Category: Africa

Cape Flats Stories: A Bleak Past and an Uncertain Future

Cape Flats Stories is an exhibition currently on at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. Separated into 3 parts, it tells of the ongoing struggle of at-risk youth living in the townships of Cape Flats, one of the poorest areas of Cape Town. Cape Flats is an area on the outskirts of Cape

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The District 6 Museum, District 6 people were moved to townships like this
South Africa

Not Even The Pretense of Separate But Equal

You can’t visit South Africa without delving into its recent past. Well, I guess you could but that would be missing a fairly integral part of what makes the country what it is today. We had explained apartheid to our children but it didn’t really hit home until our guide from Green Apple Tours told us

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The Lowdown on Rhino Conservation Efforts

Rhino poaching is a serious conservation issue in Southern Africa because without government and public intervention the rhino may be extinct within 10 years. According to official statistics, three rhinos are killed in South Africa daily. Poachers come by helicopter at night, tranquillise the rhinos with dart guns and then cut off their horns to

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The Castle of Good Hope For the Lucky Few

You know I’m a sucker for English castles, Welsh castle ruins, French chateaux, Austrian forts and even American reconstructed castles, right?  It’s the history buff in me as well as the die hard romantic.  So when I heard there was a castle in Cape Town, we had to go visit. The Castle was built by the Dutch

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Zen and the Penguin

I was fascinated with this penguin at Boulders Beach in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa.  He stood there watching this boulder for the whole time we were at the beach. I kid you not. We made a game of trying to figure out what he was thinking.  Was he trying to will the boulder

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A Colourful Riot of Colour in Cape Town

The neighbourhood of Bo Kaap in Cape Town completely captivated me because it was just so unabashedly colourful.  Bo Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter, is located on the slopes of Signal Hill on the way to the entrance to that iconic image of Cape Town, Table Mountain. The Malay quarter was where the

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Funky Cool Marrakech Medina

Marrakech has the largest collection of souks in Morocco which are justly famous for their exotic wares.  The souks were traditionally (and still are) separated according to the items being made and sold, for example,  leather goods, slippers, spices, jewellery or lighting.   Craftsman work in the areas where the items are sold too.  So

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5 Surprising Things About Marrakech

Every country I go to surprises me in some way.  Although I have been to Marrakech before, our recent trip was a family holiday.  The children always notice things that I don’t (for example the cats below) which I find interesting.  Here are 5 things that I found surprising from my recent trip: Landscape The

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