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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A FARM SIT IN AFRICA….

********* “I had a farm in Africa….” Meryl Streep’s iconic first words from Out of Africa came to mind when I was offered a farm sit in the lovely wine region around Cape Town – Wellington to be exact. The scenery was quite different of course, and I wasn’t involved in running a farm, except for watching over […]

Namibia, Sossusvlei, Desert Dunes

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 […]

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Cape Town – The Wonderful Gardens of KIRSTENBOSCH

********* “The most beautiful Garden in Africa”….. A fitting description for the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens! Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain‘s Eastern Slopes and featuring a collection of bronze dinosaurs that appear everywhere in the park, my day spent here was truly wonderful. Lovely little pathways, benches along the way to enjoy the stunning vistas – and […]

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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 […]

Victoria Falls Hotel

The Magnificent VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL in ZIMBABWE – Luxury Hotels in Africa

********* Victoria Falls, the awe-inspiring nature spectacle in the heart of Africa had been on my travel list for many years, and I was excited to finally make the journey in March of 2016. A few weeks before, I had received an invitation as a travel writer from the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe – one of the oldest […]

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 […]

Cape Town 10 things to do

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 […]

Zambezi River Cruise

ZAMBEZI RIVER Cruise – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: It’s Hippo time!

The Zambezi is the fourth largest river in Africa and features the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. LOTs of hippos everywhere in all varieties and shapes. Another sunset cruise, this time with dinner. A lot busier than the Chobe River cruise, but I’m told lunch cruises are a lot more quiet. Nonetheless, a boat trip on […]

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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SOUTH AFRICA – The Nelson Mandela Trail

    ********* Nelson Mandela – “Madiba” as he is lovingly called – is still ever present in South Africa. No matter where you go, you will see pictures and landmarks dedicated to him, and people everywhere – of all races – have the greatest love and reverence for him. A beautiful part of my […]

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Quiet Beauty of Golden Gate

    ********* After two days in Durban, I headed North towards JoBurg. Along the way were 2 more famous sites: Midlands Meander and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Midlands Meander is a collection of little villages with cute cafes, shops and galleries, dotted along the beautiful countryside around the highway. The signs will give you some idea… […]

Durban Skyline

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Other Side of Durban

    ********* Durban is awesome! I actually found it to be the most beautiful and interesting city in South Africa – definitely more interesting than Cape Town (though that’s almost sacrilegious to say….;-) Cape Town is nice, don’t get me wrong. And the scenery around it, the Cape Peninsula and the beaches are breath […]

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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 […]

Swakopmund, Namibia

NAMIBIA – Swakopmund, the Belle of the Sea…

Well….. if I didn’t know better I could have sworn I somehow ended up in “Little Germany” on my way to the desert – because that’s exactly what Swakopmund is.Namibia used to be a German West Africa back in the day and the influence is still noticeable everywhere – though nowhere as strongly as in Swakopmund.I […]

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 […]

Village Walk near Kruger National Park, South Africa

A visit with the local Villagers…

My last day at Kruger National Park was spent visiting the local village and later attending a gospel service where I was invited to play along with the choir. My guide for the day was Axon who also lives in the village and I was in for a few surprises…. We were first greeted by […]

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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, […]