Cairo: Manshiyat Naser

While researching Cairo, I came across a note in Lonely Planet on a neighbourhood which doesn’t feature on the list of tourist sights. This hood is called the Garbage city: Known locally as Manshiyat Naser. It caught my eye. Here we have a community of mostly Coptic Christians (also called Zabbaleens) who collect garbage from all over Cairo and then work on recycling. It is quite different from slums and favelas: here the community only processes garbage for a living. I decided to explore the area out of curiosity: What is Garbage city supposed to be?. I did not expect … Continue reading Cairo: Manshiyat Naser

The Great African Journey: Johannesburg

I have spent almosg two weeks in Johanessburg. Quite a lot. You dont need more than three days. I was supposed to head to Mozambique but the visa fell through and I had to extend my stay in Joburg. I spent most of my time in Maboneng and a couple of days in Braamfontein.  There are some must to dos in Joburg and everything is about the history of this city and the history made in this city. South West Township or Soweto is a must visit place. I did a day tour which combined Soweto with Hector Pieterson Musuem, … Continue reading The Great African Journey: Johannesburg

The Great African Journey: Kruger National Park

One of the most appealing must visit places in South Africa is the Kruger National Park. I have done safaris before. But the joy of experiencing animals in their element cannot be diminished by previous safaris. Each Safari is unique. Each experience brings about new sights. I have already seen the big 5 before. For me, I just wanted to be amongst the animals and if I was lucky, witness some amazing moments. And I did. There were many. For me the top 5 moments were: 1. Staring contest between a lioness and an Elephant. We saw this moment from … Continue reading The Great African Journey: Kruger National Park

Ultimate Africa: Kenya

We spent some time at Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. Rest of the time was spent on the road driving either from Tanzania or to Uganda. In between though I got to spend a couple of days in Nairobi. Here I visited the Elephant orphanage which was one of the best experiences in Kenya. First the Lakes. We went to Lake Nakuru before we headed to Uganda and to Lake Naivasha after we headed back from Uganda. Both Lakes are extremely picturesque and scenic. At Lake Naivasha we did a game drive where we spotted some Rhinos. At Lake Nakuru, … Continue reading Ultimate Africa: Kenya