Journaling The Journey

The Gambia: 5 Unique Adventures

the gambia, Tanji Bird Reserve, Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project Camp, river Gambia

The Gambia is one of those delightful gems that we uncovered during our lengthy travels through West Africa.  Have you ever seen a map of this country (hint, it is just below)?!  It is something!  In addition, this is the smallest country in mainland Africa. Gambia is chock full of interesting and diverse flora and […]

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Burkina Faso: 3 Awesome Days

Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Tiebele, Bazoule, Bobo

Burkina Faso is definitely an off the beaten path destination.  It is a country of many contrasts, incredibly welcoming people, stunning architecture and deep culture. Visiting Burkina for us was a real adventure. It was also a chance for us to step outside of our comfort zone, challenge our preconceptions, and discover a world that […]

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Scary Malaria Story & Comparing 2 Healthcare Systems

malaria travel, travel story, Africa travel, compare healthcare systems

Our story is a cautionary tale of how powerful and deadly malaria really is.  All it takes is just one mosquito bite and left untended, what can happen and did happen to us.  In addition, we got an opportunity to evaluate two emergency medical systems.  One in rural Senegal, which is one of the poorest […]

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Liberia: 4 Amazing Ecotourism Escapes

chimp rescue, butterfly school, ecotourism

Most folks wouldn’t immediately connect ecotourism with Liberia. It’s not the first destination that might spring to mind for a nature-focused adventure. But that’s precisely why it’s such a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! However, Liberia’s ecotourism scene offers an enriching experience for travelers seeking adventure, sustainability, and a connection with nature. Notably, Libassa […]

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5 Reasons Popenguine Senegal is a Hidden Gem

Petite-Cote, Best Beaches Senegal, Popenguine Nature Reserve

Popenguine, the perfect beach town on the Petite-Cote of Senegal has become one of our favorite places in the world.  Read on to find out why! Selecting the perfect beach on the Petite-Côte of Senegal can be tricky, as it’s essentially one long stretch of sand. This “Small Coast,” stretching from Dakar’s outskirts to the […]

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Cape Verde: 5 Reasons Santiago is Amazing

Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde, Cidade Velha, Praia

Nestled amidst the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Santiago, the largest and most populated island of Cape Verde, beckons travelers with its captivating blend of volcanic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and infectious rhythms. From its bustling and historic capital city, Praia, to its serene beaches in Tarrafal, to the historic and charming Cidade Velha […]

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Freetown 3 Money Saving Tips & Best Tour

Best Freetown tour, Sierra Leone, Conakry ferry

Freetown is the capital of Sierra Leone and is located just north of Liberia in West Africa.  It can be a difficult place to get to.  Many of the guides online are just incorrect and do not tell you all of the information.  We provide time and money saving tips, guide information as well as […]

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Benin: 5 Magic Reasons to Visit

Benin Ganvie Cotonou Voodoo

Benin is a tiny West African country that truly surprised us.  After the gruffness of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, finding such a warm and welcoming place was a delight! This is a country steeped in rich history and a vibrant culture.  It beckons travelers with its captivating blend of ancient traditions, natural wonders, and unexplored […]

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Joyful Pongo Songo Chimp Island – 3 Days

Pongo Songo Chimp Island rescue chimps Douala

As avid nature enthusiasts and animal lovers, Rob and I were super excited about our journey to Douala, Cameroon with the express purpose of visiting the renowned Pongo Songo Chimpanzee Island. Located on the Sanaga River, a tributary of the Congo River.  This island sanctuary serves as a haven for orphaned and injured chimpanzees, offering […]

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