South Africa’s fabulous baker boys

Desserts are the edible status symbols of the century. And who are the people behind these picture-perfect creations, the makers of SA’s most delicate pastries, tarts and cream petits fours? As Jane Broughton discovers, a bunch of blokes. Beards, tattoos and all

Secret Johannesburg

Any city holds secrets. Grand interiors hide behind unassuming exteriors; crumbling façades disguise neglected glory. Jo’burg, a city built on empty veld thanks to the lottery win of a gold rush, is full of unseen marvels – as revealed in the new book Hidden Johannesburg. As author Paul Duncan says, buildings are more than just the sum of the materials used to construct them. Go on then. Look up. Explore

Wrapped up: the history of Lesotho’s Basotho blankets

Wearable blankets have hit the world’s catwalks lately, but in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho – now celebrating 50 years of independence – blankets have been stylish for over 150 years. More than that, they’re part of everyday life, as shown in Thom Pierce’s series ‘The Horsemen of Semonkong’. As these images go on exhibition this month, Ufrieda Ho unwraps the history of Basotho blankets

City hot spot: Woodstock-Salt River, Cape Town

Designers, baristas and stylists are all falling for the chic charms of these inner-city South African suburbs, says local writer Brandon de Kock

Pantsula: South Africa’s new dance craze

It means ‘waddle like a duck’ in Zulu – but pantsula is a marvel of fancy footwork. 
Born on township streets, the dance has been a staple of South African youth culture 
for decades. Now, though, it’s making waves for a new generation. Daniela Goeller reports. Photography by Chris Saunders

Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

An (almost) A-Z guide to African food in South Africa

In recent years, there has been a steady influx of epicurean entrepreneurs and talented chefs from north of South Africa’s borders, bringing with them different spices, produce, culinary styles and tastes. Here is an ‘A–Z’ of exotic, authentic dishes from all around the continent

50 curious places to visit in southern Africa

To mark High Life South Africa’s 50th issue, the team asked experts from a variety of fields to give their tips on making the most of southern Africa

John Simpson: letter From Kenya

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month John ponders the plight of the world’s largest land mammal, the African elephant

South Africa: Fancourt, George, Western Cape

It may boast Africa’s leading golf course, but with four pools, as many restaurants, an acclaimed spa and exemplary accommodation, this relaxed resort isn’t all about teeing off. Ianthe Butt checks in

South Africa: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Majestic mountains at the rear and the glittering ocean on its doorstep make this boutique hotel the perfect place to get back to nature. Ianthe Butt is enchanted

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for sport

Whether it’s kayaking or kitesurfing, our experts have tested the tides and currents of beaches worldwide to find the best beaches for sport

Kruger tales: Celebrating 90 years of South Africa’s Kruger National Park

This month, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, the Kruger National Park, officially turns 90. That’s 90 years of thrilling wildlife sightings and encounters – some that push the boundaries of credulity. Here are five incredible tales from ordinary visitors, as collated by Jeff Gordon in his book, 101 Kruger Tales

Five of the best safari lodges

From Namibia to South Africa we've found five fantastic safari lodges to help you live life on the wild side

Richard E. Grant: returning to Africa

Memories of a Swaziland childhood – where vervet monkeys and cobras were the norm – have repeatedly drawn actor Richard E. Grant back to Africa. Here, he travels to Tanzania, and a former hunting hotspot that evolved to become one of the continent’s greatest conservation sites

Are you a cargo king or a cardboard box? Take our big air cargo quiz

Planes aren't just for holidays: hundreds of tonnes of cargo are shipped by IAG Cargo on British Airways passenger planes every day. So how much do you know about what’s travelling and where it’s going? Take our quiz to find out

Cape Town: Cape Grace

Fans of tradition will love this antique-laden retreat with a South African sea breeze says Ianthe Butt

David Attenborough: Any questions?

