This morning I picked this little beast off my leg. If you look closely, you can see a chunk of my white flesh in its jaws. It is an ixodid or hard bodied tick, a parasitic arachnid. I’ve had tick borne fever twice in Africa. Apparently there are 13 different strains in Swaziland, and catching… Continue reading Tick


My translator asked me what I would be doing over the Easter Holidays. I told her that I planned to go walking in the hills of Mlilwane Game Reserve. “Oh, you white people,” she replied. “You all want to do extreme sports. We Africans only go to the game reserve to set up camp around… Continue reading Mlilwane