Back From Africa

Jambo! I’m back.
Here’s a quick photo summary of our amazing two weeks in Rwanda and Tanzania.

Yes that is Rwanda. Yes, Rwanda is safe.

No, they do NOT walk around hacking each other to pieces with machetes.

And the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic is closer to Spain than most of East and South Africa.

We got an enthusiastic welcome to the Volcanoes National Park.

Where the mighty Mr. Guhonda gave me the eye!!

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Jumbo said…”Karibu Sana to Tarangire!”

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But his royal highness didn’t seem as pleased to have yet another voyeur disturb his peace.

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In the vast endless plains of the Serengeti, Cheetah played hard to get…

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and our picnic spots were mostly taken…

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but the daily drama of survival in the Savannah captured our hearts.

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And a brief stopover in exotic Zanzibar made for a fitting finale.
Back soon with details. Until then…Safari Njema* no matter where life takes you.


  • Swahili for Safe Journey or Godspeed. Did you know the true meaning of ‘safari’ is journey and not its game-drive connotation?


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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

141 thoughts on “Back From Africa

  1. Sort of caught up, at last! I don’t know where to start oohing and aahing, Madhu. What I know is that you curated a stellar trip and I enjoyed my voyeuristic position here on the couch enormously 🙂

  2. Africa is such a land of contrasts in colour, culture, animal migrations, rich and poor. It’s sad to see that with the emergence of each country the animal population diminishes.

  3. very nice and interesting article….i have never been to Africa but yes do have a dream to visit atleast once…..

  4. Dear Madhu,
    You are a true adventurer! It was very brave of you to go in the midst of the Ebola epidemic. Your photos are amazing, as always!

  5. I remember seeing this in my inbox and making a mental note to get back to it soon after. Then… I saw the post today. Awe-inspiring – the magic of Africa. Your pics capture it all.

  6. Happy to have you back, and enjoying the first fruits/photos of your African experience. Love the personal introductions of the folks you met along the way! Except maybe for the lecherous Mr. G —

  7. Jambo Memsahib! Habari gani? Judging from your posts you seem to have thoroughly enjoyed yourself. 🙂 Kwaheri Sasa (see you soon)

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