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Becca Blond, 8:09 am
The bustling port of Toliara is the region’s entry point and is worlds apart from the rural countryside. Bedecked in bougainvillea and jacaranda, narrow corridors wind through the city smelling of salty ocean water and fresh baguettes. There’s also a hint of ethnic spiciness and the air feels gritty. The wide boulevards are home to Arab and French architecture, with elaborate domed mosques sitting next to crumbling, whitewashed colonial buildings.
Kate Thomas, 8:03 am
Forty kilometers off the coast of Vilankulo, you’ll find luxury island eco-retreats like Azura. Its 16 villas — $550 per person per night — each have a private infinity pool, curved tub and outdoor monsoon shower. For your money, you get your own private butler, usually a Benguerra islander who will greet you with champagne from the owner’s French vineyard and organize every detail of your trip. At dusk, tables are laid on the sand beneath the stars, and the chef serves fine food made with simple, fresh ingredients.
Alexis Borochoff, 7:43 am
Owls have been feared since ancient times, considered symbols of death or bad omens. Some Swahili believe owls bring illness to children. In parts of Cameroon and Nigeria, some consider owls right up there with Voldemort in the Harry Potter series — too evil to name. But owls also have fan clubs — birders who have the passion and means to travel to Africa and look for owls on birding tours. If you don’t agree that owls deserve their bad reputation, owls can be quite amusing. Here’s a little levity on the topic.
hbarkan, 4:23 am AFKI Original
I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 with my mother and sister. I thought I was ready for the physical challenge. It took us six days to summit, starting in extreme heat. We drank six liters of a water a day to stay hydrated. On the last stretch before the summit, our water froze. We had hot chocolate, but I was unable to take off my gloves to drink it. All the food we had was frozen. The guides tell you repeatedly “pole, pole,” which means “slowly slowly” in Swahili. Once I got to the top I could no longer stand. My legs crumbled and I fell down.
Karen Elowitt, 5:09 pm
Wildlife photography is all about being able to read animal behavior, says James Suter, a photo and video safari guide based in Cape Town. “We often chuckle at what clients say,” he told he told AFKTravel. Like “’Do wildebeest hunt in packs?” African wildlife guides are careful to not criticize humans unaccustomed to the wild. “Everyone who goes on safari wants to see a kill, then the most gruesome kill occurs in front of them and half the vehicle is in tears or wants to leave. Or we’ll come around a corner and see lions, and the guests will cower and hide.”
Staff, 1:01 am
Obama should instruct the U.S. State Department to designate ivory poachers for what they are: Terrorist financiers and facilitators of ISIS- and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Make the life expectancy of poachers so short that no one will risk taking the job. And that requires a few well-placed military drone strikes on poaching camps from any number of our established drone bases in Djibouti, Niger, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Burkina Faso or the Seychelles.
Staff, 1:01 am
African entertainers are increasingly aware of the potential of the growing Chinese market. Many African artists are benefiting from new Chinese policies targeted at African countries. The Shaolin temple in Central China is the inspiration for umpteen martial arts films. African students on Chinese scholarships learn wushu there and other Chinese martial arts from monks. Luc Bendza is arguably the most famous African martial arts star in China.
Karen Elowitt, 12:01 am
In the 1920s when this photo was taken of a Xhosa man with a pipe, the South African government was busy reinforcing the foundations of apartheid. The government reserved skilled work for whites and denied black workers the right to organize. Legislation in the Natives Urban Areas Act of 1923 entrenched urban segregation and controlled movement by means of pass laws. The hated pass laws were designed to force blacks into labor and to keep them at wage levels that suited white employers.
Dana Sanchez, 2:41 pm
Sweden-based Ericsson is at the show, predicting that 5G will dominate mobile subscriptions in Africa by 2022. It’s one of several companies trying to connect the dots between the latest technology innovations and their dependence on infrastructure. Thermal cameras that help protect African elephants from poachers are on display there, backed by Google and the World Wildlife Fund. And The Swazi Bridge Project is there — a tech company using white space bandwidth to deliver high-speed internet to people in Swaziland.
Staff, 8:31 am
Much of the affection towards central Abuja has to do with its relative calm compared to Lagos. The infrastructure is better with most streets paved. Reliable power can be an issue but where there’s a dead stoplight there’s a traffic warden. There’s less concern about crime here with security high due to the many embassies and government buildings. Still you’ll find security walls around major hotels and random police checkpoints around the city after dark. But one feels safer walking down a random street in Abuja versus Lagos.
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