About Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia, by Justin Chapman:

In the Spring of 2012, reporter and travel junkie Justin Chapman threw his cares to the wind and, by himself, set off on an epic journey across eight countries in Africa—from Cape Town, South Africa to Mityana, Uganda—by bus, train, and boat. Along the way, he narrowly escaped being locked away in a mental institution, visited an impoverished township that was changing its future with the help of an art-based nonprofit, got into a life-threatening car crash, explored the mystical island of Zanzibar, lived with a group of Catholic priests, witnessed a witchcraft healing ceremony, discovered a pygmy opium den, and chased down riveting stories with a local journalist. He crossed cultural boundaries, found love and companionship in unusual places, and stared death—with all its visceral stench and gore—directly in the eyeballs. Saturnalia is an engrossing cultural anthropological treatise like none other. By embarking on a journey of self-discovery and survival, Chapman explores what Africa really has to offer, and in the process, discovers surprising and unexpected relationships between people and places.

Originally published by Rare Bird Books in January 2015. Purchase the book here.


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Also check out Art Aids Art, the non-profit organization that is empowering woman in a poor township in Cape Town, South Africa: artaidsart.org