Dark Continent, My Black Arse is Sihle Khumalo’s personal and often hilarious account of his perception of Mama Africa, based on his journey from Cape to Cairo by public transport bus, boksie, matola. Celebrating life with gusto and in inimitable style, he describes a journey fraught with discomfort, mishap, ecstasy, disillusionment, discovery and astonishing human encounters; a journey that would be acceptable madness in a white man but is regarded by the author s fellow Africans as an extraordinary and inexplicable expenditure of time and money.
“Dark Continent, My Black Arse is uniquely an African travel story: the story of ‘an African travelling on his own money and motivation, from one end of Africa to the other’. An inspiring story, it carries the following warning: Reading this book might cause you to resign from your boring job, leave your nagging / ungrateful / insecure partner, stop merely existing and start living the life you have always longed and yearned for.” – Paul Theroux, author of Dark Star Safari.
Sihle Khumalo wa born in rural KwaZulu-Natal and grew up in Pietermaritzburg. An Alumnus of Natal Technikon and Wits Business School, he worked in Durban and briefly in Richards Bay before joining Anglo American’s Exploration Division.