Friday December 6, 2013
'Tis the season for gift buying and I've put together a list of gift ideas that should appeal to anyone planning a trip to Africa. Gifts include African music, books, beasts of burden, newspapers, air travel vouchers and more ....
Christmas is celebrated widely throughout Africa but for most Africans sharing a meal and attending church is what it's all about. But you will still see window shops decorated with fake snow and people dressed as Santa, so the commercial aspects of the holidays are somewhat alive and well.
Read: Top 10 Africa Travel Gift Ideas.
Image of a Maasai Lade holding necklaces from the Leakey Collection (i.e. what I want for Christmas) -- © Leakey Collection
Tuesday December 3, 2013
What's the best way to spend time if you're not on safari in Africa? Watch hours of videos on YouTube. I've wasted days of my life doing this, so I thought I'd share a few of my personal favorite amateur African wildlife videos with you...
Saturday November 30, 2013
Christmas is very widely observed in Africa. There are approximately 350 million Christians living on the continent. Even non-Christian communities will often join in the fun. On Christmas day carols are sung from Ghana on down to South Africa. Meats are roasted, gifts are exchanged and family visits made.
Here are links to video footage of Christmas celebrations in various parts of the continent. Some videos are a bit shaky, but it's all fun and gives you a good idea of what Christmas in Africa in looks like.
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Wednesday November 27, 2013
I'm already tired of shopping for Christmas. I've decided the kids are each getting a pile of manure, and my husband will just have to be content with a donkey cart. My dad is helping take care of the children in the New Year, so he deserves a couple of goats and a pair of chickens.
I am of course browsing the list of "funusual gifts" offered by Oxfam. My children may not appreciate a whopping pile of manure in their Christmas stocking, but luckily for them they won't be smelling it. The beauty of shopping with Oxfam is that your gift will actually go to person who truly needs it elsewhere in the world, and you get to keep the bragging rights.
Oxfam is one of the best charities working in Africa, so you can be assured your gift will end up in the right hands. A goat won't suddenly appear on your doorstep, but the true gift of giving will. If you run out of ideas for teacher gifts, how about getting a some school supplies in their name? It'll set you back just $35 and will truly help a family in need.
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