My friend Laurel, author of the lovely Monkeys and Mountains, is presently exploring Namibia. I was reminded of my visit in this country in the south-western corner of Africa and inspired to dig out the photo albums. Travellers flock to Namibia to get up close with wildlife, to see Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast, [...]
I was on my way from Banjul to the bush camp at Tendaba in a 4×4, a brutally long trip in scorching heat, when we stopped at Tendaba Airport to stretch our legs. The little airport didn’t get much use back then, although the occasional aircraft did use the landing strip; carrying the president and other [...]
Many years ago, I was sailing on the River Gambia, and stopped here at what was then known as James Island. The tiny, yet important, island was renamed Kunta Kinteh Island in 2011. The River Gambia gave Europeans access to Africa’s mysterious interior. Many were the explorers and traders who sailed up this mighty river; [...]
Crossing borders in Africa can be difficult, next to impossible – or easy as pie. Senegal was in the latter category. Back in 1996, at least. I spent a bit of time in The Gambia that year, and enjoyed it. It was an easy place to be. One day, I met a group of fellow [...]
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…
8 places I’d rather be right now: Spitsbergen, Australia, Devonport (New Zealand), Singapore, Buenos Aires, Paris, Cape Town and Namibia.
Thursday 10 January 2008: And so we’re leaving Egypt. We see Death on the Nile in the bus from Luxor to Hurghada. Those who aren’t sleeping, that is. We’ve had yet another early morning; up at 0545. Of course! Haven’t seen this film in years. It seems an appropriate ending to our fantastic trip. We [...]