Blogs from Africa


“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – not stuck in the middle, but hovering above the entire farcical spectrum, weeping as I behold my fellow man’s devotion to political illusion and self-destruction” – Robert Higgs What a week it’s been and it’s not all about the appalling events which have unfolded in South Africa. More of that very sad story later. Covid-19 is proving to be a monster pandemic unleashing a script which seemingly has no end in sight. Consider the following; in England, Boris (I need a haircut) Johnson, loosens the shackles on Covid-19 restrictions on 19th July as promised. Roughly about the same time, Boris has to self-isolate after his health minister contracts the virus. At more or less the same time, the delta variant confirms its ... read more

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls July 20th 2021

Victoria Falls Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the major waterfall on the Zambezi River. The African people who live around the falls call it Mosi-oa-Tunya which means "smoke that thunders". The water makes a roaring noise as it falls over the cliff and down into the Zambezi River below. A cloud of water vapor is always seen around the falls. Dr David Livingstone was the first European to see the falls in 1855. The Scottish missionary and explorer had heard many tales of the thundering, smoke like waters on the Zambezi. Livingston stood on a small outcrop on the edge of the falls and named them Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria. Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was interesting to ... read more

“Confusion is to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”- Isaac Newton If one likens Covid-19 to a large roulette wheel spinning in a casino and randomly stopping every now and then to deliver a new number with a sinister message, it is certainly delivering just that. A pandemic which kicked off in February 2020, continues to spin out of control and shows little heed for many of the efforts being frantically thrown at it by seriously confused humans across the globe. A quick global check reveals interesting scenarios. In England, PM Boris Johnson is desperate to announce to the Poms that Covid-19 has been defeated and life can return to normal. His target date for this massive announcement is 19th July. Will it happen? Watching Wimbledon over the past ... read more

Africa » Senegal July 13th 2021

Senegal Kermel market Alioune explained about the Senegal flag that was on his cap today. The flag consisting of three vertical green, yellow and red bands with a five pointed green star at the centre. Adopted in 1960 to replace the flag of the Mali Federation since the country gained independence that year. Senegal retained the green-yellow-red flag but substituted a green star for the kanaga. Green is seen as a symbol of hope and of the country’s major religions, while yellow is for natural riches and the wealth derived from labour. Red recalls the independence struggle, life, and socialism. The Marché Kermel was established in 1910 and one of the first in Dakar. Alioune took us first passed some of the craft stalls with the stall holders wanting to say hello, the carved wooden ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town July 9th 2021

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. It is now winter in Cape Town the gardens are full of colour especially the proteas. Kirstenbosch enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with a long, hot, dry summer (November-March) and a short, cool, rainy winter (June-August). Stunning flowers with a wonderful backdrop. read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park July 6th 2021

My live stream tour took me to Tanzania, an incredible insight into life in a Maasai village near the Serengeti with Mufasa our guide. Welcomed with song & dance we then ventured into the village where the gate is made out of a pile of Acacia sticks to keep them safe from wildlife. Cow dung & mud are daubed onto the houses by the womenfolk. The sun was setting as the cows returned from their grazing with one of the mothers immediately taking milk for the children which was served to them by the fathers. We listened to the children practice their counting skills and Mufasa sang them a song, much to their delight. As darkness fell it was time to eat, on the menu soup & goat. The younger men served the elders. A ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port St Johns July 2nd 2021

I have been 5 years of the last 6 in the region, hoping to do the world famous "Sardine Run" once. Well, now it's done. Let me explain a little the process of the Sardine Run. Each year, in June and July, the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa witness one of the biggest animal migration...underwater! Millions of sardines makes their way up from Port Elizabeth all the way to Durban. The highlight being the few weeks around the 1st July from the little town of Port St Johns to Coffee Bay in the Transkei. Put it simply....this is a mere 168kms from home if you had to draw a straight line from my home and the backpackers where we are staying in Transkei. But by road, it's 380kms...and it takes just short of 6 hours ... read more
The Wild Coast...
First day was full of action...
Bottle nose dolphins...

“There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people.” – Heinz Guderman Who would have thought as the month of June 2021 winds down that Covid-19 would by now not have disappeared? On the contrary, as we move into month seventeen of this catastrophic pandemic, this pesky virus has mutated into a monster by way of the variants constantly evolving and the scary reality that the most recent of them, the Delta variant, spreads far more easily and rapidly than any of the others to date. There is little doubt that for many of us there is a numbing acceptance that we are a long way off of getting the better of this virus and thus seeing our lives return to normal. The numbers don’t seem to matter anymore given that there is a sort ... read more

Africa » Gambia June 29th 2021

The book "Roots" by Alex Haley tells the story of Kunta Kinteh, his great great grandfather, that was captured and transported to America in the XVIII century by the slave trade. At that time, the Gambia River was a mayor waterway for slave trade inside Africa. I read "Roots" when I was 15 in Junín, my hometown... then I lived Kunta Kinteh´s story as a great adventure. Overwhelmed by surprised, I visited his home village Albreda, on the Gambia River, and we sailed 3 km to the former Fort Jame (1755) & James Island where slaves were kept. Africa in the XXI century ... ... read more
Gambia River.

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park June 21st 2021

Here we are, the last entry of a stunning long week in Namibia. We spent a night in Windhoek as we had to do the Covid test. So drop the big car for a smaller one. Next, drove to play the best golf course in Namibia, I name Omeya. Not cheap compare to South Africa, but beautiful place 30kms South of the capital. Not much to write about a crappy hotel. Dinner may have been in the number one spot by tripadvisor...we did eat way better in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The drive from Walvis Bay from Etosha took us a good 6 hours. Most of the road is actually tar which was not really expected. We crossed very few villages where here you feel really in the middle of nowhere. 10km before reaching Etosha....the Fortuner ... read more
Simba the king...a young one...

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