Tantalizing Tanzania Tastes

Many yearn to travel to Tanzania.There is way too much to do, climbing Kilimanjaro, kite surfing, quad exploring the vast national parks for wildlife, and landscape wonders.

And then there are the beaches. With all the action be sure that a healthy appetite will build up. A fine Tanzania cuisine and palate treat to savour on the ongoing adventure are sure to pass your way.

Here are a few ideas to splash into simmering into the adventure ahead when venturing to explore the heart of Motherland Africa in Tanzania or to re-experience treats after an escapade venture in Tanzania.

Let us start with a popular breakfast dish, Vitumbua. With a warm cup of ‘Chai’, you are sure to set off into an interesting day ahead with a start of taste bud sensations.


Vitumbua

1 cup – Rice Flour

4 tablespoons of plain flour

1 cup  Coconut milk

Teaspoon yeast

1 quarter cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cardamom seeds

oil

Mix the rice flour, the plain flour, coconut milk and cardamom adding water slowly to thicken the paste. Cover upkeep in a warm area for about an hour until bubbles form on the top and the mixture has doubled in size.

Stir the batter and place in a Vitumbua pan

Give the batter a stirring placing a drop of oil in each section. Pour in a teaspoon of batter and flip until it browns on both sides.


Ndizi Kaanga (Fried Plantains)

8 Plantains

Lemon Juice

Butter

Nutmeg

Place the butter in a frying pan until melted. Cut the plantains into quarters. Dip in lemon juice and place on the heated pan until they are browned lightly.Sprinkle with some nutmeg

Wali wa Nazi (Rice cooked in Coconut Milk)

2 cups rice

1 and a half cup of coconut milk and 2 and a half cup water

1 teaspoon of salt

Add the coconut milk and water mixture into a saucepan with salt until it reaches boiling point, Add in the rice and lower the heat , cover and simmer for about half an hour. Serve alone or as an accompaniment

Chapatti

2 cups of flour

Warm water

Salt

1  onion chopped finely

Mix the flour salt and onion with hot water to make an elastic smooth dough and fold into a ball, Roll on a surface with flour and cook over medium heat in a frying pan and flip over once browned, The chapatti texture will be supple and soft once completed

Give your tastebuds a long deserved treat. Welcome #Explore Motherland Africa

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10 ‘Must See’ Destinations in the Diverse and Colorful South Africa

Many are eager to explore South Africa, the diverse colorful nation with tons to rave about from natural beauty,people,world cities and unique wildlife.

Cape Town deservingly captures global attention, yet South Africa has much more to offer. There are hundreds of destinations to explore in South Africa. Here are ten highlights to note.

 

  1. Cape Agulhas


ATLANTIC AND INDIAN OCEAN MEET, THE SOUTHERN TIP OF AFRICA

Cape  Agulhas is the tip of Africa, where our two great oceans meet, a stone plaque to mark it is placed on the beach.

2.  Table Mountain


Any trip to Cape Town has an activity that all must step up to. A journey to the iconic Table Mountain. An unforgettable landmark to set foot on. You get to view the sea and the city from a 1085m height. The flat top summit has an easy route with the Table Mountain Cableway. It travels up at 10 metres per second. Table mountain has much more to explore with indigenous plants and animals and a nature reserve.

3. Maboneng Precinct- Johannesburg


Maboneng Precinct

Maboneng means the  “place of light”, and that is what the innovative section, the Maboneng Precinct, has become amidst a concrete jungle of red brick construction and warehouse jumbles. The graffiti spilt sidewalks reach an urban vibe, the hippest urban regeneration spot – a cosmopolitan and arty joint. Joburg is re-identifying itself from the slaps of being a wasteland of lost wanderers.

 one of South Africa’s hippest urban enclaves and an incredible example of urban regeneration.” BBC TRAVEL

4. Klein Karoo – Cango Caves


Cango Caves

The Cango Caves are as popular as the ostriches in Oudtshoorn 30 km away. The caves cut from limestone are twenty million years old. The Caves are listed as one of the great natural wonders of the world. The hidden stalagmite chambers inhabited in the stone ages make up the largest cave system in Africa.

There are amazing subterranean caverns open to the public for an unforgettable adventure through tunnels and chambers. One highlight is ‘Cleopatras Needle’, a formation that is 9m high and over 150000 years old.

5. Golden Gate Highlands National Park


The name of the park. ‘Golden’ Gate  Highlands National Park is linked to the golden glittering sandstone cliffs. Located in the Northern Freee State 120km from Bloemfontein, the Maluti  Mountains nestle the park, home to various wildlife including wildebeest and zebra as well as rare birds like the bearded vulture and bald ibis. There is an abundance of activity from horseriding to nature trails and game viewing.

6. Midlands Meander


Midlands Meander

The most recognizable meander in Kwa Zulu Natal offers many discovery routes through the scenic Midlands Meander of Natal. An hour away from Durban, the Meander is 80kms of entertainment, arts and crafts. places to see, shops and over 160 places to sleep in. Encounter craftsmen from herb growers to cheese producers weavers and craft beer, artists, potters, carvers and much more.A haven for watersports enthusiasts for sailing, canoeing, boating and windsurfing near the Midmar Dam.

7. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


Kgagaladi Transfrontier Park

Africa’s first transborder conservation area between Botswana and South Africa. It is in the Northern Cape, 250km from Upington, the Kgalagadi Park is the joining of Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park and South Africa’s Kalahari GemsbokPark.

The combined protected area is thirty-eight thousand square kilometres.  In South Africa, part of nine thousand six hundred square kilometres covers the Southern part of the Kalahari desert which is uninhabited.  It offers great opportunities for game viewing of endangered and rare species.

8. Supertubes Jeffreys Bay


Supertubes Jefferys Bay Surfing

Jeffreys Bay, sixty-five kilometres from Port Elizabeth is a top surfing destination and has perfect and predictable right-hand Supertube point breaks

The high-speed waves reach 3 metres varying in length up to 300m. The best waves are in winter between May and the middle of September.

9. Moses Mabhida Stadium


Moses Mabhida Stadium

The Moses Mabhida stadium is popular for hosting international music concerts and sports.It is a tourist attraction with many other linked activities. It has a skycar taking visitors to the arch of the stadium, there is also the 500 step adventure walk up to the 106m arch to get the ultimate panoramic view of the sea and the city. Then there is the Big Rush, Big Swing, a stadium swing that plunges off the arch. There are restaurants and shopping boutiques on the property as well.

10. Sun City


Sun City

Sun City, an hour and a half away from Johannesburg is a popular complex for entertainment and family getaways. Hotels coupled with a popular golf course is a drawcard for tourists and locals. Many regularly flock here to enjoy the Valley of Waves, the casino for gambling and game viewing at the Pilanesberg National Park nearby. The Lost city Palace offers a five-star Africa holiday and has cabanas, game lodges and establishments for camping nearby.

 

 

Welcome to the tastes of Africa.  #ExploreMotherlandAfrica

 

Africa Aesthetic Vintage Design Wonders

Get the feel of Motherland Africa, right in your home

Homes are special spaces for all. From ecstatic regular travelers and ambitious wanderers to ‘stay at home’ enthusiasts, all will agree that there is no place like home with a feel,sense and touch of the magnificent continent,our Africa.

A few can reach their dreams in travels to explore the motherland  Africa and collect journey memoirs on the pathway.

There is a growing need to reach out for the best Africa aura of style and comfort in every home or living space.

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It should reflect the ultimate retreat, an outlet to peacefully cuddle into peace, embracing every savoring moment, after a long day in the out in the world.

Africa is vast sprawling all the way from Morroco and Egypt in the north to the Southern tip of Africa where the two oceans meet. Each country has a unique style. The common aspect is vibrant earth tones.

The common aspect is earth tones and vibrant color splashes. Decorating African theme homes have so many options available and identifying selections is crucial as it vibrates impact on the energy and feel of individual spaces.

The root of Africa décor is the inspiration from nature. Animal wood carvings and colorful fabrics express an appreciation of cultural history.

The African dream, the African inspiration is possible with timeless piece collections in your office or home.

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Animals were and always will be a central theme in fabrics and artwork. Animals that appeal to interior designers are lions, elephants, zebras and leopards.

SCULPTURE

The possibilities are endless from carved napkin holders in animal shapes to rugs with zebra images. Black, brown, beige and white are neutral colors for walls and floors. African artwork or black and white animal photography conjures the energy and feel of virility, strength and power.

There are various textile options available from the motherland of Africa. Hand-painted batiks from Zimbabwe in tablecloths and pillowcases to placemats and table runners. Culturally rich and distinctive Mud cloth, handwoven from Mali.Wall hangings from depicting village lives. Wooden sculptures and Africa artefacts like masks, purses, pouches walking sticks and smoking pipes make decorative pieces.

Africa décor can take the form of tiling with terracotta or sandstone tiles. Concrete floors treated and stained are common in southern Africa and are cool in hot climates.

 

A home with a twist ethnic African design flair is not an impossible dream. Start with bookstores and visit museums that display Africa objects and textiles. Or travel to Africa and get an authentic feel.

Accent home-style pieces with an antique style create aesthetic living spaces with a unique hint of definition engraved from historic African root marvels. Stepping back into time in amazing energy of appreciation of creation and adds a unique touch and sense to homes.

Antique furniture from Africa has a unique appeal of richness to any home. The solid, sturdy construction define unique touch of splendor to every element of lifestyle space, be it in the form of kitchen cabinets, a dining room table, a home office desk or bedroom space and more.

 African antique furniture designs.

Africa vintage furniture adds to the realm of prideful ownership. The aura and style set forth an era of passion, embracing that “once upon a time” realm of authenticity and pureness in home décor.

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Malawi -The Warm Heart of Africa

Hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches line this tideless inland sea. Relax in the sun on an uncrowded beach with long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sand lakeshore

Malawi's vast variety, overwhelming friendliness  great lake, wildlife, landscape and culture makes it an ideal getaway for families.

Formally known as Nyasaland, it's surrounded by Mozambique,Zambia, and Tanzania.

Malawi Flag

 


The initial western inception was when David Livingstone entered the shores in 1859. A British wiped out  slave trade in 1891.

For such a small country it has an unrivalled combination of Lake, Landscape and Wildlife. From rugged highlands to lowland plains, Malawi has an incredible variety of stunning landscapes.

The unique rolling hills of orchid-clad Nyika; the cool forested plateau of Zomba; the 10000 ft climbers’ paradise of Mulanje Massif; the broad and fertile Shire Valley.

Malawi means the “glitter of the sun rising across the lake”.  And this vast inland sea is what we think about when we think about Malawi.

Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa, the 10th largest in the world and covers 1/5th of Malawi. It’s sometimes called the Calendar Lake because it’s 365 miles long and 52 miles wide.

 

Or find out more about the country. Karonga has an interesting but turbulent history as a centre for the notorious nineteenth-century slave trade.

 

 

Now the town is the site of a new museum focused on both its cultural history and the recent archaeological finds of dinosaur and hominid bones.

At the top of the northerly point of the lake, you will find Nkhata Bay, that was reached by  David Livingstone. Its small sheltered harbour is a focus for the Lake’s fishing industry but it is also becoming increasingly important as a tourist centre.

Bandawe Mission was the place that Dr Robert Laws made the second attempt to establish a Livingstonia Mission. Like Cape Maclear, malaria took its toll and the missionaries moved further north to the present site on the Kondowe Plateau. The banked seating and  lateral sided pulpit of the church and missionary graves remain

 

Off the eastern shore of the Lake is Likoma Island: a small piece of Malawi in Mozambican waters. This is where the headquarters of Livingstone’s mission to Central Africa in the 1880s.  That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.

That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.

Visit the world’s first freshwater national park. Lake Malawi National Park, close to Monkey Bay, lies towards the southern extremity of the lake. The park includes a land area around the cape and bay as well as the Lake and islands up to 100 metres offshore. It’s also a world heritage site.

Snorkelling and scuba-diving are increasingly popular here because of the attraction of seeing the brilliantly coloured fish, the mbuna.

Lake Malawi contains more fish than any other lake in the world. Some of the rarest tropical fish in the world are unique to this vast lake. it has about 1000 species of fish. It’s is a true kaleidoscopic aquarium.

The countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied than anywhere else in the world and will feed directly from the hand.

Marine animals include two species of otter and occasional crocodiles.

Away from the lake, the park has baboons, klipspringer, bushbuck and vervet monkeys, antelope and hyrax, and, of course, there is a great variety of birdlife including fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorants and hamerkops. In the North the

In the North the lake is quite extraordinarily deep: 700m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley which is the origin of the Lake itself.

