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Through these posts, I aim to help you know how to travel in Africa and beyond through my experiences, and to understand that travel is more than pretty pictures. My adventures will inspire you to see experiences that will make you get out of your comfort zone.


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10 commandments of traveling solo

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A few days ago over lunch, while discussing travel, someone wondered out loud why anyone would be interested in spending their hard earned money to travel solo. How is that fun? It didn’t make sense to her. It got me thinking, do you have the same feeling? Would you prefer company? What if you are part […]


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Which African countries are safe to visit as a tourist?

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“Which are the safest countries to visit in Africa as a tourist?” is a question that you will come across often. A few years ago, if you had asked me if I’d ever want to visit Iran, I’d answered with a resounding no. Kenya has been a target of terrorism, and I would be insane […]


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The 10 Commandments Of Traveling In A Group

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1. Thou shall be responsible for your all your expenses Of course, money is first on the list because it’s the heart of the system.  We know that person whose money is always  M-PESA bound or in the bank account, so they request their friends to sort their bills with the promise of paying back except they […]


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20 Trips Kenyans in their 20s should consider Taking

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While there is no perfect age to travel, traveling in your 20s is ideal seeing some of us are single with minimal obligations. A large percentage of travelers choose to go backpacking in Europe or Asia as the ultimate trips to take in their 20s. However, what do you do if you are living in […]


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Africa is not a country

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A few weeks ago, someone emailed me asking for my two cents on the backlash FLOTUS(First Lady Of The United States) got on twitter when she first announced she would be making her first solo trip to Africa. He wrote, “Why are Africans are too sensitive? What’s the harm in the FLOTUS saying she’s coming […]


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Never to be forgotten travel moments from Jinja, Uganda

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These personal moments do not necessarily reflect on Jinja as a whole. 1. On being overdressed. Thursday afternoon kicked off the nyege nyege festival, and I rocked this little black dress. The hotel manager saw me walking out and said, “Are you going to nyege nyege in those clodhez?” After a minute of figuring what […]


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How to dress for Nyege Nyege Festival in Jinja

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Most people struggle to decide what to wear especially when attend significant events like the Nyege Nyege festival. It’s pretty ironical in a world where everyone in their mother sings “Don’t judge the book by its cover.” In our defence though, we are not dressing for anyone but ourselves. We want to look stunning because […]


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All you need to know about Nyege Nyege Festival

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These are some of the reactions I got from Kenyan netizens after sharing this photo of me at the Nyege Nyege festival. Photobombed by river Nile at #NyegeNyegeFestival#nyegenyege Day one was 🔥 pic.twitter.com/qEqsh0PCNW — Winnie Rioba 🌍 (@justrioba) September 7, 2018 ‘Unaenda kutoa nyege ama kutolewa?” ‘Should I copy the KFCB Boss?’ ‘Sprinkles holy water […]


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Your Ultimate Guide To The Maralal International Camel Derby

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A few weeks ago, I attended the Maralal Camel Derby festival. Other than the Camel race in Maralal, the Camel race also happens in Dubai. Judging by the multitude that turned up for the event, I could tell that this was an important date on the Samburu county calendar. This post is for you if […]


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A Cultural Weekend In Maralal Samburu County

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Growing up, the idea of moving to a new place intrigued me. There was something about our locality that got all our neighbors shifting because it happened frequently. It was heartbreaking to say goodbye to childhood friends. I longed for the day we would move as well for no other reason than to experience moving to […]


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What You Need To Know About Travelling To Samburu County

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#1 The Basics Samburu county is an off beaten destination in the Northern region of Kenya. The main town centre is Maralal. Samburu is home to the Samburu tribe  who happen to be semi-nomads.  The Samburu are also known as the “butterfly tribe” since they dress in bright coloured clothes that have lively print and […]


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15 African Travel Bloggers That Will Inspire You To Travel

