Author: Bronwyn Paxton

Robben Island – Somber or Symbolic?

Robben Island – Somber or Symbolic?

Robben Island in Table Bay, Cape Town held many political prisoners at the end of the 17th century, particularly during apartheid, and the fight of the freedom fighters. Nelson Mandela was one of the iconic heroes who spent 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment on the...
Tree Climbing Lions of Lake Manyara

Tree Climbing Lions of Lake Manyara

Yes, you read that right – lions that climb trees – a phenomena seen predominantly in Lake Manyara. It is an unusual sight to see and one has to see it to believe it. The Tree Climbing Lion makes its way graciously up the trees, and then settles itself comfortably on...
Protecting the Mountain Gorilla

Protecting the Mountain Gorilla

The number of mountain gorillas in the wild is dwindling. This is due to various factors. They have lost their habitat due to the increasing number of the human population that have encroached on their land. Many have been poached for their hands, heads and feet that...
Shopping and Dining in Kampala

Shopping and Dining in Kampala

Shopping and dining in Kampala can be an exciting or relaxing experience, depending on what you are in the mood for! For an entertaining day out (and if you are a good bargainer) head off to Owino market. It is one of the largest in this region of Africa, so well...
Experience Ngamba Chimp Island

Experience Ngamba Chimp Island

Ngamba Chimp Island offers visitors unique experiences with the chimpanzees. One can view the two daytime feedings, participate in the chimpanzee integration programme or the forest walk programme. You can also be a caregiver for the day and help prepare the food and...
The Food in Nairobi, Kenya

The Food in Nairobi, Kenya

The Portuguese influenced the food in Nairobi, Kenya. When they arrived they brought foods from Brazil, such as maize, bananas, pineapple, chillies, peppers, sweet potatoes and cassava (a starchy vegetable). A tribe from North Africa arrived around A.D. 1000 and...
Houseboats on Lake Kariba

Houseboats on Lake Kariba

Being on Lake Kariba and hearing the water lap up against the sides of the houseboat is a very relaxing and enjoyable way of going on an African safari. There is plenty of wildlife that can be viewed and you have a panoramic view of the beautiful scenery. Sunrises and...
Six Islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago

Six Islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago

These six islands are located near the mainland city of Vilankulo in Mozambique, namely Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina (or Paradise Island) and Shell island. The islands were formed when Sand was deposited by the Save River, but the river has...
Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Namibia

Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Namibia

What makes these Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings so special is that they are about 10 000 years old. They were engraved by Bushmen (hunter-gatherers) over a period of 1000 years. The drawings were made by cutting through the outer layer of red-crusted rock, that in turn...
Documented Conquests of Spitzkoppe

Documented Conquests of Spitzkoppe

A party of climbers from Cape Town led by S. Le Roux first conquered the peak. The second group first attempted to ascend the southwest ridge, but failed. The group (O’Neil, Shipley and Schaff) then decided to attempt the northern side of the peak, but ran out of...
The Namib Desert Beetle

The Namib Desert Beetle

This beetle originated in the Namib desert of Southern Africa. With such a small percentage of rain per year (1.4cm), this beetle survives by collecting water on its back that has small ridges on it. The beetle teeters on its little legs and faces into the breeze and...

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