Stories & Inspiration

Escape to Mount Kenya

What Benuzzi saw breaking through the morning clouds was the peak of Mount Kenya. Something inside of him stirred. It was a stunning sight, the lower slopes covered in an alpine forest. Later, Benuzzi would write in his letters about Mount Kenya, “for hours afterwards I remained spellbound, I had definitely fallen in love.”

Date published: 12th October 2021

Estimated read time: 5 minutes

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A Morning in Nairobi National Park

Just behind, an eclectic herd stood by the side of the road. Buffalo, impala, and zebra all stood just ahead, their heads held high and towards us expectedly.

Spend the morning in Nairobi National Park with Brilliant's Lana Clark.

Date published: 28th September 2021

Estimated read time: 5 minutes

Nairobi National Park

A horizon like no other- Nairobi in the distance

Gorillas in our Midst

In honour of World Gorilla Day, read about an incredible chimpanzee and gorilla trek from Kibale National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Date published: 24th September 2021

Estimated read time: 7 minutes

Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

The View From Ngorongoro Crater

I work to set up quickly. The breeze is slight and I’m careful to make sure everything is secure so nothing topples over. I’ve found my angle: the curve of the crater is clear on the horizon, a small silver lake off to the left.

Join Brilliant's Lana Clark as she spends the morning photographing the famous crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Date published: 2nd September 2021

Estimated read time: 5 minutes

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Glaciers of the Rwenzoris

The changes of the Rwenzori glaciers had been startling but not surprising due to the escalating climate crisis. But still, the glacial ice persisted, and was still very present on the peaks of the Rwenzoris. 

Read about the changes of the Rwenzori Mountains from past to present to future through the lens of a photographer. 

Written by Brilliant's Lana Clark

Date published: 1st September 2021

Estimated read time: 3 minutes

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The Secrets of Olduvai Gorge

Under the shade of a parasol, with thick glasses protecting against the sands of the gorge and a small brush equipped in her white-gloved hand, Mary Leakey made a discovery that would contribute to the way we learnt about human evolution. 

Explore the historic Olduvai Gorge with Brilliant's Lana Clark.

Date published: 31st August 2021

Estimated read time: 5 minutes 

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A Trip to Lake Natron

It’s the flamingos that people primarily come here to see. They arrive en masse, perching in the scorching shallows on one leg, almost motionless, splatters of a delicate pink against an otherwise desolate terrain.

Join Brilliant's Lana Clark as she takes an unexpected trip to the stunningly unique Lake Natron after a day on safari in the Serengeti. 

Date published: 25th August 2021

Estimated read time: 3 minutes

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Diary from Diani Beach

Read a diary extract from Brilliant's Lana Clark as she tells of her time at Kenya's Diani Beach, relaxing and exploring its hidden gems.

Date published: 24th August 2021

Estimated read time: 7 minutes

Diani Lodge, Diani Beach, Kenya

The stunning white sands of Diani Beach

A Journey Through Northern Tanzania

Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park with Brilliant's Lana Clark, trekking through the vast wilderness of the Serengeti ecosystem.

Date published: 1st July 2021

Estimated read time: 7 minutes

A Journey Through the Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzori Mountains are an incredible place - take a trek with Brilliant's Lana Clark, from the foothills of the mountains all the way up to Margherita Peak at 5,109 metres.

Date published: 24th June 2021

Estimated read time: 7 minutes

A Safari at Lake Manyara

A crackle of static came over our guide's radio, and he promptly returned the sounds with words of confirmation. He turned in his seat to face us and quickly said, ‘Lions in trees, right ahead.’ 

Read more about this amazing big cat encounter as Brilliant's Lana Clark recounts her time on a safari at Lake Manyara.

Date published: 5th June 2021

Estimated read time: 5 minutes

Discovering Balchi Ammanuel

Bemnet Gizachew is a guide in Ethiopia, and a good friend of Brilliant's. He talked to us about a new guiding programme set up in Ethiopia, and a hidden gem he discovered on the doorstep of Addis Ababa. 

