A UNESCO world heritage site, the ancient town,Djenne in the heart of Mali,stands on Africa's mighty River Niger. A city of mud houses, streets and city walls. The ochre mud composition gives out an embezzling monochrome look.
The journey to Djenne is like stepping into another era. Little has changed since its prosperous 14th and 15th-century heydays.
Djenne on the flood lands of the Bani and Niger rivers is about 220 miles south-west of Timbuktu. Before 1591, Djenné became a prosperous center of slave, ivory and gold trade. Known as the oldest city in Sub Sahara Africa, famous for its Great Mosque and market.
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It was founded around 800AD by merchants and flourished. The meeting place for Sudan desert traders and Guinea tropical forests, it became an impactful trading center and thrived due to its direct river connection with Timbuktu and the head of all trade routes leading to salt and gold mines.
Controlled by empires of Morrocan kings it expanded featuring products from the north and central Africa until the French occupied in in 1893.
Commercial functions were then taken over by Mopti town in the confluence of Bani and Niger rivers, in the northeast, An agricultural trade center, Djenne boasts Muslim Architecture and a great mosque.
The great mosque built in 1905 is a classic Sahelian mud architecture.
The highlight of each year is an event when annually, the inhabitants of the town gather and refine the mud structure, giving it a new layer to replace what torrential rains fade out. The festival of plastering event: La Fete de crepissage.
The labors of plasterers are accompanied with a beating of drums. The drums are perched on wooden spikes that stick out of the walls, serving as permanent scaffolding and decoration.
Younger girls carry bowls and buckets of water and mud from the river bed, and older women pound millet making pancakes,
Special meals are made by each family to celebrate the occasion. Proud of their architectural heritage the people of Djenne have long resisted paved roads and any introduction of electricity.
Only a handful of cars exist in Djenne belonging mostly to government officials that run development programmes for sustainability.
All new buildings and even the hospital are built in traditional style and technique binding the river mus with straw and grass
The building material is plentiful and cheap and the clay keeps houses cool, even with the scorching hot sun outside.
Labor for repairing is becoming a challenge in present day when most move into cities with computers, email, and television.
The architectural gem receives foreign aid to maintain its splendor and keep it the same, for another two decades and more!
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READY WITH A SENSATIONAL MENU to tantalize all TASTEBUDS, meet Createpreneur Africa, Chef Li.
Linda Nirina Rojohasina Mazibuko, born in the culturally and culinary diverse island of Madagascar, eventually relocated to her father’s homeland, South Africa. Chef Li’s cooking styles from multiple influences topple divine and delectable taste sensations.
Growing up with her mother, a musician from Madagascar, and her grandmother in South Africa , her Zulu heritage was a divine fusion into the mixture of Madagascar cooking style delights.
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A member of ‘Çhefs in Africa’ she ranked amongst the top ten of Top Chefs in SA.
After graduating at a culinary art school in South Africa, she has been a key contributor to respected kitchens all over Africa. Trained by prominent chefs, she has designed delectable brands of influence.
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1. What drives you?
The only thing that drives me is my passion. It’s the idea that food brings so much joy to the soul as well as nations together.
2. What is your true passion in life?
My true passion in life is love expressed through food and music. Every time I am in the kitchen I feel like I am creating a symphony of flavors. I like to listen to classical music while cooking. I also sing at my local church called Hillsong Johannesburg.
3. How did you find your passion? How old were you?
I found my passion for music when I was about 3 or 4 years old. My grandfather was a legendary musician in Madagascar and I used to follow him everywhere, as my mother recalls.
My passion for food started when I was about 9 years old, I used to sit in the kitchen watching my mother cook our meals. It was fascinating to me.
Eventually, she let me cook with her when I got a little bit older, surprisingly I went to WITS University after school but ended up dropping out because I couldn’t stop thinking about being a Chef. LOL! My mother was freaked out about it but my dad was very supportive.
Eventually, she began to see how I was flourishing & finally understood that this is what I was made for.
4. What about your passion appeals to you the most?
What appeals to me the most is that it brings people together from all walks of life. There are no stereotypes or silly debates about it. It’s just something that makes everyone happy and brings healing to the soul.
5. What drove you to make money from your passions?
Well, it is my bread and butter, I don’t see myself slaving away behind an office desk all day so I need to cook to live. But I do this mostly out of love. Don’t let me cook for you when I am sad or depressed, it’s going to be horrible. I cook with my soul.
6. When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I was first paid when a family friend asked me to bake a cake for them.
7. What kept you going when you thought of giving up?
My one friend, Tiffany, keeps me going through her words of encouragement. She knows me so well and always knows how to get me out of the ruts I tend to put myself into (LOL). I tend to doubt myself sometimes. The last time I was about to give up, she got me back on track and then TOP CHEF SA contacted me.
8. What motivates you every day to become more successful?
What motivates me is the fact that I am the first real chef in my family. Also, because I am a mixed breed child, I have two families to make proud.
9. What do you have to say to all the people who doubted you?
I don’t really have much to tell them, I like to work and produce in silence. They will just see the fruits.
10. What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
I would like to tell them to embrace and enjoy their journeys. Not everyone is going to make it in the same way, at the same time. You’re never too old or too young to start something, use what you have, the rest will follow.
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Cape town filmmaker, Kurt Orderson explored artistic expression in his early lifetime beginnings. After mastering crafts of his creations from his backyard in the Cape 'ghettos'(beyond Table Mountain),he ventured out into the world, rising up to becoming one of Africa's leading filmmakers.
Kurt initiated his career during his studies as a trainee at the SABC, ( South African Broadcasting Corporation), earning mere stipends for daily living expenses.
He defined his unique aesthetic voice and was soon acknowledged as a director and cinematographer on several key productions.
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He founded his independent production company, “Azania Rizing”.
“Azania Rizing” is a tool for the African diaspora to rise up and map African legacies around the world on a global storytelling platform.
His major works include:
- Definition of Freedom, examining the role of Hip Hop in South Africa. It was screened at the Toronto and Vancouver hip-hop festival winning the best documentary award at the Atlanta Hip hop film festival
- Tribute to Lucky Dube, the tribute to legendary reggae artist Lucky Dube was filmed in South Africa, London, and Jamaica. It was awarded the Best Documentary Award at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival in 2013.
- The Pan-African Express, a journey of six young men, students from Atlanta who travel to South Africa and trying to understand people living with HIV and Aids. The film was funded by The Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
- Eldorado, a feature chronicles the journey of four friends in a Gauteng township in South Africa. It won the Special mention South Africa Feature film at the Durban International Film Festival in 2011
- Breathe Again, features Derrick Orderson, a marginalized swimmer from the Cape Flats who rose above his livelihood in an abnormal society of inhumane prejudice. It was screened at the Encounters film festival and Durban International Film Festival and several film festivals worldwide.
- The Prodigal Son
- Visibly Invisible
“The Unseen Ones”
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” Bob Marley
Not in My Neighborhood explores spatial violence, current gentrification and the post-apartheid era. It compares Cape Town , Johannesburg and New York uncovering the threads that exist between people that are miles apart.
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#CreateoreneurAfrica – The Soul Journey of Kurt Orderson
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
What drives me is ultimately the great history and achievements of Africa, and I guess also within a broad order global perspective is my people that inspire me and drive me. I am from South Africa, a very specific region in South Africa, Cape Town.
More specifically I am from a township from that is part of a strip of what would be known as the “ghettos”, the Cape Flats, there is a rich history of storytelling, a great significance of the epicenter of what the foundation of the space, basically built on the legacy of apartheid. The legacy of architectural and apartheid spatial planning ideally separated people (which was an actual policy with the group areas act ) that had a great significance of breaking up families, literally…… families scattered.
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I think what maintains a traditional oral form of storytelling, obviously remained significant, it inspired my body of work ultimately that’s my drive, Africa’s history, Africa’s achievements. One is inspired by Africa’s legacy, the epicenter of academia and Timbuktoo…storytelling and the arts and crafts of storytelling ultimately started there and spread across the globe.
My true passion….well I am very passionate about just listening, sitting and listening to people telling stories, whether happy or sad, ultimately passion for me personally, is driven by a deep desire of wanting to change the landscape of..change how people perceive each other. I think it’s those stories of those people who done it in the past and are still doing it, that’s what drives my passion. I am inspired by their passion, I think I apply it to my life.That for me is what passion is. Passion goes deeper, the engine or driving force for one to do something. I think ultimately wanting to do something is ultimately passion…the driving force…
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
How did I find my passion….well that’s an interesting question? I think for me when I finished high school, I was definitely inspired by the visual medium and visual arts. There was obviously the influence of television and Hollywood tv, I guess, but also my parents influenced me.
My father was a screen printer, which is ultimately a visual artist, although he didn’t call himself that, based on conditioning of the system that shaped him, apartheid South Africa. The idea that you were limited to do certain things when it comes to art black folks were deprived in a large historical moment of what the status quo says what you do and what you can become. My father is a strong reference to creating images and applying it to a t-shirt, applies similarly script to screen.
I think its an interesting analogy, metaphor for making films, taking a rich traditional medium and applying it to my work. I think that is how I found my passion.
How old was I? I think my first reference to start noticing…I don’t know if I can say noticing, more where I picked up the idea that I was passionate about the visual medium, I think I was maybe thirteen years old or fourteen…..
