Category Archives: Travel

Travel Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area

You may have heard of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania before, possibly in the context of the great wildebeest migration. Even without the famous migration, though, the Ngorongoro Crater is spectacular and a sight to behold. Today, I’d like to tell you about this amazing feat of nature. I’ll also tell you about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that it lies in. Without further ado, here goes! What is the Ngorongoro Crater? I like to call the Ngorongoro Crater a big hole in the ground. Of course, it’s a lot more than that, but that is … Continue reading

The Top 5 Wine Farms in Cape Town, South Africa

The Cape vineyards begin just a half hour’s drive outside Cape Town, where the cultivation of grapes dates back to the 1600s. Cape Town’s wine farms are a renowned wine region, internationally recognised for its fine legendary wines. The Constantia Valley, and the area around it, is thought to be the earliest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere and dates back over 300 years. These authentic wine farms still produce world-class, award-winning wines today. Almost every winery seems to offer cosy accommodation, fine dining, casual bistros, gourmet wine pairings and elaborate tastings. To help you choose the next wine estate … Continue reading

24 Sunset-, Lake-, and Mount Kilimanjaro Pictures

It’s that time again: time for a pictures post featuring the best of my Instagram gallery. This time the pictures span three countries and 10 locales across those countries. I’ve even got pictures for you taken from the sky, above the clouds. Thematically, as always, this list includes sunset photos and pictures taken near bodies of water, including the world’s second largest freshwater lake. Plus, I’ve got a new one for you: pictures of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. I hope you like them! No. 24: A Crazy Sunset in Lushoto, Tanzania When some kids who had followed us to the viewpoint saw … Continue reading

Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips For Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island

Planning a trip to Zanzibar soon? Looking for ideas about what to do while you are there? Then, you are in luck. Today, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve most enjoyed doing in Zanzibar over the past 10 years. That’s how long it’s been since my first trip to Zanzibar taken shortly after I first moved to Tanzania. These tips cover both the historic part of Zanzibar, Stone Town, as well as other areas of the island. This is not an exhaustive list. Rather, these are simply some pointers shared with love from me to you. I hope you find them … Continue reading

Tanga, Tanzania: 10 Pictures Taken in & Around Lushoto

Have you ever been to Lushoto, Tanzania? Do you know where Lushoto is? Perhaps let me begin this post by telling you more about that. Lushoto is the name of both a town and a district, located in Tanzania’s northernmost coastal region, Tanga. Although the region of Tanga borders the Indian Ocean, Lushoto lies further inland, nestled in the scenic Usambara Mountains (see the map below). In my last Instagram recap post, I told you how I ended up in Lushoto. My mother was turning 71, and since she’d been saying for a while that she was yearning to travel, I suggested we do just that for her … Continue reading

19 Sky, Water, & Sunset Photos and More Taken in Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali and Elsewhere

For whatever reason, I seem to be looking upwards a lot lately. Every picture I post on Instagram nowadays seems to be of the sky or at the very least is sky-heavy. Sometimes it’s a very blue sky. Other times it’s a beautiful sunset. I don’t know what this says about me or the headspace I’m in right now, but what I do know is that, judging from the reaction I get, many of my Instagram followers, and hopefully you my readers, can relate. Whatever the case, today, I’d like to share the best of these photos and videos with you. Because … Continue reading

Uber Uganda & Tanzania: My Experiences in the First 9 Months

Uber launched in Kampala, Uganda and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania within 10 days of each other in June 2016. Since I don’t own a car, and live between these two cities, I was ecstatic to learn about this new development. Although I love to travel by boda-boda (motorcycle taxis), I cannot completely ignore the number of injuries and fatalities that occur every day as a result of boda-boda accidents. An inexpensive, convenient, GPS-enabled service provided through a mobile app seemed like just the thing to finally get me to transition to a non-boda-boda lifestyle. Finding out That Uber Had Arrived to an East African City Other Than Nairobi … Continue reading

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