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 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 as such.

Côte d’Ivoire! 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.

Flag, Angola, Angola Flag, Red, Black


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.  Spread 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.

Cataracts, Angola, Rainbow, Nature

And 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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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

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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 snorkelling, 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.

 

Welome, #ExploreMotherlandAfrica.

An Ultimate Selous Safari experience

The Soul Selous Journey

The urbanised Dar-es-Salaam gradually fades away into clouds and eventually reaching the huge Miombo woodlands,lakes,swamps,animals, meandering roads and a passage of serenity. 

Selous game reserve Reserve in the Southern stretch of Tanzania.Selous,as is commonly called, was named after a conservationist, Frederick Selous.  The vast 54600 square kilometre land is huge.The game reserve has several airstrips.Elephants,cheetahs,rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, as well as crocodiles,occupy the sanctuary.The vegetation ranges from wooden grasslands to dense thickets.

The Selous,  one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Selous is approximately three times more bigger than the famous Serengeti National Park.

The  World Heritage Site makes up 6% of Tanzania. Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a game drive in that area.

 

Selous Game reserve

Selous is home to a diverse range of bird and mammal species.There are close to 60,000 elephants and about  40,000 hippos.

The Selous is photographic and displays African wilderness grandeur. The Rufiji river meanders through Miombo Woodland connected with streams and lakes with waterfowl, crocodile and hippos

A game drive along the rough roads of Selous is rewarding during dry seasons around the lakes. Whether bush camping or staying in lodge comfort, it is easy to make arrangements for a walking safari and have a field guide close by.

Boat safaris on lakes or the Rufiji river is an opportunity to see diverse birds and wildlife from a differing perspective.

The size of Selous game reserve and its remote location, it is recommended to have a minimum of at least three nights. Fly in Safaris and game viewing activities by lodges are popular choices. For a truly wild experience, try bush camping.

The wildlife in Selous attracts southern and eastern African wildlife, both migratory and resident with over   440 known bird species of birds. The lion population is strong here and a huge leopard population and home to hippos.

One way to reach Selous Game Reserve is by train, The TAZARA Railway route from Dares Salaam to Zambia  passes  Selous Game Reserve a few  times each week and is also one transport way.

Accommodation in Selous

There is a wide range of campsites and lodges around the Selous Game Reserve.

Lodges on Rufiji River  banks  as well as  remote hilly locations  are all within the  gmae reserve. As there is a diversity of  accommodation and a wide range of habitat longer stays at  Selous Game Reserve are recommended

A main attraction is hot springs where soothing warm water dips are possible. Lake Tagalal is great for bird watching and home to hippos and crocodiles

The Ulitmate Bush Experience

  • Unspoilt Woodland, grassy plant, bush sounds make up the best scenery.
  • Exciting walking and boat safaris

Selous is  African wildlife untouched in Africa and is easily reached from  Zanzibar or Dar-es-salaam. Welcome!  Explore motherlandAfrica#

Conversations with Tu Nokwe : Createpreneurs in Africa

My venture continued. The final touches of “Right-Brain Marketing” took me to an extraordinary connection – The Journey of my soul. My conversations with Tu Nokwe sparkled the final touches on “Right-Brain Marketing” in the Light of Africa

An excerpt from “Right-Brain Marketing”- Createpreneur Africa

Meet our CreatEntepreneur™,Tu Nokwe,a legendary musician all the way from South Africa. Born and raised during the mainstream helms of the detrimental apartheid era into an artistic family that chose to soar above the pressing system and created Amajika.This was a youth and child development arts organization to boost self-esteem and counteract the collating mental abuse that shattered mass populations emotionally.
We explore her breathtaking lifestyle, delving into the roots of soul inspiration as we explore her pathways, sharing her journey of self-discovery on a road of survival.
Tu Nokwe,tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life? 
My passion.My passion.Where do I start? We could end up with episodes of my true passions as they flow into so many channels. Well as you know, my outlet of expression is the creation of sounds and soothing soul rhythms, pulsating heartbeats in blissful melodies.
“I am creative, I am physical, and I am mental. I am emotional, but most of all I am a spiritual being having a human experience. That is just the beginning of the “Journey of My Soul”
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I think I was born into it and grew up thriving in the presence all around me. My inner drive & determination fuelled me to learn to play the guitar without a guitar in my hands, but two chairs strung with wool from one chair to the other;using an old guitar tutor to position the fingers in cord formations and coordination. 

My career started when I was eighteen months old! In a commercial for a soap brand. I come from a family of musicians rooted in historical ingenuity of memorable creations.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? 
It is an outlet of soul expression. I explore the mantra

‘Order creates comfort’. Creative self-management is the core of my spirit as I share and display self-management tools leaving those around me invigorated with a soul-filled purpose.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
The gift of abundance is an asset, allowing open doors to explore. Positive affirmations to call on wealth is a stepping-stone to encounter all barriers in the most lucid times and delve into ‘The Light of Africa’, beaming promise of abundance. Africa is rooted in wealth despite the world image of poverty-stricken and downtrodden bereavement that is propagated and installed in the mass media. We are born on the soil rooted in wealth and treasures beyond human imagination. It is ours.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
Every engagement was abundant on spiritual rewards. My first performance that brought in a cash flow was at the age of 18 at a wedding with the ‘Black Angels’, a local band. And then when I turned 13  at the annual jazz festival 'Milk Africa'(with the “Black Angels” - the Sneddon Theatre at the University of Natal in Kwa-Zulu Natal & the epic movie 'Shaka Zulu'. When I was 18, I earned a living doing African braids at a hair salon.
 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I launched the first African Diary - Journey of my Soul” over eight years, initially it was my supportive tool for self-management. The project sparked off out of a concerned calling out from the lack of purpose and low self-esteem that brewed on a daily basis. My resilience to counteract all obstacles, keep focus and having my effective presence engraved in all souls I touched with my talent. I never gave up; I knew there were many doors open amongst the few that closed before me.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My mantra I never cease to chant is ‘Order creates comfort. I am a spiritual being and give thanks each day for all my blessings. The campus for my state of being is joy & happiness. Not everything may come to you at the time you desire it to. However, in Gods time, what is meant to be will be.
 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
All I can say to those who doubted me is advise them to rise above their fears and soar at rising heights. We all need somebody to lean on.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
“Journey of my Soul” was initially used by uprising performing artists in Amajika Youth and children arts under the auspices of the Nokwe Creative development foundation founded by my family. 
During 1976 when there was a need to boost, self esteem in the helm of the grueling apartheid System in my country. It became clear that as an artist my purpose was to devote time and energy to empower the children of Africa. 
I discovered that self-work had to begin with me. Once I had a holistic understanding of myself, I could reach out to others. My advice to aspiring creative’s is journey to define you and rediscover your LIFE purpose. If you follow my life story, my hope is that you will explore exercises and concepts to develop who you are. I wish you all the best with the ‘Journey of your Soul’