Welcome to Mud Trotters, your ultimate travel planning companion!

We like to think of our platform as the Swiss Army knife of travel planning—a treasure chest full of travel reports, resources, and tips. Our mission is to help you craft unforgettable adventures with ease and enjoyment.

You won’t find a detailed recount of every stop in our itineraries, but you will find:

  • A collection of reports on the most interesting, unmissable, and sometimes unusual experiences from our trips.
  • Maps—we love maps!
    Information on how we plan our adventures.
  • Unexpected but useful gear we discovered while traveling, plus tips we’ve learned along the way and how to make the best travel food.
  • Tips on how to experience travel destinations like locals do!
  • Insights and stories about animals and wildlife encounters.

Whether you’re a relative, someone we met during one of our trips, or you randomly landed here thanks to the magic of keywords and search engines, we’re glad you’re here!

You’re now part of our tell-all circle—our Mud Trotters Tribe!

Go ahead and help yourself, and don’t hesitate to pick a piece for your next trip’s puzzle.

Why We Started Mud Trotters:

Planning a trip is always a challenge and takes up quite a lot of time if you plan everything by yourself. Drawing information from books, websites, blogs, and other travelers’ journey reports has been invaluable to us. We hope that Mud Trotters will become one of these resources for you too!

Why  the name “Mud” Trotters?

The name comes from the first trip we did together. We revisited a classic 3-week road trip in the Western USA, adding a 3-day self-guided canoe trip in the Green River Canyon. At one point, Manu had to choose between getting covered in mud or letting our canoe capsize while we were disembarking. We’ll let you imagine what she chose!

Now something more about us, Manu and Nivek: adventure enthusiasts, travel experts, and your go-to guides for unforgettable journeys!

Manu (short for Manuela)

Manu (short for Manuela)

Born in Italy in 1985, Manu has lived in Los Angeles, Rome, London, and Milan for her studies and work. She’s been a traveler since she was a little girl and has visited over 40 countries so far. Manu is an award-winning filmmaker, a marketing professional, and a graduate of the Animal Behavior program at Oxford University Continuing Education. She loves reading (especially autobiographies and travel stories), the great outdoors, animals (especially felines), and documentaries. With a graduate degree in filmmaking, she always brings her videocamera along to shoot and edit videos from all of her trips.

Kevin (but everyone calls me Nivek)

Kevin (but everyone calls me Nivek)

Born in France in 1985, Nivek now lives in Italy. He fell in love with Africa during his first trip to South Africa and Lesotho in 2011. Since then, he has tried to take a break from work at least once a year to discover new parts of the world or go on adventures close to home. Nivek is a transformation engineer focused on sustainability and a graduate of the Animal Behavior program at Oxford University Continuing Education.

Care to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you!

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