AFRICAS BEST KEPT SECRET

“Travellers find their home away from home. ”Following his passion in the eighth episode of balancing the act we have Shaun D’souza who organizes events and experiences at hunger inc. which handles Bombay Canteen, Opedro and Bombay sweet shop. He followed his passion back to his roots and founded the wilderness project which organized trips and camps to tribal parts of Maharashtra. Took great pride in the fact that his getaway was his job.He was an event organizer at trip 360 india and white collar hippie.

He was given a blank book and told to fill it with creativity. He did so with various sports including cycling, treks and other activities. The joy that people got while performing new activities is what made it special for him. He feels how you make your decisions in life is very important. Always listen to you heart is his motto. This is how he landed in Africa and had one of the greatest experiences in his life. He travelled solo to Africa and there met people from all around the world, made new friends and learnt about new cultures.

Shaun feels India and Africa are very similar. Both the countries have people living in poverty. The second parallel is the customs and way of living, The wali art and the cow dung floors of India is similar to the culture of the maasai tribe. The best thing about both of them is that they’re content with what they have and lead a happy life.They also have similar food such as chapatti, pakodas and the only different thing is the rice they prepare is sticky rice that is eaten with gravy.

This was his first big safari and is one of the only safaris where the animals are happy in their natural surroundings. In this safari you can stand and spot animals as the jeep moves along the way. He could spot bears, cheetahs leopards and various other animals running in their natural habitat. Another adventure was the night safari where one is picked at 10 in the night from the camp. In the eerie night they drove into the national park with a park ranger who has a gun, a spotter with a flashlight and a  small jeep. There was no moonlight only the 20 experienced years of the spotter.They seen leopards walking, hyenas poaching and heard their laugh and also saw hippos who are usually in water during the day. They also experienced the thumps of a cautious mother and baby elephant.

Every experience leaves us with a life lesson. This experience made him reduce his meat intake. Looking at the animals he learnt the value of them and started eating less meat. He also learnt about the different cultures of the people he travelled with. He took a leap of faith to follow his heart and today, he has made his passion his job. He balances the act by following his love for travel. 

History

Researchers accept that Africa was the origination of humankind. By 100,000 BC  to current people lived by chasing and assembling with stone apparatuses. From Africa, they spread to Europe. Then Egyptian impact spread along the Nile and the realms of Nubia and Kush emerged in what is currently Sudan. By 100 AD the realm of Axum in Ethiopia was profoundly humanized. Axum exchanged with Rome, Arabia, and India. Axum got Christian in the fourth century AD. Then the Roman Empire kept on growing. In 30 BC Egypt turned into a region of Rome. Morocco was invested in 42 AD. Notwithstanding, the remainder of Africa was cut off from Rome by the Sahara Desert. 

 By the ninth century, Ghana was known as the place where there is gold. Notwithstanding, Ghana was crushed in the eleventh century by Africans from additional north. By the eleventh century the city of Ife in Southwest Nigeria was the capital of an extraordinary realm. From the twelfth century specialists from Ife made earthenware models and bronze heads. Nonetheless, by the sixteenth century, Ife was declining. In the sixteenth century Europeans started to ship African slaves over the Atlantic. Nonetheless, bondage was the same old thing in Africa. For quite a long time Africans had offered different Africans to the Arabs as slaves. In any case, the overseas slave exchange developed until it was tremendous. In the eighteenth century ships from Britain took fabricated products to Africa. They took slaves from that point toward the West Indies and returned sugar to Britain. This was known as the Triangular Trade. 

A few Africans were sold into subjugation since they had perpetrated a wrongdoing. Anyway numerous slaves were caught in attacks by different Africans. Europeans were not permitted to make a trip inland to discover slaves. Rather, Africans carried captives to the coast. Any slaves who were not sold were either slaughtered or utilized as slaves by different Africans. The slave exchange would have been incomprehensible without the co-activity of Africans a large number of who became rich by the slave exchange.

