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A visit to the world’s biggest fetish market

Visiting West Africa’s largest fetish market turns out to be a powerful and pungent experience not for the faint-hearted.

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Tiptoe through the treetops

Living your very own Indiana Jones adventure isn’t the only attraction luring visitors to Ghana’s Kakum National Park

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Find a chome amongst the goom trees in the Sahara

Sitting in the 4WD bashing our way through the Tunisian desert, I put my essentials in a purse: my phone, credit cards, keys. Which I bury deep in the bottom of my bag. For the next seven days I’ll be trekking through the Sahara with ten Poles. What is ‘essential’, I notice, is rather different here.

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From free man to slave: walking through the ‘door of no return’

A jewel of the Ghanaian coastline, the tiny fishing village of Elmina belies a dark and tragic past which still scars a nation, writes Claire Chaffey.

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An African education in Accra

When my housemate came home from work with a human tooth lodged in the sole of her shoe, it confirmed what I had come to know in my time as a volunteer in Accra, Ghana: I definitely wasn’t in Kansas anymore.

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Gentlemen of Leisure: A touch of cricket in the Maasai Mara

I was strangely invited to play in an annual cricket match held in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve last week. I say strangely because I haven’t played cricket since the under twelves. And I wasn’t much good then. But with the Cricket World Cup about to begin and a chance to visit one of the [...]

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Up the Nile without a passport

Here is a hot tip. If you must have your passport stolen, try and do it in a country where you have consular representation. And if your passport does happen to be stolen in a vaguely obscure location — Kampala, let’s say — don’t let it happen on a weekend or the day after New [...]

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Gentlemen of Leisure: Scammed by terrorists?

I’m pretty sure it was just a straight scam. But when there is a violent sectarian militant group involved, it is hard to be sure. To begin with, I should have been tipped off by the fact that he knew people in Wangaratta. Not that there is anything wrong with Wangaratta as such, but making [...]

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Gentlemen of Leisure: False starts

In my defence I was very drunk. The fact that I was at a karaoke bar singing Africa by Toto will testify to this point. I am also compelled to reiterate that it came as an extreme shock and surprise to wake up and realise I had missed my flight to Johannesburg.

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On disliking must-see tourist sights

Being herded onto a bus with 40 other tourists and being driven from sight to sight, stopping only to let people off to take a few snaps before re-boarding the bus, is not my idea of a good time, says Rebecca Arnold.

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