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Last Updated May 2018 Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano and lava lake that lies in the Virunga National Park, near to the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or the DRC as it’s more commonly known. I’d wanted to visit the DRC for sometime, ever since I read Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart, before my first trip to the continent. An adventure down the Congo River would be my absolute dream trip. I mean, everyone says not to go there, which rightly or wrongly makes it that bit more appealing to me. I knew that climbing the Nyiragongo volcano would be an unbelievable adventure, so when I started planning the Rock My Adventure tour to Rwanda and Uganda, I decided to add in a trek up Mount Nyiragongo too. Why? Because it’s there… As soon as I met my group in Kigali, Rwanda, we all started talking about our impending doom trek. “Have you been training?”, “How fit are you?”, “No me neither”. I could tell everyone (me included) was a little anxious about the climb (and about the fact that we were going into the Congo) but I knew it would […]

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As you know, I spent the first part of the year travelling around South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. It was an epic adventure! I was there for a few reasons. I was meeting up with one of my best friends, who is an Australian teacher, so we were taking advantage of her school holidays, I wanted to escape the UK in January (brrrrr and bleurgh) and I was doing a recce for my latest Rock My Adventure tour! So I am happy to announce that… The Rock My South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique Adventure is here! Rock My South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique Adventure Overview I am so excited to share this epic adventure with you! Spanning 3 amazing and very different countries, this trip has it all! Do you love incredible wildlife, being surrounded in nature, cosmopolitan cities, stunning and unspoilt beaches, cultural experiences and great nightlife? Then this is the trip for you! Join me on an epic and immersive adventure in South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique and let me show you a different side of Africa, not the Africa you see in the media but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Africa I know and love. Days 1 – 2: […]

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“Is it safe to travel Africa independently or should I take a tour?” This is probably one of the first things you’ll start thinking about when you first start researching your trip backpacking through Africa. The problem is, there is a lot of conflicting information online which can be confusing, so trying to figure out what is the best can be a little overwhelming. But don’t worry – I’m here to help! There are a number of ways to travel around Africa and all have their pros and cons. These include including backpacking around using public transport, self-driving or taking a tour – of which there are many different types to choose from. I guess the first thing to say is that safe is a relative term. Africa is a huge continent with 54 separate countries. As with anywhere else in the world, there are some places that are considered pretty safe and some that aren’t, so you should always do your research before going anywhere. But deciding between a tour and solo travel isn’t just about safety. There are many other factors to consider, like the logistics of getting around, cost, whether you want to plan and organise everything yourself and […]

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Welcome to the Rock My Morocco Adventure photo diary – April 2018 edition. After running my Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure in February this year, I decided to keep a photo diary of each of my Rock My Adventure tours. I do this for two reasons: The first, which is the main reason I do it, is that I’m often so busy on the trips, that I don’t have time to digest everything we’ve done and everything we’ve seen. So it’s great for me to sit down at the end of each tour, sort through my photos, think about everything that happened, write down my favourite memories and truly appreciate the adventure we’ve just been on. Writing these posts always make me smile because every trip is different. The itineraries may be the same from trip to trip, but it’s the people that make Rock My Adventure trips truly special! Plus, it’s nice to have a little space on the internet, for me and the group to reminisce about the trip. The second is that I try not to do too much social media when I’m actually on the trips, as I think it’s important to be present when […]

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Marrakech is a fabulous city, full of intrigue and wonder, but it is chaotic and can be intimidating when you visit for the first time, or maybe even the second or third time. Morocco’s Red City is a different world, so having an idea on what to expect, where to go, what to do, how to dress, how to get around and how to handle the medina is great to have in the back of your mind before you even arrive so that you are fully prepared for the adventure ahead. So here are my 23 top Marrakech travel tips! Take a Tour With Marrakech By Locals Saeed of Marrakech By Locals was a great guide, full of knowledge and very engaging. He gave us a plotted history of the city as well as lots of useful tips for visiting Marrakech and we went to lots of places we would never have found on our own. He’s very strict, absolutely NO SHOPPING! Which personally I think is a great rule as it’s really annoying waiting around for other people to shop, especially in a city like Marrakech. But you will see lots of cool stuff that you will want to […]

