Arriving for the first time in Malawi, we were thoroughly knackered and looking forward to the soothing relaxed pace.
Zanzibar is a semi autonomous island nation off the coast of Tanzania. This beautiful Islamic island is the birth place of two extremely successful things – Swahili and Freddie Mercury.
Now on my third visit (and dozens of faux pas later) I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of the culture here in Uganda. This is mainly due to having a plethora of patient Ugandans willing to answer my every query.
Kigali is often looked up to in Africa as a shining star of progress, and it’s easy to see why. Just 20 years after a devastating genocide took place here, the city has advanced far beyond its neighbours. There are paved roads, ATMs, a ban on plastic bags and even motorbike taxis who are registered, have well maintained bikes, don’t overload and carry passenger helmets.
Fort Portal is located around 4 hours drive west from Uganda’s capital. It’s an area of natural beauty, gateway to several national parks and the starting point for many gorilla tracking expeditions. Sitting in this peaceful, laid back town, it’s hard to believe that just beyond the mountain range lies the Democratic Republic of Congo, and all its woes.