I was locked out of my parent’s house, of course. That time there were no cellphones. I’m from a family of a family of five kids, my parents both worked, I was locked out one day. I went to the backyard, my father had a workshop in the back of the yard, and I found a hammer and flat nose screwdriver.
I used the hammer and flat nose to carve out my name on a piece of wood and was quite impressed by myself. Wow, no one before that necessarily initiated anything like that. I wasn’t exposed to artistic expression and multiple forms of what artists do, I carved out my name, varnished it and made it immaculate. Later on meeting people who carved for a profession, creating amazing things. I always reference my first carving, that was my flame of inspiration for being an artist, use a visual medium for storytelling.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
What about my passionate appeals to me the most… I guess the privilege to being a filmmaker, that being my passion but also to add to that, I feel very blessed to basically get paid for my passion, for my hobby… I would say …because we love film so much I will do it for free, that’s how deep our passion for cinema lies…and getting paid to do something you love, your passion is a heavy blessing.
What appeals to me most is the idea of shared history and shared knowledge, when someone allows you into their household to tell you their stories…. you being inspired and, relating on a level of “oh I knew someone who had a similar idea about this or that .”
I think that is what the driving force is …..sharing communal space, sharing narratives, sharing stories, sharing politics, sharing knowledge….that for me a strong appeal to my passion…
What drove you to make money from your passions?
What drove me to make money out of my passion…well you know in real talk, not to romanticize the question too much. We, unfortunately, live in a very capitalist society, we inherited capitalism,, were born into a capitalistic society…..that on one level, right,, that reality of things, we need to eat right, we need to sustain ourselves… in terms of monetary exchange we apple or tomato,whatever……what well I just realised that my craft, my talent, my blessing, I can get paid for it.
For me, there was a strong driving force around craft, like crafting what is my voice, what is my aesthetic, what does Kurt bring across in a common sharing space as a filmmaker as a storyteller. It was first defining my voice, after defining that idea, that is when I felt to make money.
People want to hire you, because they want that aesthetic that you ideally represent, that was my passion for making art and getting paid for my art, as an independent filmmaker, as an African filmmaker, things are rough out there…and we want to tell our own stories on our own terms, the system itself makes it very difficult for us to sustain ourselves. I need to work like a plumber who works with tools and I need to buy those tools. That is the reality of things
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
The first time I got paid for something… I can’t recall exactly when that was when that moment was…there was a few moment I think. I think I worked on a television show and I was a contestant, but I also worked on a show. It was a show on SABC2, I was like 18 or 19.
We were trainees and there was a little stipend that they paid us for traveling money or whatever. It was for generic work on set like organizing cables and assisting the floor, production. I remember very little , but that’s when I realised you can get paid for this. I was still studying at that time as well.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
What kept me going. I have come through multiple crossroads moments asking myself is this really sustainable, what I do, filmmaking? Filmmaking is really hard, difficult, expensive artistic form to choose. A painter can get some canvas and some paints make a killer piece, get to an art market for a million and boom there we go
For filmmakers, the reality of getting a camera, getting all the equipment you need, and then on top of it, getting a team to operate the tools, that’s a whole process on its own. These things are hard when you off the grid and not part of the mainstream in the system and don’t necessarily want to be part of it.
That’s a very conscious choice, you can just join tv and become a commissioning editor, produce for television and things will be different, it will be a completely different narrative, everything is there,, there is funding for you and they hire you.
Food, clothes and shelter have no politics.
As an independent filmmaker or producer, it is very difficult… I only recently mastered the art form of really raising money for my films, for many years my films were independent, self-funded at times.
Now its like I understand more about the industry, how to write the right proposals, and apply to the right people and getting the money and managing the money.
When you at the lowest moment at the crux, paying rent, paying teams, paying crews, and rejections. Rejection is a big thing for filmmakers , filmmakers are sensitive beings, we are fragile as well in this…. broken world
These are all the challenges that come on your journey, it applies to life as well… life ain’t easy. The world is not nice, the world is cruel, the life we find peace and sanity within ourselves, the people close to you. There are your therapists, they are your motivational speakers, they push you and say we believe in you, that’s what keeps me going.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
What motivates me to be successful, what motivation every day. Whats the motivation? I think this idea that, on one level is that African history, African stories were for the longest time ever was told through the voice of the colonizer and the aesthetic and the lens of the colonizer…..
These were told in a biased fashion…for me now, as a fellow African filmmaker, it is our duty. I feel strongly for film to be part of the restoration process, the healing journey that we are experiencing and going through as black people across the globe and the trauma that we collectively experience.
How do we heal? What are the healing mechanisms? Now to be honest with you, we don’t have a clear answer to that question. I feel collective communal sharing through a very powerful visual medium like television or film, then you can project to the rest of the world and share that and say in order for us to be this idea of one world and one shared history.
Everyone has to have the opportunity to share their stories through there own POV or point of view, I think that’s powerful ways of sharing. We all have common stories. We share a common history of people all over the world which ultimately makes us human.
Racial ideas and ideology, culture and religion etcetera, are just all divisive mechanisms put in place for a form divide, rule and conquer….not to be cliched, we have the same blood and all of that. I have transformed, transgressed that phase. I have passed that idea
Anger is fine. Anger is important. We have to be angry. We can’t all just hear I am sorry and forgive right now,
What if I don’t want to forgive you right, now, and maybe I want to make a film about that as part of the idea of forgiveness, as collective forgiveness.
That makes film become an interesting mechanism and medium, for multiple purposes. I feel, personally, we can use film a methodology of social healing for healing the self and healing communities.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
What I have to say about all the people who doubted me…interesting question. I always think about, one person comes to mind, a schoolteacher.
I wasn’t necessarily the greatest student, to be honest in high school. I probably could have done more. I was like, reckless and mischievous. I would say, I gave a lot of trouble.
Was I a rebel? Not sure, I don’t want to throw those words around. One teacher just didn’t like me. I was thinking about her the other day,
I think you always doubted me, I don’t think you ever believed in me, and now that my work is out there in the mainstream? I wonder if she saw my name out there. I wonder what she would think, after seeing what I had done.
I don’t want to reference people that doubted me. I am not going to make a film for people. I make films am driven to or inspired to make. I don’t care about whether people agree with my standpoint, I love those who love me on the real level, beyond blood, blood relatives. My family is universal. I am very blessed. We share this brokenness.As a broken people, we come together and we form this path of healing, the heal of our wounds….
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
What advice do I give to those aspiring creatives that look up to me?
The advice ideally would be to always use motivation. The idea of keeping it moving or just do it. Life is about the idea of inspiring the other, inspiring other people. I think for me, that is what life is about. Me inspiring other people and continuing the human change of inspiration.
One has to know your craft, know your blessing, identify your blessing. But also knowing that this is a very complicated world that we living in. There will be multiple stumbling blocks with a lot of us. You carrying the torch, you carrying the great torch of your ancestors. You dont have a choice , you have to keep that torch alight. That is the flame, the driving force, the fuel.
More important is to have a voice. Have a political voice. I don’t mean party politics. Having a geopolitical view of the world and its complexities. An understanding of global politics. Deciphering the bullshit of what the news tells you, projecting that in your work. Be that change you ultimately want to see.
What you see is what you see. What you know is different
Slavery is not African history. Slavery interrupted African history.
#CreatePreneurAfrica came into contact with Lalah Raindimby , a second generation musical gem , a native of Madagascar, she hails from the southeastern portion of the Island country in an area called Fianarantsoa.
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She is from the ethnic Betsileo group in that country.
Betsileo are widely known for their special artistic creativity with own traditional dialect called Horija Betsileo.
Lalah is the second generation musician and vocalist being the daughter of region’s Famous legendary artist Known as Raindimby.
Raindimby is credited with making this unique form of music widely known throughout the country and beyond the borders of Madagascar.
LALAH,tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My true passion is my music. For me, music is a means of expression of life as a human being. Performing the folk and cultural music of my homeland allows me to keep my heritage close to me and to build upon the legacy of my dad and other noted performers of his generation. The music gives me motivation and strength in life.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
At a very young age, I think I was six years old when I observed my dad and other family members rehearsing for a performance in the house. I began to sing. By the time I was a teenager my dad invited me on stage to perform with him. I joined him on many occasions and found that performing was enjoyable and the audience response was encouraging. From that time until the present music has been a critical part of my life. My first love and my passion.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
I find that when I am engaged with the music I become spiritually transformed and purely focused on my music and forget about the troubles of the world.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
As a teenager performing with my father and realizing that my father was singing as professional and making money from his performance that he shared with me and I realize in addition being spiritually gratifying I could make money as a professional singer.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
As a teenager performing with my dad.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
The memory of my late father and reflecting on the sacrifice that he made to expose the musical tradition Horija Betsileo of our people to the entire country and beyond.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I have in effect become an Ambassador to keep that musical and cultural tradition alive and pass it on to the next generation.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I must continue to strive in those ideas which are dear to me and I cannot allow them to stop me from perusing my goals and dreams.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
Well, you are going to face lots of challenges but don’t give up on your dreams and your passion, just believe in yourself and work hard to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.
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The festive season has arrived. The time has arrived to reach dreams of a lifetime.
It may be that well-deserved break , gathering special gifts and preparing for a brand new life chapter in the new year.
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8. Shirts from Africa
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There are miracle plants of the Namib desert have perfected survival in the harsh conditions of the desert.
This plant is really amazing. It has two leaves, a stem, and a root base. The leaves grow on opposite sides and continue growing never dropping. They tear from the wind and get browned by the sun, looking like individual leaves.
