About Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark is a British freelance journalist based in Cape Town. After travelling to more than 50 countries worldwide, he came to Africa on a one way ticket in 2008, in search of sunshine and stories. He writes for various publications including News24, Mahala, Fodor's and Future Challenges and was featured as one of The Big Issue's best young writers in South Africa in 2012.

Looking in the mirror

Image courtesy of Infowars When I was a teenager and beginning to think that I'd maybe one day like to be a journalist, I had a naive assumption that it was an almost [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|

Notes from the road: Kinshasa

The Congo River, courtesy of the author All the paranoia about getting through the airport proved to be ill-founded. My clever concealment of various camera lenses inside pairs of socks buried deep down [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|

A letter to 2016

Dear 2016, With just a few days to go before 2017 takes over the reigns, public scrutiny of your twelve-month world tenure has reached fever pitch. As I'm sure you're aware by now, your approval [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|

The day I stood and did nothing

Image courtesy of Alfonso Cardenas Ortega It's taken me a while to feel brave enough to write this post. Long enough that I've forgotten what exactly the racist old Afrikaans man said to [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|

Tourism for all?

Bela Bela, one of a handful of racially diverse tourism spaces in South Africa Considering that I'm a travel writer, I must admit I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to [...]

By | October 19th, 2016|

On journalism ethics

Dancers in Brazzaville, Congo. Picture taken by the author When I was studying Media and Writing at the University of Cape Town (UCT), I seem to remember there were a few lectures about [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|

Ballad of the Banlieue: A winter of discontent in Paris

Image courtesy of Alain Bachellier I read Ernest Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' and George Orwell's 'Down and Out in Paris in London' in my late teens, and for some years afterwards I had [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|

Cry the Beloved Blighty

It's a strange and disconcerting feeling: looking on from a distance as the place where you were born and raised changes -- slowly at first, then suddenly at breakneck speed -- into something you no [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|

On living museums and cultural villages

Image courtesy of Josh John I've always had a certain scepticism about the so-called  "cultural villages" that are dotted along many of southern Africa and East Africa's tourist routes. Even before I'd reluctantly [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|

I’m a racist, but I’m trying my best to amend for that

A couple of years ago when I was on assignment in the Eastern Cape, I went out on a educational trip into the Amatole mountains with a local man who we shall call simply Piet. [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|