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  • Inside Africa
    May 28 ·
    North Africa

    Whether it’s glorious game safaris, spectacular scuba diving or simply delving into history, eastern Africa has something for everyone.

    While the great pyramids of Egypt reveal the magnificent lifestyles of ancient times, the Nile and the corals of the Red Sea provide the secrets of Egypt’s wildlife, marine life and culture. Libya is home to primitive tribal settlements, classical ruins from past civilisations and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Leptis Magna, the best preserved Roman site in the world - perfect for historians and archaeologists.

    Morocco is full of contrasts. While the Atlas Mountains provide a snow-capped backbone and the cities of Taroudant and Zagora offer a gateway to the desert, Marrakech feeds the senses with its bustling souq. Finally, Tunisia, so popular for holiday makers escaping the winter blues, its mild winters, hot summers, its long coastline of beautiful beaches and its historical towns make it a fabulous, fun-filled year-rou...  more
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  • Inside Africa
    September 15, 2018 ·
    (CNN) — Fifty years ago Uganda was the “Pearl of Africa,” a newly independent republic with a thriving economy, a functioning democracy and splendid national parks.

    It was the place to take a safari holiday — floating down the crocodile-flanked Nile, fishing on Lake Victoria, wandering among the elephant herds of Queen Elizabeth National Park or listening to the roar of mighty Murchison Falls. With films like “African Queen” shot on location there, Uganda was also a Hollywood darling.

    Then all hell broke loose.

    Four decades of violence, political turmoil and economic collapse that started with the bloodthirsty reign of Idi Amin (the self-proclaimed President for Life, Conqueror of the British Empire and Last King of Scotland) and ended with the religious psychopath Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army.

    And it wasn’t just the people who suffered: Uganda’s animal populations declined precipitously during the troubles as the various ragtag guerrilla groups feas...  more