The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

As I made my way through the lush greenery of giant ferns and towering palm trees I could hear the sweet sound of Baka songs floating through the air. Interlocking, polyphonic rhythms and melodies woven together. Songs that prepared the tribe and the animals of...
BLOOD LIONS – Call to ban trophy hunting of captive lions

BLOOD LIONS – Call to ban trophy hunting of captive lions

As the audience rose to give a standing ovation at the UK premiere of Blood Lions at the Royal Geographical Society on Friday, sobbing could be heard around the theatre. My feelings were a mixture of anger, sadness and hope. Anger at the people breeding lions...
A Traditional West African Wedding

A Traditional West African Wedding

I step out of the taxi onto the dusty lane, in a village much like any other in The Gambia; the roads here are just dirt tracks lined with the crumbling walls and ramshackle fences that mark out each family’s plot of land or compound as they...
Baobab smoothie recipe

Baobab smoothie recipe

While on my travels in The Gambia and Senegal I’ve often heard from the locals of the many uses and benefits of the fruit of the baobab tree, a vitamin, fibre, and antioxidant-rich superfood. Here’s my recipe for a delicious and nutritious baobab smoothie....
Spicy coleslaw from Mauritius

Spicy coleslaw from Mauritius

Imagine my delight when I received a package in the post full of goodies such as tropical lychee wine, chilli sauces, vanilla tea bags and a delicious looking cookbook by former MasterChef winner, Shelina Permalloo. Read on for my review and a superb, spicy...
A child’s life in Senegal

A child’s life in Senegal

The dust, the smiles and the rhythm of the drums, West Africa, can really get under your skin; I lost count of the number of times I’ve visited this corner of the globe a long time ago. As I set out on a journey of a different kind, namely sponsoring a...
White domes, hot stones and a paper G-string!

White domes, hot stones and a paper G-string!

Sitting on a tiled bench in nothing but a paper g-string is not how I would normally picture the start of a day’s pampering but that is exactly how my morning at Coco Ocean Resort & Spa began; I was there to enjoy nearly 3 hours of utter self-indulgence, in...
Top 5 foodie treats in Marrakech

Top 5 foodie treats in Marrakech

Marrakech is a place I’ve been longing to go to for sometime. I’m sure I’ll get there one day and when I do I’ll be trying out all these suggestions in this guest post from MasterChef Travel who, like me, are obsessed with finding the...
An upcountry adventure with the Jola Tribe

An upcountry adventure with the Jola Tribe

A traditional Jola Festival is the subject of my 3rd podcast from The Gambia with the transcript and plenty of photographs here on my blog. “Unnerving but fascinating to watch, they used everything from cutlasses and razor blades to energetically strike their...
From blue-bellied rollers to little bee-eaters

From blue-bellied rollers to little bee-eaters

The Gambia is world-renowned for bird watching, having some 560 species of birds, so I was delighted when I heard that bird watching expert, Malick Suso was going to be my guide in The Gambia for an early evening walk through Bijilo Forest. I had met Malick...

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