Travel Story An Evening in Africa

An ostrich on the great plains of Africa.
Picture: Stephen Scourfield The West Australian

Join Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield to celebrate, over dinner and drinks, a continent that dazzles with diversity. For Africa is a giant that buzzes with the cycle of life.  

I stand near a waterhole in Africa in the late afternoon as the day’s hot wind stops dead, evening coming fast.

Insects chirp and the birds shrink their songs to the plaintive, wistful low calls of sunset.

And then, to the left, there’s a crashing sound — elephants coming. The herd doesn’t stroll in on the soft feet that I know them for, but charges down the bank, kicking up dust, led by a big bull with pumped-out ears the size of car bonnets.

The 12 of them look for all the world like a bunch of party crashers out for trouble. But then they slam on the brakes, to let that dominant male go to the edge and drink first.

The African continent is full of such wildlife moments.

And it is full of cultural zest. Even on walking out of a regional airport, there is a polyphonic welcome as a line-up of singers trill tribal refrains, and dancers step forward to athletically jump or stamp, and show off their own special move.

And we will meld many of these incredible moments into An Evening in Africa.

In this extraordinary event, we’ll spend the evening on this vibrant continent. We’ll show you this near neighbour’s variety. There are more than 50 countries in Africa and they are as different to me as the countries of Europe.

These are countries with deep histories, deeply tribal, with similarities and enormous, intrinsic differences.

This is a continent of culture and wildlife. This is not a dark continent — this is a luminous and illuminated continent.

An Evening in Africa

 

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