Africa Travel Fatigue Travel Tip

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Africa Travel Fatigue Travel Tip
“Travel teaches tolerance.”
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st earl of Beaconsfield

I have traveled in West Africa three times and now one time in East Africa, I am not going to count Morocco and Egypt as part of Africa.

I lived in Africa from one to eight months each time. I am starting to show symptoms of Africa travel fatigue, the major symptoms are anger, impatience and intolerance of African people.

It is difficult to respect African people; they do little to deserve it.

Kabale, Uganda
East Africa
Wednesday, May 20, 2009


“Travel teaches tolerance.”
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st earl of Beaconsfield

Who is Benjamin Disraeli referring to in this quote? He is referring to the people, places and things we encounter when we travel.

- Mental or physical exhaustion: extreme tiredness or weariness resulting from physical or mental activity

How much stupid behavior can you put up with before you go crazy? I came to a primitive and uncivilized place, I am experiencing exactly what I expected and planned on experiencing.

- Return something to original condition: to restore something to its condition when new, or make it more vigorous, dynamic, and effective.

How do rejuvenate myself, how to I restore my mental condition? I must stop doing what caused the fatigue, then proceed to do activities that gives me energy.

I have been through this emotional roller coaster many times. Every person is different, I know when my energy is being drained, and I know ways to restore my energy. I often walk away from a person and ask myself,
“Does this person give me energy or am I weaker?”

I knew my energy was weak and I was in luck, I was able to return to the Flockline hotel here in Kabale where the staff treats me with respect. Hmm, they do better than average, they really have no clear understanding of developed world manners.

How do they treat me with respect? The do not call me White Man or Musungo, they actually use my name, just this is relief.

I am watching computers on my computer; maybe I should watch the Gladiator.

I enjoy a good conversation, the man’s name is Bruno, he is a friend here in Kabale. He is extremely energetic and never stops talking, genuinely a good person. I start to laugh every time I talk with him; this is my goal, to feel happier.

This is a Justin, a girl that works in the Hotel, she also makes me laugh, her English is sparse, however she makes the day better.

Normally, I could find an expatriate community in a country and go visit them, have some good conversations in English some sanity. I have not encountered any expats hanging around for the fun of it here in East Africa.

I recommend people travel with a friend, not a good way to learn about Africa, however a good way to keep from going crazy. The majority of people can tolerate up to one month in Africa without serious problems.

I am following the advice of Wade from
“Walk Slow.”

Africa Travel Fatigue Travel Tip



I try to acknowledge readers, however difficult to do with the BlackBerry keypad.

I try to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Example: I told readers I was fatigued and why. They start escalating the reasons or examples. I admit and accept I am having emotional problems dealing with Africa and listed some solutions.

Why are their eyes yellow? I do not know, this photo was taken in sunlight so not a lighting problem.

It is not drugs or alcohol, that is a USA black problem, not a big issue here.

Maybe high blood pressure? 26 Years old, the nutrition is great in Kabale.

The Black body is different than mine. Hmm, she cleans clothes...
There is a charcoal fire close. Maybe she cooks.

I think you are seeing a black body with no white race dilution. I will try to focus on the yellow.

Funny thing about readers and writing, very few writers admit they have feelings and they are not perfect, this is what causes the anger and confusion. I do not obey norms of writing. Then again it would be dysfunctional to change my writing.

National Geographic says this Travel Journal is one of the ten best on the planet. This happened while here in Africa.

Life is Good
Andy Graham of



Being real is risky! You are bored, angry and irritable. People want neat, pretty packages that make them feel good. Your blog is consistantly among the best for a reason. Its not like thousands of other blogs because of your honesty and willingness to write what you really think. The Hobo is not PC.

Motorcycle Bob

Que Bob for his routine stick up for those with different opinions post..... Moi Moi has an interesting point. It is easy to read posts AND comments in a negative light. But realistically, they all count. Writing from your feelings will tend to upset someone. But to have the courage to do it is commendable. Thanks for adding to the comments Moi Moi.

Emey post is very interesting also. I only have had a few black friends through the years. But none of them have any interest in going to Africa because they think it would be much worse than Andy shows it to be. I think maybe your friends need to go to the places Andy is going with a similar budget. I would not be surprised if thier opinions would then be worse than Andys. I do not see any racist comments in the posts, as I see it they are comments about Nationalities and culture, not race. But then, I am not in the same shoes as your friends.

Bob L

Motorcycle Bob

I just went back through a few weeks of comments. Emey, I would like to see a more detailed post from your friends as to just what they found offensive in these articles. Do they feel that the posts are inaccurate? What in the posts do they find racist? They do realize that these posts are day to day journal type stuff, not polished, finished magazine articles, correct? In my quick scan I could find nothing that even spoke about race other than saying that a black persons body is different from his and that the people here are undiluted with the white race for the most part. Hell, MY body is different than his, and I would not find that offensive. And I do not find it offensive when people suggest that the dark coloring of those on my mothers side of the family might be because of their relative proximity to Africa. Although, to suggest that an area of Poland is close to Africa is a bit of a stretch. Close to the Med, sure. And the med is close to Africa, so.....

This is a great venu for somewhat controversial issues related to culture, travel and pre-conceived notions. I dont know if Andy would agree with me, but I like it. Explore new ideas through readers comments and his posts.


Carl, that was entertaining, you ever think about maybe you are little crazy getting angry at a webpage?