Africa Top10 Lifestyle & Travel News

1Remembering Aretha Franklin and Her Heartfelt Connection with Nelson Mandela

The world said goodbye to the queen of soul this week. Look back at her amazing musical history and the special relationship she shared with Nelson Mandela.

SOURCES: Okayafrica

2Somali Architecture Students Are Stitching Back the Country’s Built Heritage Digitally

With war having ravaged much of the country’s historic architecture, some enterprising architecture students are “rebuilding” Somalia digitally.

SOURCES: Design Indaba

310 Fashion Influencers to Watch from Lagos

Nigeria is filled with stylish women, but here are 10 from Lagos who are making their marks as true influencers of fashion.

SOURCES: Elle

4Tennis Star to Black Panther Writer

Listen to Nigerian-American author, Nnedi Okorafor, tell the story of how she transitioned from being a tennis star to an acclaimed writer, and why she wasn’t initially a fan of Black Panther.

SOURCES: BBC Outlook

5Why African Women are Loving Ciara’s ‘Freak Me’ Video

Shot in Soweto, Ciara’s latest video exudes girl power and African women, in particular, are loving it.

SOURCES: Essence

6Affordable Way to Explore Botswana’s Wildlife Wonderland, if you’re willing to get a Little Muddy

Ozy looks at the cheapest and most exciting way of visiting one of the best safari spots on the planet called Botswana’s Chobe National Park.  Rent a car, sleep in tents and cook your own food. A brand-new 4×4 goes for $90 a day, which is how much some lodges charge per person for a two-hour guided safari. Get a car with a sleeping nook on the vehicle’s roof, or pitch a tent at a camping site for about $25 a night.

SOURCES: Ozy

7Consider Cape Verde for Your Next Island Getaway

Look at the map of Africa and you’ll notice a cluster of small islands near West Africa. For starters, if you’re heavily into water activities, then you’ll find Cape Verde to be your own personal playground as the islands are consistently ranked as one of the top spots for kite surfing in the world.

SOURCES: AFK Travel

8A Chance to Catch your Breath in this Egyptian Gem

One of Aswan’s great joys is its juxtaposition of rural and urban. While the city hub rims the east bank, all you have to do is hop on a local ferry to Elephantine Island or Gharb Aswan on the west bank, and within a few minutes you’re surrounded by traditional Nubian village life.

SOURCES: Lonely Planet

9New Luxury Namibian Tented Camp

The 6 tent camp, in Kaokoland, a northwestern part of Namibia, opened in May this year.  Hoanib Valley Camp, located in the Sesfontein Community Conservancy, is the brainchild of Natural Selection, a company behind some of the most unique safari experiences.

SOURCES: IOL Travel

10Get Buried in Books in Johannesburg

An eclectic 45-year-old Johannesburg shop is awash with books, and it has found the secret to used-bookshop success. With two million books, 500,000 vinyls and a 45-year history, this ramshackle family bookstore business has to be seen to be believed making it the biggest, most chaotic used bookstore in the Southern Hemisphere.

SOURCES: Ozy