Mwende BwinoDec 06, 2020
To The African Music Festivals We've Loved Before
When was the last time you saw your favorite artist or band perform at a live music event in a crowd of hundreds of people? With the Corona pandemic, music festivals and live music events across the world were cancelled. In Africa, Lake of Stars, Capetown Jazz Fest and more of our favorite festivals were cancelled or moved virtually.
In the last episode of season 2 of Mwende Bwino, I took a trip down memory lane to remember the music festivals my friends and I attended from 2013-2017 as part of The Fest Gurus, a group of four friends (Gwi, Lo, Zash and me ) who ventured across Southern, East and West Africa interviewing artists and vlogging our experiences.
My guests are Gwinyayi Mabika (Gwi) and Ngonizashe Chinara (Zash) who are from Harare, Zimbabwe and made up The Fest Guru camera and video crew. Gwi and Zash run the Production company Crafted Media.
In the last episode of season 2 of Mwende Bwino, I took a trip down memory lane to remember the music festivals my friends and I attended from 2013-2018 as part of The Fest Gurus, a group of four friends who ventured across Southern, East and West Africa interviewing artists and vlogging our experiences.
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Why You Should Visit Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo is known for its sapeurs and it's amazing music. It is also the city that Paris born Congolese stylist Laëtitia Kandolo uses as inspiration for her womenswear line UCHAWI. Laëtitia has worked with some of the biggest celebrities in the world including The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna and more. In this episode, she shares her favorite things to do in Congo, how to pack for a trip and more. Laëtitia also served as Editor in Cheif for issue no 28 of Hamaji magazine, Africa's first bilingual travel magazine.
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How To Go Camping in Six Provinces in Zambia
Have you ever wanted to go on a camping trip in Zambia but haven't known where to go or how to plan your trip? To answer those questions, we brought on Petra Chikasa. Petra is an outdoor enthusiast, adventure travel writer and destination development officer. She shares her favorite places to camp in Lusaka, Central, Northern, Luapula, Muchinga and Copperbelt provinces. She also shares her tips on planning your first camping trip in Zambia.
Read Petra's article on women friendly spots in Zambia
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Why Kenya Should be Your Next Wine Destination
When it comes to traveling for wine, the most known travel destination is South Africa which boasts five regions. However, the East African country of Kenya should be on your radar. In this episode, we spoke to Mukami Mwaraina, a viticulturist and wine maker who has her own winery called Saikeri Estate. Mukami is also a wine expert at Karen Country Club. We spoke to her about starting her own winery and the future of Kenyan wine.
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What It's Like Running a Black Owned Wine Company in 2020
Love wine? So do we. One of the best ways of traveling without traveling is through the wine of a particular country. Our guest this episode is Ayele Solomon, a conservationist turned wine maker. Ayele is the founder of Honey Wine Co which produces the Bee D’Vine brand,inspired by his home country Ethiopia. Bee D'Vine is a super premium barrel-aged honey wine crafted in Sonoma exclusively from select raw California honey and springwater. It is available dry & semi sweet.
Ayele shares memories of his travels across Africa, what it's like running a black owned winery in Sonoma, California and how to support black winemakers.
Listeners of this episode get a special discount when purchasing wine from Bee D'Vine. To claim this discount, reach out to Ayele via the Bee D'Vine social media pages
World Tourism Day Zambia Webinar
In honor of World Tourism Day 2020, Mwende Bwino collaborated with Discover Zambia to host a webinar under the theme 'Tourism and Rural Development'.
Guests were Brian Ross from Prospero Zambia, Dorothy Walker Partner at Discover Zambia and Travel content creator, Luwi Nguluka from Women for Conservation and the Wildlife Crime Prevention Progam, Gemma D'Souza Editor and Founder of Nyayo Magazine, James Milanzi Country Director at African Parks and Gilmour Dickson Safari Manager at Kaingu Lodge.
The webinar was moderated by Mwende Bwino host Mazuba Kapambwe.
