11 Things You May Not Know About the Mursi (Omo Valley, Ethiopia)

The Omo Valley in Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most fascinating regions of cultural diversity, with nearly two-dozen tribes sharing borders in a spectacular but often inhospitable environment. One of the most recognisable and interesting of these tribes is the Mursi, a pastoral and nomadic community occupying land between the Mago and Omo rivers.  They […]

Reflections on 2015 Travels: From Antarctica to Africa

As the end of another year approaches, people around the world are reflecting on the ‘year that was’, reading the ‘best of’ lists that are dominating news feeds and making New Year resolutions that, for the majority, won’t be kept. And despite the cynic in me recognising the end of the year as nothing more […]

Stunning Wildlife, Culture and Landscape of Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia

When I arrived in Africa four months ago, I planned to update my blog from Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia on a regular basis. It didn’t quite go to plan. In fact, I’ve only shared five posts over a period of seventeen weeks. So what happened? Africa happened. I shouldn’t be surprised. My first experience on […]

Ethiopia: Introduction to a Hamar village in the Omo Valley

I wipe the sweat from my forehead as I continue along the road, leaving a trail of dust behind me. Small trees with vibrant pink flowers dot the landscape, as acacia trees line the horizon beneath the strong African sun. A local man and his herd of goats walk by and we shake hands, leaning […]

Ethiopia: First Impressions

The mango tree provides shade from the unrelenting heat as the bird it holds sings its song. Laughter fills the air as a group of local boys splash each other from the water pump they are using to wash themselves and their clothes. In the dry river behind them, a local woman fills a jerry […]

Back to Africa: Kenya, Madagascar & Ethiopia

Africa: arguably the world’s most thought-provoking, captivating and conflicted continent. Africa: culturally rich, geographically diverse and historically fascinating. Africa: consistently producing a profound impact on all who venture there. Africa: my next travel destination. I was first introduced to sub-Saharan Africa six years ago, on a three month overland trip from Rwanda to South Africa, […]