The view of Cape Town from the hotel

Feeling at Home in Cape Town

"Home” is a curious word. It has a different meaning to different people – for some it’s the place where they grew up, where the people they care about are, where they feel comfortable and secure and for...
Children in Malawi

Adventures and Misadventures in Malawi

At first, I didn’t even like Malawi. I hadn’t been there before, hadn’t even heard much about the country, but getting a visa was so incredibly tedious, that I had already written off Malawi before I even got there ...
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The day I almost drowned rafting the Zambezi River

Generally I don’t fear too many things, and I’m usually one of the first ones to sign up when there is something crazy to try or experience. Big exceptions to that are spiders, talking on the phone, clowns and water. A cold drink or a bathtub don’t make me break out in cold sweat and don’t set my heart to racing quite yet, but what I really can’t stand is open water, rushing rivers, the depths of the oceans ...
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A Zanzibar Spice Tour: A Lesson in Spices and Sales

A spice tour in Zanzibar is essentially a must-do for travellers, but there are big differences concerning the price and content of the excursions. I paid 10 USD, but I heard from other travelers that as much as 100 USD can be charged. Therefore it is worth the effort to shop around a bit and compare prices with the different companies offering the tours ...