In Antsiranana, or Diego Suarez, in the north of the island, the main street has houses painted yellow and cars in green. Open-doored cafes beneath peeling paint balconies serve local Three Horses Beer and Coca-Cola, the odd television pinned to the wall.
From dreamy soft-sand beaches to intriguing wildlife, twisty-branched baobab and flickering palms, nature tops the list of things to do in Madagascar. But there’s more. So much more.Let me show you.
It snaked towards us slowly. A scarlet, silted, rust-red, blood-red, iron-tinged flow. The water seeped around the edges of my boots, my footprints swallowed up within seconds.
It visibly stained my soles.
Up ahead, I saw two men walking, the two men who were travelling with me. But no other soul was there.
The Real Pride Rock Africa This Kenya Wildlife Safari inspired creators of Disney’s the Lion King and you can see the real Pride Rock. And it’s not reserved for celebrities, anyone can travel there. There’s a video at the end so if you’re a fan of moving pictures, hop straight down there to enjoy! Cheers – AbiWildlife Safari […]
Despite the stillness of the water, there’s no sound of silence. Insects skim across the reeds with a soft buzz and woodpeckers…
Visiting Namibia, the World’s Oldest Desert, and Climbing Dune 45Fifty-five million years. It’s a long time, no matter how you look at it. For 55 million years, particles of sand, in shades of blood red, caramelised orange and an exhausted, jaded rust have sifted one over the other in this part of the world. I stand […]
It’s a big old place with more than 50 countries but where are the best places to visit in Africa?
It’s an inauspicious start. No map. No SatNav. No cash – my very last dihram cleared out by the unexpected fuel charge.
No internet access to check the route. No signal on my iPhone. Just a pen, a scrap of paper and a hastily scribbled map, uneven streaks of biro connecting Moroccan towns that appeared on a picture in the hotel lobby.
Authentic and unusual things to do in Cape TownCape Town is one of the most visited places in the entire continent of Africa. Yet it’s absolutely bursting with unusual things to do. If you’re looking for authentic, fascinating, beautiful – and fun – things to do in Cape Town then you’ve come to the right […]
Giraffe Manor Hotel Review This Giraffe Manor Hotel Review aims to let you decide whether or not to visit one of the most intriguing hotels in Kenya. As the car pulls into the driveway, the gravel scrunches beneath the tyres. The sun settles on the stone-clad ivy and fluffy clouds puff past overhead. The […]
A boy kicks a football in the red, barren dust. A cloud of burned, breathless amber follows his feet as he runs. The background is flat and empty; the foreground laced with wire. That’s the image I had of Soweto, South Africa’s most notorious township: a sprawling no man’s land south west of Joburg (itself […]
Dust in red still stains my shoes And drumbeats soothe my sleepless senses I am home From Africa And while the laundry soaps and whirs, the emails fly, the post stacks high, I find myself now lost for words Lost And humble In thought, in dreams, and threadbare tales, In legends, films and luggage scales […]
Why is South Africa called the Rainbow Nation Why South Africa is called the Rainbow NationI’m in South Africa right now and it’s cold and a little wet. The skies brood a deep grey before bursting into a laughter of sunshine that comes from right inside the belly. It’s unpredictable, apparently it’s unusual, and it makes […]
Philae Temple, Aswan For over two thousand years people have stood where I’m standing now. And yet they haven’t. The Puzzle of the Philae Temple in Aswan For although these honeyed flagstones brought Philae Temple to life back in the Greco-Roman days (around 370 BC,) come the time of flared trousers, big hair and D-I-S-C-O, […]