Africa

  • Kadealo, African Dogs, Bat-eared Fox

African dogs: Bat-eared fox

By |2020-08-06T21:07:56+00:00August 6th, 2020|

The bat-eared fox has very large distinctive ears relative to the size of its body which look just like bat ears, hence the name. It is a small creature, weighing in at just 7 to 12lbs, and its body size is between 18 to 26 inches long. It has a yellow-brown body and a raccoon-like band around its face, while its legs and tail are black. They prefer to live in short-grass plains, savannas, grasslands, and areas where termites, beetles, and other insects occur, generally in Eastern and Southern nations of Africa. This is because termites make up 80% of its diet, being an [...]

  • Kadealo, African Names

10 African names inspired by gods & goddesses

By |2020-08-01T22:17:05+00:00August 1st, 2020|

Perhaps you are of African descent and are struggling to find authentic African names for your newborn, or perhaps you went to Africa and fell in love with it, and so you want to give your newborn an African name? Or do you just want to know a little more about African gods and goddesses, and the meaning behind their names? Whatever the reason, here is a list names inspired by African gods and goddesses. Courtesy of mythicalcreaturescatalogue.com African Names: Bumba Bumba is the supreme god amongst the Bushongo tribe in the modern day Congo region of Africa. He [...]

  • Kadealo, African Girl Names

Top 10 girls names inspired by African Queens

By |2020-08-01T22:09:01+00:00August 1st, 2020|

Perhaps you are of African descent and are struggling to find authentic African names for your new born girl, or perhaps you went to Africa and fell in love with it, and so you want to name your new born an African name? Or do you just want to know a little more about famous African princesses, and the meaning behind their names? Whatever the reason, here is a top 10 list of girls names inspired by prominent African princesses, and a little about their origins and meaning. Courtesy of François Villain/allthatsinteresting.com African Girl Names: Queen Nzingha Queen Nzingha is [...]

  • Kadealo, African Names

Top 10 boys names inspired by African Kings

By |2020-08-01T21:45:51+00:00August 1st, 2020|

Perhaps you are of African descent and are struggling to find authentic African names for your new born son, or perhaps you went to Africa and fell in love with it, and so you want to name your new born an African name? Or do you just want to know a little more about famous African kings, and the meaning behind their names? Whatever the reason, here is a top 10 list of boys names inspired by great African kings, and a little about their origins and meaning. Courtesy of Matt Brown/Flickr African Names: Shaka Shaka Zulu is the [...]

  • Kadealo, Adinkra Symbols

Adinkra symbols shaping our lives today

By |2020-08-02T13:03:57+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Symbolism has played an important role in human lives since neolithic times, when caves were painted with symbols depicting everything from hunting practices to divine beings in the heavens. Adrinkra symbols originate from the Bono people of Gyaman, who lived in modern day Ghana and Ivory Coast. The symbols were created by King Nana Kwadwo Agyemang Adrinkra and were named after himself. The symbols were used on by the Bono people to decorate pottery and stools. Adrinkra cloths were only worn by royalty and spiritual leaders for special occasions or funerals. The symbols were linked to proverbs and depicted the Bono people's history, beliefs [...]

  • Kadealo, African Music

Meet the trendsetters that have shaped African music

By |2020-08-02T14:14:15+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Africa is home to a number of fantastic musical artists and genres and there are more coming to the forefront all the time. With influences from the rich cultural backgrounds of the continent, some genres that are unique to Africa have started to develop, integrating new and old world sounds to create something truly unique. The advent of numerous musical festivals such as the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Morocco and  the Lake of Stars in Malawi has opened up a world of possibilities to experience these bold new genres and artists live. Here are some trendsetters that have grown the African music scene [...]

  • Kadealo, African Myths and Legends

Popular African myths and legends you’ll hear around a campfire

By |2020-08-02T15:10:52+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Myths and legends help create a rich tapestry of tradition and culture. Every country the world over has its own take on myths and legends. Here is a special collection of stories you'll hear around an African campfire.  Courtesy of hoaxes.org African Myths and Legends: The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forest, the Man Eating Tree of Madagascar makes its appearance. This tree is said to catch people in its branches, then opens up the bark to swallow them whole. All that's left is a horrifying sound coming [...]

  • Kadealo, African Trees

Check out these iconic African trees

By |2020-08-02T14:52:04+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Courtesy of vil.sandi/Flickr African Tree: Baobab (Adansonia Digitata) Other names include Boab, Boaboa, Tabaldi, Bottle tree, Upside-down tree and monkey bread tree. These trees hold somewhat of an iconic status in Africa – especially Madagascar, where 6 indigenous species belong to that island alone – which have a characteristic look about them where they look like they are growing upside down, with the roots at the top which are actually its branches. The trees are known for their fire-resistant bark and have a remarkable drought resistance. These giants grow up to 30 metres high, and carbon dating shows they may live [...]

  • Kadealo, Flowers in South Africa

Places to view spring flowers in South Africa

By |2020-08-01T20:18:15+00:00July 11th, 2020|

Spring in South Africa – especially along the Western and Northern Capes, is something special: Flowers bloom all across arid areas that are barren desserts for the rest of the year. Of course, being in the southern hemisphere, spring hits in July or August, but these flower blooms may continue well into September, depending on the weather that particular year. This is a great time to drive around the flower-rich terrain of South Africa, and also a great time to go hiking or mountain biking through these flower laden routes. Courtesy of Pascal Parent/flickr Flowers in South Africa: Namaqualand [...]

  • Kadealo, African Natural Wonders

25 African natural wonders for your bucket list

By |2020-06-24T22:08:16+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

Courtesy of ER Bauer/Flickr African Natural Wonder: Sossusvlei, Namibia With its iconic red sand dunes, that are constantly moulded into different shapes and patterns by the wind, Sossuvlei is one of the most photogenic wonders of Africa. The sand dunes are in fact some of the largest in the world, and the salt and clay pan at the end of the Tsauchab River is where Soussusvlei gets its name from: In Nama and Afrikaans it means “dead-end” and “marsh”. The iconic red dunes of Soussusvlei are formed through a geological process that has been taking place for millions of years. The [...]

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