Author Archives: Alexander Matthews

Dar es Salaam: a sultry city break

The service can be sullen, Uber is a nightmare and some flashy venues may be close to empty, but the city is a rewarding alternative to Zanzibar nonetheless.

Tanzania’s descent into despotism

John Magufuli came to power in Tanzania amid much fanfare. He’s done much in the way of reform — but the slow creep towards autocracy is concerning.

My 2018 books: a year of reading

The books that moved and inspired me this year (and that might move and inspire you too…).

Discovering a hidden corner of the Kruger on foot

Exploring the Kruger National Park’s extraordinary Pafuri region: a land of fever tree forests, ancient baobabs, dramatic gorgeous and stunning wildlife.

Walking along Kruger’s croc-infested Lanner Gorge

Mind your toes.

A private villa in Pafuri

Experiencing the Kruger as only a lucky few get to do.

Rediscovering Durban’s grand dame, the Oyster Box Hotel

Every city of substance has an iconic hotel to match. Durban is no exception.