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Exploring Eco Tourism Destinations in West Africa

eco tourism destinations in west africa

Want to go local and contribute to local communities in West Africa? Here are some eco tourism destinations in West Africa that are well worth visiting. West Africa  is the stuff of dreams. It’s packed with long-standing slavery history, remote and untouched landscapes, world-renown music traditions, and intriguing voodoo culture. But it’s also the world’s poorest […]

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Hit the Trail: 10 Best Treks in the World

BEST TREKS IN THE WORLD

Best Treks in the World – A Spectacular Top 10 The best treks in the world are no walks in the park, but they’re sure to challenge you physically and mentally, stretching your limit and amplifying your view of a country. If you have a deep yearning to go deep into the backroads of a […]

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From Slavery to Voodoo: My Journey into the Heart of West Africa

West Africa

For a long time, travel to West Africa was restricted — due to civil wars, tribal conflicts, terrorism and the ebola outbreak. Today, this is the world’s poorest region, with many countries here occupying the lowest positions in the UN Human Development Index. A large percentage of people here survive on barely $20 a month. For travelers, […]

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Best Destinations for Overland Travel: From East Africa to the Silk Road

On safari in Etosha

raveling overland is a fantastic way to really get to know a region. Watch the world fly by and sample every bit of it as you slowly weave your way through the back roads of a country. See what exists between the large towns and cities and the tourist traps and you’ll often be surprised […]

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10 of Our Best Wildlife Photos

A Silverback up close

s huge wildlife buffs, we love photographing animals in the wild. There’s something about capturing the raw spirit of an animal through body language. Seeing animals in the wild is a very moving experience and in today’s world, it’s sadly becoming more and more rare. We’ve been lucky enough to have had many intimate wildlife encounters […]

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Glamping Adventures: 5 Luxury Campsites Around the World

Grayling-Canvas-Cabin

Recently I’ve had the chance to experience glamping at a few luxury campsites and they completely changed my perspective of sleeping in the great outdoors. The concept of glamping is a combination of the words glamorous and camping. Sound a little like opposites? Think again. Getting down and dirty is no longer an essential part of camping. With […]

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Support World Hunger Day – Join Us on the 12 Hour Fast Challenge

Helping children in need

Each year, the world celebrates World Hunger Day on the 28th May to inspire people in both the developed and developing worlds to show their solidarity and support to enable many more to end their own hunger and poverty and make the journey to self-reliance. The event celebrates sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty. […]

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Interesting Tribes from Around the World

A Huli wigman with face painting

During our adventure travels, we’ve had the fortune of meeting numerous interesting tribes who live in isolated, remote corners of the world and have truly preserved their cultures and traditions. For certain places like Papua New Guinea, the intriguing tribal culture was what drew us to visit. As always, I believe it’s the people who […]

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Video: The Sounds of Tamala Africa Percussion Troupe, The Gambia

Dancing with full focus

I hear the infectious beat of the drums before I see them. A raucous mix of polyphonic rhythms and dramatic melodies blasts through the iron gates. We enter the family compound and find an 18-member band erupting into a cacophony of roaring percussion beats: the rattling of the tambourine, the tinkle of the balaphone and the beat of the West African djembe drums. The players pulse […]

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Street Art in the Village of Kubuneh, Gambia

Street art in Kubuneh

During a river excursion in Makasutu Forest, I hopped on a pirogue (wooden dugout canoe) with my guide Amado and paddled on a tributary of River Gambia. Our boat ride brought us through patchworks of red mangroves and past little thatched huts to arrive at Kubuneh, a village just a few miles away from Mandina Lodges. […]

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Gambia’s Makasutu Forest: Baboons, Rural Villages and Street Art

Makasutu Forest from above

It is barely dawn in the Makasutu Forest. I’m awakened by the chirping of birds, the chattering of the crabs and the distant cries of baboons. The natural symphony echoes from within the forest and mangroves surrounding me and the water beneath my feet. I step outside of my floating bungalow and the musky, tropical air hits me. Electric pink rays splash across the […]

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Highlights of Gambia: from River Safaris to Fishing Villages

Mandina Lodge

I recently returned from a short jaunt to the Gambia with vivid memories of West Africa and very new perspectives of the region. The Gambia Experience gave me a taste of what West Africa has to offer — but it definitely left me with the urge and curiosity to explore more of the region. From the inland […]

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2013: Our Year in Photos

Sleeping in an igloo in Switzerland

It’s that time of the year again — a time to stop, look back and reflect. 2013 has been a year full of milestones, of opportunities and of personal achievements for me. I published my first book, kept WildJunket Magazine going, became an aunt and celebrated our fifth blogiversary. Most importantly, this year I finally […]

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Photoblog: Flamingos and Rhinos at Lake Nakuru

Flamingos taking off

By the time we arrived at Lake Nakuru in Kenya, we had already seen many of the big animals of Africa in the Masai Mara including lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos and even cheetahs. But we’d yet to see all of the Big Five, with just the leopard and rhino missing from our list. Here on the shores of Lake […]

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Digging Deeper: Meeting Locals at Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

The lake from above

On my recent East Africa trip, the biggest surprise for me was Lake Bunyonyi, a stunning part of Africa that I never knew existed. Sprawling across the Rwandan border in southern Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi was a breathe of fresh air after the dry, dusty savannas of Kenya: Emerald hills rose vertically from the shores of the lake, with beautiful terraces cut […]

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