The Globejotting Travel Show on Expat Radio

Episode 4: Rethinking Africa’s Safari Industry and a Tribute to South African Musical Hero Johnny Clegg

Original Stream Date: January 23, 2018

The Globejotting Travel Show is a new program hosted by travel writer and award-winning humorist Dave Fox. It streams on the first Tuesday and second Monday of each month on Expat Radio, an English-language Internet radio station based in France.

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On this episode, African wildlife biologist Bill Given talks about his mission to shake up the safari industry. Bill says too much of the money travelers spend on safaris is going to outside companies in big cities and foreign countries.

He’s partnering with three unique safari camps – in Botswana, Kenya, and Tanzania – in an effort to encourage local residents in rural communities to be directly involved in the ownership of camps that operate in their areas.

Bill explains why he thinks this is so important. He also shares tips on how to choose the best places to go and the best time of year for your first African safari.

Also on this week’s show, a tribute to a heroic African musician. After decades of song-and-dance-fuelled political activism in South Africa, Johnny Clegg is about to play his final concert in his adopted homeland.

 African safaris

Program Notes

Bill Given of The Wild Source

Bill Given (left) and Dave Fox traveled together in 2010 on a Safari through the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Bill, along with a team of local wildlife experts, led game drives, and Dave taught a series of travel writing workshops.

Bill Given is an African wildlife biologist and founder of The Wild Source, a safari company based in Colorado in the United States.

Partnering with local communities in Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana, Bill has helped set up three unique safari camps that strive to bring greater employment opportunities to rural areas. These camps include:

Travel Writing Safaris

Dave teaches a writing lesson in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Interested in a travel writing safari with Bill Given and Dave Fox? If you can organize a group of six aspiring writers (all skill levels welcome!), they can custom design an African writing safari based on your prefered dates and destinations.

Johnny Clegg

After decades of musical activism in South Africa, Johnny Clegg has announced he is retiring to spend more time with his family and finish writing his autobiography. Clegg was diagnosed in 2015 with pancreatic cancer.

  • Visit Johnny Clegg’s official website at JohnnyClegg.com.
  • Johnny Clegg has three concerts scheduled in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on January 26-28, 2018. Get tickets here.
  • Learn more about Johnny Clegg’s life, his music, his political activism in South Africa, and his two bands, Juluka and Savuka, on his Wikipedia page.

Musical selections on this program included “Scatterlings of Africa,” “Asimbonanga,” and “These Days.”

“Asimbonanga” was dedicated to Nelson Mandela. In a historic concert in 1999, Clegg performed the song for Mandela. When he was finished playing, Mandela came on stage, told the audience they needed to be dancing more, and then asked Johnny Clegg to play the song again with more audience participation. Watch a video of that historic performance below.

Watch a full, hour-long concert with Johnny Clegg and Savuka, live in Paris here:

… and a 2017 unplugged mini-concert on a South African radio station here:

And finally … he might be retiring, but not without squeezing out one more CD first. Here’s the title track and single off of his new album, “King of Time.”

Stories, Interview Guests, and Travel Questions Wanted!

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And hey … even if you aren’t bursting with immediate, brilliant ideas, Dave would love to hear from you. Drop him an e-mail, tell him who you are, where you’re listening from, and anything else you feel like sharing.

 

Svenny and the Snow Moose

At the top of the program, Dave mentioned making a snow moose on Christmas Eve with Globejotting travel mascot extraordinaire, Mr. Sven Wondermoose. Svenny thanks you for listening to the show. (For more photos, you can follow Sven Wondermoose on Instagram at instagram.com/svenwondermoose.)

 

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