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Africa: The Bucket List


Exploring Botswana’s Okavango African Gondolier Style

Don’t fidget. Don’t even think about standing up. Keep your hands out of the water.” So warned, I clutch the edges of a tippy-prone canoe known as a mokoro in this part of the world as we push off into a carpet of lily pads. It seems to me, given that ...
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The leopard rests after a good meal (photo credit and copyright Ann Burnett)

On Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

It’s been a good evening dining under the stars in South Africa's Kruger National Park . Our guide Scotch and the rest of the guests and staff at Tanda Tula Safari Camp have been convivial company, and now it’s time for bed. Scotch leads the way along the path to our ...
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A prisoner's cell, Robben Island, Cape Town (Ann Burnett 2013)

Following the Footsteps of Prisoners, Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa

The ferry to Robben Island from Cape Town takes only 30 minutes but at the end of it we were in a different world. A harsh landscape, bleak and  devoid of trees, greeted us at the quay where a tour bus took us to the prison in the center of ...
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Two local boys sandboard down a dune near Swakopmund, a coastal city halfway up Namibia's Atlantic coast.

Sandboarding The Dunes of Namibia

I ran a few steps and threw myself across a waxed slab of Formica, starting a screaming freefall down a huge sand dune in Africa. Sandboarding, both on your stomach and, better yet, on your feet, is bigger than big here in Namibia. You come to this country, made famous by ...
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Entrance to the Khan el Khalili market.

Negotiating Cairo’s Khan el-Khalili Market

I am beginning to feel uncomfortable. My self-appointed guide -- he introduced himself only as Mohammed, which is not helpful in a country where Mohammed is the name of most of the male population -- keeps urging me just a little way further. Another turn, a narrower alley, fewer people, dimmer ...
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Moroccan Berber jewellery and textile at Boutique Majid (Credit: MCArnott)

Shopping for Moroccan Traditional Jewelry and Textiles in Tangier

  The front door is massive and studded with nails meant to repel assailants instead of welcoming visitors. It opens on what are now the treasured artifacts of such old times: colorful textiles, bright wood trunks, attractive vintage clothing, gleaming ceramics, shimmering glass lanterns, and cheerful carpets, all competing for my ...
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south africa batique

What to Buy in South Africa: Souvenir Shopping from Diamonds to Rust

I'm at a street market in Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape province looking at carvings from West Africa. What strikes a visitor to South Africa is that this is a vibrating, pulsating, conflict-ridden country that doesn't quite know where it's going. And the same confusion reigns in its markets: ...
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Felucca on the Nile

Sailing on a Felucca at Sunrise through Cairo, Egypt

What is startling is the silence in the middle of a city that normally assaults the senses. In mid-day Cairo, cars honk through the main roads, businessmen stride to work, vendors vend, ladies covered in the mystery of head-to-toe robes shuffle past like shadows. But just now, as black gives ...
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