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    MOROCCO: Volubilis

    by sachara Updated Apr 28, 2012

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    The Roman ruins of Volubilis are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site was first inhabited by traders from Carthago in the 3rd century BC. Volubilis became an outpost of the Roman Empire in 40AD.

    Description of UNESCO:
    "The archaeological site of Volubilis is an outstanding example of a town bearing witness to an exchange of influences since High Antiquity until Islamic times. These influences testify to Mediterranean, Libyan and Moor, Punic, Roman and Arab-Islamic cultures as well as African and Christian cultures. They are evident in the urban evolution of the town, the construction styles and architectural decorations and landscape creation."
    "The archaeological site of Volubilis is rich in history, events, ideas, beliefs and artistic works of universal significance, notably as a place that, for a brief period, became the capital of the Muslim dynasty of the Idrissids. The town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun adjacent to the site houses the tomb of this founder and is the subject of an annual pilgrimage."

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    More Africa reading

    by muguruki Updated Jan 23, 2012

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    Here are some of the books about or set in Africa that I have read. I hope I wil get around to writing a synopsis on each

    Dark star safari Paul Theroux Theroux’s overland journey from Cairo to the Cape
    Ukimwi Road Dervla Murphy At the age of 60 Dervla Murphy cycles from Nairobi in Kenya through Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia to Zimbabwe.
    Visiting Rwanda Dervla Murphy More african wanderings by this well travelled Irish women.
    In Search of King Solomon's Mines Tahir Shah
    Caliph’s House Tahir Shah Shah is brilliant in discribing his home, the amazing characters he employs and the shops and coffee house of Casablanca.
    In Arabian Nights Tahir Shah The story of Shah’s life and home in Casablanca.
    Aboke Girls Els de Temmerman Temmerman the Belgium journalist tells the story of the abduction of 139 girls from a school in Lira District in northern Uganda by the LRA.
    The Pale Abyssinian Miles Bredin The biographical story of an early visitor to Ethiopia who’s tales of locals eating raw meat were un believed back home.
    My Kenya Days Wilfred Thesiger The last great explorer spent much of his later life in Northern Kenya.
    Congo journey Redmond O'Hanlon The third book from one of Britain’s most amusing travel writers.
    Venture to the Interior Laurens van der Post I read this just beofore climbing Mont Mulanji at the same time of year as v/d Post went but had much tamer time than he did, no flash floods, no leopards. It has been said that Post was a bit of a fibber?
    Mountain People Colin Turnbull This is a sad book beautifully written by Turnbull about the Ik people of north eastern Uganda.
    Forest People Colin Turnbull
    Eating the Flowers of Paradise Kevin Rushby
    Blood River Tim Butcher
    Wizard of the Nile Mathew Green A disapointing read as Green tracks down Africas most wanted criminal Joseph Kony
    Africa; Altered States, Ordinary Miracles Richard Dowden
    Facing the Congo Jeffrey Taylor Taylor paddles into the Heart of the darkness
    Swahili for the Broken Hearted Peter Moore I bought this book for 20p from a charity shop, possibly the worst 20p I ever spent.
    Journey without Maps Graham Greene Greene walks through Liberia gets malaria and forgets to mention he did this trip with his cousin
    Hashish Henry De Monfreid
    Tribe Tom Stacey Goes on a bit does Stacey and not everything he says is corect but I enjoyed this memories of his time with the bakonzo people of the Rwenzori.
    White Pumpkin Denis Hills This book is really of its time. Hills a lecturer in Makerere University at the time writes about his life in Uganda and about Amin who was in power when it was written, who managed to find out what Hills was writing before it got into print and for some reason Amin didn't like the bit about being called a black Nero; so banged Hills up and sentenced him to death by firing squad.
    Man with a Lobelia Flute Denis Hills More wanderings amongst the peoples and hills of my favourite and most least visited part of Uganda the north.
    Footsteps of Mr Kurtz Michela Wrong
    I didn’t do it for you Michela Wrong Luckily the only book I’ve read on Eritrea is this one.
    Its Our Turn to Eat Michela Wrong
    Shadow of the Sun Ryszard Kapuscinski
    Dark Safari John Bierman
    Snows of Kilimanjaro Ernest Hemingway
    The Shadow of Kilimanjaro Rick Ridgeway
    Shooting History Jon Snow An enjoyable biography of the TV news presenter who started volunteering in Uganda and later worked there as a journalist and at one time even sharing a flight with the Amin and considered taking the gun from dictator’s holster to shoot him.
    Leopold’s Ghost
    State of Blood Henry Kyemba
    The inside story of Idi Amin’s Reign of Fear by Amin’s former Vice President.
    Africa brew ha ha Alan Whelan Rides a motorcycle through the muddy roads of Africa but what I most enjoyed was Whelan’s experiences in village huts and local cafes is an Africa that I find all to familiar.


