Emma Gregg

Travel Writer, Editor and Photojournalist


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 The Independent, The Guardian, Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, 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.

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 Atta Media Awards:
2018 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards: highly commended
2017 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards: winner
2017 Atta Media 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
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: Canvas (Experience Africa, 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)
AFRICA: Safari with a difference (National Geographic Traveller, December 2018)
NEW ZEALAND: Winter adventures (Huffpost, November 2018)
KENYA: Best of Kenya (Kenya Airways Msafiri, November 2018)

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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, stationery, gifts and homewares. 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 is put in hot water.”