What To See and Do in Uganda – 28 Highlights

What To See and Do in Uganda – 28 Highlights

Uganda! A country of rolling green hills, misty valleys and craggy mountains. Where lions stalk their prey through grasslands, hippos soak lazily in the shallows, and mountain gorillas move purposefully though tangled forests. Where the calm waters of Lake Victoria transform into the thundering rapids of the River Nile as&…
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Buying Leather At Chouara Tannery In Fes

Buying Leather At Chouara Tannery In Fes

Leaning over the balcony rail with my camera, I watched the workers in the courtyard below. Some of them were thigh-deep in vats of brightly-coloured liquid. One heaved skins one by one, wet and heavy, into a deep pool. Another looked up at me as he took a breather in&…
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Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

As a travel destination Morocco just about has it all: beaches, mountains, deserts, vibrant cities, great food, ancient architecture, incredible scenery, fascinating culture, stunning arts and crafts, and great weather. No wonder more than 11 million people visited Morocco last year. And I was one of them. I was tempted…
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A Morocco Two Week Itinerary

A Morocco Two Week Itinerary

Morocco has been on my bucket list for years. I’m not kidding. Like, 20 years! Why? Well, because it’s got everything the curious traveller could possibly want: history, architecture, adventure, mountains, deserts, culture, style, fascinating people, great weather, it’s close to the UK, and you can cover all …
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Two Weeks In Uganda – A Suggested Itinerary

Two Weeks In Uganda – A Suggested Itinerary

Regular readers of this blog will know that last year I spent four months living and working in Kampala, Uganda.  During that time I took a few weekend trips out of the city, but I didn’t get a chance to explore the rest of the country until the very …
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Top Weekend Trips from Kampala, Uganda

Top Weekend Trips from Kampala, Uganda

If you’re planning on spending any length of time in Kampala, there’s definitely going to come a point when you’ll feel the need to escape the city and see some more of Uganda.  So here are my recommendations for the best weekend getaways within relatively easy reach …
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A Boat Trip on the Kazinga Channel, Uganda

A Boat Trip on the Kazinga Channel, Uganda

One of the absolute highlights of any trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park is a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel.  On a sunny afternoon there’s literally no better way to relax, enjoy the scenery and feast your eyes on more wildlife than you can shake a stick at, …
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Close Encounters in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Close Encounters in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Welcome back! This is Part 2 of my trip to Uganda’s most popular National Park, Queen Elizabeth.  It contains more wonderful wildlife, some song lyrics, and three too-close-for-comfort encounters, so if that sounds good, read on! Part 1 includes epic landscapes and masses of gorgeous photos of animals, including elephants…
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Craters & Creatures in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Craters & Creatures in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

No visit to Uganda is complete without a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  If you want to see wildlife, and you only have time for one park, make it this one.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.  You can thank me later. It’s for very good reason …
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An Afternoon in Kibale, Uganda

An Afternoon in Kibale, Uganda

This is the second part of what I got up to in Kibale, Uganda.  Part 1 contains tonnes of information about Chimpanzee Trekking and a wonderful encounter with an impressive chimp named Ssebo. VILLAGE WALK In the afternoon our guide, Hassan, offers us the chance to do a birdwatching walk in&…
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Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale, Uganda

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale, Uganda

The 42-year-old chimpanzee lounges lazily on the branch, eyeing us congenially. Far from being bothered by our presence, he seems to be actively enjoying it, striking the sort of poses a catalogue model would be proud of, working the crowd, playing to his audience. This, after all, is almost certainly&…
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What To Do In Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

What To Do In Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

While Uganda might not be quite as celebrated as Kenya or Tanzania for its wildlife, there’s no denying that if you’re a nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, there’s still plenty here to delight and surprise you. The country has an impressive ten National Parks offering an …
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Finding Homes For Ugandan Orphans

Finding Homes For Ugandan Orphans

We arrived at the Smile Africa Ministries orphanage in Tororo, Eastern Uganda, on a hot and sticky afternoon after a bumpy five-hour drive from the capital, Kampala. As the car pulled in through the imposing black gates and into the large and dusty compound, it was immediately surrounded by a&…
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Gorilla Trekking in Rainy Season, Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Rainy Season, Uganda

“Does everyone have waterproofs?” asks the ranger, looking around him.  The thirty-two of us, crammed into the tiny room, nod grimly.  Yes, yes we do.  And we know we’re going to need them. The gorilla trekking briefing is normally held outside, but today we’ve been shoehorned into the …
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Trek Nyiragongo: the World’s Largest Lava Lake

Trek Nyiragongo: the World’s Largest Lava Lake

Imagine a place straight out of fantasy and mythology: a portal to the centre of the earth. A fiery pit, spewing red-hot smoke and flames and boiling molten rock. The real-life incarnation of Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings. Now imagine you can actually trek there and see it&…
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A Video Producer in Kampala: The Story of Safi and Amir

A Video Producer in Kampala: The Story of Safi and Amir

I recently spent three months in Kampala, Uganda, working as a video producer and photographer for Child’s i Foundation, a charity that works to support vulnerable families so that children don’t end up in damaging orphanages. My main role was to shoot and edit short films, to be …
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