Beyond the Gorillas: 9 Other Travel Attractions in Rwanda

Will a rise in gorilla trek permits send travellers across the border?  Or are there enough attractions in Rwanda to keep it growing in popularity as a top travel destination? The opportunity to sit in close proximity to a critically endangered mountain gorilla is the undisputable highlight of a visit to Rwanda. Mountain gorilla trekking […]

In Pictures: Lion Cubs of the Masai Mara

The first little cub bounces boldly from the thick bush it was told to stay hidden in. It can sense the return of its mother and its three siblings soon follow as she walks into sight. They are full of energy, falling over each other in excitement as they fight for attention from their weary […]

Rwanda: An Unforgettable Wildlife Encounter with Mountain Gorillas

He has been watching us since we arrived, his eyes portraying a curiosity that matches ours. But we are not equals. He is the largest and oldest silverback in Rwanda – and this is his home. He demands respect and as his 220kg body moves deceptively fast towards us, we give it without hesitation. I […]

18 Things You Might Not Know About Rwanda

You probably know that Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorilla lives.  You’ve undoubtedly heard of the devastating genocide that took the lives of more than 800,000 people in just 100 days in 1994.  And you are probably aware of its location as a land-locked country […]

Postcards from Rwanda: Gorillas and Beyond

Many foreigners associate Rwanda with two things – mountain gorillas and the 1994 genocide. But the attractions of this small land-locked country in East Africa extend beyond tracking the world’s largest primate in its natural habitat. And whilst the genocide is an unforgettable chapter in the country’s history, Rwanda is now considered one of Africa’s […]

Know Before You Go: 14 Travel Tips for Madagascar

Influenced by its early Asian settlers and proximity to the African mainland, Madagascar has been ultimately – and uniquely – shaped by its geographical isolation. It’s the oldest and fourth largest island in the world, with the topographical and climatic diversity of a small continent. It’s an irresistible location for lovers of the great outdoors, […]

In Pictures: Sunset at the Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar

A short drive from Morondava on Madagascar’s west coast, is a tree-lined dirt road of such natural and unique beauty, it has been recognised as the island’s first officially protected natural monument. It is called the Avenue of the Baobabs. It is one of the most visited and photographed sites in Madagascar. And it was […]

The Story of the Lemur: Madagascar’s Wildlife Star

(Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Madagascar) “At first I think it’s the wind, merging into song with the trees of the rainforest. Then I hear it again: a sound in the distance, travelling invisibly through the forest towards me, an eerie yet beautiful wail. I look around me, hoping to spot the source of the […]

Unique, Diverse, Fascinating: 10 Facts about Madagascar

Madagascar’s unique wildlife is arguably its biggest attraction, with most visitors heading to the island to see lemurs and chameleons. I was one of them – and yes, I was excited to see lemurs and chameleons. But I also discovered a fascinating history, captivating culture and dramatically varied landscape Madagascar is an island influenced by […]

In Pictures: The Baby Animals of Kenya’s Masai Mara & Samburu

Kenya provides some of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world, in an unpredictable environment where each creature fights to survive against the elements and each other on a daily basis.  Game drives in locations like the Masai Mara and Samburu, where I spent time last year, often yield exhilarating results as birds and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Photography: 20 Landscapes from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I’m often asked if I prefer wildlife or landscape, as both a traveller and a photographer.  This isn’t a surprising question considering my travel itinerary of the past year has been led by a desire to experience and capture some of the world’s most beautiful and unique environments, birds and animals My perfect scenario is […]

Photography: Shooting Stars in Drakensberg, South Africa

“That’s a great photo – you must have a great camera”   Ask photographers of all levels what comment annoys them most and this is probably it. A great photograph is created from a recipe of mixed ingredients.   And as quality equipment is just one ingredient, having “all the gear and no idea” is unlikely […]

African Wildlife in Pictures: Dinner Time

  One of the harsh realities of life in the African bush is that one creature’s demise is another’s survival.   And as a volunteer on a photography project in South Africa, visiting the reserve during the wildlife’s “meal time” provided some of the highlights of my month.  Whether it was the grazers, browsers or […]

Top 10 Moments: Wildlife Photography Volunteering (Final Week)

“It’s not always unicorns and rainbows” – Mattias Karlsson (Volunteer) I learned a long time ago not to expect sympathy from friends back home when I complain about things whilst travelling. And deservedly so! But as one of the other volunteers so eloquently phrased “it’s not always unicorns and rainbows”. I began my last week […]

Community Day: Volunteering in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A group of little girls giggle as they blow bubbles into the air.  Behind them, their friends at the face-painting stand are being transformed from little children into zebras, lions and butterflies.  Others are leaning over a piece of paper, in deep concentration as they colour in the picture on it.  As I pick up […]

Wildlife Photography & Conservation Project: Photos (South Africa)

One of the things I love most about travel is the people you meet along the way: the people of all ages and nationalities, from all walks of life, enjoying a variety of different lifestyles. As my experience as an African Impact volunteer nears its end, I am reminded that travel ignores the differences that […]

Top 10 Moments: Wildlife Photography Volunteering (Week 3)

As the first notes of Toto’s iconic but cheesy song “Africa” reaches my ears I smile to myself.  My iPod is set to shuffle but I suspect it is also feeling the uplifting and energising effect of being on one of the world’s most thought-provoking continents  My third week as a volunteer with African Impact […]