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The stem thickens and grows and may reach six feet in height and twenty-four feet in width. Corn like flowers appears at when the plant reaches 20 years. 100 flowers are produced by the female plant, the male produces pollen abundance and the lifespan of the plant can reach an estimated 2000 years.
The plant was named after the medical doctor who discovered it. Friedrich Welwitschia in the year 1860. He intended to give it an Angolan native name ‘Tumboa’, but the plant was named in honor of him. Mirabilis means wonderful or marvelous in Latin
Described as ‘the platypus of the plant kingdom by Charles Darwin the plant is considered as a living fossil. It masters life in the hot and dry desert where other plants will not survive
The plant is endemic to the Namib desert in Namibia as well as Southern Angola. It is Namibia’s national plant. The rugby team in Namibia carried its name as well. Mirabilis means marvelous in Latin It is a “living fossil.”
Initially, sightings of the plant are not impressive, especially when they are small. The leaves are a pale green and the plant seems to be dead.
A 1500-year-old giant welwitschia is a popular tourist attraction. There is one 50 kilometers east in Swakopmund on the coast of the Atlantic ocean. It is about 1500 years old and almost as tall as a human being. It is fenced to keep away trampling feet from the sensitive root system.
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Researchers in the Namib Desert have concluded that the moisture capturing is because of fog. Fog keeps the fine root of the Welwitschia’s fine roots. The Namib desert is characterized by fog.
The formation of the fog is when the humid masses if air meets the cold current of the Benguela and the fog is blown inland
Welwitschia has two leaves that continue growing at 0.37 mm each day of its life. The patient Plant sits and waits for better conditions. A lesson for us humans indeed,
Welwitschia also adjusts the color of leaves. When very hot, there are more red pigments, that protect the plant from the radiation of the sun. When water is readily available and temperatures drop the leaves chlorophyll, a green pigment that conducts photosynthesis.
The Nara plant
The Nara plant (Acanthosicyos horridus). grows exclusively in the Namib desert, The leaves prevent water loss and photosynthesis is conducted through the spines and green stems Moisture is absorbed from surrounding fog,
The plant also absorbs moisture from fog directly through its stems. These plants grow on sand dunes and middle desert.Interestingly, these plants created the dunes.
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The Nara plants growing on the ground, accumulate sand that the wind blows in. The lower end of the plant covered in sand dies an provides nutrients to other parts of the plant. The new plant grows above the previous one. The height of the Nara plant accumulates an addition of sand, forming the dune
The Nara plant produces tasty desert fruit. Melons that grow as large as ostrich eggs.
The water-rich food is a great food source for animals and people. The native ethnic group, the TopNaar people harvest the melons on a seasonal basis. They eat the fruit and sell the seeds for producing cosmetics for their rich omega oil composition.
The exclusive Namib desert plants like the Nara and Welwitschia sustain their long life by adjusting to the environment.
Welcome #Exploremotherland Africa
Africa, the heartbeat of rhythmic narrative voices, the home of authentic root information, is on a mission to reshape its distorted, desecrated image. Words spark off like distant echoes healing scars inflicted by the wraths of colonialism.
From rhythmic poetry to reciting kings, the pulsating echo from the motherland of Africa in streams of African literature is rooted in oral tradition, moral values, cultural systems and laws that were passed on from wood fires in the villages spreading voices to be heard, passing through the rivers and mountains.
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The Diverse Literature of Africa
Writers from the continent in the contemporary era bring a diverse perspective of the multifaceted and complex continent of Africa.
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Wole Soyinka from Nigeria spread the wings of Africa literature awareness and development after claiming the Nobel prize in 1986. Magical extraordinaire from Africa followed with Ben Okri and ‘The Famished Road’. The enchanting tale from Africa in a magical tone of realism and claimed the poetic prose Booker prize in 1991.
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Somalian novelist, Nuruddin Farah received the 1998 Neustadt Prize prize. Nigerian author emerged with ‘Measuring time’ and Mozambican Mia Couto’s lyrically delicious read “The Last Flight of the Flamingo” took off in a magic realism masterpiece of note.
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Sembene, Achebe, Hampâté Bâ, Kourouma, Marechera and Armah dominated the literary scene, then came the flowing voices of women in Africa with Mariama Ba and Bessie Head who pioneered African feminism.
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The Literary Voice of Women from Africa
The last two and a half decades women writers came to the fore. From the classic ‘Nervous conditions” by Zimbabwean Tsitsi Dangaremba to Cameroon’s Calixthe Beyal, showcased women from Africa that excel in literature.
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Female writers came to the forefront like Fatou Diome, the acclaimed ‘The Belly of the Atlantic’ author.
The autobiographic ‘The Devil that Danced on the Water’ announced Aminatta Forna another great writer from the land of Sierra Leone, home of Syl Cheney-Coker, an acclaimed poet.
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A young girl from Nigeria, ‘Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ made her debut on the literary scene taking the world by storm with ‘Purple Hibiscus’. ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ followed, an epic of the Nigerian civil war.
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Amma Darko, a tax collector expanded her creativity in Africa’s expression in the linguistic field. She published (Der VerkaufteTraum) Beyond The Horizon
Monica Arac de Nyeako from Uganda claimed the 2007 Caine Prize.
The past ten years have seen the emergence of publishing houses and broadened our understanding of the savannah. The diverse narrative from Africa continues globe trotting.
The internet has widened pathways for authors to circumnavigate the traditional publishing house methods, earn revenue and create online fans. EC Osunde proved this after winning the 2009 Caine Prize for initially published on Guernicamag.com.
The Caine Prize has provided a recognition for African writing in an annual platform to ensure the development of writing on the continent.
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Binyavanga Wainaina, after winning the Caine Prize in 2002 initialises, Kwani, a literary review in Africa. The infrastructure of African writing continues to develop with new publishing houses and the information exchange online of databases and African studies as well as social networks like twitter transcend all publishing barriers giving a Voice to Africa.
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The Colonial Linguistic barriers dividing Africa – reinforced
The question of language was always debated regarding the logic of English in literature writing in indigenous languages grew
Ngugi Wa Thiong’ wrote his novels ‘Devil on the Cross’ and ‘Matigari’ in Kikuyu and abandoned English, the language of colonizers. ‘Devil on the Cross’ was successful in sales and emerged with 50,000 sold copies.The landmark of indigenous language in African literature.
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Linguistic barriers perpetuate the divisions rooted in colonialism preventing literature from Africa to become cohesive in a movement of Pan Africanism.The Uk celebrates English writers from Africa, France endorsed authors in Francophone brackets from Mali Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.
Translations do exist, but it is common for intellectuals to get sponsored by ex-colonies. Further investment in translation in the core for Pan Africa readership and appreciation. Established pan African faculties may be the key to resolving the challengeThe challenge of building local markets and readership remains. The selection of a book in the country’s national curriculum can guarantee sales. Sales need buying power and literature is not prioritized as many live in poverty.
The selection of a book in the country’s national curriculum can guarantee sales. Sales need buying power and literature is not prioritized as many live in poverty. Writings contrast the picture of Africa as a continent of darkness and delusion with narrative posing the eclectic and fruitful real Africa.
The call for Africa to rephrase history had arrived in 1986 when Wole Soyinka took center stage as the dramatist in poetic overtones. Exposing corruption and political injustice was no smooth flowing route, -yet the mission to fade away the myth of Africa being incapable contributes to the need for Africa writing.
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Alight, Arise and Shine. Tu Nokwe in Tanzania
At the recent festival in Morogoro, Tanzania, festival organisers were delighted when the legendary Tu Nokwe, the Light of Africa made her way from South Africa to share her light and lead pathways to soul emancipation.
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Join our Journey- Coming Soon- News and Reviews JUU AFRIKAN FESTIVAL, Morogoro, Tanzania
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And when you get here, the going get’s easy
Koloina Zaza, Koloina Zaza. The melodious tune had an echoing effect , leaving a mind ringtone of peace and harmony in my soul.
I will never forget the day I crossed paths with the KOLOINA ZAZA
(Nurturing Children) campaign.
It reached out to me on travels at so many getaways. I first came across a banner being held up on the streets of Madagascar. I never knew that the person I encountered and assisted in her endeavor to hold up the banner in the strong and persistent winds was none other than Lalah Arielle Lalah Razafimandimby and her sister Lanto Razafimandimby.
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Their lyrics fuelled my soul. She told me that Koloina Zaza means nurturing children. She made me aware of the dire need in Madagascar to raise new generations.
Lalarintsoa Razafimandimby hails all the way from Madagascar. She is a keen traveller who took on a mission to bring change to the land of her origin.
She and has lived and travelled to all parts of the world igniting a sparkling awareness of her Malagasy roots Lalarintsoa is a vocal artist, with a talent she inherited from her late father, the legendary Malagasy singer Raindimby.
Lalah has used her skills as a stepping stone into the humanitarian deeds. Her calling to the Malagasy homeland was always rooted in uplifting Madagascar and triumphantly making a difference.
The vision of Koloina Zana was clear-cut, dealing with basic needs like daily health, keeping free from hunger. Furthermore, growth and development of education was the core for developing Madagascar to the deserved utmost.
Social ills that plagued society needed to be eradicated. The Koloina Zaza mission with a purpose launched.
