There's nothing like your first time -- first time taking a safari, that is. Deciding to do one is easy (yes, a resounding yes), but picking a destination is more difficult -- what with a long list of magnificent countries to choose from.
We cannot separate our dignity from that of other creatures. It is just as intrinsically linked to that of the starving poachers of Zimbabwe as it is to that of the animals they are poaching. If we really do have intrinsic individual worth, its value ought to be greater than any mantelpiece trophy.
Then, this past week, for the first time in decades, Zimbabwe was all over the news. Walter Palmer's killing of Cecil was a heartless act. But I found the massive outpouring of anger in the United States and Europe bewildering, and frankly, a saddening classic case of misplaced priorities.
Twenty minutes drive from Cape Town, South Africa, high up in the hills of the Constantia Mountain Range, the city's wine country, sits Eagles' Nest, ...
Dr. Walter Palmer's behavior in killing and mutilating Cecil the lion is disgraceful. But he's not a one-off character. He's a very enthusiastic participant in the larger enterprise of globe-trotting international trophy hunting.
When I went to South Africa in 2010 to lead a creative writing club for teenage girls, I made sure to emphasize that word: club. I had never taught writing before, didn't have a teaching assistantship as I earned an MFA in nonfiction. I would not be correcting their grammar, nor assigning homework. Besides, how could I persuade girls to spend their Saturday afternoons in a writing class?
There's nothing better than a not-to-be-believed sunset, so the travel community at Trippy.com shared where they've seen the best ones on their travels. Here's where they go to see the sun go down!
The most impressive show at this June's Pitti Uomo collections in Florence was a presentation titled "Constellation Africa". Parading down the runway were some of the best menswear looks I've seen in a long time.
Take a dip in these exceptionally stunning pools that are each situated within some of the world's most breathtaking landscape.
If you're American, the fantastic exchange rate is the primary reason to go to SA now. With the conversion rate currently at 12.5 rand to the dollar and rising, your money will stretch further than ever before.
The BRICS nations convened in the Russian city of Ufa for the BRICS Summit last week to discuss cooperation on international and regional issues of common interest. The BRICS meeting was held in conjunction with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and represents the seventh formal meeting of the BRICS nations. The meetings discussed several issues of central importance to China. While China's role in the BRICS alliance may be viewed as an attempt to build up its own power outside of U.S.-dominated institutions, we believe this perspective is simplistic.
As a young boy in my early teens, I was awakened to my calling of service to humanity. It was still veiled from total revelation as it should be at that time in life. However, the core principle that my life was created to serve was instilled then and is still very prevalent today.
When I think about the killings in Charleston, two images of South Africa, where I was born and raised -- one anachronistic and repulsive, another timely and affirming -- churn in my mind.
I believe that hope isn't a feeling, a mood or a personality type. Rather, hope is a decision, a choice we make because of this thing we call faith.
Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.
With the world's largest number of outbound tourists who spend more than visitors from any other country, the Chinese tourist is a prized asset. In the case of South Africa, the effects of the Chinese absence are being felt across the economy as flights are cancelled, hotel rooms go unfilled and restaurants operate below capacity.