The region's media map is varied – the best publications tend to come out of South Africa. Elsewhere, you'll find plenty of local (usually pretty sensationalist) newspapers.

Best Sources for Regional News

  • All Africa ( Posts numerous articles every day, collated from more than 125 different news organisations.
  • BBC News ( Up-to-the-minute news from across the continent.
  • Africa Confidential ( Subscription-only but arguably the most respected news source on the continent.
  • Open Africa ( Excellent site detailing off-the-beaten-track tourism supporting job creation and conservation.
  • Political Africa ( Latest stories on Africa from various news services around the world, plus links to sport, economics and the UN in Africa.


  • News magazines that cover the continent include Africa Today, Business Africa and New African. All are available from newsagents in South Africa and bookshops in capital cities elsewhere.
  • Getaway magazine, a South African publication, covers travel in Southern Africa, with articles ranging from epic 4WD trips to active and not-so-active tours all over the region.
  • Africa Geographic, published online, should be considered essential reading for every Africa buff, with a focus on wildlife and conservation.

Press Freedom

According to the 2016 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters without Borders (, Namibia had the best record for press freedom in the region, ranking a highly respectable 17th out of 180 countries (higher then Canada, the US, the UK and Australia). Also doing well were South Africa (39th) and Botswana (43rd). Far less impressive were Swaziland (153rd), Zimbabwe (124th) and Zambia (114th).