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 […]

Beach Villa at the Menjangan

THE MENJANGAN – Luxury Beach Villas in the West Bali National Park

********* In the most remote corner of Bali – the West Bali National Park – one very special place recently captured my heart: THE MENJANGAN,  a Luxury Resort with Beach Villas so quiet and secluded you easily forget busy civilization and all the stresses that come with it. A haven of peace, surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife […]

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 […]

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. […]

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… […]

Storms River Mouth

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 […]

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, […]