How to Plan Your First or Next Trip to Livingstone in Zambia
Livingstone is the tourist capital of Zambia, and home to the Mosi-o-Tunya (Victoria Falls). In this episode, our guests content creator Chisumbu (@alwayschisumbu) and Mimi from Adventures With Mimi share their tips for visiting Livingstone; from the best activities to do, where to stay, where to eat, how to get there and more.
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Read my article The Best Things to do at Victoria Falls
How to Plan Your first Ski Trip with Mount Noire
Is skiing on your bucket list? Meet Tobi, Wenona, Simi, Blessing and Adeola, the founders of Mount Noire a luxury ski company. The lovely ladies of Mount Noire help plan your first or next ski trip, share what it's like to be black skiers, how the ski industry needs to change and where they're excited to hit the slopes when corona is over.
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Why You Should Travel by Train in South Africa and Zambia
Traveling by train is one of the best ways of seeing a country. In this episode, meet Lululama, a travel writer and blogger from South Africa who took the Shosholoza train from Johannesburg to Capetown on a solo adventure. She shares how the trip helped her come out of her shell.
Wongani Ngulube from Zambia is an outdoor instructor and travel vlogger/blogger who took a group trip with her work mates on the Tazara train on a return trip from Zambia to Tanzania. She shares her tips for what to pack, how to survive delays and the secret item on the menu.
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Photo Credit: Tazara| © Richard Stupart / Flickr
What it's Like Working with Elephants in Zambia
In honor of #WorldElephantDay (August 12), we're releasing a bonus episode which was recorded in Lusaka at the Game Rangers International offices. My guests are Rachel Murton and Sport Beattie who have dedicated their lives to helping orphaned elephants in Zambia through the Elephant Orphanage Project. According to their site, "Game Rangers International is a holistic wildlife conservation organisation, specialising in resource protection, community outreach and wildlife rescue".
To support Game Rangers International, adopt an elephant via their website
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Photo Credit: Unikue Moda
Why The Hudson Valley is Our Favorite Weekend Getaway
The towns in the Hudson Valley region are some of our favorite to explore in the empire state. From historic homes, museums, festivals for everything from tulips to cheese, there is something for everyone in the Hudson Valley. Nigerian-American Travel blogger Kemi joined host Mazuba to talk about their favorite Hudson Valley trips they've taken recently.
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Why Morocco and the World need more Women in Tourism
According to the UN Women's global report on Women in Tourism published in 2019, women employed in the tourism industry account for 54% of the workforce, yet they earn 14.9% less than men in tourism. However, in Morocco, due to a lack of issuance of licenses for tourism guides, there were fewer women employed.
Zina Bencheikh who is the Regional Manager for Europe, Middle East & North Africa for Intrepid Travel is trying to chance that statistic . In 2019, she was featured in a Forbes Magazine article titled ‘The Woman Who Challenged Morocco’s Tourism Industry For Women’s Rights and Won’. Zina has spoken at various tourism conferences including the Skift Forum, the London WTM Travel conference and more.
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How to Slow Travel Through West Africa
Hannah Ajala is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared on BBC Africa and other platforms. In December 2019, Hannah left the UK to begin a slow travel journey across four West African countries: Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ghana. In this episode, Hannah speaks about why she began the trip, how corona virus changed her travel plans and shared tips on saving and spending money while traveling.
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Read Hannah's blog re-capping her 6 month stay
Watch Hannah's travel video re-capping her trip so far
What it's like Living in a Historic Home in Northern Zambia
In 1911, British born Sir Stewart Gore Browne moved to Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia) to be a member of the Anglo-Belgian land commission. In 1914, he bought land in Shiwa Ngandu, a place in Northern Zambia that he also named his estate and english manor home that he built.
Now almost 90 years old, the house and the Kapishya hot springs on the estate draws visitors. In this episode, I spoke to Emma Harvey, Sir Gore-Browne's great grand daughter. Emma shared her fond memories of growing up at Shiwa house, some of the activities that can be done by visitors and shared which traditions of her great grandfather are still practiced.
