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13 travel features tagged “History”

Is tourism undercutting Ethiopia’s rock-hewn churches?

After 700 years, Lalibela’s 11 Unesco-listed churches may be meeting their greatest foe: travellers.
Read more… 12 February 2014


Gem fever in Madagascar’s wild, wild west

A sapphire rush in the late 1990s took the small village of Ilakaka from boom to bust – leaving it an unadvisable place to linger long.
02 August 2013


A relic of days past in Madagascar

In the town of Diego Suarez, Lonely Planet writer John Vlahides hunts for an abandoned lighthouse rumoured to have been built by the French Foreign Legion.
31 July 2013


Independence days around the world

While the US celebrates with hot dogs and fireworks, freedom festivities can take many forms.
04 July 2013


The sacred and the pagan in Ethiopia’s greatest kingdom

Towering obelisks hewn from single stones stand in the ancient city of Axum, a land steeped in biblical history.
04 July 2013


A pilgrimage to Ghana’s slave forts

The fortified trading posts along Ghana’s coast are full of wreaths left by visitors who come to honour the millions of African slaves, searching for answers, belonging and roots.
Read more… 13 June 2013


Livingstone’s Zambia

In the anniversary year of his birth, follow in the Scottish explorer’s footsteps through the country that lays claim to both his most famous discovery and his buried heart.
Read more… 15 March 2013


Escaping modern life in Zambia’s north

Hunt for rock art and waterfalls, uncover a quirky museum in a sleepy border town and visit a British colonial mansion in the heart of the bush.
Read more… 12 March 2013


In search of a lost Moroccan oasis

North of the Sahara and east of the Atlantic shore is the least known of Morocco’s great mountain ranges. Meet the people of the Anti Atlas, for whom walking is a way of life.
Read more… 14 February 2013


The ancient medina of Fez

The walls that surrounds Morocco’s best-preserved medina hide a maze of narrow streets, 13th-century buildings and busy markets.
25 October 2012


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