#CreatepreneurAfrica – Africa Poetic vision : Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

 

Kariuki wa Nyamu is passionate about wording his way into the streams of life. He is a poet, an editor, a playwright, a translator, educator and a literary critic.

I realize poetry in music, in my footsteps, in my heartbeat, in my dance steps and many other great experiences –   Kariuki wa Nyamu

 

After several writing awards at school, university and on national level, he spreads the word through poetry, short stories, film scripts, satire, and fiction,

  • 2007 National Book Trust of Uganda literary award
  • 2010 Makerere University Creative Writing Competition
  • 2017 Winner of Babishai Haiku prize

My life revolves around poetry. I utter it. I read it. I study it. I breathe it. I teach it. I write it. I enjoy it. I dream it. I philosophize it. I theorize it – Kariuki wa Nyamu

Publications featured in:

A Thousand Voices Rising,

Boda Boda Anthem and Other Poems,

Best New African Poets 2015 Anthology,

Jalada Africa,

Praxis Magazine

The Wagon Magazine

Poetry Potion,

Experimental Writing: Volume 1, Africa Vs Latin America Anthology,

Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology,

Multi-Verse: Kenyan Poetry in English Since 2003

Co-author: When Children Dare to Dream.  a children’s poetry and  anthology

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Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Kariuki wa Nyamu

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

Well, I think what drives me is the realization that Poetry is life and that Life is poetry. Each life’s experience is poetic.

I realize poetry in music, in my footsteps, in my heartbeat, in my dance steps and many other great experiences.

And that makes poetry a very beautiful art and my true passion in life.

Basically, my life revolves around poetry. I utter it. I read it. I study it. I breathe it. I teach it. I write it. I enjoy it. I dream it. I philosophize it. I theorize it.

Oh yes, I turn countless societal experiences into poetry! And I believe this inspires the world.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I became conscious of my passion for poetry in my high school days. I was barely fifteen years old and in Form One.

I still remember our teacher of English teaching us how to write “Simple verses”. After the lesson, she assigned us the task of writing simple verses. Mine was one of the best! The following day after marking, she announced how she was impressed with me for crafting such a brilliant four-line poem!

This made me more passionate about the subject of poetry in particular and literature in general. Maybe that’s why I studied the subject up to university level… All in all, I’m dearly grateful to all my teachers and professors for kindling my interest in poetry and nurturing it. I treasure you.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

I think it’s my deep love for words and of course the much time that I devote to my Creative writing pursuit.

Yes, although sometimes I feel that I give poetry too much attention, but believe you me, my passion for poetry is irresistible! I’m delighted to be published in myriad international journals, magazines, blogs, and books. So far, so good.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Frankly speaking, I wasn’t really driven by the desire to make money from my writing. It came at a time I least expected. My greatest aspiration was to just tell stories that enlighten, edify, entertain, and most significantly inspire people.

By the way, in the creative arts industry, if you let money be your chief impetus, you’ll be doomed if it never comes your way! But if your impetus is to learn the craft, inspire people thus be relevant, you’ll certainly live a rewarding life whether the money comes your way or not. After all, money isn’t everything.

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

Well, there’re many endeavors I’m passionate about, and have been paid for… But shall we agree that passion here means passion for writing?

Good. The first time I was paid for my writing passion was in 2012. This was just after I graduated with my BA in Education, English Language, and Literature at Makerere University, Uganda. My goodness, never in my life had I imagined I could earn money from my writing!

Writing made me receive my first cheque. I’d then continue writing the radio drama titled “Home To Community,” Season after Season until 2013 when I relocated to Kenya my motherland.

This radio drama, produced by Wizarts Media, Kampala, Uganda, was successfully broadcast for years in some of the major FM stations in Uganda. I’ll always pride myself on being a part of this production.

What keeps you going whenever you think about giving up?

It’s not my strength of mind or even my comprehension of technicalities of art that shields me from giving up but it’s only God’s grace that keeps me going.

Another thing is the realization that nobody will ever tell my stories whether in the poetic form, prose or even the dramatic form…

What motivates you every day to be even more relevant in the world of Poetry?

I believe it is the knowledge that my poetry inspires a lot of people world over. I must sincerely disclose that my poetry has, in the recent past, attracted very encouraging commentaries from ardent poets, authors, and scholars; some of whom are far more advanced in their literary pursuits than me.

This certainly motivates me to mold even greater pieces and hence work towards being even more relevant in the world of Poetics.

