On Safari South Of The Sahara In Chad

One might not know that just south of the Sahara Desert in a remote location of Chad you can find the Big 5 and all kinds of amazing untouched wildlife. But this truly is a remote location, and as you will see, it is not easy to get to and from it. So is this…

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A Coastal City And Consternation In Congo — Republic of Congo Part 2

We last left off halfway through my trip to the Republic of Congo, where I had toured the capital city of Brazzaville and sacrificed some sweets in a sacred cave at sunrise. I had also experienced the highlight of my West Africa trip by visiting some massive gorillas in their natural habitat. While it was…

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Visiting Massive Gorillas In The Other Congo — Republic of Congo Part 1

Having already seen gorillas in the wild in multiple parts of Africa, stumbling upon more of these large primates might not impress me so much, or so you might think… But in the Republic of Congo, one can see gorillas of distinct size, if not habitat. And you can visit these primates in close proximity…

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Going On Safari In Gabon — Part 2

You ready to go back out into the Gabonese wilderness and this time go on safari with some more enticing wildlife? For instance, hallucinating elephants (yeah, that’s a thing) and swimming elephants, as well. Plus we can head deep into the jungle to find gorillas in their natural habitat. We last left off in Gabon,…

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Going On Safari In Gabon — Part 1

After making it away from the voodoo serpents of Benin, I was ready for a more traditional African animal experience. It was time to travel to Gabon, yet another one of those Atlantic Coast countries in West Africa. Gabon has some interesting twists, including surprising prices, but also some quite accessible wildlife, which was very…

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Seeing Benin — From Voodoo Serpents To Lake Living

Do you know what’s the birthplace of voodoo? Let’s pay a visit to Benin (😉) to check out everything from the serpent temple, where we’ll get to hang with pythons, to the Venice of West Africa, where we’ll get to experience life on the water in Africa’s largest lake village. Let’s do it… Getting to Benin…

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On Safari With An Army-For-Hire In Niger

You’ve heard all about my safari successes and trials and tribulations. It’s time to step it up a notch… from spotting big game like a capable Maasai man to dodging Boko Haram while mixing and mingling with giant giraffes. For this I’ll need to hire my own army. Welcome to Niger! Getting to Know Niger…

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Getting To Know Burkina Faso

Are you ready for mud mosques, crocs, rock outcrops and waterfalls? And odd, more so than awe-inspiring, monuments? That might not be what comes to mind (if anything does) when you think of Burkina Faso. But that’s on our itinerary as we get to know this little-visited, landlocked West African country — and do so…

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Mud Mastery And Surviving The Elements — Mali Part 2

Mali has much more to see than merely Mopti and Timbuktu. But again it doesn’t come without danger. So let’s get ready to hide in the backseat of a blacked out car (not all the time) and continue our travels around this West African nation, where we’ll get to see the largest mud building in…

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Executing A Visit To Timbuktu — Mali Part 1

Have you ever wondered where Timbuktu is? Of if you’re a more adventurous type like me, have have you wanted to visit? Well, Timbuktu is long past its golden age when it was a center for learning and culture in in the Mali (😉) Empire. And in its present state, it is surrounded by danger…

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Cruising Cameroon And Going On Safari In The CAR

Let’s take a step up in West African wildlife watching from monkeying around in Ghana to hanging with habituated gorillas and buffaloes in the Baï of the war-torn Central African Republic. Also, get ready to canoe in and out of the CAR and check out city life in neighboring Cameroon. Plus, you want to see…

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Monkeying Around In Ghana And Togo

It’s not quite like being in the Serengeti, but there is more to do in West Africa than visit beaches and sightsee in capital cities. So on this two-country trek, let’s do a little monkeying around and see some animals — both alive and dead. 😱 I flew from Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Accra, the…

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Making The Most Of The Ivory Coast

Bags in hand or not, it’s time to tour the Ivory Coast and see the crocodiles, cultural dances and gigolos (not for me 😂) this rather developed West African nation has to offer. After a few days in Liberia, I was ready to move on to the Ivory Coast. The Ivory Coast, also known as…

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Freetown And Freedom In Sierra Leone

Ready to go road tripping, canoeing and even sailing on a catamaran (not SY Staatenlos) through a country founded for freed slaves to return to Africa? Let’s go! On this West African adventure, we left off heading south overland to Sierra Leone after a great three days of traveling through Guinea. I was permitted to enter…

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Life, Liberia, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

Though liberty is enshrined in the name of the country, Liberia hasn’t always been such a free place. Let’s explore this America-esque West African nation and see how it is overcoming war, warlords, poverty, and decay… and maybe find a little sanctuary along the way. After a few good days exploring Guinea and then Sierra…

