Tag 3 – Wolwedans

Heute haben wir einen ganztägigen Ausflug geplant. Dadurch kann man viel mehr vom riesigen NamibRand Reserve sehen. Es erstreckt sich über eine Distanz von mehr als 100km von Süden nach Norden. Den Oryx auch bekannt als Gemsbok oder Lateinisch “Oryx gazella’ trifft man hier an jeder Ecke an. Das Tier ist perfekt an die wüsten-ähnlichen […]

Tag 2 – Auf nach Wolwedans

Von der Dundi-Lodge ist man in 5 Minuten beim Flugzeug, zu Fuss versteht sich. Das Verladen des Gepäcks dauert weitere 5 und schon sitzt man in der Caravan und ist bereit zum Abflug. Wenn wir über die Zeitplanung reden, dann ist der wichtigste Zeitpunk der, wenn die “Räder in der Luft” sind. An dieser Stelle […]

Tag 1 – Los geht’s!

Endlich hat die lange Warterei ein Ende und der Tag des Abflugs ist da. Pünktlich landet LX288 aus der Schweiz in Johannesburg und 2 Stunden später steht die ganze Meute vereint und hungrig auf Abenteuer vor unserem Flieger. Da die einen von uns gerade einen 11 Stunden Flug hinter sich haben, hat Georg noch die […]

Tag 0 – Von Planungen und Vorbereitungen

Nun ist es endlich wieder so weit. Es fühlt sich wie eine halbe Ewigkeit an, seit ich das letzte Mal in Afrika gewesen bin. Zusammen mit Georg erkundete ich letztes Jahr im Februar Uganda, ohne grosse Planung. Dieses Mal geht es aber wieder ganz geplant nach Afrika. Auf eine Reise nach Namibia und Botswana: “Flying […]

Uganda part VI – Lots of green stuff and some lakes

During the remaining days of our journey we wanted to explore the very south of Uganda. One of the reasons to go there was that Georg wanted to check the possibility to do Gorilla trekking in the “Bwindi Impenetrable National Park” instead of Rwanda which is just an hour’s drive away. Rwanda had recently increased […]

Uganda part V – Going South

Maybe “Going South” is not an appropriate title for this part, maybe “Chimpanzee trekking” would be more appropriate which would completely ignore that fact that we were also trying to find the “tree climbing” lions … Let’s just see how it goes. After Murchison Falls we decided to continue to the south of Uganda into […]

Uganda part IV – Murchison Falls

Our next destination was Murchison Falls where all the water of the river Nile has to go through a narrow gorge of just a few meters. On the map it looked pretty far away and when talking to some other travellers they said that it took them two days to cover the distance. And it […]

Uganda part III – Kidepo Valley National Park

  So we managed to get there, the Kidepo Valley National Park which is the most remote park in Uganda. You are sure to be off the beaten track here if something like that even exists anywhere in Uganda. And it is also very beautiful as Kidepo Valley was voted Africa’s third-best wilderness park in […]

Uganda part II – Up to the North

Yesterday we arrived in the Nile River Camp (http://www.camponthenile.com) after sunset when it was already dark. So with the first light it was exploration time. The camp is obviously located in a very nice spot above the river Nile. The tents were slightly away from the main building somewhere in the jungle. From above you […]

Uganda part I – An idea and its execution

I have talked a lot about having a plan here and there. And if that plan didn’t work out for some reason there was always plan B and sometimes even C. Sounds all totally fine and how you should approach things. Really? Yeah, sure. But every rule has its exceptions. This blog is about this […]

Wild Cost and back – Day 14

After saying goodbye to our friends we were going wild! We were flying to the “Wild Coast” in Eastern Cape. Beside the fact that this is a very nice area it was also done to reduce the time required for tomorrow’s flight back to Cape Town. Huch! “Cape Town”? That already sounds like the end […]

Bateleur’s Nest – Day 13

The reason why there is quite a delay with new entries in the blog is that since we have left Madagascar the internet connectivity in the lodges is non-existing or very bad. I am sure nobody would come up with the idea that I am getting a bit lazy … which is maybe 0.0138% true. […]

Going back to South Africa – Day 11+12

Today was the day when we turned around and are on the long way back towards Cape Town. The first part was to fly back to Tulear where we had entered Madagascar before. But before we could fly there we had to take the boat from our lodge in the Masoala park. And even before […]

Masoala Park – Day 9+10

  The lodge were we were staying during our time in the Masoala Park was around 40 km away and only reachable by boat. And there was a further restriction on getting there: It was only possible to depart until 11’o clock as otherwise the sea was normally too rough. Since our hotel was only […]

Getting Wet and flying north – Day 8

After one week of dry weather it was time to change things. The Masoala National Park where we were heading to is a rain forest with a heavy emphasis on rain. In fact Georg was telling interesting stories from his last visit where the water was even finding its way to the beds. And since […]

About Detours and Baobab Trees – Day 7

The initial plan for today was to travel on the iconic Fianarantsoa-Côte Est railway to the east cost of Madagascar. Unfortunately this train had broken down some weeks ago and therefore was not running at the moment. So we had to find something else for today. What else would be more suitable as a replacement […]

Lemurs and a long drive – Day 6

Our plane was in very good mood this morning when we arrived at the airstrip. The reason for that was that it had local company. Planes registered in Madagascar have 5R. Two had joined and they were exchanging their stories.   Our day was divided into two parts. First we would fly to an airstrip […]

Mines and other stuff – Day 5

Today was our first no-fly-day meaning we didn’t do any flights today. Instead we had a couple of ground based activities planed. The first one was visiting a sapphire mine in the close by city of Ilakaka. On the way to the mines we were walking through the streets where you could buy lots of […]