Tag Archives: Africa

Things to do in Jambiani, Zanzibar: Activities, relaxation and more

A dhow sailing off Jambiani Beach

Zanzibar is one of the top beach destinations on the planet — and the secret is definitely out. Instagram is plastered with glam-shots from the island’s perfect Indian Ocean beaches and sandbanks. Towns like Nungwi and Paje have transformed from sleepy beach villages to long strips of resorts and bars. Enter Jambiani. This town on […]

Backpacking Namibia: The ULTIMATE budget Namibia travel guide

Sunrise at Dune 45 -- a Namibia road trip highlight

Backpacking Namibia: Top experiences Climbing Dune 45 for sunrise in the Namib Desert Wildlife-watching in Etosha National Park Walking along the rim at Fish River Canyon Camping under the starriest skies you’ve ever seen Hiking to remote rock art galleries in Damaraland Jump to the list of posts from Namibia, or read on for the destination […]

Backpacking Morocco: The ULTIMATE budget Morocco travel guide

When you're backpacking Morocco, you might run into a camel in an alley.

Backpacking Morocco: Top experiences Climbing on top of the leather shops for an aerial view of Fes’s tannery Watching craftsmen continue the work their families started 400 years ago Hearing the Call to Prayer from a hundred mosques in central Marrakech Sampling some of Africa’s best cuisine Watching the street life at night in Jemaa el-Fnaa Jump […]

Backpacking Ethiopia: The ULTIMATE guide to Ethiopia on a budget

A pilgrim knocks on the door of a Lalibela church

Backpacking Ethiopia: Top experiences Camping on the rim of an active volcano, Danakil Depression Watching early-morning mass at Bet Giyorgis, Lalibela Getting lost in the markets and alleys of Harar Jugol Hiking around Tigray in search of ancient rock-hewn churches Feeding wild hyenas with the “hyena men” of Harar Jump to the list of posts from Ethiopia for […]

Backpacking Egypt: The ULTIMATE budget Egypt travel guide

The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphynx

  Backpacking Egypt: Top experiences Diving in Ras Mohammed National Park in the Red Sea Interpreting the heiroglyphs at the temple of Karnak Seeing mummies and King Tut’s gold headpiece at the Egyptian Museum Pondering the mysteries of the pyramids of Giza and the sphynx Jump to the list of posts from Egypt, or read […]

Backpacking in Zanzibar: A guide to Zanzibar on a budget

Soft white sand. Turquoise waters. Fragrant spices wafting through narrow stone alleys. Zanzibar looms large in many travelers’ imaginations. But this island, famous for honeymooners and safari-goers, can seem out of reach if your only option is backpacking in Zanzibar on a budget. Zanzibar may not be the cheapest destination in East Africa, but it’s […]

Backpacking Tanzania: ULTIMATE budget Tanzania travel guide

Lions watch wildebeest in the Serengeti - one of the unique places to visit in Tanzania

Backpacking Tanzania: Top experiences Watching the sunrise from the Roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro Witnessing the wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park Trekking through small villages and meeting the country’s friendliest people in the Usambara Mountains Diving and snorkeling off the coast of Mafia Island Strolling the ancient streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar Jump to […]

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 […]