• 7 Top Weekend Trips from Kampala, Uganda

    If you’re planning on spending any length of time in Kampala, there’s definitely …

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  • A Boat Trip on the Kazinga Channel, Uganda

    One of the absolute highlights of any trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park is a …

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  • Close Encounters in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

    Welcome back! This is Part 2 of my trip to Uganda’s most popular National Park, …

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  • Craters & Creatures in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

    No visit to Uganda is complete without a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  If …

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  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale, Uganda

    The 42-year-old chimpanzee lounges lazily on the branch, eyeing us congenially. Far from being bothered …

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  • Wildlife and Waterfalls in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

    While Uganda might not be quite as celebrated as Kenya or Tanzania for its wildlife, …

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  • Mountain Gorilla Tracking in the Rain, Uganda

    “Does everyone have waterproofs?” asks the ranger, looking around him.  The thirty-two of us, crammed …

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  • 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 …

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  • A week in Umbria. Part 2: Orvieto

    A week in Umbria. Part 2: Orvieto

    I recently spent a week exploring and photographing the spectacular Italian region of Umbria.  Part One of my journey is here. After spending a few days relaxing and exploring the area around Todi, the next stop on the tour was the fabulous old town of Orvieto. Orvieto is one of&…
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    A week in Umbria. Part 1: Todi

    A week in Umbria. Part 1: Todi

    The majority of visitors to Italy make a beeline for the big-hitting, headline attractions: Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast…  But if you want to avoid the crowds while still soaking up Italy’s gorgeous scenery, fantastic weather, and incredible cultural heritage, you could do a lot worse than ignoring …
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    Memento Mori in Naples

    Memento Mori in Naples

    With its fabulous food, edgy culture and seaside location, Naples is becoming an increasingly popular city break destination. Where once tourists simply passed through en route to the Amalfi Coast, today more and more are stopping off for a few days to explore Naples’ narrow alleyways, enjoy some of the …
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    The wall art of Naples – where old meets new

    The wall art of Naples – where old meets new

    Naples is one of Italy’s largest, oldest, and most colourful cities, and like any Italian city, it’s full to bursting of centuries-old art.   From its UNESCO-heritage-labelled Centro Storico, to the stunning hilltop monastery Certosa di San Martino, the city is generously sprinkled with palaces, churches and grand houses – …
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    The real Lonely Planet guide to Naples

    The real Lonely Planet guide to Naples

    Like most people, I never go abroad without a copy of the latest local guidebook.  And more often than not, that guidebook will be the Lonely Planet.  Ever since I first went travelling with the 1997 edition of ‘South America on a shoestring’ (all 1170 pages of it, weighing nearly 3/4…
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    Behind the scenes on a Tanzanian safari

    Behind the scenes on a Tanzanian safari

    Africa.  The Serengeti. The Ngorongoro Crater.  The names alone conjure up thrilling images of vast open plains, with hundreds of wildebeest peacefully grazing while a dignified herd of elephants cuts a ponderous path across the landscape.  Or of nature, red in tooth and claw: a cheetah stalking noiselessly through swaying …
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    Beautiful Bagan

    Beautiful Bagan

    Have you noticed how, when you arrive at a ‘must-see’ place, it often doesn’t look like the photos you’d seen in the brochure or online?  You turn up expecting a massive ‘Wow!’ moment, and you get more of an ‘Oh… ok… cool.  What’s for lunch?’ That seems …
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    India: a nation of selfie-lovers

    India: a nation of selfie-lovers

    The India found in the guidebooks is a magical and mysterious place.  Where exquisite palaces gleam and sparkle on the shores of majestic rivers.  Where dark-eyed beauties walk demurely between crumbling temples, their vibrant saris wafting the fragrance of perfume and spices.  Where monkeys play amongst statues of ancient gods …
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    All aboard the Indian Night Train

    All aboard the Indian Night Train

    The classic stereotype of Indian rail travel, in many Western minds, is the one from films like Slumdog Millionaire.  Crowded, dirty trains, often delayed, idling for hours with no explanation.  People leaning out of open doors, perched between the carriages, or even sitting on the roof.  Narrow, uncomfortable sleeper berths.  …
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    India’s cash crisis – a tourist’s guide

    India’s cash crisis – a tourist’s guide

    When I thought about travelling to South India in December on a group tour, there were a few challenges I could foresee.  Would I get on with the group?  Would the heat and humidity be unbearable?  Would I manage to pack the right stuff?  Would I struggle with the long&…
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    How to Take Great Photos of Markets

    How to Take Great Photos of Markets

    I’ve photographed markets from Cuba to Myanmar, and from Tanzania to Hungary, and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of them.  They are probably my favourite type of place to take photographs.  Markets are so buzzing and vibrant, there’s so much going on, so much …
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    Ol Doinyo Lengai – Mountain of God

    Ol Doinyo Lengai – Mountain of God

    Most climbers travelling to Tanzania have only one target in mind: the towering summit of the six-kilometre high Mount Kilimanjaro.  Ask them if they’re planning on scaling Ol Doinyo Lengai and odds are you’ll get a blank stare.  Ol Donny-who?! But if you want a serious challenge, in …
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    The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

    The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

    No one survives even a day on Kilimanjaro, let alone making it to the top, without a frankly embarrassing amount of support from an enormous team of guides and porters.  It’s their job to carry your stuff, cook your meals, supply you with safe drinking water, put up your …
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    A Kilimanjaro Packing List for Girls

    A Kilimanjaro Packing List for Girls

    In September 2016 I finally got round to ticking one of the top things off my bucket list – I climbed Kilimanjaro. I’m an organiser and planner by nature, so before I went I did a LOT of research to work out what to take – and you can read all…
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    How to climb Kilimanjaro in 10 steps

    How to climb Kilimanjaro in 10 steps

    So your itchy feet have got the better of you and you’ve decided you want to climb Kilimanjaro?  Excellent decision!  But now you’ve got to actually organise and (eeek!) do the damn thing!  Here’s how… (Disclaimer: it does take a few more than 10 steps to get to …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 8 – Descent

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 8 – Descent

    This is the eighth and final part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route on Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Seven is here. Unsurprisingly, I slept amazingly well the night after the summit – as did everyone. There’s nothing like …
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