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January 23rd, 2019

Zambia, full of a thousand things

They say that October is suicide month in Zambia because of the heat. Hot it definitely was, and dry and…

October 25th, 2018

I found it in Rwanda

Something was immediately different in Rwanda. Uncomfortable even. I thought it might be the lingering stench of their genocide. It’s…

September 10th, 2018

Green will always be your colour, Uganda

It’s impossible to whittle down this collection of photos; Uganda is just so beautiful. Around every corner another view that…

August 28th, 2018

Here then, Rwanda

Here then, is where I find myself. Perched on top of a Rwandan hill, looking down at valleys of tea…

August 25th, 2018

Kenya, briefly

I didn’t spend nearly enough time in Kenya. Well, enough time to know that I want to come back and…

July 9th, 2018

#Good Guys: Lemala Lodges and Tented Camps

No trip into Africa would be complete without visiting the Ngorogoro Crater or the Serengeti. And no visit to these…

July 8th, 2018

The crown jewels: Ngorogoro and Serengeti

The endless green of the Ngorogoro and the endless gold of the Serengeti were perfect contrasts to each other and…

June 30th, 2018

Tanzania’s juicy middle bits

Next stops: Dig out the central and northern parts of Tanzania in advance of the big guns of Ngorogoro and…

June 14th, 2018

Iringa and Selous get Tanzania going

I could feel Tanzania the moment I crossed the border. She’s not contained and meek and unaware of her spendour.…

June 7th, 2018

How did we do, Malawi?

MALAWI’S (and my) REPORT CARD I am not a qualified critic nor have I got any basis for claiming the…

June 6th, 2018

My Things, Malawi

Malawi has taught me so much. About myself, about my trip, about expectations and the gap they invariably leave. I…

June 5th, 2018

Open voice-note to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan: You, me and Malawi

In my very short month in Malawi, I was struck again and again with how much potential lies within the…

June 2nd, 2018

Highlights from the road: Day 20 to 33

I gave myself a full month to explore Malawi. I somehow felt like there was going to be something really…

June 1st, 2018

Northern Malawi : More photographs of Magical Malawi

Northern Malawi is the less-traveled, less-populated half of this amazing country. It’s the perfect place to explore when the lake’s…

May 27th, 2018

Likoma Island: Nearly never getting there

If the way a story starts is how it continues and ends, then this adventure would have been full of…

May 27th, 2018

Hold on or free up?

Do you know how hard it is to give up a receipt? More correctly, an envelope of receipts. Actually, six…

May 21st, 2018

#Good Guys: Aqua Africa in Nkhata Bay, Malawi

“Of course you can. No problem” That’s been Debbie’s answer to every question I asked of her. Leave my car…

May 20th, 2018

Highlights from the road: Day 16 to 20

You have exceptional beauty, Mozambique. I know; I’ve seen it before and will see it again. This time round, things…

May 19th, 2018

Southern Malawi: Photos for now

I’m definitely going to post more about each place and hopefully share a story or two. But internet connectivity is…

May 18th, 2018

#Good Guys: Monkey Bay Beach Lodge, Malawi

There is a very, very special corner of Monkey Bay. The air feels fresher somehow and also more relaxed here.…

May 16th, 2018


Exactly one month into my trip and I think it’s time to start writing about feelings. Extensively writing. Writing myself…

May 8th, 2018

#Good Guys: Kingsley Mmambo in Mulanje

This guy… He literally showed me the way up the mountain. And then brought me back down again the next…

May 5th, 2018

It was never meant to be a love relationship

Mozambique, we didn’t share the love. You felt like you have things to do, places to go that didn’t include…

May 4th, 2018

My Things, Mozambique

Being newly allergic to words like “insights” and “take-aways”, these are just a list of the things I thought while…

May 3rd, 2018

How’d we do, Zim?

ZIMBABWE’S (and my) REPORT CARD I am not a qualified critic nor have I got any basis for claiming the…

May 2nd, 2018

Highlights from the Road: Day 9 to 15

Zimbabwe, you beauty, you. Not a single roadblock. Quite a bit of sunblock. The awesome company of Bren and Ryan,…

May 1st, 2018

My Things, Zimbabwe

They would usually be referred to as “insights” and “take-aways”, but those sound terribly corporate. “Learnings” and “lessons” sound a…

May 1st, 2018

Feeling Completely Carried

Even though I’m traveling generally on my own, I don’t feel that way at all. This clip that I recorded…

April 30th, 2018

From being scared of roadblocks to not wanting to leave

When I leave Zimbabwe tomorrow, I’ll be leaving a piece of my soul here. I had been warned of unnecessarily…

April 28th, 2018

#Good Guy: Tony’s Coffee Shop, Bvumba Zimbabwe

Prepare for death by chocolate! Tony has been killing people with his baking and chocolatier skills for over thirty years,…

April 25th, 2018

Highlights from the road: Day 1 to 8

It’s been a tame-ish ride through Botswana and Zimbabwe on this first week of Mission Africa. A lot of things…

April 24th, 2018

#Good Guys: Never, the Guide

He knew absolutely everything about the Great Zim Ruins; he has two university degrees; and he took all of the…

April 21st, 2018

#Good Guys: Farmhouse Lodge, Matopos, Zimbabwe

I arrived at the Farmhouse Lodge nearly by accident. My original lodging spot for the evening didn’t seem to exist…

April 19th, 2018

A change is as good as a detour

Botswana wasn’t first on the map. Zimbabwe was. But rumors of food confiscation at the SA/Zim border meant a change…

April 18th, 2018

What’s the General Plan?

The map is just a guide of what I’m trying to achieve; to travel to every African country in the…

April 17th, 2018

Botswana’s Must Sees

The Okavango Delta is currently my favourite place on this planet (written before my departure into Africa). I’m keen to…

April 16th, 2018

Burundi’s Must Sees

They’ve not made it easy for me to visit here. In fact, getting a visa requires the arguably illegal act…

April 15th, 2018

DRC’s Must Sees

DRC is another place with inflexible visa requirements and a tough-stand approach to us visitors. Quite a bit of instability…

April 14th, 2018

Kenya’s Must Sees

I have never been to Kenya (unless you count the three hours I spent between gates at the airport in…

April 13th, 2018

Malawi’s Must See

I. Can. Not. Wait. For. Malawi. I have never been and have heard just the most incredible things. Bring on…

April 12th, 2018

Mozambique’s Must Sees

I love Moz and have seen quite a bit of her. This time I’m probably just going to be passing…

April 11th, 2018

Namibia’s Must See

I must admit that Namibia is the most hyped country that I’m least excited to see. Sure, Brangelina think it’s…

April 10th, 2018

Rwanda’s Must Sees

I hear fantastic things about Rwanda in general and Kigali in particular. Approximate timing: mid to late August 2018. This…

April 9th, 2018

Tanzania’s Must Sees

I’m really looking forward to going back to Tanzania, seeing new old friends there and more of the diverse country…

April 8th, 2018

Uganda’s Must Sees

Eish, Uganda. So much potential. I’m deeply curious about what I’ll find here and how they’ll find me. What should…

April 7th, 2018

Zambia’s Must Sees

There is so much to see in Zambia. It even made the New York Times’ Top 52 Places to See…

April 6th, 2018

Zimbabwe’s Must Sees

Zim is a great places to start so long as I don’t have to enter her through Musina. I’ve done…

March 19th, 2018

We are Africa

We are the land.  We are Africa.  We are made from the ancestral spirits of the San and the Khoikhoi…