Why you should consider Ethiopia!

Travel to Africa is often seen as exciting, adventurous, exotic, and perhaps a little dangerous. Westerners may typically imagine safaris and African animals, jungles, or perhaps poverty, whilst the north of Africa brings images of deserts and camels. If there is one country in Africa that can defy most expectations, though, that country has to …

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Discovering the capitals of West Africa

West Africa is not the first region people think of travelling to, especially from the west. The capital cities are often where the most money may be – in any country, not just in Africa – and they often can shine a little light into the past as well. Some cities show evidence of an …

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Little Places – Saint Louis, Senegal

A few hours by bumpy transport from the Senegalese capital Dakar (320km), out on its own couple of islands, is the sleepy fishing town of Saint Louis. Interestingly Saint Louis was the capital of Senegal as a French colony from the 17th to late 19th century, and so yes, it certainly is a ‘colonial town’. …

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Little Places – Ouahigouyah

Border town. (well, actually still a wee bit from the border) Dry. Dusty. Hot. The last town in Burkina Faso before I moved on to Mali over ten years ago now. I don’t remember much, perhaps because there wasn’t much to remember, but I do remember that the streets were wide, and I didn’t see …

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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, …

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Benin – Through My Lens

Hi folks! Time to turn the clock back a decade plus to my time in the West African country of Benin. A country with a history linked to the slave trade to the Americas, it has it's own beauty and despite the fact I only had five nights there, I appreciated visiting. Apart from the …

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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 …

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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 …

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