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Conservation: A Small Sumatran, Or Rare Rhino Reprieve

Conservation: A Small Sumatran, Or Rare Rhino Reprieve

  By Plt. Kepala Balai Taman Nasional Way Kambas   The Government of Indonesia has announced the birth of a Sumatran rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, Lampung Province on September 30, 2023. Minister of Environment and...

Travel: The Tipping Point, Or Playing The Percentages

Travel: The Tipping Point, Or Playing The Percentages

  Paying attention to tipping etiquette can make a holiday in a foreign country less awkward and more rewarding for all concerned. Travel experts from Panache Cruises suggest the following guide.   United Kingdom Tipping is not expected in the UK because...

Travel: Forgotten Footsteps, Or No Size Fits All

Travel: Forgotten Footsteps, Or No Size Fits All

  By OBIE OBERHOLZER   Oman. 2014. Sometimes I do odd things in strange places. As a chaser of line and light, I slowly walk into another mud village in Oman. Each time on entering, I whisper an Islamic greeting. At the entrance gate to the abandoned village...

Travel: Angling For Credibility, Or Russian To Conclusions

Travel: Angling For Credibility, Or Russian To Conclusions

  By PINKY KHOABANE   Pinky Khoabane is a journalist, a writer and publisher of an online publication Uncensored.   The legendary reggae musician Bob Marley crafted the song, “Don’t let them fool you”, in which he bemoaned the master narrative that...

Travel: A-Spire To Legend, Or A Tall Tale Told

Travel: A-Spire To Legend, Or A Tall Tale Told

By BRUCE DENNILL “Let’s go and see the devil.” “Pardon?” It is the final night of a trip to the venerable Karoo capital of Graaff-Reinet, and with the end of dinner, the official itinerary is complete. Some of our party have retired to bed. Others have enjoyed a...

Culture: Safeguarding Heritage, Or Incredible Intangibles

Culture: Safeguarding Heritage, Or Incredible Intangibles

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] During their annual meeting in late 2021, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed four elements on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of...

Travel: Florida’s Secret Paradise, Or A Gulf Dream

Travel: Florida’s Secret Paradise, Or A Gulf Dream

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] BY JOE DAVID From November to early May, Florida is a tropical paradise of sunny days and moonlit nights. In the western area (a short distance from Fort Myers), there are two secluded islands off the Florida coast on...

Amused Bouche: Emzini, Westdene, Johannesburg

Amused Bouche: Emzini, Westdene, Johannesburg

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Emzini, Westdene, Johannesburg.   Carte: A menu that looks simple (a no frills type-on-paper affair) is filled with varied dish options, allowing diners with any preference to choose something put...

Amused Bouche: The Farm Stall At Halls, Mbombela, Mpumalanga

Amused Bouche: The Farm Stall At Halls, Mbombela, Mpumalanga

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL The Farm Stall at Halls, N4 Halls Gateway, Mbombela.   Carte: Separate food and drinks menus, with plenty of choice - reflecting a pleasing combination of imagination and a lack of pretence - on both....

Travel: Koh Samui – Bustle And Bliss, Or Delicious Diversions

Travel: Koh Samui – Bustle And Bliss, Or Delicious Diversions

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By EUGENE YIGA After a short flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui, it was good to escape the heat and humidity with two things that became essentials during our stay: air-conditioned vans and cold towels. Indeed, as much as...

Travel: New Horizons, Or A Jewel In The Rough

Travel: New Horizons, Or A Jewel In The Rough

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By EUGENE YIGA Everyone has a story. And one of the most moving stories I came across in my trip to Kenya was that of a Maasai tribeswoman. “My name is Peris,” she says. “I’m the mother of five children. I was brought up...

Culture: Re-building Al-Nouri Mosque, Or Courtyards Dialogue

Culture: Re-building Al-Nouri Mosque, Or Courtyards Dialogue

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] An international jury recently announced that an entry by eight Egyptian architects won the international competition for the reconstruction of the historic Al-Nouri Mosque complex in Mosul, Iraq, a major component of...