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Simple Living In Guinea

Our West African adventure now continues with a look at a dirty yet scenic capital, nearby island life and a surprising waterfall — all in the country of Guinea. After parting ways with Alana in Guinea-Bissau, I flew back to Dakar, Senegal, and from there I flew onward to the country of Guinea, which was…

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Quaint Island Life In A Narco State – Guinea-Bissau Part 2

Join us as we continue our travels through Guinea-Bissau, a country that just weeks ago experienced a deadly coup attempt that aimed to kill the president, prime minister, cabinet, and army officials, and succeeded in killing almost a dozen people before it was stopped. The president describes the coup attempt as an attack on democracy,…

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Seeing Bissau & Bouncing Around The Bissagos Archipelago — Guinea-Bissau Part 1

Think there’s nothing to see in a poor West African country that you’ve hardly, if ever, heard of? Think again. It’s time to go sightseeing, island hopping, hippo watching and more in Guinea-Bissau. And keeping reading until the end as we will travel to a previously renowned matriarchy to meet a soon-to-be-king. 👑 From Mauritania…

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Me And My Desert Rose In Mauritania

I dreamt of rain. I dreamt of gardens in the desert sand. And unlike Sting, I did not wake in vain. That’s because I made it to Mauritania. What is there in Mauritania, you might ask. 🤷 Well, there’s the infamous Eye of the Sahara, which some people believe is the ruins of the lost city…

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Big Cities And Border Battling – Pakistan Part 6

We had just trekked magnificent mountain ranges, where we cruised The Roof of the World, conquered The Bridge of Death, found The Fountain of Youth and braved the ninth tallest peak in the world… well at least its base camp. That was it for my grand adventure around Pakistan with a group of travel buddies.…

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Nanga Parbat’s Breathtaking Beauty And Danger – Pakistan Part 5

After spending a few good days in Passu, we had a long journey ahead to get to the mountain, Nanga Parbat, where we would spend the next three days. We left early in the morning and began our long drive all the way back down the same road that had previously taken us through the…

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Finding The Fountain Of Youth And Bridge Of Death – Pakistan Part 4

Want to live to eternity, or at least to 120? Well you may want to move to Pakistan’s Hunza Valley, where the local people have metaphorically found the Fountain of Youth. On this leg of our grand Pakistani excursion, we’ll see if we can boost our longevity in, of course, the Hunza Valley… Then we’ll…

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Cruising The Roof Of The World – Pakistan Part 3

As a German tourist, you don’t want to be dropped off or left behind in the middle of nowhere on Nuku Hiva, which is part of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. While a remote area of Pakistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains, located close to the “Roof of the World,” is not a place where German-eating…

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French Guiana: Not the Shit-Hole I Expected

This post picks up right after my layover in Paris. I’d made my way to French Guyana and made my way to the boat, which was waiting in the waters near Kourou. Back with my crew in Kourou The crew received me with a nice welcome dinner, and I woke up early the next day,…

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Getting Cultured In The Kalash Valleys – Pakistan Part 2

Trekking Pakistan’s renowned mountainous terrain involves more than just skillful driving, sightseeing and getting acquainted with the topography. This type of travel is also about getting cultured. We left off in the last post still at the beginning of my journey to and through Pakistan. After a disastrous time trying to exit Libya, we traveled…

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Ups And Downs Of Journeying To The Hindu Kush – Pakistan Part 1

While traveling to Afghanistan was a major accomplishment of mine, I was surely not going to overlook neighboring Pakistan,  a country that is the fifth largest in the world by population and that is famous for its rich culture, mountainous terrain and turbulent political history. After an amazing yet challenging trip to Libya, I planned…

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First Time in Paris in Over a Decade

As a perpetual traveller, the start of every new travel adventure is almost always intertwined with the ending of another travel adventure. Sometimes, I even manage to make the in-betweens and layovers noteworthy as well. Such is the case of my layover in Paris, the prelude to French Guiana. This story begins in Munich, where…

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La Digue and Praslin: Seychelles pt. 2

This story picks up right at the end of my time on the main island of Seychelles. I had just spent a few days road tripping through Mahé, and I was ready for new horizons. So, I gave back the car rental shop and walked onto a ferry to La Digue. La Digue 101 La…

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Ancient Civilization, Modern Marsh Life And Shia Islam – Iraq Part 2

You should already know that after wrapping up my travels around Afghanistan, I headed to Iraq. In the first half of my trip, we checked out Baghdad and Central Iraq and got to climb the Great Mosque of Samarra. Now in the second half of this Iraq adventure, we’re heading south from Baghdad to trace ancient civilization and…

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Ancient Mystique In Modern Iraq

Upon escaping Afghanistan, where better to travel than Iraq? Not because Iraq is the country the U.S. invaded after Afghanistan. But rather it’s a not so far-off land home to incredible ancient ruins, ranging from Persia to Babylon — which we’re about to explore, along with some modern ruins as well. Let’s get this started.…

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