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It’s a fact that traveling in Africa is difficult and expensive. It’s also a fact that traveling outside the African continent with most African passports is an extreme sport because of our “weak” passports. However, these facts have not deterred Africans from traveling and now more than ever, many Africans are traveling both within and […]


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My Personal experiences that might make you hate travel

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Why are pictures worth a thousand words while they don’t tell the full story? Photos are good at hiding a thousand feelings. In this post, I will use some images to talk about some of the things I hate about travel. If only traveling were all about teleporting to a destination, looking all cute in […]


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A Weekend Staycation At The Only Lake In Central Province: Lake Ol Bolossat

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The primary interest of this trip was to have a peaceful weekend staycation by the only Lake in Central province, Lake Ol Bolossat. If you make plans to get away for a weekend, please see my previous blog post on how not to travel to Lake Ol Bolossat. The government declared Lake Ol Bolossat wetland […]


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How Not To Travel to Lake Ol Bolossat

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Lake Ol Bolossat, located in Nyandarua county is the only natural lake in Central province. It’s home to Hippos and a multitude of birds. The lake is at the foot of the Aberdare ranges. Did you know there Lake Ol Bolossat is the only natural lake in Central? Click To Tweet We knew Lake Ol […]


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9 unusual African Delicacies you probably did not know about

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I recently expressed my surprise at the fact that snail is a delicacy and I met an equally rude shock from fellow Africans that know snail is a common delicacy in Africa. Turns out it’s not. There are several delicacies you might find unusual. This is why I decided to come up with a list […]


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Never to be forgotten travel moments from Lagos, Nigeria

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This post highlights my personal moments. These moments do not necessarily reflect on Lagos as a whole but are based on my personal experience. On missing my flight Well, this did not exactly happen in Lagos, but it applies since Lagos was the final destination. Kenya Airways decided to be cute and charged me 150 […]


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10 Awesome Things To Do In Lagos Nigeria

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As I had mentioned earlier, Lagos, Nigeria is made up of the Island and the mainland. If you are travelling to Lagos, Nigeria and you do not know what to expect then read the blog post below. Catch up: What to expect when travelling to Lagos, Nigeria Without further ado, here’s a list of the […]


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#FeaturedTraveler: Balancing travel with full time job

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September’s featured traveler is Cathy, a young Kenyan lady that loves traveling. Her journey inspires wanderlusts in their 20s that want to balance a full-time job and enjoy traveling at the same time. Fun fact: Cathy was nominated for Kenya’s BAKE awards best travel blogger awards in 2016. 1. How often do you travel? At least […]


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Reasons Why Every Smart Traveller Needs Packing Cubes

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If you do not know what packing cubes are then this post is for you. Most of us have a problem with over-packing, especially ladies. Before packing ask yourself if you will need some of the things you are packing for your trip. Will you need those fancy heels while you spend half of the […]


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What to eat in Lagos | Nigerian Delicacies

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Have you even lived if you have not tried Nigerian food? I am yet to met a group of people that take their food seriously like Nigerians. As I said in this post, Nigerians love their food spicy. Scratch that, their food is peppery. Despite the pepper, I enjoyed Nigerian food. I can confidently say […]


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All you need to know before travelling to Lagos, Nigeria

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The KQ pilot announced that it would take us 5 hours to get to Lagos from Nairobi. I was still recovering from the fact that Kenya Airways penalized me 150 USD in penalties for missing my flight. Almost five hours later, we started descending towards Lagos. As we got closer to the airport, I peered […]


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Stop asking who sponsors my travels

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I can bet you a million dollars that most female travelers continuously get slapped with ‘‘who is sponsors your travels.” Okay. Maybe not a million dollars. If I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t be blogging about budget travelling. However, you get my point. The assumption has always been that women cannot travel without the […]


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This week on African fun facts: About 24km separates Morocco and Spain at the Strait of Gibraltar. Hoping to cross it someday? Well, read about crossing the Strait of Gibraltar here. Graca Machel is the only woman in Africa to be the first lady in two countries. She was Mozambique’s first lady when she was […]


