Midori Paxton

For Midori Paxton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Namibia's no man's land

| Mar 23, 2008

Namibia's no man's land

A trek through the vast Sperrgebiet wilderness that will soon be opened to tourism reveals an abundance of flora and fauna, mountains, meteorite craters, pristine beaches, isles with names like Roast Beef Island — and swarms of killer bees. Second of two parts Trygve* ...

Inside Namibia's forbidden zone

| Feb 24, 2008

Inside Namibia's forbidden zone

First of two parts The public will finally be allowed access to one of the world’s last and largest wilderness areas — the Sperregebiet diamond region. Day one in the deep south of Namibia and the view does not entice. What started as high ...

The other wild side of Zimbabwe

| Jan 27, 2008

The other wild side of Zimbabwe

In recent years Zimbabwe has consistently made headlines for all the wrong reasons: despotism, the highest inflation rate in the world, human rights abuses. You name your classic African fiasco/atrocity/act of idiocy, President Robert Mugabe’s has done it. In spades. So why the hell, ...

The rigors of indolence!

| Nov 25, 2007

The rigors of indolence!

After a week of decadent inactivity in the Aegean Dream resort on the coast of Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula I woke (late) to the disturbing realization that — as I confessed on this page last month — I had ceased to be a travel writer. ...

Lost in an Aegean dream

| Oct 28, 2007

Lost in an Aegean dream

Herodotus, the so-called Father of History, made a few rather extravagant claims in his time (his time being the 5th century B.C., which is when he wrote the world’s first history books). The Ionian Greek’s accounts of Himalayan marmots* pursuing and devouring camels and ...

Get ready to sprint-shop where the living ain't easy

| Apr 1, 2007

Get ready to sprint-shop where the living ain't easy

Very recently, I had the opportunity to see the 83-year-old head of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. The contemptible cranium was traveling at high speed in a convoy of shiny black Mercs, souped-up and overcrowded army trucks, police cars and motorcycle outriders. I, and very ...

Medieval gem to blow you away

| Aug 20, 2006

Medieval gem to blow you away

Heidelberg’s a blast! This German university town has something about it that simply says “style.” It also has a history of revolutionary ideas, religious schisms, destruction, anarchy and heroic restoration. This may be why it attracts 3 million tourists a year. There’s a thoroughly ...

Wild times in the Lost World

| Jul 9, 2006

Wild times in the Lost World

The scene looks straight out of Jurassic Park. Huge vehicles thrash through the churned earth burdened with winches and cranes, steel crates and giraffes. Tough guys in uniforms bellow instructions or saunter about holding guns, netting, ropes to restrain buffalo, and all sorts of ...

Time to kill -- but not mosquitoes

| Jun 4, 2006

Time to kill -- but not mosquitoes

I am only an hour’s drive from my destination — the lodge of Safari Hoek, where, as promised in the last column, I plan to write up an “ethical” hunting safari outfit — when I inadvertently bag my first trophy. A guinea fowl. Big ...