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Celebrating Timkat Festival in Ethiopia

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Timkat festival in Ethiopia is one of its kind. In today’s blog post, I share my experience (and tips) celebrating one of the biggest  religious festivals in Ethiopia. Hundreds of people – dressed as a sea of white – have gathered in the historic town of Gonder for the annual Timkat festival: Priests and deacons, bearing golden-rimmed […]

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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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Keeping Cultures Alive: the Masai People of Masai Mara

The Masai perform the jumping dance

“Welcome to our home,” announces Sam, our Masai guide for the day. We are here in a village tucked within the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The Masai (also spelled as Maasai) are a semi-nomadic people from East Africa who are known for their unique way of life as well as their cultural traditions and customs. Living across the arid lands […]

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On Safari in Kenya: Lions, Cheetahs and the Annual Migration at the Masai Mara Reserve

Wildebeest

Over thousands of wildebeests and zebras sprawl across the vast grasslands, peppering the landscape that runs for miles into the horizon. We’ve seen them before – but now to see them in such big numbers is just impressive. As we drive further along the rolling hills and surprisingly green fields, the sheer sight of the thousands of animals before us leaves us silent in awe. […]

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda — Part II: Intense Encounters

The eyes of the silverback

A loud grunting sound suddenly echoes through the jungle. With the trackers in the lead, we move downhill, past moss-covered logs and over thick ferns, towards a clearing. There, an enormous silverback sits regally, as if on his throne, munching his way through leaves and branches, blithely ignoring our presence. Through the dangling vines and banana leaves, I can see […]

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda — Part I: The First Sighting

Up close with a gorilla in Bwindi

The walkie-talkie crackles. Our guide Benjamin listens intently and whispers back in the local Rukiga language. “We’ve found the gorillas. A male and a female. They are just ahead,” he announces. “Are you ready?” We drop our bags and proceed in silence through the thick and wet jungle with nothing more than our cameras. Even our porters have left […]

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The Best of East Africa: Gorillas, the Big Five, and Village Life

Children of Bomani Primary School

After three weeks of traveling East Africa, I’m back at our home base in Spain and eager to share my experiences here. East Africa is a part of the world that’s particularly special to me. Five years ago, Alberto and I volunteered in a village in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – and as cliché as it sounds, […]

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An Instagram Photo Tour of East Africa

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I’m currently writing from the lush green grasslands of Lake Nakuru, Kenya, where we’re in the middle of our overland trip in East Africa. Over the past two weeks, we’ve covered long distances and packed in tons of activities from gorilla tracking to boat trips on dugout canoes and orphanage visits. It’s been a journey […]

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Disconnecting from Technology and Why You Should

Working on the go in Africa

Last November, I went on an overland camping trip in Southern Africa with the main purpose of visiting Namibia and Botswana, places I’d always been intrigued in. But what I got out of the trip was a lot more than just phenomenal sights, lifelong friends, and fantastic travel memories — I was also plunged deep […]

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Ditching the Digital World in East Africa

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Jambo from Kenya! I’m writing to you from Nairobi, where I’ll be starting my overland trip with Africa Travel Co around East Africa. After a few hectic months of working on my new book and the magazine, it’s time to give myself a well-deserved break so I’m taking the opportunity to give myself a digital […]

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Memories of Tanzania, Africa

Ngorongoro crater walls in the distance, Tanzania

Last weekend, I received an email from a friend in Tanzania and it reminded me of all the beautiful times we had there almost three years ago. If you’ve been reading about my travels for awhile now, you’ll probably know that Tanzania has a special place in my heart. …

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Your Wildest Adventure: Driving Lessons from a Rhinoceros

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‘Your Wildest Adventure’ is a series featuring the most thrilling experiences from travel writers jaunting around the world. This week’s edition is an amusing yet harrowing story from Migration Mark who blogs over at Migrationology. He’s lived in America, Africa and Asia, documenting about his unplanned migration around the world.   …

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