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Fred and Donanne Hunter


Pamela Hussey who has told us about being offered the redo of the Nairobi mayor’s office and about an extraordinary Christmas in Samburu recounts a visit to George Adamson and his lions. We flew over Kora Camp twice, announcing our presence.  At our second circle, coming in low to land, a battered Range Rover jeep […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Morocco, 1960s

Bill Mimms served as a Foreign Service Officer in Morocco and Switzerland.  But after 12 years he was lured from a diplomatic career by a dream to fly airplanes.  He achieved that goal, flying for both Pan Am and Delta.  Here he recalls a watering hole in Casablanca. While there was no Rick’s Cafe in […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Morocco, 1972

Jan Rudestam, who told us about losing her backpack in Ceuta and retrieving it thanks to the help of a macho Moroccan, gives us a sense-impression tour of Fez. Fez, Morocco, in 1972, was the most sensual place I have ever experienced. Ken and I got off the bus just outside the stone walls surrounding […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Ghana, 2001, part two

Last week biologist Richard Poole told about a working EarthWatch visit he and his wife Christine made to a hippo sanctuary in northwest Ghana.  This week he and Christine have adventures trying to leave the country. Leaving the hippo sanctuary at Wechiau in northern Ghana early in the morning, we arrived at Accra late afternoon.  […]

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After a stint in the Marines as a helicopter and fixed wing pilot, Richard Poole got a Ph. D. in Plant Physiology at the University of Florida.  He spent most of his teaching career there in the College of Agriculture.  He traveled as well: to six continents, 33 countries and all the American states.  Here […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Western Sahara, 2013

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is a novelist whose works of fiction include The Dark Path to the River and No Marble Angels.  A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, she serves as a Vice President of PEN, the world’s oldest and largest writers organization with 144 centers in around 104  countries.   She recently visited Western Sahara.  […]

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Robert Weiss, a Cleveland area physician, and his wife Judith studied French in Aix-en-Provence in October, 2013, where they got to know the Hunters.  Next Robert turned up in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer of ultra-high quality.  He’s graciously agreed to let Travels in Africa publish part of his 2013 year-end letter. As most […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: The Congo, 1962-1964, part two

As Krys related in the first part of her piece about Leopoldville, she, as a teenaged US Embassy dependent, met Marine guard Bob Crawford and a friendship blossomed.  She continues the story: Even though the Congo was really quite unstable after independence, we were young and generally unafraid.  Everything we did or everywhere we went […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: The Congo, 1962-64, part one

Krys Crawford came upon Travels in Africa while checking the internet for photos of Léopoldville (now Kinshasa).  We exchanged emails and she turned out to have a fascinating tale of that turbulent town, seen from the special vantage point of a teenager.  Here’s the first part of her story: I was born in England in […]

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Bob Baker, who had an exceptional career serving in USIS posts throughout the world, adds another chapter to his adventures as a US cultural officer in Mali. The dictatorial, Marxist Malian government ran Radio Mali with European communist material and editorial assistance. They denounced the U.S. every day as a racist, imperialist, blood-sucking capitalist country.  […]

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