View from the crater rim of Erta Ale - one of the most active volancoes in the world - into the active, red glowing lava lake. Erta Ale is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, only some kilometers from the border to Eritrea.

Ethiopia: the land of lava and third century churches

For those who can tolerate rough sleeping and a touch of vertigo Northern Ethiopia offers a delightful remedy to the excesses of modern tourism from Danakil to the mountains of Tigray

The rise of the running holiday

From a Nepalese running trek to a race around a Swiss mountain, running holidays are growing in appeal

From capital to coast: the Mombasa-Nairobi railway

Kenya’s old colonial railway gets a Chinese revamp that catapults travellers from Nairobi to Mombasa in a matter of hours