Insanity in The Democratic Republic of Congo: Why We Didn't Do The Gorilla Tour

Insanity in The Democratic Republic of Congo: Mwepu Ilunga, Benik Afobe and Why We Didn’t Do The Gorilla Tour

“All those people gathered there – in Zaire, in Zaire. To see the rumble in the jungle there – in Zaire, in Zaire” – Johnny Wakelin. The dream for me on my first ever visit to the famous Congo jungle in deepest Africa was to get into the deep parts of the jungle in the Read more about Insanity in The Democratic Republic of Congo: Mwepu Ilunga, Benik Afobe and Why We Didn’t Do The Gorilla Tour[…]

Backpacking in Uganda: Visiting The Source of The Nile River in Jinja

Backpacking in Uganda: Visiting The Source of The Nile River in Jinja

“The river of dreams” – Billy Joel. A childhood dream was lived in April 2019, as I backpacked to the spot where the world’s longest river, the Nile, begins. Starting its journey in the town of Jinja, Uganda, it winds its way right down to the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria in Egypt being one departure city Read more about Backpacking in Uganda: Visiting The Source of The Nile River in Jinja[…]

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Backpacking in Burundi: Our Wonderful Stay at Urban Lodge in Bujumbura

Burundi’s former capital city, Bujumbura threw up yet another oddball on our 2019 East African adventure. This country was less than obvious addition to the schedule. A tough visa process, a country bereft of tourists and indeed a country which prompted a good friend of mine to comment “I’ve never even heard of that country”. Read more about Backpacking in Burundi: Our Wonderful Stay at Urban Lodge in Bujumbura[…]

Backpacking in Togo: Touring Togoville and the Shrine to Pope John Paul II

Backpacking in Togo: Touring Togoville and the Shrine to Pope John Paul II

Togoville is a lakeside town in southern Togo, lying on the northern shore of Lake Togo which we visted as part of our trip to Togo and Benin in 2018. It was originally known as Togo, then Togoville and later of course is how the country of Togo took its name. Togo took its name Read more about Backpacking in Togo: Touring Togoville and the Shrine to Pope John Paul II[…]

Crossing Lake Togo from (Unknown southern town) to Togoville

Backpacking in Togo: Crossing Lake Togo to Togoville

“It really really really could happen” – Damon Albarn. One of the most remarkable sights in Togo is Lake Togo. It is a natural lake in the east of the country. While staying in Coco Beach Hotel just East of Lome, I organised a guided tour with well known tour guide Jeremies. Jeremies and our Read more about Backpacking in Togo: Crossing Lake Togo to Togoville[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Bars in Benin

On my latest west Africa trip, we visited Togo and Benin while also veering across the border (yet unvisiting) Ghana. In Benin, we visited 4 main cities – ee toured Cotonou in some detail as well as backpacking the UNESCO world heritage site at Abomey, the slave history at Ouidah and the capital city of Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Bars in Benin[…]

Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo "Baby"

Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo “Baby”

“Fly me down to capital city in the sun”- Noel Gallagher. It came as more of a shock to my travel friend Malina than me that the muddy, agricultural hub known collectively as Porto Novo is the capital of Benin. I guess I kind of expected it. Having witnessed some unusual capital cities on my Read more about Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo “Baby”[…]

Bottom 7 Countries to Backpack In From My Round the World Journey

“You’re turning every modern theory on its head” – Super Furry Animals. Travel is a journey that takes us to many different places around the world. Not all of them are inspiring, some of them are painful memories, some are bad timing, some bad luck, some bad judgement. Many of them are surprising places that Read more about Bottom 7 Countries to Backpack In From My Round the World Journey[…]

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