When we applied for help from our readers to fill our bare Africa pages, we got sent loads of beautiful pictures and fascinating stories. See a roundup of them below. There are still some African countries without a single tip though (see list below), so keep 'em coming!
Tipper and diver Fishfan reported on some great dive spots in Sharks Bay
, Egypt, plus Pemba Island
Jon Strange sent photos and great advice on how to avoid the tourist hordes in one of Namibia's oldest game parks: Etosha National Park
. He also sent some really beautiful pictures from around Swakopmund
. National Geographic next!
Paradise island Zanzibar
looked stunning through Chris Bowden's lens, and he has also been snapping away in Muscat
Not many people have been to creepy-crawly hotspot Madagascar
, but Sam Parkes has been and sent us a great introduction. Read it at your own risk - you will want to go!
Tanzania's capital, Dar Es Salaam
, finally got a well-overdue introduction from Chris Bowden, and while he was at it, he also let us know why Kisumu
, Kenya, is a tourist attraction in itself, and not just a major port on Lake Victoria.
Staying in Kenya, and with the same author, Chris describes why he loves the African, Arabian, Indian and European fusion that is Mombasa
, and why Mount Kenya
proviodes an unforgettable climb. He also reported from "pleasantly peaceful" Malindi
on the coast.
Catriona got down and dusty on the road to Timbuktu
. But it was well worth it – she got to take part in the famous Festival Au Desert and survived to send us the story and accompanying pictures.
Chris Bowden thinks Nairobi
is the greatest city in east Africa. Find out why here
and then read his guide to the “unknown jewel of the Kenyan coast” - Lamu.
Sissi sent us some text plugging Maputo
in almost completely overlooked Mozambique. Fishfan also went to Tofo, met a sea monster and got totally smitten. Read about his underwater escapades here.
Abigail Edge send us an account on her whistle-stop tour of Morocco
, and Essaouira
got some fresh photos and an in-depth guide from Sissi to show us how to do this UNESCO world heritage listed city like a pro.
Les Sturch proved that Fes
is one photogenic city with some gorgeous pictures from medinas and palaces.
Les has also been to a slighly less touristy destination: Rwanda. He sent us text and photos from Kigali
has got both wildlife, deserts and the coast with the ghostliest name. Read Les Sturch's essential guide
to the country and then let Anne Consedine explain the colours of the Namibian flag
Nearby in Kruger National Park
, South Africa, Patrick Garvey nearly met his maker while working with wildlife. Check out his photos
and read his story
to pick up some useful tips on what to do when confronted with a big cat, plus Tom Kelly's detailed guide
on where to stay, eat and play in the park.
Staying in South Africa, Durban
got a nod from Tom Kelly, who recommend its huge and sandy beaches.
Simon Hammett also did some charity work while in Malawi. He sent us some very artful pictures from his time there. We turned them in to a gallery
Meanwhile over in Mali
, Susan Pickin did a trip of a lifetime with a very special companion – her two-year-old daughter. She sent us a transcript
of their adventures and some pictures
And last, but not least, Les Sturch (he really has been everywhere) gives the lowdown on how to stay ahead of the game in Arusha
, the gateway to some of Tanzania's most legendary game parks.
But some African places are still sadly neglected. If you have been to any of the following places – or anywhere else in Africa – send us an account on your travels and any pictures to: email@example.com
Masai Mara, Kenya
Mafia Island, Tanzania
Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Plus anywhere in: