east africa

Under the Mountains of the Moon

Western Uganda stole our hearts and it remains a fierce kind of love that keeps us yearning for more. 

Every once in awhile your soul connects with a place, a land, an experience and even though you may be thousands miles from the place your call your own, it feels as though you've come home. 

As we woke up to the lush landscape on the rim of an ancient crater lake beneath the legendary Mountains of the Moon, we could finally hear ourselves breath again and be reminded of just how grand of an adventure we were blessed to be on.

 

During our time spent in Fort Portal we hid out at Kyaninga Lodge, a lodge that has curated a paralyzing beautiful experience for all their guests. The lodge was born from a vision of Englishman Steve Williams and after six years of unwavering commitment and a thousand hand carved logs later the most captivating lodge in Fort Portal was born. 

The lodge was built to provide an intimate experience for each guest as each resident resides in one of eight private cottages built out on the rim of the crater only to be connected to the main lodge by a raised wooden walkway. 

Kyaninga Lodge is less than an hour away form the Kibale National Park, one of Africa's premier destinations for chimpanzee tracking and conveniently located within a two hour drive of Queen Elizabeths National Park. 

When given the chance, always go: a Zanzibar Holiday

Hidden off the Eastern Coast of Tanzania lies the exotic island of Zanzibar. Many cities we visited during our time in East Africa have been heavily influenced by the Western culture, but here on the island, ancient islamic traditions have been safe guarded from the modern man by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. For a magical five days we journeyed back in time to this tropical and bustling island. 

Airfare provided by Costal Aviation - The Flying Safari Company. 

Our first days on the island were filled wandering the narrow alleys lined by houses, shops, bazaars and mosques in Stone Town. The narrow cobble stone streets were too narrow for cars which created a vibrant city sprawl crowded with motorbikers, shop owners and travelers alike. 

During our time exploring Stone Town, we made Mtoni Marine our home. This boutique hotel is operated by Gioia, the most endearing Italian woman who shared with us her favorite spots to enjoy local cuisine and go antiquing. The staff's hospitality and rooms featuring traditional wooden carved pieces left us quickly enamored with this island.