    NOVELS ABOUT AFRICA

    Fong and the Indains Paul Theroux
    Jungle Lovers Paul Theroux

    AFRICAN WRITERS

    Matagari - Ngugi wa Thiongo
    The River between - Ngugi wa Thiongo
    Devil on the cross - Ngugi wa Thiongo
    A Grain of Wheat - Ngugi wa Thiongo
    Petals of Blood - Ngugi wa Thiongo

    Concubine Elechi Amadi
    Estrangement Elechi Amadi

    Cockroach Dance Meja Mwangi
    Going down river road Meja Mwangi

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    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

    by DAO Written Nov 5, 2011

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    Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean there are bottles floating with a message inside. The message is from me and asks the finder of any of these bottles to let me know where they find them. I have been doing this for years and only ever had 2 found – 1 in Venezuela and the other in Thailand. These pictures are from the Island nation of Cape Verde, of the West coast of Africa. Before I travelled to Cape Verde I laminated sheets of bright coloured paper with my message and simply put them in empty water bottles. I removed any labels and added a small amount of sand as ballast. Then threw them as far out as I could. Last seen – headed south. If you find one let me know!

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    THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

    by DAO Updated Nov 3, 2011


    Want to see the final resting place of the 10 Commandments (The Arc of the Covenant)? You need to visit Axum, Ethiopia. Of all the cities on the ‘Historical Route’ of Ethiopia, Axum is the most overlooked. It shouldn’t be. What other city is home to the following?
    • The Arc of the Covenant/original 10 Commandments
    • The Queen of Sheba
    • The golden crowns of Ethiopian Emperors
    • The traditional city for all Coronations
    • Massive Stelae over 200 years old
    • Tombs of Kings

    The other nice thing is that Axum is flat, easy to explore and has a relaxed atmosphere. It would be a great town to see just to get away for a few days.

    Axum started as an ancient empire that started as early as 400BC. It was a land and naval power which traded across the Middle East and East Africa. Each king built higher stelae to symbolise their power. These also served as places for sacrifice with the holes to drain away the blood still present. The tallest now standing in 82 feet high. Legend has it that they tried to go too high and the last built crumbled meaning the end of the old religion. This would have had the effect of ending the magic around them and the King. King Ezana converted to Christianity around 300AD and his obelisk is the 2nd highest still upright.

    The Queen of Sheba was born here (you can see here Palace) and travelled to Israel to marry King Solomon. Their son, Emperor Menelik, retuned as the first Emperor with the Arc of the Covenant. Axum is considered the first city founded in Ethiopia and is the holiest city for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.

    You can see all the main sites in 1 day with a guide who will not cost a lot. There is an amazing amount of history to see here.

    Ethiopian Airlines is the quickest way here and back and they have an office in town.

    Please see more by clicking on: DAO's Axum Page

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    MIRROR LAKE- MOZAMBIQUE

    by DAO Written Oct 31, 2011


    Lagoa Poelela (the name of the lake) is near Inharrime - a small town on the EN1 "Motorway". The most striking feature is its calm surface and fantstic scenery. It is one of a series of inland lakes that almost join the ocean between Inhambane and Maputo. Despite all the roadworks nearby, the surface of the lake is always completely calm and like a large mirror.

    Just one thing.

    Apparently the lakes in the area have a heavy mineral/sulphur content that makes the water more placid and produces the incredible mirror effects. It also makes one hell of a stink if you disturb the water. So if you stop for a close look or a pee, stay clear!

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    BROWN LEMURS (Madagascar)

    by DAO Written Oct 31, 2011

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    Brown Lemurs are friendly and cuddly. These friendly guys are actually 'Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs' or Eulemur Rufus. It’s a little hard to tell the difference between the males and females because they are the same size. A give-away that it’s a female is when they are carrying a baby (last picture). These cute little guys live for up to 30 years and they definitely love bananas. They also eat fruit, flowers, leaves, bark, sap, soil, insects, centipedes and millipedes. Obviously they are not picky eaters. They live in mixed groups of 13-18. Females have a gestation period of 130 days and give birth to 1-2 babies between August and October.