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

Naturally, I do not hold grudges, so I guess I’d just be wordless. In any case, it’s perfectly normal to have all sorts of people around you… Some to dishearten you, some to hearten you…

Dear poet whose potential has been doubted by many, and maybe for a long time:

Be encouraged, ignore all manner of dispiriting remarks! Remember, it’s crucial to master your own craft.

Although I understand it’s absolutely wonderful when people believe in your craft, ensure that you believe in yourself more.

And most significantly, be humble, trust and obey, yes, be humble, trust and obey Life’s Author.

What advice do you give to an aspiring creative who looks up to you?

Dear Aspiring Creative,

You’ve to invest in your art and hence give it your best. Read great texts; enjoy and learn the art, and no matter the dissuasion you’ll get from the world

Never let your passion for whichever art die down. After all, you’re the best definition of yourself. Good luck!

#CreatePreneurAfrica – Nigerian Fashionista Supreme – Ukachukwu Okechukwu

 

Ukachukwu Okechukwu has a passion for fashion. His ultimate desire is in creating designs for the ultimate image.

 

New styles erupt on the Nigerian fashion market each year. The trends are never disappointing whether you are a fashion geek or looking for inspiration.

Africans are identifiable in native wear. Today there are changing trends in society yet  Ukachukwu boasts proudly preserving culture in unique print styles.

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s style kingdom is set up to showcase Africa’s style on an international level, he has established Dee Ok’s wear. Follow the latest fashion trends and combining them native motives is Dee Dee Ok’s wear fashion flair.

Young people in Nigeria need to rise again. Fashion is a tool of social change, it defines who we are and who we can be!

Welcome to Ukachukwu gallery of designs

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Ukachukwu Okechukwu

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

I have a zeal for fashion and designing of clothes and to engage in the wise and prudent work of sewing of clothes with different styles, which has a universal relevance in our world today.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I got the passion when I was watching various programs that have to do with cultural wears and modern, and it has been the childhood desire when I was at the age of 10years

 

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

My ongoing desire to improve and create the new. I  need benefactresses to enable me to shoot up to standard in my company as a fashion designer.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

The zeal, hard work, and experience. There is a market.People live for personal style and design

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

From the beginning,  I guess. There were always special requests in cash and in-kind too

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

What kept me going was personal determination Quite and unquote  “It was because of the zeal do fashions and designer still burning in me “

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I am a creator. I love new creations. I love image enhancement

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

Don’t communize anyone you come across in life because every individual has something unique about him or her .thus no one knows tomorrow

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

*When you are determined to do something extraordinary and don’t allow people to kill your dreams

 

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#CreatepreneurAfrica @Taiwo Soyebo – Dancing away in Nigeria

“CreatepreneurAfrica” – Taiwo Soyeba all the way from Nigeria

Taiwo Soyebo was in his early teens when he actively participated in church gatherings. The world of drama re-enactment of bible stories seeded his passion for dancing, drumming and acting.

Taiwo’s heart and soul are all encapsulated in an annual festival ”Tourism Expression Poetry and Arts festival. T.E.P.A.F is an event on the continent of motherland Africa sowing seeds of celebratory honor of true talent beyond measure.

Taiwo aims to pursue a global calling and growth for the T.E.P.A.F. Tourism Expression Poetry and Arts festival is an outlet of expression in the root of Nigeria.

 

 

There is no place like home

An artistic director and choreographer he keeps his vision alive by sharing his skills in cultural dance and drama at Edun Productions, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
I am driven by my vision and achieving my vision through my passion. My true passion is drumming, dancing and directing stage productions and films.
 

 

How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I was fifteen years old when I found my passion for arts of drumming, dancing, and acting, It all started in the church where I was residing. I learned all musical instruments and dramatic re-enactment of bible stories

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 
I get enticed and motivated when am dancing and drumming because I play all cultural percussions in Nigeria.
What drove you to make money from your passions?

I teach very well and I get paid for the services. Being paid for your true passion is the ultimate climax in life.

 

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I got paid first time ever in 2001 when I worked on a cultural festival for the school.
 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Life may be cruel sometimes, but I stood strong for what I believe in.  I am very optimistic. I translate negative situation into positive action. The passion for my vision and hope that one day I will achieve my dreams, keep me afloat.

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool. Chinua Achebe

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
Seeing the children embrace the culture and Passion to establish my school of theatre
 
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

To those that doubted me, all I can say is thanks for keeping me on my toes.

