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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Skeleton Coast: The sailors didn’t see this coming!

This story is the continuation of my adventures  in Namibia in June 2021. You can read the first part here 📖 After having an amazing Savannah experience in the Etosha National Park, we were headed to the coast to see some sea safari. At the coast we have the “The Skeleton Coast”, which is part…

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Namibia: where the only rule is to be wild.

This time I will talk about my amazing experiences in Namibia. I am a huge fan of the wild life and enjoy seeing animals in their purest form in the nature. So of course, I should consider coming to this southern African country to see its beauty with my own eyes. And this is exactly…

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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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Somaliland and Djibouti – Volcanoes, Salt and History!

I had a great time in Somaliland and Djibouti – but to get there I needed to push a little bit beyond the means. Still the sun’s good lightning, the volcanoes, the brown and yellow landscapes and rocky hikes made every effort worth of it! The chance to experience one of the most colorful coral…

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My lonesome honeymoon in the Seychelles pt. 1

After three weeks of roughing it in Afghanistan and Iraq, I decided to reward myself with a lonelymoon in Seychelles with me, myself, and I. I’d never been to the Seychelles before, meaning it was still on my list. So when I found a direct, three-hour flight from Dubai, it was a pretty obvious choice.…

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Crossing borders to the Casamance Region of Senegal

By now, our time in West Africa was coming to an end. As you know, we’d spend our time learning about things like the West African Slave trade and Islamic Polygamy. We also visited the smallest country on the African mainland.  Lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper trip to West Africa without having our fair share of wildlife…

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A two-day pitstop in the smallest country of Mainland Africa

This post is a continuation of the time I spent visiting my first two West African countries. Senegal and the Gambia. After a few days of exploration through Senegal, we were finally due to cross borders into the Gambia. The morning of, we woke up early and hit the road right away. It was only…

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Islamic Polygamy and the Holy City of Touba

During my time in Senegal with Alana, we had quite a bit planned. Since you already know about our sightseeing day in Dakar and Goree Island; on this post I’ll tell you about the other parts of the country we visited before crossing borders to The Gambia. The plan was to head to The Gambia…

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Vacationing in Senegal: Slave trade tourism in Dakar and Goree Island

After a long hiatus, from this blog – it feels really good to be sharing my adventures with you once again. Africa is the theme for this comeback season. I’ve already begun telling you about Libya and my troublesome trip to Tripoli. For this post, I wanted to change gears a bit. Keep it light-hearted…

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A Troublesome Trip To Tripoli, Libya

A couple years had passed since my visit to Mogadishu, Somalia. As time went on, I found myself chomping at the bit to visit another failed state on the African continent. This one wouldn’t be so easy — not in the sense that I might come under actual gunfire, rather than merely getting hit by…

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Making The Final Preparations In Praia

I had just survived food poisoning – well sort of – on the final stop of the sailing adventure around Cape Verde prior to the SY Staatenlos’s grand crossing of The Atlantic Ocean. Having recovered from this near-death experience, there were still sights left to see on the island of Santiago, which you may recall…

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Final Cape Verdean Destination: Santiago Island

Have you ever wondered how a seasoned sailor could be killed by a fish? It could happen in more ways than one. And it nearly happened to me. 😵 The location was Cape Verde, specifically Santiago Island… Sailing to Santiago The final destination on the SY Staatenlos’ Atlantic island hopping voyage around Cape Verde would…

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Exploring Wreckage From The Volcanic Island Of Fogo

Would there be an eruption during the SY Staatenlos’s visit to the Cape Verdean island of Fogo? I’ll spare you the suspense. The volcano will not erupt during our stay, and lava will not destroy the SY Staatenlos. However, we will encounter wreckage both at sea and on the island, due in part but not…

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Braving The Sea To And From Beautiful Brava

In sailing as in life, there is often a calm before a storm. Cape Verde’s little luscious green island of Brava would make for a calm few days in the SY Staatenlos journey around Cape Verde. So what would come next? A storm, or a volcanic eruption perchance? Let’s just explore beautiful Brava — from…

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The SY Staatenlos Sails To Sal

We escaped Cape Verde’s island of São Nicolau just in the nick of time. After being hauled off in a police car to get our covid-1984 tests done, we left the marina of São Nicolau. We had been having a nice time on the island up until we were forced by police to be subjected to…

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Sailing Into The New Year On The SY Staatenlos

Do you think sailing into the new year was a breeze?  It kind of was. We traversed the Atlantic waters that separate the islands of Cape Verde, successfully navigating a channel effect and discovering a mountain village paradise.  But traversing this African archipelago did involve circumventing covid-1984 restrictions that eventually landed the SY Staatenlos crew…

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