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I was impressed from the airport. For me, if a country’s airport doesn’t look beautiful and organised, then it tells a lot about the country. The South African airport that I passed through is very big, modern and clean. Their road is incredible and when you get into the town, you get to meet lots of people from different countries. I guess that’s why the country is called a rainbow nation.

South Africa takes security very seriously. When you see their military men, you will be scared to commit any crime because you would have the feeling that they will get you. You will even notice the tight security right from the airport. We have a long way to go in Nigeria when it comes to security. When you see police officers in South Africa, you will have no option but to respect them.

Also, their houses are secured by security companies. If you press a button when anything happens, there will be somebody there to help within five minutes. It is very incredible. Though their crime rate is also high, they are dealing with it.

We can learn a lot from South Africa. Social amenities in South Africa work. The street lights and public transportation system are always available for use. To me, Johannesburg is younger and more beautiful than London. I wonder why our people fail to replicate what they see there after they visit the country. If you are driving, your car will have a longer life span because the roads are good. In fact, you will think every car in South Africa is brand new because they don’t get damaged by bad roads.

The only downside was that I had to come back home very quickly when I exhausted my money. I wished I had more money and more time to stay. South Africa is so beautiful that you would wish to buy a house there because their houses are magnificent. I wish I could buy a house so that when I travel there, I won’t spend so much.

Receiving the thumbs-up from his three passengers, Mr. Labuschagne, who was then manager of Zakouma National Park in Chad, steered the fixed-wing Cessna C180 toward a spot 12 miles south. Earlier that morning, his rangers had spotted the elephants there.

It was precisely these elephants that had drawn me to this remote Central African park. Although few Westerners have heard of it, Zakouma is home to one of the most stunning conservation success stories in Africa. Unchecked poaching had previously rendered the protected area a near war zone: as rebel factions attempted to overthrow the government from 2005 to 2010, poachers took advantage of the country’s lawless state to massacre 90 percent of the park’s elephants. But after taking over Zakouma’s management in 2011, Mr. Labuschagne and his team transformed it into a rare safe haven for Africa’s imperiled elephants.

“If you look at the Central and West African savannas, elephants have almost been exterminated — their populations are just being lost nonstop,” said Chris Thouless, the director of the Elephant Crisis Fund at Save the Elephants, a nonprofit organization based in Kenya. “Zakouma, however, is an outstanding exception.”

I nervously gripped the seat as drafts of warm air tossed the tiny, dated vessel to and fro. But the scenery below was well worth the nerve-racking ride. We passed over an 850-strong herd of buffalo, smoky dust trailing in their wake, and sent a seemingly endless procession of crocodiles slithering into the murky Salamat River. In an adjacent wetland, several hundred pink pelicans took flight like cherry blossom petals in the wind, making me momentarily forget my nausea and angle for a better view.

Ten minutes later, the elephants came into view. Too numerous to count, they were congregated in and around a narrow, latte-brown channel in the Salamat. Some had their strawlike trunks stuck into the water, others were simply cooling off in the knee-deep mud. Babies — adorable in their ungainliness — playfully splashed around their elders’ feet.

I spent about a week in Dakar to accumulate nine West African visas. Although a few West African countries give you a visa at the border, it’s always better to have the visa prior to arrival to guarantee your entry. It seems that the primary duty of African border officials is to ignore whatever their government websites say.

When I asked my journalist friend, Rachel J. Stern, what surprised her the most when she arrived in Dakar. She said, “ I was especially struck by the stylish women donning heels, snazzy jeans, and tank tops. They looked more like they hailed from Manhattan rather than what I previously associated with African women in a Muslim country. That was a good wake up call. And it was impressive to see the muscular men running along the N’gor beach playing football at all hours of the day. Beautiful people."

While a mechanic was working on my car, I had some street food. I sat in the shade on a wooden bench with some young men covered in grease. Our chef was a woman in her early 30s with a baby tied to her back. She tended to the charcoal fires under a few massive aluminum pots. They contained white rice, beef, and okra. There was also pasta and niebe (beans). It cost $1 to get a plate.

Hundreds of homes have been burned and tens of thousands of people driven from ancestral land in Loliondo in the Ngorongoro district in recent years to benefit high-end tourists and a Middle Eastern royal family, says the report by the California-based thinktank the Oakland Institute.

Although carried out in the name of conservation, these measures enable wealthy foreigners to watch or hunt lions, zebra, wildebeest, giraffes and other wildlife, while the authorities exclude local people and their cattle from watering holes and arable land, the institute says.

Losing the Serengeti: The Maasai Land that was to Run Forever uses previously unpublished correspondence, official documents, court testimonies and first-person testimony to examine the impact of two firms: Thomson Safaris based in the United States, and Otterlo Business Corporation based in the United Arab Emirates.

One Maasai quoted in the report said Thomson had built a camp in the middle of their village, blocking access. “Imagine, a stranger comes and constructs a big building in the centre of your home,” reads the testimony. “Our livestock cannot go to the waterhole – there is no other route for the villagers or their livestock.”