown and get themselves a bona fide identity document, no questions asked, writes Sean Connolly.

Giants of the ocean

Author Philip Briggs sheds some light on the sharks and rays of Somaliland.

Interview with Ariadne Van Zandbergen

Renowned wildlife photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen offers tips and hints and reveals the challenges of photography in Africa.

The Biafran War

Lizzie Williams gives a brief history of this vicious civil war.

Kano Durbar

Durbars are colourful festivals known for their horsemen wearing bright red turbans and copper armour.

Motor parks of Nigeria

Motor parks are a great place to observe daily Nigerian life, writes Lizzie Williams.

Mbinda to Dolisie by road

Finding your way around isn’t always easy in the Congo, writes author Sean Rorison.

Congo Rangers

Sara Evans relates the struggle of the Congo Rangers to protect animal from man.

The Congo Dinosaur

Africa’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster, the possibility of a primeval beast wandering the Congos is a debate that has existed for centuries.

Brother, can you spare some rice?

This piece by George Bradt first appeared in the 1980 edition of the Peru guide.

A tough trek

Get on your hiking boots and explore the Al Hajar Mountains with our guide to one of Oman's more difficult treks.

The Toposa

Our authors Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare tell the story of a tribe shrouded in legend. 

Ramciel: A new capital for South Sudan?

Our authors explore whether the South Sudanese government is right to pitch the settlement of Ramciel as a site for their new capital.

Madagascar: Life at an evolutionary tangent

From lizards to lemurs, Africa’s largest island boasts an array of fascinating wildlife.

Lost in the jungle

Bradt founder Hilary Bradt recounts her remarkable tale of being lost in the heart of Madagascar. 

The weird and wonderful flora of Madagascar

From topsy-turvy trees to flesh-eating plants: Daniel Austin discusses the intriguing flora of Madagascar.


This practice, which featured in Alexander McCall- Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books set in Botswana, remains a problem across southern Africa.

Snake Woman

Author Mike Unwin watches Thea Litschka-Koen at work.

Stop the press!

Mike Unwin shares some amusing scoops found in the Swazi news.

Cycling the Danube

Discover the sights of Europe's second longest river with Laurence Mitchell as your guide to the Danube's best cycling tour.

A magical mountain adventure

With its towering trees, cosy cabins and an abundance of pristine wilderness, the Sutjeska National Park is an essential outing for any visitor to Bosnia.

Dr John Garang

Our authors Sophie and Max recount the trials and tribulations of South Sudan’s rebellious founding father.