Tourism with a Twist

Menno Schreuder

DECOY: Documentary-makers tracked down this original weapons-carrying truck, used to smuggle arms to anti-apartheid fronts

For the 500 or so backpackers who took a bargain-price safari from Kenya and central Africa to South Africa, it was the experience of a lifetime. Only now are they discovering it was even more than that. The travelers were unwitting participants in an African National Congress weapons-smuggling operation. From 1986 to 1993, Africa Hinterland Safaris, a company set up by the A.N.C. in London, carried not only innocent passengers but also a total of 40 tons of not-so-innocent arms and ammunition for the A.N.C.'s war against apartheid in South Africa. On each seven-week journey of up to 4,500 km in...

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