My flight from Lisbon landed 40 minutes early on the island of Sal in Cape Verde, an island nation off the west coast of Africa. I hand the immigration officer 25 Euro for the visa on arrival and my passport. He issues a receipt and puts a stamp into my passport. All within seconds. As I head out of the airport, a taxi driver asks for €15 to bring me to my apartment in Santa Maria in the south of the island – exactly the price I was told to pay by the owner. Wow! Is this really Africa? Immigration didn’t take hours and the taxi driver didn’t even try to rip me off. I really liked the first impression of Cape Verde – country number 104 on my journey to every country on the planet. But I would get to love the island even more during my two days on Sal.
The Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia is one of the most unique places on the planet. Boiling and steaming hot springs in breath-taking blue, yellow, green, red and orange colors, boiling lava lakes and a salt lake of epic proportion are just a few things that expect the few adventurers who dare visiting this hostile place.
Djibouti – a place few people have heard of before and even fewer could point at on a map. But since Lonely Planet has named this tiny nation in East Africa one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2018 it has been on the radar of more international travellers. So is it worth travelling to Djibouti? I went there in December 2017 to find out.
Burundi is a small country in East Africa with approximately 10 million inhabitants. Since its independence in 1962, the country was plagued by ethnic and political tensions. The Burundian civil war lasted from 1993 until 2005 and has claimed the lives of approximately 300,000 people. The decision of the president to run for a third term in 2015 again sparked protests and unrests throughout the country that last until today. As a consequence, tourism in the country came to a near complete stop. Most Western governments have issued travel warnings against travel to Burundi. But the second least happy nation on earth has a lot to offer if you decide to visit despite the dangers.