Date published: 16th February 2021

Estimated read time: 3 minutes 

A Journey Through Ethio-Jazz

Music Journalist Luca Fierro explores the history and development of Ethio-Jazz - one of the country's most unique sonic exports. From its rise in the 60s and 70s, to its fall under the Derg regime in the 80s, Luca explores the key characters that gave to life to this unique sound. 

Date published: 23rd October 2020

Read time: 4-5 minutes

A Vegan Tour of Ethiopia

Music journalist and long-time vegan Luca Fierro gives you a whistle-stop tour of vegan food in Ethiopia - from the spices and curries, to the flatbreads and alcoholic delights. 

Published date: 22nd October 2020

Estimated read time: 3 minutes

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies

Coffee is far more than just a beverage in Ethiopia. It's part of the cultural fabric of the country. Galia Hillhouse, Ethiopia specialist and good friend of Brilliant's, walks you through a traditional coffee ceremony in Ethiopia, and explains why coffee is so important here. 

Estimated read time: 3 minutes

Published: 21st October 2020

Can Ethiopia protect its golden egg?

We take a look at the rise in popularity of Ethiopia as a tourist destination over the last 10 years, and the challenges that are posed by the increased demand. 

Date published: 8th October 2020

Estimated read time: 5 minutes

Destination Guides

Tanzania

Tanzania's northern circuit has a reputation for delivering some of the most extraordinary safari experiences in the world. The northern circuit parks include the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, and the Serengeti National Park

If you head south, you'll find a new world of endless savannahs and true wilderness in Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve

If you want a challenge, Mount Kilimanjaro's summit calls out to 50,000 hardy trekkers a year. 

Head east until the land gives way to the vast Indian Ocean; keep going until you reach the Zanzibar archipelago. White sandy beaches, cocktails, music and water sports, it's the perfect end to your East African adventure.  

Hiking in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Countryside views, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Kenya

The south of Kenya is home to one of Africa's most famous wildlife destinations: the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Often combined with the Serengeti in northern Tanzania, both parks play a role in the annual Great Migration. 

While the Maasai Mara has the most name recognition, there's plenty more to get excited about in Kenya. The Mara conservancies of Naboisho, Mara North, Ol Kinyei, and Olare Motorogi have some of the most impressive wildlife densities in Africa, and oftentimes better viewing opportunities than in the reserve. 

Along the southern border you'll find Amboseli National Park, with Tsavo East and Tsavo West just beyond. 

Keep going and you'll arrive at the frontier between the continent and the ocean, with Diani Beach and Watamu Beach the perfect place to grab a cocktail and enjoy the views. 

Maasai Mara, kenya

Enjoy a classic sundowner on safari in the Maasai Mara

Uganda

Roaming the dense forests of south-western Uganda are half of the world's remaining Mountain Gorilla population. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the most extraordinary wildlife experiences, and the continued protection and conservation of these incredible animals relies on it. 

Uganda's is a small country, but offers a huge diversity of experiences. A short domestic flight or road transfer connects the dots, which means you can achieve a huge amount in a short space of time. From tracking the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, to safaris in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park - there's no shortage of incredible safari opportunities in Uganda. 

It's not just gorillas that vie for attention, head into the forests of Kibale National Park to find troops of chimpanzees swinging from the trees. 

If you head to the border with the DRC, the Rwenzori Mountains National Park offer intrepid travellers the chance to hike to one of just 3 permanent glaciers in Africa. 

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a land of infinite variety that stands out amongst the safari-first travel destinations of East Africa. Ethiopia is a cultural melting pot; a place of deep spirituality, immense geography, and wonderful people. 

The natural landscapes of the Simien Mountains, Bale Mountains, and Gambella provide excellent trekking and wildlife opportunities. In the northern highlands, you'll find the beating heart of spiritual Ethiopia in Lalibela, and short domestic flights or road transfers take you to the remarkable towns of Gonder, Bahir Dar, Harar, and Axum

Head south of discover the tribal communities of the Omo Valley, and on the opposite side of the country, you can hike the volcanic wilderness of the Danakil Depression

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