@Leisure: Middle East Meanders, Part 4

  A two-day visit to Cairo and its surrounds had been tagged on to the end of our Middle East meanders and formed an interesting contrast to what we had become accustomed to. Cairo from the air is not an inviting prospect, with many blocks of seemingly unfinished apartments surrounded by a brown haze of […]

@Leisure: Middle East Meanders, part 2

  In part one of this series, based on a recent tour I took of Israel and Egypt, I discussed our travels from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem via Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Nazareth and Bethlehem. The second day started with what came to be a typical wake-up call in Israel. It was either the church […]

@Leisure: Addicted to Dakar

  The Dakar rally is, without a doubt, the world’s toughest motorsport event. And while it now takes place in South America, rather than Africa, the race is still known as the Dakar rally. As a matter of fact, the Dakar has become a brand in its own right, and 2016 saw the 38th running […]

@Leisure: Climbing the highest mountains in Africa

  The highest mountain in Libya, Bikku Bitti, is in one of the most remote, least accessible and least known parts of the Sahara Desert. This region was selected by NASA as the earthly region most similar to conditions on Mars. The area is unfit for human habitation and there are periods of 20 to […]