The aim was larger than large. Skilled personnel. equipment suppliers and donors. education campaigns and social awareness of basic human rights
The larger than large mission was not impossible. Lalah joined in unison with Universal Human Rights Network a Washington-based NGO to launch a campaign to raise funds for the youth and children of Madagascar and overcoming the obstacles of hunger, homelessness, exploitation lack of access to education and healthcare, offering Hope to a new generation.
Universal Human Rights Network came on board of the Koloina Zaza programme working together with Malagasy citizens and their families.
The Koloina Zaza mission has launched. A call out to all volunteers, sponsors and fundraising outlets.
We tuned together in rhymes of Unison…..
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We stood together in times of Unison……
We share our spirits in harmony and Light - 'Light of Africa' our soul.........
Keeping together across our continent borders . We touch base……
Welcome to the Light of Africa
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The Juu Afrikan festival in Morogoro
”It was full of good people who support each other on a good cause for Africa”
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Light of Africa – Tu Nokwe
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A special Welcome- Tanzania,Tanzania
In Tanzana 2000 ft on Uruguru Mountain in Morogoro where our South African exiles found a home
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Mozambique, the tropical paradise of Southern Africa has gorgeous beaches, beautiful islands and turquoise sea with a palm lined coastline.
A land of tropical fruit, abundant seafood and fish and a Portuguese taste influence is a heaven for foodies.
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Piri Piri (peri-peri) is part and parcel of all Mozambican cuisine. It is used in every marinade and also a common option for french fries or rice.
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Not common on tourist restaurant menus, Matapa is a traditional dish. You will be more than likely to come across if visiting locals. It is made with stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts and garlic and coconut milk. It is eaten either on its own or accompanied by sumptuous prawns and rice.
Juicy fresh, flavourful prawns are the highlight of Mozambique delights. They are served fried, grilled in peri peri or tossed with garlic with rice of French fries.
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3. Coconut rice
Coconut rice is common in Mozambique, fluff rice made in coconut milk. Perfect to compliment Mozambique spicy and hot delights.
Paõ are Portuguese bread rolls baked in villages in ovens that are wood fired
Mozambique flavours and tastes of curry are unlike Thai or Indian food but distinctly unique in a special taste of local spices. It is served with chicken or prawns.
6. Peri peri chicken
Peri Peri chicken is common in Mozambique and other parts of Southern Africa with Portuguese influences. It consists of marinated chicken in lemon juice and a generous dose of peri peri sauce and served with French fries.
8. Prego roll
A roadside Mozambique snack is prego rolls. Steak covered in fiery chilli vinegar and garlic sauce wrapped in paõ. Simply delicious
Once the largest cashew producers, cashews grow all over Mozambique. They are sold at cheap prices at every street corner and the beach. Plain and delightfully tasty peri peri flavours are tastebud sensational tinglers.
Fresh fish all along the Mozambique coast is available all the time for a perfect barbecued or grilled seaside meal
10. Tropical fruit
The humid warm Mozambique climate brings out simply delicious tropical fruit al over. Coconuts, papaya, avocados and sweet mangoes.
Townships are the heartbeat of South Africa
The province of Kwa Zulu Natal provides opportunities to experience African culture in authentic first hand Zulu township and cultural tours.
Facts about township matters
The cultural rich etiquette of the soul of South Africa in townships can hardly be rivalled.
Township tours in Durban weave into the rhymes which were pathways for leaders like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. And an adventure to remember with an unforgettable ‘Shisanyama” (barbecue) mouth-watering feast.
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Townships were initially established under apartheid rule.
Non-whites were forbidden to own or live in property in exclusively designated white areas and confined to underdeveloped settlements.
Townships are this day and age are predominantly black or non-white people. Since democracy, the settlements have been developed and upgraded. They are now kaleidoscope suburbs capturing the essence of resilient people. The social vibe and energy is the hub of creativity and small businesses.
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The oldest township in KZN is KwaMashu. Renowned for ethnic arts scene a tour in the mesmerizing location captures the essence of unique culture with a flair.
- Experience life of KwaMashu residents and the neighbouring townships of Ntuzuma and Inanda. Get into the vibe and release into contemporary Kwaito style dance moves or varieties of hip hop and pantsula.
- Get into the art vibe with drama performances and Mashkandi, the traditional music of the Zulu.
- Experience herbalists and healers
Feel the spirit of true ‘Ubuntu’, the spirit if humanity in Umlazi the second largest South African township
Umlazi epitomises “African-ness” with its pulsating energy and vibrant culture.
Feel, taste and see the spirit of Africa in true essence
In 1967, The National Party established it as a black township. In this day Umlazi has emerged into a buzzing township in South Africa filled with shebeens, “Shisanyama” as well as jazz venues, popular for international tourists.
Welcome to township treats of note. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica
Africa, the motherland has loads to offer and Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is one of them
There are two different names of the country used in media. Ivory Coast is the English version whereas Côte d'Ivoire is the French version.
In 1985 the official name changed from the English version to the current French version and became internationally branded. A must see tropical paradise wonder.
Côte d’Ivoire is a true stunner, filled with starfish sands, forests of palm trees, and bronze like roads.
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There are three ecosystems in the land area. The South consists of a coastal strip bordering the Gulf of Guinea.
The territory is occupied by forests, and the North consists of large open areas of Savannah conducive to farming
Côte d’Ivoire has two official capitals. Yamoussoukro the political and administrative capital, and the country’s 4th largest city. Abidjan is the economic capital and is officially listed in guidebooks.
The economic progress is evident in modern life and culture while managing to hold true identity. Unlike other traditional African countries, the economy in the Ivory Coast economy is advanced and developed.
The country serves as the largest exporters of cocoa and produces coffee beans.
Parc National de Taï in the south offers a Safari experience with hidden secrets and chimps under tree boughs cracking nuts .hides secrets, species and nut-cracking chimps under the boughs of its trees, while the peaks and valleys of Man offer a highland climate, fresh air and fantastic hiking opportunities through tropical forests.
The valleys and peaks offer fresh air and highland climate with opportunities to hike through the tropical forests.
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Grand Bassam and Assinie are beach resorts for perfect weekend retreats of blue heavens.
Côte d’Ivoire experiences tropical weather along the coast and semi-arid in Northerly regions, staying dry and warm and hot and wet from June until October. . and wet from June to October.
The culturally diverse Côte d’Ivoire has five ethnic groups.The majority is the Akan group which constitutes of about 42% of the population.
The township reflects joy in freedom, human rights, justice and reconciliation. From shebeens to sangomas, a township visit is a unique, emotional and sensory experience abuzz with vivid social culture. Each township tells its own story about its establishment, its struggle through the apartheid years and its current situation.
A township tour can be one of the most illuminating and life-affirming experiences you’ll ever have.
Down the road from Cape Town, with its magnificent beaches and world-class restaurants, warm African hospitality awaits in a bustling environment that few visitors to the city ever experience. An offering of an authentic taste of South African Township life leaves and adventurous traveler a unique experience.
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B&B accommodation in townships has bright, cheerfully decorated rooms with a strong African Flavour. Meals at this unpretentious focus on traditional Xhosa dishes.
Gugulethu, Cape Flats
Gugulethu ‘Gugs‘, – our pride -is one of the oldest black townships in South Africa and one of the most energetic and fastest developing.
Gugulethu was established in 1958 because of the migrant labour system. It grew as the number of migrant workers from the Transkei increased and Langa became too small.
It was originally named Nyanga West, rooms were allocated in hostels, where three men had to share a tiny room.These were times when poverty, oppression and overcrowding were the order of the day under apartheid rule.
The hostels were for men only, no wives were allowed to visit their husbands. Women were left behind in the former Transkei and Ciskei homelands. The hostels remain the oldest buildings in Gugulethu.
In our present day, ‘Gugs’ is a mixture of former hostels and tin shacks, people built for privacy, as well as brick and mortar houses in the wealthier ranks
‘Gugs’ is a vibrant, thriving community reflecting all classes of South African society. Soak up hot, township jazz at the Uluntu Community Centre, shop at NY1s Eyona Shopping Centre or watch boxing at the Indoor Sports Stadium on NY1.
‘Gugs’ was the first black township to have an information technology centre. Ikhwezi (the star) Community centre is situated just next to the Yellow Door jazz club in NY-3. The centre provides top class training in multimedia and youth development programs. The area has a sports field, community centres and schools.
Eyona Shopping Centre, Gugulethu has the Ubuntu arts promotion and Cyn Catering service situated at the Yellow Door Jazz Café. It is popular for its drama, art and craft stalls, marimba music and top class jazz.
Sivuyile – we are happy – is the tourism information centre in Gugulethu. It opened an art and craft shop in 1999 and assists college art, students and local artist. It also serves as a photographic gallery. Young artists in the community produce sculptures, ceramics, beadwork, traditional clothing and textiles.
The Link, the first independent Black township newspaper in Cape Town, founded in 1997, has its offices in the Sivuyele College.
The best way to experience ‘Gugs’ is to go and see for yourself.
The Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory (DACPM) in Woodstock runs history and memory excursions and trains former freedom fighters to become excursion facilitators and take visitors to sites that are etched into South African memories: District Six, the Trojan Horse Memorial in Athlone, Langa and the Gugulethu Seven. The excursions have opened up spaces for freedom fighters to start the process of healing and reconstruction.
The tours also create the opportunity for others to listen, interact and understand what so many went through during the liberation struggle and the struggle of today: the struggle for jobs. Most stories that are told are very individual, very personal. And -also important- they are told with dignity.”
