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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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Swaziland becomes Eswatini!

Swaziland becomes Eswatini!

During the exciting and colourful 50/50 celebrations in Swaziland last month, King Mswati III made an historic announcement that the country's name would change to 'The Kingdom of Eswatini'. Meaning "place of the Swati people", Eswatini reverts to the...

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The Long Walk to Freedom

The Long Walk to Freedom

A Walk Toward Freedom My Favorite Memory of South Africa They must have been 12, some older or younger, maybe 100 in all. They were kids in school uniforms, maroon sweaters with gold accents, whites shirts with gray slacks or dresses, coming up the driveway laughing...

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Ancient Whispers of Egypt

Ancient Whispers of Egypt

Ancient Whispers "Mankind is afraid of time, and time is afraid of the Pyramids." As the awe-inspiring voice loomed across the open-air auditorium, a feeling of being transported three thousand years back in time suddenly hit me. Sitting there, in front of...

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Then and Now — Abu Simbel

Then and Now — Abu Simbel

Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses...

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Who Let The Wild Dogs Out?

The Wild Dogs on Parade I stand at the edge of the mighty Zambezi River about forty kilometers upstream from the majestic Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the border. The 'boutique' Matetsi game Lodge hosts me. The lodge perched as it is on a small...

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