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Photo of the Week: Crossing the Road, South Western Uganda

  • Nicola Swann (Photo and Text)
  • 10 October 2010

A rather odd gait for a giraffe! This photo was taken in Murchison Falls National Park, one of two parks in Uganda where you can spot an abundance of these graceful creatures. But that’s not all that’s on offer in what is fast becoming Uganda’s most popular park. Covering an area of 3,840 square kilometres, the area is characterised by open plains, dotted with exotic Borassus Palms and Ugandan Kob, and host to a parade of elephants, lions, waterbucks, buffaloes and warthogs.

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Autumn Activities: Getting a High from the Low Season

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 9 September 2010

As summer takes its final bow (or winter, depending on which end of the planet you’re standing), it’s easy to think of the months ahead as a bit of a barren travel wasteland. Please don’t! Not only are off-season holidays far from the madding crowd more relaxed and easier on the wallet, but they take advantage of milder temperatures for outdoor pursuits that can be not all that fun when it’s just too darn hot… or cold! Here we put the ‘off’ season myth to bed with a selection of what to do and where after summer’s curtain call.

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Conservation in Action: Some of What’s Happening (and Where) in the WHL Group

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 26 June 2010

Word Environment Day, a celebration since 1972 of positive action for the environment, is commemorated every year on 5 June. In keeping with its aim of raising awareness of environmental issues and inciting action, we have assembled a selection of notable projects flagged by our local partners that showcase how things can be done.

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Policing the Poachers in Western Zimbabwe

  • Charlotte Moroney
  • 23 June 2010

As anyone involved in the ecotourism industry can tell you, there are conservation and environmental challenges in every tourist destination. In Zimbabwe, troubles have surfaced in the area surrounding the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. In recent years, many native animal species have suffered from an increase in poaching.

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Top Five Favourite National Parks for Nature Appreciation

  • WHL Group
  • 21 June 2010

Every year, curious travellers journey throughout the globe to escape into the untouched wild. The goal: to witness incredible plant and animal life without human interference. The WHL Group presents here five of its favourite national parks, the kinds of places where nature comes first.

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The Top 10 Developing Countries for Sustainable Adventure Tourism

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 10 June 2010

Where will you head when the wild calls? Where should we look for tour operators eager to join forces to make a positive impact on their surroundings through community development and environmental conservation projects? For inspiration, we turned to the Adventure Tourism Development Index.

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Dodging the Football Frenzy and Tackling Alternative Sporting Events in Africa

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 22 May 2010

You’d have to be holed up in Ted Kaczynski’s cabin not to know that South Africa will be hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup next month. The Beautiful Game has a special place in all Africans’ hearts and is far and away the most popular sport played on the continent. But with football mania reaching fever pitch, it’s high time we had a look at some of the other sporting events on offer in Africa.

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Photo of the Week: Banana Leaf Umbrella in Uganda

  • Nicola Swann (Photo and Text)
  • 18 April 2010

I had spent the week in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, visiting the lodges in the area. Whilst I was waiting for my flight back to Kampala, a group of enthusiastic children appeared on the airstrip. All of the children I have met in Uganda like to ball their hands into fists, shouting ‘bonga!’ when they greet you. As the plane was slightly delayed, we spent a happy hour taking photos with my camera… and lots of ‘bonga!’ poses!

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Western Uganda Comes to whl.travel as the Country’s Third Travel Portal

  • whl.travel
  • 10 April 2010

The magnificent landscapes – volcanic craters, grasslands, snowy mountain peaks and thick, verdant jungles – national parks, game reserves and bird sanctuaries coupled with the incredibly wildlife diversity and numerous activities make travel in Western Uganda enormously popular with tourists.

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whl.travel Welcomes Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Its Coverage in Africa

  • whl.travel
  • 3 March 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SWAHILI. Adoringly known as ‘Dar’ by enthusiasts, Dar es Salaam, the former capital but still premier city of Tanzania, borders the warm Indian Ocean. Once a small, Swahili fishing village located in the centre of the East African coastline, Dar now leads Tanzanian access to one of the world’s most important sea routes.

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