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Cool Finds and Unique Things to in Nairobi

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A game drive at the Nairobi National park, shopping at the Maasai markets, a visit to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or the giraffe center are some of the things that most travelers engage in when in Nairobi. I decided to create a list of unique yet fun and cheap things to do in Nairobi that […]


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What to Wear In Zanzibar

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Zanzibar is an island found in Tanzania, East Africa. The island is home to stunning beaches along the bluest parts of the Indian ocean. I traveled to Zanzibar in Late September. It was pretty hot and humid . I would frequently complain about the heat until I was made to understand that I was lucky […]


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What you need to know before travelling to Kenya

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Welcome to Kenya! First things first, do not ask a Kenyan if they know your friend in Ghana! The madness must end! Some of us are struggling to familiarize ourselves with our neighbors and you want to ask if we know your friend in Ghana? Damn! Africa is home to 50+ countries. I assure you […]


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How To Take Stunning Travel Pictures

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First of all, I am not a photographer. I am only a traveler that loves documenting her journey to inspire you to see this beautiful world. Okay, not really if I am honest. I want to look back at my travel pictures with admiration. Not the way I look at my 2012 travel pictures. I […]


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The Best Weekend Road Trips From Nairobi

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I talked about taking advantage of weekend road trips to maximize travel with a full-time job. Road trips are a fun way to fulfill your wanderlust. These are some of the places you can explored over the weekends. The best part about these places is that they are family friendly so you can always travel […]


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All You Need To Know Before Traveling To Zambia

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Most people visit Zambia to see the natural world wonder; Victoria falls also known as Mosi- Oa -Tunya which translates to the “Smoke that thunders.” To plan your idea budget trip to Zambia, here are some of the things I feel anyone planning to go to Zambia should know. A post shared by Travel Tips […]


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This week on African fun facts: The UN recognizes 54 African countries. However, there are two disputed countries. They include Western Sahara and Somaliland making them a total of 56. There is a plateau in South Africa that has produced half of the gold ever mined on earth. The plateau is Witwatersrand although the gold […]


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Travel Struggles That No One Talks About

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These are my travel struggles that you will not see on instagram. 1. Travel bloggers travel full time While this may be the case for some, not every travel blogger travels full time. I have been asked several times how I afford to travel full-time thanks to my Instagram page. I can only say Adonis’ […]


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7 Ways to Maximize Travel with a Full Time Job

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It’s difficult to have a work-life balance, and you are telling me that there are people that have a work life and travel balance? Sustaining a full-time job in Kenya especially Nairobi is no joke. We have people that work from Mondays through Saturdays. Then there is the pressure of waking up as early as […]


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How to plan your ideal budget trip to Malawi

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I was so excited about my solo trip to Malawi, so I spent a lot of time researching things to do and see. It would be my first trip alone in years, and I wanted it to perfect. I wanted to create memories that would last a lifetime so after I booked a flight from […]


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#FeaturedAfricanTraveler: Karen Kana

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Karen is an African travel enthusiast from Uganda and Rwanda with her primary focus being these two countries that she loves very much. It comes as no surprise that Karen loves hiking considering she is from the land of a thousand hills. 1. Why do you travel? To explore new unseen places and to rediscover who […]


5 things you did not know about Africa

#Africanfunfacts: 5 Things You Did Not Know About Africa

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Every Thursday  I conduct a poll quiz on my instagram stories asking my audience questions based on the Africa. As usual, this week’s performance highlighted some key things that most of us may not know about the African continent. Without further ado the following are the questions I asked this week. 1. Geographically, which is the […]


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How To Get Affordable Flights with skyscanner

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Most people find travel expensive, and usually, flights happen to be costly. However, you can manage to book affordable flights with skyscanner. This app can save you lots of money as long as you know how to play with the app’s features and you are flexible with your travel dates. How does sky scanner help […]


