Category Archives: African travel

Small Places – Djenne, Mali

Djenne is a pretty special place. A small town on the less-populated side of the Niger River. As I wrote in my recent post on Mopti (Sunday Spotlight – Mopti) I visited on a longish day-trip from Mopti. Actually, half the fun of the day was the amazing journey from Mopti to Djenne and back, in a pretty beat up

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Little Places – Ganvie, Benin

One of Benin’s most visited attractions is the stilted-village of Ganvie. It really is a bit of a tourist trap in some respects I guess, it’s on the Lake of Nokoue, and that is a short ride from Benin’s main (but not capital) city of Cotonou. If you are visiting this West African nation, well, this is likely to be

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Sunday Spotlight – Mopti, Mali

Today I’m stretching my memory back to the time I went to Mali, 2007, one country in West Africa which really has a lot to see and do. From the Dogon country, to the incredible mosque at Djenne, Mali is a real surprise packet in West Africa, but sadly is not really safe for travel right at the moment. Mopti

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Burkina Faso – Through My Lens

The country that is the subject of this week’s ‘Through My Lens’ is the dusty, land locked country in West Africa Burkina Faso. I visited twice, now ten years ago. The cities/towns seemed to have fields or basically wilderness in the middle. It’s a wild sort of place, and ever so hot – most days were around the 40 degrees

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Ethiopia – Through My Lens – Bahir Dar, Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana

Hi all – this is my final ‘Through My Lens’ for Ethiopia. Last week I shared my photos from the Simien Mountains. This week I’ve headed south to Bahir Dar. Bahir Dar is a town on the shores of Lake Tana, and the jumping off point for visiting the Blue Nile Falls. It was done in an afternoon by car,

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Ethiopia – Through My Lens – The Simien Mountains

Howdy all. Another selection of photos for you, basically a selection of photos of my trek in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains. We began in Debark, took a minibus to Sanakabar Camp at the start of the first day, loaded up donkeys there and began the trek. We averaged around 20km a day, staying at three camps. The final day we hiked

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Ethiopia Through My Lens – Gondar

Located in the north-east of Ethiopia, Gondar is an interesting town with its own castle Fasilides Castle, founded by the Emperor of the same name who founded both the castle and the town. The town was founded in 1635. The castle is interesting because it is strangely European in style and there are some large grounds to roam around. It’s

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Ethiopia – Through My Lens (Part One)

Howdy all. So sorry I can’t seem to nail these things down in one post. But such is life I guess. Ethiopia, it’s pretty wonderful really. My favourite country in Africa. Today a selection of photos from the capital Addis Ababa and Lalibela, a short flight from Addis and the home to a series of incredible rock-hewn churches. Enjoy! More

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