Emma Gregg

Travel Writer, Editor and Photojournalist

About Emma Gregg

I’m an award-winning travel writer, editor and photographer, specialising in Africa. I also cover responsible and ethical tourism in the UK, the Americas, Australia and elsewhere.

I write for National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Rough Guides, Travel Africa magazine and numerous other publications in the UK and worldwide, in print and online. Much of my published work is illustrated with my own photography, shot on location.

As an editor, I handle commissioning, picture editing and project management for books, magazines, websites, e-books and apps. I have a particular interest in projects relating to eco-friendly independent travel, including wildlife-watching, cultural tourism and community tourism.

At this critical time, it feels more important than ever that we make every flight count. With this in mind, I report on tourism initiatives and holiday experiences that have a positive impact on habitats, biodiversity and fragile communities. I’ve also turned my attention to flight-free travel opportunities and ideas.

Many, many things draw me to Africa

Many, many things draw me to Africa: the diverse cultures and rich ecology, of course, but also the fact that it’s an ancient continent poised on the brink of change. African lifestyles have already altered a great deal in the twenty or so years I’ve been visiting.

From my base in the UK, I have so far visited over 30 countries in North, West, East and southern Africa, sampling everything from obscure music festivals to high-end conservation safaris. I have also covered many of the islands around Africa, including the Canary Islands, Madeira, Cape Verde, São Tomé & Príncipe, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Epic overland journeys through some of Australia’s most stunning locations

My work as lead author of the Rough Guide to East Coast Australia and co-author of the Rough Guide to Australia has taken me on epic overland journeys through some of Australia’s most stunning locations.

I have explored Australia’s beautiful East Coast in depth, from the lush tropical rainforest and coral cays of Far North Queensland, to the cosmopolitan cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne - making plenty of side-trips to dive the Great Barrier Reef along the way.

Emma Gregg
Travel Writer, Editor and Photojournalist

Recent awards and accolades
2019 AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards: winner
2019 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards:
2018-19 Atta Media Awards: finalist
2018 BGTW Awards: highly commended
2017 BGTW Awards: winner • 2017 Atta Awards: finalist
2016 AITO Awards: finalist • 2016 Travel Media Awards: finalist
2015 Kenneth Westcott Jones Memorial Award: winner
2015 AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards: winner
2014 LATA Consumer Magazine Travel Writer of the Year:
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Recently published
RWANDA: Creative Kigali (National Geographic Traveller, April 2020)
Sleeping under the stars (Travel Africa, January 2020)
ZAMBIA: Benson Kanyembo, conservation hero (Travel Africa, January 2020)
Okavango Delta (National Geographic Traveller, January 2020)
AFRICA: Best new safari lodges of 2019 (Food and Travel, December 2019)
WILDLIFE HOLIDAYS: Giraffes, lemurs and mountain gorillas (The Times, October 2019)
NAMIBIA: Namib desert (National Geographic Traveller, October 2019)
CAPE VERDE: Travel tips (Luxair Flydoscope magazine, September 2019)
TRAVEL & TOURISM: Ecotourism in the age of climate crisis (Roca Gallery, August 2019)
RWANDA: Gorillas and chimpanzees (National Geographic Traveller, July 2019)
TRAVEL: Wildlife holidays (Audley Travel, Summer 2019)
AFRICA: Country by country (Experience Africa Canvas magazine, Summer 2019)
SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town (National Geographic Traveller, May 2019)
NAMIBIA: Plan your trip (Wanderlust, April 2019)
SOUTH AFRICA: News and trends (South African Tourism, February 2019)
AFRICA: Conservation technology; Cultural experiences (Travel Africa, January 2019)
WALES: Wreathed in legends (Arte Magazin, January 2019)

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About the artwork
The image at the top of this page is a detail of a work by Original T-Bag Designs, a craft collective of previously disadvantaged people from the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa. They hand-decorate recycled tea bags to create original art and gifts.
Their favourite quote, thought to be from Eleanor Roosevelt, is this:
“A woman is like a tea bag. You only know how strong she is when she’s put in hot water.”