Waterberg

Our last and final stop was Waterberg, a plateau-mountain and national park at the edge of the Kalahari.  From our room we could see over the Kalahari, a flat savanna, which stretched for over 700km straight into Botswana. The only reason you couldn’t see that far, was the dust which would raise  and obscure the horizon and possible earth’s curverture. 😉  The only visible marks in the landscape, where a road, an airplane lane and several fire-prevention-corridors which cut through the forrest. Continue reading

Etosha

Our second to last stop is Etosha, Etosha is a huge national park which houses tens of thousands of animals. We spent several days there, driving around in our car searching for them and got lucky a good number of times.
It seems as if there has been an invasion of zebras in the park, everywhere you go and everywhere you stop you will see zebras. Mostly you will see them standing in front of you on the road, looking at you as if wondering what you do there. Most of the time they will eventually move off the road to a nearby patch where the grass is greener. Some times they seem not so inclined to do so. One of the first things we noticed is that zebra isn’t like zebras. Yes, most do have those lovely black and white stripes, but some of them seriously lucked out when the stripes were distributed and are of an almost entire black-brown color. Continue reading

Immenhof

This was my first stay on a hunting lodge and I must say I was positively surprised. Not only was owner very concerned about his animals, meaning the wild-life, he also kept refering to the entire area as his farm and was looking after the animal as best as possible. Continue reading

Spitzkoppe

The bushman’s paradise was just a short stop on our way from Swakopmond to the Erongo mountains, it is located in and around the red granite Spitzkoppe-mountain and used to be a communication point for different San-tribes that were living in the area as nomades. Fairly old to very new paintings of animals and people can be found there. Continue reading

The living desert

After a fairly strenous ride we arrived late in the afternoon in Swakopmund. All the more we were looking forward to getting up early the next morning to go see the small animals living in the desert next to Swakopmund.
Even though we were all a little grumpy when we boarded the bus at 8am, our moods soon improved realising how awesome the tour would be. Continue reading

The olive trail

Namibia is a huge country, this usually means there’s a lot of distance between two sights.
This was also true for our next sight, we left early in the morning for an almost 2 hour drive, to get to the starting point of the olive trail hike.
Full of optimism we took the advisory that the hike was “fairly difficult and required some ropes along the way to pass through” as a warning for tourists that would not apply to experienced mountain-hikers like us. Continue reading

Sossusvlei

After seeing the savanne and the animals, the next thing on the list were the desert and the dunes. We drove to the Namib desert and visited the Naukluft-Namib national Park.
First it must be said, that Namibia has received an incredible, insane amount of rain this year. There’s been more rain in Namibia than in Germany and it has rained about 500 times more than usual in certain areas, including the Namib. Continue reading

Mariental

Our first stop outside of Windhoek and in “real Namibia”: Lots and lots of countryside with very few vegetation. This, however, makes the animals so much easier to spot. On our first evening we went for a short stroll and discovered plenty of Oryxes, Antillopes and maybe an austrich. Continue reading

The Alps: Most awesome mountains next door

As many probably already know I went hiking in the alps last week. According to our plans we did go to the French alps, contrary to our plans we did not go for the tours des 7 lacs, which I have been mooning over for ages now. This was due to to time constraints and defavourable weather as they were announcing thunderstorms towards the end of the week.  Instead we did a two day excursion around the Lac Blanc, a very known and touristy sea, from which you have a great view onto the Mt Blanc massif and the adjoint peaks. Continue reading

Here we go again Namibia

In continuation to the insane amount of holidays I’ve been doing this year I am now exploring Namibia with my parents.
Upon our arrival we rented a car and drove into Windhoek, our first stop. Windhoek is a “small town” by most standards, even though it is Namibias biggest city. It houses roughly 350.000 people. Continue reading