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It has been a while since our last African Avenue newsletter. Work and family have been keeping us busy – our children Rosie and Zac are now 5 and 3 years old – and time seems to be slipping by. There is lots of news to report ... we have just launched our new website that commemorates African Avenue’s 10th birthday (click here) and we are also now supporting a wonderful project, Zwelkids, which we are excited to share with you.

Happy reading!

Rich & Susie

The Zwel Kids Club - Our project

Excited chatter, a sea of smiling faces ... the little ones are arriving home from school at midday knowing there is a hug and a meal waiting. This is Zwelkids Club, an after-school care facility – a home away from home for some 100 vulnerable children from the rural community of Zwelisha outside White River, South Africa – just a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Kruger National Park.

Why this initiative you may ask? Originally a feeding scheme, it was clear the need went far deeper than just physical nourishment. Under the guidance of Ethne Cameron, a vision of holistic care for children in Zwelisha, who are impacted by HIV and raised in child-headed households, became a reality in the form of the Zwelkids Club. Aside from the practicalities of food and clothing, the Zwelkids are exposed to reading, games and homework support, with an opportunity to play soccer or be part of a cycling club. Most importantly, there is lots of love and dedication from Collen and Gugu who run the project.

What is needed? There is some monetary aid from the local community and limited overseas assistance, but the reality is that the Club needs to be self-sustaining to make economic sense and to foster longevity. This is where you can get involved. African Avenue has committed to a policy where we donate R1 000 (+/- USD$70) for every traveller that visits Africa with African Avenue. We would like to encourage you to match our donation. With this small amount, we can all make a big difference.

We invite you to partner with us on this project, and help give your travel a meaning beyond just the journey of discovery.
If you are visiting the Serengeti, a ‘must’ is to spend one or two days at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. The area is named after the Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano and the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, the area consists of extensive highlands with the famous 600 metre-deep crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on Earth.


A great way to spend a day in the Western Cape’s wine country is the Franschhoek Wine Tram “hop-on hop-off” tour. You will discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley with its picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history.

A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops, allowing you to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards, and then when you are ready, you hop-on and continue the tour.

Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The British explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see the falls in 1855. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. More than five hundred million cubic metres of water per minute plummet over the edge of the falls, over a width of nearly two kilometres, falling into a gorge over one hundred metres below.

There is plenty to see and do around the Victoria Falls … from action-packed activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting, to the more manageable adventure activities like canoeing on the Zambezi or walking with elephants.

Best time to visit? Between February and June you have the highest volume of water flowing over the falls. However, this does not necessarily mean it’s the best time for viewing as you can hardly see the falls through the amount of mist and spray. My favourite time is between July and September when the water level dips, allowing you to take part in adventure activities, such as white water rafting and swimming in Devils Pool.

After thousands of years of erosion, many rock pools have formed and one of them (Devils Pool) is situated right on the edge of the sheer drop. From mid-August to mid-January, the Zambezi River drops substantially, and it is possible to take a rocky walk and a swim in the river to reach the pool (from the Zambian side only) ... indeed, this is the ultimate infinity pool. Guides will ensure your safety at all times. The view from the edge is totally exhilarating as you feel the force of the Zambezi flowing past you and crashing down over the precipice, one hundred metres below. Definitely one for the bucket list!
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