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Zanzibar is the place to go if you want to lose yourself, in a paradise that envelopes you in their culture and makes you feel like you could exist there and not want for anything, except the occasional blast of air conditioning and a lifetime supply of SPF 100. 

First Impression: Busy, bustling city, it was a bit intense stepping off the bus as there were about 30 safari touts waiting there for tourists.  Where I stayed: Couch surfing with local guys.  Safari camp. What to wear: Comfortable light fabric but cover your knees. What I did: Kilimanjaro view and Marangu Waterfall, 3-day safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. I would definitely recommend Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro but Tarangire was… Read More

First Impression: Stunning mountain landscape and seaside paradise. No one spoke French with me but all the road signs are in French….found this odd. Where I stayed: L’Echo des Vagues, across the street from a beautiful little beach and about a 10-minute walk to town where there are restaurants, a larger beach, food stalls, and tourist shops.  The grocery stores and atms are another 10minute walk from there. The apartments themselves are very basic… Read More

You know when you have something for the first time and its so unexpectedly delicious, that it transcends all that your taste bud’s could ever expect?  The rich, bold flavours cause your eyeballs to pop out of your skull, and you have literal tingles spread from your nipples to extremities, because you have never had something so wonderful and then you get emotional because you know nothing will ever be as good, not ever.

After  2 hours, Mohammed turned around and said “let me introduce you to your African massage” Having heard this phrase before, I groaned, poor Jackie and Andrea had no idea, until the wheels hit the gravel and we proceeded to bounce and vibrate along the road, the whole van shaking ferociously, threatening to dislodge essential working parts and break apart completely.

Mbeya,Tanzania The drive to Mbeya from Malawi is all mountains, trees, lake views, and small villages.  Mbeya is elevated above the malaria line so it’s cold but the valley is beautiful.  Looking at google maps, I realized that Mbeya is settled in The Great Rift Valley which is not really one large trench but a network of similar trenches that extends from Lebanon to Mozambique. I realized that I had been to… Read More

Find out how to spend a few glorious days in Malawi. Warning this post contains zombies and long walks.