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At Play in the Algerian Sahara

At Play in the Algerian Sahara

Trekking the Algerian Sahara Taghit's finest had agreed to supply a camel caravan to take me and my three traveling companions out into the depths of the Grand Erg Occidental "” the portion of the Sahara Desert that most resembles an ocean "” and come back...

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Visit The Souk – Don’t Be Afraid!

Visit The Souk – Don’t Be Afraid!

The cross-hatched trellis drew me in to the Egyptian market area in front of me. Entering the wooden arch of the souk, I was engulfed in the banter of the storekeepers. I was immediately intimidated, averting my eyes from everyone other than my husband. I didn’t want...

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Ile Goree Island, Senegal

Ile Goree Island, Senegal

When I was in Dakar for a work meeting, I had the chance to take a cultural excursion with my colleagues and the natural choice was Ile Gorée. As a small island just 3.5 km from the mainland, it had been used as a hub for the competing European powers during the...

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A Different Life, Lobamba Swaziland

A Different Life, Lobamba Swaziland

The paved highway provided a stark contrast to what I anticipated when I entered the small country of Swaziland, on the southeastern corner of the African continent. While I had expected some modern amenities and hotels, I had read intriguing stories about visits to...

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Siwa – A Magical Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert

Siwa – A Magical Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert

There was once a straight road from Cairo to the Siwa Oasis, but the desert had other ideas. Wind and sand wiped away any hopes of such convenient travel and that road is closed off today. The only way to Siwa now is up to the port of Marsa Matruh, and then down again...

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African Motorcycle Road Trip, Part 3

African Motorcycle Road Trip, Part 3

I'm out of bed early and packing the motorcycle to head further south from Springbok. My next destination is Cape Agulhas, which means a longer day of riding. About 700 kilometres (460 miles). There was a time when I'd think twice about doing a ride of this...

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African Motorcycle Road Trip, Part 2

African Motorcycle Road Trip, Part 2

The old Afrikaans gentleman says to me - "Ah, so you're going up into Africa". I'm intrigued by what he's just said. I reply, half-jokingly - "Aren't we in Africa; right here, right now?" He said nothing, just smiled back. Back on...

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African Motorcycle Road Trip, Part 1

African Motorcycle Road Trip, Part 1

My African Journey Begins, and I'm Feeling Rather Sick I've just been to the nearest travellers' medical centre and started a round of vaccinations in preparation for a road trip across southern Africa. The vaccination program covers Rabies, Typhoid,...

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Responsible Tourism in Nairobi

Responsible Tourism in Nairobi

Responsible Tourism I woke up in Nairobi, Kenya, fully rested after 13 hours on a bus to arrive there. I had been living in Tanzania doing aid work, and was eager for a long weekend in a new country. However, with tourism being one of the leading economic sectors in...

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Welcome to a Yòrubá Engagement

Welcome to a Yòrubá Engagement

A Yòrubá Engagement Preparing for the event Rain fell before our Yòrubá engagement. Not hard but just enough to give us a few minutes to collect ourselves and observe the world through tinted windows. A few feet away uninvited cameramen stand in the light rain...

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