What does travelling to Africa make you realise?

I call Africa the new continent as I have only been to three countries, but there is a greatness to Africa, even the name Africa sounds positively powerful to me. I have plans to see so much of this vast continent, in fact, Namibia is at the top of my travel list.

There are more countries in Africa than any other continent in the world – 54 to be precise (according to the UN list of countries.  Of course, as I have mentioned in earlier posts, this number is a subject of debate.) As I write this now, I feel happy that I have seen so little of Africa as there is so much I want to explore over the coming years.

You might be wondering why am I writing about Africa and the other continents..  Well, I would to like share with you some of my experiences in the hope that you will wish to travel and share your experiences with us, whilist wearing a Culem watch.

The meaning of a Culem watch is to record the memories of your travel experiences, while enjoying the pleasure of a dual time GMT watch.  Each watch dial in the first collection has a magnificent map of the world and every continent is engraved on the case back symbolising the future of Culem.  The second collection will focus on Europe and the third on Africa.

Just like in my earlier posts about travel, I would like to share with you a personal and meaningful snapshot from a book I am writing about travel and how it has changed my life.

Here is the extract from my book below:


Like my favourite animal the elephant, I will never forget my experiences in Africa.  I first went to Egypt when I was 14 and returned again in 2017. I was in awe of the Pyramids, both as a teenager and as a man craving the spirit of adventure and discovery.  To me, there is no other country in the world like Egypt with the magnificence of its ancient relics (like the Great Pyramids of Giza, the temple of Abu Simbel, the Valley of the Kings, the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun) set against the backdrop of the Sahara Desert and the tranquility of the Nile.  They all have to be seen to be believed.

At the other end of this vast continent, I went to South Africa mainly to visit Cape Town and enjoy a safari in the Kruger National Park.  In my opinion, a safari is truly one of the best travel experiences you can have in the world and I want to repeat the experience again and again.  

On the tracker led safari drives in an open top vehicle,  our small group went on eight drives in four days and every drive was superb in every imaginable way. I saw the Big 5 (elephants, lions, buffalos, rhinoceros’ and leopards) and on top of this giraffes, zebras, hyenas, warthogs, hippos, impalas, kudus, monkeys, vultures, eagles, scorpions, mongoose and even dung beetles.   

After going on safari, it got my mind thinking about creation, how the animal world works and how everything has its place in the ecosystem like pieces in a jigsaw all slotting together.  Until going on a safari, I never truly realised this!

Powerful tool for a world education

Looking back at my trip to beautiful Capetown before going to Kruger, I went on a tour of Robben Island, which was a prison for political prisoners including the most famous of all, Nelson Mandela.

Our guide, an ex-political prisoner told us a quote that Nelson Mandela wrote to his wife where he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon that changes the world.”  This quote stayed with me, and I have processed and modified it. In my opinion education is the powerful tool to change the world, and travel is the best form of education!


I hope you enjoyed my brief and meaningful snapshot of Africa.  It really is a snapshot as I have not seen much of this great continent.  Yet, this continent has a wonderful meaning for me in many ways as you can see.  After visiting South Africa in November 2012, I realised that I wanted to set up the Culem Foundation.  I just didn’t have a name for it yet.

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Thank you for reading and I would like to wish you all a very happy 2019.  M.

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