In the nineteenth century European states attempted to stop the slave exchange. England restricted the slave exchange in 1807. Then again in the late nineteenth century Europeans colonized a large portion of Africa! Anyway in the mid twentieth century mentalities to colonialism started to change in Europe. Besides in Africa places of worship gave schools and expanding quantities of Africans got instructed. They got eager for freedom. The development for African autonomy got relentless and in the last part of the 1950s and 1960s, most African nations got free. In 1960 alone 17 nations picked up their freedom. Notwithstanding, Mozambique and Angola didn’t get free until 1975. In the mid 21st century Africa started to blast. Today the economies of most African nations are developing quickly. The travel industry in Africa is blasting and speculation is filling the landmass. Africa is growing quickly and there is each motivation to be idealistic.

Culture

Africa has a rich custom of expressions and specialties. African expressions and specialties discover articulation in an assortment of woodcarvings, metal and calfskin fine arts. African expressions and specialties additionally incorporate figure, artistic creations, ceramics, formal and strict headgear and dress. Maulana Karenga states that in African craftsmanship, the article was not as significant as the spirit power behind the production of the item. He likewise expresses that all craftsmanship must be progressive and in being progressive it must be aggregate, submitting, and functional.

In numerous conventional expressions and specialty customs in Africa, certain subjects huge to those specific societies repeat, includes a couple, a lady with a youngster, a male with a weapon or creature, and an outcast or an outsider. Couples may speak to predecessors, network originator, hitched couple or twins. The couple subject once in a while shows closeness of people. The mother with the kid or kids uncovers extraordinary want of the ladies to have youngsters. The topic is additionally illustrative of mother damages and the individuals as her kids. The man with the weapon or creature subject represents honor and force. An outsider might be from some other clan or somebody from an alternate nation and more twisted depiction of the outsider shows proportionately more noteworthy hole from the outsider

Ladies’ conventional garments in Ethiopia are produced using fabric called shemma and are utilized to make habesha kemis. The last article of clothing is fundamentally cotton fabric, around 90 cm wide, woven in long strips which are then sewn together. Some of the time glossy strings are woven into the texture for an exquisite impact. Men wear pants and a knee-length shirt with a white collar and a sweater. Men regularly wear knee-high socks, while ladies probably won’t wear socks by any means. Men just as ladies wear cloaks, the netela. 

Maasai wear customary garments named Matavuvale while performing Adumu, a conventional move.  Customary male dress is typically light, comprising of a two-section cover, used to cover the privates and hindquarters. The front piece is known as the umutsha (articulated Zulu elocution, and is generally made of springbok. The back piece, called the ibheshu, is made of a solitary bit of springbok or steers stow away and its length is generally utilized as a marker old enough and social position; longer amabheshu  are worn by more seasoned men. Hitched men will as a rule additionally wear a headband, called the umqhele, which is typically likewise made of springbok stow away or panther cover up by men of higher economic wellbeing, for example, bosses. Zulu men will likewise wear bovine tails as wristbands and anklets called imishokobezi during services and ceremonies, for example, weddings or moves.

Places to visit

1. Praslin (Seychelles)

The second biggest of the tropical islands that make up the Seychelles, situated in the core of the Indian Ocean, is Praslin. The island is dabbed with a couple of extravagance resorts, yet the two principle attractions on the island are Anse Lazio and the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Anse Lazio is a stunning sea shore with clear water and astonishing open doors for swimming. The Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is a palm woodland that is saved and fills in as the home to incalculable reptiles and flying creatures including the uncommon Seychelles Black Parrot. 

2. Okavango Delta (Botswana) 

Where the Okavango River meets the bowl of the Kalahari, you’ll discover the Okavango Delta. The delta is stunning to observe and the wellspring of water implies that it is quite often encircled by natural life. The Okavango Delta is a mainstream spot for safaris and you can likewise appreciate some astonishing landscape. An awesome and life-changing approach to investigate the Okavango Delta is with a flying visit via plane, permitting you to see the wandering Okavango River just as a portion of the bigger game creatures. 

