ONE MAN’S QUEST TO ERASE POVERTY – ONE PRE-SCHOOL AT A TIME: How a Wild Motorcyclist turned Missionary is Transforming the Future of some of Botswana’s Poorest Children

********* Botswana is not a “pretty” country…. Beyond the magnificent wonders of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River & National Park, Botswana is mostly marked by the barrenness of the Kalahari Desert – and it’s a rather desolate sight. Unlike the Namib Desert with its spectacular Sand Dunes and warm, exquisite colors, the Kalahari is not a welcoming place. That’s […]

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NAMIBIA – The Desert Dunes of Sossusvlei (Namib Desert)

********* Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert remains to this day among the most stunningly beautiful experiences in all my travels! It was breathtaking, stunning, magnificent and also incredibly quiet. There is a stillness about the desert – and the Namib in particular. Time just stands still, you can hear the silence – and the colors….. The […]

Scuba Diving in Amed

BALI Adventures – My First Scuba Dive in Amed

********* My first Scuba Dive! That one had been on my bucket list for a long time – and what better place to do it than a famous diving paradise like Amed on the Bali East Coast. Amed is a small village – quiet and chill – the only tourists you’ll find here are divers – and not […]

Dubai Yacht Cruise with Atlantis Hotel

DUBAI Yacht Cruise – The Ultimate Dubai Experience!

********* A Yacht Cruise had not been the first thing on my mind when I visited Dubai for the first time this past September. There is so much to see and explore – and of course, there is the desert with all its adventures and fun. Fortunately, someone invited me aboard a small yacht and it […]

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My Travel BUCKET LIST….

********* After checking off so many things during the last year alone, I decided to finally put my bucket list “on paper” and share it here. Both as inspiration – and – I’d love to hear what’s on yours! Please share in the comments.   In no particular order: ADVENTURE Multi Day Horse Trek through Yellowstone Natl. […]

Dubai Day Trips: UAE East Coast & Mountains

DUBAI Day Trips: UAE East Coast & Mountains

********* What a different vision of this fascinating region! A Dubai Day Trip to the beautiful UAE East Coast and the Emirate of Fujairah via stunning mountain scenery! Here is a video of the whole trip: A Dubai Day Trip through 4 Emirates This Dubai Day Trip passes through 4 Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah – […]

LUXURY TRAIN Reviews

INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN Review – Luxury Train Travel with Great Southern Rail, Australia

 ********* The experience of a lifetime… A luxury train journey across Australia aboard the iconic Indian Pacific Train, traversing the continent all the way from Perth on the West Coast to Sydney in the East. The raw beauty of the Australian Outback, the lovely valleys of Avon and Barossa, sprawling gold rush towns as rare signs of life, […]

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A Walk with Lions in VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

********* My first visit to Victoria Falls included 3 amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are still among the greatest travel experiences of my journeys so far: The magnificent Victoria Falls themselves A stay at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel – and – A Walk with Lions! A Word of Warning Before I get into the article I […]

Addo Elephant Park, Garden Route, South Africa

Addo Elephant Park – Garden Route, South Africa

If you love elephants you’ve got to see Addo Elephant Park in South Africa (Garden Route)! It is absolutely amazing! Much smaller than Kruger, but all the more special because of its HUGE elephant population! While Addo also houses zebras, buffalo, rhinos, ostriches and many other animals, the dominant feature at this National Park near Port Elizabeth are definitely […]

Monkeyland & Birds of Eden – Garden Route, South Africa

Monkeyland and Birds of Eden were two wonderful new discoveries for me along the Garden Route! Just like with Addo Elephant Park you really miss out if you don’t see them! I admit, the name “Monkeyland“ didn’t sound very inviting at first – more like a theme park with petting zoo, not the kind of […]

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ROAD TRIPS NEW ZEALAND: Akaroa (Banks Peninsula)

Day 1 of my Epic May 2016 Road Trip around New Zealand – 159km/98mi – 3h 24min RT The day started with a bang – literally – as I incurred my first punctured tire – ever! – This ain’t my first rodeo……I had been road tripping for years: all over the US, even up to Alaska and the […]

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10 Amazing Things To Do in CAPE TOWN (….aside from Table Mountain)

​”Breathtaking!” – “Stunning!” – “Amazing!” – were the superlatives coming to mind every day I spent in this amazing region!Cape Town and the Cape Penninsula are without a doubt one of most stunningly beautiful and varied regions in the world!Whether it is the turquoise blue ocean, sandy beaches, exceptional wildlife – whales, sharks and penguins in particular – historic Mandela […]

Mauritius

Why I did not like MAURITIUS….

