It’s my first visit to Kinshasa and the drive into the heart of the city is an exhilarating experience. The smell of fresh produce from the teeming markets and chicken grilling on charcoal fires is sporadically overpowered by the sweet, rotten stench of mountainous piles of garbage and acrid exhaust fumes. The constantly heavy traffic further announces itself in an unending cacophony of tooting horns. The sky is bruised and the air is heavy and humid and there is a dense sea of bodies and battered vehicles all around us. Many of the buildings are either unfinished or on… Read More
South African-born Mukhatshelwa “Katchie” Nzama, an avid traveller who is closing in on realising her dream of visiting each country on the continent before the age of 30, is currently on a mission to break borders and the misconceptions they create, as well as promote intra-African travel through Breaking Borders. The dynamic Nzama, who in 2016 was one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, shared her vision with us and why the initiative – funded by Simeka Capital Holdings – which will see her travel to 22 countries on the continent over a period… Read More
The sun sinks into the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean as the growing flow of traffic slowly creeps through bustling downtown Dar es Salaam. Bedraggled side streets start to clear of mama-lishes, roughly translated as “the mothers who feed”, who sell chapattis, maize cobs and mandazi (sweet, fired doughnuts sold in small plastic sachets).
The jam-packed dala dalas (colourful minibuses) create extra lanes beside the sidewalks, hooting and honking to announce their presence as they vie for passengers.
Nestled in a natural harbour, what was once a tiny town scattered with casuarina trees has grown into a jumble of… Read More
Treading boldly where few have gone before in the ever-evolving world of business, Vusi Thembekwayo has continued to cultivate successful businesses and entrepreneurs alike as CEO, director, investor and most recently, through taking on the role of mentor once again with his latest mentorship and entrepreneurship venture, MyGrowthFund (MGF).
Thembekwayo shared with us how travel has impacted his winning approach to business, his hidden African oasis for savouring some downtime and what entrepreneurs seeking opportunities on the continent should keep in mind as they navigate Africa’s diverse and complex nuances.
What is a unique, yet powerful characteristic about doing business in… Read More
Don’t make my mistake and let it take you 10 years to get to the MTN Bushfire Festival. If last year’s festival was anything to go by, the 11th edition (26-28th May) in Ezulwini Valley will be lit!
Swaziland may be small, but the BBC named its larger-than-life annual music festival the best in Africa. It’s a truly global event in terms of the performers and audience, and I danced – craft beer in hand – among 16 000 or so visitors from 58 countries. Whether you think you can dance or not, you’ll be tapping your feet, swaying or… Read More
Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the coastal forest section of iSimangaliso, lies the secluded Rocktail Bay. You can drive along seemingly endless sandy, burnt-orange tracks, encountering only bovine pedestrians. You’ll find Rocktail Bay hidden beyond the thick vegetation.
Here are a few must-do activities to add to your itinerary at Rocktail Bay:
Snorkel at Lala Nek
Meaning “a place to rest”, Lala Nek brings new meaning to the idea of solace. No more than five vehicles are permitted to park in this part of iSimangaliso, so you’re likely to have this warm-water beach almost entirely to yourself.