Cairo to Capetown
In 1995, I spent five winter months in Africa to avoid
Montreal's frozen climate. I flew to Cairo, backpacked by bus, train and
truck down to Capetown and flew back home via Cairo, Israel, Cyprus and
I had been to Egypt and Morocco before but this time I saw more
of them. Israel, Jordan and Sudan showed me once again how religions breed
intolerance, fear and hatred. I had still more to learn from my trip through
black Africa. I had visited some countries of Western Sub Sahara on
business but had not had time to really understand their social structures.
It was not easy to investigate the trends and forces shaping these societies
because the social and political awareness of the general population is
not very developed in this part of the continent. I was however fortunate
enough to meet a few articulate Africans who told me about the situation
in their respective countries (some, only after I had promised confidentiality).
My impressions gradually gelled into
own perception of the negative role of tribal politics in Africa which
I gladly share with you.
You can begin by Egypt and follow my track in the order
shown on the map or go directly to any country that interests you
more particularly by clicking on it.
South Africa (1 - Capetown,
South Africa (2 - Cape-Durban),
South Africa (3 - Durban),
South Africa (4 - Kruger Park),
South Africa (5 - East Transvaal),
South Africa (6- Pretoria),
Morocco (1) and
Many readers have e-mailed me asking for advice on transport
and accommodations. Transport is so volatile that I cannot help much. Lodgings
also change but I can offer a
list of the
hotels I used and their prices with all due reservations as to its