But the highlight of any trip to ‘Gugs’must be the Gugulethu Seven Memorial
On 3 March 1986, seven young activists were ambushed in a roadblock set up by police in NY-1 Street. The “Gugulethu Seven” as they are known, is one of the most callous examples of security forces operations. Built to commemorate their death, the Gugulethu Seven Memorial was sculpted by South African artists Donovan Ward and Paul Hendricks. The sculpture stands close to where the seven were murdered.
The cut-outs project onto the road surface in a play of sunlight and shadow that brings them back to life.
The work not only commemorates death but life and nation building – it combines elements of ruin or incompleteness with parts that seem to have just been constructed. It was unveiled in March 2000 on Human Rights Day.
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Swaziland: Landlocked with the Mozambique border on the east and surrounded by South Africa.
The Arts of Swaziland
Ngwenya Glass is a prestigious Swaziland glass factory. Art galleries and airport shops worldwide feature Ngwenya pieces. When in Swaziland you get wholesale prices on signature marevellous works.
Using age old techniques of glass blowing, various pieces are created from decor bowls and wine glasses exquisite corporate gifts and glowing chess sets.
Visitor get to watch the process of glass blowing
Art galleries and airport shops worldwide have Ngwenya pieces and you can get items at wholesale prices while in Swaziland
The Swazi Candles Craft Market showcases colorful paraffin wax candles and other gifts and beauty products. The hand molded candles have standard and animal shapes.The lively patterns and designs make the perfect souvenirs.
There are wood carvings in the complex and other items at the crafts centre comprise of batik prints, woven baskets, jewellery and carved masks.
Have at Blast from the Top of the Past
Sibebe Rock is the second largest granite dome in the world. Ten kilometres from the Mbabane, the capital city, the magnitude can be experienced at the base but those daring to hike up to the top can do so as well. Sibebe is over 3 billion years old.
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My venture into East Africa, Tanzania was a mind plan for many years and the biggest drawing card? ….Mount Kilimanjaro - The magnetising realm of the highest mountain on the motherland continent of Africa and the highest free standing mountain on earth! The gratifying feeling of being on the top of your world.
Not on the best fitness enthusiast level and having embarked on a raw food lifestyle many around me regarded the Kilimanjaro plan mystifying and found no reason or logic to withstand reaching the risk of a peak.
Until it is actually done, never mind those that frowned, you will personally see lessons learned along the way, not as a mountain expert or travel guide, but pure soul reflection of a climb of note.
My Trip Dates: 9 May 2011- 16 May 2011
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Type of travel: Bus from the city centre of Dar-es Salaam to Moshi town. Slept over 9 May for the coming journey ahead.
The group had a wide range and diversity from the youngest of only 12years old ! We paid $1800 per person. There were eight people in total.
Choosing the Route
The planted subconscious droning on streaming fear of the risk came in handy to factor common sense when it was time for coordination of the final plan of the adventure. Most will climb Kilimanjaro just once, so the path chosen should ensure success to get to the top!
Now statistics can really be unreliable depending on who is consulted. The estimation is that only thirty percent of people reach Uhuru Peak.
There are basically six official routes to get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Three of these routes, namely Marangu, Machame and Umbwe approach from a southerly direction. Two of the routes Lemosho and Shira from the west and Rongai from the northeasterly side.
Each has s considerations to take note of and differing success rates. I chose the five-night Rongai route. It is consistent and gradual except when reaching the final ascent. It is less crowded and has a wider range of scenery.
Each person daring to venture the climb up should choose the best one for themselves or group that accompanies them.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a cheap mission and needs to be carefully planned. It is better not to try not cut corners and risk injury as a result.
We hiked for five hours! It was approximately eight kilometers in total. We were picked up in Arusha after an early morning breakfast. We drove to the Marangu Gate.
The trail starts in tall corn fields leading to pine forests. It was a gradual ascent and we enjoyed the surroundings. The Montane forests were spectacular. We had a lunch break halfway up. Our tents were set up by the time we reached 1st caves camp. We were made aware of cold temperatures of the night and served a warm supper!
On day two we hiked about seven hours up to Kekelewa caveat 3600m. We passed the second cave at 3450m and took a lunch break. All was set up by the time we reached the freezing and exposed camp!
On day 3 we ventured towards the Mawenzu tarn camp at 4330m. The trail was short but we got to see some exotic plants in the moorland. The views were just spectacular and we gazed at the sunset splendor.
On Day four we made our way up to the Kibo hut at 4700m. It took about five hours. The area is an alpine desert. It was an early night that evening.
Day Five took about eight hours, An ascent six kilometers up. We were on a mission to reach the summit! We were woken up close to midnight to begin the attempt to reach the summit. Rock and the steep path ahead at the highest altitude ever. We reached the snow-covered point until the summit. A lifetime accomplishment!
Descend back down is about 27 km for six hours.We stopped at Horombo Hut at 3720m and finally Marangu Gate (1980m)
The dormant volcano Kilimanjaro comprises of the volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Kibo, this is where the Uhuru summit is .
Kibo is dormant but it is not extinct. The last eruption happened 360000 years back. Volcanic activity occurred two hundred years ago and the ash pit is visible from the Uhuru Peak.
The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m. Mount Everest, 8,848 meters which are just over 2,950 meters higher than Kilimanjaro.
Depending on which route is taken, it is a walking mountain, so no need to worry if about grappling skills. If you happen to not be an avid hiker, it is best to get some practice trails beforehand.
More preparation will help. Prepare hiking between four and twelve hours each day for approximately six or seven days. You need to be comfortable with endurance bearing in mind the distance as well.
- Do a through gear checklist. Get hiking boots. No one needs to deal with blister s and other feet issues.
- The temperature and weather can fluctuate dramatically from the start to the end of the trip, so it is better to choose wick fabrics and bring along layers.
- Get good quality thermal underwear and a warm hat, gloves, sunscreen and sunglasses, rain protection, a day pack, camel backs and water bottles
This is not a race, not a sprint. Chill out, relax and check out amazing views along the way while your body adjusts. The guides are helpful in pacing out the climb appropriately
Once the days hiking is over get ready to set up camp. Take a short climb up and back down for the body to adjust and acclimatise. Acute mountain sickness can affect the strongest and healthiest. All are susceptible and gender age or fitness does not correlate.
Be aware of the realities
It is an awkward truth that acute mountain sickness causes about ten people to die each year when they attempt to get to the top of Kilimanjaro. Many have to be carried down before getting to the top. The major issue causing evacuations as a result of altitude sickness.
Now success is also about drinking plenty water amounts and eating on a regular basis as well even if there may be a case of appetite loss. Get a guide or a company that provides good meals as well. There is a medication for acute mountain sickness if you feel an onset of symptoms coming up as well as prevention.
Once a certain point has been reached there is no way of curing any acute altitude sickness and at this time it would be best to stop the climb and head back down. It is important to pay attention to the body and never underestimate any signs of dangers.
Amazing sights along the way
The journey up offers travel passing through a rainforest, where there are pep monkeys and other crawlies too and worldly unique vegetation.
Once the top is reached there is not a lot of vegetation, but snow and rock, and the view from above get you viewing the clouds below! It is an amazing planet earth venture of note. Each camp along the way is breathtaking peaceful and beautiful beyond words.
It is the best time to click into a soul connection. Breathe m think and clear the mind. Contemplate your soul purpose, you connect the environment and think about how and why your calling here appeared.
But before delving into headspace do get to know the guides as well as fellow hikers that will accompany you on the journey ahead. There is a lot to learn from each other. Encouragement, patience and support are really needed.
The Mountain is Mind Over Matter
It is not completely true that there is no real challenge, It is a mountain for sure. The highest free-standing in the world and the top of Africa!
By mind, over matter, we all reach an awareness level. We program our minds to create success or failure levels. Even if you decide that you are reaching the summit, it takes full energy, focus, and total discipline.
I thought that summiting Lion’s Head and Table Mountain in Cape Town meant my mind level has been conquered. You have to work your mind up to not stand in the way of your mission to the Uhuru Peak summit.
The body is capable of the most incredible things. Once self-doubt is dealt with, the mental weariness slips away, new heights of capabilities gets discovered.
In actual fact, the final ten hours are extremely brutal in ways that are not imagined. On the last two nights, you only get to sleep for a limited time before taking off at midnight to keep going up.
You cannot spend much time at the altitude reached so there is a need to go up and down to maximize the hours of sunlight you can capture. You get tired. It is freezing cold! The altitude causes some brain waves to jerk you up a little. Oxygen is so thin and getting enough to breathe is a mission. And the physical exertion is overbearing.
The last miles to the top are steep and the sand gravel is not your best friend this time. Every time you step forward you slide half of a step backward. It feels like a cruel joke on you. You got to keep holding up and will make it to the top.
And then you get to see the world from the most spectacular and you open your eyes and see that it was all worth it!
You will be at a conquering energy kneeling down in tears of exuberance, and there is a mobile reception on the top by the way. so get ready to Messenger, Tweet a and Skype away!
Once you are on the top, you get fifteen minutes there as the altitude to too tough for the body. You will need to journey down approximately sixty percent back before you can camp again. This can be another mission especially if you struggled to get to the summit.
Nevertheless, it is a well-earned victory. Nobody can really be sure they can make it to the top. Once you exit the gate of Kilimanjaro National park, the realization hits you. You made it all the way and got the to top of the tallest free-standing mountain in the whole world. You travel 50 miles and climb up19300 feet. And you are down to earth!
