Retshegofaditswe “Tshego” Hatang, who is only 10, successfully summited Africa’s highest mountain peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, on Thursday, 9 August, to the jubilation of his father and CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang.
Tshego is one of an estimated 50 000 trekkers from around the world who attempt to reach the mountain’s highest point each year and his success means he is one of the youngest to do so.
Stretched out among a grove of palm trees on the edge of the Rufiji River and Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu combines the best of bush and river experiences, with just a select few “glamping” tented rooms providing pure luxury. Pathways cut through the bush, past a shaded pool to reveal wooden deck verandas on which sit spacious and well-appointed canvas tents. In the twilight hours, guards escort you to a raised lounge and dining area where you sit under a sky of stars around the bush fire, close enough to feel the grunt of the hippos reverberate through the grove of palm trees. From the comfort of your king-size bed, you can… Read More
Dar es Salaam is a boiling pot of the cultures of those who have settled here over the centuries. These settlers included Arabs, Indians and those from other African nations – all of whom brought their religions, cultures and culinary traditions with them.
The city’s fashion and food are testament to this fusion. You’ll see Muslim women wearing bright African fabrics and samoosas being enjoyed by everyone regardless of creed or colour.
It’s this eclecticism that inspired Ayesha Mawji to start Moyo, which means “heart” in Swahili. “I am Tanzanian and therefore very much influenced by Swahili culture, but I also… 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
From the decadently luxurious to the modest and budget-friendly, Africa offers travel experiences for any kind of traveller. When looking for something on the more economical side, there’s loads to do, see and even taste without compromising a memorable getaway. If you like roughing it, with no more than your backpack, a camera and an unwavering wanderlust, there’s definitely a destination (or 5) on the content for you.
Here are 5 awesome backpacker destinations in Africa:
Cape Town, South Africa
Starting in the Mother City, Cape Town could easily be described as the ideal backpackers playground. The city offers so much to… Read More
Plans for a new rule that would facilitate travelling between countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a single passport have been launched, rendering borders between the nations more flexible for travellers from the region and alleviating the challenges of moving through various neighbouring countries. The same passport may also be used when visiting other countries in the world.
According to Travel24, the concept was first introduced in 1996 with draft protocol The Free Movement of Persons within SADC, which in 1997 was subsequently “replaced by a more restrictive protocol, The… Read More