Overland Backpacking Trip From Cairo to East Africa

I have been quiet for a long time and for a good reason. Been busy with my next project and finally can say its online and now is time to get moving.

My posts will be mostly updated on my new website, dedicated to Africa. Feel free to stop by on Safaris and Adventures to Africa or shortly Safari Junkie.

Along with new site, i have new travel plans. In October i start travelling Africa from Cairo to Tanzania. Will visit Sudan, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Dr Congo and Tanzania.

Most of my daily updates will be either via Instagram or Facebook. If you wish to follow me there here are the links:

https://instagram.com/safarijunkie/

https://www.facebook.com/safarijunkie

Wish me luck and see you in October!

backpacking overland solo female from Cairo to Tanzania

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Kilimanjaro Still There

This weekend went to Moshi just to chill out and wander around the city. Its only 80 kilometers from Arusha but it takes  local bus two hours to get there. Since it was last minute plan, none of my friends  in Moshi were home ( this happens when your friends are Kilimanjaro guides, most of the time guiding climbs to Kilimanjaro).

Well for me it was enough to see Kilimanjaro from far in the  early morning time.

If you are interested to climb Kilimanjaro, i did an interview with a climber who just recently returned from Kilimanjaro Trek 

 

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Killing Time in Stone Town

As I was back to Stone Town I still wanted to chill a little and at least swim in a swimming pool. Me and my Zanzibari friend Irene spent a nice afternoon in Zanzibar Beach Resort.

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This resort isn’t exactly a place to spend your holidays in Zanzibar, of course you will go to the beach. But for an afternoon, when you don’t want to pay a fortune to get to any of better beaches, its a nice shelter, peaceful place, which has more employees than guests:) zanzibar beach resort

A large swimming pool, entry to use the pool for non guests isi 6000 TSH. In order to enjoy the time next to awesome swimming pool, we ordered some cocktails and just soaked into the sunshine.

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Relaxing last day in Stone Town.

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Somewhere in Usambara Mountains

I really don’t regret time and effort needed to arrive in the heart of Tanzanian   Usambara Mountains. If you happen to be in Tanzania, dont skip this place, because its amazing. Little or almost zero muzungu tourists, beautiful mountain views surrounded by forests and the most friendly people I met so far.

A view from my room in Irente Cliff Lodge

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Room With A View in Usambara

Irente View Cliff Lodge

Cloudy mornings
Lushoto

Lushoto

Lushoto

Lushoto

Baby Chameleon Usambara Mountains

Irente Viewpoint Lushoto

Ad also a place where i got hooked on avocado:)

Avocado Salad

Random Snapshots From Zanzibar

Girls

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Zanzibar streets*

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Hanging Out With Hadzabe Tribe

I had a chance to visit Hadzabe tribe during one of my previous safaris in Tanzania. While being in Lake Eyasi region.

They live in the bush, really off-road on secluded parts of the land. before you scroll down to see photos please note, if you are vegetarian, some pictures might be unpleasant, but i am posting them anyway, after all this is how people live.

During the visit i guess it was time for lunch and they had small dik dik  – little antelope prepared to put on fire. I will never forget the smell of blood while they were preparing the animal for grilling. Read more about Hadza tribe safari on Safari Junkie

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Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzaba boy

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

Men were cooking while ladies were chilling in the bush shadow.

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

After the lunch my fellow traveler was invited by Hadzabe men to try shooting with bow and arrows. I wasn’t allowed, wrong gender:D

Hadzabe Tribe

Hadzabe tribe visit

Merchandising:D

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

And home decoration

Hadzabe tribe visit

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

One of more stunning photos from Zanzibar. Looked like it will develop into massive storm!

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Before the storm - Zanzibar

Preparations For Becoming an Expat in Tanzania

OMG time passes by too quickly and this blog got a little bit neglected. Lots of things happened. Since i am leaving my home country for unspecified amount of time in order to be able to live in Africa, this gap time was very busy and stressful for me.

Although  there is about 30 days left to leave Slovenia, i already feel butterflies in the stomach:D Although i am sure i made right decision and will probably fullfil my long time  desire to live abroad, there are still sneaky doubts  coming up occasionally. But i guess this is normal?

I have never imagined how much stress will it take to move abroad, but finally i am resolving final errands before my leave in September. From having revaccinations that expired, gathering documents, quitting my regular job here in Slovenia, renting out apartment, moving out of apartment, working on future projects that will continue in Africa.

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Right now my  top worry is how in the world will i pack all i want  to take with me in 20 kilos??:-)

Anybody else living abroad? i would love to hear your story and advice.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Building on Zanzibar

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Off To Rwanda

But before i leave to the airport some more pics from safari in Tanzania.”-)

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Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti

Leopard in Sausage Tree

Antilopes

Thats all i managed to sort out for now….

Tanzanian Money

I just wanted to share Tanzanian bank notes. I really find some of them among more interesting and beautiful if comparing them to Euros or other currencies.  Take a look, nice money isn’t it?

