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Archive for the ‘Travel tips and advice’ category

  • Bandas, huts, hostels. Where to stay in Kampala?

    Jan 25, 13 • 4671 views 6 comments

    Bandas, huts and hostels – where to stay in Uganda? Living in Kampala As soon as I stepped off the plane, I fell in love with Uganda. I just knew I was going to be happy in Kampala. Being a volunteer in a developing country has been a...

  • Ugawood: The Struggling Film Industry in Uganda and Nigeria

    Jan 5, 13 • 6775 views 4 comments

    We’re all familiar with Africa as a film set – from Blood Diamond to the Last King of Scotland, western filmmakers have big budgets, high spec gear and access to cheap flights. As such, the world is their filmic oyster and for many...

  • Wake up and smell the coffee, Rift Valley style

    Dec 29, 12 • 4075 views 2 comments

    Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Day breaks over the Rift Valley and my early morning coffee has arrived, a wake-up call for my morning safari game drive in Queen Elizabeth. “Game drive or lie-in? Game drive or...

  • Driving in Kampala – not for the nervous

    Nov 3, 12 • 17481 views 20 comments

    Driving in Kampala? Then you’ll need to read this first! Welcome to Diary of a Muzungu! This week’s guest post is by Mark Penhallow. Mark has been working in the roads sector in Uganda since 2001 and has recently returned to the UK...

  • 50 reasons why I love Uganda

    Oct 6, 12 • 30050 views 47 comments

    As one of the shiny new fighter jets flies over my house, no doubt practising for this Tuesday’s independence day fly-past, I’m mulling over the week-end papers, full of stories about Uganda@50 and what the last 50 years of independence...

  • Do you want to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda?

    Jul 24, 12 • 10101 views 13 comments

    “Welcome to your home for the next few days” said Eunice, as we sat down for afternoon tea and gorilla trekking Rwanda travel advice at the outdoor reception of Le Bambou Gorilla Resort, Kinigi. After 12 hours on the bus, 10 hours from...

  • Kampala to Nairobi – 14 hours of speed bumps

    Sep 30, 11 • 13568 views 13 comments

    It was a terrible night’s sleep – a 14 hour bus journey from Kampala to Nairobi: I awoke cold, cold and achey. The speed bumps shuddered us awake every few minutes. I swear I woke a hundred times. A few glasses of Waragi (it was my birthday...

  • A day in … Istanbul

    Jul 27, 11 • 4146 views 8 comments

    Looking for Things to do in Istanbul? Istanbul looks like my kind of place. I had approximately 10 hours to kill on my journey back from Uganda to the UK with Turkish Airlines. Head into the city – it’s dead easy. A Turkish Visa for a...

  • Ethiopia calling me – from my sickbed

    May 2, 11 • 13493 views 6 comments

    Two days before I fly to Ethiopia, and I’m lying in bed with a temperature. I’ve a bed in Addis Ababa and someone to pick me up to the airport – but I still haven’t got a plane ticket. Some mix-up at the bank. My debit card was...

  • Modelling condoms on World AIDS Day

    Dec 1, 10 • 2312 views 2 comments

    To commemorate the significance of World AIDS Day, this week Kampala Hash House Harriers baptised me … “Used Condom.” SIGH … as the momentum to give me my ‘Hash Handle’ grew over the last few weeks, so I sought the shadows of the weekly...