Uganda – of Gonoleks, Piapiacs and Plantain Eaters

Murchison Game Reserve is awe inspiring. It’s huge. It has a rain forest with chimpanzees. It has the Nile River. It has Murchison Falls. It has hundreds of animals. Thousands actually. Buffalo. Elephant. Hippo. The biggest wickedest Nile Crocodiles you’ll ever see. It has the Uganda Kob, which is Uganda’s special version of an impala gazelle. It is bigger and heavier than the common impala. It has Rothchild’s giraffe, lots of them, and until very recently, only on one side of the Nile.

From elephant bush to stately homes – Durban’s Berea

Durban’s Berea: We were walking the concrete pavements, that not that long ago, not much more than 150 years ago, had been sub-tropical jungle, with huge trees and exotic plants growing in profusion right where we were walking.

The Coronation of King Ndamase || of Western Pondoland,South Africa

Rain at a coronation is auspicious…

Munich: A great city for a long layover

…the Frauenkirche, home of the legend of the Devil’s footprint and the tomb of Ludwig lV. History is everywhere, but the possibility of the Devil’s Footprint being a tourist trap…

The Golden Wildebeest

Have you heard of the rare Golden Wildebeest? Have you seen this animal, which was once thought mythical? The collective noun for all species of wildebeest (also called gnu), is a confusion. They do get confused quite easily; they’re not regarded as being particularly bright. Pretty stupid actually. On a hot day in the middleContinue reading “The Golden Wildebeest”

Namibia in a week

Ok, small pool may be a better description. The driver eventually decided to take the plunge, and drove through the centre of it at speed, creating quite a wave. Should I? Shouldn’t I? Ours was no 4 x 4, it was a sweet little VW

Kilwa Sea Rescue

Kilwa Sea RescueIf the place that you’re boating in doesn’t have any rescue facilities, and you develop a problem, what do you do?In South Africa, the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) is so synonymous with sea and ocean rescues: – with pleasure cruises going wrong, shipping disasters and any other water orientated ill that mayContinue reading “Kilwa Sea Rescue”

Mozambique – of cashews, diving, and self inflicted traffic fines.

The children are grown up, and they live scattered around the world, but they do like getting together for family trips. My daughter, wanted to dive with whale sharks; the chosen destination was the Tofo Bay area in Mozambique. Plans were put together. ‘Us girls will fly to Vilanculos, the boys can drive, and pickContinue reading “Mozambique – of cashews, diving, and self inflicted traffic fines.”

The Tanganyika Treks – Trekking away from the English

The names of all the families who trekked away from the English after the Second Anglo Boer War, are etched into the stone work…