New Issue!

We are delighted to bring you yet another inspired Issue, featuring Dubai-based South African Restauranteur Natasha Sideris of Tasha’s Group as our cover story. Hear from our resident contributors on the transformative power of travel, details of trips to Victoria Falls, the tourism upsurge in Ghana’s Volta Region, and the coolest hang-out spots in Kigali. Journey with us to Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, experience exceptional luxury safari hospitality at Singita Boulders, and traverse Cape Town and its surroundings!

Jan-Feb 2023 Issue.

Issue 20 of Travel Essence Magazine unpacks the best of luxury safari experiences on both sides of the Mighty Victoria Falls, featuring a fireside chat with Sara Gardiner, Founding Owner of Matetsi Victoria Falls, a run down by Abu Dhabi based Marcia Mcleod of her experience at the Victoria Falls Hotel, and what Editor-in-Chief loved about her stay at Tongabezi – a pristine, riverside retreat in Livingstone, Zambia.

Our Previous Magazine Issues

From the pulse of great cities onto adventures within wide plains, journey with us across Africa and the Middle East

Amapiano Icon FOCALISTIC takes to the stage in Dubai at the All Africa Festival, and we get to hear from him what it has been like to see his career go beyond South Africa’s borders!

Meet Co-Founder and Owner of the Amalinda Collection – Sharon Stead, and learn more about her love for Zimbabwe and her commitment to conservation.

On the cover: Zimbabwe’s famed musical icon Jah Prayzah on bringing the heartbeat of Zimbabwe’s music to Dubai. Learn the design inspiration behind Dubai’s landmark Museum of the Future.

Meet Suzanne Brown, a tourism entrepreneur who wears many hats, with “Safari Mom” being her most prized! Check out one of Dubai’s newest family resorts on the Deira Islands.

In our first Issue of 2022, we learn more about what inspired Travel Essence Magazine from our Editor-in-Chief, Yvonne Mtengwa, and the importance of more Africans promoting the continent to the world

In our June 2022 Issue, we connect with Nick Holme as he takes on an awe-inspiring expedition of walking 800km around the world’s largest man-made lake – Lake Kariba

Yet another exciting Issue that celebrates the African renaissance in Dubai, new attractions, and the opening of Dubai Expo 2020, before we cut across Africa and hear from some of the continent’s stalwarts in conservation!

In our last Issue of 2022, we speak with Farai Chimba, General Manager of the iconic, 119-year-old Victoria Falls Hotel on the property’s heritage story.

Packed with your Africa and UAE travel inspiration, in our 1st Anniversary Issue, you’ll meet Dubai-based serial entrepreneur Joe Osawaye, connect with Terry & Sheona Sanders of Iganyana Tented Camp

Stella Fubara-Obinwa graces our May Cover as she speaks on her career in Global Destination Marketing for the African diaspora. Also inside May’s Issue, we hear from Commercial Leader within Africa’s airlines industry Timothy Njihia

What’s local in Africa, what’s local right here in Dubai where we are based? Whether you are Africa bound, or thinking to take a bit of an escape to the desert for a lot of sun and sand, stay with us!

In our Cover Story, meet Zahirah Marty, South African TV darling turned Dubai-based brand marketing entrepreneur, Becca’s Wine Swop Founder Rebecca Sibanda 

The new year reels in new journeys across Africa. In our Cover Story, we hear from Beks Ndlovu, CEO of African Bush Camps on his path to building a luxury bush camp company. 

Vintage Magazine Issues

From the pulse of great cities onto adventures within wide plains, journey with us across Africa and the Middle East

In our December Issue we connect with CEO of Ker & Downey® Africa Lee Kelsall on building legacies through luxury travel business, TJD Travel Entrepreneurs Michelle Karam and Dennis Stever

October’s Issue of Travel Essence Magazine is packed! In our cover story, we connect with South African TV personality Chef Lentswe Bhengu as he talks to us about chasing his passion in the continent’s culinary world.

In the August Issue of Travel Essence Magazine, we hear from Taste-makers Zephne Weston, Luke Brown, Mosi Wines Founder Tongai Dhafana and others; also learning more about solo travel, journeys

It keeps getting better! As we welcome the skies opening, September’s Issue brings you more compelling interviews from African tastemakers and entrepreneurs we take a trip to Rwanda and the earth’s “Last Eden”

Introducing the Inaugural Issue of Travel Essence Magazine, a digital magazine curated to connect expat communities living and working in the UAE and the wider MENA region

In this November 2020 Issue, we get up close with the Rwanda Ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency Emmanuel Hategeka who answers the question: “Why visit Rwanda?”



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