The Gambia through our lense

Let's go on the journey with us to discover true beauty of Gambia's nature. Either on foot or from the traditional canoe just go and see for yourself. Close your eyes and imagine that feeling when time stops and you immerse yourself fully in the present moment and let all worries suddenly disappear... Welcome to The Gambia my friend!


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Adventures in Sao Vicente and Santo Antao!

As we were approaching the harbour of Porto Novo it suddenly started to rain. The scenery looked awe-inspiring with impressive mountains hidden in the clouds. I looked at Mia and asked: ‘Did we bring any rain jackets with us?’ The disapproving look on her face said it all. No, we didn’t. Needless to say, we were a little bit under prepared for the little adventure ahead of us...


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Walking through the heart of Sao Nicolau!

‘Bom dia. Tudo bem?’ I must have said good morning, is everything  ok about 50 times while I sweated profusely on my way up the Ribeira  to Cachaço. Maybe it wasn’t the greatest idea to start walking  in the heat of the day! But then I was hoping that a  little reward would be a beautiful view overlooking the green valley….


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Captured through our lense: Sao Nicolau

Be captivated by beautiful mountainous landscape and people of Sao Nicolau ! This collection of photos captures the biggest town of the island Ribeira Brava and breath taking but less visited places like Juncalinho or Carbeirinho (one of the seven wonders of Cabo Verde). 


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What to bring to Sao Nicolau!

Do you want to experience the calmness of a village life? Or are you looking for a stunning panorama view during a tough hike in the Ribeira towards Monte Gordo? Then Sao Nicolau is the place to go for you!  Obviously you have to bring the essential things that prepare you for both the breathtaking nature as well as for the amazing real Cabo Verdean culture. So what should you bring to be fully prepared to explore the island of Sao Nicolau?

 


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Affordable accommodation in Cabo Verde (part 1)

Let us tell you the truth straight away: there is no so called super cheap deal (five pounds a night) budget accommodation in Cape Verde. Maybe it has something to do with the presence of all inclusive resorts and not so cheap flights to this archipelago and then the fact that many items have to be imported. Who really knows?


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Tales from Sal!

Like in fairy tales the same applies to real life-there are some good stories often peppered with some not so good ones. But sometimes this ambiguity is not a bad thing and makes things more interesting and memorable in the long run as our stay in Sal confirms!


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What to bring to Sal!

Wind- & kitesurfing, long and magnificent beaches and the unique Pedra de Lume, Sal is a very popular touristic destination for a reason! Apart from sun, sea and the opportunity to relax you can also decide to experience a natural swimming pool, healthy for the body and the mind! So let’s have a look at the essential things which one should bring for a visit to Sal!


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10 things you have to do in Cabo Verde (part 2)!

It's true when they say that it is the people that make a place feel special. And it is also because of these connections that this particular place is so well remembered in the months and years following your trip. In that sense some things in Cabo Verde can only be experienced in the presence of these unique people while others can be enjoyed much more easily....so let's have a look!


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Street art and charming buildings of Cabo Verde!

Cape Verde is full of lovely, colourful buildings that can be found in each town and village and make these places look so special and attractive. Also,the street art is more and more popular and we must say that some of the art is really pleasant to the eye. So, let's have a look with us and enjoy!


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Our love for Cape Verdean goat cheese! Maio (part 2)

During our stay in the village of Barreiro in Maio we were introduced by a neigbor to a technique of making a goat cheese and she also showed us the different stages. It was such a wonderful experience! So let us guide you through the process of cheese making!


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Our love for Cape Verdean goat cheese! Santo Antao  (part 1)

We have tried the goat cheese on all of the islands we’ve visited so far and we have to be honest with you: never before we have tried and enjoyed a cheese so rich, fresh and perfectly salted than the goat cheese in Cape Verde!


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Our experience of Maio island with Maio Biodiversity Foundation!

Our time in Maio was supposed to be short but intense as we were about to visit the organization that operates on the island: Maio Biodiversity Foundation. We would join them for a couple of days to see first hand how they work to protect the fragile environment of this little island.


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What to bring to Maio!

Let's have a look with us what to bring to this small and beautiful island, hidden treasure of Cabo Verde! An island with sandy beaches, azul waters and relaxing atmosphere has a lot of to offer. You might need anything from beach holiday related items to a dictionary!


