Tanzania’s (big) little hill

I called Kilimanjaro "just a little hill" to myself in the weeks leading up to my climb just so I didn't freak out too much. In the days before I even started to wonder why the hell I had decided to do it in the first place. I'd done no acclimatisation and only a little … Continue reading Tanzania’s (big) little hill

The Spice Island

Zanzibar, Tanzania's and one of Africa's most famous islands, is as expected a big tourist destination and I was there around New Years, one of the busiest times of the year with holiday goers from across Africa and Europe. I caught a ferry from Dar Es Salaam to Stone Town. Due to the increasing number … Continue reading The Spice Island

Africa’s version of the Trans-Siberian

Well kind of. Actually the only similarity between the Trans-Siberian and the Tazara is that they are both long distance trains. The Tazara train runs from Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia all the way to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. The Chinese built it in the 1970s and it's pretty obvious that not a cent has … Continue reading Africa’s version of the Trans-Siberian

Zim + Zam + Vic

Zimbabwe, Zambia and Victoria Falls. An amazing intersection of countries with one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There is a raging debate on which side is better for the viewing of the falls, but after being to both I can say it doesn't really matter, you still get to experience the incredible … Continue reading Zim + Zam + Vic

Africa’s quiet achiever

Bumpy, pot hole-filled roads? Check. Old, rattling minibus taxis? Check. Daily sighting of road accidents? Check. Unreliable, slow internet? Check. Thunderstorms and rain every night? Check. Welcome to Botswana! The second I crossed the border from Johannesburg to Gaborone I knew I was in a very different place. This is the Africa I came to … Continue reading Africa’s quiet achiever

Jozi, The City of Gold

Johannesburg, Joburg, Jozi or eGoli has a bad reputation. It's meant to be dirty, dangerous and chaotic, but I didn't find it as bad as people say. It's a huge city with most attractions scattered around so it was a good thing there was a city sightseeing bus like in Cape Town and I used … Continue reading Jozi, The City of Gold

The Kingdom in the Sky

Most people don't know much about Lesotho, if anything at all. But it's an amazing country with an interesting history, friendly people and spectacular landscapes. I took a day trip there from the Amphitheatre Backpackers in Northern Drakensberg and it was well worth it. Country profile: Lesotho Population: 2 million Capital: Maseru Language: Sesotho Currency: … Continue reading The Kingdom in the Sky