His voice is instantly recognisable and his contribution to our understanding of the behaviour of animals and plants is unparalleled. As he turns 90, High Life quizzes Sir David Attenborough on his long career observing life through a lens

How to plan an adventure holiday

From leaping out of a plane in Switzerland to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, an adventure holiday is the best way to get an adrenalin rush, says Meg Jerrard of Here she shares her top six planning tips to ensure you get the most from your trip

On the road with… Primal Scream

After 34 years of mind-expanding music and debauched touring, lead singer Bobby Gillespie talks recording in Scandinavia, gifts from fans and nightmare gigs, gifts from Japanese fans and the most thought-provoking books to read on the road

60 second interview: Eska

In one year, Eska Mtungwazi released her debut album, was nominated for a Mercury Prize and produced a daughter. Here she talks about fusing maths and music

Love is in the air: Eight Valentine’s Day gifts to pick up on your next flight

Need a last-minute gift for your other half? Editor of High Life Shop, Lisa Herriott, shares her favourite beauty buys from the Jan-March edition

Eight of the world’s quirkiest museum collections

From voodoo dolls to ramen noodles, here are some of the most unusual collections the world has to offer

The world’s hardest travel quiz

Think you know your capital cities from your continents and your roubles from your ringgit? Take our rock-hard travel quiz and find out whether you’re a just novice or the next Christopher Columbus

Eight epic adventures for 2016

From a snowy trek across Japan to a helicopter safari in Kenya, these inspiring holiday ideas will guarantee your next trip is unforgettable

High Life Entertainment guide: January 2016

Flying with BA this month? Here are the entertainment highlights to look out for – from Jonathan Ross’ review of 'Black Mass' to Cerys Matthews’ favourite new music

The Global City Index 2016

With most of the Earth’s population now living in urban areas, what does this mean for how we will all live and work in the future? Feargus O’Sullivan takes stock of the leading lights and unexpected new additions to the geographic grid for the year ahead

Quiz: which British Airways destination is right for you?

With the new year fast-approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan your 2016 adventure. But where to next? Take our quiz to find out which destination is right for you

Tusk force: saving the African elephant

Imagine a world without elephants. In Africa, these iconic animals could be extinct in the wild by 2025 as a result of poaching, despite great strides in conservation. Ann Hartland meets the people at the vanguard of the fight back

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Six sure-fire ways to keep kids entertained on flights

Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of and mother of two, shares her favourite of travel games, toys and apps that will help keep your kids (and you) happy in the air — even on a long-haul flight

High Life Entertainment guide: December 2015

Your guide to this month’s inflight entertainment highlights, from Jonathan Ross’ review of Mistress America to London band Foal’s fourth album — and a healthy does of Frank Sinatra’s Christmas tunes

Cape Town’s corner shops

The once-ubiquitous corner café is becoming less easy to find. Which means that stepping over the threshold into one of Cape Town’s long-term survivors is even more of a treat. Could I have one Disprin, a Double O, a ripe avo, seven Fizzers and a Barbie, please?

John Simpson: letter from Brazzaville

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month he heads to the Republic of Congo

Future gazing: how will we travel in 2055?

By the time the next 500 issues of High Life are published — taking us through to 2055 — travel will have changed beyond recognition. But how? Here are the predictions from people in the know

Harare, Zimbabwe: an insider’s guide

From locally roasted coffee fit for royals to exportable fashion and design, Harare has an enterprising, creative spirit that may surprise you, says Jane Broughton

40-odd years of travel: what has really changed?

Nick Curtis looks back at over the last four decades of travel and discovers that, despite making leaps and bounds in technology, some things haven’t changed all that much

Homecomings: five authors revisit their home cities

In 1973, the world’s biggest city was Tokyo with a population of 20,450,000. Today, we have global megacities, home to over 35 million people. From LA to Sydney, five authors revisit the places where they grew up to see what’s changed — and what hasn’t...

Lessons learned from travelling to 217 countries

It’s the ultimate travel ambition: visiting every country on Earth. After 1,426 days and four passports, Graham Hughes ticked off the final country on his itinerary, South Sudan — which didn’t even exist when he started the trip. He tells Emine Saner what seeing the world taught him

Then and now: what has changed in travel?

