Places in Africa

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

A Day Trip to Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana

Elephant at Chobe Game Reserve

Our day trip into Botswana and the Chobe Game Reserve started with an early pick-up from our hotel at Victoria Falls. The drive to Chobe was about an hour, including the border crossing which, when we did it, was very quick. Once in the game reserve, we set off in a Land Rover and came… Read more

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 – a Return Visit

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (image origin unknown)

Some pictures and descriptions below of my trip to Victoria Falls during my return visit to what was, by this time, Zimbabwe. But first… (If you’d like to jump straight to pictures of my Victoria Falls visit click here). I explained how I grew up in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) back here. It was a… 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