Reminiscing a bit today, as I've dug out yet another batch of old photos from the pre-digital age. Lake Malawi today, folks - where I had ended up on a whim, really. Whims are how my travels roll. I was at the tail end of [...]
Here at Sophie's World we're passionate about animal welfare. It's perhaps genetic: apart from the family and very close friends, our mum/grandmum generally preferred animals to people. The rest of us aren't quite that extreme, at least not yet. Alexandra is a vegetarian solely for [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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...