The human body and strength of your spirit can make you accomplish and handle amazing miracles you never imagined. Pushing yourself to the limits by reaching the peak of this mountain is the ultimate.
Exuberance and pride are intensely overwhelming. It stays engraved in mind archives for any day you may feel down or demotivated. The unparalleled memory of upliftment despite any triumphs you are faced with. Anyone who can afford it and is game should definitely not miss this one!
A turbulent interesting past
A fascinating present
A very promising future
South African Townships have an irresistible soul and vibe that will welcome you and give you the experience of a life time!
Alexandra, or “Alex” as it’s affectionately known, is Gauteng’s oldest township. It a cut–out section of the affluent suburb of Sandton.
Alexandra was established as a residential area in 1905 by a white farmer who wanted to establish a white suburb and named it after his wife. In 1912 it was transformed into a ‘Native Township’ where black people were allowed to buy land.
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When black land owner rights were dissolved by the Native Land Act of 1913, Alexandra witnessed continuous in-migration due to its proximity to employment opportunities in Johannesburg.
Alex is the hub of culture, root culture. It also has its own community radio and TV station. Popular culture like theatres in the townships was a dynamic force which gave life and a dynamic force that gives hope to people.
Soweto is the fifth most popular destination for overseas visitors to Gauteng province. It’s Jozi’s tourism drawcard. One of the biggest attractions is the Mandela Museum, in Vilakazi Street.
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The former four-roomed home of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a deeply moving experience, that reminds us of our past, and gives us hope for the future.
One of the biggest attractions is the Mandela Museum, in Vilakazi Street. The former four-roomed home of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a deeply moving experience, that reminds us of our past, and gives us hope for the future.
The Hector Pieterson Memorial is three blocks from where 13-year-old Hector was shot and died on 16 June 1976. On the day when students in Soweto marched against the repressive imposition of Afrikaans in schools.
A Soweto trip is incomplete without visiting the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, the largest in Soweto. A spiritual haven for many Sowetans and played a pivotal role in the history of resistance to apartheid.
If you’re planning a wedding how about the Ubuntu Kraal? It’s collection of straw-roofed rondavels that form a homestead, popular as a wedding and conference venue.
The Soweto Festival is held annually every heritage day weekend. The venue is the magnificent Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, the site of the signing of the historic Freedom Charter by anti-apartheid organisations in 1955.
This is the ideal place for the people of Soweto to congregate over Heritage weekend as the Square is a national monument. The Soweto Festival centres around an exhibition and day-long entertainment events.
The Katlehong township area smouldered with political tension in the early 1990s and the name was associated with violent protests and a low-level civil war amongst factions.
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Art Centre has evolved into a showcase of exquisite ethnic artwork are influenced by township emotional turmoil themes.
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Get ready for Africa. Namibia is rich in animal species, like no other in the world. And then you welcome natural friendly people, streams of thorn bush Savannah, Makalani palms, Mopane bushland, baobabs,giraffes, lions, zebras.
Welcome to the vast game reserves in Namibia, the biggest, Etosha National Park
National Parks and Game Reserves
Namibia has protection in line with the Etosha National Park and other nature and game reserves galore. Etosha National Park, the third largest and one of the finest parks in Africa. The Etosha pan is a saline lake that is dried out adding to the uniqueness of the landscape, a vast shallow depression with water holes in the south that guarantee a game viewing that is rewarding.
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Etosha National Park, one of the world’s best wildlife sanctuaries, is excellent for wildlife-watching. In a huge salt pan surrounded by over 22,000 sq km (over 8,500 sq miles) of grasslands and bush.
This is where you can encounter Africa’s Savannah animals like the giraffe, elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, various species of antelopes and predators like the cheetah, lion leopard, wild dog and hyena.
The endemic mammal species include the gerbils and bats, the black faced impala. The Namib Desert has thirty endemic dune-dwellers. Endangered mammals like the wild dog, lion, black rhino, puku, waterbuck and oribi can be found here
The over twenty species of antelope from the largest being the Eland and the smallest Damara dik-dik . Then there is a range of smaller mammals including the jackal and mongoose all over the country and the less common honey badger and antbear.
Namibia took the lead in the world to initiate the environment protection and wildlife utilisation sustainability into the Constitution.
“The State shall actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people by adopting international policies aimed at the following: maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity of Namibia, and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future.”
With the growing numbers of eco tourists, many farmers have abandoned cattle and have turned their expansive farms into private game reserves.
The Caprivi Strip is considered by experts to be one of Africa’s top 10 birding destinations. Some 620 species have been recorded. the highest concentration of birds in Namibia, including some near-endemic species.
Or you can just admire the glories of the skeleton coast. Hike a nature trail across the gravel plains of the arid and forbidding Skeleton Coast region, see ancient desert-adapted plant species such as welwitschia, lithops and delicate lichens.
Be amazed by the Fish River Canyon, the world’s largest after the Grand Canyon, and the nearby Kokerboom Forest, home of bizarrely elegant kokerbooms (quiver trees). San people used the giant aloes to create quivers for arrows. There are now protected species of plant that is located in Namibia.
Namibia is an ideal destination for adventure, but if you are not in the adventurous mode to experience it, a road network that is maintained will make the journey a pleasure!
Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city and lies in the heart of the central highlands in an airy basin surrounded by rolling mountains. It is the cleanest, most relaxed and safest capital cities in Southern Africa, the perfect place to round up or launch a Namibian holiday.
At the arrival in the cosy capital of Windhoek, there is an impressive combination of innovative modern constructions and old German colonial buildings. Many shops have German owners and you meet German speaking Namibians everywhere.
It’s a bustling, cosmopolitan city with good hotels, sophisticated shops and great bistros. There is a harmonious blend of European and African cultures and overall friendliness.
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State buildings range from the Parliament of Namibia to the newly founded Hero’s Acre on the road to Rehoboth. The Heroes’ Acre is a modern, state of the art national symbol that was inaugurated by His Excellency, Dr Sam Nujoma, on 26 August 2002.
It was built to foster the spirit of patriotism and nationalism and to pass on this legacy to the future generation of Namibia. The Heroes’ Acre took 13 months to construct covering 732.9212 hectares. It houses 174 graves.
Day tours are available to Katutura, the Windhoek museums, the National Library, National Art Gallery, National Archives, National Art Gallery and the Botanical Gardens.
Or you can admire the German colonial architecture of the Alte Feste, (1892) In Robert Mugabe Avenue.this is one of the oldest buildings in Windhoek, with its cornerstone laid in 1890. It served as a military headquarters in 1915 and then as a hostel for the Windhoek High School in 1935. In 1957 it was declared a national monument.
It now houses state museum, where the historic independence collection, reflecting events leading up to the independence of Namibia can be seen. You can also see the Tintenpalast parliament building and the Christuskirche, the city’s landmark church.
Shop for African crafts and curios and splurge on local game such as springbok or kudu at the city’s fine restaurants. The bi-monthly Windhoek Street Market has local crafts every second Saturday.
An opportunity to buy diamonds and other semi-precious stones or Herero dolls. There is also a range of wooden hand-carvings, karosse rugs, jewellery and liqueur chocolates manufactured in Windhoek as well as Swakara garments.
A little seaside resort of Swakopmund is ideal. There is a strong Germanic flavour to its boarding houses and bars, and it is surrounded by a desert that is great for quad-biking, dune buggy racing and sand-boarding.
It was the German merchant and adventurer Adolf Luederitz from Bremen, who bought the bay of Angra Pequeña from Nama Chief Joseph Fredericks in 1883 for 10 000 Reichsmark and 260 guns. The bay is today known as Luederitz Bay. Later when diamonds were discovered – German authorities branded the area between Lüderitz and the Orange River a ‘forbidden area’.
The diversity of Namibia is a rich blend of traditions and cultures. The population is composed of several different ethnic groups, including the San, the Khoi-Khoi, the Herero, and the Ovambo as well as the small European population, largely Germans and Afrikaners.
Visit the kraal, or homestead, of indigenous semi-nomadic pastoralists, the Himba, in the Kaokoland region of northern Namibia, to learn about tribal customs and desert survival techniques.
Namibia is the fourth largest exporter of non-fuel minerals in Africa and the world’s fifth largest producer of uranium and is set to become the largest exporter of uranium by 2015.
Currency: Namibian dollar N Electrical Plugs: 50Hz Languages: English is the sole official language of Namibia. German, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo became recognised regional languages. You need a passport and a visa
The luxury Desert Express runs between Swakopmund and Windhoek, a 19-hour 30-minute journey which includes several stops which give travellers the opportunity to watch lions feeding, see the Namib Desert,stroll in the sand dunes admiring the stars! ExploreMotherlandAfrica#
Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, in the south-west of Africa between the Orange River in the south and the Kunene river in the north - Namibia boasts deserts, seascapes, bushwalking, and boundlessness.
Blessed with rich natural resources, a solid modern infrastructure, diverse cultures and an annual quota of 300 days of sunshine, it is a beautiful country of vast potential.
It’s an arid, rough land, the world’s 34th largest country, a different world, but still inviting, strangely familiar and easy to travel. Namibia is a photographer’s dreamland, a land of contrasts and clear colors.
It’s not for those, who like busy beaches and have fun in crowds. It’s one of the most scarcely populated countries on earth after Mongolia. But if you love nature, stillness, grandiose landscapes, desert, and expanse, Namibia’s for you.
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But Namibia isn’t just silence and wide open spaces. There is dune buggy racing, horse racing, and dune skiing.
