The Great Mosque of Djenné, in Mali, is made entirely of mud. Hailed as the greatest mud structure on earth, it is even visible from space.
I guess my clock works on African time: it took me 15 years and three countries to realise I didn't fit in the advertising world. Although that career took me to some amazing places around the world, the trips I did under my own steam were the most profound. Hitchhiking from Anchorage to Acapulco, exploring West Africa and meeting my Viking wife in Morocco are the highlights of my life. Africa in particular fascinates me because of its diversity, rawness, and its people's grit and determination. My focus right now is to explore and expose this as much as I can.
With so much travel literature and documentaries invading our lives, how can we be sure what the real secret to great travel is? Is there even such a thing? Maybe it’s in this list of five secrets to authentic travel, then again, maybe it’s not.
Rubondo Island National Park is one of Tanzania’s lesser known national parks, but that doesn’t make it any less incredible. It’s the largest Island national park in Africa, a lush, undisturbed forest filled with creatures great and small.
In Zambia’s South Luangwa we spotted Alice, a leopard with the slightly unusual habit of hunting during the day.
I’m writing this in a Wimpy. All South African travel write-ups should mention this dubious gas station eatery.
Lance, this is where you should seek absolution, not on Oprah. And spare us the bestseller that everyone who ever cheered you on will read, just to find a glimmer of vindication. Save us the R249 and drop some of your own cash on a trip Malawi. It’s time you climbed aboard a real bike: Njinga, the iron horse of Malawi.
Every year at Christmas time, we load the car, bus or minibus taxi and steer into the stream of speeding metal often to meet a like-minded vehicle going in the opposite direction, a drunken reveller or dejected soul stumbling across the road.
I recently went on a foodie tour of the Cape Peninsula with chef Bruce Robertson with Cape Sidecar Adventures.
The thing about living in a reputedly warm climate is that winter is cold because we never properly prepare for it. We realise this every year and swear to insulate our houses and wear wool instead of cotton. Yet we still live in houses with single pane windows and gaps between the doors; we buy… Read more »
Next time you’re in Mali, why not pay a visit to the King of the Bambara Empire?