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26 April 2008

KENYA

It was regarded as one of the more stable countries in Africa and holiday makers were going in ever increasing numbers for the safaris and sea sports.  Following a number of violent incidents there in January, in the wake of the disputed election results, visitor numbers have dwindled.

Tour operators Bruce Phillips and Vivian McCarthy share their experience and passion of the country and talk about their vision and hopes on how to restore the tourists’ faith in Kenya as a destination.

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and one of the most densely populated.  Much of its originally tropical forest has been turned over to agriculture leaving only relatively small areas devoted to the natural plant and wildlife of the region.

Sandi Toksvig is joined by Rob Crossan who has recently returned from the national park El Imposible and where they have flowers that smell like cocktails.  Rob also discusses the brightly coloured art of El Salvador and the popularity of the papusa – a sort of Salvadorian tortilla.


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Typical art of El Salvador


Photo: Typical art of El Salvador (© - courtesy of Rob Crossan)

This week’s guests:

Bruce Phillips
is a Kenyan who owns and runs a diving and sea sports school north of Mombasa.  Bruce loves of the Indian Ocean and his company not only serves tourists but is also involved in many environmental projects.

Buccaneer Diving, Mombasa, Kenya

Viv McCarthy is originally from Wellington, New Zealand.  He is the General Manager of Acacia Africa, an adventure holiday company, which provides safari and diving holidays from Cairo to the Cape, mostly in east Africa.

Viv is also a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and visits Africa once or twice a year.  He has a particular soft spot for Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, destinations which he finds less predictable. Viv was in Nairobi when the riots took place on 4th January and was very surprised at the trouble suddenly flaring up, although he saw very little evidence of the clashes.

Acacia Africa

Rob Crossan is a freelance journalist and broadcaster.  He writes for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Time Out, CNNTraveller, The Observer, The Sun and co-presents the BBC disability podcast Ouch.

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