When High Life launched in 1973, travel to some of today’s holiday hot spots was unappealing, risky or impossible, says The Independent’s senior travel editor, Simon Calder

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

High Life’s most iconic covers

As High Life celebrates its 500th issue this month, we look back at some of our favourite covers from the past 42 years

Alexander von Humboldt: the lost hero of science

Penguins, mountains and part of the Moon are named after him, yet today few know the story of Alexander von Humboldt

High Life 500: the way we travel in 2015

For three weeks, readers hashtagged their Instagram photos #highlife500 in a bid to showcase who the modern traveller is, where they’re going and what they’re doing. While not entirely scientific, the results form a curious snapshot of our travelling lives today. James Wallman elaborates

13 ways to not watch the Rugby Cup Final in South Africa

For some, watching rugby on 31 October will be too awful. What’s more, it’s Halloween (scary! Did they plan it this way?). Here are other thrills to be had

Six spas with killer views

You could choose to zone out during your next massage — but why would you want to, when there are views as good as these on offer? From rooftop relaxation in Ibiza to an open-fronted lodge in the heart of Kenya, choose one of these spas to treat all of your senses, says Hannah Hudson

On the run: a global guide to marathons

Travel the globe, catch the sights — and race a marathon. Long-distance tourists are seeing the world 26.2 miles at a time, and exploring the greatest cities and sites from a unique perspective in the space of three or four (or more) hours. Gershon Portnoi reports on the best and most iconic races on the circuit

Video: British Airways flies lion cubs and baby rhinos from South Africa to the USA

BA and IAG Cargo took two baby rhinos and two lion cubs on an epic journey from Johannesburg to their new home in Miami as a part of a global conversation effort

The big cat selfies

Believe it or not, this big cat took its own selfie — with a little help from a remote-controlled buggy camera

Egypt: Baron Palms Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

With seductive Moorish architecture, plenty of dining options and a private beach, the only reason to leave this Red Sea hideaway is for the spectacular diving

Morocco: Riad Tarabel, Marrakech

This riad combines all the magic of Marrakech with plenty of Gallic charm and flair, thanks to its owners. Harriet Green falls in love

The tales of Table Mountain

Ancient icon, new world wonder: Table Mountain’s legendary beauty caresses the city that surrounds her. In celebration of ‘the mountain’, Janine Stephen asks seven Capetonians what the landmark means to them. Photography by Michael Ellis

Egypt: Four Seasons Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

With world-class diving on its doorstep, a blissfully decadent spa and Four Seasons’ brand of sophisticated service, this is one of Sharm’s most tranquil hideaways

Peace out for International Peace Day

Ahead of International Peace Day on 21 September, we take a look at the numbers behind the day that is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace

Time travel: flights of fancy

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at the flying boats of the 1930s

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Turin for Egyptian art

This northern Italian city might be in a different continent from the original home of the Pharaohs, but it is home to the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts outside of Cairo

The Queen: a life in travel

She’s travelled to 116 countries through the jet age, the space age and now into the digital age, but still doesn’t own (or need) a passport. Ahead of 9 September, when Queen Elizabeth II will become Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Nick Curtis looks back at a very regal life of travel

South Africa safari: meet the girl guides

It’s a thrilling, dangerous and envy-inducing job, being a game ranger in Africa. But what if you don’t fit the macho mould? A few of our top safari guides talk to Jane Broughton about life on the wild side

It’s boom time: the rise of South African opera

South African opera is in the midst of a revolution, with local composers daring to make this ‘eurocentric’ art form their own. Keith Bain reports

What’s up, Jo’burg?

