Posts in category Africa

Harare, Zimbabwe (with Photos)

This is an update of an earlier article I wrote in 2010, in commemoration of Zimbabwe’s historic political transition after 37 years of rule by former president Robert Mugabe. I arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe at dusk after a long day on the road. I had left Malawi in the morning and drove the last stretch of highway on my 400 mile (700 kilomete [...]

Zambian Trees in Bloom

This is an updated version of an earlier article. Zambia is beautiful this time of year.  The jacarandas and other flowering trees have started to bloom in vivid colors around the country.  Most of their flowers are a soft lavender, while a few are brilliant red or yellow.  The latter spring from other species of tree. The jacarandas are [...]

Zambian Critters

This is an updated version of an earlier article. Africa has more than its fair share of wildlife.  Not many large animals — the kind you would typically think of in Africa like lions, elephants and giraffes — range in urban areas except on private game reserves.  The critters that hang out near our house are of a smaller variety. [...]