How We Drove Across Africa for $300

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Selling a car in Uganda

A member of our family is gone. Yes, Charlie, our 1989 awesome Land Cruiser that we bought to get across Africa now has a new owner. We shared some unforgettable memories together – getting stranded in the Okavango Delta, a flash flood in Arusha, and straddling Zimbabwe and Zambia with nothing but water beneath us. Oh Africa, how we love you so much. After going through hell and back trying to buy the car in South Africa it was a serious debate to sell him or not. Here is our story of selling a car in Africa. To recap we bought … Read More

A Guide To The Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is the largest unfilled inactive volcanic crater, or caldera, in the world. However, it’s not entirely empty as a wildlife spectacle unfolds in this dramatic setting. At the base of 610m cliff faces elephants trumpet, lions roar, and antelope…eat grass. The crater is arguably the best place in Tanzania to see the big five. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most mesmerizing natural features in the world.  Humanity has deep ties to the crater as well. The Ngorongoro Conservation area is home to footprints that date back the oldest humanoids walking upright, nearly … Read More

15 Things We’ve Learned From Overlanding Africa

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It has been a long time since we sat naively in Europe contemplating the idea of an Africa overland trip. Now 12 African nations, 25,000 miles, and zero flat tires later it’s a time for reflection on just what I have learned from overlanding Africa. We’ll never forget the days we spent in our trusty Land Cruiser rolling through South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda. We’ve gotten our 15 minutes of fame First things first, when you are overlanding Africa and get away from the tourist destinations of the Serengeti, Victoria Falls, or Zanzibar you’re going … Read More

Bwindi Lodge Review: A Home Away from Home in Uganda

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Bwindi Lodge Review

It’s not something that happens often to us, but when we stepped out our Land Cruiser and arrived at Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge in Uganda we felt at ease. The individual rooms and lodge blended in with its natural surrounding. Bandas feature windows that opened wide to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Here there was no end to the lodge as the park spilled right onto the property that is frequented by mountain gorillas. Bwindi Lodge The Rooms at Bwindi Lodge Bwindi Lodge has 8 spacious bandas that feature a balcony, large bathroom with his and her sinks, and a seating area overlooking the … Read More

Serenity on the Tanzanian Coast at Ushongo Beach

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Ushongo Beach

We’ve been finding ourselves lost on the Tanzanian coast recently, and don’t ever want to leave. It’s this feeling of being cast away on shores of Africa in countries like Tanzania, Mozambique, or Kenya that is truly magical. The feeling is nothing like the beaches of Greece, Jamaica, Thailand, or even Zanzibar. When you find the right beach in Africa you feel as if you’re truly exploring. The Tanzanian coast is plentiful with dhows, white sand, aquamarine water, and thousands of palm trees. It all means you’re never too far from fresh fish, a tranquil spot to relax, refreshing water, and a … Read More

What’s it Like to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is surreal and unlike any other experience in Africa. The atmosphere of the trek through the jungle mist is unreal. With each step your anticipation builds and the reward of seeing the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world is spectacular. The setting, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, is arguably one of the most mystical in all of Africa.  Way before we decided to self-drive across Africa I asked fellow travelers about their gorilla trek experience. “To see the gorillas is incredible, it’s worth the high cost to see them in their natural habitat,” my friend had told me. It was an easy decision to add gorilla … Read More

Your First Safari and the Ten Rules You Should Know

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First Safari Tips

Getting ready to go on your first safari? We’ll never forget our first safari in Africa. It was our third day on the continent and we drove off head strong into Kruger National Park at sunrise blasting The Circle Of Life. A lot has changed since that day and we’ve now spent plenty of time in game viewers, walking, and driving ourselves around the wilds of Africa. So, what have we learned from our first safari experiences?  10 Rules For Your First Safari No Yelling! Shhh… You aren’t in a zoo and the animals are not domesticated. When safari goers are visiting … Read More

Places to Visit in Zanzibar

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Places to Visit in Zanzibar

There are a plethora of places to visit in Zanzibar. The East African island packs a whole lot of punch for things to do and experience. It’s safe to say that excitement and relaxation can be had on every corner of Zanzibar. We arrived with no knowledge of the island, but set off to exploring Jozani Forest, Paje Beach, and even a cruise on the local boat, a dhow. With almost a month on the island we were able to cover most of hot spots. Looking for where to start once you arrive in Stone Town? Here are the top places … Read More

10 Tanzania Travel Tips to Know Before You Go

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For many, Tanzania may be the most well-known country in Africa. It is the country that has become synonymous with the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. People from all over the world flock to Tanzania to have a safari in some of the best national parks in the world. The country is staggeringly beautiful, populated by a warm Swahili culture, and home to some of the best wildlife on this planet. A trip to Tanzania is one that is one not easily forgot. Here are our top Tanzania travel tips to know before you go. Tanzania Travel Tips Hakuna Matata is real You know The Lion … Read More

Kilindi Zanzibar Review: The Best Honeymoon Resort On Zanzibar

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Kilindi Zanzibar Review

Kilindi Zanzibar Beach Resort We’d been on Zanzibar for nearly two weeks by the time we checked into Kilindi Zanzibar and had high hopes after the few photos we had seen of the resort. Kilindi is a collection of well-spaced white domed villas that look as if they were built for a sultan. Although no Sultan was involved in the making they do feel fit for a King and Queen. We found Kilindi Zanzibar to be the best escape for anyone looking for romance or a honeymoon on Zanzibar. The Pavilions The pavilions at Kilindi are one of a kind, designed … Read More