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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Road Trip around stunning Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - SassyZenGirl.com/New-Zealand

Road Trips NEW ZEALAND: Otago Peninsula

One of the absolute gems on the South Island lies right off Scottish Dunedin – the Otago Peninsula. A place of fascinating remote beauty, wildlife and even a real Scottish castle and an Albatros research centre on its very tip. I entered via Highcliff road and was greeting with these stunning vistas:

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Cape L'Agulhas

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 […]

elephant sanctuary south africa

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, […]