Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

A long-established hideaway has been protecting one of our closest relatives since before the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1991, it takes in Chimps which have been orphaned, found in markets for sale or handed over by people who have kept them as pets, it’s a long process to rehabilitate some of them and eventually … Continue reading Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Freetown

For the first time during my trip I hadn’t needed to get up for a specific time so I allowed myself a bit of a lie in, I then had the task of getting across the city to the Old Town. It proved a lot easier than expected as I was able to hail a … Continue reading Freetown

Robertsport to Freetown

Whilst planning this trip back in the UK I had set aside two days for this epic journey from Robertsport in Liberia, across the border, to the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown, however I decided to give it a shot in one day. I had woken at 0430 and having packed the night before I only … Continue reading Robertsport to Freetown

Monrovia to Robertsport

After struggling to find a tuk tuk driver who knew where the correct ‘bus station’ was, the fifth man knew so drove me across the city where I paid $5 for a seat to Robertsport in a shared taxi and waited. As with elsewhere in Africa no public transport leaves until it is full and … Continue reading Monrovia to Robertsport

Monrovia

Arriving into a new country is always an exciting experience and each time its completely different, there is nothing like stepping off an aircraft and walking down the plane stairs to a waiting shuttle bus and getting that first smell of a different land, landing into Liberia at Roberts International Airport on the outskirts on … Continue reading Monrovia

Casablanca

​We were at the airport by 0100, our flight left from Bissau to Casablanca at 0430 so we didn't have to wait long until check in opened and we could go through security. We both attempted to sleep in the departure lounge but it wasn't until we were aboard the plane that we could properly … Continue reading Casablanca

The ‘beach’

A lie in, the first of the trip, set the foundations for the rest of the day. We got coffee and pastries for breakfast and having exhausted Bissau of entertainment value we caught a minibus then a taxi to a town called Qinhamel, about 35km outside the city. The town was little more than a … Continue reading The ‘beach’

Change of plan

We woke up in time to get to the Guinea embassy before it opened in order to beat any potential queues. Unsurprisingly there was nobody else waiting and we were able to speak to one of the workers who told us we required copies of our passports, Guinea-Bissau visa page and also our yellow fever … Continue reading Change of plan

3 countries, 2 border crossings and 1 very long day

We got up early knowing we had a long day ahead of us as we needed to travel from Banjul in Gambia back through Senegal, which surrounds Gambia and then onto Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau. We flagged down a minibus, the main form of transport for locals (some who weren't too impressed with pour … Continue reading 3 countries, 2 border crossings and 1 very long day

A change of pace

A short walk from our hostel was a patisserie where we got a selection of croissants and danish swirls for breakfast before jumping into a taxi to the bus station. When we got to where it was meant to be it was shut and had been for two years, not the first time the most … Continue reading A change of pace