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What I learnt from traveling to Rwanda

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Everyone is talking about Rwanda right now, and this is only the beginning. Rwanda is always trending for the right reasons. Volkswagen recently launched an assembly plant in Rwanda, the first of it’s kind for the country. Also, Rwanda is the new sponsor of Arsenal jerseys. I still cannot believe every time there’s an Arsenal […]


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How Do You Know You Are In Nairobi

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Some of the ways you know you are in Nairobi: 1.Greetings: First things first, dear travelers drop the Jambo! I know google says it’s how we say hello but seriously drop it. No one says jambo at all.  Are we together? Try saying “Sasa, Habari or niaje” but please in the name of what’s good drop […]


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A Complete Itinerary From Kenya To Burundi

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Planning a trip from Nairobi, Kenya to Bujumbura, Burundi This journey is for anyone that has a minimum of two weeks to spare. I am aware that most people cannot afford to take 2 weeks off their busy schedule and therefore I would recommend skipping some places. I certainly cannot tell you what to skip because everyone […]


5 Things You Did Not Know About Africa

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Every Thursday  I conduct a poll quiz on my instagram stories asking my audience questions based on the Africa. This is the second week and the engagement has been awesome with some asking me to do it often.  I decided that I will be posting a blog post based on how the audience performs. This […]


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Cheap travel hacks:How I Afford To Travel on A Budget

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Now that I talked about the true reality of saving to travel, I can talk freely about how I afford to travel . First of all, a special shout out to the person that invented cheap travel hacks because were it not for them, travel would have been an activity left for the wealthy. I […]


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The True reality of saving money to travel

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A post shared by Winnie Rioba | travel vlogger (@justrioba) on May 12, 2018 at 6:49am PDT Is social media setting unrealistic travel goals? Travel costs money and whether you find it expensive or you don’t isn’t the point here. The point is travel costs money.  It’s also true that most people I know in […]


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The Best Travel Apps For Travelers On A Budget

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Traveling requires a lot of planning especially if you are a solo traveler. Is it not a good thing then that we have travel apps that make our life on the road easier? The following are apps that I have used personally when traveling.  They are free and available both on IOS and android. 1.Trip […]


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How To Travel From Kenya To Tanzania By Road

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Tanzania tourism’s industry is one of the best in Africa. Every year, tonnes of travellers find their way to climb the tallest mountain in Africa that is Kilimanjaro. Some choose Zanzibar as their honeymoon destination while others want to experience the wonder that is the wildebeest migration in Serengeti. It is no wonder travellers flock […]


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12 awesome and intense extreme activities in Africa (W Prices)

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What do you look for every time you travel to a new destination? I always look for an adventurous activity that the destination offers. “A lot of things that I do scare me, but I do them anyway’ Linda Matama likes this quote and I can’t help but resonate with it. That is me every time I […]


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The Weird Questions Immigration Officers Ask

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Sadly, even with a visa and the right documents, immigration officers have the power to break your trip. Most of the times they ask straightforward questions and passing through them is a breeze. Some simple common questions immigration officers ask are: What is the purpose of your visit? How long do you intend to stay? […]


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12 things to do in Taita Taveta County For first timers

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Taita Taveta county is located in the coastal region of Kenya and I had an amazing time exploring this country with seven other ladies passionate about travel. Most of us were meeting for the first time but that did not stop us from bonding and having an absolutely grand time. One of the travelers, Yvonne […]


8 types of female travellers- What kind of traveler are you

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Social media is a huge part of life and I am here for every good thing that has happened to you and me as a result of social media. Recently, I met young women, mostly Kenyan that have a passion for travel and together we arranged a trip over a long holiday weekend. Now, you […]


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Is Lake Bunyonyi The Most Beautiful Place In Uganda?