Try out the range of watersports available along the length of Lake Malawi. Swimming, waterskiing, sailing and kayaking are all available along the extraordinarily clear lakeshore.

Because of its rich harvest of fish, the Lake plays an important part in the country’s economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the length of the lakeshore and you’re welcome to visit the traditional industry. Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or  Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.

Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or  Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.

Mumbo Island and Domwe Island camps offer idyllic island getaways. Malawi is an ideal destination not to be missed in Africa. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica

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The Light Of Africa – Ready to Shine at the JUU Afrikan Festival,Tanzania2017

 

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Only in Tanzania- Part 3 -Let’s talk about the birds….Birds from Tanzania

Only in Tanzania

The only in Tanzania quest continues. Why Tanzania? Today we introduce and explore the birds of Tanzania.


Tanzania in East Africa has a wide range of endemic bird species. It is one spectacular country offering a variety of birding habitats, including the montane forest, savanna miombo woodland, arid plains and the coastline.

It is a migratory passageway as well. Despite many attractions, national parks and reserves place big game on display ahead of birds. A visit to Tanzania in East Africa is definitely memorable lifetime for birders,

It is recorded that there are 1100 bird species in Tanzania.This is the the third-highest on the continent of Africa.

A well-planned bird watching itinerary for two weeks can result in viewing approximately 300 species.

Game reserves like Selous and Serengeti are rewarding for bird watching and are an ideal introduction to the widespread species.

Experienced birders usually explore the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are the biggest attraction in Tanzania as they harbor 35 endemics that are found exclusively in Tanzania

Birding in Tanzania is good all year round, the prime season is usually September to April when the resident population has migrants that spend the northern hemisphere winter in Africa.
Winter in Europe coincides with the rainy season in East Africa when resident species transform into bright colors. We discuss a few notable birds endemic to the country.

1. Grey-breasted Francolin

Grey-breasted Francolin
Grey-breasted spurfowl,otherwise known as grey-breasted Francolin is a  bird species of thefamily Phasianidae. It is found exclusively in East Africa,Tanzania.

2. The Masked Lovebird

The yellow-collared lovebird also known as the masked lovebird or the eye ring lovebird,is a species of bird from the parrot family Psittaculidae.They are native to the north east of Tanzania.

3. The Pemba Sunbird

Pemba Sunbird
The Pemba Sunbird is a bird species of bird from thesunbird family. Endemic to Pemba Island in Tanzania.

4. Pemba Scops Owl

Pemba Scops Owl
The Pemba Scop owl a ‘creature of the night', a mysterious bird, identified by local island dwellers of Pemba as a bird associated with witchcraft.

5. Kilommbero Weaver

Kilommbero Weaver
The Kilombero weaver species discovered in the year 1986 because of patchy, restricted distribution in a small range of the Kilombero River, a floodplain in the south-central Tanzania.

 

Support for our Native birds in Tanzania

All that desire to support native birds from Tanzania can either donate to organizations with the goal to protect endangered wildlife and habitats.

The other way is spreading an awareness about our magnificent birds and find ways to help as individuals like keeping a clean environment. We need more protected areas and national parks and focus on more protection in conservation areas that exist.

Welcome to Motherland Africa. #EXPLOREMOTHERLANDAFRICA

Arkive species - Iringa akalat (Sheppardia lowei)

Arkive species - Pemba green-pigeon (Treron pembaensis)

 

Top 10 Mozambique Mouthwatering Munches

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.

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.

1. Matapa


Mozambique Matapa

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.

2.     Prawns

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.

3.    Coconut rice

Coconut Rice

Coconut rice is common in  Mozambique, fluff rice made in coconut milk. Perfect to compliment Mozambique spicy and hot delights.

4. Paõ

Pao

Paõ  are Portuguese bread rolls baked in  villages in ovens that are wood fired

5.    Curry

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

Prego roll

A roadside Mozambique snack is prego rolls. Steak covered in fiery chilli vinegar and garlic sauce wrapped in paõ. Simply delicious

 8. Cashews

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.

9. Fish

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.

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The Taste of Zimbabwe

Smashing Food Flavours of Zimbabwe

 

Landlocked Zimbabwe, (“House of Stone”) in the southern central part of Africa, the name from 800-year-old remains of stone left by Shona people. 

Shona people make up 77 percent of the population of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and the remaining 18 percent are Ndebele is between the Zambezi and Limpopo.

Located between the Zambezi and Limpopo River, Zimbabwe is mainly rolling plateau. The high plateau ends in the Inyanga mountains and the low plateau is grassy plains.

Gold was discovered in1300  with shared powers by the Shona and Ndebele until European invasion and British spices and food infiltrated Zimbabwe cuisine with tea, bread and sugar.

The Limpopo and Zambezi river borders of Zimbabwe provide nutrients and moisture for crops like pumpkins, yams, corn, squash and peanuts and papaya in the Summer and Autumn seasons.

Preserving food for winter months various produce and meats are dried. ‘Kapenta’is a common dried fish snack, as well as sun, dried flavoured meat.

Zimbabwe cuisine

Cornmeal is the main staple. Common Zimbabwean dishes include Sadza, stiff maize meal  eaten  with various  dip or side options such as gravy, meat, sour milk or vegetable

Bota:  Peanut butter flavoured porridge . Other alternatives are butter or jam flavours. This is a usual breakfast menu.

Dovi : The peanut crops brought in by Portuguese traders in the 16th century became a key ingredient in most dishes. Dovi is a peanut butter stew eaten with vegetables or meat.

Mapopo candy: Papaya is cooked and sprinkled with sugar  and made into a sweet treat.

 


 Zimbabwe Recipes




Mapopo candy (Papaya)

Pumpkin

1 Papaya

2 cups Sugar

Grated Lemon Peel

Fresh or dried mint

Wash and papaya . Slice into little strips. Place over low heat with grated lemon and sugar over low heat until all the sugar dissolves. Reheat the mixture at medium heat until crystallization.

Remove from heat and shape into stick or ball shapes

Butternut Squash Roasted

Roasted Butternut

1 Butternut Squash

3 Tablespoons of butter

Cinnamon

Preheat oven   425°F.Peel and cut the squash removing seeds. Place into foil and spread butter. Seal foil tightly around. Roast for about 25 minutes until the squash lightly browns. Sprinkle cinnamon

Sadza

Sadza

 

4  cups of water

Two and a half cups of cornmeal

Method

 

Boil  3 cups of water.Mix one cup of water with 1 and a half cup of cornmeal. Reduce heat and add the cornmeal mixture, stirring continuously. Cook for five minutes

Add the remaining cornmeal gradually. When the mixture has thickened place  in the serving dish

Dovi Stew

Dovi Stew

2 onions, chopped finely

Two tablespoons of butter

Two crushed garlic cloves

1 teaspoon salt

Half teaspoon pepper

Half teaspoon cayenne pepper

2  chopped green peppers

Chicken pieces

4 tomatoes

Fresh spinach

Braise the onions in butter. Add salt garlic and seasoning. Stir and add chicken and green peppers. Add tomatoes once the chicken is cokked , Add water and simmer  and half of the peanut butter.

In a separate pot cook spinach, Add peanut butter into the spinach and serve with the stew.

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The Madagascar Fashion Style

Madagascar inhabitants are comprised of a combination of arrivals on the Island almost 2000 years ago. They came from regions from all parts of the world like Arabia, India and the African continent.

These early settlers became the pioneers of Madagascar culture and society created an amalgamation of religion, culture and tradition.


Modern Madagascar is a perfect blend of traditionalism and modernism.


 

Fashion in Madagascar

Malagasies take pride in style and appearance and fashion design is in a sense actually indigenous to the island of Madagascar.

Madagascar clothing is unique with spectacular designs and decorated with colourful and bright scenes of daily life.  The colours are created from natural dyes like roots, berries and bark. There is a proverb at the bottom of a “Lamba”

Lambas are made with yarn spun by hand from natural silk. The dyed yarn is hand woven and the silk used is indigenous to Madagascar.


 

 

Accessories and clothing are palettes for creativity. Every village and town in Madagascar have people sporting the most exquisite traditional garments along with some imported style.

 

 

Malagasy indigenous fashions are created from Raffia fabric and Lamba garment and raffia fabric and weave. Extraordinary and versatile made in various brilliant patterns and colours.

The Lamba can be a shirt, a wrap or trouser alternative, used as a baby sling or made into a dress in a moment, This garment is fundamental for women and men as well

The Lamba is traditional dress in Northern Madagascar, “Lamba means cloth but refers to matching fabrics around the waist and around shoulders. Is some sections the Lamba is usually worn by men as ceremonies like offerings and burials. Old men in rural areas on Madagascar plateau areas wear them more often. Unlike men, many women wear  Lamba at all occasions.

“Saradroa” hair style and Tafy lamba scarf

Traditional Lamba is used to brighten contemporary jackets and pants and as accessories to western style clothing.

A creative outer garment replaces sweaters or jackets and there is a wide variety to creates unique personal style. Malagasy decorative fashion has developed into the Kreole fashion scene. The Malagasy mix of creative indigenous fabrics blending in with accessories from neighbouring African countries and Eurasia.

The distinctive African flair in a Eurasian flavour. Malagasy designs are cutting edge fashion styles with a blending combination of Asian garments and European hairstyles.

Common in Villages: Hat ‘Satroka penjy” and Long shirt Malabary

 

Design and textile artists from Madagascar make a bold presence on the global fashion scene.

Madagascar design and textile artists shine out in the world of fashion making a bold trailblazing presence on global fashion and entertainment stage.

 

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Timeless Train Journeys In Africa

Travelling is not about the destination. It is about the journey.  There are much quicker ways to get from one point to the next, yet train travels at a slow pace phases out the daily life hustle and bustle rush hour chaotic streams.

It is the ideal escape getaway, savouring moments on the pathway reaching the desired destination.

Trains are a differing dimension, gradual travel embracing experience realms of the beyond.

Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam with Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

The epic journey takes a full fourteen days. The pride of Africa trip passes through Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe before reaching Tanzania.

A chance to experience diamond towns, historic villages, game reserves as well as Victoria Falls.

The high point is Great Rift Valley where there are dramatic viaducts, switchbacks and tunnels. There is also a twenty-eight day Cape to Cairo journey every two years.

South Africa – Blue Train Journey

Blue Train-South Africa

The Blue train in South Africa is the most famous and has been dubbed as a  5-star hotel on wheels.

The meals, wine, accommodation with scenery along the 994-mile journey leaves from Pretoria taking off to the motherland of Cape Town takes about twenty-seven hours. This comes with stopovers.

There is also a trip from Pretoria to Durban at certain times during the year. This train journey with exclusive silk lines and bathroom gold fittings, cuisines by top chefs and nature scenes from the window is the ultimate experience in Africa

Namibia’s Desert Express

Desert Express

The Desert Express is a train for tourists between Windhoek and Swakopmund as well as Walvis Bay. There are excursions to the Etosha National Park. The elegant dining room is well equipped and conference facilities are on offer as well.The Desert Express in convenient modern and beats the desert heat.

Nairobi’s Jambo Kenya Deluxe

Jambo Kenya Deluxe

The Jambo Kenya Deluxe is a route between Nairobi and Mombasa. The overnight leisure trip from city to coast, savannah giraffes, zebras and ostriches are spotted while savouring gourmet cuisine and fine wines.  Comfortable sleeping berths epitomizes the deluxe of the journey

Tanzania to Zambia with TAZARA

TAZARA

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA):  Kilimanjaro and Mukuba express are passenger trains operating on TAZARA.  It runs for 1860km between Dar Es Salaam and Zambia
Running a few times each week, the journey takes approximately two days and nights. This is for intrepid travellers with little concern for luxury or punctuality. The spectacular scenery makes up for delays and service

 Tunisia’s ‘Lezade Rouge’

Lezarp Rouge

This antique  ‘Lezade Rouge’ tourist train,  runs daily into Atlas mountains foothills in the south of Tunisia.It passes through mining countries on the route from Metlaoui to Redeyef with periodic views. The journey is an hour long in each direction

South Africa’s Shosholoza Meyl

Shosholoza Meyl

An alternative for budget travellers Shosoloza offers intercity journeys between Johannesburg and each major city. The pleasant journey takes the exact same route as luxury trains and costs less than $100. The trains are not elegant but comfortable and save flight hassles between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Zimbabwe Rail

Zimbabwe rail

Travel overnight between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Rail features the classic 1950s-era British coaches with interiors of wooden panels. Elephants and baboons wander around in great sightings

 Mauritania’s Train du Desert

Mysterious Mauritiana unravels in a   2 story passenger carriage, Train du Desert. Guest spend time at excursion spots like  Chinguetti , the holy city the Azougui oasis, Ben Amira rock monolith.

