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Recommended reading - A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke

A House in Fez
While vacationing in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are inspired to buy a dilapidated, centuries-old riad (guesthouse) in Fez with the aim of restoring it to its original splendor, using only traditional craftsmen and handmade materials. The house is in the Medina—the Old City—of Fez, the best-preserved, medieval walled city in the world. Inside this vibrant Moroccan community, internet cafes and mobile phones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways,…

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Moroccan chicken

Moroccan Chicken
Moroccan cuisine is an absolute feast for the senses. Full of mouthwatering flavors, scents, and spices that make it unique and irresistible. One of the distinctive aspects of Moroccan cuisine is the combination of sweet and savory flavors, as in this recipe chicken with olives and apricots. Ingredients • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1…

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Moroccan Hamman

Hammam
A Hammam is more than just a place to get clean. It is where men socialize at the end of the work day. It is a place where women escape their isolated homebound duties and chat with friends.  More practically, it is the place where people whose homes don’t have sufficient running water can bath easily.The Moroccan tradition of public bathing has its origins with the Romans, and is likely the oldest surviving bath tradition in the world. Interestingly, it is a tradition that is…

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Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

A Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.  Learn more… http://www. At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. While at college, he traveled to East Africa—a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted…

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Who Gnu - Top 10 fascinating Great Migration facts:

Wildebeest in motion
1. Between January and March, half a million wildebeest are born each year in the Serengeti. In February, the month with the highest calving rate, around 8,000 wildebeest are born each day.  2. The Great Migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,00 zebra and a host of other antelope travelling cross country. 3. The Great Migration is the largest overland migration in the world. The animals travel 500 miles or more during each cycle. 4. While the migration may seem like a chaotic…

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Just why do wildebeest migrate?

Great Wildebeest Migration - river crossing
Why, when most wildebeest in Africa are non-migratory, are those of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystems nomadic? No scientist or naturalist has yet been able to answer this question conclusively, but there is no shortage of hypotheses.  Studies using aerial photography show a remarkable level of organisation in the structure of the wildebeest herds as they start moving. The groups display a wavy front that snakes out like the head of a swarm. This amazing structure cannot be apparent to each…

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Mujadara

Simple and tasty.
Mujadara is a popular and tasty rice and lentil dish, cooked in many countries throughout the Middle East. This is how it’s made in Jordan…. 2 cups white rice 2 cups brown lentils, soaked overnight in water, drained vegetable oil, for cooking ½ cup vermicelli noodles 2 lb brown onions, thinly sliced ½ tsp salt Place the rice in a large bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to soak for 30 minutes, then drain well. Place the drained lentils in a large saucepan and cover with 4 cups…

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Did You Know… honey badgers are known as aggressive, ferocious creatures?

They are also inquisitive and persistent in their quest for food. Watch the video below to see how one pair went in search of a late-night snack at Chamilandu Bushcamp! Honey Badger & Hyena raid Chamilandu Kitchen from The Bushcamp Company on Vimeo.

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leopards like to get as close as possible to their prey before attempting to kill?

At this time of year, with long grass and lush vegetation covering the valley, predators are able to conceal themselves much more easily and make good use of the favorable conditions.

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the distinctive mane of adult male lions is a unique feature among cat species?

It is thought to serve several purposes…. It makes the lion appear bigger and helps to intimidate other lions during confrontations. It may also help in attracting females and can also protect the vulnerable neck area during any fights. The size and color of the mane is affected by various factors… genetic precondition, maturity, climate or habitat.

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