Yes I know what you are going to say, isn’t this just a type of horse? Well technically yes, but a delicious, delicious horse, and let’s face it we have been eating horse on the sly for years hidden inside microwave meals. (more…)
Chitimbe Hospital is lucky for many reasons; it is on a fairly main road that snakes around the coast of Lake Malawi so there is lots of passing traffic, it has good transport links to towns and cities, the village it sits in has a newly built water pump and there is a large orphanage and school where care and education is bestowed upon as many local children that can be spared from work as possible. Perhaps most importantly it is also on the main tourist route through the country. All in all it is a comparatively affluent and educated part of rural Malawi. (more…)
Of course the number one thing on everyone’s bucket list when visiting the Masai Mara is to go on a game drive/safari, and whilst I would definitely recommend fitting as many of them in as possible, there are many other ways to explore this fascinating eco-system and the people that live amongst it.
Have you ever heard of the 24 hour challenge in Morocco? No neither had I until I had spent a little time out there with some of my surfing friends. But, once I had heard of it I knew it would be something that would stay on my bucket list until I managed it. (more…)
A true story that echoes the reality of the desperate life of remote Malawi:
I choked heavily on the flurry of dust thrown up carelessly in the lorry’s wake as it sped down the compacted earth road. A giant thundering between wood and clay huts, passing by a life so different from my own. (more…)
Stood on the edge of the Kalahari desert in Namibia, I waited with a couple of other tourists for the San Bushmen; a nomadic tribe famous for their cave paintings that are also credited as the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa. It was explained to me that the tribe I was meeting kept to their traditional values and skills despite the modern world closing in around them.
I was expected, it would seem, as I pulled up in the dirt covered 4×4. The foot deep ruts that plagued our makeshift route had tested the suspension to the extreme. It had been a long and hard day’s travel over to the north of the Maasai Mara National Park.
Walls of twisted spikes encircled the small village, pierced by a slither of light, just wide enough to squeeze through. I pondered the perfect silence and curious lack of women and children, but dismissed it with thoughts they must be busy inside the village stockade. (more…)
I dipped my toes into the pool and I was in heaven. A glass of cool Chenin Blanc perched next to me, as I immersed myself in the valley of vines.
Why South Africa?
With over 60 different wine regions, South Africa is a great place to indulge. The cool, arid conditions brought about by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meeting at the southern tip of Africa has created the perfect mediterranean style climate for growing vines, ensuring the grapes grow slowly; creating a more intense flavour. South Africa is the 9th largest wine producer in the world and produces over 450 million litres of wine per year. (more…)