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Durban – The Zulu Kingdom in South Africa

  • 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.


Durban
  • 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.

 

  • 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.

Kwamashu

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.

 

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A Taste of Cape Town

How would anyone define a Cape Town meal? Malay chicken curry? ‘Smaaklik’ potjiekos? Mouthwatering Chakalaka?

Cape Town offers all these meals and a whole lot more. A rich culinary history that delights palates.

The cooking inspiration of our fair mother city Cape town comes from way back in time. The Dutch arrival; in 1652 on the shores added to diversity with farming expertise, harvesting succulent crops and veggies that fed the starving sailors.

Potjiekos, a veggie and meat wine flavoured rice dish is popular meal choice of celebration and ‘Melktert’ (milk tart) as well.

The slave era and arrival of Javanese during the 18th century were often hired as chefs in the Dutch households and the gourmet influences they brought, lives on in Cape town dishes with an African twist spinning out unique cuisine.

The tasty hearty Cape Twon flavours improved with the Italian, German, Chinese, Portuguese and French residents and others. The melting pot of the Mother City is filled with flavours!

There are many circles of enjoying well-cooked home meals in the Cape Malay variety in the bustling Cape Town streets.  Discover cuisines of any flavour from Greek, Morrocan, Mediterranean, Moroccan, American or Nigerian and another African cuisine at superb bistros and restaurants. Whether taste buds call for a bobotie or Cape Malay roti and beef curry, there are streams of culinary treats

  1. Biltong

The national South African snack.One bite gets you hooked. The dried meat gets cured in vinegar with a spicy blend creating and addictive flavour.


  1. Sosaties

Barbecues or ‘braais are common past times. Sosaties are the cape version of kebabs. Meat marinated in chutney and curry skewed with apricots and onions.


  1. Pap

Pap is derived from cornmeal and accompanies  all cuisines.


4.   Bobotie

Bobotie, a common  Cape Malay cuisine is made from minced meat and curry that is baked and topped with dried fruits. It brings out the ethnic Cape Town flavours.


  1. Waterblommetjie Bredie

Unique to Cape Town the waterblommetjies is an indigenous flower that is edible and grows wild in the ponds. Bredie is a South African version of a stew and becomes a rich and elegant comfort food.


Boerewors

The sausage of South Africa


 

Gatsbys

Gatsby’s are  Cape Town specialities like  Bunnie Chows are  Durban treats. The sandwich is a basically a  hollowed out roll with a curried filling or mixture.


Snoek and Chips

The best fish and chips in the entire world are found in Cape Town.


Malva Pudding

For dessert  Malva pudding, a  sweet and savoury spongy dish with apricot jam and a caramelized texture served with ice cream or custard.

 

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Top 10 Tantalizing Food Bites in South Africa

 

One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~African Proverb

South Africa dishes have influences from all over. French, Dutch, Malay and more.  The cosmopolitan South Africa has a streaming tourist industry. There is loads to do and see from safaris to township tours. Indulge in tantalizing food and wine tours in Cape or visiting some Durban foodie heaven.

To get a taste of South African delights is always reachable as South African migrants are scattered worldwide. Nothing beats authentic travel tastes, but you may just be able to experience SA tastes right next door to your home!

 

  1. Chakalaka

Chakalaka

Chakalaka, a township delight sprouted out all over. The main ingredients are baked beans, carrots, peppers and spiced up with curry. Make your Chakalaka, try the recipe! There is no barbecue(braai) unaccompanied by Chakalaka.


  1. Potjiekos

A dish created from the necessity to cook while on the move in the outdoors. Set up in Afrikaaner tradition, it emerged in the great trek times. Potjiekos became part and parcel of the food culture in South Africa.


  1. Biltong

Biltong

A well-known favourite is Biltong. It started off in a crispy motion of preservation. Today it is a spicy snack revered and loved.


  1. Durban chicken curry

The popular Durban chicken curry is a quick and easy recipe and is perfect with sambal and basmati rice.


5. Milk Tart

Milk Tart

Known as  ‘Melktert’  is the milky way to a custard tart. Imported by Dutch, ‘Melktert’ is SA food and there is an official ‘Melktert’ day celebrated annually on 27 February.

Get ready for a taste of Africa as we bring you meals and deals to tantalize your taste buds leaving you hopping back to Africa in no time.

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6. Malva pudding

Malva pudding

A dessert that originated in the Cape. Created by Dutch settlers and incorporates apricot jam. Comparable and decadent to toffee pudding, and far better too!


7. Pap

Stiff cornmeal is a famous all over the African continent. It is an essential at all barbeques and perfect for stews and sauces.


8. Apricot Blatjang

Apricot Blatjang is a famous chutney made with dried apricots.A perfect condiment with bobotie or cheese. It is a chutney like texture.


9. Bobotie

Bobotie is a South Africa dish is made with shredded or minced meat, spices and fruit. Topped with bay leaves and savoury custard and baked.


10.Boerewors

Boerewors is a sausage of high quality spiralled in a circle shape, made from beef, game or pork or game meat. It is a must have at all barbecues.

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The Unknown Tourism Splendor in Tanzania- Mtwara

Tanzania is filled with tourist attractions, and some are overlooked.  The remote location of the town Mtwara is slightly elevated along Makonde Plateau. Located on the south east coast of Tanzania along rugged coastline patch that leads to the Mozambique border.

Mtwara has loads to offer in several areas like history, culture irresistible landscape from beaches lined with palm trees.  Anyone who steps into this route will wonder why they never did before

 

History Of Mtwara


The history of Mtwara goes back to the times of colonialism by the Germans.  The old prison built in the 1880s is partly in ruins but was used as a customs office by the British as a police station and a post office.

A site of popular interest is the St Pauls Church, housing some interesting murals depicting biblical scenes

The Majengo area is a worthwhile stop at a popular site of interest, St Paul’s church for remarkable artwork. The walls are covered with biblical scenes rich in colour that was painted in the mid 70’s  by a German priest, Polycarp Uehlein. In distinctive style and colour makes these paintings a notable for the portrayal of biblical themes.

A special Mtwara attraction is Msimbati bay. It offers a wide range of activities including driving on the beach. The Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park in Mnazi Bayis based here and is total paradise for watersport enthusiasts. Visitors get to experience isolated coastal dive sites

Originally built by the British for an agriculture scheme focusing on the plantation of groundnuts along the south coast of Tanzania. This scheme came about after the second world war. when British took control of Tanganyika from Germans.

The groundnuts were meant to make up for the consequences of food shortages post war in the Uk and for export to Europe

The plantations failed, but Mtwara the town remains. Mtwara is excellent to stop for supply when journeying on trips to Mnazi Bay and it is good base f when on an exploration of the nearby Mikindani.

Mtwara is a gateway into the Southern Tanzanian scene for business and tourists. There is easy access to Dares Salaam with regular and frequent flights as well as sailing.

The laid-back town of Mtwara is spread over a huge area with good beaches in the north around Shangani. Shangani is where many affluent people reside. The main commercial area is located in the central part of the town with banks, post offices and shops with the market on the southern side

For wildlife enthusiasts game viewing at the Selous game reserve, the biggest trans-boundary game reserve in Africa.

Seventy kilometres from the town of Mtwara is a spring fresh water “lake Kitele” unique as it is not fed by any valley or river.

On a cultural note, Mtwara is spiced with coastline Swahili culture with Makonde carvings named after the Makonde tribe for their unique carvings.

makonde carvings

Accommodation for tourists is set to increase as the area opens ups for economic growth.

 

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A beach getaway in Tanzania

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Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
We are situated on the road between three major hotels Sunrise, Kipepeo, and South Beach in Kigamboni , a fifteen minute ferry ride from Dar es Salaam. A walkaway to the beach we are ready to welco...

The other side of Cape Town-‘Township Vibes’

 

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 traveller a unique experience.

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.”

Gugulethu Seven Memorial

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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Journey on the Tanzania Route in an Escapade of Exploration- Safari Package

Manyara National PARK, SERENGETI, Ngorongoro Crater, SAADANI National Park and ease into island relaxation Zanzibar

An Expedition of a Lifetime!

The Itinerary

Day 1
We take off from Dar es Salaam in early morning hours, and get breakfast as we head towards the northern highlands of Tanzania to the charming town called Arusha, where we spend the night and get ready to launch into a Safari experience of a lifetime.
Day 2
Manyara National Park
A drive from Arusha to Manyara National park will take approximately two hours. A fascinating unique feature in  Lake Manyara National park is a rare feature of lions that climb trees freely.

Lake Manyara is a soft introduction to the Safari journey ahead with scenic beauty, game views, flamingos, baboons elephants, a breathtaking lake that takes up most of the park, leaving a land strip of game concentration.

 

Day 3 and 4
Starting with a game drive through Ngorongoro, we reach the National Park that is world renowned, Serengeti. The wildebeest migration fame, open plains, an exceptional full game drive in Serengeti National Park, the oldest game reserve in Tanzania.
Day 5
We take off to Ngorongoro Crater for a full day game drive

 

Day 6 and 7
We head off to Saadani National Park that is created in the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, and Pangani. The Tanzania Wildlife sanctuary bordering the sea with a combination of marine flora in a fascinating setting, there are thirty species of mammals and numerous birds and reptiles in a preserved ecosystem including the Wami River, Mkwaja ranch, and Zaraninge forest.
 Day 8
Boat Safari in Saadani River Wami for two hours, we finally head off back to Dar es Salaam and take to ferry to Zanzibar
Drive back to Dar es Salaam and spend the night
Day 9-12

Zanzibar

 

Ferry to Zanzibar. In Zanzibar get barefoot on  sands of the sea or lay back under the sun, dhow trips or dive.Go snorkelling or kayaking . This is relaxing breakaway on Zanzibar beaches after a magnificent escapade of a Safari in the motherland of  Tanzania.
Day 12
Ferry back to Dar es Salaam

Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
We are situated on the road between three major hotels Sunrise, Kipepeo, and South Beach in Kigamboni , a fifteen minute ferry ride from Dar es Salaam. A walkaway to the beach we are ready to welco...

4 Day Safari Package – Mikumi and Ruaha National Park

Unforgettable journey into the wild – Safari Package to Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park

Thinking of adventuring on an unforgettable Safari in East Africa, Tanzania? Consider a combo package to Mikumi and Ruaha National Park.

Day One

 On the first day, we drive from Dar-es-salaam to Morogoro, for lunch and once lunch is over we head over to an exhilarating Mikumi Game drive. There after an overnight stay at a lodge in Mikumi.
A journey leaving behind Dar-es-Salaam crossing the hills and highway of coastal mainland reaching the plains.  We pass by local Masaai tribes vendors with beaded accessories.
Further, on nearby Sisal plantations, there are glimpses of the amazing Uluguru Mountains soaring above Morogoro into Mikumi National Park.
The  Mkata floodplain in is the most popular centrepiece of Mikumi National Park is comparable to the popular plains in Serengeti, with sightings of rare Kudus and antelopes. Mikumi is on route to the well known Selous national park and Ruaha National Park.

Day 2:   Departing Mikumi to Ruaha National Park

After breakfast in Mikumi, we head off to Ruaha National park stopping to indulge in a sumptuous meal of choice during lunch time.
The roads beyond Mikumi climb the Kitonga hills that form part of Udzungwa mountains. Following the Ruaha river, climbing the rift escarpment passing the town of Iringa and finally, we reach Ruaha national park in time for dinner and overnight lodging in Ruaha.

Day 3: Ruaha national park game drive

A game drive in Ruaha National park will be an unforgettable glimpse of East Africa elephants, believed to be the highest concentration in East Africa.
Antelopes and Kudu, endangered wild dogs and leopards, lions, zebras, impalas, jackals and foxes.Over 571 bird species and vast vegetation.

Day 4:

On day four we take off back to Dar es Salaam from Ruaha National Park.

Swaziland


The Kingdom of Swaziland may be the southern hemispheres smallest country, nevertheless,it has the most stunning landscapes and unique traditions with a wide array of hotels, lodges and prolific birdlife.

 

Swaziland: Landlocked with the Mozambique border on the east and surrounded by South Africa.

 

Swaziland is the ideal gateway to the Kruger National Park and KwaZulu Natal, Maputo and Johannesburg. The advantage of this route is the discovery of a new country with Africa tradition and Swazi Culture.

Our small Swaziland is an exciting destination with a range of outlets with arts and crafts as well as traditional markets. For safari enthusiasts, there is the Mkhaya Game Reserve as well as the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

For safari enthusiasts, there is the Mkhaya Game Reserve as well as the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary. For adventure seekers, there is white water rafting down the  Great  Usutu River of Swaziland- the ultimate rush!  No experience is required and you are in with trained guides leading the way.