Long obsessed with what lies beneath the ground, the ‘place of gold’ has turned its gaze skywards. The rooftop revolution is well underway. Jozi addict Ufrieda Ho gives the view from the top two thumbs up

South Africa’s gaming boom

What avid gamer hasn’t dreamt up a game of their own? But how many actually end up creating them? Quite a few, it turns out, if SA’s growing community of game developers is anything to judge by

South Africa: the South Coast for grown ups

It’s long been a family-holiday mecca, where kids run wild and free and adults look on in envy. But now this stretch of KwaZulu-Natal coastline is growing 
up and stepping out

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

Hotels that help you connect with locals

Craving a deeper connection with your destination? Forget flashy tours, says Hannah Hudson — these hotels will hook you up with the locals for a truly authentic experience

Johannesburg’s best food markets

Markets have always been central to Johannesburg. Founded in 1886 on one of the richest gold reefs in history, the city quickly attracted mineworkers and labourers from around the world who needed to be fed. Today, food markets are equally important, but their artisanal wares are a far cry from the bush meat and maize beer of the 19th century. Nick Savage picks five of the best

Five things to do in Marrakech with kids

It might not be an obvious family holiday destination, but Marrakech is a blow to the senses and can capture the imagination of children of all ages. Rowena Carr-Allinson picks five activities that are bound to be sure-fire winners

Forest bathing on the Garden Route

Dianne Tipping-Woods re-visits Knysna and discovers the art of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing)

10 of South Africa’s best wine tasting spots

There’s no need to go down to the cellar to taste the pick of the crop these days. Wine-tasting experiences are getting more sophisticated and spaces more conducive to lingering for hours. Here’s where to go

Uganda: Le Petit Village, Kampala

With swaying palm trees, safari chic décor and regal rooms, this village-style hotel is a serene contrast to its surroundings in Uganda’s bustling capital. But it’s the subtle extravagance that really makes it stand out, says Elizabeth McSheffrey

Top five adventures in Uganda

For a relatively small country, you can pack in big adventures on a trip to Uganda. It’s home to the source of the world’s longest river, half the remaining population of mountain gorillas and untouched islands, as well as the Big Five. Elizabeth McSheffrey picks five experiences not to miss

Lights, camera, action: Uganda’s film scene

Nigeria’s Nollywood is now the world’s third most-valuable film industry, but overshadowed by its success is ‘Ugawood’, a burgeoning African cinema capital, where the country’s answer to American action movies are made. Elizabeth McSheffrey meets the Kampala creatives hoping to put the country on the movie map. Photography by Thierry Bal

Beyond the boundary: eight curious cricket grounds

It’s not always about gleaming whites and village greens. From Ethiopia to a frozen lake in Estonia, Matt Hutson rounds up eight unexpected venues that have hosted an innings

The world’s best villas

An abode in Death Valley, a converted kiln and a palatial property costing £18,000 a night... Issy D’Arcy Clark scours the globe for one-off wonders

What is the smell of Victoria Falls?

This was the question facing perfumer Tammy Frazer, hired to create an evocative fragrance that would capture a world wonder in a bottle. These are her notes from her scent-finding expedition

Street photography in Durban

In a world of cellphone cameras and selfies, Durban’s tech-savvy portrait photographers make a living capturing those special moments for customers on the beachfront and city streets

Africa: The Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls

Being surrounded by extraordinary wildlife while also enjoying five-star amenities... what’s not to love about this African safari camp, asks Oliver Hudson

South Africa’s best brunch spots

Haven’t you heard? Post-mortems for the meal midway between breakfast and lunch are echoing around the globe, including a story in the Guardian calling it ‘a potent symbol of urban decay’. Fortunately no one told South Africans, who are still brunching up a storm. Book now before local foodie fashionistas catch up and kill it

Welcome to the new-look High Life website

Notice something different? We’re in the process of having a bit of makeover… take a look around and discover what’s new

Global tribes: Marrakech’s biker girls

The global groups, trends and subcultures you may not know about. This month, Marrakech’s all-female answer to Hells Angels

Four of Cape Town’s trendiest streets (that aren't Long Street)

Step away from the gauche tourist-bait of Long Street, Kloof Street and the Camps Bay strip, says Zane Henry, and instead experience four Cape Town streets currently enjoying a trendy regeneration

Idris Elba on location

We track the British actor, producer, singer, rapper, and DJ on his film and television journey across the globe

Moroccan tee: golf in Marrakech

The Royal Marrakech Golf Club is really the story of King Hassan II, who, between surviving coup attempts, flew in US pros to coach him. Now, more than 15 years after his death, his passion is finally catching on. Mark Jones takes a journey from first to 18th in the glare and the dust of North Africa’s finest fairways

An expert’s guide to diving in Sharm el Sheikh

Dive Butler International’s founder and managing director, Alexis Vincent, shares his tips for taking the plunge in the Red Sea

Fancy a Durban curry?

