Category Archives: Africa-East

Ebony & Adobe: Modern Words that Survive from Ancient Egypt – What, How and Why

Above are but two of a series of words that originated in the Nile Valley.  The reasons for these survivals is perhaps not such a surprise, as discussed below.  Ebony: ‘Ebony’ as named and used in ancient Egypt, was the species … Continue reading

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A Colonial Elephant Hunt in Central Africa – Sir Samuel Baker

[First posted August.. 2009,  Revised 08 November 2011] In 1862 Sir Samuel Baker and his Hungarian wife Lady Florence, set off to discover the source of the Nile. Theirs is one of the more bazaar and fascinating pages of colonial … Continue reading

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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 19th Century – The Limits of Pastoralism as a Lifestyle

  [First posted  24 Oct 2009  Revised 04 November 2011] With the Horn of Africa so much in the news now, I am updating and reposting several links that focus on limited resources in the area. Summary: The importance of the relationship … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Breeds of livestock, Colonialism, Cuisine, Environment, Explorers & exploration, fat-Tailed sheep, Food, Horn of Africa, Humanitarian Assistance, John Hanning Speke, Kenya, Livestock, Middle East, Nomadic lifestyle, Pastoralism, Somali, Somalia, Sourcd of the Nile, Swahili coast, Third World, Wild honey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – II

Part I is here: Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – I  Moving ‘up’ the wildlife chain…  We have many guinea fowl in the wild – and a while back I was given a clutch to keep.  They make excellent … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Africa-East, Chimpanzees, Hippopotimus, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, John Hanning Speke, Lake Tanzanya, Living here, Rusizi River ^ Wetlands, Wild boar, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Discovering the Rusizi River, Did it Flow IN or OUT?! Part III

Livingstone and Stanley continue their exploration on Lake  Tanganyika, and continue heading north in order to investigate whether the Rusizi River ran IN or OUT of the lake. Earllier entries are here and here.  I’ve highlighted place names in Blue and underlined … Continue reading

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Plantains and Bananas: “The Staff of Savage Life”

In 1857 Richard Burton, with Speke, explored Zanzibar and the nearby East Africa mainland.  In the following excerpt he details the numerous ways that the banana and plantain parts are put – another example that key food crops in Africa must offer more … Continue reading

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Discovering the Rusizi River, Did it Flow IN or OUT?! Part II

Continuing up Lake Tanganyika on the East side, Stanley and Livingstone continue with their adventures to discover whether the all-important Rusizi river flows IN or OUT of the lake – important for reasons detailed in the first blog of this … Continue reading

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