Category: Experiences

  • Hike up (then sleep beside) the world’s largest lava lake

    Hike up (then sleep beside) the world’s largest lava lake

    Visitors to Nyiragongo’s edge, standing proudly in the Virunga Mountains on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, find a lava lake a few hundred feet beneath them. “It seems to cannibalize itself, as pockets of fire engulf new areas,” writes National Geographic journalist Nina Strochlic. “A thick fog rolls over the […]

  • What the heck is a carbon-neutral safari anyway?

    What the heck is a carbon-neutral safari anyway?

    In a much grander gesture, the iconic African wildlife destination made a pioneering commitment during COP26. The Kenyan government recently announced that all vehicles and operations across the Maasai Mara and other natural areas must only rely on renewable energy. Situated within the National Reserve, Emboo River Camp is one sustainable safari lodge that’s ahead […]

  • The mysterious lives of Mafia Island’s whale sharks

    The mysterious lives of Mafia Island’s whale sharks

    Masked, finned and ready to go, I follow our expert guide from Butiama Beach lodge, slipping into the water with far less grace than he. Most operators here strive for an ethical animal encounter, of which I’d been carefully briefed on the boat before. Always give a whale shark a comfortable berth and keep clear […]

  • Explained: The A – Z of going on an African safari

    Explained: The A – Z of going on an African safari

    A is for Angola Angola was once famed for its giant elephants (a 12-ton male was spotted here in 1974), but poaching during the country’s 27-year-long civil war took a big toll on both human and animal population. Angola has been at peace for two decades and their wildlife reserves are on the road to […]

  • Mapping the Makgadikgadi motherland: a quad bike cruise to Kubu Island

    Mapping the Makgadikgadi motherland: a quad bike cruise to Kubu Island

    I have butterflies before we set off. An unquashable exhilaration. I had visited Kubu Island before, but in a comfy 4WD vehicle from the south, a well-trodden track that leads into the Makgadikgadi from Botswana’s diamond-mining town of Lethlakane. This would be my fourth visit but on a far more unorthodox ride. Also read: What’s […]

  • Climbing Mt. Kenya: A guide to The Mountain of God

    Climbing Mt. Kenya: A guide to The Mountain of God

    When the chance came along to explore Mt. Kenya for five days, I jumped at it. I had the chance of seeing it through my own eyes and the eyes of my guide (Jacob), the cook (Jose) and the porter (Tesh). These three people were the backbone of my explorations of Mt. Kenya. How to […]

  • Klein JAN and the Kalahari: Michelin-star magic in the middle of nowhere

    Klein JAN and the Kalahari: Michelin-star magic in the middle of nowhere

      In 2021, Jan added another impressive feat to his resume with the opening of his third restaurant, Klein JAN. But rather than choosing a bustling international capital or a popular city in his homeland, Jan looked to the vast, burnt beauty of the Kalahari, and decided to start there. Tracing Jan’s journey into the […]

  • How one rally is helping combat climate change in Senegal

    How one rally is helping combat climate change in Senegal

    In 2018, a new motorsport concept was conceived – one that not only offered thrilling spectatorship in extreme environments akin to the Dakar Rally, but one that also highlighted climate change in one of Africa’s most fascinating locations, and aimed to leave a positive impact in its tyre tracks. In short: it was a sport […]

  • Safari Rally: The Greatest Show on Earth

    Safari Rally: The Greatest Show on Earth

    Ask any Kenyan above the age of 30 what their favourite childhood memory was and the Safari Rally would rank right up there. The country would be united over the Easter period as heroes and legends were born during the tough cross-country race. Schools and businesses would be closed ‘unofficially’ to ensure everyone watched the […]

  • How hot air ballooning over Sossusvlei marked the start of Namibia’s desert tourism

    How hot air ballooning over Sossusvlei marked the start of Namibia’s desert tourism

    This is what it’s like to join a Namib Sky Balloon Safari.                                         Where to stay for a hot air balloon ride in Namibia? 1. Little Kulala Lodge Little Kulala and its sister camp Kulala Desert […]