Here at Sophie's World, we love exploring the world's curious places. Today, I thought I'd share a different kind of curiosity Alex and I encountered in the Seychelles some years ago, a botanical curiosity. On the island of Praslin is a beautiful nature reserve called Vallée de Mai (May Valley). Not only is this valley beautiful, it's also quite unusual. [...]
I've just returned from an all too quick visit to Tanzania. Though I was mostly on the deliciously spicy (in every sense) island of Zanzibar, I managed to get a look at دار السلام as well. A look at where, you ask? Why, the Haven of Peace, of course. Or Dar es Salaam, as it's more commonly known. At least [...]
I was going through some old photos and this one from the fish market in Maputo brought a smile to my face. It's been about 15 years, gosh - yet I remember well wandering through this lively bazaar and chatting with these friendly, cheeky ladies. The Maputo fish market was near the beach - still is, I expect, and everything [...]
During a visit in South Africa earlier this year, I visited Imizamo Yethu, a township just outside Cape Town. I was first in South Africa in 1993, just months before Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president. At that time, by chance, I met a man who ran tours in the SOuth WEst TOwnships near Johannesburg. I was of two [...]
Imagine standing here, looking across to the mainland, knowing that’s where your family and friends are – and where you might not set foot for 20 years or so. View of Cape Town from Robben Island. Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment here on Robben Island. However, although he is the island's most famous inmate, there’s [...]
Happy Friday, folks - with another #frifotos-inspired* post. The theme is fall, interpretation is wide open. And fall, of course, is much more than the American word for autumn. I'm in a splashing mood today, so I'll choose one of my favourite features of nature, a waterfall. And not just any waterfall, but one of the world's largest: Victoria Falls [...]
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, Fish River Canyon, the sand [...]
I was on my way from Banjul to the bush camp at Tendaba in a 4x4, 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 dignitaries mostly. These days, most [...]
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; some even hoping to find [...]
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 Scandinavians, all Swedes and Danes, [...]
The semi-desert landscape of Klein Karoo I'm still in the Caucasus, and articles will be coming up when I'm back, or possibly before (Internet cafes depending). Meanwhile, I thought I'd tell you about this worthwhile animal rescue project in South Africa. On an impromptu visit in Cape Town earlier this year, to meet my childhood friend Ingrid, we [...]
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.
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