Swaziland Cultural Soul Events

Mantenga Cultural village is located in the Mantenga Falls Nature reserve. The lush setting gives visitors an opportunity to blend in with traditional harmonies and tune into energetic dance performances.

After the show, get ready to tour the 1850’s in a reconstructed Swazi hut village. Local guides take you through each huts sharing information on customs, traditional die as well as family structure. The Mantenga Waterfall is nearby the village.

If you happen to be in Swaziland around end August do not miss out on the Umhlanga Reed Dance you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it for yourself. The 8-day event takes place when the mature reeds are ready for harvest.

It is a time when young childless and unwed girls pay homage to the ‘Indlovukazi’, the Queen Mother. Before the event starts, girls from all over Swaziland arrive and are mentored and looked after, by Royal family appointed captains.

The ritual involves young girls cutting the reeds and carrying them to the royal residence.The reeds are used as perimeter windbreakers. The ceremony promotes solidarity between them.  On the seventh day, there is the participation of the King and it is a national holiday. The arena filled in thousands on a special day to view dancing and salting the Queen Mother. A fascinating cultural event in Africa!

On the seventh day, there is the participation of the King and it is a national holiday. The arena filled in thousands on a special day to view dancing and salting the Queen Mother. A fascinating cultural event in Africa!

Shewula Mountain Camp Swaziland eco-tourism attraction that is community owned. Shewula Mountain Camp offers tourism where tourists get to know local communities partaking in village walks, witnessing traditional dancing and music performances and also visiting a  traditional healer, or enjoying the tranquility of natural surroundings.

If you would like to experience a night in a rustic setting, Shewula has  single as well as family sized huts, hot showers and sumptuous home made meals prepared with local organic produce.

Swaziland Safari

Any trip to Swaziland is incomplete without a visit to the Hlane Royal National Park, the largest game park in Swaziland. It is home to elephant, leopard, rhino and lion. There are healthy populations of hippos and giraffe, zebra, crocodile, bird species and others.

In the  Siswati language, “Hlane” is Wilderness. The atmosphere is interrupted only with camera clicking and humming game vehicles.

Book in at the Ndlovu Camp overlooking a watering hole that is frequented by elephants and the white rhino.Meals are taken care of as well as game drives.

 Mkhaya and  Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary are the other big Swaziland game parks.  Located in the south east  Mkhaya is a  safari destination for overnight stays and day tours.
The wildlife consist of giraffe, rhino, antelope, sable and buffalo. The Stone Camp cottages have wildlife viewing opportunities from the comfort of the bed!
At the Lubombo Mountain foothills, the Mbuluzi Game Reserve has rocky outcrops, grass fields and dense forests with river bank terrains.
There are marked walking paths as well as self-driving trails, bird hides and hiking.
There is a choice of rustic campsites and  luxury lodges complete kitchens that are fully equipped  and enough space for whole families

 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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Reaching The Highest Point in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro

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

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 sub conscious 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.

  1. Marangu
  2. Lemosho
  3. Rongai
  4. Umbwe
  5. Shira
  6. Machame

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.

Day one

We hiked for five hours!  It was approximately eight kilometres 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!

Day two

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!

 Day Three

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.

Day Four

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

Day Five took about eight hours, An ascent six kilometres 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!

Day Six

Descend back down is about 27 km for six hours.We stopped at Horombo Hut  at 3720m and finally Marangu Gate (1980m)

Research matters

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

No Rushing!

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.

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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

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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 maximise 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 backwards. 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 realisation 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.

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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!

 

 

Namibia City Life : Windhoek – ‘Air Basin Surrounded by Rolling Mountains’

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.

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#

Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC- A pathway into the unknown

Gushing rivers with swaths of rainforests and smoking volcanoes DRC, the untapped abundance of mineral wealth,DRC,formerly known as Zaire is the ultimate adventure in Africa.

The fast growing tourism flow in are centred on  Parc National des Virunga, drawing travellers to return to the most challenging, thrilling destination in Africa, the DRC


Bukavu a once attractive city,  was built on the land that flows out into the lake Kivu,   a totally cosmopolitan sparkling wonder.

The city had a beautiful backdrop of steep mountains and the placid waters of Lake Kivu in front.  For many travellers, Bakavu became a popular stopover en route to view lowland gorillas in natural habitat at Parc National de Kahuzi Beiga.

Beni is a small town at the crossroads of routes going from the north to south Congo. It is the most convenient base for climbers trekking up the slopes of the Ruwenzori Mountain from the DR Congo side

The Kahuzi-Beiga National Park covers an area of around 600,000 hectares. The park gets its name from the two highest peaks in the park, Mts. Kahuzi and Beiga.

The park spreads across an area of thick forests, varying from dank patches of bamboo to dense tropical forests.  A third of the park is made up of  stunning bamboo forests, home  to various birds and animals including many simian and  primate  species,  buffalo, elephants,, antelopes, mongoose and leopard. In more peaceful times, many tours are operated in the park including ones for climbers up to the Mt. Kahuzi.

While real stability remains many years away, the cautious development of

During peaceful times, tours are operated in the park including ones for climbers up to the Mt. Kahuzi.

Virunga National Park is the oldest and most famous of the national parks in RD Congo. It encompasses parts of Uganda and Rwanda and includes the craters of Nyiragonga and Nyamuragia.

The conservation area was  designed primarily to protect highly threatened mountain gorillas but now has  population huge  populations  of buffalo, antelope, elephants. hippopotami, warthogs, lions and leopards spread out in a 12,000 sq km area.

The DRC is the most mineral resource rich country in Africa. Currently, it is estimated that 64% of the world’s coltan reserves are located in the DRC, while 34% of the world’s cobalt and 10% of the world’s copper reserves are found in the country’s Katanga province.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo rainforests contain  a biodiversity, including a large number of endemic and  rare species, including the common chimpanzee as well as the bonobo ( Pygmy Chimpanzee), okapi, mountain gorilla and the white rhino

 

Africa is made of Kings and queens Great leaders are from everywhere, there is no competition. DRC was once led by one of the main icons Patrice Lumumba  

 

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300 days of Desert Sunshine in South-West Africa – Namibia

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 colours. 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.

But Namibia isn’t just silence and wide open spaces.  There is dune buggy racing, horse racing, and dune skiing.

Africa, Namibia, Kolmanskop, Ghost TownNamibia has a colourful 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 colonised. 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 kilometres wide with some dunes as high as 300 metres. 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.

Spitzkoppe, Namibia, Rock, Rock Arch

You can climb some of the world’s highest sand dunes and a must
Avid rock climbers  should venture into Spitzkoppe located betweem  Swakopmund and Windhoek known 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-coloured 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.

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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.

Elephant, Namibia, Etosha National Park

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.

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Tropical Paradise – Mauritius (Le République de Maurice)

 

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.

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

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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.

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Getting a Freeway in the Kingdom of the Sky- ‘Lesotho’

Over a thousand meters above the level of the sea is Lesotho, our Kingdom of the Sky.The rugged landscape of Lesotho is the mountainous throne on the motherland of Africa.

Out on the highlands, the sky is mind-bogglingly enormous, and the air crisp and pure.  The dramatic mountain nation is making a reputation for itself as a fantastic adventure holiday destination.

The Kingdom of Lesotho was initialized in a pursuit of peace.

The Basotho nation is proud, laid-back, hospitable and friendly. The country is, refreshingly free of any fences. This is one fabulous indication of welcoming energy ready for you.

Gorgeous Mountain scenery engulfs Oxbow, a tiny village beyond the Moteng Pass.  It boasts Africas longest ski slope  (1.5 kilometres)

The distinct culture of proud  Lesotho nation is marked by their determination to remain independent from powerful and large neighbouring forces.

Shunted between the Boer and British for about 200 years, their self-ruling path was far smoother than South Africa

Lesotho  combines modernity in rapid development and ancient culture as well

Sotho-Tswana people originally inhabited the Free State.

 

 

They practised agriculture until they eventually were attacked by the Zulus and their land was encroached by the Voortrekkers. This is when there was an escape into the mountains of Lesotho

Basotholand became a British empire prorectorate in 1868. In 1910 Lesotho was not included in the union of South Africa leaving it free from apartheid. In 1966 it gained independence from the British empire.

There is no Big 5 in the reserves or parks of Lesotho but whether you are a pro at horse riding or not,  a pony trek is on the menu for experiencing Lesotho scenery along side people all over and sheep and cows that stroll about.

Some treks go through the “God help me” pass and as the name signals, this might be slightly more than anticipated!

A stopover overnight in a remote and rural side of Lesotho will get a slice of traditional Basotho lives in the mountainous foothills.

The flooded valleys of MafikaLisiu Pass go on for  45km. The  185m stunning dam wall is  Africa’s highest. A lake area is for water sports. Boats crisscross the dam and ferry villagers along.

The Maletsunyane Falls – higher than Niagara, plunges 200 meters into a swimming pool.  Scrambling down the gorge sides may not be easy but the sounds at the bottom are awe inspiring.

Because the sun does not shine below, there is snow in summer! In winter the water freezes, spraying the rocks with ice and forming a stunning ice cage over the pool. With no sunshine down there there is summer snow! In winter the freezing  sprays out ice  rocks and forms a pool

In winter the freeze sprays out ice rocks and forms a pool ice cage, stunning!

A pre historic adventure leads into a tiny town called Morija. Here there are dinosaur footprints of the Lesothosaurus that lie in the very same hills where they were discovered. Discover the amazing bush life and rock art.

The Sani Pass mountain road is a gateway to the Roof of Africa.Driving through rock formations, mountains and grassland need a 4 by 4 for sure!

At an altitude of 3000m above the sea level best to calm down in comfort at a log fire when reaching Africa’s highest pub

For local goods and crafts head to markets for traditional sticks, hats, rugs and curios.

On the 14 March for Moshoeshoe Day , celebrating the founding father a  procession begins in Maseru at the  Palace leading to the   Sotho Stadium.and it involves people dressed up in vibrant and colourful styles.

All dress up in colourful and vibrant celebrating style. The traditional dress of Lesotho js wrapped blanket and a stick and in the parade women carrying the bundles of sticks, and men will do traditional dancing, ride horses, or herd some bulls along!

Never underestimate the weather of Lesotho. All four seasons can be experienced in a single day. Be well prepared.

The high altitude and very thin air in the highlands can leave some altitude sickness. Drink plenty water and always keep covered up as summer gets hot! If the trip to Lesotho is in the winter bring a very warm coat!

Welcome to the kingdom in the sky. #ExploremotherlandAfrica

 

 

 

 

 

Explore Motherland Africa – A Whirlwind Walk in the Wild of Natural Paradise in Botswana

Botswana, the land of extremes, a dry desert in the Kalagadi region and then there the most famous wetlands in the world, the Okavango Delta.

Discover Makorosi!   The traditional canoes that are used in the delta for a takeoff into lush greenery and a wealth of wildlife.

It is a  dugout canoe that is ideal for mastering shallow waterways expertly steered ahead.


The Okavango Delta offers the enchantment of luxury, privacy, and connecting to nature. The lagoons are impressive with hovering birdlife, crocodiles, hippos and elephants, while zebras, giraffes and beautiful buck wander through the grass flats.

Predators are in the range like the hyenas and big cats. Then there is the endangered, rare wild dog. This largest inland delta in the entire world explains the wealth of excessive wildlife that makes one forget that Botswana is mainly desert.

The natural paradise wonder of Botswana is because the human population is tiny compared to the massive size. There are approximately only 1.8 million people in the entire landscape of Botswana.

Undoubtedly the animals do score but so do the people. Tourism is a huge business. Many flock from everywhere in the world to explore the wildlife in Botswana.

A large GDP percentage is from diamond mining. After diamonds were discovered, Botswana rose from an economic wasteland to be within the ranks of the highest growth rates in the world of economics.

The good leadership makes it a stable country that stayed that way, even in the colonial times. During the 19th century, when hostilities broke out between the Ndebele  (who were migrating from the Kalahari Desert) into the territory and the Tswana.

The leader Bathoen and Khama III and Sebele requested protection from the British Government. The northern territory continued as Bechuanaland Protectorate and the southern territory was integrated into the Cape Colony. It is in the north-west province of South Africa.

Botswana has two official languages, Setswana and English. Setswana is common to Sesotho. There is a good literature platform in Botswana. Bessie head, a well-known writer lived in Botswana in exile from the South African system and set many of her books there.

