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Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley

…driving out of your way to see, but hey, it was cool to see nonetheless. For what was not the first or last time on this road trip, I commented to Dave that the scenery in the Namibia reminded me of our road trip through the Southwest U.S. This whole area, in fact, is regularly referred to as Africa’s Monument Valley, and it’s not hard to see why. In the dry season, I imagine the similarities are even more apparent. We came to…

Hiking Lions Head: A South Africa Highlight

Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in the world.  I can’t get enough of it. In part, this is due to the many spectacular hikes you can tackle from the city’s outskirts. Yes, Cape Town has been blessed with an abundance of climbable mountains and I attempted to scale as many of them as possible while I was in town. Well, it turned out I saved the best for, um, first, because Lion’s Head ended up being my absolute…

2017: My Year in Review

…brand new to me. I was fortunate to hit up several of my major travel oversights, like Japan and South Africa. And speaking of oversights, I aimed my compass towards Africa this year and managed to check out seven countries on the continent for the very first time, falling in love with each and every one of them. This year, I also aimed to explore more of the two countries that are most like a home for me, visiting ten…

The Ultimate Guide to Vaccinations and Long-Term Travel

…Asia, and South America. Most travellers will get this vaccine. Yellow Fever is present in tropical Africa and South America. You will probably be required to show a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to enter certain countries if you are traveling from an infected area. If you’re going to be travelling in Africa or South America, this is likely an essential — you won’t be let in unless you can prove you’ve had your shot. I was worried about getting my yellow…

A Solo Travel Fail in Durban

I spent last winter obsessed with cheap flights. For the first time in five years, I had a home to base myself in, and that meant I could take advantage of round-trip deals. It turns out, there’s a hell of a lot of them around. And who knew they would be so much cheaper than one-way flights? Not me.  I excitedly booked flights from Lisbon to Mozambique in January, to South Africa in February, and to Namibia in March, then got down to planning….

My Travel, Work, and Health Goals for 2018

…South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the DRC to help me meet my goal, and fell hard for each and every one of them. Africa is a diverse, beautiful continent and I can’t wait to visit even more of its countries in 2018. I skipped visiting South America because I felt as though I didn’t have enough time to dedicate myself fully to any of the countries I most wanted to visit. I didn’t want to fly to Brazil for…

Why You Need to Take a Game Drive in Swaziland

…of entering the park, I had seen my first rhinos. Even though I’d read it was practically guaranteed I’d see some, I was astounded to see them so early on in the drive. Hlane Royal National Park, and in fact, all of Swaziland, is held up as a rhino conservation success story in Africa. Since 1992, just three rhinos have been poached in Swaziland, compared to an average of at least two per day in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. And Swaziland’s rhino…

What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia?

…end of the month, you’ll have everything you need to book a trip to this kickass country. And hopefully you’ll decide to do exactly that. This is what it’s like to travel in Namibia. Shortly after sunrise in Sossusvlei Namibia is the Perfect Introduction to Africa Travel If you’re dreaming of travelling in Africa but have no idea where to go first, head to Namibia. It’s one of the safest and least intimidating countries I’ve travelled through. One of my…

Stepping Back in Time in Mbabane

Swaziland felt different. Within minutes of touching down at the airport in Manzini, I felt welcomed. I felt at ease. I felt safe. That wasn’t what I had been expecting at all. I was obsessed with this makeshift baggage reclaim at the airport The Kingdom of Swaziland is squished up between Mozambique and South Africa, and is one of the smallest countries in Africa; similar in size to Slovenia. It makes exploring the country super-easy, as you can drive from one end of…

My Travel Plans for the Rest of 2017

…couldn’t be more excited! One of my goals for 2017 was to check out more of Africa, and I’ve been smashing that goal and loving every second of it. As someone who’s been fortunate to wander across 70-odd countries, it’s always been kind of embarrassing to me that I haven’t seen much of Africa, so I’m making up for it this year. When a cheap-as-chips fight showed up on Secret Flying to both Tanzania and Rwanda from London, I immediately…

March 2017: Travel Summary and Statistics

…travels here, I cringe whenever I see travel bloggers referring to *Africa* as if it’s one country full of nothing but poverty, war, AIDs, and other stereotypes. Mozambique was nothing like Swaziland, was nothing like South Africa, was nothing like Namibia, was nothing like Morocco. I believe Africa is the most diverse continent on the planet, and is so much more than famine, safaris, and they’re so happy with so little. My travels in the first quarter of the year have me more determined…