Our Favourite African Lost-In-Translation Photos

By far one of our favourite pages on the Facebook is Africa, this is why I live here. If you haven’t checked it out, do yourself the favour. The page features images submitted by users, mostly from South Africa, but also from further afield. The page supports rhino conservation initiatives as the owners run a small game park in the Eastern Cape.

The Facebook page, naturally features a number of posts dedicated to saving our rhinos. It also has a number of albums which feature downright hysterical photos, like one called “Toilet Humour” featuring interesting toilet situations across the dark continent and another called “Drive by Shooting” which features bizarre pics taken while on the road. An almost definite favourite though is one called “Lost in Translation“, a catalogue of hilarious signs and notices snapped all over Africa. Here are some of our favourites:

Mince so fine it’s practically vapour

Mist MeatPhoto by Barb Mel, Kampala, Uganda


Grocery shopping a pain? This place could be the solution!

It Kills Laughing GroceryPhoto by Castle Siavonga – Zambia


This place does killer hot dogs!

Be Aware of Hot GodsPhoto by Christa Maunica


Oh… oh.. my, shocking!

Don't Toucha BechokedPhoto by Hannes Badenhorst at Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique


The old African past-time of bread roll bobbing

Harry BeckworthPhoto by Harry Beckworth


Ebony and irony

Don't force your luckPhoto by Hubert Simmer in Liberia


Well everyone’s always posting pics of their food on Facebook anyway, this is the logical next step…

FacefoodPhoto by Kaeun Bae in Addis Ababa


Marjorie Dawes from Fat Fighters was here…

Improve Dust Chicken and ChipsPhoto by Lauren Clark at Ponta Do Ouro


Kudu, the Jackalope of Africa

Baboons Kudu

Photo by Luc Hosten


When spirits are low, there’s always this place

Hope charging centrePhoto by Margherita Zilliacus


Haha! No, wait… maybe there’s some truth to this story!

Mugabe arrested my cowPhoto by Marianne Klint Taylor at Fairlands, Gauteng


Why? Because I said so, okay!

Store is closed

Photo by Michelle White


Chicken & Chips, Fish & Chips, Fat C… Say What?!

Fat cockPhoto by Monica Henning Piek


Twilight Tanzania

Twilight TanzaniaPhoto by Mzungu guy in Tanzania


I think I know some ladies who might sign up for this…

Men Cure Paid CurePhoto by Nisha Desai Patel


Who knew? You really can eat every part of a chicken!

Ass Port

Photo by Rosie Haken


Let’s hope there weren’t too many from this stretch of road…

Thank you for your patientsPhoto by Sebastian Finke on the N1

All photos from Africa, this is why I live here’s Facebook page, visit them for more hilarious, heartwarming and eye-opening images.

Our Readers Comments

  1. I can’t stop laughing! This is hilarious. Thanks a lot for posting this, Africa, this is why I live here – is my new favorite Facebook -page!

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