Other writers, Unity Dow as well as Norman Rush explored Botswana society and culture. Alexander McCall Smith featured  Gabarone with his First Ladies Detective Agency series of books.

Divine Botswana Munch Aways

Food specialities include the underground tuber Morama, similar to sweet potato, beans like ditloo,lethlodi( dried bean leaves, cow peas, the Kalahari Truffle,  ground nuts and peanuts as well as Morogo, a wild tasty spinach, it. Traditional homemade ginger beer is delicious.

A Walk into the Wild Botswana

The magnificent Kalahari is a desert that takes up seventy percent of Botswana.

The central Kalahari Game reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers great experiences in a wildlife venture.

 

A game walk is exhilarating. It gets you up,close and gives you a direct connection to the world of wildlife celebrities,leaving you snapping away to capture the memories.
If you are not up for the wild walk, mountain bike your way up the Tuli block or otherwise safari on horseback. Another way is a view from above from a helicopter.Or even venture into a hot air balloon and experience a thrilling open floodplain landing.
Sport fishing trends in Chobe, the Okavango, as well as major dams around  Bokaa, Shashe and Gaborone. There are thousands of flamingoes awesomely flowing over the Makgadigadi plans.
Explore villages and towns to experience true culture in Botswana.

Botswana currency is Pula. Pula is also a motto of the country - it means rain.

Everyone should see beautiful Botswana at least once in their lives.

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In memory of W.G Robertson

Creative Soul all the way from the Island of Madagascar- Lalah Raindimby

 

My mission to continue an everlasting journey for my right brain marketing manuscript seemed to be turning into a never-ending mission with a series of right brain marketing sequels in continuous motion

 

 

 

 

 

 

I came into contact with Lalah Raindimby ,  a native of Madagascar, she hails from the southeastern portion of the Island country in an area called Fianarantsoa.

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 realising that my father was singing as professional and making money from his performance that he shared with me and I realise 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.

Music by Lalah Raindimby

Lalah Raindimy Soul Sounds

Get ready for Right Brain Marketing- CreateprenuerAfrica# ,starting up in the souther region of Africa!

 

 

Malawi Markets, Museums, Music and Dance

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.

 

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

 

 

Serengeti National Park – Oldest game reserve in Tanzania prehistoric ambiance

It is well documented that Serengeti is the most scientifically significant and oldest ecosystem on our planet Earth. The fauna and flora and weather patterns have changed a little in over a million years and the area has a prehistoric presence.

Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai. Serengeti National Park is a world of wonders, a celebrated wilderness area, a true inspiration to artists,  photographers, filmmakers and writers alike.

Serengeti is listed as one of the seven natural wonders including, The Nile River Egypt, the Sahara Desert that traverses eleven countries, Okavango Delta of Botswana and of course the Nile River, Egypt.

Best Time to Venture into Serengeti

There is no specific time that is set for Serengeti. Some say avoid rainy seasons from April to May. Different times and seasons offer different experiences. Research what you prefer to experience and determine how long you plan to be in Tanzania.

Serengeti is world renowned for the annual migration period where approximately three million antelopes migrate to Masai Mara in Kenya. This is usually at the end of the rainy season in May.
Travels to Serengeti are good all year round with one highlight being the antelope migration. When the short rain starts in October the return migration to Serengeti begins.
If you plan on travelling with your children, not a problem at all. There are fun-filled activities for all ages. Carry Binoculars are and a  camera. Take along some warm clothes for ea game drives in the morning,  wear boots and take along a torch with some sunscreen.
 

 

 

 

Planning to explore Tanzania-East Africa for a Safari or beach getaway?

Key travel trips for a getaway to Tanzania

On a venture to explore Tanzania? These are key travel tips to take heed of in this exciting venture.


  • Main Language use is Kiswahili. Pick up a few words and blend in with the locals.

  • Currency is Tanzania Tshillings, but foreign currencies like Euros and Dollars are accepted at most tourist spaces. Credit cards, not widely. ATMs for cash withdrawals are available and park fees for Safaris are payable with a designated TANAPA card issued at local banks ELIM or CRDB.

  •  Major Airlines

Air Tanzania, South Africa Airways, Fastjet, Precision air, Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopian, Emirates.Kenya, Oman, KLM, Qatar and Rwanda.


 

  •  Take a yellow fever vaccination. Malaria is preventable, provided that repellents and mosquito nets are used. There is anti-malaria medication available as well. Make sure only bottle or boiled water is used for drinking.

  • Weather is dry and hot with cool mornings and evenings. Short rains from November to mid-December and a long rainy season from March to May. Coastal areas remain hot and humid all year round. Seasons do vary. If you are planning to reach Kilimanjaro Peak or climb Mount Meru, freezing points can be reached.

  • Take along light clothes and a sweater for mornings and evenings. If you are venturing on a game drive and a Safari trip a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen will be advisable and long pant and sleeves to ward off insect bites. If Kilimanjaro or Mount climbing ventures, get thermal underwear, rain jackets, boots and socks and a sweater.

  • Safari Parks usually open at 6:30 am and close at 6:00 pm. Advice since distances are long to travel between them is to choose specific parks. Travel less and see more. Follow the advice of guides and ranges.keep vehicles in designated spots and follow recognised paths to avoid vegetation damage.

  • Cameras should be protected and do ask permission before taking pictures of local people.


  • Travel insurance is advisable with cover for any lost baggage and possible medical expenses

  •  Carry a headlamp or torch as power failures and surges are common.

  • Safari car hires usually need to be hired with a driver.

  • Check visa requirements with the embassy or consulate.

  • Protect personal belongings even though Tanzania is generally a safe country.

 

Welome, #ExploreMotherlandAfrica.

8 Day-Safari Package in Southern Tanzania

 

Safari Package – Game Parks  in Southern Tanzania Selous Game Reserve,Mikumi,Udzungwa Mountains,Saadani National Park

Southern Tanzania Safari Itinerary

Day 1
We depart from a pickup point in  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and drive to Selous Game Reserve early morning. On the way, we stop for lunch at Kibiti, small city, in the Pwani.
We arrive at Selous Game reserve late afternoon and do a boat Safari on River Rufiji for two hours Overnight lodge at  Selous.

Day 2
On the second  day, a Game drive in Selous National Park and have a picnic lunch.
Selous in the Southern region of Tanzania is the largest game reserve in Africa. The most popular for wildlife viewing . A hidden gem with rivers and lakes with fabulous game species including wild dog, elephants, crocodiles hippos, crocodiles and lions as well.

Day 3
We begin  with a cultural Village Tour of Mloka  in the morning after breakfast for two hours. Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve The  village tours are  a walk in  the village, a market visit and  interacting  with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting  with local people.
Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting  with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people.
After the tour we proceed to Mikumi game park and arrive in Mikumi National park in the evening. Overnight stay over in Mikumi.

Day 4
We begin with a game drive exploring Mikumi National Park with a
Mikumi game drive.
Mikumi is abundant  in wildlife on the open horizon of the  Mkata Floodplain, the Mikumi centrepiece similar to the popular  Serengeti Plains.

Day 5

 

We Journey to explore  Undzungwa mountains.
Udzungwa, the largest and the  most biodiverse  forest swathed   mountain  rises majestically  from  eastern Tanzania flat plains . It is a treasure-trove of  animals and endemic plants .

After exploring the magical wonders on Undzungwa, we sleep over for the night.

Day 6
On the morning of day six, we depart to Saadani National park.
Saadani National park in the historical triangle of Pangani, Bagamoyo and Zanzibar the park is the only wildlife sanctuary that borders the sea. The hot, humid  coastal climate  offers a unique marine fauna and flora variety in a setting that is culturally fascinating .There are approximately thirty species of mammals as well has numerous bird and reptile species. The ocean  has a variety of fish species with dolphins, whales and green turtles.
Overnight Stay

Day 7
A half day  Boat Safari in Saadani, camp lunch, and a half day game drive
Overnight Stay

Day 8

Drive back to Dar-es-Salaam

An incredible journey, without a doubt

Journey of a ‘Createpreneur’ – Art in Tanzania

My Journey was ongoing. The chapter seemed to be spurting out more and more. My never ending delve into Africa. The spark was ignited into abundance beyond note. Turning passions into profit, the rhythm echoed into smooth sailing miracles.

The Making of a Createpreneur.

When anybody churns out the term “entrepreneur”, what springs to mind at the word?A briefcase, tie and suit image?

A briefcase, tie and suit image?

On the other hand, maybe pictures of those in the billionaire ranks flashed in the media.

That is a narrow view. There are vast ways to spring any creative business venture into motion.

A common theme of ‘CreatEntepreneurs’ is a risk. Many work independently, industries differ, business can gain wisdom from other varied experiences and their management of work and risks.

If you an artist that goes solo with your artwork meet, CreatEntepreneur™ Pablo Zungu.

 

 

 

Pablo is an artist in Tanzania in East Africa with a large international following.

 

As artist living in a remote unknown village called Mloka on the outskirts of the main buzz of city centre. How did he get an international audience, people from all over the world to buy his local trending artwork?

Tell us about your true passion in life?

My passion is filling my day creating new pieces of art. It is expression, letting go. Each day on waking until the day closes. I found my passion at a young age. Left with the responsibility to take care of my two younger brothers at an early age when my parents passed away. My art was my key to keep all together in challenging times

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The independence and freedom it provides. I am not imprisoned in a warehouse packing shelves or joining other pathways I have little interest in, to barely fill a fridge and every hour consumed. Slavery did not die. It evolved, not through chains at feet, but into a concrete jungle. It became legalized .My art is my freedom to create an income on my terms in my environment.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I do not know if it was about choice. It was there, in my pathway. I discovered that selling paintings was a stream of income. With no conflict of being under instruction of any authority figures and taking orders and instructions. I chose a stress free way to sustain my family and myself.

 

When was the first time you got paid for your passion?

I was a teenager and spent my time creating artwork. One-day tourists passed by, totally immersed in the piece, and placed US dollars in my hand. I was thrilled. Dollars converted into a huge amount in my local currency. I even afforded to buy more paints and canvases.

 

What kept you going when you thought about giving up? 

There were many times that I doubted any ability to make more money with my art. I overcame the self-doubt by creating and sharing my work.

What motivates you each and every day to be even more successful?

Even if I tried to join the nine to five worlds, I know I would not make it. I strived on to keep creating and spreading my work to all regions where there were possible sales. Every region that had markets or stalls for artwork I found a stall owner to display my work and draw in interest and sales.

I am based in a remote village on the outskirts of the city centre, but I prefer to be there. I live close to a popular game reserve that has a multitude of travelers from all over the world. My art is indigenous local Tanzanian authentic that appeals to all those who travel to our country. It gives them memorable artefacts to take back home of a land they will never forget and strive to revisit. My art is one aspect that promotes the thriving economic sector of tourism, so to speak.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

I can only share my well wishes that they gain success in their pathways as I have found my passion and I am keeping to it.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

I advise them to follow their dreams and never give up. Look at all possibilities and find the one that works for you.


Find or Be Found……….

Right Brain Marketing - Turning creative passions into profit

Touching base with “CreatePreneurs” in Africa

The Soul Journey of Createpreneurs in Africa

My collective realm was a calling of "first class living".The journey was gradual,and then I touched base with creative talent and skill from the Motherland of Africa.

The crux of “Right-Brain Marketing” was all about “turning creative passions into profit”. The journey was about my final touches on “Right-Brain Marketing”, the main theme was “createpreneurs”.

My soul calling as I initially launched into a world campaign was to spread empowerment for creatives to flourish.

Right Brain Marketing

In-depth root research for my voice to echo was a calling that routed me the treasures of Africa.

 The journey was a realm into inner soul space as I touched base with an overflowing database of creativity rooted in Africa. It was time! Rise Africa….

Why Africa?

Economics and Africa did not quite blend well. All I knew about Africa was famine and poverty. I realized with time Africa was the root of all. The beginning of creation. The root of creative soul. I met artists, musicians, entertainers and soul createpeneurs.

My inner soul space blossomed as I touched base with an overflowing database of creativity rooted in Africa. It was time!

I initially came into contact with exploring motherland Africa with Shabani Mpita on a venture of discovery.

An excerpt from a series of personal interviews with creatives rooted in Africa: "Right Brain Marketing"
I initially came into contact with Shabani Mpita on a venture of discovery. Meet Shabani Mpita, an artist, with a tourism profession and small business to sell his artwork.
 How is it possible to balance your profession, your creative passion, and business?
A structured schedule to keep me focused on my time and energy. Each activity can be very demanding I make sure I give all tasks enough focus so none becomes a liability.

