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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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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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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Naked Wrestlers And Africa’s Greatest Lake: My Travels In South Sudan And Uganda

Right after experiencing the most frightening moment of your travel career — being held hostage in terra nulius by machine gun-toting Bedouins — what do you do? Do you take a break from it all and go lounge on the beach in Bali with rainbow nomads? No! You carry on to one of the world’s…

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Held Hostage By Bedouins In Terra Nullius: My Trek To And Escape From Bir Tawil

I’ve been to Somalia. I’ve been to Venezuela during political unrest, and I’ve been to Syria during civil war. I’ve circled the globe many times and am nearing completion of the United Nations countries list.  Yet never before I stepped foot on the world’s last remaining terra nullius — located along the border between Egypt…

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Trying To Cash In On Crops In The Comoros And Finding Paradise In Madagascar

Having already covered my survival of Somalia and safari hopping up and down the continent, we left off on the last leg of my big Africa adventure. I had just departed Mozambique and was headed for Madagascar. But before I tell you what Madagascar is like in reality, as opposed to in theatrical animation, I’m…

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Overcoming Seasickness And GoPro Loss in Beautiful Mozambique

You just got a rundown of my safari-hopping adventures across Africa. But I cut things off abruptly. There is still a safari left, and again it involves water.  Right after my boat safari in Zambia’s Chobe National Park (remember all those wading elephants?), I hopped and skipped my way over to the East Coast of…

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This Is How A Modern Maasai Goes On Safari

Some of you may know I have a moniker of the Modern Maasai. This obviously is a nod to my nomadic ways. Likewise, like a capable Maasai man, I believe I am worthy of having several wives. ? But the nickname and the mini doc about me that goes by the same name are both…

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Discovering The Cuba Of Africa

Discovering this country was a watershed moment for me. Although I was visiting a Portuguese-speaking island nation, it was my first time in Sub-Saharan Africa. In less politically correct terms, it was my first time stepping foot in “Black Africa.” Yet it was here where I successfully exercised my white privilege. You will see how…

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Navigating The Social Dynamics Of South Africa’s Last Absolute Monarchy

As an avid reader of my blog, you are now well aware that I took a three-week trip around South Africa (the South Africa you don’t see in the news) and I made detours in Lesotho and Swaziland. Having already heard all about the mountain kingdom tucked away inside South Africa, it’s now time to…

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