Keeping Clean on Kilimanjaro

One of the biggest misgivings I had when I first set my heart on climbing Kilimanjaro was the question of cleanliness. Never a natural outdoorswoman, I came late to the joys of the great outdoors and while I love day hikes, I was a relative noob at multi day camping. Climbing Kilimanjaro on the Rongai…

Climbing Kilimanjaro: The Rongai Route

When I first started thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro, the logistics of even just getting started seemed difficult enough. There was so much to think about – the best time to climb, which operator to choose, how to train, what I should wear, which route I should choose to ascend to Africa’s highest peak? I’d previously…

Top 5 places to eat in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibari cuisine is a wonderful mish mash of cuisines, reflecting the melting pot of cultures that make up this semi autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania. There are curries laced with exotic spices, grilled meats and seafood, Zanzibari pizza – the choices are endless and mouthwatering. Here are my top 5 places to eat…

24 Hours in Nairobi

Long established as a stopover city from British colonial times when the Mombasa-Kampala railway was being built, Nairobi is Kenya’s busy, bustling capital. There are skyscrapers in the city centre, traffic clogged roads and red dust swirling in the streets; but there’s also vibrant lilac jacarandas, the green spaces of Nairobi National Park and vendors…

Top 5 Things to Pack for a Safari

Going on safari in the Serengeti was one of the most amazing travel experiences of my life, right up there with seeing the Northern Lights and cruising the Galapagos Islands. But going on safari isn’t all fun and games – the dust, the discomfort of sitting for long periods, the bumpy roads and the heat…

Mauritius in a minute

Mauritius is a small island off the South East coast of Africa. A gorgeous gem in the sea, it’s becoming a hot destination for holidaymakers from around the world. Check out some of the things you can see and do while on this idyllic speck in middle of the Indian Ocean. What to See… If…

What to Wear: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

You’ve decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, your training’s going pretty well and now you’ve settled down to pack for your high endurance, but extremely rewarding adventure. The key to packing for an activity like this is to have an idea of what you’re going to be wear while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from Day 1. You…

How to survive Marrakech: Travel Tips

Marrakech is a wonderful old city, its medina a warren of lanes filled with shops brimming with goods, its streets dotted with old, crumbling palaces that now house storks instead of royals. The city can be challenging to navigate, and on my first visit there I was taken aback, naively, by the amount of hassle…