Answers to Africa Quiz #3

Well, you surprised me.  I never thought you’d figure out this first one, but Sue, Lindy and Sandy know poop when they see it.

can1. The can attached to the bumper of the jeep contained elephant dung.  It is set on fire and acts as a VERY effective mosquito repellant.  So glad we didn’t have to rub it on our skin!

Is there no end to the number of uses for elephant dung?  With so much of it around, you might as well find a way to use it!  I was continually impressed by the inventiveness and creativity of Africans.P1090276


2. This is the sink in the ladies’ room at Phalaborwa Airport.   The water bubbles up from holes in the sink’s surface.  All you have to do is turn that brown knob on the right to get the water going. WE probably never would have figured that out, except a local lady happened to be washing her hands while we were there.

P1070005And what a cute airport Phalaborwa is! A South Africa copper mining town, it appears to generate enough revenue so the government can afford to make the airport quite lovely and comfortable, with great animal sculptures.

Note that not ALL airports were like Phalaborwa.

Maureen and Jeanne at the Maureen and Jeanne at the “airport” on our way to the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

What you see in the photo above is what you get– a landing strip and a little shed with ax, fire extinguisher and stretcher.  Oh yeah, and a few huge termite mounds.  Did you notice the big one on the right?

The airport for Lufupa, the Zambian camp, was a bit larger–it had TWO structures.

The bathroom is the smaller structure on the far right. The bathroom is the smaller structure on the far right.

3. The connections among these objects?  The mopane worm feeds on those leaves, which are from (no surprise) the mopane tree.  The worms are a delicacy, so much so that they are featured on the coins of Botswana.P1100359

Hey, before you get all judgmental on me, remember,  we eat lobsters and crabs–and don’t even get me started on that rubbery stuff we call calamari!

But don’t think that we were just eating worms and warthogs.  Check out this feast…I mean snack.

Our 3:30 PM Our 3:30 PM “snack” before the afternoon game drive. Can we make it till our “sundowner” break at 6:00? What about dinner at 7:30?

4.  The  Nobel Peace Prize winners were Chief Luthulu, Archbishop Tutu, De Klerk, and Nelson Mandela.

At Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, CapeTown At Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

The long flights, plus time spent hanging in airports, gave me ample opportunity to read all 600+ pages of Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”.

What an incredible man-to be imprisoned for 27 years and still be able to forgive his captors because he knew that was the only way for his country to heal and to move forward.  He makes our red/blue, right/left, Democratic/Republican disagreements look so very petty and silly.

Travel is such a broadening experience.  Seeing how far South Africa has come since apartheid and comparing it to Zimbabwe under Mugabe further underscores Mandela’s greatness and the power of forgiveness.   We could learn so much from Mandela.

Tutu in front of a photo of Mandela, at St. George's Cathedral. Cape Town. Tutu in front of a photo of Mandela, at St. George’s Cathedral. Cape Town.

5. Cecil Rhodes managed to accomplish so much during a rather short life time. P1110234
Although he died before his 49th birthday, Rhodes amassed quite a fortune from his success mining diamonds. Some noteworthy accomplishments: He bequeathed the land that became the Kirstenbosch Gardens to South Africa, he got the bridge over Victoria Falls built, he established a trust that funds Rhodes Scholars, oh yeah, and he did manage to get a country named after himself (Or was that TWO countries?  What is now Zambia was Northern Rhodesia, and Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia.)

Time to take a break from Africa and move to another continent.  Hope you’ll come along!


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I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain. I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking). I've never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance, counting on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.

7 thoughts on “Answers to Africa Quiz #3”

  1. I’m so glad you found me and led me to your blog. Reading it and studying your photographs, I feel like you are making me part of an adventure I’ll probably never have. Thank you. I’ll continue to spend time with you.


    1. I really appreciate your kind comments. Thanks so much for letting me know that I am accomplishing my goal–which is to share the wonderful gift I have been given (the opportunity to travel) with others.
      I am enjoying your writings as well, and plan to order your book after my next trip ends.


  2. Such a wonderful, eclectic post. Tributes to leaders who bring us together instead of dividing – much to think about when looking at our own disappointing current impasses, and even – as you suggest – our individual responsibility in being willing to compromise, forgive, work together.

    The contrasting airports are so interesting, as I’m sure we’re some modes of transportation!

    And PS, I KNEW that was poop; I’m just too much a lady to mention unmentionables in public! :-). *wink*


    1. Doesn’t “dung” sound so much nicer than the other terms? I plan on exclaiming “oh dung!” whenever I become frustrated.
      So glad to have you along for the ride. My next trip will be on a bike. No plans to visit a skate park, though.

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  3. I’ll be joining the “Biker Chicks” on my stationary bike following the ladies from Prague to Vienna! Have a great time!!!!


    1. We are delighted to have you along. You’ll probably get more exercise on your stationary bike than we will. The weather report for the next 10 days is for PULA, which is the Botswana word for rain (and money and serves as a greeting too.). I have another term for it, which is also 4 letters, begins with P, and is a favorite word of most 8 year old boys!


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