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Vast, diverse, dynamic, and turbulent, the true nature of Africa is often obscured by its poverty-stricken image. Maintaining that colonial influences are often overplayed, Young argues that m Vast, diverse, dynamic, and turbulent, the true nature of Africa is often obscured by its poverty-stricken image. Maintaining that colonial influences are often overplayed, Young argues that much blame must lie with African governments themselves and that Western aid has often caused more harm than good.

Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Africa , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 01, Deborah rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked the way Young approaches the issues and history of this continent. He consistently shows positives and negatives of different actions and perspectives. I learned a lot. Love this sentence that, I think, is a good descriptor of what he does in the book: Dec 18, Justin Drew rated it really liked it. This is a wonderful overview of Africa as it is today and how it has been shaped by the past.

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Africa is the wonderful continent and this would be an excellent book as the starting guide along with this "the shadow of the sun" to help understand and get a feel for this wonderful continent. Bijit Kumar rated it it was amazing Mar 27, Matias Ibrahimovic rated it liked it Jan 01, Claire rated it did not like it Sep 02, Louise rated it really liked it Feb 02, Alistair Boddy-Evans rated it did not like it Dec 28, Michael Hermann rated it liked it Dec 28, Calum Fisher rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Richard Venter rated it really liked it Dec 25, Ceol rated it it was ok Mar 30, Ckr rated it liked it Jun 26, Alexa rated it liked it Feb 03, Ravyn rated it liked it Aug 20, Riki Urabe rated it it was amazing Oct 22, We all need to remember to have fun.

A life lesson by way of the Cape Malay kitchen. When we met Monique, the owner, she expressed the following goal: To bring people together to interact and connect over a shared human theme — food. Cape Town Tourism arranged our tour and provided it to us for free.

We make one request of you if you are interested in taking a Township tour in Cape Town or anywhere else, for that matter: Please do not book a tour that has you going through the township in a car or tour van. First, this prevents you from interacting and engaging with the township and its people, which is the real reason to do a tour. Furthermore, it looks like you are going on safari, faces and camera pressed against windows.

While walking is our preferred method of getting around urban areas, bicycles give the opportunity to cover more ground while still staying close to the street action. South African Boys Having Fun — Masiphumelele, Cape Town In the course of a few hours, we rode with our guide a resident of the township for eight years through the streets — big and small — to visit a preschool, a sangoma medicine woman , a local restaurant, and other random stops and chats along the way.

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South African Man — Masiphumelele, Cape Town For more description and detail on who we met and what we learned during the tour, read the full article on the Masiphumelele Township tour. We found out even more about South African wine throughout our visit to the country, and we grew surprised further still. From white varietals to red, South African wines struck us as of remarkably high quality and value given the price.

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Not sure about you, but the South African wines that make it to export and neighborhood shelves don't often feature high quality price ratios QPR. We were tempted, but they needed to go to bed. You can rent a car see below for details and easily make this drive yourself or you can take a tour. Our tour was with Escape to the Cape and lasted a full day with a lunch stop at Cape Point.

We were surprised at how easy and inexpensive it was to rent a car in Cape Town. And we did everything at the last minute — about 12 hours between the time we reserved it and picked it up. We ended up going with Budget because of convenience of location and cost. Most cars are manual transmission, so it may cost more if you require an automatic. The fun comes after you pick up the car and you realize you have to drive on the left side of the road!

Finding hotels in Cape Town: Compare rates at hotels in Cape Town and book a room. How to get to Cape Town, South Africa: We often use Skyscanner or Expedia to compare flight prices.

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Looks like you saw all of the Cape Town essentials! We certainly saw and did a lot in 4 days, but if we return there will be plenty more to experience. Cape Town is more diverse than we had expected. Definitely add swimming with seal pups for your next visit! Such an awesome post! Regardless of the topic, your writing is always a pleasure read and your perspective always proves insightful. Ive always wanted to go to CT but now I want to go even more. I love the colorful houses!

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Seems like you had so much fun. Hopefully I can see the place someday. Wow, What a nice place to travel. Awesome people and culture. Seems like a good place to live in peace and harmony. Guys, you nailed it. As an expat living over the mountains from CT, near Gansbaai, for a few years now, you provide the perfect guide for our stateside friends visiting in a few months.

Next time, stop by, hang out, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Overberg. Plenty of space here at the house. And yes, the seal pups were awesome! Bo Kaap is full of color. And the story behind the colors or so we were told was that when people were moved out of District 6 and moved into this area it was still apartheid times and the houses were all painted white. The inhabitants decided to paint the houses in bright colors as a bit of a rebellion against the ruling whites. Really a fascinating place. Hope you are able to visit and see for yourself. Always great when a local or expat gives us the thumbs up on a piece about their home.

And glad that the timing of this Cape Town guide works so well with your friends visiting soon. Thanks also for the invitation to visit during our next trip to Cape Town. PS If you have a few minutes, check out my photos from a trip to your beloved Berlin last year. This was a great experience in such a lovely town. There is so much to explore and discover. The local food looks so luscious. We also had no idea about the Cape Malay population and the history behind it before this visit to Cape Town.

The city is much more diverse than we had expected. I stayed 10 days in CT. Managed to do things only outside the town. There are so many things to be done; at least 3 weeks are needed for this fabulous city! We can completely understand spending 10 days, 3 weeks, even months in Cape Town. Great article about cape town, it is definitely one of my favourite city and this post makes me want to go there soon again.

Glad this article spurred the desire for a return visit to Cape Town. Am glad we did it, too.

I like that you went with the less obvious option and chose swimming with the seal pups instead of shark diving: Must be a really intense change going on here when it comes to design, architecture, even technology maybe.. An exotic destination for sure. My hubby from Kinshasa and I originally from Berlin are planning to travel Africa for a year with our little baby girl from next year on and we would love to meet you if you are still around?

Would be great to connect to get some travel advice! We would love to meet you, but we are currently in Berlin at the moment. Sounds like you have quite an adventure planned for next year to travel in Africa with your baby girl.