This small fishing village declared itself the Republic of Hout Bay in the 1980s, with a flag, passport and anthem. Today, only the passport remains. If you’re in Cape Town, I recommend a stop at the charming harbour.
After my recent re-visit to Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, I’ve a series of posts coming up. I’ll cover a cheetah, lion and rhino rescue project, another self-declared micro-nation, the infamous prison isle Robben Island, a thought-provoking visit in a township and I might even say a word or two about Cecil Rhodes and [...]
By Catarina Redisch in Aswan, Egypt Aswan is a city on the Nile, and very interesting, especially if you like extremes. Did you know that Aswan is one of the driest places on earth? Aswan High Dam If you like extremes, you’ll really like the Aswan High Dam, one of the greatest engineering projects of [...]
I was once in Gaborone, the somewhat unassuming capital of Botswana. Just for a weekend, really. Everything was closed and the town was very quiet. My young self, well… younger self, was easily bored, so after a few days I hopped on a bus to much livelier Jo’burg across the border. Gaborone jacaranda trees, photo [...]
As I write this, I’m sat at Heathrow, waiting for British Airways to fly me 30 000 ft or so above the warm African night. It’s a spur of the moment decision. I meant to call my friend from primary school, Ingrid, to see if we could find time for a coffee. Turns out she’s [...]
The Edfu Temple is the best preserved in Egypt, perhaps in all of antiquity. The pylon here is an impressive 56 metres high, taller than the one at Karnak.
Abby has recently returned from volunteering in Malawi, an experience which has given her an incredible insight into life in rural Africa.
It’s a hot January day and I’m in a minibus, flying across a Lesotho mountain road, wondering whether the holes in the windscreen are caused by bullets…