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2 DAYS IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

DESTINATIONS , RWANDA , TRAVEL • Feb 16, 2018
Volcanoes NP

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains

Located in northwestern Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The area became Africa’s first ever national park in 1925 to protect endangered mountain gorillas and was made famous by American primatologist Dian Fossey. Visiting the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes NP was the last stop on our 8-day tour of Rwanda and the ultimate highlight. (more…)

2 DAYS IN NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

DESTINATIONS , RWANDA , TRAVEL • Feb 1, 2018
Nyungwe

Rwanda’s untouched tropical rainforest

Almost 200km from Kigali in the southwestern corner of the country, Nyungwe Forest National Park covers over 1020km². Nyungwe became a National Park in 2004 and has the largest remaining swathe of montane forest in Eastern or Central Africa. It’s home to about 310 bird species, hundreds of butterflies and over 75 species of mammals, including 13 different primates. (more…)

2 DAYS IN ABU DHABI

ABU DHABI , DESTINATIONS , TRAVEL • Jan 10, 2018
Abu Dhabi

A stopover in the UAE’s capital and largest Emirate

Because of the crazy number of flights required to get from Sydney to Kigali, JJ and I made the decision to stopover in Abu Dhabi on the way to Rwanda. We were very glad we did! Our stay in Abu Dhabi was actually 3 days in total, but one of those days was spent in the Liwa desert and will have its own write-up. (more…)

ABU DHABI + AFRICA: 3 WEEK PACKING LIST

PACKING , TRAVEL • Dec 14, 2017
travel packing

It’s holiday packing time again!

JJ and I are off on a long-awaited trip to Abu Dhabi, Rwanda and Zanzibar. We’ll be overseas for three weeks in total, and will be ticking gorilla and chimp trekking off the bucket list! Before I go, here’s my plane outfit, and what I’m packing in my carry-on and checked bag for this trip. I wrote about in-flight essentials in another post if you want to check out what’s in my handbag/personal item.

Comfy plane outfit

travel packing (more…)

ORANGE NSW: A WEEKENDERS GUIDE

AUSTRALIA , DESTINATIONS , SYDNEY LIFE , TRAVEL • Jun 2, 2017

Cosy country escape

For ages JJ and I have been talking about visiting the New South Wales central west region of Orange – it’s known as the ‘food basket’ of NSW, and is a renowned cold-climate wine growing area, so we knew it’d be right up our street. I’d also heard that the area is really beautiful in the Autumn months. We don’t really get a proper Autumn where we live in Sydney ’cos we don’t have many deciduous trees by the beach, so I was looking forward to kicking big piles of fallen leaves while walking in the crisp country air…..and quaffing vino. (more…)

SYDNEY: TOP 20 FREE THINGS TO DO

AUSTRALIA , LIFESTYLE , SYDNEY LIFE , TRAVEL • May 7, 2017
Free Sydney

Budget-friendly tips for a crazy expensive city

Usually, if there’s a long weekend coming up JJ and I will pack our camping gear and head up or down the NSW coast on a road trip. We started having a look at camp sites for the Easter break in early February but soon realised we’d left it a bit too late this time – everything was booked out, waaaaah! We weren’t keen on paying school holiday rates to stay in a B&B or hotel somewhere as we’re saving for another big overseas adventure. So we settled for a budget friendly, hassle-free Easter staycation (to be honest we were both super excited just to have 4 days off work!). After many weeks of horrible wet weather, we were treated to a long weekend of glorious sunshine which allowed us to really make the most of living in this beautiful part of the world. (more…)