Top Things to See and Do in Uganda

If you’ve never been to Uganda, the thought of taking a trip there probably conjures up all sorts of horrible images of war and chaos…and for good reason.  Most of what people know about this country revolves around it’s two most infamous war lords; Idi Amin and Jospeh Kony. In part it’s good that we […]

Travel Safety: How Dangerous is Madagascar?

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The island of Madagascar, located off the coast of Africa, is an unexpected tourist spot that is worth visiting. Known for its gorgeous and diverse landscape, it provides travelers the opportunity to visit thick jungles, swamps, deserts, and miles of stunning coast land. Visitors are able to view wildlife and foliage that they would likely […]

Rwanda: Things to See and Do in Kigali (Tourist Attractions)

There’s no denying it, Rwanda will probably be associated with its brutal genocide for a long time, but in the last few decades a lot has changed.  These days Rwanda is a relatively safe place to visit and most signs of the genocide have been wiped clean…whether it’s been intentional or not.  If you do […]

The Great Migration of East Africa: Serengeti to Masai Mara

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The first thing I learned about the Great Migration, one of the world’s awe-inspiring natural phenomena, is that it is not, in fact, natural. Contrary to my romantic miscalculations, the Great Migration is not some primal tradition from the days before automobiles were used to track the animals’ movement. Even Ernest Hemingway, who wrote extensively […]

East Africa and the Benefits of Losing Your Job

It was mid February on a Friday when my boss called me into her office for a very sudden one-on-one meeting.  I’m sure you know the kind, they’re quite common these days and they always end with you not having a job.  That’s right; I got laid off, another casualty of the “global economic crisis”. […]

Ethiopia 101: An Overview of the Good Stuff

If you’re anything like me, you’ve always associated Ethiopia with famine, starvation, and hunger.  And regardless of whether you want to blame the media or your mother for using it to get you to finish all your vegetables, one thing is for sure, Ethiopia has a plethora of untouched and exotic treasures that only the […]

Somalia: Scoundrels and Scallywags

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Since the very beginning (1960) Somalia has been troubled to say the least.  It seems to be plagued by endless fighting, famine, and hostage situations.  But these days the general chaos of the “country” has been over shadowed by the on going piracy in the unregulated waters off the Somali coast.  So how on earth […]