Category: Africa

South Africa – Nambiti Private Game Reserve

I recently showed you the wonderful Zulu Dance we were treated to as part of our school trip adventure to South Africa. A trip that took two years of fundraising by all the children and their parents to raise enough money to give 36 fourteen to fifteen year old students this amazing experience. It wasn’t just a holiday, we were also there to learn about the culture and compare children growing up in South Africa to children, like us, growing up in the UK. We visited the area around Durban which is in the Zulu part of South Africa. We also had the opportunity to go into schools...

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South Africa – A Zulu Village Dance

I have been lucky enough to travel to South Africa on a recent school trip. It took two years of fundraising by all the young people and their parents to gather enough money to give 36 fourteen to fifteen year old students this amazing experience. It wasn’t just a holiday, we were also there to learn about the culture and compare children growing up in South Africa to children like us, growing up in the UK. We visited the area around Durban which is in the Zulu part of South Africa. We also had the opportunity to go into...

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South Africa – Pilanesberg Game Reserve and National Park

I wake up to a horrendous thunderstorm and with that came dreadful flooding throughout Johannesburg. I’ve booked a safari to Pilanesberg Game Reserve and National Park. It’s an early start as the Park is a two hour drive North West of the City. Not far from Sun City. My guide, Prosper, battled through the floods arriving thirty minutes late, so this had the knock on effect of me missing the Open Bus Guided Drive. This turned out to my advantage as Prosper drove me around the Park. He proved to be the font of all knowledge, being able to...

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Zanzibar – Africa’s exotic spice island

Ras Nungwi lies at the northernmost tip of Zanzibar, a classic Indian Ocean escape. It’s close enough to the island’s inland spice plantations for a day trip, but most people come here simply to unwind and get away from it all. And who can blame them! Luxury hotels line the sandy shore, but walk towards the headland and you soon reach the village of Ras Nungwi, where you can gain a glimpse of the island of old. The village is known as an important centre of boat building – in particular for producing Arabic-styled dhows, the type of which...

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Gambia – Portraits of Beauty, Elegance and Dignity

I went to Gambia thinking the hardest aspect of the country to capture would be the people. I’m not a natural portrait photographer and was a little nervous of asking the locals if it was OK to take their picture. Not everybody wants a lens stuck in their face when you’re trying to earn an honest days pay selling fish or vegetables at the market – and that’s fine and to be respected – but in the end the combination of a good guide, a bit of friendly banter and some polite requests resulted in me not only coming...

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Gambia – A Village Kumpo Dance

A Kumpo is a mythical figure of the Jola people of Gambia and Senegal. A ‘Kumpo’ is the centre of the action at a village celebration. He is dressed in palm leaves and has a stick coming out of the top of his head and he dances! At the climax of the dancing the Kumpo spins around and around to put out a fire. This Kumpo dance was held in the village of Kanuma, Gambia and was held in celebration of the “Light Up the Village Project” sponsored by The Gambia Experience. There is not much more I can...

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