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|

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|

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|

Namibia: Notes from the road

It’s been a while since I found myself here: far from my home and my usual routine, trying to tease out meaning from the assault of stimulus that I feel when travelling. The venue for [...]

By | April 21st, 2016|

Get to know Cape Town

One of the things I hear repeatedly from middle-class Capetonians is that "Cape Town is so small". I'll say at the outset that I can see where this feeling stems from. It's true that if [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|

The Real Heroes of Kilimanjaro

It's been a few months already, but I still often find myself reflecting on our Kilimanjaro climb back in March - wondering what it all meant, what lessons I learnt, how the experience will impact [...]

By | June 11th, 2015|

Looking Back and Looking Forward

How the f*#k are we half way through February already? And where the hell did January go? For that matter, where did the WHOLE of 2014 go? I'm turing 31 in a week and I [...]

By | February 20th, 2015|

Back from the “Real” Africa

Cape Town, my bed, my flat, my "normal" routine . . . it's been a while. I'm just back from six weeks and 8,000kms of Zambian road tripping. As I sit here at my desk [...]

By | November 10th, 2014|