Dark Continent, My Black Arse: By Bus, Boksie, Matola -- from Cape to Cairo

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Umuzi, 2007 - Travel - 223 pages
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Dark Continent, My Black Arse is Sihle Khumalo's personal and often hilarious account of his perception of Mama Africa, based on his journey from Cape to Cairo by public transport - bus, boksie, matola. Celebrating life with gusto and in inimitable style, he describes a journey fraught with discomfort, mishap, ecstasy, disillusionment, discovery and astonishing human encounters; a journey that would be acceptable madness in a white man but is regarded by the author's fellow Africans as an extraordinary and inexplicable expenditure of time and money. As Sihle's famous counterpart Paul Theroux, author of Dark Star Safari, comments, Dark Continent, My Black Arse is uniquely an African travel story: the story of 'an African traveling on his own money and motivation, from one end of Africa to the other'. An inspiring story, it carries the following warning: Reading this book might cause you to resign from your boring job, leave your nagging / ungrateful / insecure partner, stop merely existing and start living the life you have always longed and yearned for.

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User Review  - Estrela - LibraryThing

I think the editor should have advised on a more elegant title! It is an interesting read because it shows what goes through the mind of the average South African young black male. At the end of the ... Read full review

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It's very refreshing to read an African travel book written by an African. This book is amusing and informative, without being as patronising as most travel books about Africa. It tries to look at ... Read full review


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SIHLE KHUMALO is the bestselling author of Dark Continent My Black Arse and Heart of Africa. Shorter pieces by him have appeared in uMama and Cheesecutters and Gymslips, and he has contributed to a number of travel magazines. In 2011, Sihle was selected as one of Destiny magazine's Top 40 South Africans under the age of 40 who are destined for greatness. Born in Nqutu in rural KwaZulu-Natal, he was educated at Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology) and the Wits Business School. He is married and has two children. He currently lives in Johannesburg, where he works for a property development company.

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