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Archive for the ‘South Africa’ category

  • Mandela and Me. A homage to Nelson Mandela

    Dec 7, 14 • 8706 views 4 comments

    Mandela and Me. A homage to Nelson Mandela This time last year, I was too sick with Malaria to pay homage to Nelson Mandela. Crying over his obituaries made me feel even more sorry for myself – but I owe Mandela so much. South Africa...

  • The Muzungu’s travel highlights of 2011 – Uganda travel blog

    Jan 1, 12 • 3831 views 4 comments

      If 2011 was busy, 2012 looks set to be busier still! Here are a few of 2011’s highlights for Diary of a Muzungu, Uganda travel blog … TRAVELLING – Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Turkey – and of course, Uganda....

  • Johannesburg – don’t hit the panic button until after dinner

    Feb 19, 11 • 2833 views 5 comments

    There is a feeling of space in suburban northern Johannesburg, by far the largest city in South Africa. The plots are big, the streets are lined with large beautiful trees and the treetops are full of the sound of birdsong. There are three big...

  • South Africa – Under a blood red sky with U2

    Feb 18, 11 • 3262 views 2 comments

    U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’ will forever remind me of a great ten days in Johannesburg this February, with a great friend and her beautiful daughter, and something deeper – retracing my political and musical roots. Thank you Holly! For the...

  • Modelling condoms on World AIDS Day

    Dec 1, 10 • 2714 views 2 comments

    To commemorate the significance of World AIDS Day, this week Kampala Hash House Harriers baptised me … “Used Condom.” SIGH … as the momentum to give me my ‘Hash Handle’ grew over the last few weeks, so I sought the shadows of the weekly...

  • Go Ghana! Go Ghana! Gone …

    Jul 4, 10 • 2440 views 2 comments

    Every four years I take a break from being an anti-football supporter to scream at the big screen with the rest of the world. This year has been particularly special: I watch it as a resident of the host continent AFRICA. Uganda didn’t qualify for...

  • An amazing 365 days

    Feb 21, 10 • 1486 views No Comments

    A few highlights that didn’t make it onto the blog before: Feeding time at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Pure magic. Lilly Ajarova’s project was voted Best Ecotourism Project at the World...

  • Getting wrecked in Cape Town

    Dec 16, 09 • 2184 views 2 comments

    The South African coastline – particularly near the Cape – is littered with shipwrecks and Arniston (Waenhuiskrans) takes its name from the ship that was wrecked here in 1815. Only six of the 378 on board survived. [PHOTO – not...

  • Shark bait – I was this close!

    Dec 11, 09 • 1927 views 1 comment

    Awaking to a nightmare at 4.45 a.m. was not the ideal start to a day that involved leaving the house before dawn, on my own, for a drive across country to dive into cold Atlantic water with man-eating sharks …. [Main Photo courtesy of Michael...

  • South Africa – Busman’s Holiday?

    Dec 8, 09 • 2625 views 5 comments

    The summit of Kilimanjaro pokes through the thick blanket of cloud thousands of feet beneath us – an image I’ll never forget – as we fly south. The three hour journey to Johannesburg seemed to last an eternity: a week of burning the...

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