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Travel Diary: For J. Nambowa Traveling Africa is Pure Joy

In the first of our June travel diary entries, j. nambowa aka Jessica Nabongo takes us to Djibouti, Morocco, Uganda and Kenya.

KAMPALAJune is "No Borders" month at OkayAfrica. That can mean a lot of things and we'll get to that, but one thing we wouldn't want to miss out on is the sheer joy of travel on the African continent. So, to honor the carefree black traveler we'll be posting new photo diaries from a wide range of African and diaspora super-travelers of their favorite places and why.


We start with the incredible blogger, photographer and nomad, Jessica Nabongo who runs the site Catch Me if You Can. As she writes on her site:

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan to Ugandan immigrants, Jessica, better known as j. nambowa lives a duality that could be described as Afropolitan. Seeds of travel and wander were planted at an early age when she embarked on her first international journey, traveling to London and Uganda at the age of six. Largely encouraged by family summer holidays in the Caribbean and trips home to Uganda, Jessica's curiosity for different cultures and deep desire to see every country in the world has intensified in the last six years.

Follow Nabongo for more incredible travel pics on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat: @jnambowa. And on Periscope: @thecatchmeifyoucan. The following are some of her favorite spots on the African continent and the best things to do when you're there.

Lake Assal in Djibouti

Photo courtesy of Jessica Nabongo

"Lake Assal is the lowest point on the African continent and the second lowest point in the world. The lake is also the saltiest in the world. Saltier than the Dead Sea!"

Spices in Marrakech

Photo courtesy of Jessica Nabongo

"The souks in Marrakech are full of spices of all colors and flavors."

Shopping in Kampala

Photo: Sarah Waiswa/@lafrohemian

"My favorite place to shop for handicrafts in Uganda is at the National Theater in the nation's capital. If you visit, be sure to stop and say hi to my aunt in stall 14!"

Nairobi Vibes

Photo courtesy of Jessica Nabongo

"While traveling I love linking up with creatives. For this shoot I linked up with photographer Brian Siambi (@urbanskript) and stylist Bryan Emry (@bryan.emry). With inspiration from Kenyan designer Katungulu Mwendwa and using her garden as a backdrop we captured the spark that is fueling the creative movement in the continent."

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