Brendan’s Adventures are Moving to… Africa

Those of you who follow along with my tweets on twitter and my conversations on Facebook will know that I’m in Africa at this very moment.  I arrived in Chefchaouen, Morocco yesterday after taking the ferry from Spain then a bus ride southbound. What most don’t know is that I’m going to be here (Africa) for a while.

The way I travel isn’t exactly conducive to moving quickly around the world. I like to see everything and immerse myself as much as I can.  I travel overland, avoiding flights as often as I can and I try to leave no stone unturned as I move along. I planned on spending about a year in South America and ended up there for over two years, my time in Africa could be longer.

My first stop: Chefchaouen, Morocco

What about Europe?

As most of you know, my website’s content always trails behind at least a month. That means that for the next month or so the content will remain European. I still have articles and photos coming from Paris, Bern, Rome, Porto, Lisbon, and various parts of Spain. If you’re looking forward to those Europe articles, don’t worry I’ll get to them.

Shut up About Europe, Tell us More About Africa!!!

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As I alluded to earlier, Africa isn’t going to be a short stint, nor will it be one centered around major tourism destinations and and doing safaris. I am starting my trip in Morocco and then working my way counter-clockwise in a loop around the continent, attempting to touch every mqinland  African country (and maybe a couple island nations as well) along the way. My original planning guestimations point to idea that I will be in Africa for over 2 years, although I know very well that it could be much longer. There is a map of my planned route on the side; you can click it to see an enlarged version.

2+ Years of Africa Straight???

Well, to be honest, I have a little bit of a secret destination up my sleeve that I’m not allowed to announce yet. I will be out of Africa for about a month in June/July; more info on that to come in a couple of weeks. And, of course, there is also a good chance that by the time I spend a year or so in Africa I’ll be looking for a month or so to get away for a little bit. So as is the story of my life, expect changes to the ‘plan’.

How can we Stalk your every Movement?

  • If you’re a twitter person I’m going to be hash-tagging some of my tweets #BrendansAfrica, so you can check out that hashtag from time to time even if you’re not following me on twitter.
  • On facebook, I am showing off my 365 days of photography images as I am taking part in the challenge. I keep those as up-to-date as possible, although I’m sure that in Africa I’ll run into some internet issues along the way.  Regardless, I try to post an update a day to Facebook.
  • I’m growing to love Instagram as well, and I especially love the way I can show you the places I am eating, staying and what I am doing. I don’t use my iPhone for ‘serious’ photos, but I like using it to show off what I’m up to. Although I need wifi to get them out, I’ll be updating those as often as I can and taking a couple photos a day if I can. My instagram username is Brendanvanson.

Any Other Tricks up your Sleeve??

Yes. I have a pretty major Africa related announcement that will be coming soon.  I’ve got a big project up my sleeves that I’m really excited about.  It will be launching at the start of August. I think you are going to love it. I can’t wait to share that with you.


The content this week takes us to Paris for an article and some photos from a city I’m a little bit surprised I enjoyed so much.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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    • Glad to hear Gaelyn, any South African favourite spots?

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    • @David – The word epic is often overused… Two years in Africa, though, can’t be described by any other word haha

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    • Should be fun Alex… Africa has been calling me for a while now.

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    • Sam – I’m really stoked for this chapter… it’s been a long time coming.

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  1. Me and my mum are also planning to go to South Africa next year and we are really excited for it.. Anyway, thanks for the great post you had..

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    • My pleasure, enjoy South Africa Giselle!

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  2. Exciting news. 2 years sounds like a long time, but then again you’re travelling through an entire continent. I’m sure you’ll have many great adventures in Africa.

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  3. There is a great restaurant in the Medina called Omar’s, based upon best value, and taste! I’m new to your blog and have enjoyed exploring the paths of trails of your adventures! (P.S. hope you’ve managed to avoid the ‘faux’ tour guides thus far!)

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    • In what medina??? Haha, Chefchaouen? The people want details!

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  4. Wicked man, cool site and cool life! I am from South Africa and have been through a fair amount of the African continent and hear it from me you will have a kick ass time.
    Good luck!

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    • Thanks Chad, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on the continent and can’t wait to explore more!

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  5. Make sure you connect with @Phil in the blank when you are in West Africa. I love reading his stuff because he shares stories and a way of life that is so different than what we are used to hearing about. Hope you have an awesome time in Africa and look forward to your adventures!

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