Many Africas

When this is all over...

If you are reading this, you are stuck indoors, yearning to travel. This website was set up to help that experience become more meaningful, and less of a purchased, packaged product. Connections with people and their experience of the places we travel through are more important to this website than those places simply being a backdrop to your photos. As I write, in early April 2020, the first three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in one of the countries covered in this website, Malawi, where there are six ventilators. I can only hope that it does not spread in Africa as widely as it has in Europe and North America, but if it does it will be devastating. So please browse these pages, but before you do, consider donating money to large efforts or small-scale community hardship funds, or purchasing products from community enterprise projects. Read on for the original introduction:

Development, Conservation, Travel

Welcome to Many Africas. In an era of rapid climate change, the idea that travel is even a good thing is in question. The answer, for this website at least, is to do it infrequently and purposefully, and compensate for it massively and thoughtfully, both in our own energy consumption habits and in supporting offsetting schemes. Essentially, fly once a year, stay longer, travel more slowly. This may still prove to be an inadequate response to the challenges ahead, but we remain keen to hold onto the idea that travel is good for you, and for the place you visit. This site exists to promote sustainable travel in sub-Saharan Africa, which both economically develops and also conserves wild, rural and marginal areas. It is a delicate triangulation. If done properly, both the people and wildlife of an area can derive huge benefits from visitors, both international and local - the latter especially important as the great African urbanisations develop. This page covers selected regions in a handful of countries - Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Namibia, and will gradually add more (Mozambique and Benin were on the radar for 2020 - we'll see!). On these pages you will find suggested itineraries, best-practice examples from travel operators, lodges and organisations which organise volunteers, as well as stories of people encountered along the way.

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