3. Dark River Gorges National Park (Mauritius) 

One more of the inconceivable islands in the Indian Ocean, found simply off the Eastern Coast of Africa, is Mauritius. Known for sea shores and heat and humidity, Mauritius is additionally home to the great Black River Gorges National Park. The recreation center is moderately new, established in only 1994 to ensure the characteristic excellence of the island. At the point when you visit, you’ll have the option to climb along stunning path and see a wide scope of endemic untamed life and lovely cascades.

4. Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) 

In the furthest north of Tanzania, near the Kenyan fringe, is the renowned Mount Kilimanjaro. The pinnacle is the tallest in Africa, and the tallest unsupported mountain on the planet, making it a container list objective for some explorers. While the fit can journey to the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro, there are likewise different approaches to investigate the region. There are a few more limited, simpler climbs around the base of the mountain alongside some exquisite cascades and a lot of astounding view. 

5. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) 

In the event that you are keen on observing uncommon untamed life, at that point the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda should be on your schedule for an African experience. With a license from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, you can climb from the two centers of Buhoma to Nkoringo and kayak on flawless lakes. The principle fascination, notwithstanding, is following gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is perhaps the best spot on the planet to see mountain gorillas in their normal territory. 

Things to eat

1. Chambo with nsima, Malawi 

The eyes of Malawians from home may well load up with tears when you state “chambo” to them – it’s the most mainstream and most popular fish found in Lake Malawi, and an extraordinary public top pick. It’s served barbecued along the lake shore, typically with nsima (a firm porridge fundamentally the same as South Africa’s pap and Zimbabwe’s sadza) or with chips. A plate of chambo isn’t finished without ndiwo, a scrumptious relish made of pumpkin or cassava leaves, tomatoes and groundnut powder. Both nsima and ndiwo are loved staple nourishments in neighboring Zambia, alongside Ifisashi, a dish of greens in a nut sauce. 

2. Namibian venison, Namibia 

Great venison can be tested all over Southern Africa, yet Namibians will demand that the absolute best gemsbok, kudu, zebra, warthog, ostrich and springbok is to be found at eateries and game hotels over their nation. Namibian food shows solid German and South African impacts, with customary German delights, for example, wieners, relieved meats, sauerkraut and Eisbein hobnobbing with South-African style potjiekos, biltong and braaivleis. Attempt your venison with customary staples oshifima (maize porridge) or mahangu (pearl millet) and, obviously, a generous mug or two of fine Namibian lager.

3. Cape breyani, South Africa 

A prized exemplary of Cape Malay cooking, breyani is a fragrant dish containing layers of marinated meat, rice, lentils and flavors finished off with fresh singed onions and hard-boiled eggs. This one-pot, slow-cooked dish, a top choice for taking care of huge groups at extraordinary events and festivities, was purchased to the Cape from the East during the soonest days of the slave exchange, alongside other “Malay” dishes, for example, bredies, salted fish, denningvleis and bobotie. 

4. Nyama na irio, Kenya

This very much adored dish, initially a Kikuyu staple that has spread through Kenya, is made of pounded up potatoes, peas, beans, corn and onion and regularly presented with spiced cooked meat to make a scrumptious dish called nyama na irio. Kenya is popular for its marathon runners, and numerous a Kenyan will ascribe their endurance to the wellbeing giving impacts of another prized staple, sukuma wiki. This signifies “push for the week” in Swahili, demonstrating that this dish can be utilized to take care of the family for seven days. Sukuma wiki is made with collard greens as well as kale cooked with onions and flavors to make an interesting relish for ugali (maize porridge). 

5. Koshari, Egypt 

In the event that you need a sample of what customary Egyptian families eat at home, you can’t turn out badly with koshari (differently spelled koushari and koshary), a veggie lover dish of rice, lentils, macaroni, garlic and chickpeas, purchased together by a zesty pureed tomatoes and finished off with seared onion. A decent koshari can send an Egyptian into delights. Another darling exemplary of home cooking is mahshi, or vegetables, for example, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and plant leaves loaded down with spiced rice. 

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