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Interested in the curious and wonderful continent that is Africa? Then begin your exploration with these Africa travel stories.

Latest Africa travel stories

The Cape Peninsula: penguins, baboons and spectacular scenery (Day out Cape Town)

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 and Hout Bay - another self-declared micro-nation. I'll talk about the infamous prison at Robben Island and a thought-provoking visit in a township. I might even say a word or two about Cecil [...]

By |18 February 2013|Animals, Daytrip, South Africa, UNESCO World Heritage|

Things to do with your kids in Aswan

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 all time. This dam created [...]

By |10 February 2013|Africa with kids, Egypt, Middle East with kids, Quirky corners|

Dreaming of Gaborone

As I write this, I'm sitting on the terrace of Ashanti Guesthouse in Cape Town, thinking about Botswana. I was once in Gaborone, Botswana's somewhat unassuming capital. 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 [...]

By |22 January 2013|books & films, Botswana, Travel writing|

Cape Town revisited

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 in Cape Town, so why [...]

By |16 January 2013|Seasonal, current, South Africa|

The Lesotho Incident

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...

Furthermore, it is my opinion that Carthage must be destroyed (Day out Tunis)

Carthage was the work of a woman. Phoenician Queen Dido founded this African city, and it soon became a thriving, brilliant civilization.

Reading the past with the Rosetta Stone

The British Museum is one of my favourite museums in the world. Yet, like many museums in the western world, the British Museum should probably return some of the artefacts to their country of origin. One of these is the Rosetta Stone, a stele from 196 BCE. It belongs, if not in Rosetta, at least in Egypt. I think it [...]

By |1 September 2011|Egypt, England, Idle musings, Travel through time|

Stories of flying

Recently, a friend of mine was on a plane hit by lightning. Seemed scary enough, but the pilot had quickly explained very calmly that it was nothing to worry about. A bit later the plane landed safely. Most of my stories of flying have been more funny than scary. And whenever I'm bored, I snap pictures from above. Northern Zealand, [...]

We found our way out of Egypt… for now – and a summary

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 recognise tons of places we [...]

Luxor Temple, and a slight fever

Wednesday 9 January 2008 It's our last night in Egypt - and to come full circle, we'll see Luxor Temple. Remember the avenue of sphinxes at Karnak? Well, Karnak and this temple are at opposite ends of this gorgeous, fascinating avenue. At sunset, we stroll the short distance from our boat to the temple. It's in the middle of town. [...]

The Memnon colossi and the fabulous Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor

Still Wednesday 9 January 2008 The Memnon Colossi are two, well, colossal statues, about 20 metres high, made from crystalline quartzite, that originally were part of a huge mortuary temple. They likely depict Amenothep III, who had this temple built. 2 025 years ago, an earthquake caused a huge crack in one of the statues. Interestingly, as the temperature rose [...]

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