Yes, it’s hot and spicy, but it’s not exactly like its Indian counterpart. Erica Platter, co-author of ‘Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour’, dissects the dish and discovers its colourful history

A playlist for Johannesburg

Ian Birrell shares the six songs that make up his playlist for sounds of South Africa

South African house music: Meet Spoek Mathambo

As 'kwaito', the house music genre created in South Africa, becomes more globally popular, Ian Birrell meets its biggest star, Spoek Mathambo, and discovers a music scene that's pushing boundaries

The High Life Hot List 2015

Our panel of travel-obsessed experts votes for the most intriguing cities, the emptiest beaches and the hottest hotels

Hot list 2015: the views you haven’t seen yet

Post social media, are all of our most popular, perfectly filtered travel snaps starting to look the same? Photographer and Instagram star Kirsten Alana gives her tips for a few views you won’t see everywhere

Hot list 2015: new hotels

The new openings we're excited about in 2015, from Euro-cool city pads to luxe tropical getaways

Hot list 2015: the best adventures

There’s adventure to be had from America to the Middle East, but which adrenaline rush is for you?

Hot list 2015: the countries to visit

The countries on our radar for next year, from far-flung Asia to Europe and African hot spots

The off-season family travel guide

With a bit of imagination, you can escape the crowds – and avoid high prices. Francesca Syz and our weatherman Paul Simons find the best alternative destinations for every school holiday

Off-season family travel: February half term

We pick the best off-season travel hot spots for a February family holiday, avoiding the crowds and still soaking up some good weather

Nigeria's colonial-era members' clubs

Barnaby Phillips looks into the thriving, yet unexpected, scene of the British colonial-era members' club in Nigeria

Five places to see African rhinos in the wild

Central and East Africa expert Carel Verhoef picks the best locations to see a rhino up close — and tells us how we can help the species survive

Four East African artists to buy

As the art market in Kenya and beyond becomes increasingly valuable, we look at a quartet of the fastest-rising stars

East Africa's art boom

It was the poor relation of the art world, but now a new generation of experimental and increasingly exciting East African painters is turning heads and filling auction houses. But the revolution didn't happen on its own — Daniel Howden meets the Nairobi innovators reinventing the market

10 of the world's most scenic marathons

Not all marathons are run on concrete and follow a city circuit. Some take you across arctic glaciers, over desert plains and through some of the most spectacular scenery the world has to offer, says Harriet Letherbarrow

Walking the Nile

4,250 miles. 12 months. 6 countries. British adventurer Levison Wood is halfway through an attempt to walk the entire length of the Nile. If he succeeds, it will be a world first. But there are some obstacles in the way...

12 of the world’s coolest festivals

Big names, iconic venues, far-flung destinations: Ianthe Butt has the definitive guide to festivals for the year ahead. Time to start zorbing...

My Africa: Brett Bailey, theatre director

South African playwright and theatre director Brett Bailey talks about his travels on the continent

Surfing Namibia

The best surfing wave in the world? Not the azure waters of Hawaii. Not the palm-fringed shores of Indonesia. It's in Namibia. Craig Jarvis tells us where — and how it's made history

Nairobi: Africa's Silicon Savannah

Kenya's capital is fast becoming the San Francisco of Africa. Ben Rawlence meets the entrepreneurs turning the country's lack of infrastructure to everyone's advantage

Justin Rose on the world's best golfing destinations

To celebrate The Masters tournament this week, champion golfer Justin Rose, who is currently ranked sixth in the world, recommends his favourite courses from Scotland to South Africa

Six surprising surf spots in Africa

Craig Jarvis rounds up six African hot spots for huge waves and a cool surfer crowd

South Africa's best promenades

Forget parks or town squares. In South Africa's coastal cities, it's the seaside promenade that forms a truly public space, shared by all. Join us on a stroll down three favourites

