David Livingstone is more widely known for ‘discovering’ Victoria Falls. It is less well known that he was a Scottish Missionary who built the first church in Botswana here at Kolobeng. He was lived here with his wife Mary and their children Robert & Agnes from 1847-1852. The two buildings were a Missionary Station and a Church/School. Sadly Agnes died and she is buried nearby. The buildings were reportedly destroyed during a Boer raid whilst the Livingston’s were away travelling in 1852. Only the foundations and some iron work remain. There is a good toilet on the site. The entrance is well marked by a National Monument sign from the road and closer to the site (pictured). You need to close the gate behind your car on the main road and drive about 500 meters. Park your car outside the gate with the chains. They are not locked, just tied around the gate (pictured).
The site is located just off the Mogoditshane-Kanye road near the evergreen village of Kumakwane – 40 kilometres south-west of Gaborone.
There aren’t that may places in the world where waterfalls ends in the ocean, but in Africa you have the Lobé falls in Kribi Cameroon. The Lobé river empties in the Atlantic ocean, it is a drop of a few meters, but it still has something spectacular. The waters around the waterfall are abundant with fishes and shellfish such as lobsters and prawns.
When I first joined VT I wanted information about Djibouti and emailed a member who had been there. He never wrote back, so I went for a look myself. Unless your are in the military of certain nations, Djibouti is well off the tourist trail. It does have some interesting things to offer. Volcanoes, meteor valleys, desert treks and French culture & cuisine. The capital city, also called Djibouti, is full of colonial French architecture and has some good places to stay and eat. The port is famous around the world and they say it serves as the crossroads to 3 continents (Africa, Asia, and Middle East). It fascinating to see the modern port, the desert landscapes and modern military jets doing super sonic manoeuvres in the sky. If you want something different – this is different!
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Will fill in later on this overland company with amazing custom-made vehicles for overland travel in S Africa?? I took their brochure from the hotel they use in Cape Town, next to the B&B I stayed in after my Timbavati safari!
Hmmm... You are entering here in one of our mysterious local customs, that most of time, only Malagasy people understand.
Textually, "Famadihana" means "Returning" (the dead corpse, in this case). This custom is a rite of the two tribes of central highlands: the Merina (from Tana province) and Betsileo (from Fianarantsoa) people.
The tip and below travelogue rather deal with the Merina famadihana. I don't know whether it differs from the Betsileo rite or not. To be sure, I'd better stick to what I know. So far, this is released with my current knowledge of the rite, not documented. The text in the travelogue is mine, with the facts from the Famadihana preparations we had in our family in 1995 and pictures of a Famadihana in a peasant family (another family) in Merina region.
Click here to know more. This travelogue (in my faritanin' Antananarivo page !!! ) was finally completed in December 2003.
WWF is an international NGO working all over the African continent.
WWF's Mission Statement
To stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
-conserving the world's biological diversity
-ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
-promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption
WWF's Guiding Principles
To guide WWF in its task of achieving the mission, the following principles have been adopted. WWF will:
-be global, independent, multicultural and non party political
-use the best available scientific information to address issues and critically evaluate all its endeavours
-seek dialogue and avoid unnecessary confrontation
-build concrete conservation solutions through a combination of field based projects, policy initiatives, capacity building and education work
-involve local communities and indigenous peoples in the planning and execution of its field programmes, respecting their cultural as well as economic needs
-strive to build partnerships with other organizations, governments, business and local communities to enhance WWF’s effectiveness
-run its operations in a cost effective manner and apply donors’ funds according to the highest standards of accountability.
It is always nice to stop at a field station of the WWF and give the staffers some moral support.
Lesotho is the highest country in the world! And I bet you never even heard of it. Lesotho has the highest low point of any country in the World (1400 meters/4593 feet) and is the only country to be entirely above 1000 meters (3281 feet) high. So where is it? The Kingdom of Lesotho is a small, mountainous country in southern Africa. In fact it is surrounded by the country of South Africa. It is the only place you will see Africans not only prepared for snow, but actually receiving it. The people are super friendly and it is well worth a visit. You can see at least ¼ of the country by car in a day.
I was in Africa for a month last summer. I went with Bush Camp Safaris out of Maun Botswana. Contact Eric (the owner)and you won't be sorry. He did an amazing trip for me in the 10days I had. Hiking and tracking with a guide everyday. High quality gear, guides, and cook. A must. Here is his email address email@example.com
I am a backpacker also. This is like a five star trip but more fun. Hiking, tracking, mokoro rides. Do It!
The Kakum National Park is a fairly old national park, having been established in 1932 and used for the last fifty years for thee extraction of timber. It is located in Central Region of Ghana, about 20 kilometres north of Cape Coast. It covers 360 square kilometres of Ghana's rapidly dwindling rainforest. Here you can find a lot of rainforest animals: elephants, monkeys, snakes, antelopes, leopards, etc...
Kakum is also known for its canopy-walk. CHECK IT OUT!!!
MEDICINAL PLANTS CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH GROUP
This organization is leading a project on the conservation and sustainable management of medicinal plants in the Ndian division. You can find them in Mundemba. When you're interested and you want some information about the project, or you want to support them financially or give a helping hand when you're in the neighborhood you should contact them.
Contact: Director Prince Nwese Cletus Nmkpang.
Savannah Kids Education Project is a young project, founded with the aim to give underprivileged children in the north of Ghana the possibility to follow primary and secondary education. Unfortunately there are many families in Ghana with the lack of financial means to send their children to school. Because of that many children end up at the streets, where they try to earn some money as hawker or a shoe shine boy. S.K.E.P. wants to see these children back at school, where they belong. By giving these children the possibility to follow education now, they will have hope for a better future.
The Wakuluzu trust is a local organization run by Paula Kahumbu, committed to saving the Angolan Colobus Monkey and preserving it's coastal forest habitat. Only 2,000 Angolan Colobus remain in Kenya with less than 50% of these outside the protection of National Parks, reserves or sacred forests.
When you're not interested in a job as volunteer, you should bring a visit and support this noble project. The office is located in Diani, approximately 5km from the Ukunda junction.
It's worth a try.
Obuasi in Ghana is a very important mining city and situated in the Ashanti region, 80 km south of Kumasi.
Here you can bring a visit at the local gold mines and see how they work and find the gold you buy and wear.
Ghana was once called the "Gold Coast" and you will see why.
We drove/camped from Maun to Kasane thru Moremi & Chobe Parks. This is definitely a 4X4 ONLY route. I highly recommend going in a group of at least 2 vehicles, and have GPS. The roads are sandy, & multiple water crossings. Elephants knock trees over blocking the road so you'll often have to go around. The main road is small with many other similar roads crossing-no signs. If you get stuck/or break down, it could be a loooong time before anyone comes along. Mobile phone-no service. Elephants can be agressive(we saw a truck tipped) so take all precautions!
But what an incredibly beautiful & remote place to be. It was a great trip!
If your're in Egypt or Nigeria, it's off the beaten path, *** but if you're in Southern Africa, it's very accesible, where 3 hills within a 22 sq. km area. NW Botswana 18o 47' S, 21o 44' E === TSODILO HILLS, is the place of special sigificance to the SAN who have lived here for thousands of years. === it's a largely undiscovered dry destination that has more than 3 500 r San rock art / paintings. The art dates back to between 800 and 1 300AD, and even includes depictions of a whale and a penguin. === whci begs one to ask, did the San 'trek' down to the Atlantic coast for the Vacations ? === The famed Van der Post Panel.
this is a World Heritage site
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