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LODGES The Nice Advice … (No. 74)

There are hundreds of fabulous lodges in black Africa. One better than the other. So they say. One more expensive than the other. What do you want? Animals in their natural habitat, unspoiled landscapes, peace of your soul, no other people, excellent food, cold drinks, spiritual illumination? All in one? Hard to find, I tell … Weiterlesen »

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PEOPLE The Book To Look … (No. 35)

You remember Randall Jay Moore? The „Living Legend“, the man who brought elephants from all over the world back to Africa – which means he freed them from circuses, amusement parks and zoological gardens. Who founded „Abu Camp“, the worlds most esclusive (and expensive) lodge with safaris on elephants back? You saw him, I’m sure, … Weiterlesen »

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ART If You Ever Come To Zimbabwe (No. 68)

As I told you before: Rock carvings and cave paintings are the origin of art and much more: the earliest examples of public human expression! I’m sure you have seen splendid examples from all over the world, but what the early artists did in the cliffs and caves of Zimbabwe is egregious – they refined … Weiterlesen »

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MILITARY Interesting People … (No. 24)

He called himself an artist between „hell and heaven with brush and palette“: Ernst Vollbehr (1876-1960).
He was the best painter of the German colonies, often illustrating wars between the natives and the „Schutztruppe“, the expedition army. One day he was invited to show his works in the Reichstag, the parliament in Berlin, and demonstrated that soldiers … Weiterlesen »

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RIVERS Lost & Found … (No. 70)

You must have seen the Savuti River still flowing in Botswana back in the early 1980s, just as I did, when it connected the Linyanti River with the interior of the Chobe Park, finally ending at the Savuti Marsh. Skeletons of the trees that grew in some earlier period und suffered from severe droughts lined … Weiterlesen »

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COMFORT The News to Use … (No. 18)

Have you got a tooth-brush? No. And tooth-paste? No. Did you brush your teeth? Yes. Nice conver-sation, let’s say in the Danakil Depression or in the Chobe National Park. The secret behind the „Yes“: A tree, the African call Mswaki and the Plantologists Streblus asper. It looks like a thorny shrub but break a twig … Weiterlesen »

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MYSTERY Collectors Corner … (No. 38)

When you search for them, they were all over the place from Bunia to Kisangani. Hidden in the huts or the jungle of Eastern Zaire or Congo. Long as a man’s hand, hollow, decorated with old strings, made of fiber, and strange hieroglyphs of dark origin, the cranium covered with a piece of raw leather … Weiterlesen »

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MONSTERS The Critic At Large … (No. 33)

Sir or Comrade Robert Mugabe (as he is called beside the fact, that the Queen has declared the Sir void) is the hero of independence in Zimbabwe. But he became a bad president. He and his clan robbed the once rich country blind and became billionaires. It’s long since the freedom fighter had a heart … Weiterlesen »

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MONSTERS The Critic At Large … (No. 32)

I mentioned the cruel ruler of the oil rich state of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang (worldwide the most hysterical fan of Marilyn Monroe), before. His country, some islands and a bit on the continent in the knee of Africa, has 676 000 inhabitants only and is as small as Belize in Central America. The dictator … Weiterlesen »

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HUMANITY Interesting people … (No. 25)

What else could they be? Animals. Even today there are countries in Africa where Pygmies have no constitutional rights. Like antilopes or pythons. To kill one, is not a murder. The Europeans were no different, even educated explorers and colonial civil servants would have laughed in your face had you claimed: Pygmies are men! It … Weiterlesen »

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