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Ethiopia Travel Guide for Curious Travelers

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For those seeking something different, here’s my Ethiopia travel guide that will hopefully help you plan your own trip there. To most of the world, Ethiopia is practically synonymous to famine and drought. A series of famine that plagued the country between 1970s and 80s killed over a million people. It was one of the […]

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A Guide to Eating Ethiopian Food

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For a crash course on Ethiopian food, here are some tips on Ethiopian dining etiquette and a list of the best Ethiopian dishes to try. Those who have traveled in Africa will know that food comes in limited varieties and options in most of the continent — but not here in Ethiopia. You’ll be surprised […]

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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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Exploring the Incredible Rock Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Finding an Ethiopian Wonder My guide to exploring the incredible Rock Churches of Lalibela. It’s barely dawn; the sky is still dark and birds are just starting to chirp and sing. In the darkness, I scramble along the slippery walkway carved out of rock, through a heavy wooden door made from an 800-year-old olive tree […]

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50 Pictures of Ethiopia to Give You A Look Into this Misunderstood Country

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Ethiopia in Photos A collection of my best pictures of Ethiopia to give you insights into this misunderstood country…. To most of the world, Ethiopia is practically synonymous to famine and drought. Between the 1970s and 80s, a series of famine hit the country and killed more than a million people. It was one of the worst […]

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eco tourism destinations in west africa

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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Retracing Slavery in Ghana

Retracing slavery in Ghana

Retracing Slavery in Ghana Crumbling colonial buildings and half-built concrete blocks jostle for space alongside congested and pockmarked sidewalks. Corrugated-roofed slums and hundreds of fishing boats dot the rubbish-strewn beach. The choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean slam against the rocky coastline where centuries-old slave forts still stand today. Jamestown, the oldest and poorest area […]

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Spirits and Spells: Voodoo Culture in Benin

Voodoo culture in Benin

Voodoo Culture in Benin Mention the word ‘voodoo’ and most people conjure images of dolls riddled with nails, and spooky witches casting spells on the innocent. So did I — until my recent trip to West Africa, the birthplace of voodoo. As I learned on this journey, voodoo isn’t some black magic or evil witchcraft […]

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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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40 Photos of Cape Verde that Will Make You Want to Go There Now

Photos of Cape Verde

40 Photos of Cape Verde that will make you want to go there now Not many people have heard of Cape Verde.  Since reading about it in a magazine a few years ago, I’ve been absolutely intrigued by it. How did a small archipelago nation with so little natural resources become one of the most […]

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Faces of Gambia

Friendly Gambian

When I think back about Gambia, my mind goes straight to the people. Their warm smiles. Their friendly greetings and their genuine hospitality. It may be cliché to say “it’s the people who make a place” but my experience in Gambia was truly shaped by the people I met along the way. Everywhere I went, I […]

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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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