Sometimes I bring all together in a combination of inspiration.
How difficult is it to convert from creative frame of mind into a business form?
It is stressful and difficult at most times. I strive to keep myself motivated and remain operating. My creative passions keep me persistent but to persistence as a tool of growth needs a business mindset to be in order.
How is it possible to maintain the artistic value and run a business?
I am a professional artist; I aim to get paid for my professional talents. All businesses expect payment for products and services or product.Of course, the aim is to inspire others with my artwork but I need to care for myself. I am not in the mindset of a “starving artist”. I value my work and talent so I take opportunities that pay for the work I produce
I want to send a message of inspiration to follow dreams and pursue them. Anything that one aspires is achievable if hard work is consistent real value is assigned to service and product.
 

Shabani Ibrahim Mpita, a skilled local artist, with a tourism profession and small artwork business.

Born in the notorious spice Island of Zanzibar, Shabani Mpita kept his passion for the continent of Africa. A keen traveler, he became a backpacker, exploring Africa. Eventually, he ventured in a nomadic motion back to his homeland, Tanzania.

Living all around his country from Zanzibar, he spread out from Iringa to Mafia Island, Mloka village near Selous and Kigamboni, a short ferry ride from the bustling Dar es Salaam, he brings forth an insider view into the everyday marvels and sightings. With his guidance, each second spent in Tanzania becomes a worthy experience for all who realize their dream to explore the marvels of Tanzania.

‘I aim to be a key tool in the exploration and discovery of my homeland. Life is about exploring, new discoveries, and realizations. I journey on the motions of a Tour and field guide into a pathway designed by destiny’

Exploring Tanzania https://www.amazon.com/Shabani-Ibrahim-Mpita/e/B06XJY25J9

Mystical Wonders of Tanzania : Leaping red monkeys, Crawling Coconut Crabs, Traces of First Human Life on Earth

Delve into the mystic wonders of Tanzania with leaping red monkeys,crawling coconut crab, and traces of first human life on earth.

Human life started in Africa-Tanzania. Evidence exists of the very human ancestors on earth in Tanzania, Olduvai on a site called Olduvai Gorge. Stone tools and fossil bones that date back millions of years ago were discovered and this led to the conclusion that the first human beings originated in Africa.

  1. The earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Olduvai a misspelt Maasai word Oldupai that defines a plant called wild sisal growing in that area. It is located between Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park.

  2. Thirty percent of Tanzania consists of National Parks, with twelve parks, thirteen nature reserves and thirty-eight protected areas and many endemic or endangered species including twelve vertebrate species that were discovered in recent years.
Three notable Tanzania species the red Colobus monkey of Zanzibar, flying fox in Oembe and Ader Duike, Africa’s rare forest antelope.
  • The Tarangire national park has the highest density of large ungulates in the East of Africa as well as kudu, oryx and the highest elephant population.
  • Wildlife migration is seasonal and they disperse to neighbouring lands belonging to Massai communities and coexist with the herds.
  • The Kirundi was discovered in the year 2003 and is the first new discovery of monkey genus in over eighty years and is rare with the last population count not exceeding 1,117.
  • The Ruaha River is Tanzania’s key waterway for fishery and provision of seventy percent of the country’s electricity.
  • The largest population of the wild elephant is in Tanzania’s Ruaha National park.
  1. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Kilimanjaro represents East Africa’s compelling beauty. Rising in a breathtaking isolation from the coastal scrubland that surrounds it to an elevation of 900m to 5895 m.It is the most accessible high summit in the world.
  2. The coconut crab is the largest crab in the world is found in Tanzania on Zanzibar Island.The BirgesLatro, coconut crab is a hermit crab that is terrestrial. Other popular names for them are ‘robber crabs’ and ‘palm thief’s’.
They are the largest anthropoids living on land in the world. They can grow as large as one meter. They eat coconuts by ripping the husk strips with pincers hitting repeatedly until the coconut cracks open. They are land based and only lay eggs in the sea. They do not have the ability to swim and can drown if they are immersed in water for a long period.Their lifespan can extend over sixty years

6 .Ngorongoro, the world’s largest volcanic crater is nineteen kilometres with a depth of six hundred meters.The crater formed after a volcano exploded and collapsed about three million years ago. It is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

7.Freddie Mercury, the popular lead vocalist of the well-known band “Queen” was born in Zanzibar archipelago. Tanzania. Originally his name was Farrok Bulsara.

8.Lions climb trees in Lake Manyara National park, the only lions that climb trees freely in the world

9. Tanzania has over four million wild animals consisting of four hundred and thirty species as well as subspecies. The concentration of animals for every square meter is the largest in the world.

10. The Mpingo trees also known as the African Blackwood tree is the source for one of the most expensive timbers that exist in the world grows in Tanzania. The fine texture, high density and durability make it a preferred type of wood for musical instruments.

 

12 Mountain Climbing and Hiking trips in the Heart of Motherland Africa- Tanzania

Planning to travel to Africa and venture on mountain climbing?  Let’s start at the beginning of creation, the heart of the motherland, Tanzania.

Many nature lovers, come out to explore amazing wildlife and exciting Safaris. Others that have little interest in game drives and Safaris opt for climbing and hiking adventures. It becomes a combo of a Safari and a mountain climbing venture as the lush pathways have many wildlife sightings as well.

 

A traveler to Tanzania aiming to reach the peaks usually aim for Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is number one on the list. It is the most famous and the highest mountain on the continent of motherland Africa.

 

Other mountain ranges that have attractive peaks are in the North and East of Tanzania. We have Mt Meru, Ol Donyo Lengai active volcano, and the tamer Usambara Mountains, gentle Crater Highlands slopes.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro


First on the list is Mount Kilimanjaro. In the northern Tanzania plateau with snowy peaks, above the rolling hills.The glaciers and slopes reaching way above the clouds.


2. Mt Meru Crater

Mount Meru

Mt Meru Crater is neglected if favor of his East neighbor Mt Kilimanjaro. This mountain close to Arusha National Park is definitely an experience that will be an unforgettable memory.

The low slopes are covered in a highlight of a dense forest where buffalos graze and the colobus monkeys play.

This extinct volcano has a base of a perfect crater and an additional inner crater with sheer, sharp cliffs. The subsidiary peak is formed by the Ash Cone. Momela lakes and Ngurdoto Crater are visible from the mountain slopes.


3. Crater Highlands

Crater Highlands

The Crater Highlands rise up from the Rift Valley.The lush chain of volcanoes and mountains including the Ngorogongo conservation area that is surrounded by Massai tribal lands. Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.

Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.

This is a hiking adventure of a lifetime. Large zebra and wildebeest herds graze nearby and lions lay back in the sun. At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.

At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.

4. The Eastern Arc Mountain Range

Eastern Arc Mountain Range


Stretching all the way from the Taita Hills South of Kenya to the Southern Highlands of Tanzania the Eastern Arc mountain range has a long history of geological activity.

It is estimated to be over a hundred million years old and some formations are six hundred million years old. The climate stability allows this area to inhabit a wide array of insect and plant life to amazing species of birds.

5. Livingstone Mountains

Livingstone Mountains

A low altitude range of mountains that on the border of Lake Nyasa.It is in a remote location and difficult to reach as the pathways are uncharted for the climb and are usually unexplored.

6. Monduli Mountains


A few hours away from Arusha, a day trip to the Monduli Mountains can either be a journey of a casual day trip or part of a hiking itinerary that is longer.

Massai herd cattle along the slopes and various cultural tour programs offer visitors an opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and local culture of the Massai.

It is surrounded by views of the rift valley, Mount Meru, and Mount Kilimanjaro.

7. Mount Hanang


Located on bumpy tracks about 200km on the South East of Arusha, the extinct volcanic crater is a stunning feature above the plains.It is usually a two-day climb, that takes trekkers via several tribal lands including the semi-nomadic  Barabaig, known for goatskin garments.


8. Ol Donyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai

Overlooking The Kenya bushland and Lake Natron, Ol Donyo Lengai meaning ‘ the home of God’ in Massai, this is an active volcano and an undiscovered and spectacular climb in Tanzania.

It has sporadic volcano eruptions, sending gray lava streams down the rim of the crater and spits out hot ash into the air. The climb is usually overnight for hikers to experience the spectacular sunrise over the escarpment of the Rift Valley.


9. Pare Mountains

Pare Mountians

On The Eastern Arc range in the North East of Tanzania lies the remote Pare Mountains and is extremely rewarding to trekkers on a search for trails off beaten paths.

It is home to the Pare tribe, pastoralists, and agriculturists who have retained traditional life.A Pare mountain hike takes visitors through beautiful forests and local villages, part of Tanzania that is little visited.

10. Udzungwa Mountains

Udzungwa Mountain


The Udzungwa Mountains is located on the west of Dar es Salaam.It rises from the West of Selous Game Reserve. Vervet monkeys play in the forests and forest antelopes can be viewed at certain times of the day. The botanical diversity is exceptional, and the park hosts numerous endangered species of birds. The peak of the mountain offers views of the Selous game reserve and the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is a worthwhile venture.

11. Uluguru Mountains

Uluguru Mountains

The Uluguru mountains overlook the Morogoro agricultural area and part of the Eastern Arc range. Named after the Luguru tribe, a group that farms on the verdant slopes.This area is amidst the oldest forests in Africa.Hiking here is pleasant and rewarding.It has a plethora of endemic insect and bird species.


12. Usambara Mountains

Usambara Mountains

Part of the Eastern Arc in the North East and is divided by 4km valley of farms and small villages. There are day trips and overnight treks, taking visitors through an area of concentrated biodiversity. Bird watching is rewarding and the views include the Indian Ocean and Massai Steppe.

Welcome To Tanzania!  #ExploreMotherlandAfrica.

Are you with nature? World Environment Day in Tanzania – 5th June

A special day for the environment – June 5th

World Environment day marks a special day. It highlights the importance of the environment we live in. We need to take the time to always celebrate nature. The environment connects to us and supports us in every essence. We need to support our environment.

Humans are creatures on earth that mold the environment. The environment is for physical sustenance. It is part and parcel of our existence. It molds us. It  gives opportunity for moral intellectual and spiritual growth,

The evolution of the human race on the planet with the rapid science and technology acceleration allows man the power to transform the environment in endless ways.

The protection of the environment affects the well-being of people as well as economic development in the world. June 5th was designated as world environment day by the United Nations.

Celebrating world environment day is an opportunity to broaden enlightenment and responsible conduct by enterprises, communities, and individuals. It started in 1974 and is a global platform of a public outreach celebrated everywhere in the world

People and Nature – The  ‘true love’ connection

World environment day has a central theme on pressing environmental issues, the theme for 2017 is about connecting people to nature.

It ignites an urge to be outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature. We intimately depend on nature. We find fun in nature and the experience allows us to cherish the relationship.

Many in rural settings touch base every day close to nature and can appreciate dependence on nature to provide livelihoods with fertile soil and natural water.

Pollution, overexploitation and climate changes alter ecosystems. When ecosystems are threatened, all are affected.

The gifts of nature cannot be valued in monetary terms, clean air is taken for granted until it is scarce.

Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda states the resolve to ensure the protection of natural resources on the planet.

Environmental Projects in Tanzania

There initiatives of connecting people to nature in Tanzania, the beginning of creation are interesting waves in the current day milllenium.

Lake Victoria- Africa

An East African Community initiative, LVEMP, is a regional initiative that is coordinated by LVBC, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission. It is implemented in the five East African states  Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda

The main objectives are to improve collaborative management of natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin and improve the environmental management of pollution hotspots for the benefit of the communities that depend on the lake Victoia Basin natural resources.
Coco Beach- Tanzania

World Environment Day celebrations by Nipe Fagio was with partners BORDA, Voice Giving, Conservation Interaction,  the Tanzania Medical Association and Roots & Shoots.

RAU forest reserve

Rau Eco Tourism marked a celebration of world environment day with litter pick ups in the Rau forest reserve and celebrated in appreciation of the forest

Youth for green growth

Raleigh International funded by the OAK Foundation initiated a ‘Youth for Green Growth’  project that supports youth action for environmental and social advocacy in the Tanzania region. This in turn, promotes an advancement for the agenda of green growth, contributing to the global sustainable development goals.

The project involves experiential training and learning opportunities, as well as the support of organization strengthening of youth-led societies that enable the youth of Tanzanian to address environmental and social developmental issues at grassroots and at a national level.

Welcome to Tanzania. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica

 

More about expeditions in Madagascar

 

Fast Fascinating Facts about Madagascar

  • Rainforests and the incredible animals.

Parc National de L’Isalo is one of the country’s most spectacular regions, perfect for overnight hikes, rock-hopping along cool canyons and spotting lemurs.  It’s best to visit during the cooler months (April to October) when the bizarre patchy podiums and periwinkles are in flower on the rock faces and walking is more comfortable.