Namibia has a colorful and turbulent history. Because Namibia has one of the world’s most barren and inhospitable coastlines, it was one of the last African countries to be colonized.
In the mid-19th century, German missionaries opened up the interior, paving the way for traders who came later. The distinctive German traditions and architecture and traditions come from the 1884 annexation of the country by Germany
As a nation, however, Namibia is relatively young, having gained its independence from South Africa after prolonged struggles only in March of 1990
Essentially a desert country, Namibia offers contrasting landscapes. The Namib Desert – believed to be the oldest desert in the world – is a vast swathe of high dunes and desolate plains with an awe-inspiring sense of space.
The wind-whipped coast with innumerable shipwrecks stretches all along the hostile Namib desert. The dune fields are approximately 150 kilometers wide with some dunes as high as 300 meters. It is the oldest desert
It is the oldest desert on the earth with a unique flora and fauna. Millions of years ago the Orange river washed diamonds into the sea. Currents, waves and the wind transported them into the sand dunes of the Namib, thus creating a source of natural wealth for Namibia.
You can climb some of the world’s highest sand dunes and a must
Avid rock climbers should venture into Spitzkoppe located between Swakopmund and Windhoek knew as the Matterhorn of Namibia.
You can visit the Namib Naukluft Park, the fourth-largest conservation area in the world, where oryx stroll over apricot-, ochre- and fawn-colored dunes tufted with grasses. The oryx antelope has become perfectly adapted to the climate. Springbok, kudu, ostrich, baboon, mountain zebra and leopard are also found here.
Although apparently empty, the Namib teems with life, much of it unique to this landscape. The number of insect species is estimated at 20.000. Also among the reptiles some of the species – like the transparent Palmato Gecko – are endemic.
And in Namibia, all the southern African snake species can be found, some of them poisonous like the Puffadder, Black Mamba, Green Boomslang, Cape Cobra and Spitting Cobra.
You can watch rare desert-adapted elephants as they browse the trees in the dry beds of the Ugab and Huab Rivers in northern Namibia, or dig down into the earth with their tusks in search of water.
These trees from the “dead Vlei” have been dead over 600 years. Or you can explore the mysteries of the vanishing ghost towns of the Namib desert.
Because Namibians believe in being up close and personal, you’re encouraged to walk or ride through the desert, but you can also take a bird’s eye view…
Namibia is one of the best game countries in Africa. Early in the 1900s, people started to take the protection of wildlife seriously and game reserves, like the 20.000 SQ km Etosha National Park, was established.
Today a total of about 120.000 SQ km, some 15% of the entire country, fall under nature conservation, not to mention the many private nature and game reserves.
Namibia is a gem for those in search of wildlife and wilderness. It’s a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine, and unconfined space. This feeling of tranquillity and stillness combines with a landscape which is singular in its colours, full of contrasts of light and shade.
Le République de Maurice, known as Mauritius is accessible tropical paradise Indian Ocean island and is budget friendly for travelers too. Sheltered by coral reef barriers that form safe lagoons that are crystal clear, Mauritius stays on top of the list of dream destinations.
The island of Mauritius is eleven times larger than Washington, DC. It was a volcano originally and stands on what was initially a land bridge between Africa and Asia, the Mascarene Archipelago.
This archipelago formed by undersea volcanic eruptions about ten million years ago and the African plate drifted over Réunion.
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Mauritius became known to Malay and Arab and Malay sailors in the 10th century and was explored for the very first time in 1505 by the Portuguese.
In 1598, the Dutch fleet of three ships was on route to the Spice Islands and got blown off by a cyclone landing on the island. It was named to honour Prince Maurice of Nassau. In 1715, France seized Mauritius. Along came the French, sugar cane and captured African slaves to work on sugar plantations.
The French harboured the outlawed “Corsairs” (pirates) who hijacked the British vessels when sailing between Britain and Britain and were laden with valuable goods for trade. The British then captured Mauritius in the year 1810. In 1968 Mauritius gained independence.
Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. The population consists of Africans, Indians, British, Creole, Madagascar natives, Chinese, Europeans and Muslims . Descendants of the Indian labourers were brought in after slavery was abolished in 1835. The Muslim and Chinese added to the touch of a Creole and French cultural legacy.
The Beach of a life
Life’s a beach – and then you die! The signature of sunny days, and the turquoise lagoon surrounded by the3rd largest coral reef springs out a typical tropical sweet air with endless beaches. Mauritius is a true paradise for sea and sun lovers.
Or head to Grand Baie, for parasailing, submarine and semi-submersible scooters, Forget about walking on water, try walking under it!
Mauritius has an abundance of sea treasures like moray eels, magnificent coral beds with multi coloured fish. You get to see them scuba diving at the Trou aux Biches guided by the Mauritius Scuba Diving Association (MSDA).
One of the most spectacular ways to explore the ocean beds is to go on board a submarine. Encounter invigorating marine life stepping back into 17th century where various wrecks can be viewed
Blue Bay beach is the only marine park in Mauritius and one of the most popular bathing spots. This is perfect for sailing or windsurfing. Either get into a glass bottom boat expedition or snorkel to see coral and fish.
Quieter days in the Northern Islands – Gabriel Island,
Check out the rarest stamps at Blue Penny Museum. In 1847, Mauritius was the fifth country in the world to issue postage stamps.
Mauritius the issued Blue Two Pence and Red Penny stamp. , the 5th country in the world to issue postage stamps. These became the most valuable and famous and valuable rare stamps.
Or go gawk at dodo skeletons in the Natural History Museum. Mauritius on discovery, was home to an unknown bird species, that the Portuguese named called dodo (simpleton). By the year 1681, all of the dodos were killed by the settlers or domesticated animals. The dodo prominently features as a national coat-of-arms supporter.
Whats for shopping and dinner in Mauritius?
The Mauritius cuisine blends, Creole, Indian, Chinese and European.This friendly cultural co-existence of cultures lives in a blend croissants and curry menus.
Roof around for souvenirs and T-shirts upstairs in the bustling of the Central Market, locals bargain over tea and essentials in the midst of catching up on latest gossip trends.
The market was Built in the year 1844. It is the meeting point Mauritians on a search of a “dithe” (tea) or “cari” (curry) .
The market is for getting some local crafts, vegetables as well as “dholl purris” or herbal tea blends. Mauritius is popular for duty-free shopping and saving on the cost of textiles.
Mauritius in Tune with Nature
The Rivière Noire is a district of Creole fishermen’s where there is Sega dancing and lively on Saturday nights.
The African roots of Sega, and ”ravane” traditional percussion instruments as well as metallic triangle metallic clicks. The song compositions describe slavery miseries voice out social satires of inequalities encountered by Creoles.
Mauritius was uninhabited until the 16th century and became a biodiversity hotspot, known for natural beauty.
Invigorate yourself. Go mountain climbing or explore nature through forests, plants or endemic flowers. Enjoy spectacular eco-tourism beauty of playgrounds.
The South-Eastern end is 900 hectares covered in tropical forests where boars, stag and does boars roam around freely
Mauritius has a total of 700 indigenous plant species. Many plants are threatened with possible extinction because as their natural habitat has been diminished.
Exploring the botanical gardens of Pamplemousses Gardens, an 18th century and the third oldest in the whole world. It has an international plant collection and includes a spice garden and talipot palm that flowers every 60 years, then dies. Worldwide naturalists are aware of the exotic and indigenous plants present like the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and various palm trees species. The garden boasts five hundred plant species.
Worldwide naturalists are aware of the exotic and indigenous plants present like the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and various palm trees species. The garden boasts five hundred plant species. Protection of endangered species and natural resources in place with Ile aux Aigrettes, the Mauritius Wildlife fund.
The rarest birds in the world like the pink pigeon and Kestrel can be found here. Families should head to Casela Bird Park Situated in the Rivière Noire district, the bird park stretches over 25 hectares and contains more than 90 aviaries 140 bird species from all five continents.
Hiking in the 6,794-hectare Black River Gorges National Park through the forest and see wildlife, birds and indigenous plants. The Black River Peak trail leads to the highest mountain in Mauritius.
But Mauritius isn’t just nature. There’s a lot of history going down as well. The Vieux Grand Port is the oldest Mauritius settlements where ruins of Dutch fortifications can be seen
Pailles Valley, Domaine trends as a harmonious combination of culture, history and nature inflames imagination. There are journeys to the sugar mill as well as the rum distillery by a horse- carriage or train
Fast Facts. Currency Mauritius Rupee. Symbol: Rs Electrical Plugs: 12 50Hz Language: Most inhabitants are equally fluent in both French and English. A visitor must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. Time Zones: GMT/UTC+4 Country Dialing Code +230 The Mauritius cyclone season: November-May.
In Memory of W G Robertson. Thanks to the 'Freeway tours team Julie Hall and Thandi Brewer
Tropical Beach Paradise The coastline of Mozambique stretches over a thousand kilometres and lines up a magnificent strand of tropical beaches.
Ilha de Mozambique, or Mozambique Island, is a tiny island off Northern Mozambique. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s got a history that’s something incredible.
Almost close to four hundred years, Mozambique was under Portuguese rule, and prior to that, it was a base for Arab traders. The entire island is a kilometre squared and connects to the mainland via a concrete bridge.
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Vilanculos is a beach pathway into the Bazaruto Archipelago of islands as well as the renowned underwater national park in Mozambique.