My Africa: Black Coffee, producer

South African house music producer and DJ Black Coffee talks about his travels on the continent

Johannesburg's best bookshops

Johannesburg has more than 900 rare and second-hand bookstores. Zane Henry picks three of the best

Five festival dates for your diary

Eleanor Ross lists five international festivals you need to know about, from Portugal to Wisconsin

Five of the best day trips from Johannesburg

Staying in South Africa's largest city? Venture further afield for a taste of Johannesburg's surrounding wilderness and urban neighbours, says Katie Gatens

Couples in travel: our most romantic places

These four couples were brought together by their love of travel and good hospitality. Who better to ask for romantic destination and dining tips? High Life gets nosey with the founders of Mr & Mrs Smith, London On the Inside, Sager+Wilde and Black Tomato

Seven reasons to visit South Africa

The longest sandboarding dune in the southern hemisphere, a diverse music scene and, 
of course, Mandela’s former home; Zane Henry, who was born under apartheid in Cape Town, rediscovers this inspiring country

Lagos Fashion Week

As soon as New York, London, Milan and Paris are over, a second wave of less famous but no less fascinating fashion weeks takes off, from Alaska to Zambia. With Lagos turning fashion heads all over the world, can it take on the big four? Yinka Ibukun finds out

Six of the best alternative fashion weeks

A handful of the best and most unexpected fashion weeks happening around the world

Ethiopian style

Addis Ababa's designers and craftsmen are making an impression on the global fashion world

The novelists that defined Africa

As a new Pan-African literary prize is launched, leading literary critic John Preston considers the novelists who brought this 
evocative continent to the rest of the world

Nightlife and culture in Lagos

As his series on barbershop culture goes on display in London, Nigerian photographer Andrew Esiebo shares his cultural tips for vibrant Lagos

Cairo's street art

Once graffiti was unheard of in Egypt. Now its vast murals and spray-can stencils are gaining international recognition. But like Banksy, street art’s biggest star, the artists are just as elusive and their work just as vulnerable. Portia Walker meets them

Top five street art spots in Cairo

Portia Walker picks five of the best places in Cairo to check out the city's striking street art

Surfing in Liberia

The world is full of lesser-known surf spots, but would you bring your board to Liberia?

Five of the best family hotels for 2014

British Airways' Claire Bentley and Mr and Mrs Smith co-founder Tamara Heber-Percy pick five exciting family-friendly hotels for the year ahead

City hot spots: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Sleep in an art installation or shop for local fashion in Johannesburg's creative urban village

Egypt: Fairmont Nile City, Cairo

Sleek, central and with every little luxury thoroughly thought of, the Fairmont Nile City's facilities mean you won't want to leave the hotel, says Portia Walker

Your winter getaway planner

Need to escape the dark months ahead but without the stress of organising it all? Whether you want sand or snow beneath your feet, Francesca Syz has all you need for your great getaway

Africa's technology triumphs

Show some app-reciation for africa: this tech-savvy continent is responsible for some ground-breaking feats of innovation

Desert driving

BBC foreign correspondent Portia Walker on the rare calm and unique appeal of a drive through the desert

Global tribes: the Congo Dandies

A new book documents the groups of dapper gentlemen in the suburbs of Brazzaville, DR Congo

Keith's connections: film and travel

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, find out which Hollywood classic inspired him to travel

City hot spots: Kalk Bay, Cape Town

Rob Crossan selects the best of Kalk Bay's food, drink, shopping and art for this month's Cape Town hot spot

Five of the best Sierra Leone hotels

Five of the best hotels in Freetown and surrounding Sierra Leone, one of West Africa's most breathtaking destinations

Memories of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Aminatta Forna is a Scottish-born novelist who grew up in Sierra Leone, and her memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water, describes her childhood there. Here she recalls the places and things that evoke her childhood

An African adventure: Sierra Leone

Even after a decade of democracy, Sierra Leone's reputation is still blighted by the civil war. Yet it is one of the safest countries in West Africa with breathtaking beaches, rich natural resources and a vibrant culture says Stephanie Ross

