Rising surfing star Avuyile Ndamase new surf brand ambassador

Based in Cape Town, local surfing brand Mami Wata – which means “mother ocean” in West African pidgin – aims to celebrate the continent and her greatest gifts: surf and nature.

“From Madagascar to Morocco, Liberia to Mozambique, Mami Wata is the African water spirit who appears in the shape of a mermaid. It’s said that those who she takes as her lovers return with a new spirit and become more successful and good-looking,” says co-founder of Mami Wata Nick Dutton with a smile.

As a rising surfing star in South Africa, Avuyile Ndamase (22) has been selected as…
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Rising surfing star Avuyile Ndamase new surf brand ambassador

The Long Road to Odzala, Congo

Roasted peanuts and an ice-cold crocodile. Those are the abiding memories of my first night in Brazzaville, the colourful capital of the Republic of Congo. We bought half a dozen roasted peanut-filled cones in twists of newspaper and spread them out on a plastic pavement table. The tavern- owner delivered a crate of chilled Ngok’ beers and we were all set for sundowners, Brazzaville-style.

I was heading north to the rainforests, but it made sense to spend at least one night in “Brazza”, the tiny cousin of mega-city Kinshasa across the Congo River. It’s a…
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The Long Road to Odzala, Congo

City Guide: Brazzaville

Brazzaville by Christopher Clark

Out and about in Brazzaville…? Here are some suggestions of where to eat and drink, sleep and experience the arts.

EATING AND DRINKING

For fine dining and the best river views within stumbling distance of the city centre, Mami Wata has become an obligatory weekend stop for wealthy locals and expats alike. La Corniche. Tel: +242 053 42879.

La Bodega offers a strange and intriguing mix of Peruvian and Congolese cuisine and often has live music. It’s popular among expats and younger locals. 40 rue de Dr Cureau. Tel: +242…
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