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One of the best greatest things to do here is to catch a ride on a traditional sailing dhow and go for a glide through the Archipelago. This is seriously one of the most stunning places on or off the African continent. An island journey of awesome azure waters, palm trees, sandy beaches and coral reefs.
The marine reserve is one of the biggest achievements for Mozambique and plays an important role in marine conservation worldwide. It is best to scuba dive to experience the best of it.
In fact, the Bazaruto Archipelago offers some of the best diving in the world. The dive sites are never over crowded l. The water is crystal clear and there are protected coral reefs buzzing with hump back whales, dolphins, hump back sharks, spotted eagle rays, manta, turtles and more
Ponta d’Ouro Bay located in the Southern part of Mozambique. There is a small village but filled with tourist camps. It is very popular with fishermen and beach holidayers and surfers. Apparently, the Ponto has perfect waves.
Like other spots in Mozambique, the diving experience is awesome here. Underwater there are more coral reefs making beautiful patterns with a flow of colourful fish that pass through.
Mainly you’ll want to go there for the experience of swimming with dolphins. This is where the group is that does snorkelling trips out to swim with the dolphins.
Those that conduct dolphin tours are passionate about conservation. They will inform you how dolphins are threatened and you gain marine conservation insight while having incredible experiences.
You have to drive into Ponta with a 4 x 4, no other way. It stays parked in the safe parking at Kosi Bay where many people leave their cars.
Although most people go for the beaches, there is some beautiful old architecture in Mozambique.
The urban area’s quite small and concentrated with wide avenues, old trees and Mediterranean style architecture. It is an attractive capital city in Africa with an active vibe with cafes and supermarkets.
Cuisine Culture and where to Stay
Maputo is the important harbour, it is 90 kilometres from the South African border. There’s a wide range of accommodation, from the mega-luxury to bed and breakfasts and backpacking lodges.
Cuisine mainly includes seafood. And the mix of cooking styles in the Portuguese style with lots of seafood. They have maize-meal, rice and millet dishes with hot stews – typical of the African diet. Curries are a favourite named, ‘Caril’.
So if it’s exotic, cultural stuff you want, this is a place to visit. It’s a magic mix of old Portuguese and old Muslim architecture. Basically, it’s divided into two halves. There’s the old Stone Town in the North and Reed Town in the South.
If you are planning a trip to Mozambique, please be a responsible tourist. Don’t drive on the beach. It is illegal and it destroys natural habitats. Dunes were destroyed as a result of driving that was irresponsible. Do not litter. If you are camping, bring along some bin bags and dispose of the rubbish in a proper way.
Don’t buy shells, corals, juvenile or reef fish. If you dive, do not touch or grab marine life. Some species are very friendly, but if you touch them or feed them you can change their behaviour.
And remember, the coral reefs are precious. Holding onto the reef, hitting it or swiping fins over it kills the coral. It won’t just grow back! Global tourism is a key threat to ecologically sensitive areas. So let’s protect our beautiful places.
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Mzuzu is the capital of the northern region. The famous Livingstonia Mission and its museum is close.
900 m above Lake Malawi there are views of incredible beauty across the lake to Tanzania. Livingstonia is a mission settlement dating from 1894 and established by Robert Laws a disciple of David Livingstone.
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The Old Stone House, which was the home of the Laws family, is now a resthouse and museum.
Explore Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital. Alongside the traditional Old Town, with its markets, is the modern city and seat of government with its imaginative architecture in a garden setting.
Blantyre, is the commercial capital of Malawi as well as the largest town. It was established at the end of 19th century. It is really two towns: Blantyre and Limbe, joined by a development corridor. The city was originated by David Livingstone’s Scottish missionaries. It’s named after Livingstone’s birthplace in Scotland.
Blantyre has many historical buildings including, Old Boma, the original town hall. The Mandala House , built in 1882 was the African Lakes Company headquarters. It was the first two-storey building in Malawi and is believed to be the country’s oldest house. The most impressive are the tow churches, All Angels an St Michael . These were with no formal architecture, construction o brick-making training
You’ll find the Thyolo (pronounced Cho’lo) tea estates between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje. Tea has been grown here since 1908 and the primly trimmed bushes (strictly trees) make the whole area look like a neatly kept but vast garden.
Nkhotakota, on the central lakeshore, is one of Africa’s oldest market towns and was once a centre of the slave trade. Or else there Nkhata Bay, a busy port and market and a favourite shop and stop place.
Everything is Malawi is handmade. There’s no factory production of curios. So have a look for woodcarvings, wood and cane furniture, soapstone carvings, decorated wooden articles, colourful textiles, pottery, beadwork, cane and raffia. The standard of woodcarving is one of the highest in Africa. The Mua Mission, south of Salima, where carvers are trained, has an excellent shop. Traditional musical instruments are also sold throughout Malawi.
Malawi has a thoroughly deserved reputation for the friendliness of its people. This is a land of smiles, of genuine friendship. The Gule Wamkulu (performed by the Chewa and Mang’anja), with its heavily carved masks, feathers and skin paint, is an important dance in Malawian culture.
Malawians have long been travellers, and their music has spread across Africa. In the late 1960s, Malawi produced its own kwela stars, like Daniel Kachamba & His Kwela Band. By the 1970s, electric guitars, American rock and roll, soul and funk influenced the music scene, to create a fusion called afroma lead by the band New Scene, led by Morson Phuka.
The 1980s saw soukous from the Democratic Republic of the Congo become popular. The Malawian variety was called kwasa kwasa. The traditional music of Malawian music has also reached commercial success, like folk fusionist Pamtondo, whose music uses rhythms from the Lomwe, Makuwa and Man’ganja peoples.
Music can be the food of love. But sometimes you need some real food. And malawi’s got some special tastes. Chumbo – tilapia fish is the main lake delicacy. Eaten with Mthochi – bread made from bananas and Mbatata cookie made with sweet potato and cinnamon it’s a great meal. Top it off with Malawi gin and tonic, Inexpensive and it’s developed an almost cult status.
- The currency in Malawi is the Kwacha.
- And in terms of electricity, they use 50Hz volts.
- The standard plus is square three-pin.
- Chichewa is the main language that is widely spoken, but the language of the business community is English.
Special Thanks to Freeway Tours Team,Thandi Brewer,Julie Hall.In Memory of William Robertson
Malawi has unique scenery, evergreen forests, waterfalls, rare wildlife and stunning valleys. Go wildlife and game viewing in the national parks, without the tarred roads filled with convoys of 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Malawi’s nine Wildlife Reserves offer truly unspoilt wilderness. A Safari experience that will be the thrill of safaris with crowds of elephants, leopards, rhino. hippos and antelope
Look for elephants during the early mornings and evenings in Kasungu National Park, when they come to drink from dambos (river channels). The grasslands support large herds of buffalo and kudu and reedbuck.
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Malawi has the best birdlife in the region. Vwasa Wildlife Reserve has close to 300 species including stork, heron and the white-faced tree duck.
Herds of thirty or forty elephants are regularly to be seen and there are large numbers of hippos.
Lake Kazuni, near the main entrance to the reserve is famous for its hippos. Buffalo are present in the reserve but their roaming habits make their sightings less easy to predict.
Nyika , Malawi’s largest park and completely unique in Africa. It means “where the water comes from” and it’s one of Malawi’s most important catchment areas.
In the rainy season, the park is covered with wildflowers and over 200 types of orchid. It also has a neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a ‘magic lake’ the magnificent Nyika Plateau towers to 2500m
Nyika is wonderful for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding safaris to see the diminutive duiker, or Zebra, warthog, bush pig, eland and roan.
The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa. If you’re lucky you can catch lions and elephants. For the birdwatcher, over 400 species have been recorded including the rare Denham’s bustard, the wattled crane and the red-winged francolin – endemic to Nyika.
Views at the top of the 2,100m Zomba Plateau. Its vast forests and waterfalls tower above Zomba, a university town and the former capital. Or climb the magnificent Mulanje Massif. The highest mountain in central Africa, the central point of this huge block of mountains, which cover more than 640 sq km and rises to over 3,000m can be seen at Sapitwa. Dedza, Michiru, Ndirande and Chiradzulu also offer challenging slopes.
Malawi – A Jewel in the Centre of Africa
The main attractions in attractions are the wildlife reserves and national parks and wildlife reserves of unspoilt wilderness where animals are discovered in natural habitat and not merely observed.
Safaris in Malawi cater for all budgets and tastes, You can either rent an open 4×4 for a game drive or take a walking safari and dive safely into the wild.
One other popular option is taking a boat safari on Shire River. This is a great way to see animals from short distances as they have little fear of people that are in a boat,
You get to float close to a mass of hippos and elephants drinking nearby! Other close encounters can be had, for example, when tracking
Close encounters in Majete Reserve can be tracking elephants. Horseback safaris are another opportunity to ride along zebras and antelopes.
The big five ( leopard, elephant lion, buffalo, and rhino) are in Malawi with splendid antelope range and smaller cats. Hippos are found in large numbers and are symbolic of the wildlife scene. Malawi definitely makes a memorable Safari.
Malawi is a popular option for first-timers who want a taste of Africa but it is also a sophisticated experience for distinguished wildlife enthusiasts or those who wish to wander and feel the Malawi experience.
With a few visitors, there is an opportunity to solely experience the fascinating peacefulness of an astounding natural environment. Get ready for lifetime experiences: ExploremotherlandAfrica#
Source: Exploring Motherland Africa