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…

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…

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…

Here then, Rwanda

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

Kenya, briefly

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

#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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

My Things, Malawi

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

#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…

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…

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…

#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.…

Feelings…

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

#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…

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…

My Things, Mozambique

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

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…

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,…

My Things, Zimbabwe

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

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…

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…

#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,…

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…

#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…

#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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Kenya’s Must Sees

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

Malawi’s Must See

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

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…

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…

Rwanda’s Must Sees

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

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…

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…

Zambia’s Must Sees

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

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…

We are Africa

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