Month: April 2015

Earthquakes in Africa

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Days after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, The Economist has published an article on big earthquakes in the last 20 years and their geographical occurrence, triggering us to write on the issue with an African perspective. Why and where earthquakes happen is controlled by plate tectonics. Seismically most active areas are convergent margins, i.e. where continental and or oceanic plates collide with each other. This includes almost the entire eastern coast of the Americas, a trail from Japan to New Zealand via Indonesia and Fiji, and a belt from Turkey to China, including Himalayas where the recent Nepal earthquake occurred.

Occurrence of big earthquakes (magnitude 7.0 or above) since 1995. Figure by The Economist.
Occurrence of big earthquakes (magnitude 7.0 or above) since 1995. Figure by The Economist.

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South Africa xenophobic attacks

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The attacks against foreigners in South Africa have been on the news last few days. South Africa has a high unemployment rate and large pool of unskilled youth looking for jobs. Understandably they don’t like if jobs are taken by foreigners, regardless if illegal immigrants or not. Anti-immigration sentiments are a commonplace all over the world, not only South Africa, just see any recent election result in Europe where parties with anti-immigration agendas are flying high. However, the violent nature of xenophobia in South Africa make the picture much nastier. Read the rest of this entry »

JamboJet to Ukunda

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JamboJet, the low-cost arm of Kenya Airways recently announced three new coastal destinations: Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda. Given poor foreign tourist numbers recently in the Kenyan coast, I wonder how these routes will do.

JamboJet DASH8-400 at Ukunda Airport in April, 2015.
JamboJet DASH8-400 at Ukunda Airport in April, 2015.

Ukunda Airport, located right next to Diani Beach, is a small airport, not far away from Mombasa Airport, but since the South Coast has always been a bit isolated due to the ferry crossing, Ukunda as a flight destination should be welcomed by any visitors to South Coast. Ukunda has been to date served by other airlines like AirKenya and Fly 540, but only at steep prices. JamboJet flights to Ukunda start from around 5000 Ksh one way. Any checked luggage will add to the cost, but at 500 Ksh per 15 Kg bag a way, the price is not bad at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Here we are!

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Our long-planned blog is finally becoming a reality with this very first post!

So what this blog about? As the name suggests it is about Africa (mainly Sub-Saharan), covering themes like travel, business and culture (that’s a quite broad range in fact!). We provide traveller & expat viewpoint, with experience in several countries. Big masses may never find this site, and that’s not its aim either, but if any traveller will find it helpful we’d be more than glad.

This blog was started for the love of the continent, but yet our all too common “this is africa” frustration won’t be spared! In the meantime this blog will see only sporadic posts, but activity may increase in the future, time permitting.