Dunes, camels and clay castles

SHIMMERING DESERT: My camel plodded through this remote corner of Morocco at the edge of the Saharan Desert.

I was following one of Africa's most mythic, and historic, trading routes: the road to Timbuktu.

Surprises at every turn

The Blue Nile tumbling into a chasm on its way from its source in Lake Tana to its meeting with the White Nile in Khartoum.

Once crippled by famine and drought, Ethiopia has moved on from its dark past, discovers Jill Worrall.

Johannesburg: the new hipster hotspot

Neighbourgood's market is held on Saturdays, which can draw as many as 6000 people.

Organic food and craft beer helping to drive growth in a city still bearing scars of apartheid.

The end of lion hunting gallery

'Maasai Olympics'

The Maasai community are trading lions for medals in an attempt to end an enduring tradition.

Now is the time for a safari

SAFARI SLUMBER: To see the greatest wildlife show on Earth, head for the Masai Mara in Kenya in August, when the wildebeest migration happens as 1.5 million animals sweep out of Tanzania's Serengeti to the Masai Mara.

While the confused and the scaredy-cats wimp out, now's the best time to book a safari.

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