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World Travels 2023 - 2024, 07 May 2024, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 June 2024, Ravenna, Italy.

Updated: Jun 10

My Route around the African Continent

Dakar & Bandai Wildlife Reserve - 8 June 2024


As I embarked on my West African adventure, my first stop was the vibrant city of Dakar, where I was immediately captivated by the dichotomies that define this bustling metropolis.


Flag of Senegal.

From the colonial-style Presidential Palace to the modern Town Hall, from the historic railway station to the impressive Cathedral of African Memories, Dakar seamlessly blends its rich history with its dynamic present.


Exploring the city, I marveled at the Sand Painting Gallery, where local artists showcased their talent using indigenous materials to create stunning crafts.

Sand Painting Gallery


The Soumbedioune Handicraft Village was a treasure trove of unique souvenirs, offering a glimpse into Senegal's rich artistic heritage.

The Soumbedioune Handicraft Village


Leaving Dakar behind, I ventured along the picturesque coast towards the ancient Medina, with its narrow streets and traditional architecture.


The African Renaissance Monument stood tall and proud, a symbol of Senegal's resilience and strength.


The African Renaissance Monument

The Mamelles Lighthouse and the Mosque of the Divinity provided breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings.

The Mosque of the Divinity


My journey then led me to the Bandia Wildlife Reserve, a true ecological gem nestled in a dry forest teeming with life.


Guided by a knowledgeable expert, I embarked on a safari through the reserve, encountering a diverse array of wildlife, from majestic white rhinos and graceful giraffes to playful monkeys and elegant ostriches.


The sight of zebras, buffalos, gazelles, and over 120 bird species in their natural habitat was truly awe-inspiring.


In the dry season, I had the opportunity to stroll along the dry riverbed of the Somone River, shaded by towering mahogany trees that whispered stories of ancient times.

Warthog and monkeys.


After an exhilarating safari adventure, I savored a delicious lunch before bidding farewell to the reserve, my heart full of unforgettable memories.


Awesome buffet lunch with all the fixings.

As I returned to my ship, I reflected on the beauty and diversity of Dakar and the Bandia Wildlife Reserve, grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in the rich tapestry of West African culture and nature.

Dakar city sites.


This journey had truly been a remarkable blend of history, adventure, and wildlife, leaving me inspired and eager for more discoveries in this enchanting corner of the world.

Village Life & Cape Coast Castle -

5 June 2024

Flag of Ghana


As a world traveler, on the 5th of June 2024, I delved deep into the heart of Ghanaian culture, immersing myself in the warmth of its people and exploring historic landmarks that narrate tales of resilience and heritage.


One of the highlights of my journey was the visit to Duakor, where the hospitality of Ghana's local communities enveloped me in a blanket of warmth.


Welcomed by the chief and elders, I felt a sense of belonging as I learned about traditional practices like fish smoking and Gari processing, offering me a glimpse into the daily life of Ghanaian villagers.


The day continued with a vibrant performance by local school children, their traditional music and dance echoing the spirit of their ancestors.

Schoolchildren performing local dance routines


But the journey took a somber turn as I arrived at the iconic Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Walking through the haunting dungeons where countless Africans were once held captive during the transatlantic slave trade, I felt the weight of history pressing down on me, a reminder of the resilience and strength of those who endured unimaginable hardships.


Holding cells for slaves waiting for the ships to take them away from Africa.

After the emotional visit to the castle, I sought solace in the serene coastal surroundings of the Coconut Grove Beach Resort. Here, I savored the flavors of authentic Ghanaian cuisine, letting each bite tell a story of tradition and culture.


Coconut Grove Beach Resort

As the day drew to a close, I found myself reflecting on the rich tapestry of experiences that Ghana had woven for me.


With a heart full of memories and a mind enriched by knowledge, I boarded the comfortable ride back to the port, grateful for the opportunity to witness the beauty and complexity of village life and the profound history of Cape Coast Castle.

Luanda, Angola Mussulo Island Tour -

1 June 2024


As a seasoned world traveler, I had the pleasure of embarking on a captivating tour of Luanda, Angola, specifically focusing on the enchanting Mussulo Island on the 1st of June 2024.


This day promised a perfect blend of rich history, modern vibrancy, and stunning natural landscapes that left an indelible mark on my wanderlust soul.


Our journey commenced as we boarded an air-conditioned coach, cruising along Luanda’s picturesque Marginal.


The bayside boulevard offered a delightful array of photo opportunities, setting the stage for the adventures that awaited us.


Our first stop was the Fortaleza of São Miguel, a 16th-century Portuguese fortress standing proudly as a testament to the region’s colonial past.


The white fortifications exuded a sense of history, inviting us to delve into Angola’s intriguing narrative.

Heroes of the Angolan Civil War 1975 - 2002

Our next destination was the Agostinho Neto Mausoleum, a striking obelisk-like structure that loomed over the cityscape.