For more on Shiwa Ng'andu and to book a visit, here's the website
Read Christina Lamb's book about Sir Gore-Browne called The Africa House: The True Story of an English Gentleman
Why You Should Learn an African Language Before Traveling to Africa with Lingua 54
The continent of Africa is home to thousands of languages; from Akan to Zulu and everything in between, African languages connect us to our culture. When traveling to a new country, one of the best ways of connecting with locals is by learning a few phrases in their language . It is a way of showing effort and respect. In this episode, I speak to Omokolawole Lamikanra who is the founder of Lingua 54, an online learning language platform that will launch in a few weeks with three languages ; Igbo, Twi and Yoruba and then roll out more languages including Somali, Ga and Swahili.
Lingua 54 Website| https://www.lingua54.com/
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How Everyday Lusaka is Spotlighting Lusaka through Postcards
Everyday Lusaka is a photography and stationery company based in Lusaka, Zambia. EL started as an Instagram account in 2018 founded by Sana Ginwalla and Sebastian Moronell.
Sana shared the inspiration behind EL, why postcards are essential travel souvenirs, the importance of consent in travel photography and more.
Purchase EL postcards at Lsk Collective in Long Acres in Lusaka
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How Irin Journal is Spotlighting Underrated African Cities
Irin Journal is a biannual publication that explores African culture through travel, people and communities.
Founded by Mimi Aborowa, each issue of Irin focuses on a different African city. We spoke to Mimi about the inspiration behind founding the magazine, Intra-Africa travel and why Irin should be your new favorite African travel magazine.
* Irin is currently 20% off for a limited time. Shop here| www.irinjournal.com/shop/
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Why You Should be following the #21Days21Destinations hashtag.
Alpha Sipho is a self described foodie and traveler who has visited every province in his home country South Africa. When the South African government instituted the 21 days lockdown due to corona, Alpha created the #21days21Destinations campaign to showcase past travels.
Upon hitting a milestone of 1 million impressions, we spoke to Alpha about the future of the campaign post corona.
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How Corona has changed travel and tourism in Africa
The Corona virus has affected the travel and the tourism industry in Africa in a major way, with airlines, hotels, travel guides , park rangers and more affected.
For this episode dedicated to exploring the impact the virus will have on the continent from a tourism perspective, I spoke to three previous Mwende Bwino podcast guests.
Chibuzo is the co-founder of Africlaim, Nigeria's first flight delay compensation company. He spoke about the impact of corona on African airlines.
Find out more about Africlaim below
Next, I spoke to Rhoda Nuhu, a consultant in the hotel industry in Nigeria. Rhoda spoke about the impact of corona on hotels in Africa, as well as recovery efforts.
Lastly, I spoke to Chiedza and Tariro of Afronomads Zim. The Zimbabwean travel influencers had to postpone their group trips to Bushfire in Eswatini over covid. They share where they are excited to travel to next.
The Joys of all Female Group Travel
Welcome to season 2 of the Mwende Bwino Podcast. To kick us off and in celebration of Women's month, I interviewed Winnie Rioba, a travel blogger from Kenya who organizes all female group trips in Africa.
Listen in to find out where she's traveling to this year, what she's learnt about group travel and her tips for planning the best group trip ever.
Read her blog| justrioba.com/
Get on the waitlist for her all female trips here
What it's Like to Live and work in a National Park
Meet the Safari Sisters! Agata and Lorraine are friends and workmates who live and work in the South Luangwa National Park which is one of the most wildlife rich national parks in Zambia.
In this episode, I spoke to Agata on working as a woman in a male dominated safari industry, what it's like to wake up with lions right outside the camp, how to take the best safari pictures, what to pack on safari and her tips on having the best safari experience in South Luangwa.
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Read the Safari Sisters Blog| thesafarisisters.com
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We Planned Your First Trip to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe was named as one of the top places to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet Magazine. My guests this week are Chiedza and Tariro are travel vloggers from Zimbabwe who run the AfronomadsZim account and they shared their reasons why YOU should have Zimbabwe on your bucket list. From the famous Victoria Falls to ziplining at Mutaradzi falls and more, listen in to their recommendations.
