What’s It Like to Canoe Down the Zambezi River?

My ores sliced through the gentle waves with careful precision, propelling my blue canoe effortlessly forwards. A ring-necked dove cooed rhythmically in the distance, just audible over the gentle gurgling of the river. I glanced at the swathes of savannah which flanked the mighty river, long, yellowing grasses rustling in a warm breeze. Beyond the… Read More

Monday, 17 January 2022

My Experience Canoeing Down the Zambezi River (Diary Entries)

The sky was aglow with stars, untainted by any light pollution. I ventured away from the flimsy canvas tents, noticing that the island was shrouded in a suffocating sheet of darkness. At the back of my mind I heard a doubt. Something telling me that I should have just stopped near to the tents to… Read More

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Dark River: Journey Down The Zambezi

The sky was aglow with stars, untainted by any light pollution. I craned my neck for a better view, convinced that I’d never seen so many stars in my life. It was the first time I had ever seen the milky-way and it was beautiful. As I ventured away from the flimsy canvas tents, I… Read More

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Should You Hire A Car in The Gambia?

I love hiring cars when I travel. There’s just something about the freedom that they offer that makes me feel alive. As my preferred method of travel, I tend to hire a car everywhere I go, and so when I came to booking my trip to The Gambia, it will come as no surprise that… Read More

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Birdwatching in the Koofung Forest Park, The Gambia

Our lodge in The Gambia (Footsteps Eco-Lodge) was perched upon the edge of a protected area of forest known as the Koofung Forest Park. As a result, it was a renowned spot for birdwatching. Now, I’m going to be totally honest here. I have never ever seen the appeal of birdwatching. There I said it!… Read More

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Expedition to Brikama Town in The Gambia

We woke up to another day of paradise in The Gambia. The sun filtered down through the canopy of vibrant trees, dappling the footpath ahead of us as we made our way to breakfast. Footsteps Eco-Lodge was proving to be a very friendly place to stay. Last night, dinner was served for us at a… Read More

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Our Journey to The Gambia’s Secluded Beach

“The closest ATM is in Brikama town.” The woman at the Western Union counter explained. It was the only store that closely resembled a bank in the village of Gunjur. Gunjur was our nearest village, situated a few kilometres from the ocean and out of view from the main road. A few quaint, colourful shops… Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020

Gunjur to Serrekunda: A Taste of The Gambia

My first morning in The Gambia had been spent relaxing in the scorching 40 degree Celsius sun and gorging on delicious food at our eco-lodge. It had been a welcome start to our 4 day retreat to Africa’s smiling coast. Although we had arrived last night, we had decided against picking up our rental car… Read More

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

A Gambian Hotel with a Difference: Footsteps Eco-Lodge

The room was silent, the gentle humming of the fan that we put on the night before now resting. The electricity created by the solar panels the following day must have run out. The only sounds to rouse me from my peaceful slumber was the combination of the sweeping of a broom against a hard… Read More

Tuesday, 17 December 2019