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If you are an African traveler, then by all means you have heard of the wonder that is Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. If you haven’t then are you even a traveler? Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the second deepest lake in Africa . It is located near the Uganda-Rwanda border and Ugandans find delight […]


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Things to do in Bujumbura, Burundi

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Group jogging is banned in Burundi. According to the government, jogging in groups of four means planning to rebel against the president. hehe. Burundi also happens to be one of the least visited countries in Africa.  Have you ever thought to explore this tiny country in Eastern Africa? What to Expect Language: Burundi’s official languages include […]


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How to Travel from Rwanda to Burundi by Road

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Burundi officially known as the Republic of Burundi is one of the least visited countries in Africa. Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital is less than 6 hours from Kigali hence making it the perfect destination for someone that loves adventure. Kigali to Nemba Border We made the mistake of thinking that we would get an afternoon bus […]


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10 Affordable Things To Do In Kigali Rwanda

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Everyone knows that Kigali is one of the cleanest city in Africa. It is mandatory that all Rwandese set aside time every last Saturday of the month to come out and take part in cleaning the community. Amazing right? What to Expect Language: Rwanda’s official languages include Kinyarwanda and French although you will meet some […]


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How to travel from Kenya to Rwanda by Road

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My last budget trip took my travel partner and I through three countries in Eastern Africa. Yes! We travelled overland through Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The first part of this post will cover how we traveled from Nairobi to Kigali by road.  Nairobi to Busia Border We decided to travel by the night bus. Normally, […]


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Harare Free Walk Tour-Things to do in Harare, Zimbabwe

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“Are you going to Zimbabwe? Yeah. There is no money. They have some sort of money crisis, you better carry your own cash.” “What do you mean there’s no money ?” “Exactly that Rioba. Please make sure you have enough money before going there. It’s very serious. They are currently using a currency called bond […]


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Vibrant things to do in Livingstone Zambia

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In the last two posts, I pretty much covered some of the things you can engage in Livingstone. Six ways of Chasing Victoria falls An expected visit to Devil’s pool.  However, if you feel all those activities won’t leave you broke, there are more vibrant things to do in Livingstone. Livingstone Museum Museums are a […]


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How To Have Fun Chasing Victoria Falls

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Are you an adrenaline junkie that wants to experience the best of Victoria Falls? Victoria falls is one of the natural wonders of the world. It’s known as the Mosi Oa Tunya that loosely translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’ which loosely translates to the smoke that thunders.  First things first, if you want to […]


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An Unexpected Visit To The Devil’s Pool in Zambia

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I have never had a bucket list in and even If I did, something that had the name devil would not make it to the list. Imagine telling your African/Black parents that you want to swim at the devil’s pool ? They will have you swimming in holy water instead.  I arrived in Livingstone after spending 48 […]


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How To See The Best Of Lusaka, Zambia In 48 Hours

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After living my best life in Malawi and meeting incredible people along the way. It was time for me to head to Lusaka, Zambia.  Turns out you can only access Zambia from Malawi via  Lilongwe and I was lucky enough I met a police officer that hitched a ride for me seeing Malawi’s public transport […]


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Zambia Vs Zimbabwe: A Quick guide to visiting Victoria falls

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Victoria falls is one of the natural wonders of the world that cuts across Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s one of the most spectacular places I have visited that commands power. It is truly majestic. It’s no wonder then that the locals refer to it as ‘Mosi Oa Tunya’ which translates to the smoke that thunders.  As […]


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The Hidden treasure that is Homa Bay County Part 2

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This is the second part of our expedition to Homa Bay Country with a Kenyan Nomad. Missed the first post on Takawiri and Mfangano Islands? Catch up: The Hidden treasure that is Homa Bay County Part 1 After chasing Takawiri and Mfangano Island, our next phase of the trip was staying at Lake Victoria Safari Village […]


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#FeaturedTraveler: Jayson Kailikia

