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Botswana

Traditional dance around the world

One of the joys of travel is to experience the best of cultures the world over. Music and dancing is a huge part of my life at home, and I’ve been lucky enough to experience it in many styles across the globe, sometimes as a display for tourists, sometimes in its most...

Animal encounters: Hyenas in the night

It’s 2am in Botswana, and I wake up with a start inside my tent. I’m in the Okavango Delta in the north of the country, and we are staying in a campsite just on the edge of the Moremi game reserve. The previous evening, sitting around our campfire, we were aware of...

Kenya

9 Amazing animal experiences from around the world!

For me, one of the most rewarding things about travel is the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife I could never see at home. In this post I share some of the most memorable - and unusual - animal experiences I have had on my journeys around the globe. What has...

Kibera slum tour: Real life in an African slum

This post was first published in August 2017 It is really important to me to learn about everyday life in the countries I visit. It doesn't matter whether the country is affluent or impoverished, I want to see behind the tourist veneer and get a glimpse into how...

The lion that climbed the tree: Life on the plains of Kenya

In September 2015 I went to Kenya. I was on my way to another location in Africa, but as so often happens, my flights there and back transited in Nairobi and the temptation to see something outside the airport was too much to bear. So it was that I broke my journey on the way home, and spent two days and two nights in on a whistle-stop tour...

Madagascar

9 Amazing animal experiences from around the world!

For me, one of the most rewarding things about travel is the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife I could never see at home. In this post I share some of the most memorable - and unusual - animal experiences I have had on my journeys around the globe. What has...

Traditional dance around the world

One of the joys of travel is to experience the best of cultures the world over. Music and dancing is a huge part of my life at home, and I’ve been lucky enough to experience it in many styles across the globe, sometimes as a display for tourists, sometimes in its most...

Anakao, Madagascar: Zebu carts, speedboats, and paradise

Down in the southwest corner of Madagascar is a village by the name of Anakao. It's not somewhere I had ever heard of, to be honest; but then again, not many towns in Madagascar hit the headlines outside the capital, Antananarivo. Anyway, Anakao is pretty hard to spot...

Namibia

Traditional dance around the world

One of the joys of travel is to experience the best of cultures the world over. Music and dancing is a huge part of my life at home, and I’ve been lucky enough to experience it in many styles across the globe, sometimes as a display for tourists, sometimes in its most...

Camping in Namibia: Quirky campsites and preconceptions

The year is 2009. I'm in Africa for the first time in my life - specifically, in the Namibia "panhandle" which extends along the top of Botswana, close to the border with Angola. In short, it's one of the most exotic places I've been in my life so far. We are staying...