Category Archives: Africa

The BEST safaris in Uganda: Where to go on a budget safari

One way to keep Uganda safari prices down is by camping and using cheap tour companies, like I did for this safari in Murchison Falls.

Uganda has the most diverse safari circuit in Africa. In a single day, you can wake up to lions feeding, see elephants and buffalo on a morning game drive, track chimpanzees in the afternoon, and stage yourself for a gorilla trek by dinnertime. The only limits are your time and budget. But unless you’re a […]

Camping in Uganda: Plan the PERFECT DIY camping safari

Camping in Uganda is an affordable way to see the country.

Waking up to exotic bird calls. Watching the sun rise over the forest where the last remaining mountain gorillas live. Having coffee or a beer with a picture-perfect view of the Nile River. Giggling nervously as a 3,000-pound hippo grazes less than one meter from you. These are just a few of the highlights of […]

Backpacking Kenya: The ULTIMATE budget Kenya travel guide

Add Amboseli National Park to a Kenya 7 day itinerary to see the country's best landscapes.

 Backpacking Kenya: Top experiences Watching the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara — the most iconic safari destination in Africa Relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Lamu, followed by a tour of the ancient Swahili town Witnessing a heartwarming conservation success story — and baby elephants — at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi […]

Things to do in Lamu, Kenya: The Swahili Coast without the crowds

One of the best things to do in Lamu Kenya is take in the view from a dhow

Picture an Indian Ocean beach. Palm trees swaying. Clear, blue water as far as the eye can see. Mangroves lining the coast. Soft sand between your toes. Now, imagine that you have this beach all to yourself. The scene you’re picturing is reality on Lamu Island, Kenya. Lamu is Kenya’s version of Zanzibar — except […]

One day in Nairobi, Kenya: The PERFECT Nairobi itinerary for a short stay

What is must see in Nairobi? The Giraffe Center, for one.

So you’re going on a safari in Kenya. You’re going to have an amazing time! But chances are, before you head into the bush, you’ll end up spending at least one day in Nairobi. Many travelers fear Nairobi. It has a reputation for being dangerous (some expats even call it “Nairobbery”). It has some of […]

Mbale to Nairobi bus: Travel from Uganda to Kenya via Tororo and Malaba

The Nairobi to Mbale bus is an easy way to travel between Uganda and Kenya.

Travel in East Africa is always an adventure. I’m talking about the literal travel part — getting from Point A to Point B when you don’t have a tour or private driver. On a recent trip to the region, I wanted to cross from Uganda to Kenya in the Mount Elgon region — but all […]

The PERFECT itinerary for Sipi Falls Uganda: Coffee, hiking and more

The distance from Kampala to Sipi Falls keeps many backpackers away, but it's worth the journey!

Sipi Falls Uganda may be the country’s prettiest town. It’s in the foothills of spectacular Mount Elgon. The landscape is impossibly green. Micro-scale coffee plantations and banana groves line the main road. And of course, it has the three namesake waterfalls — easily Uganda’s most impressive. For all its beauty, Sipi Falls sees very few […]

Nine INCREDIBLE Things to Do in Jinja, Uganda: The Source of the Nile

Main Street has clothing vendors relaxing in the shade.

Jinja, Uganda is one of the best cities to visit in Africa. It’s safe, low-key, and very mzungu (foreigner)-friendly. It has a stunning location amid the rolling hills on the banks of the legendary Nile River. Whether you want heart-pounding adrenaline activities or a relaxing day on the river, there are plenty of things to do […]

White water rafting in Uganda: Class V Rapids on the Nile in Jinja

Uganda may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of adventure tourism. The Pearl of Africa is better known for its stunning landscapes, endangered mountain gorillas, and Big 5 wildlife. But the truth is, few activities will get your adrenaline pumping like white water rafting in Uganda. The stretch of […]

Red Chilli Murchison Falls Safari: An Honest Review

Red Chilli Camp Uganda is just a ten-minute walk from the boat launch point.

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa. It has four of the Big 5. It’s one of the only places in Uganda where you can see giraffes. And the landscapes and namesake waterfall are stunning. For backpackers visiting Uganda, Murchison Falls is also one of the more difficult national […]