 What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
To all those who are looking forward to being great in art, be focused, be determined, be ready to accept challenges and overall, let God be your first and last companion.
 

 

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Gifts From the Motherland of Africa

Get ready for sights, insights, and reviews from the continent of Africa and make your expedition of exploration unforgettable.

The festive season has arrived. The time has arrived to reach dreams of a lifetime.

It may be that well-deserved break , gathering special gifts and preparing for a brand new life chapter in the new year.

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1. Find the best affordable lights to suit you. Make your way to the motherland continent of Africa and  reach every desired destination too!

 

2.  Gather your resources and build your library. Yours forever to savour and prepare to return!
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3.Get into the sound rhythym and tunes of Africa

 

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The Light of Africa ‘Tu Nokwe’ in Morogoro Tanzania -JUU Afrikan Festival

”It was full of good people who support each other on a good cause for Africa”

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Juilius Nyerere Airport Tanzania

 

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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.

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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 Magical Blend of Madagascar Music ingredients

The Musical Vibe on our Big Island – Madagascar

Traditional music of Madagascar….Where do we begin to define it? We have the Austronesian influence on one side, and then Arab, African and European populations ingestion.

The variety makes it impossible to specify origin of  unique Madagascar tunes   that rhythmically echo on on for a millennium.

The internet has given the pathway for a refreshing and reawakening of Madagascar music.The sacred and secular music alleys may be the sounds of a ritual or even used for animating teenage games in villages.

The Kingdom era has evolved into current day modern applications of melody replacements and trending pop culture in the cities. The rhythm of Madagascar language is innovative tunes in versions from every direction in the Madagascar landscape.

Local artists in remote villages retain traditional rustic sounds. The music reflects the history of communities and is not strive for stardom. The cities have interposed rhythms on traditional genres and incorporated spectacular innovation in electronic sound.

 

 

The complex mosaic of Madagascar is made up of a 22million population with 18 ethnicities. There are six provinces.The culture and common language is spoken throughout the land and the term of ethnicity has been abandoned making way for ‘human group’ gathering in rhythmic unison.

The Sakalava dominated the West in music influence. The Merina in the central highlands and Betsimisaraka in the east mark rhythmic variations. Áfindrafindrao is an ancestral tune that was danced in quadrille adopted in the 19th century by Merina Kins and later influenced every part of the big island.

The strongest group in the South, the Antandroy, preserve musical tradition,  the contemporary musicians from this group are the most recognized groups internationally.

In the north, a special contribution was made to Madagascar traditional music by the Antahkarana.  The most festive part of Madagascar favoured by vegetation and the climate.

 

Madagascar musical footprints include the Tanala., Bestileo, Bezanozano, Bara, Masikoro, Tsimihety,  Antesaka, Sihanaka, Antemoro, Vezo, and a stream of others.

Traditional instruments

Valiha
Traditional music instruments are the Valiha (zither pipe) and marovany (box zither). These are the most played. It is a legacy of the Mlayo Polynesian heritage. 
Marovany

Rice seed filled rattles are next called kantsa, koritsa or korintsana depending on the region.

There are four main categories in traditional Madagascar music.  Aerophones, Idiophones, membranes and string.  The common basis for traditional singers and musicians come from the influence of European, Arabic, Africa, and Austronesian contribution.

Lutes,

Mandolins

Kabosy* box guitar

Sodina

Traditional ceremonies at ancestral ceremonies and possession rites are common. Music at funerals, marriages, circumcisions, initiation rites victories and pleasures are commemorated with traditional music where masses gather.
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Malagasy soothing tunes (myspace.com/tambatra) by our contributor glamorous soul sister from Madagascar (myspace.com/tambatra myspace.com/tambatra1)

 

Traditional musicians in Madascar are self-taught, orally and by listening.

Malagasy music is filled with rhythms that rock. Combinations of traditional virtuoso music alight tight harmonies with buoyant grooves in infectious melodies. The wild instruments and energetic dancing along is a groove not to be missed. Malagasy hip hop entered and skyrocketed since mid-nineties and has skyrocketed.

 

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Top Ten Durban Delightful Delicacies -Hot in the Pot!

Durban, a stunning city on the coast is usually overshadowed by Cape Town and Johannesburg. It exudes a vibrancy of creative energy evident in its tantalizing food tastes.