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Meet Jayson, a Kenyan traveler who’s 5 to 8 entails planning his next travels. When I asked him to describe himself, he said he didn’t want to blow his own trumpet so he let his friends blow it. They were open enough to describe him as lovably cool, chilled and mysterious, random with a free […]


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16 Things To Pack When Staying In A Hostel

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It’s less than two weeks before I go backpacking West Africa and naturally my feelings are all over the place. I am planning to stay in hostels although I am not sure if I will find decent ones in West Africa.  Hostels are way different from hotels and there are things that you must carry […]


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Things to Know before booking a Hostel

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Are you looking to start traveling on a budget? Do you find hotels too expensive? Well, hostels are your best bet if you’ve answered yes to both questions. Hostel dorms can be as low as 10 USD per person. In a few weeks, I will be backpacking West African countries. If I may go by […]


We went Live on BBC TV- Focus on Africa!

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If I was in class 6 or 7 today, my next composition would have been lit. Especially if the composition would be based on  “The day I will never forget” or “The best day of my life“. My composition would be so awesome such that my fellow classmates would be asked by our English composition teacher, […]


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#FeaturedTraveler: Christine Ooko

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Meet Christine, a sassy, classy and fit girl  from Kenya  who’s about to attain her phD. She’s in the academic field, mostly teaching, writing and doing research work which she absolutely loves. She spends a good amount of time building on her scholarly work and is trying to balance this with her top favourite thing; […]


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The Ultimate Guide For A Kenyan Citizen Traveling Across African Countries

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I’ve always been an advocate of African travel because our continent with its diversity has so much to offer. It’s why I was motivated by my Nigerian Sister Funmi Oyatogun of TVP Adventures to create this guide for Kenyans that wish to explore the motherland. She created the exact same guide for her Nigerian family […]


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Ziplining at the longest Zipline in East Africa: Scary but way fun

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“Do one thing that scares the total sh*t out of you” It was a beautiful Monday morning on the very first day of 2018. My friends and I decided to start the New Year facing our fears by Ziplining. Everything about this day was terrific except I was not. My head felt like elephants were […]


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White Water Rafting At River Sagana:One Of The Best Adventures In Kenya

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After a few minutes of paddling, our guide yelled ”Right hand steer” we all jumped to the right side. We were approaching a turbulent rapid and we needed to carefully heed his instructions to avoid falling into river Sagana. Now more than ever, it was expected of us to listen to the guide’s instructions because […]


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#FeaturedTraveller: A Kenyan Nomad

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Meet Gacheri Mberia, a Kenya  traveler that  is passionate about African travel.  Her brand’s name is a Kenyan Nomad and should you go through her social media pages, your wanderlust will most likely be triggered. From white water rafting in Livingstone Zambia, to solo traveling in Paris to living it up in Namibia; here’s a […]


How To Travel From Zambia to Zimbabwe By Road

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Compared to Malawi, the transport system is Zambia in better. You can easily move around with their public transport system and if you are within Lusaka you can use Ulendo taxi app that launched recently. It’s like uber, except it’s a little bit pricier. Catch up: Malawi to Zambia By  Road How Many Borders are there between […]


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#Featured Traveller: The fashionista that loves travelling

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Meet Sharize Odongo, a Kenyan student that finds joy in travelling. She is in her final year of school, runs a business and also manages to create time to travel. All i ever did while in uni was binge study ..err.. I mean binge drink. It’s why her travels inspire me. If I could, I’d […]


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How To Travel From Malawi to Zambia By Road

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I recently wrote about flights between African countries being super expensive.  I believe this is the main factor that discourages traveling in Africa. However, if you like me are a hardcore explorer, then there is the option of traveling in between African countries by bus. It’s not easy . One of things I learnt is that, […]


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The Hidden treasure that is Homa Bay County Part 1

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Show me a person that does not like the Kenyan Coast and I will show you Museveni’s resignation letter. Honestly, is there anything quite as euphoric as an amble by  kenya’s beaches especially if you live in a chaotic city such as Nairobi? It’s always a pleasant surprise to run into someone in Mombasa whereas in Nairobi, […]


