Category Archives: Africa

!Xaus Lodge: A Unique Lodge in South Africa’s Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Having travelled widely throughout the African continent, Lottie had one last South African adventure to tick off before her return to the United Kingdom; the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  With varied accommodation options, she was intrigued by the community development aspect of !Xaus Lodge and jumped at the chance to find out more whilst exploring the region. […]

How to Pick an African Overland Tour – A Guide to Booking the Trip of a Lifetime

Sarah recently planned an overland trip in Africa (without spending a fortune which is no easy feat).  This post shares her top tips to help you select the perfect budget overland trip for your needs. Overlanding in Africa is a once in a lifetime trip – one that I had been dreaming of since I was a […]

Tracking Gentle Giants: Gorillas in the Highlands of Uganda

Gorillas in Uganda

Having hiked through 20 minutes of the most challenging terrain we’d ever experienced, we stopped dead in our tracks.  The hushed whispers of the trackers left us puzzled… these walks can take upwards of 4 hours, what had caused us to stop so soon?  Before long, the answer became abundantly clear. A scruff of dark fur […]

Hot Air Ballooning over Luxor, Egypt: Up, Up and Away

There’s not much that gets me up and out of bed before sunrise – even on three hours sleep though, there wasn’t much that was going to stop me venturing out in the crisp early-morning air on a hot air ballooning adventure. Once the shock of the 3.20am alarm wore off, we clambered out of […]

Hunting out the Best East African Safari – Kenya vs. Uganda

As you would expect, our safaris in Kenya and Uganda were amongst the main highlights of our trip to Africa; what surprised us though was just how different they were to one another.  Though the animals were relatively similar, there were some fairly significant differences between our two experiences.  How might you decide on the […]

Where has the time gone? Another ‘Monthly’ Round-Up

How on earth is it June already?! The plan was to jot down what we’ve been up to over here each month but considering my last ‘monthly round-up’ was posted at the beginning of March, I think it’s fair to say I’ve been pretty unsuccessful in doing so! The past three months have been a […]

Our East African Itinerary – Two Weeks in the Motherland

East Africa – I don’t think it would be over-reaching to suggest this could just be the dream destination for every animal lover! If you’re considering a getaway to Africa this post will (hopefully) help you decide how you might split your time between Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Happy planning (and stay tuned for more detailed […]

The Ultimate Camping Experience in Nairobi

As travellers, we float in between budget and more luxurious options.  If there appears to be a decent low-cost option, we’ll stay there, but if we need to spend more to ensure a good nights sleep, we will.  Nathan will tell you ‘it’s all about the value proposition’ and I spend far too long on TripAdvisor talking myself […]

The Giraffe Center – Nairobi, Kenya

Looking into their gorgeous deep brown eyes, framed by fluffy eyelashes, there’s no doubt there’s something special about the lanky (but adorable) giraffe. If you find yourself with a little spare time in Nairobi, you may like to pop along to the Giraffe Centre (open from 10am – 5pm every day) to get up close […]

Nairobi’s Elephant Orphanage – The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Africa is top of practically every animal lovers travel wishlist and with even a short stop in Nairobi, you can get up close and personal with a number of gorgeous orphaned elephant calves, making your quick break in Kenya even more memorable. The calves come from all around Kenya and are picked up by the Trust in response to the […]

Diving off the Eastern Coast of Zanzibar

One of our favourite things to do when travelling is to check out the local wildlife, so when I heard there was the opportunity to see seahorses in the wild during our time on Zanzibar, there was very little doubt that we’d be donning our togs (a swimming costume for you non-Kiwis) and jumping in the […]

Finding Paradise on Zanzibar’s Southern Coast

We’d heard mixed things about Zanzibar, a small island off the coast of Tanzania, in Eastern Africa – some of the people we know that had visited previously loved it (and their pictures certainly made it look gorgeous!) but we’d heard from other people that it wasn’t particularly safe or didn’t tick the boxes they were […]

We’re off to Africa!

Since moving to the UAE, we’ve already been fortunate to travel to a new continent (Europe, we’re talking to you!) and I’m excited to say we’ll soon be venturing to another… the wild vastness of Africa! We’ve pencilled together an itinerary that looks something like this: Tanzania – Zanzibar for some beach time (snorkelling, diving […]