MY TRAVEL JOURNAL

February 28, 2018

A week after leaving Zanzibar, I was back for more aimless wandering around Stone Town’s historic heart.  It is simply irresistible and the second I stepped off the Dar es Sal...

February 27, 2018

Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries will take you from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town on Zanzibar in around 90 minutes.  There are four daily departures with several classes of travel avail...

February 27, 2018

Dar es Salaam has two entirely separate rail networks – one known as the TAZARA line and the other as the Central Line.  Over a longer distance, the TAZARA line reaches Zambia...

February 25, 2018

Tanzania has two railway systems, TAZARA and Tanzania Railways Limited, the latter of which is described in detail on this page after a brief description of the TAZARA railway...

February 21, 2018

Lake Manyara is 325 square kilometres in size; however one third of the park is covered by the lake itself which at its maximum depth is just 3.7 meters.  The park is one of T...

February 20, 2018

The village of Mto wa Mbu at the northern edges of Lake Manyara National Park has a population of 18,000 inhabitants, and a healthy 120 tribes.  The word “Mto wa Mbu” literall...

February 19, 2018

Stone Town is a UNESCO heritage site located on the tropical island of Zanzibar.  The old historic quarter will encapsulate you, and you can easily spend hours meandering thro...

February 18, 2018

This unique restaurant dramatically changes its looks depending on what the tide is doing!! For part of the day it is surrounded by water and for the other part it is surround...

February 17, 2018

“Hakuna matata” – the “no worries” lifestyle of Zanzibar, a beautiful island surrounded by clear azure blue waters off the coast of Tanzania.  There is never a need to rush he...

December 12, 2017

Described as a luxurious fine dining experience, encapsulating the true romance of rail travel from a bygone era, the Bushtracks Steam Safari takes you back to an age where ra...

December 9, 2017

Having arrived Bulawayo much later than expected at around 1 pm, the only thing in my head was "I need food".  The area around the station is dominated by a huge factory, and...

December 8, 2017

It was a strange time to arrive in Zimbabwe, with Mugabe having finally resigned as president on 22nd November 2017 bringing to an end decades of authoritarian rule.  Having d...

Planning a trip with your dad (Paul) and then your wife (Mehri) potentially means vastly different priorities.  My dad likes railways and my wife doesn't want anything to do w...

April 26, 2016

The Giraffe Centre is a Non-Profit making organisation whose main objective is to provide conservation education for school children and the youth of Kenya. It is located in K...

April 26, 2016

** NO LONGER OPERATING AS OF APRIL 2017 **  The route from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the economic hub of East Africa to Mombasa, Kenya's port town on the Indian O...

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ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Miika!!!

I live (and work) in London but travel a lot to everywhere whenever an opportunity arises...