South Africa is filled with mouthwatering flavours with its makeup of history and taste sensations. Malaysia, Europe and Dutch cultures that contribute to the ‘rainbow nation’ melting hot pots of curries, beans, the braai (barbecue) and street foods in Durban.

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Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow is the innocent square of soft bread with the middle scooped out and filled with curry mixture with your choice of chicken, prawn, mutton or vegetarian.

Enough for lunch or a good heart snack, the quarter loaf is ideal and ranks high it on the ‘top foods in SA’  listings.

Sardines on Toast

Somewhere around May to July, the silvery sardines begin a migration to the north along the coast of Kwa Zulu Natal.

The arrival of this great shoal gets on a fishing frenzy and buffet feast for seals, sharks and seabirds too.

 

Fishermen sell shares at fish markets. And there you have it, the orders of sardines on toast with a topple of onions begin.

Shisa Nyama

Shisanyama is a Zulu term for barbecue, which means burn the meat. The name may not be as appealing but the taste is flavorful, hot and tender.

Local townships have a wide array of Shishanyama spots where there is a choice of steak, chops or boerewors or chicken to devour.

Bombay Crush

In Durban, a cool concoction of Peto –Bismal, the traditional falooda in South Asia.

A rose colour syrup mixed in milk with basil seeds and coupled with vanilla ice cream is a common traditional drink at Muslim feasts in Durban.

Local Brews

Local Zulu Beer

In South Africa, Western Cape is the country of wines, and in Kwa Zulu Natal, the beer takes the pedestal.

Craft breweries and some commercial are open for public tours.

Zulu Cuisine

 

Zulu cuisine has marvellous menus for travel taste buds. From comfort doses of phutu porridge isibhede and to the intoxicating utywala beer and fiery chakalaka relish perfection, Zulu dishes are culture infused and seasoned with fine flavours of history.

Cultural dishes include maize cobs, cooked maize, phutu  (crumbled maize porridge) eaten with curdled milk and hot with stew, cabbage, stew or sugar beans and madumbi a tuber that tastes like a potato sweet potato mix

Traditional treats include mogodu( tripe) with cooked maize (pap). Outside of the city, authentic taste is found in rural areas and the options range from crocodile steaks to walkie talkies,(boiled chicken legs)

Isibhede is fermented porridge that makes tongues tingle. Phutu is an unfermented crumbly porridge. Amahewu is grain beer that is not intoxicating while Útywala is a brew that is alcoholic.

 

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Afternoon Tea

Inherited from the colonial era, the British tradition of tea time is common  with tiny cakes and baked scones and finger sandwiches

In South Africa, tea time comes with a multi cultural twist with rooibos tea and local snacks

Samoosas

The appetizer of choice is samoosas. The triangular crispy pastry with a spicy filling of choice. It is a staple at most Durban restaurants

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Côte d’Ivoire – Tropical Paradise

Africa, the motherland has loads to offer and Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is one of them
There are two different names of the country used in media.  Ivory Coast is the English version whereas  Côte d'Ivoire is the French version.


In 1985 the official name changed from the English version to the current French version and became internationally branded. A must see tropical paradise wonder.

 

Côte d’Ivoire is a true stunner, filled with starfish sands, forests of palm trees, and bronze like roads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are three ecosystems in the land area. The South consists of a coastal strip bordering the Gulf of Guinea.

 

 

 

The territory  is occupied by forests, and the North consists of large open areas of Savannah conducive to farming

Côte d’Ivoire has two official capitals. Yamoussoukro the political and administrative capital, and the country’s 4th largest city. Abidjan is the economic capital and is officially listed in guidebooks.

The economic progress is evident in modern life and culture while managing to hold true identity. Unlike other traditional African countries, the economy in the Ivory Coast economy is advanced and developed.

The country serves as the largest exporters of cocoa and produces coffee beans.

Parc National de Taï in the south offers a Safari experience with hidden secrets and chimps under tree boughs cracking nuts .hides secrets, species and nut-cracking chimps under the boughs of its trees, while the peaks and valleys of Man offer a highland climate, fresh air and fantastic hiking opportunities through tropical forests.

The valleys and peaks offer fresh air and highland climate with opportunities to hike through the tropical forests.

Grand Bassam and Assinie are beach resorts for perfect weekend retreats of blue heavens.

 

Côte d’Ivoire  experiences tropical weather along the coast and semi-arid in Northerly regions, staying dry and warm and hot and wet from June until October. . and wet from June to October.

