Help protect #JustOneRhino – and win fab prizes

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 [...]

Windhoek, a touch of Germany in Africa

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 [...]

2014-07-25T09:19:28+00:0031 August 2013|Namibia, Quirky corners|

World at a Glance: Tendaba airport terminal 3

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 [...]

2014-07-25T09:19:28+00:0021 August 2013|Gambia, Quirky corners|

World at a Glance: Kunta Kinteh Island

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 [...]

2014-10-25T10:29:57+00:0024 July 2013|Gambia, Islands, UNESCO World Heritage|

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...

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