Average Tanzanian Salary is between 80 000 TSH an 150 000 TSH, which is in Eur 40 and 80 Eur. Now do the math….

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Tanzanian Money - 500 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 500 TSH

Tanzanian Money 1000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 1000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 2000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 2000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 5000 TSH

Tanzania Money - 5000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 10000 TSH

Tanzania Money - 10000 TSH

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

One of numerous golden figurines from Museo del oro – Gold museum in Bogota that displays extraordinary selection of its pre-Hispanic gold work.

Golden Figurine

On The Beach in Kiwengwa – Zanzibar

Ladies dont swim, only kids and men.

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Colors of kanga

Warm Heart of Africa

Final errands to run before i leave.Try to eliminate the  expectations, but feel like i might not come back:D Felt like at home there last year and feels like I am coming home. …. What do we need to feel happy? Western commodities didn’t make me happy so far. Money? Job titles? I dont think so….

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Summer on Zanzibar

Just a Little Bit …..

Still at home, departing in ten days. Bought a brand new Leica Camera, x2, yes for those who are familiar with this brand, you are right. since i don’t plan to sell my kidney X2 is sweet substitute for M9 series but i can feel it will not let me down. I decided to experiment with street photography during my stay in Africa. if you wish you can follow posted pics on my blog  specially created for black and white journal from Africa. no sunsets, just real, candid life:

visit and tell me what you think:D

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Zanzibar

Moments in Jordan

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Colombia Itinerario

Backpacker in Colombia

After deciding to travel to Colombia, the most difficult thing was deciding what to exclude from the list of attractive and active places of interest. Colonial cities, coffee plantations archaeological ruins, high mountain trekking, scuba diving, rafting, whale watch list is almost endless.

There were about three different itinerary variations – here is the last loop.

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colombia itinerary

Bogota

If your flight lands at the airport from Bogota to Bogota it is the logical starting point and a base for side trips around Bogota. Spend a few days in the city, stroll, visit the Gold Museum, Police Museum, the abundance of everything hanging around the Candelaria, go to the Zona Rosa at night …. As you planned to stay in Bogotá during the first three days in the initial section of the trip to Colombia, we have chosen to make a trip to Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which will take you one day. In addition to the backpackers Zipaquira many opt for Villa de Leyva or Gill San. The choice is yours, a matter of personal priorities and time available.

Bogota center

Pasto – Ipiales – Pasto

The next stop was Pasto (actually, Las Lajas Cathedral near Ipiales) which is located in the southwestern part of Colombia. After an in-depth research online we decided to take a plane, otherwise you would be wasted too much time in traveling back and forth. First, we were thinking of taking a bus and making a stop in Popayan and available elsewhere and then head south. According to other online resources it is a long bus ride.

the sanctuary

Pasto – Cali – Armenia – Salento

A weekend in Pasto is enough if you go there mainly to visit Las Lajas Cathedral in Ipiales. Flight back to Cali. From Cali we took a minibus that took us to Armenia and then another to the town of Salento – a base for the day trip to the Cocora Valley.
Finca in Valle de Cocora

Salento through Pereira – Medellín

After walking in the most magnificent place in Colombia continued to Medellin. We only spent five days in Medellin and that is definitely not enough to see everything. A trip next to Guatapé (El Peñol).

The Penon

Medellín – Cartagena

We spent a weekend in Cartagena.
Cartagena square

Cartagena – Santa Marta

From Cartagena we take a bus to Santa Marta, which lasts about five hours. Santa Marta is not a port city of excitement, but its ticket to the Tayrona National Natural Park. We spent there a week, including Tayrona and Taganga. If you are lucky with the weather – you really were not – take a Lost City walk.

tayron beach

Santa Marta – San Andrés

 At the time of the visit there were no direct flights from Santa Marta. First traveled to Bogota, then to Cartagena and finally to San Andrés to finish the trip with real sand beaches.

san andres beach

San Andrés-Bogotá – Home.

Of all the trips visited the countries to Colombia left me the deepest impression withe. Its most treasured treasure and the diversity of natural and cultural gems that are simply breathtaking. Despite the much poverty in rural areas, infinite pride, but still great, joy and laughter in the face of everyone, you get a different perspective on life. How sad and unfair that many people are still familiar with this country just by drugs, crime and kidnappings. This is undoubtedly a country that deserves a second chance. Once there, you will not feel insecure for a moment. The only thought you carry within you is that the trip would never end, and as the slogan slogan of Colombia’s tourism organization says,

What To See in Barcelona

In November I had a opportunity to visit Barcelona for a few days. There was so much more on my to see list, but I ran out of time.

Here are some photos from Olympic park, Barrio Gothico, Gaudi park, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batillo and from Placa Espanya. If you havent been there yet you can get a picture what to see in Barcelona, this is only a fragment and will probably upload part two.

Have to come back  for more this summer 🙂

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Olympic Park

Placa Espanya

Barrio Gotico

Sagrada Familia

Street Lamps

Casa Batillo

Puzzle - Gaudi

Beautiful Altar

Entrance

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Almost on The Beach