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Fogo: an impromptu wine tasting and meeting famous singer Ramiro from Fogo!

Fogo captivated our imagination for a long time before we even landed on this mysterious island of Cabo Verde. This island with an active volcano seemed to be so different to kilometers of pure white sand of Boavista. Finally, we were ready to unleash its secrets and experience Fogo to the fullest! 


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Fogo black and white

Island Fogo has some stunning scenery to offer not just for hikers but also photographers. In this collection we wanted to capture this dramatic landscape in black and white which shows a  character of this place in a different light. Photos feature Chã das Caldeiras with a volcano and area close to Mosteirros.


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What to bring to Fogo!

Active volcano, black sands, cobbled streets, mouthwatering goat cheese and wine-Fogo is an island of many superlatives! Let's have a look at our suggested list of thing to bring with you to Fogo for your  memorable trip!


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Santiago:craggy mountains,a strong African flavor and a bustling capital!

A busy taxi driver, a lot of activity on the streets and a panorama view of rugged mountains, lush valleys and volcanic rocks in the background: our first impression of Santiago felt overwhelming, chaotic and adventurous!

 


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Cidade Velha: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cidade Velha (''old town'' in portuguese) was discovered in the 15th century and was known as Ribeira Grande until the 18th century. It was a first European outpost and a city in the tropics and as such had an important place for expansion of European colonies in the Africa.


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The essence of Santiago (Photoalbum)

Pictures can say more than thousands words and how to better describe Santiago than in our photo album that captures people, buildings and landscape of this lovely island? Photos were taken in and around Tarrafal and around the area of Jardim Botanico.


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Our visit to the Campo da Morta Lenta

It is not something you imagine when visiting a tropical paradise. A notion of a death camp definitely seems out of context. Somehow, the presence of a place like this evokes uncomfortable feelings. Sadly, it will remain part of a sinister history that happened on this otherwise peaceful archipelago....


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What to bring to Santiago!

Have a look at our recommended list of things you might need to bring with you when visiting island Santiago. This unconventional mini list was created from our own personal experience to help like minded travelers on their journey of exploration of this lovely and unique island!


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The African Djembe Group in Boa Vista: Energy, Dance and Rhythm!

During our first visit to Boa Vista, in the summer of 2015, we were introduced to a group of friendly and welcoming drummers. Our friend Thione Sow invited us to see the performance of the African Djembe group. Within half an hour we were experiencing the energy and joy from the African mainland! 


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Boavista captured through our lense

We would like to invite you to have a look at our collection of photos of Sal Rei and Boavista that we took during our  trips in 2015 and  2016.

 

We hope you will enjoy it!

Santa Maria shipreck

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Whale watching trip in Boavista!

We have been really fortunate to join a whale-watching trip on a catamaran Maximus while in Boavista. Up to 12 people can enjoy this experience and normally there is also a biologist present on board.


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How to speak creole!

Caboverdean Creolu language has a basis in Portuguese (90-95%). It is the mother tongue of local people. The official language in Cabo Verde is Portuguese. Creolu was also influenced by West African languages like Wolof, Fulani, Balanta. So, let´s speak!


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What to bring to Santo Antao!

Santo Antão: a true jewel among the other islands! This place has almost lost world like characteristics that attract many  hikers who want to wander on its peaks. However, as with other mountainous destinations one should be well prepared for the unexpected! ...


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What to bring to Sao Vicente!

Sao Vicente is considered to be the cultural capital of Cabo Verde. The biggest music festival takes place annually in Baia das Gatas and attracts many music seeking enthusiasts. With so many varied activities it might be difficult to know what to bring along.....


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What to bring to Boavista!

Boavista has become a popular 'sunny' destination for Europeans who want to flee unforgiving winter months back home. Probably many individuals chose hassle free all inclusive holidays but here we have a handy list for those who are not afraid to venture further! 


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10 things you have to do in Cabo Verde!(part 1)

Diverse conditions of the archipelago easily satisfy any outdoor enthusiast. Let it be watersports or land activities, a bit of culture, music and dance or local cuisine: this magical place has a lot in store for you. Here, we have selected 10 activities you should try if you ever land on this less known doorstep to West Africa!


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