A Passion for Africa

There is an old saying, ‘You may leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you’.  Certainly, the vibrant continent of Africa has drawn me back again and again.

Working as a travel writer and photographer for over 20 years, my work has been published in the consumer and trade press.  Articles and photographs have appeared in The Times, The Observer, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The Daily Mail, Wanderlust, Geographical, Travel Africa, Msafiri and African Business.  I am the author of Kenya: The Bradt Travel Guide and also contributed to Travel Guides – The Good Tourist, and Insight Guides to Namibia, Tanzania and Zanzibar.   I have also been copywriter and project editor on travel brochures and environmental magazines.  My photographs have been exhibited in several exhibitions.  A solo exhibition, ‘Faces of Africa‘ showed in Edinburgh and London. ‘Livingstone’s Africa‘ exhibited at the Edinburgh Fringe and was purchased by the University of Strathclyde for their Livingstone Collection – it’s on display in the Livingstone Tower in Glasgow.

As times have changed in travel writing, my photography has taken a new turn. A collaborative photography project: ‘Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs Photography Project’, working with community football teams in Africa and Scotland, led me to forming Camera Voices, a not-for-profit company. I believe photojournalism, particularly in association with communities and sport, can play an active role in highlighting development, ecotourism and conservation issues.

Safari Horizons – What’s in a name?

Safari is the Swahili word for journey – the Safari theme will be the thread that holds this eclectic blog together.  Essentially, it’s about responsible travel – predominantly in Africa, but elsewhere too as the mood dictates.   And, in the vein of responsible travel, I’ll look at the big picture, as well as the little details.

I look forward to sharing Safari Horizons with you!

Claire Foottit


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