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Kilimanjaro: Trials and tribulations Part 4

By Daniel Munslow Day 6 – The summit! With butterflies in our stomachs, we left Barafu Hut at midnight to start the summit attempt. It’s a seven-hour uphill trek with little-to-no flat surfaces to rest or recover. We were hiking on stone scree through the Alpine Desert all the way to Stella Point on the […]

Kilimanjaro: Trials and tribulations Part 3

By Daniel Munslow Day 4 Barranco Wall is a steep two-hour climb from 3870m to 4200m. It’s technical and challenging and takes you on the edge of a sheer slope. Once this segment was over, we headed out on a four-hour hike, across desert terrain and finally through the Karanga Valley to reach the Karanga […]

From the Guide’s Seat – Whitewater Rafting in Swaziland

I found it quite ironic that after spending two months working as a whitewater rafting guide in Swaziland, the first thing I noticed on my flight home was a little label on the seat in front of me : ‘lifejacket under your seat.’ “Um, excuse me Miss,” I signaled to the airhostess, “do you mind […]

Kilimanjaro: Trials and tribulations Part 2

By Daniel Munslow Day 2 We started our day at 06:15 in Machame camp at 2980m when Bariki, the server, woke us up and brought water for cleaning. There are no showers or flushing toilets for seven days. For the most part, it’s a case of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable! By 07:00 we were […]

Kenya in a Little Red Suzuki

For me, entering the world of the gainfully employed meant making the transition from freelance writer and professional beach bum, to Nairobi urbanite. It was a good move. I am now the associate editor of Destination Magazine. An occupation that allows me to combine a few of my favourite things – East African lifestyle, travel, and […]

Kilimanjaro: Trials & tribulations

By Daniel Munslow In hindsight, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into when I agreed back in September 2011 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. I obviously read a few brochures and browsed a few websites, but as I discovered nothing actually prepares you for the real thing. For that matter, nothing I read […]

Okavango Endurance: Day 1

We recently returned from an epic 11 day endurance safari trekking by foot, canoe, car and air totalling 132 km over the Okavango Delta. Lions in camp, ellies crossing rivers, two minute noodles, vaselined blisters, canoes dodging hippos, singing and playing with the San of Gudikwa – here’s how it all began:

Pharaons Rally

The Pharaons Rally is Egypt’s version of the world-famous Dakar and a thrilling endurance race across the desert. The goal is to cross the Sahara Desert in seven days, taking a 3,000 km circular route that begins under the gaze of the Sphinx in Giza, ending back in the lively Egyptian capital of Cairo. The […]

7 Summits: Paragliding Kili: Day 3

The 7 Summits crew are edging closer to their big flight off Kili. Here’s an update on their progress and a short teaser video of what you can expect.                    

7 Summits: Paragliding Kili: Day 1 & 2

Our South African paragliders are currently on day three of their expedition to summit and paraglide off Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here is a short video of their pre-trip training in Lesotho and an update on the last two days of climbing Africa’s highest mountain.

7 Summits: Paragliding Kili

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” – Nelson Mandela  

The Birds and the Beads

I have been floating on clouds. Literally as it turns out, because I managed to do the impossible, I managed to hitch a lift on a helicopter. And I have been floating on clouds ever since – metaphorically this time, marvelling at the wonder of it.

Safari feature: A great white shark quest

When I was living and guiding in the bush, the chances of seeing a lion, leopard or wild dog kill in action was fairly low. However, by trusting my knowledge of the particular predator, their hunting times, body language and feeding patterns, I could certainly increase the chances of being there in the moment.

Gravity Adventure Festival

Every year, daring people from all over South Africa congregate round the Palmiet River in Kleinmond for the Gravity Adventure Festival, ready to compete in some of the most spectacular and grueling outdoor events the country has to offer. One of the most demanding of these is a full-day 100km adventure run through the surrounding […]

Kenya Road Trip

My friend Olive and I decided to embark on a road trip to the north coast of Kenya. We set out feeling like Thelma and Louise, but were hoping to avoid murder, police chases and joint suicide. The reason for the road trip was in part, to celebrate the success of her ethical fashion label […]

Wilderness in the City

There are few places in the world where it is possible to leave your mid-city office at 5pm on a Friday, drive 10 mins, start walking, and by 7pm be in the middle of the wilderness making dinner on a log fire. The Table Mountain hut in Cape Town is one of those places. At […]

Wet ‘n Wild on the Berg

South Africa is a destination for great sporting events – people come from all over the world to take part in challenges such as the epic Cape Argus cycle race. Another bucket-list feat is the mighty Berg River Canoe Marathon – one of the longest and toughest river races in the country. This week celebrates […]

Day 1: Richtersveld video diary

If you’ve ever wondered what the fuss about the vast beauty of the Richtersveld is, or what is so special about the Kgalagadi, then this documentary of our recent visit to the Arid parks of the Northern Cape will give you an idea of what to expect. We recorded this series for you to see what […]

The Velvet Canter, Namibia

httpv:// The Velvet Canter, Namibia from Africa Geographic on Vimeo. For the full interactive story, go here: