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Safe­guard­ing the com­mon her­itage of hu­man­ity

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Safe­guard­ing Africa’s an­cient rock paint­ings and hunt­ing cul­tural trea­sures; An­daman’s

lat­est re­sort Taj Ex­ot­ica opens a win­dow to the re­gion’s eco-di­ver­sity; In­dul­gences on Glad­den, an is­land sanc­tu­ary in the mid­dle of Belize Bar­rier Reef; Zuri Zanz­ibar’s pri­vate gar­den pods and lazy ham­mocks up the game for East Africa; Con­rad Mal­dives makes it pos­si­ble to sleep with the fishes; Capella Shang­hai’s

shiku­men townhouses show off their tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­tural styles; Gucci’s one stop venue in Florence for its eclec­tic in­spi­ra­tions and de­signer cuisine; Ho­tel le Saint Paris,

Paris’s seduction at its best; Ex­pe­ri­ence music with an edge at Stock­holm’s Hosoi; No­mad in Los An­ge­les brings Old Hollywood glitz to the to the In­sta­gram world; Syd­ney’s spec­tac­u­lar har­bour front liv­ing in Bill­yard and ring­ing the glam up in Para­mount House.

“Africa’s rock art is the com­mon her­itage of all Africans, but it is more than that. It is the com­mon her­itage of hu­man­ity.” ––Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela. Sure you’ve seen the Big 5, but you haven’t re­ally taken the ul­ti­mate ad­ven­ture un­til you’ve hunted for African rock art.

Get a win­dow into thou­sands of years of African cul­ture and iden­tity, and since Africa is known as the cra­dle of civil­i­sa­tion, gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of your own. Travel the con­ti­nent and learn about no­madic peo­ple while ex­plor­ing breath­tak­ing land­scapes filled with ex­otic wildlife in Egypt, Niger, Chad, Morocco, Tan­za­nia, Kenya, Zim­babwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Take a Zim­bab­wean jour­ney with David Coulsen, a Paris-born 40-year res­i­dent of Africa. The Bri­tish ad­ven­turer, pho­tog­ra­pher and ar­chiv­ist has re­dis­cov­ered and doc­u­mented more rock art sites across the con­ti­nent than any­one else alive or dead. Ten to twelve-day itin­er­ar­ies take guests deep into the bush, pep­pered with UN­ESCO her­itage sites and thou­sands of rock art dis­plays.

En­joy the added ben­e­fit of help­ing TARA (Trust for African Rock Art) safe­guard this cul­tural her­itage against van­dal­ism be­fore it’s too late. Kill two bucket list items––con­serv­ing the world’s cul­tural re­sources while on sa­fari––with one stone, er, rock art trip. african­rockart.org/rock-art-sa­faris/

Rep­til­ian hu­man fig­ures Paint­ing of a fish ap­pear­ring to emerge from the rock. Mashona­land Ma­tobo hills Finely de­tailed bichrome ze­bra. Mashona­land

Bal­anc­ing rocks out­side of Harare Ma­tobo Hills, Zim­babwe

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