The culturally diverse Côte d’Ivoire  has five ethnic groups.The majority is the Akan group which constitutes of about 42% of the population.

 

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Safari in Namibia – Quiver Trees, lions, zebras, giraffes and more….

 

Get ready for Africa. Namibia is rich in animal species, like no other in the world.  And then you welcome natural friendly people, streams of thorn bush Savannah, Makalani palms, Mopane bushland, baobabs,giraffes, lions, zebras.

Welcome to the vast game reserves in Namibia, the biggest,  Etosha National Park 

National Parks and Game Reserves

Namibia has protection in line with the Etosha National Park and other nature and game reserves galore. Etosha National Park, the third largest and one of the finest parks in Africa. The Etosha pan is a saline lake that is dried out adding to the uniqueness of the landscape, a vast shallow depression with water holes in the south that guarantee a game viewing that is rewarding.

 

Etosha National Park, one of the world’s best wildlife sanctuaries, is excellent for wildlife-watching. In a huge salt pan surrounded by over 22,000 sq km (over 8,500 sq miles) of grasslands and bush.

This is where you can encounter  Africa’s Savannah animals like the giraffe, elephant, rhino,  buffalo, zebra, wildebeest,  various species of antelopes  and predators like the cheetah,  lion leopard,  wild dog and hyena.

The endemic mammal species include the gerbils and bats, the black faced impala. The Namib Desert has thirty endemic dune-dwellers. Endangered mammals like the  wild dog, lion, black rhino, puku, waterbuck and oribi can be found here

The over twenty species of antelope from the largest being the Eland and the smallest Damara dik-dik . Then there is a range of smaller mammals including the jackal and mongoose all over the country and the less common honey badger and antbear.

Namibia took the lead in the world to initiate the environment protection and wildlife utilisation sustainability into the Constitution.

 “The State shall actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people by adopting international policies aimed at the following: maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity of Namibia, and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future.”

With the growing numbers of eco tourists, many farmers have abandoned cattle and have turned their expansive farms into private game reserves.

The Caprivi Strip is considered by experts to be one of Africa’s top 10 birding destinations. Some 620 species have been recorded. the highest concentration of birds in Namibia, including some near-endemic species.

Or you can just admire the glories of the skeleton coast. Hike a nature trail across the gravel plains of the arid and forbidding Skeleton Coast region, see ancient desert-adapted plant species such as welwitschia, lithops and delicate lichens.

Be amazed by the Fish River Canyon, the world’s largest after the Grand Canyon, and the nearby Kokerboom Forest, home of bizarrely elegant kokerbooms (quiver trees).  San people used the giant aloes to create quivers for arrows. There are now protected species of plant that is located in Namibia.

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Angola – Africa’s Dazzling Delight Diamond Dust Beaches

Located on the West coast of Southern Africa, Angola boasts the second largest waterfall in Africa, various  national parks, rivers and scenic coastline.
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Angola flag

Cataracts, Angola, Rainbow, Nature


The initial  Angola inhabitants were Khoisan speakers. Large numbers of Bantu speakers migrated to the region and became the dominant group. Angola gets its name from the Bantu kingdom of Ndongo, whose name for its king is Ngola.

Angola was under colonial rule until November 11, 1975, when it became an independent nation.

 

 

 

 

It was explored by the Portuguese navigator Diego Cão in 1482. Angola became a link in trade with India and Southeast Asia. Later it was a  source of slaves for Portugal’s New World colony of Brazil.

 

Angola is the second-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa.Angola is Southern Africa’s final frontier.  Angola was racked by the civil war that caused devastation for about 30 years.

 

Tourism barely touched this remote and spectacular country which offers a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience.  Spread elegantly on the northern Atlantic coast, Luanda was a graceful capital in colonial times.

Angola is Southern Africa’s final frontier.  Angola was racked by the civil war that caused devastation for about 30 years. Tourism barely touched this remote and spectacular country which offers a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience.

elegantly on the northern Atlantic coast, Luanda was a graceful capital in colonial times.These days it has a Caribbean-island flavour laced with Portuguese influences. Lubango in the south is the main town of Namibe Province, with a desert to explore as well empty beaches offering the ultimate in relaxation.

These days it has a Caribbean-island flavour laced with Portuguese influences. Lubango in the south is the main town of Namibe Province, with a desert to explore as well empty beaches offering the ultimate in relaxation.Angola with diamond sparkling beaches the second largest Africa Waterfall and the virgin wildlife parks has a  special lure that only a few places can match.

