Transport Adventures – West Africa

Yes, back to West Africa again. Transport in West Africa is possibly THE reason to go if you’re seriously into adventure. I say this because every journey in West Africa is a major adventure. From tro-tros to share-taxis to buses and even the occasional train, West Africa is not for the feint-hearted who like smooth …

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3 Spots on Sunday – Countries in West Africa

Imagine that you had time off and wanted to explore West Africa. Regular readers know this is one of my favourite regions of the planet, one I have visited on no less than four separate tricks. But it often doesn’t rate much of a mention on many people’s radar – it’s out of the way …

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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, …

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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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The Best of Train Journeys

Today's 'Best of' is looking back at my four favourite 'Train Journeys'. I'll let you in on a secret - I think Train Journeys is my favourite segment I have written. Here are four amazing train journeys that if you're in the region you simply must visit! 4. The Ghan - Darwin to Alice Springs …

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Travel Video – West Africa (2006)

Howdy folks as another week kicks off. With my series of Saturday posts on West Africa, I thought now would be a good time to show you my short (5 and a half minutes) video I compiled of my time in West Africa. It's a combination of photos and short films I shot with the …

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West African Memories – Benin

Monday, January 30, 2006 Snakes alive... hey everyone I just lost my post so here goes. Again. Yesterday took share taxi from Lome to Cotonou, Benin. If you are interested in these countries I thoroughly recommend the destination guide at www.lonelyplanet.com Anyways I have a damn nice room which I am pretty happy about, but I …

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Train Journeys – Cotonou to Parakou, Benin

Howdy all! I thought I’d start a new series of weekly articles today (aiming for every Thursday) about some of the train journeys I have taken. I have to confess to not having taken all the world’s greatest train journeys – for example I haven’t done the trans-Siberian or the Orient Express, but I thought …

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