Book Reviews: Secret Cities, Or Getting Lost With Gusto

Book Reviews: Secret Cities, Or Getting Lost With Gusto

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Secret Brooklyn by Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet Secret Edinburgh: An Unusual Guide by Hanna Robinson Secret Naples by Valerio Ceva Grimaldi, Maria Franchini and Fernando Pisacane   There are...

Travel: 2022 World Book Capital, Or Guadala-iterature

Travel: 2022 World Book Capital, Or Guadala-iterature

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Guadalajara in Mexico was named World Book Capital for the year 2022 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee. The city was selected for its...

Food: Feeling Desserted, Or Experiments On Ice

Food: Feeling Desserted, Or Experiments On Ice

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] It seems that plain vanilla ice cream might soon come out of fashion in Lithuania, where chefs are experimenting with natural flavours: fresh vegetables, flowers, and even stinging nettle. Chefs around the world are...

Amused Bouche: Lekker Bistro, Parys, Free State

Amused Bouche: Lekker Bistro, Parys, Free State

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Lekker Bistro, 60 Bree Street, Parys.   Carte: The menu’s written out on a chalkboard, which is brought to your table and balanced on a chair. The basics – chicken, steak, fish – but prepared with equal...

Travel: Hale Family Not Quite Met, Or An Agent Of Change On Sail

Travel: Hale Family Not Quite Met, Or An Agent Of Change On Sail

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL We were on a mission. Final day in New York. Final day in the US. Final day of a long-planned trip abroad. Who knew when or if another one would be possible? We had to get to the Met. The Beautiful Wife...

Travel: Wading In Wekiwa, Or The Joys Of The Spring

Travel: Wading In Wekiwa, Or The Joys Of The Spring

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Figuring out the highway system in Orlando, Florida becomes, for an out-of-towner, a necessary short-term hobby. In many (sensible) countries, a major road goes to, or through, a destination, and at that...

Travel: Borderline Edginess, Or Taken For A Ride By Hitler

Travel: Borderline Edginess, Or Taken For A Ride By Hitler

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Donkeys are a regular sight in the Northern Cape. They’re exceptionally hardy creatures, which is useful when there’s not much to eat in the semi-desert scrub of the Kgalagadi, and when there are...

Travel: Fantasy And Fabergé, Or Russian To See New Exhibit

Travel: Fantasy And Fabergé, Or Russian To See New Exhibit

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] On 7 February 2020 at 3pm, the new, permanent treasury at the Amalienborg Museum will be revealed. On display will be Russian jewellery from the period 1860-1917, with a focus on the close ties between the Danish and...

Travel: More And Moraingy In Madagascar, Or Boxed In By Culture

Travel: More And Moraingy In Madagascar, Or Boxed In By Culture

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL     We pull over on the side of Route de L’Ouest, the main street that runs through Dzamandzar, a small town on the west coast of Nosy Be. It’s the biggest thoroughfare in the area, but it’s...

Travel: In The Footsteps Of Anne Frank, Or A Spirit Endures

Travel: In The Footsteps Of Anne Frank, Or A Spirit Endures

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRYAN ANDREWS   Most people who have heard the story of Anne Frank, or who have read even a part of her diary, have the impression that she was an unfortunate young girl destroyed by the Nazis. I was one of those...

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Shell-Shocked By History

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Shell-Shocked By History

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRYAN ANDREWS   Invoking a totally different set of emotions to those I experienced on the Via Dolorosa and in Hezekiah’s Tunnel was my visit to Yad Vashem – Israel’s Holocaust Museum.  In one word, it was...

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Through A Tunnel Darkly

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Through A Tunnel Darkly

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRYAN ANDREWS   The Via Dolorosa was my first barefoot experience in Jerusalem but it certainly wasn’t my last. One of the more notable ones - because it forced me to tackle one of my fears head on - was my walk...

