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A holiday maker laps up the sun on the second largest island of a five-island archipelago. This slice of paradise was one of the few places that was safe to visit during the final years of this country’s protracted civil war. As the photograph suggests, it is everything that an Indian Ocean island should be. White, palm-lined beaches give way to superb diving […]

Where am I?

Visitors to this sleepy town in North Africa are greeted by the remains of an enormous amphitheatre rising from the desert sands. Photo © Ali Afghah Second in size only to the Colosseum in Rome, it was built in the third century AD by the Romans during their 600-year occupation of this part of the continent. The […]

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Like a scene from Dante’s ‘Inferno’, this low-lying geological phenomenon in the Horn of Africa experiences hellish conditions. Photo © Jean Filippo Temperatures reach 55 °C, rainfall is scant and its floor is seismically unstable, with pools of sulphur-laden water that evaporates and cools to reveal salts of every hue and shape. In addition, the earth’s crust is so thin […]

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When you drive across the arid, undulating plains of one of southern Africa’s least populated countries, little warning is given of the dramatic fissure that scars its face. Here ancient cliffs in shades of purple, lilac and gold drop vertiginously to a winding river, which in the hot summer dries up to form still pools. Everything about the chasm is impressive: it is 161 […]