Authentic travel

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma grew up travelling to authentic destinations. Here he explains why getting under the skin of a new place is so important — and, often, affordable

Egypt: Conrad Cairo

Overlooking the Nile and just ten minutes from Tahrir Square, the Conrad Cairo offers faultless service, fabulous food and the perfect respite from the city, says Portia Walker

Egypt's Ramadan soap operas

Cairo is the Hollywood of the Arab film and TV industry, and Ramadan soaps are the blockbusters. Most have 30 episodes — one for every night of the month of fasting. Portia Walker goes on set

Natural art: African birds' nests

These striking silhouettes in the Kalahari Desert are actually nests built by the social weaver bird

The stars of Egypt's soap operas

Egypt's Cairo-filmed Ramadan soap operas are incredibly popular, and their stars have huge fanbases. Portia Walker picks some of the most high profile actors

Egypt after the Arab Spring

People have visited Egypt for more than 2,000 years but, following the Arab Spring, tourists seem afraid to return. Mark Jones reports on why there has never been a better time to visit

Paul Theroux: 10 places that changed me

From Belfast's ‘civilised' anarchy in the 80s to Vietnam's lessons in forgiveness, Paul Theroux recalls the destinations that have thrilled, intrigued and even terrified him

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

City hot spots: Accra, Ghana

Elaborate coffins and swish new restaurants are just some of the options in Ghana's curious capital

Africa: the myth and the reality

The West must change its arrogant attitude to Africa as the continent grows and thrives, says Ian Birrell

Morocco's Berber beekeepers

Olivia Gunning Bennani joins Morocco's rural beekeepers in the Agadir region

On the road with... Josh Groban

The classical singer on fruity rider requests and singing in the rain on tour

South Africa's Little Ten: the best small wildlife to spot in South Africa

Aside from the Big Five, there's another story at the end of the zoom lens. As naturalist Chris Packham and writer Emily Payne discover, sometimes it's not the size that matters — meet South Africa's Little 10

Keith's connections: Nigeria

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, visiting the King of Lagos and Nollywood in Abuja

Marrakech: Delano

One of the newest hotels in Marrakech, the Delano combines modern design with a traditional Moroccan flavour. It's a winning formula, says Ianthe Butt

Five of the best international restaurants in South Africa

Sample the world on a plate in the Rainbow Nation itself, South Africa

Four of South Africa's best new bars

The best watering holes for wine, cocktails or craft beers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Five of the best hotels in South Africa

Sleep off South Africa's great food and wine at one of these welcoming hotels

South Africa's best restaurants

South Africa is one of the best new food destinations, according to critic Bruce Palling. He should know. He spent 15 days eating 200 dishes, drinking 60 wines in 30 restaurants across Johannesburg, Cape Town and beyond...

Five unusual ingredients used in South Africa

On his food tour of South Africa, Bruce Palling came across five ingredients to challenge the palate

Five of the best South African chefs

Five master chefs in the making from Johannesburg and Cape Town

Five of South Africa's best sommeliers

The best noses sniffing out South Africa's finest wine lists in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch

Five of the best affordable restaurants in South Africa

Where to eat like a king for £20 a head in South Africa

Global tribes: Botswana's heavy-metal cowboys

The global groups, trends and subcultures you may not know about. This month, Botswana's heavy metal fans

Marrakech: Palais Namaskar

Built on the principle that your stay should be as relaxing as is possible, the luxurious Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, makes for an exotic break, says Lucy Thackray

Five of the best South African restaurants

The best restaurants for contemporary, experimental, sophisticated or authentic cuisine in South Africa

Keith's connections: Ghana

A new column about Britain by a frequent flyer*. This month, Ghana's thriving capital and unique sights

The topsy-turvy travel planner: art in Johannesburg

Travel from a different angle. This month, journey to Johannesburg in South Africa for a spot of gallery-hopping

The curious travel index

Travel is getting to know a place from the inside out, challenging perceptions and coming back different. Our esteemed panel of judges has deliberated and debated over all that has changed their minds and sparked their imagination in the past year. The results are now in...

