UK Blog Awards 2019 – Please Vote!

UK Blog Awards 2019 – Please Vote!

If you follow any bloggers at all on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that the UK Blog Awards are back. And you might already be bored of people begging and pleading for votes! If so then I’m sorry, because here I am, doing just that… As a …
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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 Tracking and a wonderful encounter with an impressive chimp named Ssebo, so if you missed that, click here. VILLAGE WALK In the afternoon our guide, Hassan, offers us the&…
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Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale, Uganda

Chimpanzee Tracking 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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Being A Travel Blogger: Some Musings

Being A Travel Blogger: Some Musings

There are plenty of bloggers who blog about blogging.  To me that all feels a bit circular, a bit ‘meta’, but I can see how articles about blogging can be useful to other bloggers – I’ve even read a few myself. It’s not something I write about, however.  Partly …
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Mountain Gorilla Tracking in the Rain, Uganda

Mountain Gorilla Tracking in the Rain, 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 tracking briefing is normally held outside, but today we’ve been shoehorned into the …
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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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Nyiragongo: the World’s Largest Lava Lake

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 go there and see it&…
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Winner: Best Photography at the UK Blog Awards

Winner: Best Photography at the UK Blog Awards

Some of you may remember I wrote a post before Christmas asking for people to vote for me in the UK Blog Awards. It was the first time I’ve ever entered any kind of awards.  I’ve only been writing this blog for about a year and a half, …
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A Visit To Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

A Visit To Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

“It isn’t going to rain,” says Moses, as he hands out ponchos and rubber boots. “These are just in case.” I don’t share his confidence. It’s the middle of Uganda’s rainy season, ominous clouds are hanging low in the sky, and I’m about to stride …
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Hiking around Sipi Falls, Uganda

Hiking around Sipi Falls, Uganda

Uganda is known for being one of the greenest countries in Africa. Not for her the dry yellow grasses of the Serengeti, the orange dunes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, or the cracked heat of the Sahara desert.  Uganda is lush and tropical, fed by the waters of Lake Victoria, …
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Jinja and the Nile River Kayak Festival, Uganda

Jinja and the Nile River Kayak Festival, Uganda

Uganda isn’t only famous for breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife.  There’s another reason travellers flock here: to brave some of the most thrilling and accessible Grade 5 rapids anywhere in the world, on the mighty River Nile. At 6,500 km, the Nile is the longest river in the world.  It&…
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Moving to Kampala, Uganda – First Impressions

Moving to Kampala, Uganda – First Impressions

When I agreed to come out to Uganda to work as a volunteer for Child’s i Foundation, I had very little idea what to expect. The decision was made rather on the spur of the moment.  It was early December, and one minute I had no plans for January, …
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How to Grow a Pearl – Inside an Australian Pearl Farm

How to Grow a Pearl – Inside an Australian Pearl Farm

Ah, pearls.  Those gorgeous, lustrous, perfectly round jewels that seem to glow and shimmer with an internal light, like a full moon, or a lightbox, or a text message that wakes you in the middle of the night.  We’ve all seen them, some of you may even have some –&…
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