“Parc national de l’Isalo”
  • Tribute to Ancestors

The Sakalava people used to bury their dead in caves high up on cliff faces. Spread across 152,000 hectares, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve has amazing forests, lakes and mangrove swamps, home to a variety of rare and endangered birds and lemurs. With gorges, rivers, and Ancient cemeteries Tsingyis a must visit.

 

Madagascar People
But Madagascar isn't all just animals and conservation.  
  • Madagascar Soul History

There’s a lot of history going on down as well. Ambohimanga is one of the summer palaces of the old Malagasy royal family. Antananarivo, or Tana, has a distinctively French flavor: The city is built on three levels. Dominating the city is the Queen’s Palace and associated Royal Village or Rova. Now a national monument, it was once the

Dominating the city is the Queen’s Palace and associated Royal Village or Rova. Now a national monument, it was once the residence of the Merina Dynasty which, in the 19th century, united all Madagascar for the first time.

There are the museums d’Andafiavaratra and the archaeology museum. On the lowest level is the market said to bee the second-largest in the world. The birthplace of the Malagasy state. Ambohimanga is known as ‘the blue city’, ‘the holy city’ and ‘the forbidden city’. The citadel was an important Merina stronghold and its main gate is an enormous stone disc; 40 men were needed to roll it into position.

Madagascar Museums

Or else you can check out the old pirate colony island of Ile St Marie. Its dense vegetation and the difficulty of navigating the lagoons which surround it made it an ideal base for pirates and, later, a colony for convicts.

There are many clove plantations and several historic sites, including Madagascar’s oldest Catholic church. It’s the perfect destination for those who just want to relax.  You can snorkel, sunbath and overindulge on coconut rum punches.

  • Feel and Taste Madagascar

Buy cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil from the local children, sip fiery ti-punch and sample the most delicious freshly-caught seafood or sit under a palm tree on a white sandy beach. There’s whale-watching in July and August, and the amazing spiny forest along the road just north of Mangilly is well worth a look.With coral reefs just offshore, sea breezes whispering in the casuarina trees and a relaxed tropical ambiance, who wants to go home?

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Getting around Madagascar

Check this out. Air Madagascar, serves numerous destinations throughout the country, which is a good thing considering that many roads have huge potholes and are impassable in the rainy season. Flights are still relatively inexpensive and they offer a 50% discount on domestic flights to passengers using the airline to travel to Madagascar.

The taxi-be, which is quick and comfortable, and the bush taxi, which is cheaper, slower, makes more stops and generally operates on cross-country routes. Fares should be agreed in advance. It is a flat fee. Alternatively, you can go via bus bonus a flat rate is charged irrespective of the distance traveled. Alternatively, take the House-pousse – the rickshaw.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can grab a stagecoach. A few covered wagons continue to take passengers. Otherwise, you can hire a car or motorbike. You will need a national driving license, and remember they drive on the right-hand side.

Or you can catch a train! Only if you have a lot of time. The Malagasy railway network dates from the colonial period, so breakdowns are frequent, a line may be closed for several weeks.

However, there is nothing to beat messing around in boats. Madagascar has a strong maritime tradition. Ferries sail between the islands. You can travel between coastal villages in dugout canoes known as Pirogues or Lakana. You can also hire Dhows and larger cargo boats.

And if you want to bareboat, a “guide” is usually included in the price of the yacht charter. He will cook, guide you, and protect the boat. A yacht charter to Madagascar is a bit of a “Robinson Crusoe” adventure. Once you embark, you cannot provision again and must live off the fish and seafood you will catch for yourself (or with your guide). So get a good one.

Madagascar is a great place to tour by bike and staying in small towns and villages along the way gives a real sense of what the country is all about. A mountain bike or heavy-duty tourer at least is required as the roads can be in poor to terrible condition.

Generally, there is little to no traffic, which makes cruising a great escapade. The people are amazingly friendly and you will be greeted with crowds of children shouting ‘Vazaha’. There are little or no facilities for cyclists, so be prepared to camp rough (ask if it is somebody’s land and never too near a family grave) or sleep in very basic guesthouses. Though you will generally be invited to stay in people’s houses. Bring a spare tire, puncture kit, chain, brake/gear cable, derailleur, and all the tools you need.

Remember that the law is that the ‘tour’ operators have to have a contract with you with all the details on it including the route. The police do check on this and it protects the tourists.

All visitors must have visas, except for citizens of some African countries. Proof of return ticket is required otherwise a deposit must be paid before arriving in Madagascar, which is equivalent to the cost of a flight to the country of origin. And if you come from Africa, you must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

  • Fast Facts 

  • Currency -Malagasy Ariary (MGA) Us dollars needs to be declared on arrival. There are currency restrictions
  • Electrical Power is 127V/220V, RUNNING AT 50Hz.
  • Languages Spoken : Malagasy, French, English
  • Time Zones – GMT/UTC +3:
  • Country Dialing Code +261:
  • Hot and subtropical climate, colder in the mountains.
  • Rainy season: November to March.
  • Dry season: April to October.
  • Monsoon season is December to March.
.. And when you've had 16 tracks of Malagasy hospitality, the last thing you'll be feeling is lonely - except perhaps when you arrive back home.

 

Exploring the Magnificent Madagascar

Ringed by golden beaches and palm trees Madagascar - the 8th continent- is the fourth-largest island in the world.

Madagascar promises lush rainforests and rugged, ravine-riven mountains teeming with lemurs and other unique species found nowhere else in the world.


Madagascar promises crystal-clear seas with beautiful, untouched palm-fringed beaches. It promises culturally exotic people with laid-back island-style friendliness. It promises the freshest most sumptuous seafood spreads and deliciously strong local rum cocktails.


Resplendent with grassy plateaus, to volcanoes. Seething with opaque forests and natural reserves, Madagascar dazzles with its rich wildlife. Many of its unique species are found nowhere else on earth. biodiversity wise. Madagascar is one of a kind.

Madagascar isn’t just a country.  It is a state of mind, and you got to get yourself into it. Travelers need to feel the heat, taste the buzz. It’s not just marketing and monkeys.

Local legend says that the Vazimba, a race of white pygmies were the first Malagasy. But it was the Malay-Polynesians, who crossed the Indian Ocean, along with their rice, in the sixth century.

In the ninth century, Marco Polo pulled into Madagascar and found that the East African slaves, Arab, Indian, Dutch, British traders, and French colonists had turned Mad into THE major trading power in the western Indian Ocean.

So much so, that when the European governments were just saying no to piracy in the Caribbean, more than 1000 English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, American and other pirates contributed booty, buried treasure, and genes to the island’s population. It was a fantastic base to attack ships rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

Madagascar Tour Quiz
  • How many animal species?
250 000.
  • How many endemic species of butterfly?
3000
  • Native plants?
10 000 - 90% are found nowhere else in the world.
  • Bird life?
More than 100 kinds of tropical birds that exist nowhere else in the world.
  • And the biggest bird was?
10-foot tall ostrich, weighing 1,000 pounds which laid 20-pound eggs.

Whether you are into wildlife or nightlife, magical, malodorous Madagascar is the land that time forgot.

 

Larger than California and the size of France Madagascar is home to some seriously unique, sometimes downright bizarre, evolutionary oddities.  It’s the planet’s most biologically diverse island. From dancing lemurs to absurdly colourful chameleons,

From dancing lemurs to absurdly colourful chameleons, geckos, and lizards; tenrecs, spiny hedgehog-like creatures that communicate with its young by vibrating its spines.

Flightlessness, fearlessness, gigantism, dwarfism, and survival of ancient species all happened here in this evolutionary laboratory.  160 million years ago, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America were united in the supercontinent Gondwana, until it split up.

Left alone – with no carnivores or omnivores to deal with, Madagascar went it’s own unique way.  Like

Like Lemur’s, which are found nowhere else on the planet!  If Some 45 species of lemurs live here from the world’s smallest primate, weighing about 1 ounce, to a lemur the size of a Gorilla.

The thing is, humans quickly went to work on the island’s lemurs, reducing the number of species by at least 15. So you need to get there soon.

Madagascar is also the world’s leading example of conservation. In spite of extraordinary pressures from a poor population that relies heavily on forest burning for basic subsistence.

Special thank you to  Freeway  Tours SADC Team: Thandi Brewer, Julie Hall, Jerry  Mofokeng (Freeway), Leslie Fong,( SPY) Lalah Raindimby, and MoMo Matsunyane (PADKOS),  Neo Matsunyane , Sonto Nhlapo, Alex Mamacos, Makgomotho Ngwasheng, Babalo Mpoyiya In Memory of W.G Robertson

 

South Africa’s Cultural Soul – The roots of Township Tours

 

South Africa – few can rival South African soul in the townships. Today we explore Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Walking the paths of some of the greatest leaders.

It’s another world and another time. This is part of the old Africa, where the amaZulu ruled unchallenged, a place of beaded headdresses and rawhide shields, beehive huts, and a lifestyle that properly belongs to the great age of Shaka.

Gain an insight into the amaZulus’ traditional way of life their beliefs, crafts, songs and dances at Shakaland, the open-air museum near Eshowe

This is the oldest town in Zululand. Shakaland is also the oldest Zulu Cultural Village in Zululand, originally built as a scenery for the movie “Shaka Zulu”.

It’s been converted into a Zulu homestead with thatched beehive houses arranged in a circle around the central cattle kraal. Visitors stay in beehive houses, with all the modern conveniences.

The village overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake offers the true Zulu cultural experience and traditions, including pottery, beadwork, beer making and tasting as well as magnificent foot-stomping, ground shaking demonstrations of traditional Zulu dance.

Assegai-wielding warriors will teach you how to fight. You can also witness the age-old methods of making spears and shields, skills that are to a large extent disappearing. This is one of the few men who still know how to make the broad stabbing spear introduced by King Shaka. A memorable part of the tour is the spear throwing and stick-fighting demonstrations.

The  Memorable Adventures of Zululand

KZN

 

The Kwa-Zulu Natal province is rooted in the legacy of the Zulu nation. There are ample opportunities to explore the fascinating world of the Zulu’s.

There are many private as well as provincial game reserves showcasing the abundance of biodiversity in the region.  You get an authentic safari experience and a historical viewpoint through the battlefield routes of the historical town, Vryheid which has  tea plantations and cattle ranches,

The Battlefields Route is significant as it was is where there were historical clashes between Zulu,  Brit, and Boer (farmer). The Kwa Zulu Natal battlefield region extends from Thukela river at Dolphin coast to Richards Bay further in the north to Paulpietersburg.

Paulpietersburg is 50hm to the north and links the inland of South Africa with the coast of  Zululand. This town is widely known for sulfur springs and therapeutic spas.

The major attractions are Zulu culture, birdlife, and many nature and game reserves.

Zulu culture is all over South Africa, but not as poignant as the Zulu kingdom.

Visitors can feel and taste true Zulu hospitality in dance, food, and song. There is an opportunity to become part of authentic Zulu weddings, assist with chores in the village and even visit a local sangoma (traditional healer).

You can take an ox-wagon visit to the Zulu beehive huts. Or even explore local shebeens, traditional medicine outlets. You get to learn how locals adapt age-old traditions into modern living.

 

  • A Zululand heritage experience is by stopping at Melmoth ‘where the legend King Shakas was born ‘the Valley of Kings’
  • The Emakhosini Valley is the site of graves of many Zulu Kings
  • The Zululand Birding Route has 650 recorded species of birds. The Dlinza Nature Reserve is a popular spot for birding.
  • Vast nature and game reserves from subtropical forest reserves  along the coast as well as game reserves further north

The biggest attraction in the KZN region is Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

It is the oldest in Africa and home to the famous big 5 in Africa. Rhinos, drive game lions, elephants, buffalos and leopards. There are self-drive game as well as guided walks.

 

Wilderness trails provide an intimate experience in the bush

End the Zululand expedition round off will be Richards Bay. The large town boasts a stunning scenery of the wetland.

 

Welcome to Motherland Africa......

 

The other side of Table Mountain – Cape Town


Planning to travel in Africa?  The magnificent Table Mountain is a drawing card and the starting point is the infamous Cape Town for most… today we look over and behind of Table Mountain.

Table Mountain

The perks of traveling to Africa are endless. Instead of scanning the game parks for rhino or setting off for a day sampling Cape chardonnays, take a  look at the other side.

