A day in my life as a Ghanaian signwriter
Africa / Ghana

A day in my life as a Ghanaian signwriter

One of the loveliest afternoons of my life was spent writing proverbs onto pieces of slate beside an idyllic lagoon in southwestern Ghana. You often find you take a little piece of a place with you when you travel – it’s nice every now and again to know you’ve left a little piece of yourself behind. Continue reading

Wolwedans – A lesson in sustainability in the Namib Desert
Africa / Being the Change / Namibia

Wolwedans – A lesson in sustainability in the Namib Desert

We normally assume that an architect, an artist, a businessman wishes to create something that will outlive them, which will exist long after they are gone. Yet Stephan BrĂ¼ckner, the creator of the spectacular Wolwedans Lodge collection in Namibia, has quite the opposite intention.
“In 200 years,” he explains, waving his hand towards the main lodge, “there will be no evidence that thousands of people stayed here.” Continue reading

The Batwa – Uganda’s First People
Africa / Community Tourism

The Batwa – Uganda’s First People

The Batwa – Uganda’s “first people” – were nomadic hunter-gatherers who developed advanced hunting and trapping methods. Their profound knowledge of the forest allowed them to harvest honey, fruit and roots to use produce food, medicine and shelter. But when the forest became a national park, the Batwa were moved out. Now, the Batwa Trail is their only chance to return to their ancestral home. Continue reading

Friday photo: The desert elephant, Damaraland, Namibia
Africa / Namibia / Photo Gallery / Wildlife

Friday photo: The desert elephant, Damaraland, Namibia

Some shots are a result of being in the right place at the right time – and this was one of them. But in getting to “the right place” required rather a lot of time, patience and knowledge. This is a desert-adapted elephant found in the bleak expanse of northwestern Namibia, and we had spent the morning tracking them, following footprints and droppings up and down dried-up riverbeds. Continue reading