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3 Things I have learnt from travelling on a budget Across Africa

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When the hot Malawian sun shone down on my scalp one fine Saturday morning, it started to dawn on me that my overland solo expedition across five southern African countries on a budget had commenced. My heart beat with anticipation. A post shared by Winnie Rioba | travel vlogger (@justrioba) on Nov 1, 2017 at […]


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How to have an awesome time in Naivasha & Travel costs breakdown

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Naivasha is an excellent weekend getaway for anyone living in Nairobi. Naivasha is less than 2 hours from Nairobi. Granted, I have been to Naivasha several times and before a few weekends ago, I had no meaningful form of memories of how I spent my time in Naivasha other than nursing nasty hangovers after a ratchet […]


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#featured Sunday: From no passport to 19 Countries in 2 years!

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Meet Anne Wanjiku, a Kenyan travel enthusiast.  She also happens to be a friend from back in 2015 when we did not have passports. We could only talk on whatsapp about our dreams to travel. Fast Forward to 2018, and Shishi has been through 19 countries. She has gone from no passport to 19 countries […]


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How To Enjoy Cape Maclear On A Budget

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By now, you should know Malawi stole my heart and I intend to go back there someday. I loved everything from the kampango fish, to enjoying a cold Carlsberg by the beach and watching the sun set over the lake. I made sure to explore this southern African country from Nkhata Bay to Cape Maclear […]


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How To Be Safe When Travelling Solo

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After several months, of planning, and most importantly saving for your solo trip, the D-day is almost here and you feel ready. Well, almost ready. You will most likely feel butterflies in your stomach or if your anxiety levels are on steroids maybe you will feel the entire jungle rumble. You might even be tempted to change […]


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FEATURED TRAVELLER: HUG MATHERS

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Meet Hug Mathers, our very first traveller to appear on the #featuredsunday series. Hug is an African content creator from West Africa that is based somewhere in Africa. He is a 25-year old that loves travelling. He describes himself as an adventurous, passionate and curious person.    On a scale of 1-10, how often do you […]


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8 Things To Do When You Travel Solo For The First Time

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“Hey Rioba, I hope you get laid when you are on these trips ndio ukimaliza ututolee statistics ya country vs performance”.  Just when I thought I had heard it all on 9 hilarious questions you might get as an African woman traveling solo,  someone decided to hit me with that. I was not offended because […]


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How To Travel By Bus In Africa-Things You Should Know

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I recently wrote about how expensive it is to travel in Africa compared to other other continents like Asia. If you missed that post, read it here. Flights between African countries are super expensive and this might discourage travelers on a budget from traveling. However, if you are as resilient as I am and do […]


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Why Traveling in Africa is difficult and expensive

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“Traveling in Africa is too expensive”  was a comment in response to a poll  I conducted on my instagram stories a few days ago. The big question was  “where would you go backpacking first between West Africa and Southeast Asia?”  The countries in question were Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Philippines  for Southeast Asia and Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and […]


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Rocking a Mushanana, Rwanda’s Elegant Traditional Dress

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I am usually intrigued by several things when I have the opportunity to travel. I recently visited Rwanda for the second time around, the famous Rwandan traditional outfit caught my attention. The traditional dress is known as the Mushanana. Rwanda is among the African countries that have retained their identity through music, dance and clothes […]


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Africa’s First Exciting Geothermal Pool Found in Kenya

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Olkaria Geothermal Pool also known as Mvuke Spa is located inside Hell’s Gate National Park that’s just an hour and a half away from Nairobi. The pool is owned by KENGEN. It’s the first of its kind in Africa. The first thing you notice once you spot the pool is that the water is bright […]


I was in Zimbabwe during the coup

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Can you remember what you were doing on 14th November 2017 at around noon? Don’t go back to the calendar and see it was a Tuesday and say “duhh it was a weekday, of course, I was in the office.” Nope. That doesn’t cut it. I mean, what were you doing exactly? Or was it […]