Angola with diamond sparkling beaches the second largest Africa Waterfall and the virgin wildlife parks has a  special lure that only a few places can match.

AngolaAnd if you want to do some beachcombing, there are fantastic beaches in Luanda, at Ilha do Cabo, Mussulo, Palmeirinhas, Corimba and Santiago.In Benguela, there is Restinga, Morena,  Caóta, Baia Azul, Caotina and Baia Farta and in the  Namibe,  Das Miragens and the  Azul.

In Benguela, there is Restinga, Morena,  Caóta, Baia Azul, Caotina and Baia Farta and in the  Namibe,  Das Miragens and the  Azul.

National Integral Park of Kwando and the National Park of Cangandala, in the province of Malange, home of the black Palanca, is a species to be found only in Angola.The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying.The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying.The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying

The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying ground for the sea turtles. And obviously, you are roped off walking on the coastline that’s a maternity ward for sea turtles!

If you’re looking for leopard, lions, the chacal, the antelope or elephants you’ll find them in the National Park of Kameia, in the Province of Moxico. Elephants, antelopes, elands, gnus and zebras are in the National Park of Bicuar, in the Province of Huila.

The National Park of Mupa, in the Province of Cunene, is home to the ostrich, the elephant and the hippopotamus. The National Park of Iona, in the Namibe  Province where zebras, elephant, the rhinoceros and leopard roam freely.

Making it in time for the carnival

Carnival, Angola’s answer to Mardi Gras, comes in February, an excuse for everyone to dress up in elaborate costumes ranging from porn stars to politicians.But one of the best ways to experience the whole lot of this region is to catch the legendary train from Benguela to its twin port town of Lobito

But one of the best ways to experience the whole lot of this region is to catch the legendary train from Benguela to its twin port town of Lobito. Benguela was long the centre of an important trade, especially in slaves to Brazil and Cuba.

Benguela is barely set up for tourism in the modern sense, but nevertheless boasts a handful of reasonable guesthouses, some decent restaurants and a nascent nightlife. Independence Day on November 11 is celebrated with parades and presidential speeches.

And days you should try and be there? Public Holidays……Angola is notable as it has 15 public holidays over the year. These are:

January 1 – New Year’s Day


January 4 – Day of the Fallen against the colonial repression.


January 25 – Luanda’s Day


February 4 – Day of the Armed Struggle


The most important day of global celebration is March 8, International Women’s Day. A global celebration of the social political and economic achievements of women


April 4 – Peace Day, or Ceasefire Day, end of the Civil War


May 1 – Labour Day May 25 – Africa’s Day


June 1 is International Children’s Day


November 2 – All Souls Day

All Souls Day is also known as the Feast of All Souls


November 11 – Independence Day


December 25 – Christmas


December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Angola Highlight Drawing Cards

  • The currency is Kwanza (Kz) is the currency. US dollars are also widely accepted.
  • Experiencing something of a cultural renaissance.
  • Places like Restaurante Escondidinho buzz with young locals practising the kizombe, Angola’s romantic and highly sensuous national dance.
  • More than 90 percent of this population speaks Bantu languages, one of the major ones being Kimbundu. The Mbundu people live mainly in Luanda and neighbouring regions. Kimbundu has several mutually-intelligible dialects.
  • Angola Football Achievements is  COSAFA Cup : Times Champion (1999, 2001, 2004) and Central African Games

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Magical Magnificent Mozambique

Tropical Beach Paradise

The coastline of Mozambique stretches over a thousand kilometres and lines up a magnificent strand of tropical beaches.

Ilha de Mozambique, or Mozambique Island, is a tiny island off Northern Mozambique. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s got a history that’s something incredible.

Almost close to four hundred years, Mozambique was under Portuguese rule, and prior to that, it was a  base for  Arab traders. The entire island is a kilometre squared and connects to the mainland via a concrete bridge.

Vilanculos is a beach pathway into the  Bazaruto Archipelago of islands as well as the renowned underwater national park in Mozambique.

 

One of the best greatest things to do here is to catch a ride on a traditional sailing dhow and go for a glide through the Archipelago. This is seriously one of the most stunning places on or off the African continent. An island journey of awesome azure waters,  palm trees, sandy beaches and coral reefs.

The marine reserve is one of the biggest achievements for Mozambique and plays an important role in marine conservation worldwide.  It is best to scuba dive to experience the best of it.

