Tag: Ancient Sites

Death Valley National Park

Earth and Sky The mere mention of Death Valley National Park stirs images of an inhospitable, wretched landscape of nothingness. Truth be told, there is an alluring and astounding variety of natural…

Debre Damo Church in Ethiopia

My friends Malcolm and Kristina (from the Manda Wilderness Community Trust and Nkwichi Lodge) went to Ethiopia and I didn’t talk to them for over a month. And not because I couldn’t.  I wouldn’t. I’ve…

Pride or Prejudice?

“Your jacket looks as if you bought if from a camel herder!”, the woman sang directly in front of me. The beat of the drum, accompanying her rattling off a rhythm, echoed…

Little Kulala in Namibia

When last did you get tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat as you left a lodge after two nights? That happened to me – and at least three…

Cederberg San Rock Art

The Cederberg is world renowned for its diverse, abundant and spectacular San rock art created by the /Xam of the Karoo. /Xam were the original hunter-gatherers, who roamed this harsh and beautiful…

Ju/’hoan San people

Turning off the main road between Grootfontein and Rundu, at a road sign that indicates Tsumkwe 220 km, I was feeling rather sceptical.  We were heading for an area just west of…

Timbavati’s White Lions

I recently visited The Global White Lion Protection Trust – a Non Profit Organisation which has spent years in establishing a protected area of nearly 5000 acres for White Lions in the heart of…

The magic of Lake Fundudzi

In the heart of traditional Venda territory, snuggled at the foot of the Luaname Mountains, just above the village of Mukumbani, lies African Ivory Route’s Fundudzi Cultural Camp. Natural forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls…

Magabeng Rock Art

The story goes that some years before 1936, when it was legal to hunt the indigenous hunter-gatherer people of Southern Africa, there remained only one rock painter who still knew the secrets to preparing the…

Chole Mjini

Drinking a cool beer in the Red Herring Bar I ponder my stay at Chole Mjini, while traditional dhows with their lopsided sails gracefully pass by. Some stop and drop off a…

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