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Malawi is an incredible country, often overlooked compared to it’s more famous neighbours. But I would go as far to say that Malawi is perhaps my favourite place in Africa (Mozambique is up there too) to go proper ‘backpacking’. Like old school backpacking. Malawi, known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ due to the friendliness of the local people, is the type of place you get stuck. The people are just lovely, the backpacker hostels are all really awesome and chilled and it’s not uncommon for someone to go to a place for a few days and end up staying for a month (like my friend Tom). This could also be due to the fact that getting around can be a right effort so it’s often easier just to stay where you are. Not due to lack of local transport, there are mini buses going here and there all day long. But they can take a while to fill up, you often need to change buses, they stop every few minutes, they’re packed and you end up covered in sardines (ok, so that only happened once, actually twice)… And don’t even get me started on ‘Malawi Time’. Malawi time is […]

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Tanzania is one of my absolute favourite countries in the world and over the last nine years I’ve been there maybe 8 or 9 times… I’m starting to lose count. For me it has everything you could want – amazing safaris, beautiful scenery, stunning beaches, lots of culture, great food, fun  nightlife and lots of things to do! Tanzania is always an adventure. My ideal Tanzania itinerary would start up north around Arusha or Moshi (flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport) and then end down on the beaches of Zanzibar (flying out of either Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam). You could do it in reverse, although ending on the beaches makes more sense to me! To see all of the ‘highlights’ on the itinerary below you would need at least 2 weeks and this is pretty much the route we follow on my Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure tours! If you also wanted to climb Kilimanjaro you’d be looking at 3+ weeks. But this list isn’t exhaustive and Tanzania is huge so you could easily spend 4 – 6 weeks (or more) in the country. The Ultimate Tanzania Travel Itinerary […]

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Do you need a Yellow Fever certificate to travel in Africa? So let me start this post by saying… it depends where in Africa you go. Each country in Africa has their own regulations and not all countries are Yellow Fever ‘risk’ countries. This is the general lowdown on the Yellow Fever regulations… If you are travelling directly from a country that poses no risk of Yellow Fever, then usually you won’t be asked for your certificate on arrival. So if you are flying direct from the UK (no risk) to Botswana (no risk) or Tanzania (low risk) or Kenya (risk) for instance, then you will usually not be asked for it. However, if you are travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever or spending more than 12 hours in a country with a risk of Yellow Fever (this includes layovers at the airport – layovers shorter than 12 hours are usually ok) then you may well be asked for your certificate on arrival – I am almost always asked for my certificate when arriving in Tanzania from Kenya. For the record I have never been asked for my certificate when returning to the UK from Africa, […]

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In 2016, taking all my knowledge and passion for Africa travel, I created Rock My Adventure, a company that specialises in Africa tours and aims to show you a different side of Africa. Not the Africa you see in the media, but the colourful, adventurous, wild and real Africa I know and love. The tours are highly curated to give you a true and authentic Africa backpacking experience but without any of the hassle of planning, organising and booking it all yourself! Plus you get a great group of friends thrown in along for the ride! I ran the first tour in Kenya in September 2016, then 5 more in 2017 in Uganda, Rwanda & the DRC, Kenya and Tanzania. In 2018 I’m running 12 trips to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & the DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi & Botswana (the first one is full unfortunately but the second includes the legendary Lake of Stars festival in Malawi), Namibia, Morocco and South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique (coming soon)! The first of which took place in Tanzania in February! Here’s what we go up to… Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Safari We started off with a few days on safari in the Serengeti and the Ngoronongoro Crater. Our […]

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