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

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.

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

Tiptoe through the treetops

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 <b>Rebecca Arnold</b>.

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.