Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Scenes of West Africa - Can you guess what these mounds are?

Photo Credit: ACEI Cheung
These incredible mounds can be seen dotting the landscape in many areas of West Africa, indeed throughout many areas of Africa.

Photo Credit: Mathieu Dessus
These mounds are ant hills. Made by mound building termites. Some have been found to have a diameter of 30 meters! The mounds outlive the colony that built it - which is why the man above seems perfectly comfortable putting his hand on it. When the tunnels are exposed, it usually means the colony that built it is dead. 

Photo Credit: Jeff Ataway
And we thought we had ant problems in our backyard!

Termite mound, The Gambia
Photo Credit: Leonora Enking


  1. Imagine having that in your back garden! Shudder at the thought! I've hated ants since I was at school revising for exams outside and found them crawling all over me.

    1. Oh yuck! A few years ago, we hid a bunch of those plastic Easter eggs filled with treats around the yard, and when the kids gathered them and opened them, most of them were filled - filled! - with ants. Blargh.


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