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Almost Via Dolorosa

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Almost Via Dolorosa

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRYAN ANDREWS   Probably my most meaningful barefoot walk was in Jerusalem. I was one of those people who never wanted to go to Israel.  I didn’t want my picture of the Holy Land to be shattered by reality, so I...

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Ambulating In Athens

Travel: Boldly Barefoot, Or Ambulating In Athens

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRYAN ANDREWS   My introduction to barefoot travel was by accident…well, almost by accident. It was 2003 and my wife and I were on a visit to Greece. On our first morning in Athens, we did what I recommend that...

Travel: Palace Pause, Or The Hermitage On Hold

Travel: Palace Pause, Or The Hermitage On Hold

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   There’s a queue. For a museum. That’s a good thing. Speaks of an appreciation of history and culture, and the value of intellect over addictions to social media and gossip. So, on principle, it’s...

Travel: Assignment Ass-essment, Or Bringing Up The Rear

Travel: Assignment Ass-essment, Or Bringing Up The Rear

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Visiting an island engages many parts of a tourist’s body. There is the feel on your skin of the thick-as-a-blanket humidity as you step out of a plane that came from somewhere with breathable...

Travel: Confirmed Identity, Or En Route To Empathy

Travel: Confirmed Identity, Or En Route To Empathy

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   It's a routine stopover for us, pulling off the highway to the coast and parking outside a rural supermarket selling sweets, braai meat and local artisanal bits and pieces of all kinds (edible,...

Travel: In Tent City, Or Bright Lights, Small Cultural Festival

Travel: In Tent City, Or Bright Lights, Small Cultural Festival

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   The 2014 Kalahari Desert Festival was held from 21-23 March at Witdraai near Askham (essentially, head north out of Upington and look for the signs on the left; if you hit Namibia, you've gone too...

Travel: Sweetness Of The Swiss, Or A Rich Chocolate History

Travel: Sweetness Of The Swiss, Or A Rich Chocolate History

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]By GREG VORSTER   Elsewhere on this site, a trip to Switzerland nearly ended in disaster no thanks to a milkshake and the mistaken notion that placing it in carry-on luggage was a good idea. Treats have their...

Opinion: Home Is Where The Five-Star Is

Opinion: Home Is Where The Five-Star Is

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Ah, luxury. It’s always pretty special when you open the door to a lavish hotel suite and are greeted for the first time by a fresh, pristine layout, furnished with the very latest in plush...

Travel: Tea And Sympathy (For Bears), Or To Coin A Phase

Travel: Tea And Sympathy (For Bears), Or To Coin A Phase

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   The hotel we’re in for the junket is lovely. But it’s miles from anywhere, a round of golf costs five hundred million dirham and there’s only so much of the course you can walk around, simply...

Travel: Toy Story, Or The Art Of Exploration

Travel: Toy Story, Or The Art Of Exploration

By BRUCE DENNILL   Istanbul. Home to the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Golden Horn, the Grand Bazaar, the Topkapi Palace and dozens of other world-famous tourist attractions, it’s also riddled with side roads; non-descript, non-guidebook diversions that are...

Travel: Cultural Comeback, Or Say Hello To Auntie

Travel: Cultural Comeback, Or Say Hello To Auntie

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   The iconic Tan’ Malie Se Winkel, just west of the Arc de Triomphed Hartbeespoort Dam wall, went through a long, sad patch...

Travel: Trail Mix

Travel: Trail Mix

By TAMMY BALLANTYNE   There were several moments on the Otter Trail where I looked up and thought: “This is tougher than I thought it would be.” When the pack I was carrying bit into my shoulders and my trail runners just wouldn’t grip on the wet boulders, it...

Travel: Dune Anything Later?

Travel: Dune Anything Later?

By BRUCE DENNILL   It’s the end of a long day. The Namibian border is within sight. This is not an area in which there are a great number of options for an evening meal, though the neat, well-run Kalahari Info & Tented Camp has a coffee shop if you get there...