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How To Go on a Solo Safari
Going on Safari is at the top of many travelers bucket lists. With 20 national parks in Zambia, the perfect safari awaits.
Chipo Chitambi is a travel blogger from Zambia who recently went on a solo safari to Kafue National Park which is the country's largest national park. Listen on for tips on making the most of a solo safari, what to pack, how you can still get great pictures of yourself and whether she'll be doing another solo safari soon.
Read about Chipo's trip to Mbala
What Makes a Hotel Great
Finding a hotel that meets all your needs can be challenging. How do you know if the room has been thoroughly cleaned? Is booking direct better than using a third party site? Get the answers to all these questions in the latest episode of the Mwende Bwino Podcast.
Guest Grenny Gray is a hotel and restaurant reviewer based in Lusaka, Zambia and shares her thoughts on Zambia's hospitality industry and more.
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How I Became Zambia's Youngest Pilot
In 2015 at just twenty years old, Kalenga Kamwendo from Kitwe, Zambia became the youngest pilot in the country.
In the latest Mwende Bwino podcast, we spoke to Kalenga on becoming a celebrity pilot, his favorite routes, his thoughts on the future of aviation for the African continent and more.
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How to Travel with your bestfriend and remain best friends after the trip
Lulu and Abi are best friends and travel and lifestyle content creators. They vlog and blog via the brand Flights and Feelings.In this episode recorded in New York city, the ladies spoke about how they secure the best flight deals, their travel essentials and how they have remained bestfriends through their travels.
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Flights and Feelings site| flightsandfeelings.co.uk
How to Write a Travel Memoir
Lerato Mogoatlhe is a former entertainment journalist from South Africa who quit her job in 2007 to begin a solo journey across West Africa. Based on her travels, Lerato wrote her travel memoir 'Vagabond: Wandering Through Africa on Faith' which was released in 2019.
In this episode of the #Mwendebwino podcast, Lerato shares tips on writing a travel memoir, why she chose to travel around West Africa and more.
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How to Travel Around the World by Motorbike.
Joan and Dos of Throttle Adventures.The Kenyan couple quit their jobs a year ago to travel around the world by motorbike. They just celebrated year 1 of their 3 year journey and we spoke to them about some of their favorite moments on the road, how they deal with travel burnout, how travel has made their relationship stronger and more.
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Why You Should use Guidebooks and not Instagram to Plan Your Next Trip
Lily Lebawit Girma is an Ethiopian- American award winning writer, photographer and travel guide book writer. Her work has appeared in CNN, Afar, New York magazine and more.
In this episode of the Mwende Bwino podcast, Lily speaks about her journey from becoming a lawyer to becoming a guide book writer and why using guidebooks and not Instagram is the best way to plan your trip.
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How our Mother's Taught us to love Travel
In honor of Mothers Day, Mazuba spoke to her mother Catherine Mutinta Simakoloyi-Kapambwe about her memories of traveling with Maz and her siblings. Maz also spoke to Tina Kopiyo who travels frequently within Kenya with her daughter Amani who has her own instagram and blog. Both women gave tips on traveling by air and road with children.
Amani's blog| https://amanisadventure.wordpress.com/
Amani's Instagram| https://www.instagram.com/amanis_adventure/
Music was provided courtesy of Chembo Music. The song used is called 'Hey Mama'.
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What to do When Your Flight is Delayed
Have you ever experienced a flight delay? Did you know that you are entitled to up to $700 by the airline? The latest episode of the Mwende Bwino Podcast is sponsored by Africlaim, Nigeria's first flight compensation company. Chibuzo and Ife who are the Co-Founders of Africlaim spoke to Mazuba Kapambwe on the steps to receive compensation for a flight delay and how African national airlines are performing.
We Planned Your First Hiking Trip
Ever wanted to go hiking but don't know where to start when it comes to what equipment you need or what kinds of hiking trails would work for you? We talked to Irine who is a self described “adventure-loving travel photographer and digital content creator” from Kenya and residing in Seattle, Washington. Her blog Travelwithirine documents her hiking experiences in the United States. Irine provides tips on how to organize and make your first hike happen and shares her guide to visiting Seattle, Washington.