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    THE FRIENDLY REPTILE CENTER (MADAGASCAR)

    by DAO Written Oct 31, 2011


    Ok, reptiles may not be for you, but this place is a natural wonder. The MADAGASCAR EXOTIC (REPTILE FARM) actually breeds a variety of reptiles and insects. This means you can see great examples of truly exotic fauna all in one place very quickly. You would need months to see all these varieties in the wild. Some of the chameleons are truly exceptional and unique. Some are brightly coloured, others blend in with the environment. You would truly miss out on seeing half of the natural diversity of Madagascar without a visit to this remarkable place.

    The center is also knows as Réserve Peyrieras, after it's founder, Mr. Peyrieras. They are open 7 days a week from 7 am to 6 pm and it costs less than $5 (US) to get in.

    Please click on the photos for a better view!

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    PARSON’S CHAMELEON (MADAGASCAR)

    by DAO Written Oct 31, 2011


    These docile little guys are actually the largest Chameleons in the world. They are indigenous to Madagascar and mainly inhabit the rain forests. They grow to about 40cm and move very slowly. The males have a large helmet like structure called a casque with 2 rounded horns. Their tongues can be longer than their bodies! Makes it easier to catch food. You can pick them up, but try to leave them alone. They are more than happy to pose for photographs.

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    Campo Ma'an NP in Cameroon

    by Wafro Written Oct 30, 2011

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    Campo Ma’an is a national park under the supervision of WWF in the Southwest of Cameroon. With a surface of +/- 2500 km² rainforest and an abundance of wildlife such as:
    -forest elephants
    -gorillas
    -bongos
    -crocodiles
    -chimpanzees
    -vipers
    And so on
    It is located next to Equatorial Guinea and ready to receive visitors from all over the world. They have relatively new eco lodges on the beaches where turtles come to lay their eggs.
    Info:
    WWF Cameroun or
    http://parcdecampomaan.com/fr/index.php

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    HIGHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

    by DAO Written Oct 29, 2011


    Lesotho is the highest country in the world! And I bet you thought it was Nepal!
    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.

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    DAVID LIVINGSTON TRAIL - BOTSWANA

    by DAO Written Oct 28, 2011


    KOLOBENG NATIONAL MEMORIAL

    David Livingstone is more widely known for ‘discovering’ Victoria Falls. It is less well known that he was a 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).

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    QUAD BIKE OVER THE DUNES - NAMIBIA

    by DAO Written Oct 24, 2011

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    Namibia is a vast desert full of impossibly high sand dunes that seem to go on forever. Just think of it as the largest beach on the face of the Earth and go for it! Hire a quad bike and go tearing up and over the dunes! Now this is serious fun. You also get some great views from atop the dunes that are as tall as mountains. Outdoor adventure at its best.

    Remember to have something to cover your mouth!

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    THE PINNACLE (Mpumalanga, South Africa)

    by DAO Written Oct 24, 2011


    The Pinnacle Rock is a 30m (98ft) high tower-like "Needle". The rock is quartzite which starts as sandstone, but is compressed for thousands of years to make an almost indestructible rock. It does not support plants well, so it looks even more dramatic. The Pinnacle towers over a fern covered ravine created by the Ngwaritsane River. To the right and below the viewing area you can see the uppermost of eight waterfalls which are in the river as it falls more than 450m (1477 ft) into the dramatic valley below.

    The Pinnacle is very near God’s Window and you enter through the same entrance to view this master class of nature.

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/17f342/#ixzz1bjQw7z80

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    Wildlife tracks

    by Wafro Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    Tracks, you’ll find them everywhere in the forests, savannas or desserts of the African continent. Paw prints, nests, droppings and so on are a good indicators of the presence of wildlife and with a little luck and knowledge you’ll find the animals responsible for the tracks.
    Good luck

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    Saltlicks

    by Wafro Written Sep 5, 2011

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    You can find these saltlicks deep inside the rainforest, animals gather here to feed and supplement their diet with minerals. The best time to observe these places is after dark, animals such as elephants, forest buffaloes and antelopes are frequent visitors.

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