• 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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  • Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 7 – The Summit

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 7 – The Summit

    This is the seventh part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Six is here. If you think it’s hard having to wake up at 4 am to catch a flight to go on holiday, imagine what it’…
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 6 – To Base Camp

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 6 – To Base Camp

    This is the sixth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Five is here. I woke well before the morning wake-up call on Day Six to a weird feeling in my face.  I …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 5 – Barranco Wall

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 5 – Barranco Wall

    This is the fifth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, here’s Day Four or start from the beginning with Day 1 – Getting Started. There had been a lot of speculation about the Barranco&…
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 4 – Lava Tower

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 4 – Lava Tower

    This is the fourth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Three is here.  Today I’ll talk about the walk up to the Lava Tower. We were now almost halfway through the trip, and the altitude …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 3 – Shira Plateau

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 3 – Shira Plateau

    This is the third part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Two is here. As dawn broke on day three, and with barely a cloud in the sky, we got our first proper look at where we …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 2 – The Forest

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 2 – The Forest

    This is the second part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day One is here. It’s not something that had occurred to me before starting, but the nights on the mountain are LOOOONG.  The sun set at …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 1 – Getting Started

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 1 – Getting Started

    For several years I had talked occasionally about how ‘One Day’ I would climb Kilimanjaro.  It was one of those challenges that sounded like it might be a Good Thing to do (in a totally bonkers-painful, crazy-yet-hopefully-rewarding kind of way) but for a long time looked like it would be …
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    Training and Packing for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

    Training and Packing for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

    This is the second part of my account of how I trained, shopped, packed and prepared to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, doing the Lemosho Route with Exodus Travels*.  Read the first part here. FOUR WEEKS TO GO I’m starting to get really nervous now. I keep waking up in the …
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    Myanmar’s Marvellous Markets

    Myanmar’s Marvellous Markets

    Check out the details in this image: the produce neatly arranged, the clothes the women are wearing (and the fact that they are all women), the woven shopping bags, the digital scales… You can learn so much about a country by visiting its markets, and it’s one of the …
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    A Festival Of Ice Music

    A Festival Of Ice Music

    In January 2016, while working on a new video project for Lonely Planet, I was sent to Norway to film at the Geilo Ice Music Festival. Geilo is a tiny ski town in the mountains in the middle of the country, about halfway between Oslo and Bergen, and every year…
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    Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

    Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

    One of the things they say about Myanmar is that the people are really friendly.  Actually they say that about a lot of places – and sometimes it’s true.  But it tends to be only true in parts.  In most places people will be people: some are friendly, some are&…
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    How To Row With Your Feet

    How To Row With Your Feet

    If you’ve seen photos of Myanmar, or been there, chances are you’ll recognise these guys. They’re the Intha fishermen of Inle Lake, in the centre of the country, and they’re probably the most iconic representation of the country and its people. The best time to see …
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    Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

    Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

    In my previous post about Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, I noted how photogenic they are.  With their shaven heads, red robes, and peaceful expressions, they have this amazing ability to step into a location, no matter how dull or ugly, and transform it into an eye-catching scene. You see them …
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    Packing and Training for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 9 to 5

    Packing and Training for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 9 to 5

    In September I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  At 5895m above sea level it’s the highest point in the African continent, and certainly WAY higher than anything I’ve ever scaled before.  I’m not an experienced hiker: I live in London, which is pretty much entirely flat, and …
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    Red Robes And Ringtones

    Red Robes And Ringtones

    One of the things you can’t fail to notice when you travel around Myanmar is the large numbers of Buddhist monks. They’re everywhere, going quietly about their business, and in their red robes with their shaven heads they’re impossibly picturesque and photogenic, especially against all that beautiful …
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    Iceland’s falls and springs

    Iceland’s falls and springs

    Iceland is famous for being, well… icy.  Clue’s in the title, after all!  Snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, whirling blizzards, ancient glaciers… when it comes to the white stuff, Iceland’s got it covered.  Literally! But when all that H2O isn’t busy being frozen, Iceland has two other …
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