.  Well…. there it is…… I said it. I did not like Mauritius. Not at all! Surprising, yes….. but that was my experience. Somehow I had envisioned white sandy beaches, palm trees, quiet lagoons and anything else you might expect in a tropical paradise, but there was none of that. The typical Mauritius photos must […]

BOTSWANA – CHOBE River Cruise & Safari: Hippos, Crocs & Elephants

Chobe National Park in Botswana is the 2nd largest park in Southern Africa and includes the mighty Chobe River. A Chobe River Cruise is among the wonderful experiences in this region with abundant wildlife sightings and a remarkably quiet vibe, compared to Zambezi River cruises. This video features lots of of elephants, hippos and a few crocs. […]

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Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – Spectacular Mountain Drive from Aliwal North to Durban

This second leg of my road trip through the mountains was absolutely spectacular! – and no more dirt roads or getting lost in the African bush….;-) I started from the farm near Aliwal North, first passing through a little town named Lady Gray (how lovely….;-)  –  until the road suddenly opened into the most amazing scenery! Distinctly shaped […]

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – Into to the Mountains: How I got lost in the African bush…

This was probably the most adventurous road trip of my entire Africa adventure – and it sure wasn’t planned that way….;-) After driving along the beautiful Garden Route and visiting Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth (PE), it was time to head inland through the mountains towards Bloemfontein. A young German friend was working as a horse […]

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Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Garden Route

    ********* Extensive volumes have been written on the Garden Route with all the many things you can do and see, so I will focus on the highlights that I very much enjoyed and hopefully it will give you some inspiration for your own planning. Lets start with a map: We ended the last leg […]

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Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – Whale Coast Route to Garden Route

    ********* The Garden Route had been on my bucket list for many years – and I was excited to finally embark on this awesome adventure! While enjoying a lovely house sit in Simon’s Town on the Cape Peninsula with stunning views of the bay…. ….I planned my epic road trip all over South Africa: Garden Route to […]

Timbavati Safari Lodge

An Oasis in the Bush….

Timbavati Safari Lodge at Kruger National Park I was lucky…. My first introduction to Africa was a beautiful place called Timbavati Safari Lodge near Kruger National Park. After reading many excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and several pleasant e-mail exchanges with managers Kylie and Rob, I decided to make Timbavati my starting point for my first African […]

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My Encounter with Tembo, the Elephant

Elephants….. Giants of the wild, beloved all around the world – an aura of mystique and wonder, and somehow of everything that is good in the world. Even little children smile when they see an elephant – and most of us are mezmerized whenever we come across the gentle giants…. Recently I had the good […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Sunset Safari at Kruger National Park

My final safari at Kruger was a sunset safari. We started in the late afternoon with the golden glow of the afterward sun. Many elephant herds with babies on this particular trip. ….and a lion who had just completed a gigantic feast – a buffalo! – that’s him in the bushes… more buffalo with the […]

Safari in the Rain - South Africa Kruger

SOUTH AFRICA – Safari in the Rain (Kruger Natl. Park – Part 2)

My second day of safari started with heavy rain, spreading great joy, especially among the animals! While December is at the heart of rainy season, it hadn’t rained much yet this year and the river beds were dry. It was a big problem and the rare instances of rainfall were always welcome. After a gorgeous, sunny first day, […]

Kruger National Park, South Africa - on safari

SOUTH AFRICA – Safari at Kruger National Park (part 1)

The big day had arrived! December 1, 2015… I was finally embarking on my indefinite journey around the world and had reached my first destination South Africa after a 15 hour flight from New York. This was to be my itinerary for the next 2 months: Kruger National Park, the Namib Desert & Swakopmund in Namibia, […]