Travel + Leisure: Could An Oil-Drilling Ban Save Virunga’s Gorillas?
The situation in Uganda, the DRC, and Rwanda is pretty grim for the region’s endangered mountain gorilla population. Many of you may have seen the documentary Virunga, about oil-drilling efforts in the DRC; the outrage generated from that Leonardo DiCaprio-produced film forced UK firm SOCO to abandon its oil exploration contracts in the region. But things aren’t looking up yet: I reported on the latest on efforts to pressure the Ugandan government to stop soliciting bids for oil contracts in the Lake Edward region. It’s a complex issue, but you can read more about it here.
Surface: Outside the Box
For Surface magazine’s February issue, I interviewed Johannesburg architect and property developer Arthur Blake, the mastermind behind the funky 27 Boxes retail complex — constructed entirely out of shipping containers. Read the profile here.
New York Times: A Namibian Road Trip
My latest New York Times story also marks a milestone for me: it’s my first feature on the cover of their travel section. I recount a seven-day, 1,500-mile road trip across Namibia with four of my friends through a series of lessons we learned along the way. Read it here.
New York Post: Africa on Sale
Looking for reasons to visit South Africa? How about seven reasons? I wrote about seven excellent reasons to get here ASAP, to take advantage of the country’s depreciating currency. Read them all here.
Robb Report: The Top 21 Destinations for 2016
It’s that time of year again — so many lists! For Robb Report‘s take on the top travel spots for 2016, I reported on the Cape Winelands near Cape Town as well as Namibia. See what other destinations made the list!