Egypt – Cairo: City (2)

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt; it is also Africa’s most populous city. It has a population of about 6.8 million people and Cairo’s metropolitan area has a population of about 17.3 million people. A journey through Cairo is virtual time travel: from the Pyramids to the great Cairo Museum.

Gay Life in Kenya

Despite the political chaos and violence of early 2008, Kenya’s LGBT community continues to grow and organize around rights, health and compassion.     The day I arrived in Nairobi the results of the presidential 2007 election had just been announced, which many believed to be fraudulent. The razor thin margin of victory was prematurely

Morocco – Country Tour

A cross-country trip in rented car took us across the land from Casablanca to the capital Rabat, to the Sahara and back to Roman Volubilis. Morocco is color, sand, history and drama. On November 18, 2006, Morocco celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence from France. Hassan II became King of Morocco on March 3,

Rwanda – Kigali to Eastern Border

Kigali, the capital, is built on several hills that offer panoramic views of the city and suburbs. The parliament building is still under repair from bullet and rocket fire (photos 5 and 6) during the civil war carnage in 1994. Photos 10 to 15 show how the very few elite live in big houses on

Tanzania – Masai Country

The wide-ranging Maasai (or Masai) tribe is spread over northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. They are rural nomadic people who herd animals–sheep, cows, goats–and do not raise crops. Their diet is mostly milk, porridge, maize, beans and some meat. Easily identified by their deep red and bright blue garments, they nevertheless can often be seen

Egypt – Cairo: City (3)

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt; it is also Africa’s most populous city. It has a population of about 6.8 million people and Cairo’s metropolitan area has a population of about 17.3 million people. A journey through Cairo is virtual time travel: from the Pyramids to the great Cairo Museum.

Uganda – Kampala City

Kampala city is home to about a million and a half people most of whom are manual laborers tending to the huge food markets, driving worn buses, cementing new structures together or demolishing old ones with sledge hammers. It is a workers’ city that hardly sleeps; it is ambitious in commerce, eager in education, aggressive

Kenya – Nairobi: Kibera Slum

The huge Kibera slum suburb of Nairobi–as well as the Methare-North slum–was the scene of violent riots and killings that erupted after the flawed presidential election in December 2007. These photos were taken during a pause in the violence. I visited the area accompanied by a friend, Thomas Gale, a university professor in Nairobi who

Tanzania – Ngorongoro Crater

The crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The Crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610m deep and the floor is 260km2 (102 square miles). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range

Egypt – Alexandria

Alexandria  was founded by Alexander the Great around 331 BC. It was developed into a world class city by Ptolemy and his successors from 323-31 BC and included the greatest library of antiquity (now replaced by the stunning new Bibliotheca Alexandrina). The last Ptolemaic ruler was Cleopatra VII, who partnered wirh Julius Caesar and later

Uganda – Masindi Town

Masindi town is on the way to Murchison Falls National Park. It is typical of rural villages with its general impoverished lifestyle, manual labor job force and bustling daily food market. Yet there is a resigned easy-going attitude among the residents who share a common bond in their village: the will to survival by being resourceful.

Kenya – Nairobi: Methare Slum

This slum suburb of Nairobi, as well as the Kibera slum, was the scene of violent riots and killings that erupted after the flawed presidential election in December 2007. These photos were taken during a pause in the violence. I visited the area accompanied by a friend, Thomas Gale, a university professor in Nairobi who

Gay Seychelles

There’s very little information on the Internet about LGBT life in the Seychelles. The US Department of State Human Rights Report said this: “Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: The law does not specifically prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, and there were no reports that such

Tanzania – Zanzibar (1)

Zanzibar is an island 25–50 km (15–30 mi) off the east coast of Tanzania; it consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island known as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Zanzibar was once a separate country with a long trading history within the Arab world; it united (not without bloodshed) with Tanganyika

Uganda – Murchison Falls

This national park in the northwest of Uganda is home to one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls as well as a large wild animal reserve. Here a wide river flow is forced through a six-meter-wide narrow gorge with ferocious force. Visitors can take a boat ride up the Victoria branch of the Nile River

Kenya – Nairobi: Bomas Museum

This national outdoor museum near Nairobi displays various tribal houses found throughout Kenya and also offers colorful dance programs from the tribes. There are more than fifty tribes in Kenya. Not far away is the Karen Blixen Museum dedicated to the authoress of ‘Out of Africa’. Her original house stands near one of the coffee

Tanzania – Zanzibar (2)

Zanzibar is an island 25–50 km (15–30 mi) off the east coast of Tanzania; it consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island known as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Zanzibar was once a separate country with a long trading history within the Arab world; it united (not without bloodshed) with Tanganyika

Egypt – Luxor City Scenes

Luxor is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate. Its population numbers 376,022 (1999 survey), and its area is about 416 km2 [1]. As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world’s greatest open air museum". The ruins of the temple

Tanzania – Dar es Salaam (1)

Dar-es-Salaam is a city of about 2 1/2 million people that bustles during the work day and is quiet at night. It’s not the capital of Tanzania but is the largest city in the country and one of the most important shipping ports on the African east coast. Countless shopkeepers sell every imaginable type of

Zambia – Lusaka

Lusaka is the capital of Zambia; it’s a non-descript city of about 1.5 million people that bustles in the day and rolls up at night. In recent years, Lusaka has become a popular urban settlement for Zambians and tourists alike. Its mostly stable government and improved infrastructure sector have increased donor confidence and as such