'We Planned Your First Hiking Trip' is sponsored by Aduna, an Africa-inspired health food brand and social business. Their products include superfood energy bars and teas with ingredients such as Baobab and Moringa.
One lucky winner will receive the complete bundle of the Aduna superfood energy bars. To stand a chance to win, follow Aduna on instagram adunaworld and comment on my post via my instagram @iamthezuba by tagging your hiking buddy. You can enter as many times as you’d like. The winner will be announced via my Instagram on April 8th.
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We Planned Your First Trip to Ethiopia
Greta F Iori is a wildlife crime, conservation and sustainable development expert. Greta also runs the travel and photography blog chroniclesofanitoliopian.com
Greta shares her journey as well as her top picks on what to see, do, eat and where to stay if planning a trip to Ethiopia. Greta was featured as a 'Woman To Watch' by Unearth Women.
The 'We Planned Your First Trip to Ethiopia' episode is sponsored by Ethiopia Taxi App (ETTA) , ETTA is Ethiopia's first full service taxi hailing company with a 24 hour call center available by calling 8707. With the ETTA app, you can save money on your ride using promo codes, know your estimated price via the price calculator and rate your drivers. Download the ETTA App today via the google play store or the app store.
These are the African Countries Travel Mags Want you to visit in 2019
At the beginning of every year, travel magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler, NY Times Travel, Travel and Leisure, National Geographic and more release their annual list of the countries they recommend readers visit.
'These are the African Countries Travel Mags Want you to Visit in 2019' highlights the African countries selected by the above mentioned magazines. Host Mazuba is joined by Rhoda Nuhu who is a hotelier and marketing professional passionate about tourism development on the African continent. The ladies break down which countries that were featured surprised them, which ones didn't and more.
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How to Plan the Perfect Baecation
It's the season of love and in honor of #valentinesday, Dee of The Zed Travel Foodie shared her tips on 'How to Plan the Perfect Baecation'.
Follow ZedTravelFoodie on instagram and listen in on how to win products from sponsors Savanna Chocolate, Tied by Nature and Azimai Zambia.
The Katundu Guide for the 2019 Traveler
Ready to discover Zambia after listening to the '19 Places You Have to Visit in Zambia in 2019' episode? You'll need these travel essentials selected by guest host Chembo Liandisha and host Mazuba. All products featured are made in Zambia or made by Zambian owned businesses.
For all products listed, visit the mwendebwinoblog.
The 19 Places You Have to Visit in Zambia in 2019
Planning on Discovering more of Zambia in 2019? We've got you covered! From waterfalls to national parks to cultural and historic sites, these are the 19 Places You Have to Visit in Zambia in 2019.
This episode of the Mwende Bwino Podcast is sponsored by Discover Zambia, a travel start up marketing Zambia to the World. Contribute to their crowdfunding campaign here| www.discoverzambia.co.zm/crowdfundcampaign/
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How To Tick African Countries off Your Bucket List in 2019.
Do you have a bucket list of African Countries that you would like to visit in 2019? Kenyan travel and adventure blogger Winnie Rioba gives us practical tips on how to tick African countries off our bucket lists, solo travel and how to travel with a 9 to 5. Follow her Winnie on Instagram + twitter @JustRioba and read her blog justrioba.com
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Mwende Bwino Podcast Trailer
Mwende Bwino which translates to 'Go Well' in several Zambian languages is a travel themed podcast inspiring people to explore their city, country, continent and beyond. Each episode will feature a conversation with people who embody what 'traveling well' means to them from bloggers, photographers, conservationists, film-makers and more.
Mwende Bwino is hosted by travel writer Mazuba Kapambwe whose travel writing has appeared on CNN Travel, The Culture Trip and in-flight magazines (Nkwazi, Wings).
The first episode of 'Mwende Bwino' will feature a travel blogger from Kenya who at the time of the podcast recording has visited 19 African countries. Stay tuned for Episode 1 launching Tuesday January 8.