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Awesome Accomodation in Mbita for Travelers on a Budget

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I am convinced that Lake Victoria Safari Village in Mbita, Nyanza Province has the best sunsets ever.  Mbita is one of Kenya’s least visited region for some reason. Infact, I conducted a poll on my Instagram  to find out how many Kenyans had been to Mbita and I was not shocked that at least 90% […]


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7 Visa Free African Destinations for Kenyans on A Budget | Part 1

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“The only man I envy is the one who has not yet been to Africa- for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin Were you excited the first time you got your passport? Did you imagine some of the places you would visit? Was it Europe by any chance or was it […]


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9 Hilarious Questions you get as an African Woman Travelling Solo

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A few months back, I decided backpack solo. Now, this would not be my first solo trip as an African woman travelling solo, but it would be the first time I travel through 5 African countries with a just a camera, a laptop and a backpack big enough to fit a baby inside. Most people, family, […]


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How To See The Best Of Nanyuki In 48 Hours

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Things you should know about Nanyuki Language: People in Nanyuki can speak English & Swahili Currency: The Kenyan shilling Debit/Credit cards/Mpesa: Most places will accept cards/mpesa although you will need cash at hand in other places. About Nanyuki A few weeks ago, my friend and I were deciding on a weekend road trip to one of […]


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Solo BackPacking In Malawi – MV ILALA Tales

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Solo Backpacking in Malawi 2: MV ILALA TALES   Boarding Malawi’s Oldest Ferry                                 How do you not get titanic vibes upon boarding a motor ship that has been in operation for 66 years? In November 2017, I spent 3 […]


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Solo Backpacking In Malawi

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Honestly, Malawi is like a brilliant artist that most people are unacquainted with. This artist is not popular because he probably lacks marketing skills or he does not know the right people. Ladies and gentlemen, Malawi is this artist I speak of. Most travelers, me included want to visit the popular travel destinations and end […]


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48 Hours in Kilifi: Amazing things to do and see

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There are those people that do not understand the concept of splitting bills. You will go out with them, and when you start planning how to split the bill, they will say ‘don’t worry about it, took care of it.’’ You know such people?  Kilifi reminds me of such people, so wealthy yet so calm, […]


STOP CAPTURING MOMENTS, ENJOY THEM!

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Lately, I made a decision to eventually go pro as a photographer and to eventually take up photography for life! But as I thought about it all, I had to grapple with the thought that for a long time, I have been finding myself feeling rather envious of people who don’t have to take pictures […]


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UAEven Know it

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Even before we landed, the heat was already stroking my face. It is insanely hot. At the Dubai International airport, a guy was yelling in Arabic to passengers. ” Milly, one of my travel buddies, kept repeating what he was saying, like a typical light skin. The drive from the airport to our apartment unearthed […]


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The Ultimate guide to visiting Lamu Island

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Things you should know about Lamu Island Language: Most people speak Swahili in Lamu Island, but since it’s a tourist attraction, you will find that English is widely spoken. Currency: The Kenyan shilling Debit/Credit cards/Mpesa: Most places will accept cards/mpesa although you will need cash at hand in other places. About Lamu Island Lamu Island […]


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Here goes Tanzania!

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I love to sleep. Does sleeping early ever work? No. seriously. Does it? I’m the snooze button champion. The snooze button is the only thing I tap on the regular. Waking up in High school was a nightmare. We used to call sleep “Mtuno”. If someone is going to sleep, they will say “Naishia Kutuna.” […]


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The perfect tandem sky diving in diani

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I woke up one beautiful morning, and I decide I want to go sky diving. Spontaneous. Right? I have a list of items I would love to do so bad like sun basking at the Bora Bora beach, swimming with dolphins, live in abroad for a year specifically a country where people are perplexed by […]


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