In fact, the Bazaruto Archipelago offers some of the best diving in the world. The dive sites are never over crowded l. The water is crystal clear and there are protected coral reefs  buzzing with hump back whales, dolphins, hump back sharks,  spotted eagle rays, manta, turtles and more

 

Ponta d’Ouro.

Ponta d’Ouro Bay located in the  Southern part of Mozambique. There is a small village but filled with tourist camps. It is very popular with fishermen and beach holidayers and surfers. Apparently, the Ponto has perfect waves.

Like other spots in Mozambique, the diving experience is awesome here. Underwater there are more coral reefs making beautiful patterns with a flow of colourful fish that pass through.

Mainly you’ll want to go there for the experience of swimming with dolphins. This is where the group is that does snorkelling trips out to swim with the dolphins.

Those that conduct dolphin tours are passionate about conservation. They will inform you how dolphins are threatened and you gain marine conservation insight while having incredible experiences.

You have to drive into Ponta with a 4 x 4, no other way. It stays parked in the safe parking at Kosi Bay where many people leave their cars.

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Although most people go for the beaches, there is some beautiful old architecture in Mozambique.

The urban area’s quite small and concentrated with wide avenues, old trees and Mediterranean style architecture. It is an attractive capital city in Africa with an active vibe with cafes and supermarkets.

Cuisine Culture and where to Stay

Maputo is the important harbour, it is 90 kilometres from the South African border. There’s a wide range of accommodation, from the mega-luxury to bed and breakfasts and backpacking lodges.

Cuisine mainly includes seafood. And the mix of cooking styles in the Portuguese style with lots of seafood. They have maize-meal,  rice and millet dishes with hot stews – typical of the African diet. Curries are a favourite named, ‘Caril’.

So if it’s exotic, cultural stuff you want, this is a place to visit. It’s a magic mix of old Portuguese and old Muslim architecture. Basically, it’s divided into two halves. There’s the old Stone Town in the North and Reed Town in the South.

If you are planning a trip to Mozambique, please be a responsible tourist. Don’t drive on the beach. It is illegal and it destroys natural habitats. Dunes were destroyed as a result of driving that was irresponsible. Do not litter. If you are camping, bring along some bin bags and dispose of the rubbish in a  proper way.

Don’t buy shells, corals, juvenile or reef fish. If you dive, do not touch or grab marine life. Some species are very friendly, but if you touch them or feed them you can change their behaviour.

And remember, the coral reefs are precious. Holding onto the reef, hitting it or swiping fins over it kills the coral. It won’t just grow back! Global tourism is a key threat to ecologically sensitive areas. So let’s protect our beautiful places.

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Getaway Escape to Mafia Island

 While Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination, Mafia–Island just 160km south, is virtually unknown. There are steady groups of tourists and all unanimously sing praises of Mafia Island. It is safest Indian Ocean getaway.
 

The Mafia Archipelago is 21km off the central Tanzania Radii River Delta. Mafia Island is about 50km long and 15km across is surrounded by marine life and a barrier reef. 822kn2 is a marine park. There are five species of turtles, 460 fish species around Chole Bay.

The wildlife is varied; there are monkeys, wild pig’s small antelopes, bush babies, and elusive hippos w with a wide array of bird species. The natural vegetation consists of coastal moorlands and mangrove thickets to rainforests and grasslands that are palm wooded.

 Baobabs trees are prominent along with the native Albizia. There are coastal high forests patches remain in Mafia localities.


Chunguruma Forest is the most picturesque consisting of a canopy of dense trees that are palm interlaced with an abundant fern floor coverings.There are about three lodges for tourists.

The lodges are quite offering an alternative safari experience.The main activist is snorkeling, scuba diving, and offshore excursions on the beach.

The safe and warm inland waters of the lagoons are paradise for an expert as well as beginner scuba divers.The main places to visit consist of. Chole Bay, Mange reef, Kinasi Pass Islets, Jibondo Pass and Kitutia.

There are outstanding diving safaris around Chole Bay Marine Park
 The marine ecosystem has a high biodiversity and important endangered species habitat are found here.

Mafia Island is renowned as a diving destination.  Mafia island consists of a diversity of tropical fish, a variety of corals and science has confirmed that Mafia Island has the richest reefs in the entire world, with an unparalleled variety of hard and soft corals and diversity of tropical fish.

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.

 

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