Retold: folk tales from the African continent

Because they bring to life the magic of African wildlife, I’m writing this blog that gives credit to and carries forward traditional African folk tales, myths and fables about animals. These stories (which are often no longer being told) frequently have a moral theme to them, and are often used to explain animal behaviour or to educate on correct behaviour. By listening to these stories, just feel the warmth and cosiness of the campfire and come and experience Africa! The stories are accompanied by a paragraph called ’8 fascinating facts’ about the animal that is ‘in the spotlight’ and feature some photos that I took in Kruger National park.

Why does the Hippo live in the water?

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A very long time ago in Africa most animals lived on the land, and only a very few lived in the water. The hot sun baked the earth every day, and all the animals suffered one way or another. But the animals had strong skins to protect them against the…

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Why does the elephant has a trunk?

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The Elephant used to only have a small snout in The Beginning. This didn’t bother him unduly, in fact he was rather proud of his small nose because it never got in the way of feeding and drinking. Because of his great size, mealtimes were very important to Elephant, and…

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How the zebra got its black stripes

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How the Zebra got its black stripes Long ago, when animals were still new in Africa, the weather was very hot, and what little water there was remained in a few pools and pans. One of these remaining water pools was guarded by a boisterous baboon, who claimed that he…

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