Global tribes: Ethiopia's accidental football fans

Ethiopian tribespeople are unwittingly supporting the Gunners, the Blues and the Red Devils with their choice of bright attire

Surfing in Oualidia, Morocco

Morocco is well known for its city souks and riads but Oualidia's surfing conditions makes it well worth a visit

The Winter Sun Q&A

Want a sunshine break but can't face planning it? Start right here with the help of our expert panel. From lazy beach breaks to trekking sun-drenched mountains, they have it covered

Notes from a traveller: Charlize Theron

The actor and producer talks of LA life and her South African roots

Four great family adventures

Whether you're travelling with a toddler or dragging 'grown-up' teenagers along, the family holiday has potential to be the mother of all battles — but it doesn't have to be. Our writers come up with the perfect solution

A horseback safari in Botswana

Lions, crocodiles and an angry elephant... eventing champion Mary King takes the perils of a horseback safari in Botswana in her stride, reports Jane Flanagan. Photography by Jenny Zarins

Lagos: heart of Nigerian hip hop

With Nigeria’s newly invigorated music scene finally emerging from the shadows of highlife and imported US hip-hop, Yinka Ibukun explores the jumping sound of Naija. Photography by Adolphus Opara

5 of the best romantic hotels

Five of the best romantic hotels, from Venice to Agra. Chosen by Amanda Morison, Jane Dunford and Ianthe Butt

Flying Start

Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding meets the South Africans who have been given a Flying Start

Where to eat, drink and stay in South Africa

Angela Hartnett recommends the best places to eat, drink and stay in South Africa.

Meeting Mandela – John Simpson's first time meeting Nelson Mandela

He’s the father of modern South Africa, practically a living saint with a long line of presidents, royalty and supermodels waiting to meet him. John Simpson has been granted an audience more than most and here reveals the man behind the myth

The World Cup guide to Durban

As South Africa gears up to host the World Cup and welcome thousands of visitors, Rosie Millard offers an insider’s guide to the best sights and bites in Durban

The World Cup guide to Jo'burg

As South Africa gears up to host the World Cup and welcome thousands of visitors, Rosie Millard offers an insider’s guide to the best sights and bites in Jo'burg

South Africa: Angela Hartnett's gastronomic tour

Looking for an authentic taste of South Africa? Who better to guide you than Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett? On a tour of Cape Town - the latest foodie destination - she eats, drinks and gets merry with the country's top bon vivants. Fiona Sims joins her

The World Cup guide to Cape Town

As South Africa gears up to host the World Cup and welcome thousands of visitors, Rosie Millard offers an insider’s guide to the best sights and bites in Cape Town

Return to Karoo: South Africa's Eastern Cape

South Africa’s Karoo is 30,000 sq miles of unforgiving, achingly lonely landscape. It’s also home to a new generation of game reserves that are malaria-free, luxurious and affordable. Justin Cartwright returns to the place of his childhood and checks into the serene Mount Camdeboo

South Africa: the million-dollar hole in one

In his best-selling book, Dream On, amateur golfer John Richardson described his quest to hit a par round within a year. Now, on a trip to South Africa, he faces a new challenge and the chance to win a fortune

The best spas in Africa

For beauty that's more than skin deep, recuperate with some African-style pampering

Nelson Mandela's South Africa

Home to sweeping coasts and epic hills, South Africa’s little-known Eastern Cape is where Nelson Mandela grew up. David James Smith visits the land and people that forged the great man.

John Simpson: Letter from Zimbabwe

Gentle people, glorious countryside, low crime: sometimes journalists find hidden gems in unusual places – even ones they’re banned from

The most romantic hotels for a honeymoon

All you really need for the ideal honeymoon is a hotel you don't want to leave - a place where the rooms are fabulous, the food is wonderful and your every need is catered for. We pick the 12 most romantic hotels in the world - one for each month of the year

Mozambique: my man in Africa

Not wanting her urban ten-year-old son to be reared solely on Game Boy and crisps, Lucy Cavendish takes him to a trailblazing eco-lodge in Mozambique, where he eats crabs’ legs, enjoys popularity with the local little league and overcomes his fear of the dark