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Ile Goree Island, Senegal

Ile Goree Island, Senegal

When I was in Dakar for a work meeting, I had the chance to take a cultural excursion with my colleagues and the natural choice was Ile Gorée. As a small island just 3.5 km from the mainland, it had been used as a hub for the competing European powers during the...

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Things My Masai Safari Guide Taught Me

Things My Masai Safari Guide Taught Me

The vast savannah and prolific wildlife in Masai Mara were breath-taking and I brought so many unforgettable memories back home. The feeling is truly something to be experienced than to be expressed. The national reserve offers much more than the famous Big 5. While...

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A Traffic Signal in Praslin, Seychelles

A Traffic Signal in Praslin, Seychelles

The island of Praslin is an unspoiled tropical paradise boasting some of the best beaches in the world. I could spend hours admiring the crystal-clear waters of varying shades of blue. I also spent hours driving in Praslin though I usually do not like to drive. But...

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Hwange Safari Tour: Zimbabwe

Hwange Safari Tour: Zimbabwe

I visited Hwange as part of an organized safari tour. When they told me that I was heading to this park, I was unsure about what was to come. I had never heard about Hwange National Park before and most of what I had seen in Zimbabwe previously, had been a...

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Mauritania – Rail Journey to Atar

Mauritania – Rail Journey to Atar

A blazing blue sky that is so far above you can see into the universe's soul. Not a cloud for miles. I'm standing at the window of a small white cement hut with a bakery sign painted on its side, it stands alone alongside my dusty road, in the middle of a wide-open...

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Rwanda – A Hilly Paradise

Rwanda – A Hilly Paradise

Over and over, I had heard, “Rwanda is the safest, cleanest country in Africa”. Skeptical, I often thought to myself, how big of a difference could there be from where I have traveled around the continent? Turns out I was spectacularly wrong. A work trip brought me to...

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Zanzibar’s Mixed Culture and Rich History

Zanzibar’s Mixed Culture and Rich History

A solid coat of humidity hit me as soon as the airplane doors opened and a lush green view of Zanzibar came into focus. While technically a part of Tanzania, the island, I knew, is vastly different in its history and culture so I excitedly hopped on a dala-dala, a...

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Popcorn and coffee: a Tunisian morning

Popcorn and coffee: a Tunisian morning

I watch a man set up his popcorn booth. It is January second, but I barely notice that a new year has started. Between going to the International Airport in Cairo at 23h00 on December 31st, then crossing numerous x-ray machines until finally arriving in Tunis, only to...

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Living Quite Local in Mbale, Uganda

Living Quite Local in Mbale, Uganda

Before I was set to start a new job in Morocco, I had just enough time to find a meaningful way to spend two months. Determined to explore more of sub-Saharan Africa, I found a small Ugandan NGO advertising for volunteers in exchange for “free room and board”....

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Ngondo Festival in Cameroon

Ngondo Festival in Cameroon

Imagine my surprise when I heard that one of the largest cultural events in Cameroon, my newest home, would take place just after I arrived, and in my city of Douala! The Ngondo water-centric festival is normally held throughout November but would culminate on the...

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The Fabled Island of La Digue

The Fabled Island of La Digue

Gorgeous beaches and relaxing vibes are two things that an ideal Island holiday is comprised of. This is exactly what I anticipated before visiting the Indian Ocean gem, Seychelles, a couple of years back. And what the island of Mahe gave me was at par with my...

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Camping With Elephants at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Camping With Elephants at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

They appeared as shadows through the trees, one at first, then a second and a third, until the whole herd was illuminated by the glow of the full moon above. I scarcely dared to breathe for fear of alerting them to our presence. It was not the first time I had seen...

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