Places in Africa

Articles on places I’ve lived in, worked in or visited in Africa.

Growing Up in Africa – Schooling was Not Much Fun

Camel's Hump, Vumba Mountains

Camel's Hump, Vumba Mountains, Zimbabwe

Back here, I wrote about how my parents moved to what was then Southern Rhodesia in the early 1950s, bought 1000 acres of virgin African bush and made a farm – and life as a child growing up there. Part of growing up, of course, is the requirement to go to school. There was a… Read more

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and Chobe Game Reserve, Botswana

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (image origin unknown)

Pictures and descriptions below of my visit to Victoria Falls and a day trip to Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana. But first… (If you’d like to jump straight to Victoria Falls click here. If you’d like to jump straight to Chobe Game Reserve click here.) I explained how I grew up in Rhodesia (now called… Read more

Growing up in Africa

Mount Indere from our house in Rhodesia

Mount Indere from our farm in Rhodesia

I grew up in Rhodesia, or Zimbabwe as they call it these days. It was once known as the Breadbasket of Africa, mainly because of its highly successful agriculture industry: the soil make up in different areas of the country meant that beef, dairy, sheep, maize, cotton, citrus, tobacco, tea, coffee and all manner of… Read more