Linda Markovina

  • The Economics And Logistics Of Gorilla Tourism In Uganda

    By Linda Markovina, 7:00 am

    In the Ugandan dialect of Lukiga, “bwindi” means “dark place.” A “dark place” could not be more apt to describe Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you veer off the well-trodden path and into the jungle. With an untrained eye, you’ll probably only spot a gorilla when it’s close enough to feel its breath. Gorillas and humans are on each other’s doorsteps. The challenge? Finding ways for humans to meet their basic needs without competing with gorillas for limited resources. In Uganda, gorilla tourism contributes more than half of total tourism revenue. There are about 700 highland gorillas left in the world. About half live in Bwindi.

  • #InLoveWithAfrica: Losing Myself In The Buzz Of Zanzibar

    By Linda Markovina, 9:31 am

    AFKTravel recently launched a series called ‪#‎InLoveWithAfrica‬, which comprises a series of “love letters” to various African destinations, written by travel writers who are passionate about the continent. In this installment, Linda Markovina waxes poetic about Zanzibar, the “spice island.” Here the air is thick with hibiscus and frangipani. As you stoop low through intricately carved doors the scent of clove, cinnamon and curry leaves fills every molecule of air, and if there is a pot of brewing coffee and a comfortable cushion, expect to lose yourself for hours.

  • #InLoveWithAfrica: My Unlikely Love For Dar es Salaam

    By Linda Markovina, 9:36 am

    AFKTravel recently launched a series, ‪#‎InLoveWithAfrica‬, with “love letters” to African destinations written by travel writers who are passionate about the continent.
    In this installment, Linda Markovina tells of her unlikely love for Dar es Salaam, where modern and traditional Tanzania converge. The markets are crammed with colorful cotton kangas and kitenga, the beach and lounge parties have bright, young, sexy things, and the dining scene ranges from street-side Mishkaki to high-class restaurants.

  • Mafia Island: The ‘Undiscovered’ Alternative To Zanzibar

    By Linda Markovina, 10:36 am

    Called “mahali pa afya” in Swahili, meaning “a healthy dwelling place,” Mafia Island is a tiny island with a prominent place in the history of East Africa and some of the best diving along the Tanzanian coastline. Thanks to a recent surge in sun-seekers, ocean lovers and scuba divers wanting a more peaceful experience away from the hordes of tourists that swarm the larger island of Zanzibar, it has become an alternative island destination in Tanzania, and for good reason.