Nelson Mandela

Photo: UN, 1990 (Some rights reserved) We celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) on #MandelaDay, July 18. Nelson Mandel Day (July 18)mandeladay.comFacebookWikipedia Hashtags: #NelsonMandela FacebookNelson Mandela FlickrMandela Day Embedded Tweets [email protected] Headlineshttp://www.mzansigirl.com/shadow-boxer-mandelaMadiba, I let you go10 of the most interesting things Nelson Mandela ever said – Washington PostNelson …

Giraffes

Photo: lukas.b0 (Some rights reserved) Wikipedia: the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all extant land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. In the past 15 years, the population has plummeted from 140,000 in the mid 1990s. About 68,000 giraffe remain in the wild according to International Fund for …

Afrikaans

Languages Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia. It is a West Germanic language and a daughter language of Dutch, originating in its 17th century dialects. While the number of total speakers of Afrikaans is unknown, estimates range between 15 and 23 million. Lekker dat jy die taal probeer praat! = Nice that you …

Rwanda

Photo: Kelley Lynch/World Bank, Evening in Kigali’s Central District (Some rights reserved) Rwanda is located in Central Africa. The country is hilly and mountainous with an altitude averaging 1,700 meters and known affectionately as the Land of a Thousand Hills. Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The …

Kenya Links

Kenya Flag What would locals like others know about Kenya? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random format: Headlines‘We relied on the lake. Now it’s killing us’: climate crisis threatens future of Kenya’s El Molo peopleWhy Black Lives Don’t Matter in Kenya’s Colonial ‘Conservancies’ – The ElephantKenya suffers worst locust infestation in 70 years as …

Freedom Day in South Africa

Photo: GCIS, Freedom Day Celebrations at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. 2014 (Some rights reserved) April 27 is Freedom Day in South Africa. Hashtag: #FreedomDay Elsewhere on the Webmzansigirl.com/freedom-day http://ewn.co.za/2016/04/26/Are-you-free-or-are-you-dom-freedom-day-quiz http://www.sahistory.org.za/dated-event/freedom-day-celebrated-south-africa Embedded Tweets WikipediaFreedom Day Planeta.com

Cape Town’s Table Mountain

Photo: South African Tourism (Some rights reserved) Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/utSxmnkaz96RS2GE9 Table Mountain National Parksanparks.org/parks/table_mountain Cablewaytablemountain.nethealth and safetyfloral [email protected] Wikipedia: Table Mountain (Khoekhoe: Huri ‡oaxa, mountain rising from the sea; Afrikaans: Tafelberg) is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many …

Cango Caves

Photo: Delyth Angharad, Caves (Some rights reserved) Kudos to Delyth Angharad (@welshpixie) for sharing photos of the Cango Caves located in foothills of the Swartberg Range near the town of Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Cango Caves is the only show cave in Africa which offers a choice of easy or …

Wild Africa

Photo: lukas.b0, Giraffe (Some rights reserved) Planeta.com is updating our guide to Wild Africa – the country’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism, conscious, local, Indigenous, and responsible travel. Relevant additions and suggestions are welcome. Questions What would locals like others know about responsible travel and wildlife tourism in Africa? …