Keeping my promise to Maasai land

A year ago I volunteered in a small village in Maasailand, Kenya. I promised to go back and exactly a year later I did. I had been motivated to do something to help the school I’d volunteered at and so did my family back home upon hearing my stories and seeing my pictures. So, whilst…

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Bus travel in Morocco: it’s all about the journey and not the destination

Let me give you an insight into what bus travel is like in Morocco: it’s never on time, it’s crowded, it’s hot, it’s chaotic, it’s dangerously fast sometimes and above all it’s entertaining. When I wanted to catch a bus from Chefchaouen to Fes the journey time went from being 5 hours to 9 hours.…

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Top 10 shots: Africa 2015

My favourite 10 photos from my trip through Africa in 2015

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Africa appreciation post

After 4 months on this continent, I’m not sick of it yet. In fact, I’ve fallen in love with it. The people, the landscape, the cultures and the languages; everything about it. I’ve visited eight countries and realise now that I could have easily spent my whole year travelling Africa rather than the world. So…

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Dangerously beautiful Sinai

The Sinai is a vast desert wedged between Egypt and Israel and surrounded by the Mediterranean, Suez Canal and the Red Sea. It’s such a uninspiring piece of land but its importance is exceptional. From Moses’ climb up Mt Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God to the Arab-Israeli wars and its occupation by…

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Travelling through the Time of the Pharaohs plus a bit of luxury… for a change

It wasn’t exactly the Hilton but it sure felt like it! I had a three night Nile cruise as part of a package I’d arranged from my hostel in Cairo. For the price I’d paid I expected maybe a felucca or a rundown old boat but I was in for a big surprise. I was…

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Cape Town to Cairo complete

So I’ve made it to Cairo which means that I’ve completed the Cape Town to Cairo leg of my trip. The night of my flight from Addis to Cairo I was suddenly super excited. I was going to see the pyramids. It was like the night before a travellers Christmas. Egypt is one of the…

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Lalibela, Africa’s ‘New Jerusalem’

When travellers think of Ethiopia they think of Lalibela. Those rock-hewn churches are the iconic images of Ethiopian tourism, but the pictures don’t do it justice. Lalibela is an incredibly moving place. It’s a very small town high up in the jagged, rocky mountains that characterise much of Ethiopia’s landscape. It’s dusty, dry, poor and…

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My mounting obsession

I love mountains. Out of any kind of landscape, mountains stun me the most. In fact, out of all the sights you can see in a country I am often drawn to the mountains. And of all the mountains I’ve ever seen the Simien Mountains have been some of the most amazing. I had read…

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Welcome to Maasai land!

I stepped away from the tours, the cities and the constant moving around and spent two weeks living in a rural village outside of Nairobi with a Maasai family and volunteering in a local primary school. It was a small village called Kimuka about one hour from Nairobi, the closest town being Ngong which was…

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Top 10 shots: Northern Circuit, Tanzania

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