The townships of Cape Town….. You inhale the roots of freedom, exhaling air of human rights, justice, and reconciliation. A flow from shebeens to sangomas, the emotional sensory vibe sets you sparkling off with a vivid social culture. Nothing is amiss as every township bubbles with its own unique story about its struggles and how it evolved and revolved to its current state

A treasure in the center of Cape Town – Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

Beyond the hustles and bustles, just beyond the city of Cape Town, you find Bo-Kaap.

The “Bo Kaap” is one of the most interesting parts of Cape Town culturally and historically. Colorful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa add to this unique Cape experience. It is a multicultural area, tucked into the fold of signal hill. Use the cobblestoned streets as your guide and you will be lead into a lively suburb filled with brightly colored houses from the nineteenth and seventeenth century, shrines of Muslim saints, an abundance of beautiful Mosques, and the very first mosque that existed in South Africa.

Use the cobblestoned streets as you are lead into a lively suburb filled with brightly colored houses from the nineteenth and seventeenth century, shrines of Muslim saints, an abundance of beautiful Mosques, and the very first mosque that existed in South Africa.

The residents of Bo-Kaap are mostly descended from slaves who were imported to the Cape by the Dutch during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They came from Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Java Malaysia. Some of them were political exiles and convicts. They were known as “Cape Malays”, which is incorrect as most of BoKaap’s residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent. Their many Indonesian traces of vocabulary in the dialect of Cape, for example, “trim-

They were known as “Cape Malays”, which is incorrect as most of BoKaap’s residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent. Their many Indonesian traces of vocabulary in the dialect of Cape, for example, “trim-makaasi” thank-you, as well as  “kanalah” please! There are also many words, which have also been substituted with Afrikaans.

Funnily enough, Afrikaans evolved as a language of its own through a simplification of Dutch so that the slaves could communicate with the Dutch and each other since they all came from different countries and cultures. Muslims were the first to write texts in Afrikaans.
Cape Carnival

Each year on the 2nd of January, the Bo-Kaap celebrates a big street party, the “Coon Carnival” in the center of town. It was originally introduced by the Muslim slaves who celebrated their only day off work in the whole year. Nowadays men, woman, and children march from the Grand Parade to the Green Point stadium, singing, and dancing.

 

Kramat

Kramats or Muslim Shrines are burial sites of Saints of Islam. Cape Town residents have for a number of generations paid their respects these Shrines. There are three Karamats in Bo Kaap, and Signal Hill behind BoKaap has two.

 

 

Bo-Kaap Museum

One of the oldest buildings in Wale Street 71 houses the “Bo-Kaap Museum”. It is necessary to see since it feels like your stepping back in time. Built in by Jan de Waal in 1768, the museum was originally the home of Abu Bakr Effendi, a well-known Turkish scholar and prominent leader in the Muslim community. He was brought here in the mid-19th century to help quell feuding between Muslim factions and is believed to have written one of the first books in Afrikaans. The house has been furnished to re-create the lifestyle of a typical Malay family in the 19th century within a national socio-political and cultural context. Look for works by artist Gregoire Boonzaire, who’s famous for capturing the chaos and charm of neighborhoods such as the Bo-Kaap and District Six.

The Dutch brought slaves that were skilled artisans, political exiles, artisans, religious leader’s famous scholars, and convicts too. Islam, who roots started in Saudi Arabia some 1400 years ago, was brought to the Cape in the 1700’s. Skills and talents passed down from generation to generation accompanied these slaves. Not only skilled artisan but also superb cooks and cuisines blossomed. The Cape Malay Cuisine is not only delicious but also unique and has played a huge role in South African dishes.

A township tour can be one of the most illuminating and life-affirming experiences you will ever have.

 

The Soul of Township Tours in South Africa

The Tales of South African Townships

Township in South Africa reflects the celebration of joy in human rights, freedom, justice and reconciliation. From the experience of shebeens to visits with sangomas.

A township visit is an emotional and unique sensory experience that is abuzz with the vivid social culture. Each township tells a story of its own about how it was established, the struggle through the years of apartheid and the current age it has evolved into.

South African townships have an irresistible soul and vibe that will welcome you and give you the experience of a lifetime!

Alex  –  “Township of Rhythm”

Alexandra Township -Gauteng

Alexandra is affectionately known as ‘Alex’, it is  Gauteng’s oldest township. Initially, it was established as a residential area. This was in 1905 by a white farmer. He aimed for a white suburb and named it after his wife. In 1912 it was transformed into a native township. Black people were allowed land ownership.

In 1913 the land act dissolved land ownership rights by blacks. Alexandra continues in migration as it was close in proximity to the employment opportunities in Johannesburg.

‘Alex’ has an interesting and turbulent and past, a fascinating present, and a very promising future.  It also has it’s own community radio and TV station.

Alex is the hub of culture, root culture is rhythm and vibe.  Alex has been home to luminaries like Hugh Masekela, a renowned jazz maestro as well as Nelson Mandela.

Popular culture like theaters in the townships was a dynamic force which gave life and hopes to the people, it’s a dynamic force that gave hope.

A township tour will give assess to the best shebeens in where you can quench your thirst on the tradition umqombothi, an African beer that is home-brewed, and taste amazing local delicacies.

You can also stock up on arts and crafts from street vendors, curios and explore the world colorful traditional medicine world.

The outdoor markets, the St Hulbert Catholic church, Mandela Yard Precinct and traditional healers create a fascinating new and old blend making Alex a fascinating township tour.

A Visit to  the iconic township of Soweto

Soweto is the fifth most popular destination for overseas visitors to the Gauteng province. It’s ‘Jozi’s’ tourism drawcard.  And 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, the day when students in Soweto marched against the repressive imposition of  the Afrikaans language in schools

Soweto tours start with,  Hector Pieterson Museum and the Regina Mundi church.No trip to Soweto in Johannesburg is complete without a visit to Regina Mundi, the largest Catholic Church in the most popular Soweto.

It’s been a spiritual haven for thousands of Sowetans, it has also played a pivotal role in the township’s history of resistance against apartheid.

The Ubuntu Kraal is a collection of straw-roofed rondavels that form a homestead, popular as a wedding and conference venue.

Many will also be interested in the Soweto  Festival. The Soweto Festival is held annually

Soweto Festival

The venue is the magnificent Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, the site of the signing of the historic Freedom Charter by anti-apartheid organizations 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 centers around an exhibition and day-long entertainment events.

 The  capturing visit to Katlehong

Katlehong

The Katlehong township area smoldered with political tension in the early 1990s and the name was associated with violent protests and a low-level civil war amongst factions.

This, however, is a thing of the past and in some way seems to make the Art Centre even more of an achievement for being there. Some of the most exquisite examples of ethnic artwork are housed here and the center seems to have been as influenced by the emotional turmoil of the township as its inhabitants once were.

 

Welcome to motherland Africa! Welcome to South Africa!

 

 

 

Strolls and sightings in Africa – Travel Adventures in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Motherland Africa –  Zambia and Zimbabwe

The majestical journey to Zimbabwe is engraved in a superb tradition where hospitality reigns supreme.

Twenty years ago Zimbabwe was the richest country in Africa with tourism as a major industry.

Zimbabwe’s political stature led to it become one of the poorest, with an inflation rate that is the highest in the world. People used to call it the breadbasket of the continent, but after a while, no food was available even for those that had mountains of money.

Once upon a time, it was the continent’s breadbasket but eventually there was no food available, even for those stacked with mountains of money.

Nowadays many may be reluctant to consider exploring Zimbabwe. No worries if the feeling of uncertainty is there, Zambia shares many of the same attractions.

The tourists’ attraction focus is the great Zambezi River. It forms a natural boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Zambezi River

The Zambezi  River is a river system that is the fourth largest in Africa. It runs through six countries. All starts off with a  little spring in the Mwinilunga District in the northwest part of Zambia.

This is close to the  Zambian,  Zaire and Angola borders. This spring bubbles between roots of trees and eventually becomes a mighty river that carves the magnificent Victoria Falls.

The  Zambezi is a calm flow forward, then it builds speed racing headlong in a tumble downwards in hundreds of feet becoming a  natural world wonder then it zig-zags through  Batoka Gorge.  Energy is then captured and it is converted into a hydroelectric form of power by the Kariba Dam, and further down into the  Mozambique CaboraBassa dam.

The Zambezi river flows into  Kariba Dam for 281 kilometers. It is 40 kilometers wide at one point. It heads north from the dam wall,  then back east until it is flanked by Lower Zambezi National Park, located in Zambia, and the  Mana Pools National Park located in Zimbabwe. This zone supports one of the most important wilderness areas in Africa.

 

After the confluence of Luangwa, Zambezi River flows into Mozambique to the  Indian Ocean. The best family holiday to venture on anyhow and anywhere is a  houseboat located on Kariba.  If you prefer game viewing or fishing or even just chilling with drinks on the deck it is one magical experience that is unforgettable.

In 1960 after the building of the largest dam, Kariba, it evolved into a popular visiting place with activities like swimming,  fishing, boating, and game viewing.

Eventually, all the experiences were combined into the houseboat introduction.

A perfect way to appreciate vast water, islands, distinct trees that are half submerged and islands from a comfortable houseboat!

It takes you to

  • Matusodona Game Park,
  • Charra Bay
  • Spurwing Island
  • Gache Gache Communal Land
  • Fothergill Island

Kariba, the name originates from ‘Kariva’,  a  term that means ‘trap’. This refers a rock that jutted out from the wild, swirling entrance gorge waters!

That rock is currently a hundred meters below water. Legends name the rock the great river god, Nyaminyami’s home. Anyone that came a bit too close got sucked into the river depths!

On a search for adventure? There is an upstream cruise to  Victoria Falls, an adventure to last a lifetime.

Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), only became known to the Western world as Victoria Falls after David Livingstone discovered it in 1855. It took many thousands of years for erosion to create the magnificent natural wonder. The falls are much taller and longer than Niagara Falls.

Many assume that Zimbabwe is a better view of the Victoria Falls, however, keep in mind that  David Livingstone, the well-known explorer discovered the Victoria Falls from Zambia.

He had heard about the sacred site for tribes like the Batoka. Finally, Livingstone, paddled by the  Chief Sekeletu of the Makololo to an island in the center of the Zambezi,  called the  Livingstone Island currently. The water was low but there was a tremor of fear as he approached the wall spray.

If the choice is Zambia you get to stay in a charming town, Livingstone, a popular base for travelers on a venture to experience the Victoria Falls.

There is bungee jumping,  high adrenaline adventures.  Then there is white water rafting in the Zambezi and even riverboarding, where you get to surf upstream.

If you stay in Livingstone on the Zambia side, the Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari is a great way to experience the river and see the scenery along the shores.

The Victoria Falls stay should include an unforgettable flight over the 7th Natural Wonder of the World. Soar high up with eagles and experience the sight from above!

Great Zimbabwe has many ancient ruins built in the 13th and 14th centuries, a UNESCO World Heritage site since the year 1986.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins- Unesco World Heritage site

The Zambian flag features the national bird of Zambia, the Fish Eagle. red, black, orange and a green background

Welcome to motherland Africa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONLY IN TANZANIA – PART 2

The Journey Continues – Endemic and Endangered in  the heart of motherland Africa – Tanzania

Why Safari in Tanzania? The question pounded on. My journey, my search continued.

 

I clearly affirmed in Exploring the splendor of Tanzania – ‘Journey into all dimensions delving into the mystics and wonders of the heart of ‘Motherland Africa’ Tanzania.

My personal quest launched:


Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
We are situated on the road between three major hotels Sunrise, Kipepeo, and South Beach in Kigamboni , a fifteen minute ferry ride from Dar es Salaam. A walkaway to the beach we are ready to welco...

10 Endemic Primates in Tanzania

 

  1. Rondo Dwarf Galago

    Rondo Dwarf Galago

Arkive species - Rondo dwarf galago (Galagoides rondoensis) These are rare and highly endangered animals found only in Tanzania. They weigh 60 grams and they continue to decline in threatened forests.The Rondo Dwarf Galago is classified into 25 of the most endangered species in the whole world.

The animal is losing its habitat due to forest fires and deforestation. This particular species has no conservation program to maintain them and few Tanzanians know of their existence.

2. Mountain Dwarf Galago

Mountain Dwarf galagoes are found in the Udzungwa Mountain National Park, the Udzungwa scarp forest reserve in Tanzania as well as Taiti Hills forest reserve Kenya. Their main threat is loss of habitat due to deforestation and conversion of the land for agriculture.

3. Zanzibar Red Colobus

Arkive species - Kirk’s red colobus (Procolobus kirkii) Endemic to Zanzibar (Unguja), they are mainly found in the southeast, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park as well as the agricultural area in the south. In Mangrove swamps and coral thickets in the southwest.